The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) is shifting locations and timing for their last presentation of 2018. Since the group’s customary fourth-Monday event would fall on Christmas Eve, they will instead gather on Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Branch of the Mobile Public Library (701 Government St.).

MOJO is keeping their vision forward with “Next Generation: Passing the Legacy Torch II,” featuring the efforts of younger musicians from the Mobile Bay area. One group is The Jazz Studio, an effort led by Hosea London and organized in conjunction with the Mobile Big Band Society. Joining them will be the Bayside Academy Jazz Band.

Entrance is $15, $12 for military/students and $10 for MOJO members.

For more information, call 251-459-2298 or visit mojojazz.org.


Natural world in focus at MAC

The Gulf Coast’s abundant natural beauty has long been an inspiration for artistry, perhaps most famously in the work of Walter Anderson. The Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St.) highlights those wonders in a trio of December shows.

The Coastal Alabama Botanical Artists’ Circle and the Mobile Botanical Gardens Sketch Club have combined efforts to make a florilegium, or “gathering of flora,” from the gardens’ plant collection. It will be on display in the Danielle Juzan Gallery.

Local artist and instructor Ben Shamback has a love of plein air painting that shows in his energetic and refined body of work. He will exhibit a collection of oils in Small Room that tells stories of “the pictorial spaces, places and ideas for which there are no words.”

The entire Gulf Coast has been a home to Herb Willey for nearly eight decades. He majored in fine art at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, started his own New Orleans advertising firm, bought a getaway on Dauphin Island and now resides in Bay St. Louis. It provides endless subject material for his paintings, and those pieces of his “Gulf of America” will hang in the Skinny Gallery all month.

An opening reception will take place during the Dec. 14 LoDa Artwalk, 6-9 p.m..

The galleries are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance is free.


Midtown studio space available

Alabama Hues is a new venture located upstairs from Antiques Emporium (2601 Emogene St.) meant to operate as an artshare workspace/classroom/private studio/meeting/event space. You don’t have to be a member to rent a table or attend a class, although membership creates discounts on services.

Yearly membership is $45. Nonmember, one-day table passes are $35 and 30-day locker rental costs $15. You must be a member to rent co-op spaces for classes.

For more information, call 251-973-8667 or visit alabamahues.org.