Psalm Gallery features Adrian M. Castillo in March

Thursday, February 28, 2008

A timely meeting at a coffee shop in Salem brought about this month’s showing in the Psalm Visual Arts Gallery. During a discussion of faith and art, Adrian Castillo’s passion came across clearly to the director of Corban’s spring play, Jennifer Bailey.

As a result, she asked him to be the artist for the classic play, Everyman, with the job of designing costumes and visual media. Fifteen of his pieces which portray characters in the play will be displayed in the Gallery from March 3-31, giving a vivid glimpse into the scenes of Everyman even before the curtain opens.

Castillo’s interest in art began with cartoons when he was little. Older sisters were a creative influence in his life who piqued his artistic curiosity.

“When I began preschool, I had to miss my favorite cartoon on TV—Heathcliff,” Castillo explained. ”When I got home from school, my sister had taped the show on an audio tape and then drawn a cartoon strip to go along with the dialogue.”

He began to draw his own cartoons, progressing to comic strips, then pen and ink drawings that reflected his personal study of fine art and figure drawings.

Now Castillo, who lives in Salem, considers his art to be one of his true passions in life. But it is not one which overshadows his passion for God. Rather, he sees it as a way to interact with God’s world and modern issues that Christians face on a daily basis.

“There’s so much mystery and creativity in the world. More often than not, the Christian church tends to shy away from these areas, but through art and Christian artists, we can find opportunities to explore these aspects of our world,” Castillo said.

View Castillo’s art in the Psalm Gallery which is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Also see his work in the costume design and multimedia presentation of Everyman when it is presented Thursday, March 13, at 10:30 a.m.; Friday through Saturday, March 14-15, at 7:30 p.m.; and Thursday through Saturday, March 20-22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Psalm Performing Arts Center. For ticket information, call 503-375-7035.

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