It’s a big weekend for holiday-themed arts in Mobile and the Mobile Arts Council is in on the action with Christmas card art in its Skinny Gallery. The collection is courtesy of Michael Smith, who commissioned many of his artist friends to match his own designs used as invitations for his annual Christmas parties. The framed artwork is accompanied by Smith’s printed cards from 1995 to 2016.
The Danielle Juzan Gallery features copper sculptures by Lebaron Heathcoe. The work is cut by hand, then shaped by beating, heating or welding.
The Small Room features wood burning by Kathleen Kirk Stoves and focuses on Mobile’s significant oak trees.
An opening reception will be held during the Dec. 9 LoDa Artwalk, from 6-9 p.m.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance is free.
For more information call 251-432-9796 or go to mobilearts.org.
Glass show at ASMS
Mobile glass artist Rene Culler will debut a new exhibit in the gallery of the Alabama School of Math and Sciences (1255 Dauphin St.) with a reception on Friday, Dec. 9, that begins at 4:30 p.m. and runs into the evening.
Entitled “East to West: Exploration of Form,” it is inspired by Culler’s work through her Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship and investigations of Korean form. Though the style began in “changuum” or rice bale form, it transmuted into something more akin to Picasso than older traditions.
“Before traveling to Korea, I began making blown glass forms with colored glass trailings — the first type of decoration used in core-form vessels thousands of years before people knew glass could be inflated. I work with students and this work became like painting as I layered color on the forms and surfaces evolved,” Culler wrote.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information call 251-441-2100 or go to asms.net.
Mobile Ballet stages holiday classic
It’s not Christmas season without the annual performance of “The Nutcracker” by Mobile Ballet. The Tchaikovsky classic reveals the secrets of Christmas evening, with toys and treats that magically spring to life.
Three performances take place at Mobile Civic Center Theater (401 Civic Center Drive) over the weekend. On Saturday, Dec. 10, there’s a 2:30 p.m. matinee and a 7:30 p.m. evening performance. Sunday, Dec. 11, has a 2:30 p.m. matinee.
Tickets range from $60 to $20, with a discount for students, seniors and members of the military.
For more information call 251-342-2241 or go to mobileballet.org.