Lenz's portraits capture every day human experiences

The public is invited to the opening reception for the new solo exhibition by installation and fiber artist Susan Lenz this Friday, September 10th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.

The mixed-media installation features 48 free-motion machine-embroidered chiffon banners hanging from the center of the gallery ceiling and a series of more than 100 portraits depicting every day people and the decisions they've made. Included in the exhibit are works entitled, Atheist, Living with HIV, Overcoming Domestic Abuse, Argentine Tango Dancer, Nudist, and Hitch Hiker. The portraits are photo transfers on tea-stained muslin with hand stitching. Several mixed-media works will also be on display.

The artist's statement for this exhibition is simply: "Personal Grounds is a location in life. It is the place in which one exists as a result of doors opened, keys turned, and decisions made."

If you can't make the opening, the exhibit is open September 10th to October 10th. Also, Lenz will be hosting an artist lecture on Saturday, October 2nd at 2 p.m.

The City Gallery at Waterfront Park is located at 34 Prioleau Street in downtown Charleston.