The James Castle House is deeply rooted in place. The history of the property and its inhabitants are visible at every turn.
The neighborhood that surrounds us holds past and present in equal measure, evidenced through decades of housing styles, new commercial developments, and seemingly untouched stretches of landscape. Experiencing these things in person is much of what makes a visit to the James Castle House irreplaceable.
Under current circumstances, we can offer this experience to our visitors from a distance as they navigate these unusual times. This page contains resources, entertainment, and learning opportunities and will be updated regularly, sharing with you what we find so special about this place. Follow along online, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and with #AtHomeWithJCH.
Our interior landscapes have and continue to act as family gathering places, spaces for work and creativity, and are witnesses to the lives playing out inside their walls. Similarly, the modest house at 5015 Eugene Street was at the center of James Castle's family life and art making practice for over forty years. The evidence of the Castle family's time on site is still tangible today.
On Our Walls
Although the gallery is temporarily closed, our current exhibition, Flip | Side, is available to view from the comfort of your home. Flip | Side is a collection of twelve original artworks by James Castle and twelve facsimiles, allowing both sides of each piece to be viewed simultaneously. This complete view of each work allows us insight into the inventive tools and techniques Castle was so adept with, the daily living habits of the family that cared for him, and the changes in material culture seen over decades.
Eric Follett is a writer and linguist who explores how we, as communities and individuals, interact with our landscape. His writings, which include fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and scholarly essays, draw perspective from his experience of growing up in Idaho and on his experience working with indigenous communities in Nicaragua.
Follett's residency began on February 5th and was scheduled to end on April 15th. Due to Shelter-in-place orders, he will continue to live and create new work at the James Castle House for the foreseeable future. Stay in touch with Follett's time on-site here and follow along on the James Castle House social media.
The James Castle House is committed to supporting teachers, parents, and their young learners during this challenging time. We know that art can be a powerful tool to investigate a range of subjects, explore emotions, and communicate with others. We hope these lessons and activities will spark creativity, insight, and connection with those around you!
Flip | Side is a collection of twelve original artworks by James Castle and twelve facsimiles, allowing both sides of each piece viewable simultaneously. This complete view of each work allows us insight into the inventive tools and techniques Castle was so adept with, the daily living habits of the family that cared for him, and the changes in material culture seen over decades. View FLIP | SIDE
On Our Walls Video Series
Resident Eric Follett
- Creators, Makers, & Doers Interview with Eric Follett
- Writing by Eric Follett
- James Castle House Youth Activity Guide (PDF)
- James Castle House Lesson Plan: Found Paints (PDF)
- James Castle House Lesson Plan: Ekphrastic Writing (PDF)