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Serving the Underserved

The artist series Serving the Underserved puts the mission of Touro University California into a new form. These re-purposed serving trays have become canvases in the hands of six local, community-centric artists. They have each applied their own vision of diversity to the artworks that you see today. Every piece has been generously donated for the silent auction where they can all take on new meaning in the hands of our community.

Each piece will be available for bidding at A Mosaic Celebration silent auction on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

 

Jermaine Dante Burse tray
Jermaine Dante Burse
Verlannia Manchester tray
Verlannia Manchester
Jose Martinez tray
Jose Martinez

 

Felix Dante Danielz dust tray
Felix "Dante" Danielz aka dust
John Darnell tray
John Darnell
Lisa Palacios tray
Lisa Palacios

 

Artist Biographies

Jermaine Dante Burse

"Everything you can imagine is real," wrote Pablo Picasso, and Jermaine Dante Burse's work is the epitome of that philosophy.

Jermaine is a prolific, self-taught artist who began drawing black and white sketches on almost any surface he could find when he was three years old. A Napa Valley Bay Area native, Jermaine's innovative use of color presents subdued, but often bold and strikingly larger than life figures.

Over the past five years, his art has evolved to a spontaneous realism genre that cannot be easily categorized. But his work is certainly recognized as a "Maine" original with unique depictions of figures such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn. He is also a socially charged artist with a few series touching on topics such as homelessness, no middle class, health-care reform, and going after your dreams.

Jermaine's art is on display at various San Francisco Galleries and has received many awards at juried art shows throughout his home in the Bay Area/Napa Valley.

See more of Jermaine's work here

 

Jermaine Dante Burse

Felix "Dante" Danielz aka dust

This custom design artist and muralist goes by the name of dust in lower case "to express the essence of insignificance in the presence of the Creator’s grand design." His daily practice ranges from creating logos, illustrations, portraits, murals, and signs. dust takes a person's thoughts or ideas, presents them, then puts them to material form on mural, canvas, or product. "We bring your imagination to existence" is the motto that he follows with his company, DoYouEmp. As a custom design artist, dust specializes in defined simplification. He began his professional journey a little over a year ago in the interest of expanding his portfolio and market. "My main concern when I decided to pursue my purpose was to be original, not just different" he says. dust is thankful for the response that he has seen in others towards his work, and feels blessed to have worked with others who have shared their own artistic insights that have helped push him forward.

See more of Felix's work here

 

Felix Dante Danielz dust tray 

John Darnell

John has had a passion for making art since childhood. "Creating art, as well as music is an emotional outlet for me and provides me with a sense of escape and freedom as it opens up endless possibilities," he says. John has also been a hair stylist by day for seven years now. It is his dream to one day own his own salon and art gallery that displays the full range of his talents. His art is currently engaged in creating the abstract, but he is grounded in painting portraits and landscapes as well. He has also been inspired by Surrealism. John's primary medium is acrylic on stretched canvas, but he also enjoys working in oil and chalk pastels, charcoal, and colored pencil.

See more of John's work here

 

John Darnell

Verlannia Manchester

It all started for Verlannia in 2012 with Vallejo Art Windows, a program designed to beautify Vallejo by designing the windows of vacant storefronts with the art of local artists. At the last minute, Verlannia's work was chosen and her life changed. She has been happy to participate in several other events and exhibits. Verlannia was one the first eleven to participate in Vallejo's Utility Arts Box Project in 2015. Her community art from that project is at the corner of Florida and Marin Street in Vallejo. You can find her work displayed at Integritea, Artiszen, and SR29 Art Gallery. Verlannia also showcases her art at the Vallejo Farmers Market.

"Art feels. It can catch your eye and enchant you with its essence." she says.

See more of Verlannia's work here

 

Verlannia Manchester

Jose Martinez

Jose Martinez uses oil on canvases and panels to portray average, everyday people—often those who in one way or another have had an impact on his life.

Jose's desire is to capture the beauty and intricate nature of the human experience, be that through painting, drawing, or photography. Through his use of light, shadow, and hue, he reveals a story, highlights an emotion, or simply captures a moment suspended in time.

Jose is also dedicated to helping youth express themselves by facilitating art workshops. He believes that youth can find a positive outlet for expression through the various forms of art. Creativity sparks character growth, instills confidence, and engages developing minds on a journey of self-discovery in a fun environment. Jose embraces art's power to heal. Not only does he think that art offers an avenue for communication and self-reflection, it also allows us to reinvent ourselves. And youth can take that opportunity to express their individuality in a way that reflects to them their true power and potential.

See more of Jose's work here

 

Jose Martinez

Lisa Palacios

Dr. Lisa May Palacios is the inaugural Associate Dean in the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University California. Her scholarly and professional interests are heavily rooted in student success, especially for underrepresented populations in higher education. Her dissertation from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Educational Leadership focused on Latinas in an Educational Leadership Graduate Program within the context of a Hispanic Serving Institution and their unique pathways to success. Her research is entrenched in post-modern and third space feminist theory and incorporates creative ways to present research in higher education including visual imagery, poetry, and prose. Dr. Palacios’s spare time is spent writing songs, poetry, and stories, as well as playing music and making visual imagery. Her mixed media pieces stand against sexism and racism in modern society. She believes diverse citizens and viewpoints are a necessity to creating better communities, and she is a local activist to fight for social justice and equity for the underserved locally here in Vallejo, CA.

See more of Lisa's work here

 

Lisa Palacios