Houston’s Mystic Lyon Announces Castillo Mural and Southern “Naptist” Convention

by Christopher Blay October 21, 2020
Jimmy Castillo's "Embrace the Intersection" at Mystic Lyon.

Jimmy Castillo’s “Embrace the Intersection” at Mystic Lyon in Houston

Houston’s Fifth Ward culture hub Mystic Lyon (named after the intersection at which the building stands) has announced a new mural from artist Jimmy Castillo. Embrace at the Intersection is a hand-painted halftone image of Fifth Ward residents. It’s  on view at Mystic Lyon (5017 Lyons Avenue) through November 1.

“The embrace is at intersection of Lyons Avenue and Mystic Street, a physical place, but is also at the intersection of ideas and emotions,” states Castillo, who is based in Houston. “It ’embraces’ a moment that is at the intersection of identity and community; of presence and memory; and of life and loss.”

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Mystic Lyon will also host the Nap Church’s Virtual Southern Naptist Convention, beginning Friday, October 30 from 9-10 PM. The series features gong-induced vibrational healing, embodiment (somatic awareness), plus listening and napping scores by Emily Sloan, and continues Saturday, October 31 from 2-3 PM and concludes on Sunday, November 1 from 2-3 PM.

Sloan’s compositions are partially inspired by artist Salvador Dali and sound composer Pauline Oliveros. All sessions are open via registration. To register, please email [email protected]. All are encouraged to grab their favorite pillows, blankets and whatever else will help them nap for this free series of community naps.

Sloan is the artist, curator and the educator behind the Naptist Convention and Mobile Nap Deliveries; she is the founder of the Mystic Lyon art space.

For this year’s Virtual Southern Naptist Convention, Sloan is collaborating with Houston native Willow Naomi Curry, a journalist, essayist, and multimedia artist. Curry was an inaugural fellow for Houston’s DiverseWorks’ Project Freeway Fellowship, where she focused on cultivating writings from residents of the neighborhoods of Kashmere Gardens, Trinity Gardens and Fifth Ward .

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, October 30, 9pm—Vibrational Somatics: Healing Gong Nap with Emily Sloan.

Saturday, October 31, 2pm—Liminal Recognition Nap hosted by Emily Sloan.

Saturday, November 1, 2pm—Storytime Nap with writer and artist Willow Curry.


Napping Affects Performance (NAP) is a performance and participation project providing community naps (since 2009) in collaboration with various performances, including (but not limited to) collaborations with sound, word, touch, and the delivery of naps to various sites and/or contexts. 


Castillo, an artist, administrator, and educator in Houston, is a graduate of the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The artist received both his BFA (2000) and MFA (2019) from the University of Houston and is the Director of Civic Art + Design at Houston Arts Alliance, as well as Adjunct Faculty at the Glassell School of Art. In addition to being nationally exhibited, Castillo’s work can be found in collections at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin.  Castillo’s photographic series which focuses on his childhood (and present) neighborhood of Northside in Houston, is part of the artist’s photo-based, interdisciplinary studio practice.

Mystic Lyon is located on the corner of Lyons Avenue and Mystic Street in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward neighborhood. In addition to public art installations, Mystic Lyon offers performances, meditation, Deep Listening, sound sessions, films, Gong Therapy, Laugh Club, community coffees, reading and writing groups, and Mobile Nap Deliveries. It also plays host to the Gong Grant Micro Grant, Fifth Ward Badminton Club, Root Lock Sessions, and the Fifth Ward Chamber of Commerce.

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