January 6, 2015The Wellness Walls for Art program at University Medical Center is opening the 2015 year with an exhibit that features 17 artists and is entitled “A Sense of Place.” “A Sense of Place” brings together work that is evocative of an observed, remembered or imagined scene. The show primarily represents the work of The Tuscaloosa and University Painters and many are executed in the plein air tradition, painting outside on location. Meridian, Miss., based artist Cooper French has been invited as a special guest artist. Other artists represented are Sue Blackshear, Elizabeth Hagwood, Matt Daugherty, Chris Metzger, Karen Jacobs, Diana Francko, Emily Mitchell, Anne Stickney, Lorie Layden, Jack Kidd, Jane Evers, Sandra Ray, Pamela Copeland, Lisa Godwin, Sharon Long and Deborah Hughes. In 2013, local artist Deborah Hughes began coordinating the hanging of the art at the center, and in January 2014, she became the official curator of the program called Wellness Walls for Art. Last year’s shows included: “A Brush With Art,” paintings by The Tuscaloosa and University Painters; “The Many Faces of Art in Adult Continuing Education;” “About People;” and “Quilting and Carving,” featuring the prints of Isadora Bullock and quilts by the West Alabama Quilters Guild. University Medical Center, the largest multi-specialty clinic in West Alabama, is operated by The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences. The public is invited to an artists’ reception Friday, January 16, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at University Medical Center located at 850 5th Avenue East in Tuscaloosa. For information, contact Deborah Hughes at (205) 310-5939.