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Magdalena Painter Makes Annual Visit During Old Timers' Days

Annual ‘paint-out’ by Jo Knoblock Castillo
for Old Timers’ Reunion

Artist and Magdalena native Jo Knoblock Castillo
Award winning artist and Magdalena native Jo Knoblock Castillo - photo courtesy artist

Magdalena – Jo Knoblock Castillo will present her sixth annual artist reception at Peppers Art Gallery, 100 E 1st., Magdalena, New Mexico, from noon to 4pm. on Saturday, July 11, during the Old Timers Reunion. This is an oppor¬tunity to meet Jo and have a look and own one of her new paintings. You can watch Jo as she paints using her plein air painting technique on Sunday, July 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wine and cheese will be served on Saturday. Events at Peppers Art Gallery are free.

Jo will continue the custom of awarding a door prize of the painting she creates at Peppers. Sign up at Peppers, you do not need to be present to win. Birdie Guin was the winner of the landscape acrylic painting in last year.

Old Timers is a tradition in Magdalena lasting three days on the second weekend of July. There is a rodeo for children, another for cowboys 50 years of age and older, a street dance, theater, arts and crafts, barbecue, pancake breakfast, New Mexican food, Navajo fry bread and other dishes, parade and much more.

Jo was raised in the Magdalena ranching community. Dutch, her father, worked as a ranch hand. He started out as a cook on a chuck wagon. Alice, Jo's mother, was one of nine girls that were real cowgirls. They lived on the ranch at Field, New Mexico, north of Magdalena and did all the riding, roping, bronc riding, branding, fence building and whatever needed to be done. Jo's parents took part and helped organize the Old Timers Reunions.

The Castillos look forward to the summer in New Mexico away from of the heat of Texas. Jo paints plein air (outside in a couple of hours before the light changes) in pastel, acrylics or oil and sketches in pen and ink. The artist says, "Pastels are my favorite medium because they are tactile, immediate and long lasting. This summer Jo and Gene, her husband, will be in Angel Fire and Albuquerque.

For more information call 512 303-7419 or check Jo's website, Jo's blog, web journal, will keep you up to date on new paintings and helpful information for artists and collectors.



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