Art Exhibit: View of the Water

It’s not just the shades of blue in the water, but the other brilliant colors that create the sparkle. It’s not just the straight line of the horizon, but the way the colors play with and shape the horizon’s reflection in the water.

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Now through Sept. 10, 2011 at Orange Beach Arts Center: "View of the Water" exhibit by Sarah Haas Otts.

If you know exactly what that means, or if you want to find out, you will love the newest show in the Visiting Artists and Special Exhibits Series at the Orange Beach Arts Center.

Mobilian Sarah Haas Otts grew up surrounded by coastal, bay and river waters. Now a degreed professional artist, she enjoys capturing her images of the water and forming them into abstract representations using paint on canvas. Through September 10, she shares her water interpretations with all who visit the Orange Beach Arts Center.

You can soak up Sarah’s colors and images Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. While there, admire works of other local artists, pick up some gifts, and watch a glass artist at work in The Hot Shop. For more information, contact the center at 251-981-2787.

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Collage Workshop Aug. 2, 3, 4

Creating an artistic collage can be as relaxing as meditation while at the same time bringing the participant energy through the creative process and sense of accomplishment.

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Learn collage art at Orange Beach Arts Center during a 3-day workshop August 2-4, 2011.

Artist/instructor Jane Sellier wants to share her love of the collage process with anyone—first-timer to professional artist—who wishes to dabble in or seriously study this medium. The Orange Beach Arts Center is helping her make that happen.

Using any variety of objects, students adhere items to a surface in whatever manner that is pleasing to their eye. The collage may feel complete as is, or any combination of other media (paint, pencil, crayon, etc.) can be applied to embellish the basic work.

Call 251-981-2787 today to register for this popular 3-day workshop scheduled for August 2, 3, and 4, 2011, from 9 a.m. until noon. The fee is only $50, and you’ll walk away with a truly unique creation of your very own, as well as enough skills and knowledge to expand your portfolio.

Even if you choose not to explore your creative side at this time, stop by the Arts Center to admire or purchase works of talented artists. Their ever-changing displays include a number of artistic forms, and you can even enjoy watching a glass artist at work in The Hot Shop.

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Cosmos at the Cosmos

For centuries, man has gazed at the skies and wondered what was out there, how it all fits together, and if we’ll ever know the full scope of our world. Thursday, July 21, 2011, The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is giving you an adults-only, after-hours view into some of these age-old topics of curiosity.

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Cosmos at the Cosmos, July 21, 2011, is an adults-only experience at Gulf Coast Exploreum.

Cosmos at the Cosmos is a fundraising effort in great disguise. An incredibly small $10 is all they are asking, and in return, for starters, you get two adult beverages (choose a special Cosmo-tini!) and light hors d’oeuvres to feed your taste buds. Even better, feed your inquisitive mind through access to all four of the permanent exhibit galleries as well as the traveling Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. And for an extra $5—again, such a tiny fee!—view the critically acclaimed IMAX film Hubble.

Tickets are limited and time is getting shorter, so order yours today and plan to spend 5:30–9:00 at The Exploreum, 65 Government Street in Mobile. Need more info? Call 251-208-6869.

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Create Your Own Blown-Glass Art

Handmade items hold special appeal, partially for the obvious reason of being handmade and therefore one of a kind. While you are visiting the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast area, create a special handmade souvenir or gift loaded with extra “uniqueness factor” by making your own hand-blown ornament, paperweight or flower.

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Create your own souvenir or gift from glass!

It’s not as difficult or scary as you may think, since you’ll be working directly with a professional who loves to teach the art form. Make it a family affair—children aged 8 and up, parents and grandparents alike will enjoy the learning process, making the masterpiece, and then admiring each others’ creations. (Children younger than 8 will be allowed to assist.)

This opportunity is not common or ordinary. In fact, The Hot Shop at the Orange Beach Arts Center is the only public-access glass studio in the state of Alabama, and one of only a handful in the Southeast. At only $20 per ornament (discount on 3 or more), $25 for a flower or $35 for a paperweight—and only about 20 minutes to make one—this is an experience and a bargain that just cannot be missed. (Hint: It’s not too early to think about holiday gift-giving!)

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Learn glass-blowing at Alabama's only public-access glass studio at the Orange Beach Arts Center.

Contact the Orange Beach Arts Center for details and to make your appointment. Call 251-981-2787 or stop by 26389 Canal Rd. in Orange Beach (just a few moments east of Hwy. 161), Tuesday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Even if you choose not to make your own, don’t pass up the opportunity to watch artist Sam Cornman at work. Be sure to allow time to wander through the Arts Center and the gift shop while there. You will find numerous artists represented and a great variety of media and subjects.

Share your hand-blown ornament as a gift, or place it on proud display in your own home. Either way, you will have a fun, distinctive memory to hold onto always. Who knows—it may open you to a new interest and the discovery of a hidden talent!

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Orange Beach This Week

Orange Beach, Alabama, may be best known for its fishing and beautiful white beaches. But this week it also boasts a family movie, baseball tournament and tennis matches.

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In addition to beautiful beaches, Orange Beach has plenty of non-beach events to enjoy.

Starting Wednesday, July 6, the USSSA Baseball World Series 9–14 teams will play at Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Foley diamonds. Approximately 150 teams will compete to reach the July 9 Bracket Games and then the July 10 Championship Games. Check out the USSSA website for each day’s schedule. It is open to the public at no charge. This is the Session I tournament; Session II runs July 13–17.

On Thursday evening, July 7, the Orange Beach Public Library will host the popular PG-rated family movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Popcorn will be supplied at this free event, but you are welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks. The movie will be shown from 5:30 until 7:15.

Tennis fans will enjoy the NTRP Combo Classic on Saturday, July 9. More than 80 players from the Southeast will compete in this national ratings challenge. You may participate for a fee of $23, or observers are welcome to enjoy the games at no charge at the Orange Beach Tennis Center.

So if you are in the Orange Beach area this week and are looking for non-beach activities, these would certainly fit the bill. Squeeze in as much fun as you can without worry, as there will still be plenty of new experiences available for your next visit!

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