Artist to release new oil painting series


Some might say the waterways, marshes and narrow paths that lead to the beaches of St. Augustine are a bit magical, evoking a calm serenity that is as unique as the little town that harbors them. And that’s exactly what Jenna Alexander captures in her latest oil painting series, “Saint Augustine Seascapes.”

The series includes 20 oil paintings, on canvas or paper, depicting natural landscapes that are familiar and well-loved by locals and old city lovers alike — such as Salt Run, Matanzas, 1st Street and 6th Street — and all at various times of day, from the rising and setting sun at dawn and dusk, to the moody midday heat, to the gloomy humidity of a cloudy day.

The series wasn’t even a series at first, Alexander admits.

“I was asked to do a commission of a marsh scene, and then I fell in love with the process and therapeutic nature,” she explained. “This series has helped me through some personal growth over the past six months — providing solace and strength that I was missing. I’ve never painted anything quite like this series.”

The series will be released and available to purchase at the Secret Garden Market on April 6, hosted by Sunday Gathering Table and Jenna Alexander Studio at 73 San Marco Ave. in downtown St. Augustine. (Rain date is April 13.) Original paintings range from $350 to $9,000, and prints and notecards will also be available for purchase.

The market will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. and admission is free.

A special private shopping experience will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., and tickets cost $25 (and include a tote bag). Private shopping guarantees a crowd-free and no-line experience, first dibs on select goods and early access to Alexander's “Saint Augustine Seascapes” series. Tickets are non-refundable. Admission is free to kids younger than 12, and dogs are welcome. To shop early, purchase tickets at (Number of tickets limited.)