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Pasquini is Artist of the Year
Mayors Committee also honors others
All the nominees from the various categories that were present gather at the podium during the arts reception and awards program. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin
Terri Pasquini’s enthusiasm for art is reflected in her tireless efforts to help create five downtown murals.
The community’s premiere arts support group – the Manteca Mayor’s Committee on the Arts – recognized Pasquini’s efforts Sunday by honoring her as the Artist of the Year.
Special Lifetime Recognition honors went to artist Tom Olson.
Jessie Marinas was received the Arts Recognition honor for outstanding achievement in his medium while Gayl and Tim Wilson received Special Recognition honors for their efforts to establish the Manteca Mural Society and make it a high profile promoter of the arts in Manteca.
Special school recognition went to Katelyn Carbeiner, Eric Christensen, Tyler Candy, and Justin Swafford during the 24th annual Awards Award Reception and Art Show conducted at the Manteca Senior Center.
Finalists recognized in the committee’s first gang prevention poster contest and their schools were Vanessa Alacon, Lincoln; Daisy Barajas, Sequoia; Taylor Canady, Manteca High; Oscar Carillo, Manteca High; Marvin Ferrer, Manteca High; Michael Frisby, Sequoia; Eric Godfrey, Manteca High; Franklin Guardado, Sequoia; Manveer Hundal, Lincoln; Wendy Jimenez, Sequoia; Marcus Zapata-Latour, Manteca High; Wendy Lin, Lincoln; Luis Lopez, Sequoia; Joey Lucero, Manteca High; Alma Martinez, Manteca High; Teresa Morales, Lincoln; Julia Moreno, Sequoia; Kenneth Morta, Manteca High; Josh Nkwocha, Manteca High; Samantha Quiroz, Sequoia; Andrea Ramirez, Sierra High; Valere Rodriquez, Manteca High; Gabriela Donato Santiago, Sequoia; Adrian Suarez, Manteca High; Briana Tejada, Lincoln; Kim Van de Pol, Manteca High; and Taylor Williams, Lincoln.
Pasquini volunteered to get involved with the mural society shortly after moving to Manteca with her family in 2004. She put her artistic ability to work by volunteering to help master muralist Dave Gordon prep the “Cow-munity Mural” and “Free for All” mural the week before the community volunteers showed up to paint. She also assisted master muralist Art Mortimer to prep the “Our Bountiful Valley” mural site. On each of the major murals she took on the responsibility to paint the highlighted areas that require an artist’s touch.
In 2006, Pasquini decided to create a “little people” community mural project in connection with the Arts in the Park. The two murals painted by children mostly under 12 who eagerly stood in line waiting to participate are displayed at Library Park on the side of the restroom building. They are “Summer Vision” and “Local Motion.”
In addition in 2007, she was approached by Ray of Hope to do a portrait of Marine Sgt. Charles Palmer who was killed in Iraq while serving America. It was signed by children and adults of the community during the Arts in the Park event and then framed and presented to his parents.
Pasquini stepped up this past holiday season to volunteer to paint three photo backdrops for Trees in the Park.
She is also a member of the Manteca Mural Society board and its artist criteria committee. She also has been instrumental in assisting the Manteca Mural Society in the Super Bowl Omelet Breakfast fundraiser they stage in partnership with the Manteca Rotary by taking care of decorations, set-up, and helping with raffle prizes.
2009 Arts Recognition honoree Jessie Marinas
Marinas was born in the Philippines and started painting at age 10. Painting took a back seat, though, during a 30-year career as a mechanical engineer.
In recent years, degenerative spinal problems changed the course of his life. The third spinal surgery nearly killed him and left him hospitalized for over two months. He then spent the better part of a year in pain and depression.
But in fall of that year he agreed to compete in a mural showdown against seven accomplished muralists from Canada, Oregon, Colorado, and California during the California Mural Symposium conducted in Manteca.
While he had never painted a mural as the other competitors had, Marinas had painted large-scale paintings.
He was concerned he wouldn’t finish on time. Due to the pain and multiple fusions in his spine, he had to use a pulley and gear device to paint his five by eight foot mural. He would paint one foot horizontal swath across the canvas then, using the gear, raise the canvas and paint another horizontal swath.
His perseverance paid off. His mural “The Harvest Continues” earned him first place. The mural, which depicts grape harvesting, hangs at the Senior Center.
Since then he has had two more surgeries but continues to paint. He has had a one-man show, was named Asian Artist of the Year, and was the featured artist in a Ferndale gallery. He also received honorable mention in the 2008 Delicato Art Show plus first and third in the 2009 Delicato Art Show against over 300 entries.
This summer he will have a one-man art show in the Philippines and will paint a mural in the largest mall in Asia.
Special Recognition Award honorees
Tom and Gayle Wilson were part of the nucleus that founded the Manteca Mural Society and have been key to the organization’s success.
They have raised countless thousands of dollars for the effort and helped advance the idea of “Mural-in-a-Weekend” to enlist widespread community participation.
Gayl has served as treasurer of the mural society for six years while Tom was president for five years.
Tom makes the contacts to secure the walls through the building owners plus arrange for redevelopment assistance for murals.