Southport’s Art Newton


by:  Thomas J. Harrelson

The man, his art and local history … all told through the eyes of a Southport native son.

Art Newton’s paintings and sketches are beautifully presented and paired with insightful commentary and details gleaned from archives and collections that span three decades of his work.

The artist’s personal trials are integral to the story – a colorful story of times gone by, simple pleasures and the Southport of yesterday.

The story of Art Newton and his works will inspire you to find your own creative spirit in Southport.

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Southport’s Art Newton
by:  Thomas J. Harrelson


‘Southport’s Art Newton’ portrays the work, life of legendary local artist
By:  Jim Harper, Staff Writer, The State Port Pilot

Art Newton provided us with our most vivid visual memories of the last mid-century. His photographic work is quite familiar, as presented in the Pilot’s “Way It Was” collection as well as frequently in our weekly feature, but Art Newton was a man of many artistic parts, and it is so good that someone has brought together a collection of his paintings, illustrations and commercial work for the community to appreciate. It provides a colorful representation of the way we were, at least for a couple decades.

The someone who brought the work together in Southport’s Art Newton is Tommy Harrelson, who grew up here during the Art Newton era and knew the Newton family very well.

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About the Author
Thomas J. Harrelson

Thomas J. “Tommy” Harrelson lives in Southport where he went to school for 10 years before finishing high school at Campbell Junior College. He earned an AB in Economics from UNC-Chapel Hill, an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and studied abroad for a year at the Università di Roma. Tommy worked for a few years in New York City and Basel, Switzerland before returning to Southport to join the family retail business.

He served two terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives and in the administration of Governor Jim Martin as Secretary of Transportation. He also worked as a management consultant, in government affairs and as an executive for a major engineering firm.

His other published works are “Partnering in Italy and Spain” in The Military Engineer and an NCHRP Study “State Departments of Transportation-Strategies for Change” (as co-author with Dr. Tom Larson and Dr. Gorman Gilbert.)

Tommy is married to Julie Ann Harrelson and has two step-daughters and two grandchildren. Tommy and Julie are active in St. Philips Episcopal Church.



Hardcover: 168 pages
Publisher: SlapDash Publishing; Carolina Beach, NC (2013)
ISBN-10: 0983417520
ISBN-13: 978-0983417521

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