The newest space for art is one that belongs to all of us. A collaboration between the Mobile County Commission and the Mobile Museum of Art has resulted in the Government Plaza Gallery. Located in the atrium, it’s available for public viewing 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, except holidays.

The current exhibition features works in glass, metal, acrylic and oil paint media from six Mobile County artists: Colleen Comer, J. Kuhns-Conlon, Rene Culler, Susan Downing White, Susan Fitzsimmons and April Livingston.

Featured artwork will be rotated into the exhibit every six months and will continue to highlight Mobile-area and Alabama artists.

Art show fundraiser Aug. 2

Mobile Arc, a nonprofit providing services for the intellectually and developmentally disabled (I/DD), will hold its annual fundraising art show on Aug. 2 starting at 6 p.m.. The soiree at Azalea Manor (751 Dauphin St.) will feature the music of Lisa Mills and catering by Taziki’s Mediterranean Café.

The Mobile Arc art education program assists adults with I/DD with opportunities to improve communication and productive work skills while exhibiting their artwork in a professional setting. The art education programs are supported in part by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Marc-Art 2018 is made possible by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the event’s platinum sponsor, and by silver sponsors Great Southern Wood Preserving; Smith, Dukes & Buckalew LLP; and the Cottage Hill Civitan Club.

Tickets are $25 and are available at the door or purchased in advance by calling Mobile Arc’s finance office at 251-479-7409, ext. 623.

History Museum open house Aug. 5

There’s an abundance of stories in Mobile’s 316 years. Now the place that features more of them than any other is making it easier than ever to indulge.

The History Museum of Mobile (111 S. Royal St.) will hold an open house Sunday, Aug. 5, 1:30-3:30 p.m. You can learn all about the museum’s various departments, membership program and benefits.

Light refreshments will be served and entrance is free.

Author reviews Mobile war history

Known throughout Mobile for his coaching prowess, Paul Brueske is a history aficionado, a member of the Friends of Historic Blakeley State Park and the Mobile Historical Society. Also president of the Mobile Civil War Round Table, Brueske’s years of research have resulted in the publication of a book, “The Last Siege: The Mobile Campaign, Alabama 1865.”

Brueske will be the featured speaker for “Interesting Tidbits about the 1865 Mobile Campaign of the Civil War,” the Historic Mobile Preservation Society (HMPS) program on Aug. 2, 5:30 p.m., at the Oakleigh House Museum (300 Oakleigh Place). The lecture is free for HMPS members and $10 for nonmembers.