Past Exhibitions 2017

“The Nature of Things II” 

Mobile, AL – The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit by local artist, Lynda Touart entitled, “The Nature of Things II”. This exhibit will be on display in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of  USA’s Marx Library from December 4, 2017 to February 28, 2018.

Lynda received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of South Alabama and her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting/photography from Florida State University. She has received many awards and has exhibited extensively throughout the area. For more information, visit her website lyndatouart.com.

This exhibit will display Lynda’s work done in ink, acrylic or color pencil on paper in a style that is described as realism with a twist. Below is Lynda’s artist statement:

“Although obviously realism, I prefer to think of my work as more than just an exercise in reproducing life.  My particular interests concern composition, patterns, and reflections. These sometimes odd points of view are intended to enable the viewer to look at the "real" world in a new way.  It's important to me for the work not to look like a photograph – not an easy task considering that I work from photographs.  Perfectly normal areas of observation can seem surreal if viewed with an unusual approach. Patterns, and especially reflections, can, in and of themselves, seem surreal if isolated from their surroundings I especially like the complexities of water and glass, and the subtlety of floral elements. When someone sees past the realism, I’m pleased; I want to suggest that there is a story behind the work, but I am not interested in telling the story.

My work is ink, acrylic, or color pencil on paper. Because there are no lines in the ink drawings, I enjoy getting the delicate tonal graduations that are possible with the stipple method, using technical pens, ranging from #005 to (occasionally) #1. Often leaving a part of the drawing suggested rather than totally detailed, leaving an expanse of white and breaking the picture plane, passes on to the viewer the responsibility of thinking about it in depth.

The acrylic paintings use a very thin application of built-up color, through glazes and dry brushing.  I use very small brushes, which roughly correspond to the size of the technical pens used for the drawings. This allows for a great deal of depth and detail.  Acrylic is better than watercolor for me, so that I can put many layers over each other and not pick up the underneath color. The color pencil drawings are done in much the same way, applying one thin layer over another many times.  This is another way to achieve a richness, working up to a dense surface.

The two questions I am most often asked are, ‘how long does it take’ and ‘do you work from photographs’. I could not answer the first question, although I knew that each piece stretched over months.  As to the second question, since it takes me so long to complete a piece, I do have to work from photographs.  I use my digital camera as a sketchbook, and change the photographs in Photoshop until I get a composition that pleases me.  In that way, digital photography has been a great help in the preparation for my work.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.


“Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama” 

Mobile, AL – The 2017 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is currently on display in the first floor gallery of the University of South Alabama Marx Library. The show will be on exhibit from November 16, 2017 – January 31, 2018. It is free and open to the public during regular Library hours.

The Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is an annual show for Alabama students who are visually impaired, blind, or deaf/blind. It was established in 1983 as a cooperative project between agencies serving children with visual impairments. The art show is open to students of all ages in Alabama public, private, residential, and home schools. The philosophy of the exhibit is that all participating students are considered winners and teachers are encouraged to incorporate visual arts into the individual educational plan of each student. The show provides students an opportunity to showcase their special talents and abilities. The artwork is unique with emphasis on creativity, color, and tactile media.
Every year, the art show travels throughout the state of Alabama and is displayed in museums, art galleries, and agencies. The grand prize winner’s art remains in a permanent collection at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Alabama, which is Helen Keller’s birthplace.

Support for the annual Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is provided through the sale of the art and through sponsors, including UAB Vision Science Research Center – Education and Outreach Module, UAB School of Optometry, UAB Program for Visual Impairments, UAB School of Education, EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, the Patty Johnson Award, the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau, the Nelson Family Award, and the Boyd Rogan Family Award.


“TRAVEL THE WORLD” 

Mobile, AL – The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit by husband and wife photography team, Ron and Dawn Everts entitled, “Travel the World”. This exhibit is currently on display in the Marx Library first floor gallery through November 15, 2017.

Want to travel the world, but don’t have the time or money? Come and do the next best thing... Travel the world through these beautiful photographs, which were taken in Africa, Asia, Australia, South Pacific, The United States and many other locations. It is Ron and Dawn’s hope that this exhibit will make more people aware of the beauty all around us.
Ron and Dawn have been interested in photography their whole lives and are both well-traveled. Interested in many facets of photography, they have a special love for the beauty of God’s nature, which is exemplified in these photos. We hope you enjoy them!

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.


“The Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center Art Exhibit” 

Mobile, AL – The University of South Alabama Marx Library is proud to present the art works of The Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the Library. The exhibit will be on display from August 1 to September 29, 2017.

The art program was one of the first to be developed when the Senior Center opened in 2007. James E. Conlon, Emeritus Professor of Art from The University of South Alabama, was the guiding hand and person who first developed the programs the Center offered in the Arts, with the help of several volunteer teachers in drawing, painting, beading, and quilting. The painting and drawing classes are now being run by a series of volunteer teachers: Charmaine Neylon, Carmel Alvis and Sean Webb.

The Art Program is a vital part of the Senior Center's operation. The art classroom is in use for painting and drawing Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm. Watercolor classes are offered from 10 am until 1 pm on Tuesdays and another group of advanced painters meet Tuesday afternoon from 2:30 pm until 5 pm.

The artists who are participating in the Marx Library show are a diverse group of men and women, mostly retired, who enjoy a new way of expressing themselves in the visual arts. Center membership begins at the age of 55, but there is no upper limit. The Center has very sprightly 80 year olds drawing and painting as proficiently as youth. The art portrayed in the exhibit ranges from primitive to impressionist, realism to abstraction.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours. For more information, please visit http://www.southalabama.edu/librarygalleries/


“Beauty in USA's Back Yard” by Ron and Dawn Everts

Mobile, AL – The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit by husband and wife photography team, Ron and Dawn Everts. The exhibit entitled, “Beauty in USA’s Back Yard” will be on display in the Marx Library first floor gallery from August 2 – September 29, 2017.

“Beauty in USA’s Back Yard” refers to the beauty Ron and Dawn have discovered at USA’s very own Glenn Sabastian Nature Trail. It is their hope that by this exhibit, they can make more people aware of the beauty of the nature trail. All but two of the photographs in this exhibit were taken at the nature trail (the other two were taken on USA Campus). The nature trail has been a part of the USA campus for nearly 30 years. Efforts to officially recognize the trail began with geography major Amy Milam in 2006. Amy mapped the trails and held numerous fundraisers that helped to pay for trail improvements. She also received approval to name the trail for Dr. Glenn Sebastian. In the fall of 2011, Brian Allred, assistant director of Campus Recreation, spearheaded efforts to bring the nature trail project to fruition. With substantial financial support from the Student Government Association, the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail is now a reality.

Ron and Dawn have been interested in photography their whole lives and are both well-traveled, having taken pictures the world over. Interested in many facets of photography, they have a special love for the beauty of God’s nature, which is exemplified by the Glenn Sabastian Nature Trail.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.



“In Stillness” by Kathrena Rivera and “The Serpents of Bienville” by Sean and Amanda Herman

Mobile – The University of South Alabama Marx Library is proud to present the combined exhibits of artist Kathrena Rivera’s “In Stillness” and Sean and Amanda Herman’s “The Serpents of Bienville”. This combined show is currently on display on the 1st floor gallery of the library. The exhibit will be on display through April 30, 2017. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

About Artist Kathrena Rivera: Photography has been the main form of Kathrena’s creative expression for the majority of her life. It is a passion that continues to morph, expand and refine the way she views the world. This series reflects her drive to create images that are reminiscent of dreamscapes or memories translated onto film.

Kathrena wants to convey a sense of timelessness and abstract quality to landscapes. A girl walking down a country road, a child running in the park at dusk or a man reaching out to view the horizon of the sea, seemingly unimportant or simplistic moments of humans relating to their surroundings.

This exhibit features work using medium-format film Holga cameras, both standard and pinhole. Kathrena enjoys the simplicity of “toy” cameras. Without multiple settings and sharp lenses the photographer is left with only their vision to rely on. The very limitations of toy and homemade cameras are what appeals to her.

The images were created in-camera using long exposure and Intentional Camera Movement techniques. While still creating a dreamy effect, Kathrena’s goal as an artist is to keep the images as true to the moment of capture as possible.

About Artist Sean Herman: Sean Herman lives and creates art in Daphne, Alabama.  He grew up in Daphne, leaving to pursue his dreams of learning the ancient craft of tattooing.  He began traveling the world, working with highly respected tattooists in Sweden, Canada, New York City, Southern California, and many other cities in his adventures.  His work has been featured in magazines all over the world, including Norway, Russia, Germany, and Taiwan, with over thirty different articles being written on his life and work.  Herman returned home in 2008, longing for the culture he missed, amongst the beautiful Live Oak.   Outside of his craft of tattooing, Herman has had his work shown throughout multiply art galleries, including the MOCCA (the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art) in Toronto.  Sean Herman is currently tattooing by appointment.  He can be reached through his website www.seanherman.com, or by email at sean@seanherman.com

Sean’s illustrations are based on local folklore and ghost stories from the Alabama Gulf Coast and were created using micron pen and ink wash, painstakingly creating detailed images consisting of tiny dots.  These dots grow into a much larger image, one that draws the viewer into specific lore, setting the stage for the larger message to come.  These stories, which have been passed down for generations, are also more closely examined by Herman in essay form, with small explanations accompanying each print hanging at the gallery show. The full essays can be found via the project’s website, www.serpentsofbienville.com

About Amanda Herman: Amanda is a southern writer and creator, vegan recipe experimentalist, discoverer, adventurer, wife and mom to the hyper focused and wildly creative. Amanda has been referred to by the Smithsonian as an Amazonian gladiator, proud supporter of PMA and big hair. By the time I've reached my golden years, I would like at least one person to be able to say, "That old bat may be crazy as a loon, but she can tell a darRn good story".

Contact Information for the Serpents of Bienville:

Website: www.serpentsofbienville.com

Email Address: theserpentsofbienville@gmail.com



D'Iberville: Remembering Katrina, Celebrating Recovery

Mobile, AL – On March 2, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., the D’Iberville Volunteers Foundation will present a new exhibit, “D’Iberville: Remembering Katrina, Celebrating Recovery” at the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art, University of South Alabama Marx Library. This exhibit tells the story of this small town’s experiences following Hurricane Katrina. From the period immediately following the passage of the hurricane to its recovery as a vibrant economic leader in South Mississippi, the exhibit uses pictures, artifacts, artwork in several media, and the words of both the citizens of D’Iberville and the volunteers who came from 49 states and 7 foreign countries to travel through the devastation to the first disaster responses all the way to recovery. It captures the incredibly resilient spirit of the citizens and the overwhelming volunteer response that enabled this town that was left with 475 slabs and a destroyed Old Town area as well as a surge and wind damaged northern area to come back stronger than ever. The D’Iberville Volunteers Foundation, led by two local citizens, Irene McIntosh with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology and Ed Cake with a doctorate in Biological Oceanography, focused on rebuilding or building new homes for the residents and restoring a community. They used the scientific method to define and manage the work of the thousands of volunteers to rehabilitate more than 1000 homes and properties as well as building 41 new homes from the ground up. Meanwhile, city leaders and employees worked diligently to restore the city infrastructure and economic base. This two-pronged approach expedited D’Iberville’s recovery.

The exhibit will be on display from March 1 through April 30, 2017. It is free and open to the public during regular library hours.



Paintings and Photographs

Mobile, AL – The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit by Susan Rouillier, entitled, “Paintings and Photographs”. The exhibit will be on display in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the 3rd floor of the Marx Library from March 1 – April 30, 2017. There will be a "Meet the Artist Reception” on Sunday, March 5, from 3:00-5:00. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Ms. Rouillier has been drawn to nature all her life. At the University of Melbourne she was a Commonwealth Scholar and did invertebrate research at Wilson’s Promontory in Australia. She graduated with a Biology degree and went on to teach in Australia, Japan and the United States. Rouillier set up a joint ecological project between Meiji Gankuen High School in Kitakyushu, Japan and The School of Math and Science in Mobile, Alabama, funded by the Fulbright MasterTeacher Program. Today Rouillier lives by the water on Mobile Bay where she paints and photographs birds and the natural world of the vast delta estuarium. “Painting makes me feel as vibrantly alive as the creatures that I portray,” she explains. She is grateful to USA Professor Emeritus James Conlon for his guidance and encouragement.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.



War and Remembrance on the Alabama Gulf Coast

The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new exhibit entitled, "War and Remembrance on the Alabama Gulf Coast,” a museum installation that will introduce its viewers to the concept of collective memory and tell the story of the people and places associated with war remembrance in our region. In addition to the panel displays, the glass cases are full of books, photographs and artifacts pertaining to wars throughout our history.

For more information, including audio clips, go to: http://www.usouthal.edu/departments/research/warandmemory/exhibit.html

This exhibit is currently on display through February 28, in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the library. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.


The Flow (The Rhythm of Dance)

Mobile - The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit by professional photographer, Vincent Lawson. Lawson has been teaching USA special courses photography classes for over 11 years. He has a strong passion for taking real life photographs that capture the still, small moments in life that would otherwise fade away and be lost. The photos in this exhibit are beautiful examples of Lawson’s talent for capturing and preserving these images on film. He states, “Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. This quote from Maya Angelou put this show in perfect perspective. These photos are about rhythm, and flow. Flow and rhythm are interchangeable. From fractions of a second to whole seconds these images represent life and the movement of dance.”

This exhibit, “The Flow (The Rhythm of Dance)”, will be on display on the first floor gallery of the Library from January 3 – February 28, 2017. All exhibits are free and open to the public during regular Library hours.