Congressman Bradley Byrne announced details of the First Congressional District Art Competition for area high school students residing in the First Congressional District.

All entries must be an original concept, two-dimensional, no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide and 4 inches deep when framed. They can weigh no more than 15 pounds and must fall within the following categories:

• Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
• Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (charcoal and pastel drawings should be fixed)
• Prints: lithographs, silk screen, block prints
• Mixed media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
• Two-dimensional collages
• Computer-generated art
• Photographs

Independent art experts will judge. The winning piece will be displayed in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Interested artists should work with their local high school and art teacher when submitting artwork. All artwork must be submitted to the Mobile Museum of Art between the hours of 3:30-5 p.m. on March 28 and 29. No artwork will be accepted after 5 p.m. on March 29.

More information and necessary submission forms can be found online at Byrne.House.Gov/ArtCompetition.

Those with questions should contact the congressman’s Mobile office at 251-690-2811.

Angelic sounds from Ali

Long before she was “Touched By An Angel,” Della Reese was known as a powerhouse musical performer. Discovered by gospel’s grand dame, Mahalia Jackson, she was influenced by jazz and blues, and once she signed on with Birmingham’s Erskine Hawkins’ orchestra she shot to stardom. Reese went on to have a chart-busting career that left its mark on such performers as Martha Reeves.

The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed features local chanteuse Karmilla Ali in a salute to Reese and other jazz divas on Monday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. at Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.). Ali fronts a combo led by Hosea London.

Entrance is $15, $12 for students/military and $10 for MOJO members. It includes a light jambalaya dinner. A cash bar is available.

For more information, call 251-459-2298 or visit

USA Symphony onstage in April

The University of South Alabama Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert April 5, 7:30 p.m. at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the USA campus.  Conductor Jason Rinehart will lead them through works ranging from the baroque to modern eras.

Tickets will be sold at the door by cash or check only. Admission is $8, $5 for USA faculty, staff, students, youth under 18 and senior citizens.

Those seeking more information or needing special accommodation may call 251-460-7116 or 251-460-6136.