There’s a lot of good news at the Mobile Arts Council these days and at the top of the list is the top of the staff. The umbrella arts organization recently named Shellie Teague as its new executive director.

The 32-year-old owner of Teague Branding Strategies fills a spot that has been vacant since previous executive director Bob Burnett stepped down in January 2015. She joins Program Director Lucy Gafford and Administrative Coordinator Angela Montgomery on the MAC staff.

“I’m honored and humbled to serve the Mobile arts community in this new role. We’ve already got a lot of great plans being developed to increase community involvement in the arts. You’ll be seeing a lot more of MAC in Mobile, I can promise you that!” Teague said in a Sept. 18 press release.

In addition to working with MAC on the 2017 Arty Awards, Teague also served on boards for the Mobile Azalea Trail, the Junior League of Mobile and the Young Women’s Civic Club of Mobile.

What put Teague above the other 30 or so applicants for the slot?

“It was clearly her experience at branding and knowledge of social media which made her a very, very, very strong candidate. The question we posed was if she had a clean sheet of paper, what would she do, and she’s got some fantastic ideas for how to put the arts council in the public eye again and to do some really creative things,” MAC Board President Jeff Marcus said.

MAC just completed its biggest annual fundraising project, the Arts Throwdown held Sep. 15 at The Temple Downtown.
Returning champ Devlin Wilson bested the field of contestants when his painting of Middle Bay Lighthouse brought in a high bid of $800. Tabulations from more than 90 silent auction items are yet to be completed.

MAC will also play a key role in TenSixtyFive, the downtown festival running Sept. 29 through Oct. 1, as the organizer of the Arts and Crafts Market in Cathedral Square, to be held 2-7 p.m. each day. Some 40 vendors are expected.

MAC is also facilitating the Sept. 30 Creative Crossings competition wherein six local artists — James Currie, conz8000, Rando Dixon, Soynika Edwards, Kathleen Kirk Stoves and Kym Vanover Brown — will visually enhance crosswalks between Washington Avenue and Cathedral Square using temporary materials. Renderings will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and judges will award prizes at 6 p.m.

MAC said there’s a possibility some of the crosswalk designs could become permanent.