The newest art exhibit at the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library showcases the outstanding works of Long Beach resident, Sue Cockrell. The exhibit will feature some of Sue’s earlier and most recent works, beginning with her college work from the 1970’s.

Sue, born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, says that her love of art “started with the best Christmas present ever, a huge box of Crayola crayons.” She studied art in high school and worked toward a Bachelor of Fine Art, receiving formal training in art at Armstrong Atlantic University and Georgia Southern University.  During her junior year, she joined the U.S. Navy and began a career in the military. Her service took her to the Panama Canal Zone, Florida, North Carolina and finally, the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Sue first retired from the Navy as a Flag Writer and later from NASA as a program management analyst. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in sociology from Excelsior University and has begun work toward a Master of Business Administration from Southern Miss.

Sue put painting, her life-long passion, on hold during her two careers, but in 2012, a friend asked her to paint something similar to a painting she had seen. It was then that her art career began again. Although she works primarily in acrylics, her secondary mediums are oil and watercolor. Sue says that she “loves to use glazes and layering to give depth to paintings as well as the illusion of transparency. Subjects range from abstract creations to landscapes, coastal shore birds, and seafood.” Sue’s artwork has been on exhibit at the Purple Pelican Art Gallery in Pass Christian, several local restaurants and the Pass Christian Court House.

Pieces, by this mostly self-taught talent, will be on display on all three floors of the Gulf Coast Library from May 2 through July 31 with an artist reception to be announced at a later date. Selected pieces and some prints will be available for purchase.

To view Sue’s work, visit https://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/sue-cockrell. For questions about the exhibit, contact the Gulf Coast Library at 228.214.3450.