Daily Archives: December 13, 2012

Talents at Merrill Gardens Manteca – Art Show

In our Manteca community (California), we have some of the best artists around. From oil to tole paintings, we have a number of residents who enjoy creating beautiful works of art.


Dick, our Resident Council President is an inventor & creator. Dick is legally blind but that does not stop him. He created the piece above out of the paper that the dinner napkins are rolled up in.  If you look to the background you can also see he made Merrill Gardens! Dick has been a resident for almost two years and got the inspiration last Christmas while looking at a Christmas chain.

Dick also created a cross with the same napkin rings that he gave to a friend. He got a lot of residents involved in saving all the napkin rings for him but recently said he is going out of business because the cafeteria switched to fabric napkins!


Malma has been a resident of Merrill Gardens for two years, but has been an artist all her life. Malma started painting in 1967 and the photos above show her oil and canvas paintings.

For Malma, time varies per painting. Sometimes it could even take years to complete a piece. She told us that she’s usually working on more than one painting at the same time. Malma loves to paint and has been fortunate enough to been able to take art lessons from professional artists.

Malma didn’t have a career in the art works, but is looking to get into a gallery to show and sell her work.


Joan has been a resident at Manteca for three yeas and has been making art for 10 years prior to moving into Merrill Gardens. The medium Joan paints with is called Tole Painting. With Tole Painting you can paint on wood, candles, flowerpots and canvas.

Joan’s time frame for creating a pieces takes about two to three months depending on the size of piece. Joan had no professional training in art but has always had a strong passion for arts and crafts.

Do you paint? What kinds of hobbies do you enjoy?

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