New officers for Fairhope’s Theatre 98 board of directors were elected at their annual meeting recently. They are: Brenda Hedstrom, president; Robin Page, first vice president; Kelly Teague, second vice president; Teri Odell, treasurer; and Reagan McDowell, secretary.

Thanks should go out to Hillary Martin who after a dozen years is stepping down as the publicity person for Theatre 98. Heather Delker will assume those duties. Of course, Delker might have a tough slog trying to replicate Martin’s popular mocha shortbread logs for next year’s holiday get-together.

Congratulations to all.


Vets, butterflies and a Wolff meet at MAC

The Mobile Arts Council (MAC) has a diverse trio of shows bound for its comfy confines (318 Dauphin St.) in January.

The “Women’s Veterans Project” takes a look at the 2 million female military veterans who surround us in everyday life. Photographer Pam Kuhn brings portraits and stories from women of varied ages and ethnicities. They are teachers, doctors, truck drivers, supervisors, coaches, caretakers and stay-at-home moms who all served their nation in assorted capacities.

A New Jersey native and Coast Guard veteran, Kuhn transferred to Mobile in 2003. She retired in 2012 and started a photography business. Her project’s aim is to stir “love, support and recognition for these women’s accomplishments” and “bring awareness to the unique problems faced by women who serve in the military.” The show will be in the Skinny Gallery.

 Painter Joanna Myers’ show “Nature’s Masterpiece” started during a difficult personal period. A realization took her into a right turn from Franz Kafka.

“I became aware of how our lives are much like the butterfly. We enter this world naïve and, like a caterpillar, we bump along,” Myers said in a statement. “Eventually, we find ourselves surrounded by challenges as though trapped in a cocoon. Finally we emerge stronger and wiser from our experience, like a butterfly.”

She described the work as informed by “Old World style with vivid color and depth, but with a touch of simple surrealism.” Her show will hang in the Small Room.

Native Mobilian Jeremy Wolff’s photographic exhibition is almost all landscapes even though some pieces run to the abstract. From blurred night scenes to days at the beach, it’s a taste of his life.

MAC Director of Programs Lucy Gafford described Wolff’s work as “thoughtfully balanced with clever use of line and negative space.” His work will be in the Danielle Juzan Gallery.

The exhibitions will be in place Jan. 3-30. A special reception takes place during the next LoDa Artwalk, Jan. 11, 6-9 p.m.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Entrance is free.

For more information, call 251-432-9796 or go to mobilearts.org.