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Two artists featured at Gloucester gallery

“Menhaden Fish Vessel” by Vernon Carter

In honor of Black History Month, Gloucester Arts on Main will present the work of artist Vernon L. Carter, who was born in 1927 and grew up in Northumberland County on the shores of Cockrell Creek.

With his father, younger brother, uncles and many of his neighbors, Carter began working on menhaden fishing vessels at age 15. While fishing commercially up and down the Eastern Seaboard, he developed a love for the sea, which was later reflected in most of his artwork.

Adele Castillo is the second Artist of the Month at Gloucester Arts on Main. She starting doing art when she was a child and she enjoyed doing portraits of family members as well as illustrating her school projects. Her parents recognized and supported her creativity by buying supplies for her as well as arranging private lessons.

In college she studied art along with a teaching degree and, after a year of substitute teaching, she taught full-time for 19 years. She left her teaching job and took a year off after which she started painting again and giving private lessons.

Gloucester Arts on Main invites the public to see the work of Vernon Carter and his sons, Adele Castillo, and the other artists in the gallery during normal business hours of noon-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

Gloucester Arts on Main is at 6580-B Main Street in Gloucester. For more information, call 804-824-9464, visit, or email .

posted 01.30.2013

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