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N.C. region displayed in Lumberton art show

By Abbigail Overfelt
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From left, Lee Werner, Janette Hopper and Dr. Matthew Thompson featured their art in the exhibit “Robeson County on Campus.

Art inspired by the Southeastern North Carolina region was among the works featured Jan. 11 in the exhibit “Robeson County on Campus” at the Osterneck Auditorium in Lumberton.

Art Department Chair and member of the Robeson County Arts Council Janette K. Hopper had approximately 13 works on display, including a series of three sumi ink silk-screens, which stood just over seven feet tall.

“I show all over the country, but a lot of my pieces are inspired by this region and a lot of people don’t get to see them,” Hopper said.

Not only are Hopper’s pieces shown all over the country, she has also had exhibits displayed as far away as Denmark, Germany and France.

Physician and member of the Robeson County Arts Council Dr. Matthew Thompson seemed shocked to have his work shown at the art show, which attracted a turnout of about 100 people.

“It’s an honor to be here with [Hopper],” he said.

Thompson has been painting since 2001, when his wife brought home a watercolor set “out of the blue.”

Thompson, originally from New Jersey, loves to travel in the Southeast and paints watercolors from photographs taken in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Fayetteville, N.C., and New Orleans, La.

One of his watercolors, Mint Juleps, is based in Downtown New Orleans and was entered in the North Carolina Watercolor Society Competition.

UNCP supporter and active patron of the arts Lee Werner was showing approximately 17 works, ranging from oil on canvas to acrylic and watercolor.

He said that he has been painting since the Korean War.

Werner explained that he began painting when a fellow officer asked him to come over and helped paint his kitchen.

“I thought we were going to be laying paintbrushes to cabinets,” he said, “but when I went over, he had two easels set up side by side.” Werner said he has been painting ever since.

He also said that he has never kept track of how many shows he has participated in.

“I don’t take myself seriously,” he said.

The event was organized by Director of the Robeson County Library Bob Fisher.

It was sponsored by the Friends of the Robeson County Library. The next event at the Osterneck Auditorium will feature L. Diane Wolf, author of The Circle of Friends book series, on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in Lumberton.

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