For millennia, iconography has been a staple of Christianity and as such has influenced artists in Europe and the New World. A pair of Mobile Arts Council shows for May riff from the theme in exploration of new interpretations.

Skylar Nicholson implements contemporary images in following older paths. In the way figures such as Buddha and Jesus are employed, the artist utilizes significant people from his own past.

“The glass itself is a symbol of fragility. It symbolizes how religion, people and ideas can be forgotten or broken. We use icons to have a visual memory of ideas and memories,” Nicholson explained.

Sandra Cassibry’s inspiration was stained glass windows along the central Gulf Coast. Her employ of watercolor for its translucent quality belies the nature she strives to depict.

The artists’ exhibits will be on display in the Small Room. An opening reception will be held May 13, 6-9 p.m., during the LoDa Artwalk.

The gallery is free and open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
For more information call 251-432-9796 or go to mobilearts.org.


Theatre 98 delays “Glass Menagerie”
Theatre 98 (350 Morphy Ave., Fairhope) has delayed the opening of its run of Tennessee Williams’ classic play “The Glass Menagerie” until May 13 following the death of Mobile actress Danielle Juzan on April 24. She was slated to play Amanda Wingfield in a cast of only four.

The role will be filled by Robin Ann Page. She will be joined by Jim Faust as Tom Wingfield, Amanda McAdams as Laura Wingfield and Ryan Peacock as the Gentleman Caller.
The play runs May 13-29. Friday and Saturday curtain is at 8 p.m. Sunday matinee is at 2:30 p.m.

Those holding tickets for May 6, 7 or 8 are to be contacted by Theatre 98’s box office and arrangements will be made to assist them in finding new times for attendance.

The production team also sends word that anyone wanting to lend a hand with ushering and/or beverage service can contact Brenda Geiger at  brendageiger@bellsouth.net.

Also, auditions for Theatre 98’s version of Alan Ayckbourne’s farce “Absurd Person Singular” will be held Monday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 10, 7 p.m. each night. Director Marcus Willis is looking for men and women aged 30 to 80 with enough vigor for energetic roles involving moderate physicality. No experience is necessary.

For more information call 251-928-4366 or go to theatre98.org.


Mother’s Day concert at Bellingrath
Forgo the restaurant crush and kitschy presents this Mother’s Day (May 8) and give your mom what she treasures most: time with her loved ones amid beautiful sounds and sights. It’s all available at the most picturesque setting Mobile County has to offer.

The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra will present its annual Mother’s Day Evening Concert at Bellingrath Gardens and Home (12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore) at 5:30 p.m. on Live Oak Plaza. Limited seating will be provided, but visitors are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs.

Guests are invited to enjoy supper while listening to classical music. Reservations for a table of four at $22 or six at $27 are available. Limited accommodations sell out early. Guests are asked to bring their own picnic suppers. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase.

The concert is included in admission to Bellingrath Gardens. Beginning at 4 p.m. on Mother’s Day, admission will be reduced to $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-12.
For more information call 251-973-2217 or go to bellingrath.org.


Library shindig conjures PBS favorite
The Friends of the Spring Hill College Library will spark their annual fundraising dinner with a nod to public television’s favorite post-Edwardian drama. “An Evening in Downton Abbey’s Library” begins Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. in Byrne Memorial Hall on the campus of Spring Hill College (4000 Dauphin St.).

The affair begins with an open bar and a silent auction of books, paintings, tickets to events around town and more. Dinner with wine and dessert will be served at 7:30 p.m.
Entertainment will be provided by the combo Swing, featuring vocalist Tjaden O’Dowd and keyboardist Scott Jolly.

Tickets are $50 per person and reservations are requested.

Make checks payable to Friends of the Spring Hill College Library and mail to Friends of the Spring Hill College Library, c/o Audrey Patterson, 3763 Old Shell Road, Unit B, Mobile, AL 36608. For more information call 251-342-9308.