The now-reorganized History Museum of Mobile is open and running, despite the discord remaining after a staff shake-up. Its open doors aren’t the only carryover from the summer.

The run of local photographer Vincent Lawson’s photography exhibit “Our Neighbors” has been extended until the end of September. The display is a visual chronicle of Mobile’s homeless population and the unfortunate people who dwell on the fringes of our consciousness.

“The images of Mr. Lawson’s exhibit were so moving that we felt it necessary to extend its availability. We wanted to allow as many members of the public as possible to experience this powerful vision of an often overlooked segment of our community,” History Museum of Mobile Interim Director Sheila Flanagan said in a news release.

Lawson will host a talk Aug. 29, 10 a.m. to noon, in the museum atrium. That same day the museum will host representatives from area homeless service providers including 15 Place, Housing First, McKemie Place and the Salvation Army.

For more information on the exhibit or the Aug. 29 event, contact Holly Jansen, curator of collections, at holly.jansen@cityofmobile.org or 251-208-7420.

Also, Mobile architectural historian and author John Sledge will be the guest of honor at the Sept. 9 Learning Lunch from noon to 1 p.m. in the museum auditorium. His new book is “The Mobile River,” and he will discuss this waterway’s importance for area populations stretching back to prehistoric eras. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.

The monthly Learning Lunch allows guests to bring their lunch and enjoy a free presentation on topics involving Mobile’s 300-year history and culture.

For more information, call the museum at 251-208-7508 to speak with Jennifer Fondren, curator of education, or contact her directly at fondrenj@cityofmobile.org.


ESAC calls for participants
If you’re on the Jubilee side of Mobile Bay, there are opportunities aplenty at the Eastern Shore Art Center (ESAC). Volunteers and participants can pencil a few dates into their calendars.

The Alabama Art Education Association (AAEA) 2015 Conference will be held in Fairhope in October and hosted by ESAC. Early bird registration ends Sept. 4 with AAEA/NAEA members paying $150 and non-members paying $135 with annual membership.

Register online at www.aaeonline.org or pick up a form at ESAC (401 Oak St., Fairhope). You can also email Nancy Raia at nancy@esartcenter.com for more info.

Registration for ESAC fall classes ends Sept. 9 and classes begin Sept. 15. Classes are eight weeks unless otherwise noted.

To enroll, go to www.esartcenter.com or call 251-928-2228, ext. 107. You can also enroll in person Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the registrar’s office.

ESAC is always seeking volunteers. Aides are currently needed for the front desk, First Friday Art Walk, two outdoor art festivals, clean-up/gardening/overall beautification of the grounds/studios, and with “Poppies for Veterans” and other fundraisers.

If interested, drop by ESAC Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. for coffee and discussion.


Adult classes start at MMoA
Speaking of adult workshops and classes, our very own Mobile Museum of Art (MMoA) has a new slate of instruction and exploration available for the fall, including a variety of disciplines taught by some of the area’s most noted artists.

Things begin Sept. 12 when Ardith Goodwin starts the two-day acrylic workshop Impact! Classes run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Objectives are to blend both the joy of the beginning painter with the fundamentals and skills of the more advanced so students learn strategies for creating powerfully resonant paintings. Some, but not all, supplies are provided. A list is provided upon registration. Class rate starts at $275.

Susie Bowman will teach a Tuesday wheel throwing class in two sessions. The first is Sept. 15-Oct. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; the second is Nov. 3-Dec. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m., with no class during Thanksgiving week. Classes are for both beginning and intermediate students. The limit is 10 students per class so every student receives individual attention.

Bowman will also teach two off-site sessions of wheel throwing classes on Fridays. Those run Sept. 18-Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Nov. 6-Dec. 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with no class during Thanksgiving week. Prices for both of Bowman’s classes begin at $135.

Ron Thomson teaches Foundations and Expressions, a painting class focused on seeing and capturing light on canvas. The Wednesday class runs in two sessions, the first Sept. 16-Oct. 21, 3:45-6:15 p.m., and the second Oct. 28, Nov. 11 and 18 and Dec. 2-16, 3:45-6:15 p.m. Prices begin at $120.

B’Beth Weldon will teach Gesture Drawing and Painting Nov. 4, 5 and 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The first day will focus on drawing with painting on the remaining two days.

Rates are based on how many days of Weldon’s class you take. One day starts at $80 and the full course starts at $200.

Rachel Wright will teach a pair of glass classes. The first is Glass Fusing Alchemy running Saturdays, Sept 19 and 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Price starts at $120. Wright’s second is Last Minute Fused Glass Gifts on Saturdays, Nov. 14 and 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Prices begin at $120. All skill levels are welcome for both classes.

Supply lists and more detailed descriptions for all classes can be found at mobilemuseumofart.com/learn/adults/adult-wokshops/.