Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Works by Charlotte Wegrzynowski will be on display in The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center Nov. 3-22, 2017. Titled Invoke, the exhibit of works in charcoal will open with a reception honoring the artist on Nov. 3 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday.

The work of Charlotte Wegrzynowski is about a personal exploration of faith, identity, calling and belonging. She represents her own hands, which the artist finds as expressive as faces, but without the burden of identification or “likeness.” The images are inspired by a number of sources, including the experience of spiritual invocation as a function of ritual. “Some of these pieces are a call for renewal, guidance and blessing. Others are expressions of isolation, frustration and longing. All come from a very personal response to the conditions and challenges of everyday life,” noted the artist. Stepping up to the drawing on her easel offers her a way to channel her thinking and questioning.

Charlotte Wegrzynowski, "Feathers Man," 2017.  Charlotte Wegrzynowski, "Leda," cut paper and embroidered silk covers.

Charlotte Wegrzynowski teaches in the Foundations area of the UA Department of Art and Art History. The 2016-17 school year was her ninth year of teaching at The University of Alabama. She has taught Drawing I and Design I in the Department of Art and Art History as well as two graduate level watercolor classes for the Department of Theatre & Dance. She has given guest lectures in art appreciation as well as in anthropology classes. Wegrzynowski has been juried into exhibitions at the Meridian Museum of Art, the Alabama Women’s Art Caucus in Huntsville and won second place in the SECAC 2016 Juried Exhibition. She received the Best of Show award in the 31st West Alabama Juried Art Show. She received her BA from The University of the South and the MFA from The University of Alabama Book Arts Program. She has been an instructor at The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History since 2008.

Visit www.firstfridaytuscaloosa.com for a complete list of all First Friday participants and upcoming events. The Arts Council Gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. with free admission. The gallery and The Arts Council offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 23 and 24.

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in Downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about the CAC, The Arts Council or Bama Theatre, patrons should LIKE the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-758-5195 or visit cac.tuscarts.org for further information.