Flutist Amy Porter and pianist Katie Leung are international stars of wondrous magnitude. Both will shine on the Mobile stage when they appear Jan. 31 in the latest concert from Mobile Chamber Music.
Juillard-trained Porter has built a reputation for “strength, sensitivity, captivating and seductive force and perfection.” She won the Third Kobe International Flute Competition in Japan, then returned as a jury member for the Sixth Kobe International. She won the 2001 Paris/Ville d’Avray International Flute Competition in France along with the Alphonse Leduc Prize for outstanding musicianship.
Porter also won first prizes in the Young Artists Competitions of the National Flute Association, Artists International, Ima Hogg and Flute Talk, among others. In 2006, Porter became the first performing artist named by the University of Michigan as a Henry Russel Award recipient for distinguished scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher.
Leung, a two-time winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, joined the faculty of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2015. She has held staff pianist positions at Rutgers University and Manhattan School of Music. She has been a collaborative pianist at Canada’s Banff Centre, the Castleman Quartet Program in Fredonia, New York, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine.
The Mobile show will feature Francois Poulenc’s Sonata for Flute and Piano; J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007; Nadine Dyskant-Miller’s “They Move While No One Watches — Dances”; Sigfrid Karg-Elert’s Suite pointillistique, Op. 35; and Christopher Caliendo’s “The Western Sonata.”
The show begins at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center on the University of South Alabama campus.
Eichold Gallery show in final days
As January winds down, don’t deprive yourself of the “Contemporary Nostalgia” show featuring artists Lauren Woods, Amanda Napper and Michael Vaughn Sims. It remains in place at Spring Hill College’s Eichold Gallery on the campus at 4000 Dauphin St. until Feb. 5.
Although born in Mobile and raised in Selma, Sims has a studio in Lowndes County. But the painter and sculptor is most active in the Montgomery area with its larger arts presence. He said his home there is “built on the site of a defunct 19th century church and an abandoned burying ground,” engendering his interest in the natural cycle of growth and decay underlying his identity as an Alabamian.
Napper is a Mobile painter and sculptor who has been widely active in a variety of cultural organizations and activities. She has shown in a variety of venues across the region including the 2006 “Made in Mobile” show at Loyola-New Orleans. She also works as a development assistant at Mobile Ballet.
Woods is a noted Mobile painter and ballerina who was featured in Lagniappe in November 2015. She has shown in New York City, teaches dance at Mobile Ballet and Dance Arts South, and teaches art at Spring Hill College and the University of South Alabama.
The show comprises Napper’s four paintings and three sculptures, Sims’ five paintings and four sculptures, and Woods’ five paintings. Included among the latter is “Maiden Voyage,” a large oil on linen Woods hinted at in the November interview.
A closing reception for the show is planned for Feb. 5, 5-7 p.m.
For information on gallery hours, call 251-380-3863 or email [email protected].
Student show in Skinny Gallery
For the first time in a long while, Mardi Gras’ early arrival will allow the February LoDa Artwalk to take place — on Feb. 12, to be exact. For the unusual occurrence, the Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St.) will feature the work of Alabama students as part of the Visual Arts Achievement Program.
Each spring, the Alabama State Council on the Arts recognizes the gifts of student artists in grades 6-12. The program is designed to build incentives and encouragement and even offers some opportunities for post-high school training.
The state is divided into six districts wherein both public and private school art teachers submit student work for juried exhibition in two groups. Group One consists of students in grades 6-8, while Group Two consists of students in grades 9-12.
Work covers seven categories: painting, drawing, mixed media, three-dimensional/craft, photography, printmaking and computer images.
Winners at the state level are exhibited for a month in the ASCA’s Montgomery gallery. The show is judged, prizes awarded and winning works displayed online at artsalabama.org.
District One includes Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Washington counties and its activities are organized by Mobile Arts Council. That means the local VAAP exhibition will hang at MAC after teachers deliver them on Wednesday, Feb. 3.
The exhibition opens Feb. 5. A reception and awards presentation will take place on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2-3:30 p.m., before the exhibition closes.
The show is expected to feature art by roughly 100 students from more than 15 schools in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
For more information about the show or the events, call 251-432-9796 or go to mobilearts.org.