100 Miles 2017 Honoree for "Next Generation" in Coastal Conservation
Alexandra Nicole grew up on the Georgia coast where her outside experiences kept her closely connected to its wildlife and landscapes. She’d spend her days climbing tangles oaks, eating fresh caught fish from the creeks, swimming off the beach, and weathering every storm. These experiences have inspired Alexandra to defend and share her love of our coastline to the rest of the world through art.
When asked what motivates her to paint coastal landscapes and wildlife, her message was simple, yet profound:
“The ability to experience our coast adds an indefinable richness to my life. Sometimes the only way I can express this feeling is through canvas, paintbrushes, and a spectrum of colors. All I can hope is to give people the same feeling of complete happiness when they look at my paintings.”
Alexandra’s coastal outdoor journey never stops – she is continuously absorbing new information about the environment and expand her artistic skills. To Alexandra, sometimes the best part of learning is looking back to where we came from and realizing how it made us who we are today. Her favorite memory is one of her earliest ones on our coast,
Alexandra Nicole is a coastal artist and wildlife biologist local to St. Simons Island. You can see her colorful memories and experiences in her artwork at Art by Alexandra Nicole and on our Holiday Market website where she donates a portion of her coastal pieces every year.
Alexandra Nicole Receives Best of Houzz Service Award 2017
Alexandra Nicole has been voted by the Houzz community as a winner of their Best of Houzz 2016 and 2017 service award!
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of recent client reviews.
Southern Tides Magazine - April 2016 Features Alexandra Nicole Newton
Alexandra Nicole Newton Receives Best in Show and Best Booth Awards - 2016
Best in Show and Best Booth were awarded to Coastal Artist Alexandra Nicole Newton at the recent Art in the Park presented by the McIntosh Art Association, a two-day art event with juried artists.
The Fort Stewart Jazz Ensemble and Michael Hulett provided music for this event under the picturesque oaks in Vernon Square, downtown Darien, Georgia.
"Brunswick Stewdio Opens In Historic Downtown Brunswick"
The Brunswick News, June 24, 2015
I am excited to be a part of the new Brunswick Stewdio located in downtown Brunswick, GA where we now have 35 artisans in the co-op.
The Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce recently assisted Brunswick Stewdio with their grand opening. Brunswick Stewdio is a co-operative working studio, exhibit, and classroom/workshop space located at 1407 Newcastle St. in Historic Downtown Brunswick. The College of Coastal Georgia and Brunswick Stewdio have just announced the establishment of a partnership wherein art students from the college will have opportunities, through studio and learning experiences, to mingle and collaborate with the working artist members in the downtown location. Harlan Hambright, originator of the Stewdio, said that this partnership “is a win-win-win for everyone involved. The college wanted to establish a presence downtown and it will be great for the Stewdio itself to be visited on a regular basis by interested students.” Art classes are available at the Brunswick Stewdio.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment. A new rotating exhibit will open every First Friday and highlighted artwork from students of the College of Coastal Georgia’s drawing program each semester. For more information call 222-3187 or visit the Brunswick Stewdio.
“Downtown Seeing Boost From New Businesses"”
The Brunswick News, June 5th, 2015
Artist Alexandra Nicole works in her space at The Brunswick Stewdio. The new work and gallery space in downtown Brunswick is one of many coming to the area.
There is a definite buzz in downtown Brunswick.
Storefronts that have stood vacant for years are filling up. More visitors can be found milling around and between the shops and restaurants.
And with plans for a new and improved Mary Ross Wasterfront Park in the works, it’s clear a transformation is at hand.
That’s how Harlan Hambright sees it. And it’s one reason the photographer wanted to find a way to be a meaningful part of it.
“I like to say that I’m ‘Daddy Cated’ to downtown Brunswick,” he said, referring to Daddy Cate’s Coffees, a popular coffee shop downtown. “I really like the urban environment and I see a lot of potential in downtown.”
That commitment to downtown led to his latest project: The Brunswick Stewdio.
Two months ago, Hambright found himself in need of a space and came upon a 5,000 square foot location at 1407 Newcastle St. He offered artisans a place to create, exhibit, offer classes and sell their work. He also wanted to establish a partnership with the College of Coastal Georgia, allowing its art program to get involved.
Once the dust settled, he had assembled 29 members, who set about filing the space with colorful, unique art work. Their hard work will pay off today when the Stewdio holds its grand opening at First Friday which will include a performance by a string quartet from the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra.
While Hambright is delighted at the speed and success of his idea, even he must admit he’s surprised by the way it has progressed.
“It’s really been divine intervention. It has just all come together. And it has just been amazing to watch, especially all of these artists interacting. The energy is palpable,” he said.
That energy, Hambright feels, extends well beyond the doors of the Stewdio.
“The four buildings across from us have just sold and something will be going there soon. I think this is the year that downtown is going to make the turn. There is so much latent creative energy there and everyone really wants it to blossom,” he said.
“The businesses there now don’t see each other as competition. Lynda Gallagher has a gallery next door, but she doesn’t see us as competition. She sees it as more foot traffic coming into downtown Brunswick. Susan (Bates) at Tipsy’s doesn’t see another restaurant as competition. It’s just more energy building.”
That energy is evident in a number of new or expanding businesses. Many, like the Stewdio, are art-centric.
The Oyster Design Co. is one. Located on Bay Street next to Maggie Mae’s, the shop offers handmade lighting, home goods and more.
Ross Edwards and Nikki Coverston, who co-own the business, decided to open a location downtown for retail space and a gallery to showcase their items.
“Downtown is such a cute little area with a lot of potential,” Edwards said. “There are a lot of people talking about it and opening businesses here or around the corner. It’s really picking up. It’s a happening place. We just wanted to add something, another experience.”
It’s a sentiment Whitney Herndon, owner of Grace Graffiti, shares. Herndon, who had a small storefront on Newcastle, is opening a larger, full-time location to accommodate her business’ growth.
She wouldn’t consider anywhere other than downtown.
“Downtown Brunswick is beautiful and has much potential, but beyond that it is a community in every sense of the word. Downtown provides an environment where I am surrounded by neighbors, business owners and other artists who are also my friends,” she said. “The environment here provides inspiration and encouragement that I cannot find anywhere else.”
Other “arty” ventures — albeit of a different variety — include the Farmer and the Larder, co-owned by chef Matthew Raiford and his fiancé, Jovan Sage. It will offer cooking classes, tastings and food products.
Golden Isles Brew Supply is relocating to downtown to offer brewing enthusiasts a place to purchase their wares.
“These are art of a different variety,” Mathew Hill, director of the Downtown Development Authortity, said. “I think the arts community has decided they are ready for dedicated place. And with what Harlan’s done ... they have seen an opportunity.”
Hill feels downtown is morphing into a home of arts in the Golden Isles and that includes theater and music as well.
“We have two theaters. There’s always music at Tipsy’s and we have Rhythm on the River at Mary Ross,” he said. “I think more and more people are just realizing that downtown is the place to be.”
"Weekend Celebration Showcases The Best Of The South"
Coastal Illustrated, June 10th, 2015
Alexandra Nicole Newton grew up exploring among the wildlife of the Coastal Georgia region. It is not surprising that she developed a love for wildlife and it became the subject of her creations. “I started painting around second grade and it was something I stuck with,” says Alexandra, who studied under local artist Dorothy McClain in art classes through her senior year of high school.
When she went to college, she had to choose between art and wildlife. She chose to attend the University of Georgia’s Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. While attending UGA, her love of coastal ecology only grew. And when she came home to the golden isles, knowing that she wanted to work in the area, she began creating coastal art again.
“I am trying to foster a connection between people and nature. There is very little interaction between people and the environment. I want to help people appreciate and look at the natural world in a different light.”
Alexandra, now known for Art by Alexandra Nicole, has been selected to teach one of the classes for the Southern Grown Festival presented by Sea Island. In her class, Sip & Stroke, Alexandra will give a training session on watercolor painting.
“Basically, people are really uncomfortable with watercolors, because it is an unpredictable medium. I am going to take them through, step by step, how to create a water color sea creature…I am going to give them permission to mess up and see what kind of colors they can create on the canvas, the goal is to have fun.”
While teaching them how to create their own piece of coastal art, Alexandra will talk about the local wildlife of the coastal region.
“My goal is to combine the artistic with a little bit of information.” added Alexandra. Alexandra is currently working on Jekyll Island as a wildlife biologist. Using her expertise in both art and biology, Alexandra’s class will be fun and informative.
Meet our Shrimp and Grits Poster Contest Winner! Alexandra Nicole Newton
Jekyll Island July 28, 2014
Growing up on St. Simons Island has greatly influenced my artistic style. I have been painting since elementary school and I studied under Dorothy McClain (a St. Simons Island artist and instructor) for over a decade.
I enjoy working with a wide range of techniques and mediums including watercolors, oils, acrylics, and even driftwood and seashells. Regardless–nature has always been the focal point of my art. I grew up surrounded by the best kind of inspiration: white sand beaches, winding tidal creeks, and vibrant marshes. This environment also led me to develop a deep appreciation for wildlife and all our coastal flora and fauna.
I graduated from University of Georgia with degrees in Wildlife Biology and Fisheries Science but I never stopped pursuing my love of art. I hope that through my art, I can instill an appreciation for nature and wildlife in others. My wish is to give others a passion for preserving nature and to promote the conservation of coastal ecosystems and marine life.
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