Civic Center shines spotlight on artist

Contributed photo | “Exploring Nature” will be on display until Aug. 27 and can be viewed during scheduled events at the Carolina Civic Center in downtown Lumberton, or by appointment by calling 910-738-4339.

LUMBERTON — “Exploring Nature: A Collection of Creatures and Things,” a solo exhibit by Lumberton artist Rachel Hockett, will be on display at the Carolina Civic Center beginning June 25.

Hockett is a student at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she’s studying Art Education with a minor in Creative Writing. The 15 works of art that will be displayed at the center were created using a variety of techniques such as drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. Most focus on sea creatures.

“Art has always played a major role in my life, but it wasn’t until recently that I decided to take it seriously and make a career out of something I love,” Hockett said. “I don’t consider my work to have a specific theme, instead I feel as though it represents me as an individual by reflecting what I feel … is beautiful.”

Hockett’s obsession with aquatic creatures began during elementary school and she planned to pursue a career in marine biology.

“For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to do nothing but study the sea and all of her inhabitants,” she said.

But Hockett eventually realized that she was more drawn to the artistic qualities of nature than the science.

“Two years in college passed before I realized that it wasn’t the scientific aspects of these creatures I enjoyed, but the visual beauty they brought to this world,” she said.

“Exploring Nature” will be on display until Aug. 27 and can be viewed during scheduled events at the Carolina Civic Center in downtown Lumberton, or by appointment by calling 910-738-4339. For information, visit carolinaciviccenter.com.