Two Generations of Castano Artists

Giovanni Castano immigrated as a boy from Italy to Brockton where his artistic talents were nurtured by his teacher, Miss Shaw, and by James Edgar, who hired him to do window displays at the famous Edgar's Department Store. Later he studied at the Museum of Fine Arts and opened a gallery in Boston where he sold and restored works by Rembrandt, Childe Hassam, and Winslow Homer.  At the age of seventy-four he won the commission to restore the Albert Herter Murals above the Chamber of the House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Boston.   Maria Castano, Giovanni’s niece, began to nurture her artistic talents at a young age in the Brockton Public Library and went on to study at Columbus College of Art and Design.  She resides in Shoreham, Vermont where she maintains her studio and show rooms, "Gallery on Point".  Ms. Castano gave a presentation on the works of her uncle and then her own work on June 16, 2013.

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City Councilman Jass Stewart with library director Betsy Marcus,
artist Maria Castano and an unidentified guest.

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Ms. Castano greets Giovani's sister Susan who just turned 100 years old.


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Maria Castano speaks with officers of the Sons of Italy who helped sponsor the event. Lena Spadea, sister of the artist, speaks with Lucia Shannon.

This event was sponsored by Brockton Library Foundation, Sons of Italy Christopher Columbus Lodge #216, Mutual Bank, Stop and Shop, and Brockton Public Library.

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