Working from an in-house frame shop and employing high-quality materials, the master framers at Geana's Art Gallery & Custom Framing prepare virtually any item for permanent display. Selecting from an extensive collection of mouldings, an experienced framesmith encases photographs or World's Greatest Doggy-Paddler certificates behind a protective pane of glass (roughly $125 on average), or tears down and refits previously framed pieces to replace broken glass (roughly $50 on average). Alternatively, framers can mount projects on acid-free foam core or stretch canvases (roughly $299 on average) to properly display paintings and prevent torn cotton ligaments. Though prices vary according to size and difficulty, almost any framing challenge is fair game, from shadowboxes and plasma-TV surrounds to priceless uniforms and custom mirrors, both oversize and enchanted.
At Pink Picasso, lifelong artist Ally Acree Hunt introduces up to 20 prospective painters at a time to the colorful craft during open-art and private group painting parties. During each roughly two-hour session, students receive a 16"x20" canvas presketched with a design of their choosing, from palm trees and sunflowers to crustaceans and abstract representations of longing, which they take home on completion. Ally explains application techniques, provides the paints and brushes, and supplies plates and glasses for ingestible inspiration. Groupon customers can request private parties for groups of four or more, but if coordinating busy schedules seems like a task more impossible than licking a soap bubble, consult the calendar for open-studio time and call ahead to reserve a seat.
The five flags in front of the Cond?-Charlotte Museum House represent Mobile?s tumultuous history under the rule of five countries: France, Spain, Britain, the United States, and the Confederate States. Within the house, visitors can see antique furnishing that correspond to each of these periods in time, with a different theme in each room?for example, the British room holds antiques from 1763?1780, when the British occupied the city. The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Alabama run the house and operate its tours, which traverse both inside and the outdoor, Spanish-themed garden.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Pro Tip: Members enjoy free admission, discounts, and invitations to exclusive events and opportunities.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: World-class contemporary art exhibitions
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
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I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Put on your thinking caps. CLA is more than just a contemporary art space. Our quest is to marshall global artistic talent to engage the community in themes and topics that are uniquely relevant to the Gulf Coast. We do this with monumental nine-month initiatives, including a major exhibition of contemporary art that catalyzes a robust series of educational and public programs for all ages.
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
There is nothing like CLA on the Gulf Coast. Our 16,000 square foot gallery is housed in the former Press Register building, giving us the ability to commission and install interactive, large-scale art installations that invite visitors to participate in exhibition-related programs throughout the year.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Memberships provide a vital, consistent base of support for CLA programs and exhibitions. By joining CLA, you make the statement that in our new global city, a world-class contemporary art center is not only an amenity, but an expectation.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
Yes, our visiting artists are our greatest assets, ambassadors, and friends. They help CLA bring the world to Mobile, and Mobile to the world.
Built in 1857, the Southern Market/Old City Hall building served as home to three groups: the mayor and his city council meetings, several local militias, and a food market. Since then, the Italianate building has been deemed a national landmark, and its tenants have been whittled down to one: History Museum of Mobile. With its permanent exhibitions, the museum preserves more than 300 years of Mobile history, starting with the city's first Native American inhabitants. Interactive exhibits and artifacts—including antique silver and a cannon recovered from the CSS Alabama, which sunk during an 1864 battle—usher guests all the way to the present day.
Along with its mainstay exhibitions, the museum hosts events dedicated to film screenings, lectures, and debunking myths purported by Magic 8 Balls. History Museum of Mobile team has also helped open two other historical sites in town, including the Phoenix Fire Museum, which houses horse-drawn steam engines.