LIVING IN TIJUANA DOCUMENTARY
http://vimeo.com/13748633. Katherine plans to show the film in San Diego at numerous venues. I will keep you posted regardng when and where.
Labels: LIVING IN TIJUANA DOCUMENTARY
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7:38 a.m. February 16, 2009
A creative force and vocal advocate for public art, Aida Mancillas left an imprint throughout the community.
From the cobalt-blue Vermont Street pedestrian bridge in Hillcrest to her work on an affordable-housing complex in Poway and her dedication to local arts organizations, Ms. Mancillas' endeavors reflected her belief in merging art and life.
A past commissioner of the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and past president of Centro Cultural de la Raza, Ms. Mancillas also helped start Public Address, a public-art advocacy group, and Las Comadres, a multinational women's collective of artists, educators and critics.
Ms. Mancillas died of brain cancer Feb. 3 at her North Park home. She was 55.
Friends and colleagues said she was passionate about the concept of “the citizen artist.” She believed arts could and should be a vital part of community planning and development.
Local artist and teacher Ruth Wallen said Ms. Mancillas fervently believed that “artists have the ability to imagine different futures and the ability to symbolically express those possibilities.”
In her weblog, Ms. Mancillas wrote: “The artist is an important contributor to society because we help people find the feast. It's our role, and it's an important one.
“We're not entertainers, although some of what we do will entertain. We're not gadflies, although some of our work will prod and poke. We're not decorators, although some of our work will dazzle with its skill. We are meaning shapers in a world that desperately needs us.”
While painting was her main medium for several years, Ms. Mancillas was equally creative in writing, sculpture and public-art design.
She was awarded a $20,000 artist fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1991. After working as a solitary artist, she began to work collaboratively and with community groups and agencies on large scale public-art projects.
In the mid-1990s, Ms. Mancillas was part of a trio of artists, which included Gwen Gomez and Lynn Susholtz, commissioned to meld art into the refurbished Vermont Street pedestrian bridge.
The elevated walkway that unites University Heights and Hillcrest features quotations about walking from such famous people as “Dr. Seuss” and architect Irving Gill. The team also designed pillars at each end to complement the architectural styles of the two neighborhoods the project bridged.
The project was honored with an Orchid Award from the American Institute of Architects and an award from the American Planners Association.
Other projects include one known as The Playground of 100 Frogs, the first phase of a major redesign of an urban park in the North Park area, and the design of a playground and plaza for an affordable-housing development in Poway.
Ms. Mancillas was proud to work on projects that connected people to the spaces where they lived, said Andrea Villa, her partner of three years.
“She was a visionary. She was always creating, designing and coming up with new ideas,” Villa said.
In addition to her work with various city and arts groups, she was a state representative to Marriage Equality USA and a member of the Latino Services Advisory Committee of the San Diego LGBT Center.
Aida Mancillas was born Feb. 28, 1953, in Los Angeles to Manuel and Consuelo Mancillas. The family moved to Oceanside when her father was stationed at Camp Pendleton. She graduated from Oceanside High School in 1971. She received a bachelor's degree in visual arts from Humboldt State University in 1985 and a master's degree from the University of California San Diego in 1988.
In addition to her partner and her parents, Ms. Mancillas is survived by her son, Eamonn Doyle of San Diego; a grandson; a sister, Gina Wilson of San Diego; and two brothers, Rene and Manuel Mancillas III, both of Oceanside.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. tomorrow at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, Nutmeg and Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest, with a reception following in the Great Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Ms. Mancillas'name to Dorcas House, a foster-care program for children of people incarcerated in Tijuana, at dorcashousefriends.org.
Mr. Perisic, an artist and award-winning architect, last year founded Peri_scope, a downtown community center designed to raise awareness of global issues, especially global warming. He formed four large storage containers where visitors could find multimedia presentations on important issues.
He won design awards for several projects, including the Hammond Lofts on India Street and the Park to Bay Link Trolley Station at Park Boulevard and Market Street, which earned first prize at an International Design Competition for Mr. Perisic and his collaborator, sculptor Ante Marinovic.
Mr. Perisic died suddenly Sept. 30 while working at his design studio in downtown San Diego. The cause of death is pending. He was 42.
Friends and colleagues said Mr. Perisic had a way of making everyone feel as if he was their best friend.
“If he was talking to you at a party, asking what was going on in your life, everyone else in the room disappeared,” said friend Debby Kline. “He had the ability to make people feel connected.”
With his long, dark hair and a height of well over 6 feet, Mr. Perisic created a striking presence when he walked into a room, Kline said, but his presence was felt most deeply in the arts community through his support and encouragement.
He might help someone write a grant for an art project or showcase an emerging artist's work at Flux, the gallery he co-founded with Ken Miracle.
Mr. Perisic also taught at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design and at the University of San Diego.
“Petar loved to nurture the talent of others both through showcasing emerging artists from San Diego and Mexico in cross-border shows at Flux and in his teaching,” Miracle said.
Mr. Perisic was born June 8, 1966, in Serbia to Milojko and Emilija Perisic. The family, including an older brother, moved to the United States in 1969 and settled in a Cleveland suburb. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture from Ohio State University.
Although their father was an architect, Milan “Mick” Perisic said his brother did not express an interest in architecture as a career until after their father's death.
Mr. Perisic moved to San Diego in 1993 after visiting a friend in Pacific Beach. He worked for Stu Segall Productions as an assistant to the art director until he established his own architectural firm, Perisic Design Studio.
He married Suzanne Stephens in 1998. The couple wed in Cleveland in one of the three Serbian Orthodox churches designed by his father.
His local works include a unique housing project in the heart of Hillcrest in which each unit is a hybrid of a loft and townhouse.
“It's a condominium project where the (five) units intertwine like branches on a tree. No single unit can stand on its own,” Miracle said of the project, which is under construction and known as the 5x5 lofts.
Mr. Perisic is survived by his wife, Suzanne of San Diego; his brother, Milan; and mother, Emilija Perisic of Cleveland.
He was buried Oct. 8 in Cleveland. A memorial will be held locally at a later date.