The Historic Mobile Preservation Society’s Celebrate Historic Mobile tour is on its way and needs docents for the various stops.

The four-day, three-night event takes place March 8-11 and includes a gala reception at Oakleigh Mansion along with a comedy tour of Mobile’s early red-light district.

This year’s events are titled “Sacred Spaces,” “Living Spaces” and “Resting Places.” The Thursday, March 8, tour includes various historic houses of worship.

On Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, 18 private historic residences and inspired adaptive reuses will be open for touring.

On Sunday, March 11, guided tours will be given in three historically significant cemeteries including Church Street Cemetery, Magnolia Cemetery and the Plateau Africatown Cemetery.

Volunteers are needed to sell tickets at the trolley stops and cemeteries during the tours. Volunteers will receive a free day pass to the tour day of their choice.

To sign up, go to

For more information, call 251-432-1281 or email

Juried student show at MAC
“Five” is a juried exhibition of work by students in the area’s five colleges and universities sponsored every other year by the Mobile Arts Council. The 2018 exhibition will be on display at MAC (318 Dauphin St.) April 2–27, with a reception during the April 13 LoDa Artwalk.

The competition is open to any student, not only students studying art, who were enrolled during any part of the 2017-2018 academic year at Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Spring Hill College, University of Mobile or the University of South Alabama.

Students may submit up to three pieces, in any medium or style, created while enrolled in their current school.

Either email submission images and forms to or mail a completed submission form, a $20 entry fee — check payable to Mobile Arts Council — and a disc containing .jpg images (300 dpi recommended) to MAC at P.O. Box 372, Mobile, AL 36601 or drop off submissions at MAC offices (318 Dauphin St.). Images must be labeled with the title of the work followed by the student’s last name. Emailed submissions will be sent a PayPal invoice. Submissions must be received by Friday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m.

Applicants will be notified of the juried decisions by March 19. Six prizes will be awarded: first, second and third place along with three honorable mentions. Prizes will include cash and other items.

If a work is selected, it must be dropped off at the MAC offices March 29, March 30 or April 2. Works must be ready for display; mattes used must be white. All pieces must remain on display until noon, April 27, and be picked up April 28 or April 30.

If a work is sold, MAC will add sales tax and take a 20 percent commission. Checks are given to the artists at the beginning of the following month.

For the entry form or for further information, visit or contact Lucy Gafford at