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Hawthorne-Castro promoted; AmericInn hosts art exhibit; Mother/daughter artists display work

Jun 17, 2013
PHOTO SUBMITTED Jessica Hawthorne-Castro

Hawthorne-Castro promoted to COO

Hawthorne Direct has promoted Jessica Hawthorne-Castro from vice president of operations and client services to chief operating officer.

Representing the “next generation” of brand marketing experts, Hawthorne-Castro, the daughter of Tim Hawthorne, chairman/CEO and founder of Hawthorne Direct, will remain based in the company’s western regional offices in Los Angeles.

In her new position, she will focus her efforts on the company’s internal affairs, helping to shape the future direction of the agency by empowering department heads with additional duties and ensuring the efficiency and productivity of all inter-departmental efforts, both in Los Angeles and the midwest office locations.

Hawthorne-Castro first joined Hawthorne Direct in 2007 as an account executive. Prior to joining, she had been a television literary agent with William Morris Endeavor and identified and negotiated opportunities for shows airing on all major broadcast and cable television networks. She also packaged key elements necessary to develop TV shows, working regularly with executives from CBS, Fox, NBC, HBO, USA, Bravo and others. She assisted the creators of a number of top-rated television programs, including “Entourage,” “The Office,” “Heroes,” “24” and “Law and Order.”

Hawthorne-Castro holds a magna cum laude master of business administration degree from Loyola Marymount University, with a double emphasis in management and marketing. She also holds a cum laude bachelor’s degree from UCLA’s School of Arts and Architecture.

She and her husband, James Castro, an investment banker with Grief & Company, live in West Hollywood, Calif., with their new son, Braden.


AmericInn hosts art association exhibit

The Fairfield Art Association’s new photography exhibit by Werner Elmker is at the local AmericInn and can be viewed during business hours.

A rotating art display is provided seasonally for the local business for overnight visitors’ enjoyment. Most exhibits depict Fairfield in some format. The current exhibit features the work of Elmker, a Danish photographer, graphic designer and concert pianist who moved to Fairfield in 1985. His photos have gained popularity on Facebook and other social media. He is photographer for Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield Iowa Vistors and Convention Bureau, 1st Fridays Art Walk, and community events. Both in the areas of music and visual arts, his main interest is in spontaneity, improvisation and presence in the moment.

Previous shows have included Sandi Dimmitt’s photography of flowers & the Masdam Barns, followed by works of Kella J. Tschopp, who is organizing the displays and is co-president of the Fairfield Art Association.


Mother/daughter artists display work

Local artists Wendy Read and Gabrielle Read-Hess are displaying their textile art at the Iowa State Bank branch on the Fairfield square.

While there are many similarities between these mother/daughter artists, Read-Hess works primarily in abstract, while Read works in both abstract and realism. Both incorporate many surface design techniques in their work, creating dimensional and textural effects with a variety of commercial, hand-dyed and hand-painted fabrics, fibers and threads, thread-painting and free-motion quilting.

The show is open to the public during bank hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, through June 28.


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