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Jo Castillo Pastels / Watercolors Featured at Peppers
06-03-2006, 01:39 PM
Artist Escapes From Texas / Hides Out in Magdalena ;)
By: Magdalena Reporter
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What: Jo Knoblock Castillo Art Show & Reception
When: Sat, July 8, 2006 - 1-5pm
Where: Peppers Art Gallery, 100 E. 1st. Street, Magdalena, NM 854-3696
Although Jo works in watercolors and other media, her first love is pastels.
Jo Knoblock Castillo is from Magdalena - born and raised. But these days she's what you might call a New Mexican "ex-pat" 'cause at the moment she's living in that big state east of us. You know the one. It's the one that's home to the "other" San Antonio ... 'cept of course, their San Antonio is much bigger 'n ours... and they've got a bunch of big cities over there too sort of like Albuquerque ... 'cept of course their big cities are much bigger 'n ours... and they've been home to two or three presidents who didn't know much about balancin' budgets... So naturally their budget deficits are much bigger than ours too! You know the place I mean... I never can remember it's name.
Anyhow, Jo lives over there now... through no fault of her own, I might add! So, please don't hold that against her. The way I heard the story, she started driving across the place and it's so darn big her car broke down 'bout halfway through -- which is just about where you'll find Bastrop surrounded by pine forests and about 30 miles east of Austin. Naturally, since Bastrop is in just about the prettiest spot in that whole big state, she just settled down and stayed put there.
But at least once a year Jo gets struck with a major fit of New Mexico homesickness. So when that happens, she abandons the place flat out and heads west lookin' for God's country. Since Magdalena is pretty near as close to God as one can get this side of the pearly gates, Jo stops there and rests awhile and visits with folks and more-or-less sells her art by the side of the road.
Her works overflow with bright colors
Anyhow, that's just about exactly what she'll be doin' in June and July up at Peppers Gallery in Magdalena. Jo will be the featured artist at Peppers (100 E 1st. Street, Magdalena, NM) for their third annual open house on Saturday, July 8, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the Magdalena Old Timers Reunion. The public is invited to stop in the gallery, meet the artist and view her paintings and share some refreshments and swap tall tales about that big state over to the east. Other artists will have their artwork on display and for sale in colorful booths on the grounds at Peppers as well. So, there'll be lots of other beautiful stuff to see there too.
Jo works primarily in pastels. She likes the tactile qualities of pastel, the immediacy and the bold colors. Her colorful paintings are in traditional realism style influenced by the southwest and South America. An alpaca from the Altiplano in Peru created in pastels demonstrates the artist's ability to give life to a two dimensional painting. Light shines in her early morning and evening pueblo style houses from New Mexico. Jo visited the Austin Pow Wow and brings some "dancing feet" paintings to share from there. This body of work was created this year especially for Jo's exhibit at the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild Gallery in Bastrop, Texas, in January and this annual exhibit in Magdalena.
Like I said before, Jo was born and raised in Magdalena and currently lives over in Bastrop. She and her family have also lived in Bolivia, Chile and Peru and in various places in the United States. They have traveled extensively in Canada and the U.S. too we hear. Jo works primarily in her studio at home. Plein air, art produced outside, is a process she favors in the summers away from her studio. After Old Timers, you will find Jo and her husband in Silver City or Magdalena, New Mexico, for the rest of the summer. "I hope people can feel the closeness I have with the subjects of my paintings. The ideas for my paintings surface from memories and places I enjoy," the artist says.
A sample of Jo's work will be at Peppers in Magdalena through the summer along with art work, Navajo rugs and jewelry by various local artisans (Lucy Garcia's tin work, Joe Davila's metal art, Warren Smart's paintings, Julia Gates' rope work, lamps and baskets, Shirley Lamar's paintings, metal work by Nina Chavez, cowboy painter Mark Maddy, weavers Cat Brysch and Mary Carter, Robert Enders, Ann Boulden and Sara Creekmore, to name a few). For more information call Peppers at (505) 854-3696. To get a preview of Jo's exhibit visit Jo's Steppin' Out Gallery here (http://www.steppinoutnewmexico.com/pp-514/showgallery.php/cat/567/), or drop by her website to get an even better idea of the full range of her work. You'll find her site here: www.jocastilloart.com (http://www.jocastilloart.com/).
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