Author: Kevin Lee

Family, land form artistic foundation

It’s easy to see where artist Lisa Johnston Hancock’s concerns originate. It’s an hour north of Mobile, where rural seclusion spawned reflection. “My thesis show for graduate school was based on our property, our land that’s been in our family a long time, in Leroy. Just kind of walking through the forest there and our connection to the land and all the families that had lived on the land since the 1920s,” Hancock said. Those deep ties bear an innate link with the natural world. The sensibilities they generate are evident in her July exhibit at Mobile Arts Council’s...

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Vintage postcards at USA museum

Alabama native Wade Hall spent a half-century in Kentucky but in his heart he never left home. The teacher, writer and folklorist amassed a collection of nearly 400 vintage souvenir postcards depicting various Alabama sights — such as Birmingham’s Vulcan and Mobile’s Bellingrath Gardens — from previous centuries. Since Hall’s 2015 death, the collection has been the joint property of two state colleges. Troy University has developed a pair of traveling exhibits based on the postcards that will appear at the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum (6052 USA Drive, S.) through July 24. One exhibit focuses on “main”...

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Red Cup artist pushes as hard as he can

The June ArtWalk crowd at Mobile Arts Council was captivated by artist Conz8000’s exhibit. It’s not the first buzz he’s made with his work, but it was a bang that almost did him in. No metaphor — the noise was a head-on collision with a truck on Moffett Road just a week before his opening. Conz said it totaled the car, “pushed the motor in” on the passengers and the odor of imminent explosion arose. “When I opened the door, all I saw was tombstones. I’m thinking I’m dead, but he hit us right in front of a monument...

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MAC awards grants

The Mobile Arts Council announced four winners of new $1,000 grants available for member artists or organizations that have not previously received funds from MAC. The umbrella group took in a total of 19 applications from various organizations, crafters, graphic designers, photographers, musicians, theaters, visual artists and videographers. A panel of professional artists and educators selected the following winners: • Photographer Karen Bullock • Quilter Nancy Goodman • Musician/composer Peter Kohrman • Nonprofit organization the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO). Recipients are free to use the funds in any way they see fit. OJO has its grant...

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Quirky Southern childhood spawns first book

Ask Foley author Kathie Farnell about the changes her native state has undergone, and they readily come to mind. “Things are more homogenous now. We have a lot of chain stores. Everybody sees the same movies and there’s chain restaurants, so I think to some extent you may have lost a sense of place,” Farnell said. Time’s sweep is on her mind these days with the publication of her first book, “Duck and Cover: A Nuclear Family.” Its series of vignettes us drawn from her Atomic Age childhood, a nexus of shifting cultural standards and historic perspectives. Farnell will...

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