Alumna Alexa Shoemaker Brooks

Gateway School is proud to see alumna, Alexa Shoemaker Brooks, owner of Whimsy Spot, participating in Open Studios Santa Cruz. We love seeing our former students active in the community.

Since Gateway, Alexa studied printmaking and bookbinding with poet, printmaker, and Shelley Memorial Award winner, Gary Young, for 3 years.  During her studies at Washington University, she designed for the Performing Arts Department and worked at The Muny designing their summer playbills.  In 2011, she studied graphic design at Pasadena Art Center College of Design.

Alexa, fondly, remembers each of her teachers and projects from Gateway vividly. She feels the lasting impression Gateway left on her is, “indicative of the amount of individualized attention she was given.” When she was younger she did not see herself as an artistic person (Yet!). “We all have all of these things in us all the time, failing is fine.” Her personal philosophies reflect Gateway School’s growth mindset.

At Open Studios, Alexa is showing a beautiful collection of hand-cut greeting cards and art prints. Her greeting cards feature different animal silhouettes cut out of vibrant papers that reflect the innate characteristics of that animal. She also has prints of her collage work depicting animals in whimsical, playful environments.

You can view her work at Whimsy Spot.