Island Insider: Artist Casey Matthews
In the first of a series featuring the top picks of Amelia Island locals, abstract painter Casey Matthews shares her favorite places to eat, shop, explore, and take share-worthy photos.
Arriving on Amelia Island by way of Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and New York City, artist Casey Matthews is known for her rich paintings with
multi-media surfaces that are both visually intriguing and full of energy. We asked her to share the places and experiences she loves the most. The gopher tortoises in her neighborhood took the top spot, followed by the following:
Favorite things to do:
hiking in Ft. Clinch
, hunting for sharks' teeth, riding my bike
on the new path along the south end of A1A, and gallery-hopping (don't miss the monthly Artrageous Artwalks.
has the best fresh locally-caught seafood, Gilbert's
BBQ on Saturdays (the line is usually out the door), go see Dan Voll play live music at the Green Turtle on Friday nights. Visit the downtown Farmers' market
on Saturday mornings. We have three community theatres
- go check out a show.
Where to find your own treasure:
shop Hunts Art & Artifacts
, Lindy's Jewelry
and the Blue Door Artists
Splurge-worthy: The Spa at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island as well as dinner at Salt, David's, or Espana.
A 14K shark's tooth necklace from Lindy's Jewelry
Best place to take photos: Egans Creek
or Fort Clinch
, both great for long walks too.