September will be the 12th month now for Sophiella Gallery (111 Dauphin St.), the art space tucked between The Haunted Book Shop and The Haberdasher near Bienville Square. Their gatherings in an immaculate space have been well attended by the downtown cognoscenti and elicited favorable kudos.
Two of their artists – Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough and Anna-Marie Babington – will bring them more attention with appearances in this month’s Arts Throwdown. The rest of the roster is just as popular, with names like Randy Moberg, William and Michele Nolen-Schmidt, Ardith Goodwin, Monica Beasley, Colleen Comer, Joy Gardner, Missy Patrick, Billy Solitario, Ashley Terrell, Dawson Morgan and others.
They’ve featured regular artist talks like Kimbrough’s August address in conjunction with her July mini show, which presages her November solo show. This past summer they exhibited William Nolen-Schmidt’s historic Africatown drawings from the 1960s. Other events with groups like the Mobile Chamber of Commerce have spread their intentions on fostering community involvement.
Making a go of it isn’t easy for downtown galleries. Ask the former proprietors of Kangal Gallery, Host Gallery, Robertson Gallery, Artology, Paper Wasp, Off Dauph or the old Cathedral Square Gallery.
Those willing to stick out their necks deserve kudos. Better yet, stop in to Sophiella during the Sept. 13 LoDa Artwalk and offer your congratulations.
Grammy-nominated group starts Chamber slate
The Mobile Chamber Music society starts their 2019 – 2020 season on Sept. 15, at 3 p.m., in grand style when the Grammy-nominated Aizuri Quartet takes the stage at Laidlaw Performing Arts Center (5751 USA S. Drive). The riveting young ensemble comprised of Juilliard and Curtis Institute of Music grads were a steal of sorts.
“Shortly after we secured their appearance, they were nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award,” Chamber Music member Dan Silver said via email.
The attention-getter was their debut album, “Blueprinting,” an exciting compilation crackling with passion and intelligence exemplified in their riveting version of Gabriella Smith’s “Carrot Revolution.” That same energy earned them the Grand Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition and laudatory reviews from major critics and outlets along the Atlantic Coast.
They’ve completed a string of artist-in-residence engagements, including stints at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute for Music and Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, with the most recent being a 2017 – 2018 MetLiveArts String Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
On the same North American tour that brings them to Mobile, they will give debut appearances at both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall as part of the Concert Artists Guild (CAG) Winner’s Series.
Subscriptions for the five-show season are $80, $40 for students. Single show tickets are $20, $10 for students.
For more information, call 251-633-8440 or go to mobilechambermusic.org.
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