Mobile native Mike deGruy has been described as “an irrepressibly curious and enthusiastic” underwater filmmaker. He dove for the BBC, PBS, National Geographic and Discovery Channel; ventured beneath vents in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans; and was part of the team that first filmed the nautilus and vampire squid.
After his death in a 2012 Australian helicopter crash, his wife and filmmaking partner, Mimi deGruy, finished the editing and production of “Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy.” Utilizing its namesake’s cinematography, the film also includes those he worked with such as Sir David Attenborough, Dr. Sylvia Earle and James Cameron, among others.
The film will make its local premiere in a benefit for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation on May 16 at 6 p.m. in the Mobile Convention Center Ballroom (1 S. Water St.). Proceeds from the viewing will also go toward sustaining a scholarship in deGruy’s name.
Tickets for a 5:30 p.m. reception to meet Mimi deGruy and admission to the film are $50 and limited to 100 participants.
Advance tickets are $30 or $35 at the door.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
MTG auditions Bard play
Mobile Theatre Guild (14 N. Lafayette St.) will hold auditions for Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” on May 20 at 7 p.m. in its playhouse. The announcement said there are 16 roles for actors of various ages and are “open to all ethnicities, gender non-conforming and non-binary actors.”
The play will run July 26 – 28.
For more information, contact director Jim Faust at email@example.com.
Pope’s pastoral paintings in Skinny Gallery
Although she hails from the Sunshine State, painter Cat Pope seems to have found a home in Mobile. After relocating in 2015, she has quickly worked her way into the arts scene through both exhibitions and instruction.
She uses her self-described “painterly style” to focus on nostalgic and pastoral subjects and seems grounded by a sense of place in the coastal South. Her new show, “Hallelujah Here Below,” at Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St.) will adorn its Skinny Gallery.
Sarah Rutledge Fischer’s series of figure drawings focus on more than mere light or line. Her aim is for the unadorned forms to “bear nothing that can distract us from empathy and connection” in the belief that “all bodies are good bodies.” Her work is in the Danielle Juzan Gallery.
Fairhope municipal planner Nancy Milford calls herself a “visual preservationist” of the landscapes, flora and fauna of the coastline. She cites Beatrix Potter and Keith Brockie as inspirations and her oil and acrylic works hang in the Small Room.
All will be on display through May 30.
The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Entrance is free.
For more information, call 251-432-9796 or go to mobilearts.org.
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