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Councilwoman, artist absorbed in community
Faces and Places
Allenhurst Councilwoman and artist Amanda Cox works in the garden at her home.
Name: Amanda Cox

Occupation: Councilwoman for Allenhurst and an artist.

How did you decide on your occupations? Cox said she decided to become a councilwoman because she was and still is concerned about the development of Allenhurst.
As for her art career, she said, “I don’t think I decided, it just happened. I have taken photographs since I was 11.

Education: “I first went to college at Tift College (now part of Mercer University), majoring in journalism. After a couple of years, I dropped out of college for awhile and lived and worked in downtown Savannah. I started going to college at Savannah College of Art and Design, majoring in photography. We had to take the entry level class for each major. I took textile and ceramic design and wove my first shawl and my first basket. I loved it. Then I changed my major.”
In fact. Cox graduated in 1985 with a bachelor’s of fine arts in fibers.
“Daddy said I was the only person he knew who took six and a half years to major in basket-weaving.”

You paint, make jewelry, take photos, make clothing and you are an active gardener. Is there a medium which you prefer over the other? “It depends on what day it is,” Cox said. “I tend to do a certain one for awhile then put it to the side and do another. It may be years before I return to the previous medium, but I almost always do. I hadn’t made a basket in about 10 years until a couple of years ago.
“Then I saw some eroded cedar roots sticking out of the sand and thought, ‘those would make a great basket,’ and they did. I am always taking pictures and working in the garden. I do jewelry a good deal and I just had my first book printed. I don’t really have a favorite medium.”

What other interesting work have you done? A while back, Cox worked as an intrepretor at Fort Morris and the Seabrook Village Living History Farm and said she learned to fire period-
accurate cannons from the Revolutionary and Civil wars. She said it was a little tidbit folks may not be aware of.

What brought you to Allenhurst? Cox moved to Allenhurst when she was just 1 week old. Her father purchased the house that once belonged to the Dunlevie Lumber Co. manager William Robinson and his wife Edith. Cox’s father, William C. Cox, was the first mayor of Allenhurst and was responsible for getting Allenhurst incorporated.

How have you seen the town change over the years? “There were a few more of the original buildings from the town that have since been torn down or fallen down,” Cox said. “The original post office and store have been torn down. There were not nearly as many houses and
the trailer park was a field. The pasture at the stable was a pine forest. There weren’t nearly as many businesses or as much
traffic here.”

Do you have anything interesting coming up? Cox said she is busy preparing for the centenni-al celebration of Allenhurst. The Allenhurst Centennial Sawmill Day will be from 9-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, and Cox said getting ready for the daylong celebration is currently the main focus of her daily activities.
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