Alma Casso’s Art Exhibit Showcases the City of McAllen
On Friday, September 2, 2016, local artist Alma Casso will be showcasing her latest art exhibit entitled “10 Magical Places in McAllen.” The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Creative Incubator’s Gallery located at 601 N. Main St., McAllen, Texas. Alma’s inspiration behind this exhibit is based on her desire to capture the many different aspects that distinguish the City of McAllen, and makes it exceptional. “As an artist, I wanted to honor the City of McAllen by creating a collection of paintings capturing city landmarks and their history. My objective was to present them in a light that reflects the great culture and people of the city.”
Selecting only 10 city landmarks was not an easy task for artist Alma Casso, especially since many of the city’s original buildings have been either demolished or remodeled. As Alma states, “Our modern society seems to want to push us into a uniform way of thinking and living. It saddens me to think that cities, little by little, are becoming increasingly similar, and they are losing the aspects that distinguish them and makes them special.” Alma’s objective in her art exhibit was displaying the essence of the city. “I believe that by capturing different aspects of the City of McAllen in my ten paintings, I will be able to remind people about the history, greatness, and exceptionalism of our city.”
Through her exhibit, Alma hopes to tell the many stories behind the city’s landmarks. For example, did you know that the original owner of Quinta Mazatlan, Jason Chilton Matthews, fought alongside Lawrence of Arabia? Legend says that the ceiling beams of Quinta Mazatlan are made of Lebanese cedar which was a gift to Mr. Matthews from the King of Lebanon in gratitude for his fight alongside Lawrence of Arabia in Lebanon’s War of Independence from the Turks.
With a bachelor’s degree in communication, and an MBA, Alma has pursued a successful career that led her to work in education, business, government, and healthcare. But always stirring in her heart was a desire she felt since her youth of wanting to be an artist to capture and share the beauty she saw. In 2000, she succumbed, Alma decided to pursue a career as an artist. Studying with a number of artists, Alma developed her own, intense style, using brushes, and palette knives to fulfill the free expression of the emotions that drive her.
Alma is an avid artist, and she has been painting and teaching painting classes for the last sixteen years. Her art exhibit “10 Magical Places in McAllen,” is being funded thanks to a grant rendered by the McAllen Arts Council and the Chamber of Commerce of McAllen. The art exhibit’s paintings will be on display in the Creative Incubator’s Gallery for the whole month of September. Alma Casso has her studio in the Creative Incubator of the City of McAllen’s Chamber of Commerce, which is located at 601 N. Main St., McAllen, Texas. She also teaches painting classes. You can contact her directly via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 956-507-0414.