The Kangal Gallery in the Sail LOFT is the home
of some of Mobile
Alabama's finest artists.
"Art, Studio and Gifts - Something for
The Kangal Gallery is organized as a
cooperative, with participating artist renting space and working one day a month, the gallery provides a diverse
range of art – including oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, wood, stained glass, photography, folk art,
weaving, handmade books and women’s scarves. Many of the works reflect a local, coastal flavor, which
is popular with tourists who want a special remembrance of their visit
to Mobile as well as local residents.
“We Are Family….I got all my sisters (and brothers) with me!”
Top left to right: Scott & Karen Clements, Michael Thomas, Cindy Scott, Khani Ewing, Brittany Huber, Kathleen
Middle: JD & Sharon Hawkins, Lloyd Scott, Barbara Rettig, Susan Kangal, John Byl, Janie Brown, Terry Lepre,
Christina Watts, Karen Spaulding, Gail Bramer
Front: Brenda Lomax, GS Khalsa, Fred Rettig, Sharon Heggeman, Michael Smith, Helen Huppertz, Andrew
Another retail casualty for downtown
Mobile as Kangal
Gallery plans to shut doors.
By May 09, 2014 at 7:00 AM, updated May 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM
MOBILE, Alabama – After four years selling original art by local
artists, as well as coastal-themed gifts and women’s clothing and accessories, Susan Kangal has
decided to close Kangal Gallery at the Sail Loft at 58 N. Royal St.
“It breaks my heart,” said Kangal. “I’ve given it my blood, sweat
and tears for four years.”
The 18 artists whose work she currently sells, and her customers,
have been “very sad, but very supportive,” she said, since she announced the news May 1. “All the
artists wanted to hang in until the doors close.”
The gallery, located on Royal Street between St. Michael and St.
Francis streets, is filled with artwork displayed against old brick walls. Sails hang from the
ceiling, and stairs in back lead to a loft area that overlooks the gallery below. “It’s a great
space,” Kangal said.
She simply can’t afford to keep the shop open any longer, she said.
Last year, sales were less than the previous year.
“Four years is usually when a business plateaus and you start to
make a profit,” she said, but that hasn’t been the case at Kangal Gallery. “You can only work so
long before you get a return, and I need a return.”
Kangal Gallery’s announcement comes the same week the owners
of another popular downtown shop, Inside Up,
said it will close by the end of May.
“I want downtown to succeed, but it’s just not happening,” said
Kangal. “Everyone says, ‘Airbus will help,’ but that’s still several years away. By four years, we
should be turning a profit, but it has flattened out.”
Tonight’s Art Walk will be the last for the Kangal Gallery, which
will close on May 21. Everything in the store, except for art, is now up to 75 percent off with an
additional 25 percent off the lowest marked price.
Adding to the sadness tonight will be the absence of one of the
gallery’s artists, Brittany Huber, who was killed in a car wreck April 28 just south of Atlanta. She and her fiancé, John Redman, who was
seriously injured, were heading to Mobile for their wedding this past weekend. He remains in an
Huber had moved to Dalton, Ga., last fall and had gotten all of her
artwork from the gallery around Christmastime, Kangal said. “She was such a sweetheart,” she said
of the young woman who was going to teach art, according to Kangal.
But Kangal doesn’t want to dwell too much on sadness. “New
beginnings,” she said. “I’m waiting for the window to open.”
Yes the Kangal Gallery is Closing after 4 short years
“So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night. I hate to go and leave this pretty
On Display now thru May 21st, 2014: Spot light on Barbara Rettig, watercolor
painter Accompanied by all gallery artists.
Final Celebratory Artwalk Reception: Friday May 9th, 6 – 9 pm
Entertainment: Smooth Jazz by Jerry Robbins
Proud supporter: Kevin Loper, Roberts Brothers Realty
Doors close Wednesday May 21, 2014
Hours: Tues.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.
p.m., Sat. 10:30 a.m. - 3:30
2nd Friday Open House for ArtWalk 5-9 p.m.
Info & artists applications call -