Artist Sharon Dowell — who currently resides in Charlotte — has traveled as far as Iceland to work in residence and gain international applaud. Her latest exhibit, Shift: New Works by Sharon Dowell, is more easily accessible at Dialect Design here in the Q.C. Featuring a series of paintings and installations, the exhibit reflects on a changing political and social environment. Dowell's art is also described as capturing "the energy of place, the economic boom and downturn, and themes of man vs. nature." Opening reception on Friday, March 11, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Exhibit continues through March 31. Dialect Design, 3204 N. Davidson St., Suite C. 704-488-6811.