Kathleen Nicastro
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BIOGRAPHY
Primary I, first stained glass
window, 14 x 16", 2000
Kathleen Nicastro was born in Rochester, NY, an only child to a father who
was a tool and die maker and a mother who was a seamstress.  She grew up
in Webster, a suburb, and began writing at the age of 17.  She has written 5
books of poetry, a book of short stories, numerous essays, her mother's
memoirs and volumes of journals.  She has published her work in the United
Kingdom, Canada and the United States.  In 1997, while a resident of
Toronto, she began to paint, working exclusively with acrylic.  As she began
to explore the medium, she started to incorporate stained glass into her
paintings.  Three years later, (having moved to New Jersey) she took a course
at Princeton High School in stained glass.  (She was working at
Princeton
Theological Seminary at the time, and lived in nearby Plainsboro, NJ.)  There,
she made her first stained glass window.  In April of 2001, she had her first
solo show at the Erdman Gallery of Princeton Theological Seminary, and
immediately thereafter had a summer-long group show with Anita Shapolsky
at the
Shapolsky Art Foundation in Jim Thorpe, PA.  After the loss of her
parents, in 2002, she returned to Webster to take up residence in her family
home.  In July of 2003, she started her studio art company, The Alchemist of
Sand, and continues to explore painting, glass, clay and mixed media.  Her
business launch at the "Clothesline Festival" of the
Memorial Art Gallery of the
University of Rochester was a success, and she is currently preparing for
several upcoming exhibits.  To see the current year's exhibition schedule, click
on the "Upcoming Events" button below.
Artist at a B&B at the
Jersey Shore
Ocean City, NJ
1996
"Every day do something that won't
compute.  Love the Lord.  Love the world.  
Work for nothing...Love someone who
doesn't deserve it....Plant sequoias...Practice
resurrection"
  --Wendell Berry
"Insincerity means suicide."
--Jean Paul Sartre
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