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Hobbs' shell creations go on display at Directions through August

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Hobbs makes creations out of sea glass and shells, like the piece "Birds on Plants." She begins each piece with one item and searches her growing collection for the remaining "puzzle pieces" to form her original vision. The first piece determines the overall arrangement, she says. Her work can be seen at Directions in Mount Shasta over the month of August.

Artist Rebecca (Beckie) Hobbs’ work will be featured at Directions in Mount Shasta during the month of August.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing, there will not be a “Meet the Artist” event this Friday.

However, Hobbs’ “Shell Therapy Creations” will be displayed from Aug. 7 until Friday Aug. 28, offering the opportunity to view and purchase her work throughout the month of August.

Hobbs grew up in Siskiyou county where she now lives and works. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English and Writing from Southern Oregon University.

Hobbs began collecting treasures from the sea when she lived in a quaint Swedish village called Vejbystrand, which roughly translated means “Beach Village.” The sparsely populated beach offered an abundance of shells that launched her work into 15 years of collecting and creating ocean-themed art.

Her sea inspired art continued to evolve as she began collecting sea glass up and down the west coast from Oregon to Southern California.

Hobbs starts with one piece and searches her growing collection for the remaining “puzzle pieces” to form her original vision. The first piece determines the overall arrangement, whether it is the head of a dolphin or a unicorn horn, the leaf of a fern, or the peak of Mt. Shasta.

“I never know quite know how a sea glass design will turn out, which makes each composition unique. Plus, I get to sift through my finds and rediscover my treasures all over again,” she said.

“Nature is the true artist, I am just channeling her with every work I compose,” said Hobbs. “For me, beachcombing connects the mind, body and soul and born from that synergy with nature is my inspiration. That my friends, is true therapy.”

Find Hobbs’ artwork and inspirations on Instagram: shelltherapycreations.