February 2019 First Friday Artist - Andrea Castillo

Andrea Castillo

About Andrea Castillo

I am my grandmother and my grandfather. I am my mother and my father. I am caretaker and the child. I am the provider and the protector. I am a teacher and a guide. I am the four-legged and the winged bird. I am nature and my surroundings. I am seer and storyteller. It is with these creations that I my place, my roots, and my courage. I am Ashiihii (Salt Clan) born for the To’ahanii [Near-The-Water-Clan] and was born to the Navajo Nation. I am a gift from Creation as was told by our elders. I was raised by my grandparents, Gilmore and Della Graymountain of Navajo Mountain, Arizona.

I could be each character in the painting. Our elders told of our lineage through oral traditions and the timeless ceremonies of our people. I learned of these teachings through my ancestors to become the strong free-thinking woman who lives in two separate realms, Navajo and then Western society.

The memory of my grandparents inspire my drawings, paintings and photography. I aspire to reflect their loving guidance in the stories I paint. Every stroke of the brush I make is a prayer of thanks to their gift of my life, and my hope of the return to unity.

You can email Andrea at acastillocreations@gmail.com.

More First Friday Artists

Dre Castillo - May 2020
Sarah Capdeville - March 2020
Jesse Ward - June 2019
Tanner Court - March 2019
Trans Pride - January 2019
Madeline Broom - December 2018
Tony Hage - November 2018
Natasha Andries - October 2018
Adrienne Dussault - September 2018
Kezia Lovelady - August 2018

Be Our Next Featured Artist

The Center is currently seeking LGBTQQI & allied artists to show their works of art in the Center for the 2019 calendar year.

This is a great opportunity to be a part of First Friday and to get your art shown out in the community. If you are interested in showing your art at the Center during any of these months, or wish to book a slot further out, please contact our First Friday Coordinator and board member Andy Nelson at andynelsonmt@gmail.com