The creative career of Joseph Jacinto “Jo” Mora (1876-1947) was both compelling and diverse. In addition to being a painter, muralist, sculptor, building designer, cartographer, actor, set designer, cowboy, and husband and father, Mora was very involved with work on paper. It is his work as an illustrator, cartoonist, printer, and author that so closely parallels the work of the Book Club of California.
Mora’s art work sprang from his interests in numerous subjects including Native Americans and cowboys, the American landscape, California history and its missions, the classics of Chaucer, and Mora’s love of animals. All of these subjects, including the Christmas holiday, found expression in his work and his lasting creative efforts can be seen throughout California and the West.
Exhibition opening and remarks by Peter Hiller, author, historian, and Jo Mora Collection Curator for the Monterey History and Art Association