“Persistence of Pattern: An Intimate Story of Cultures”

Brandon, VT – Gallery-in-the-Field is pleased to announce its first exhibition of the dazzling multi-media paintings of M. Castano entitled, “Persistence of Pattern: An Intimate Story of Cultures.” Using cutting-edge digital processes and exotic handmade materials, Castano’s work celebrates an awareness of global cultures while incorporating historical and familial themes.

Castano has been featured in group and solo shows throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and parts of Italy. Castano has studied at Columbus College of Art & Design, The Hartford Art School, Wesleyan University, Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou, China, among other institutions. The artist has traveled and lived throughout Italy and China, and currently resides in Vermont.

”My formal training has spanned three continents: North America, Europe, and Asia,” says Castano. “The influence of living, working and studying in international centers of art is seen in architectural forms and materials. My strengths as a printmaker merge with the beauty I see in the pure graphic shapes found in Chinese calligraphy, Western ecclesiastical images, and the feminine sensuality of woven fabrics.”

Each Castano piece is unique in color, form and geographic background. The works include textiles from South America, Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia, and Japan. They evoke the richness of different cultures through themes devoted to iconography, traditional patterns and the weaving of personal stories. According to Castano, “The images in my work tell the story of one person, or one remembrance, a visit to a special place, or a celebration of the art and antiquity found in cultures from around the world.”

“Persistence of Pattern: An Intimate Story of Cultures” is on display at Gallery-in-the-Field from June 7 – July 6, 2008.

Gallery Hours: Sat – Sun, 1 – 5pm & by appt.

Gallery-in-the-Field’s mission is to present the art of provocative, innovative living artists, and to provide a forum for the sharing of issues and questions raised in the context of the art.