Mobile Arts Council (MAC) will feature artists Ben Kaiser and Cat Pope in their new show, “Home and Heritage,” plus Sahar Alford’s exhibition, “Universal Beauty,” through March 30 in the Saenger’s Room 1927 (6 S. Joachim St.).
“Home and Heritage” is a depiction of pasts and beginnings of hometowns and explorations of colors that take viewers back to a place they remember. Kaiser and Pope hope to reveal a part of themselves while connecting observers to a piece of personal resonance.
Like painting, Alford’s love and passion for dance came at an early age. Her exhibition aims to capture beauty, strength and dreams of females around the world through different dance styles and cultures.
Gallery hours at Room 1927 are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Entrance is free.
An opening reception takes place March 13, from 6-9 p.m. during the LoDa ArtWalk.
For more information, call 251-432-9796 or go to mobilearts.org.
Ballet director on screen at Bernheim
Mobile Ballet Artistic Director Katia Garza has a backstory that spans official borders and personal challenges. It’s also the focus of a feature-length documentary now available for area eyes.
The ballet company has arranged screenings of “Katia Garza: My Life in Dance” at Bernheim Hall in the Ben May Main Library (701 Government St.) on March 7 and 8, at 3 p.m. Attendees can watch the triumphant tale of a talented and renowned Mexican ballerina who overcame adversity and discouragement to become a celebrated international professional artist.
Following the film, a Q&A session will be held with Garza and filmmaker Israel Rodriguez. The latter of the pair is Garza’s spouse and serves as ballet master for the Mobile Ballet.
Entrance is free, but seating is limited. Tickets are required. To get tickets, call 251-342-2241 or go to mobileballet.org.
Festival features service program artists
The 2020 Festival Of Flowers features work by N.E.S.T. of Mobile and other juvenile service programs. Lead artist Holly Farmer utilized Alabama Hues as a production site.
Inspired by NALL and Damien Hirst, a 10-by-40-foot mural of Japanese magnolias will flank the side walls of a room dedicated to Mt. Fuji, which is memorialized in an adjoining 10-by-20-foot mural painted from an 18th century work from the Bill Appling Collection.
Show designer Dale Speetjens enlisted Judge Edmond Naman and the juvenile court to continue this public art tradition with youth in need of a creative outlet.
“Programs like this allow our young citizens to not only feel a part of the countywide community but to be actively involved in enhancing Mobile County’s beauty, safety and culture,” Naman said. “It’s tangible proof of the power of creative youth in the right direction.”
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