Joao de Brito @ Center Street Grill in Santa Cruz

Center Street Grill: Presents award wining artist Joao de Brito, during the month of January. 2014.

“De Brito’s most recent series of landscapes paintings are full of color, joy and dialogue. This artist continues to find hope in life like a child in a world that sometimes is lacking it.

Featured painting:  “Golden Hills” -"Horse Country" 48″ x 42″ oil on canvas

Please join us for the artist reception Friday, January 3rd, 6:00-8:00 P.M.

Special mARTinis and Specially price Art-menu.

Center Street Grill

 1001 Center Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060



17 Annual Leadership Awards Gala Special Report

PALCUS celebrates Portuguese-American achievement 

in San Diego


PALCUS held its 17th Annual Leadership Awards Gala on November 2, 2013 in the beautiful city of San Diego, California. Old friends and new acquaintances came together from across the United States to celebrate the achievements of Portuguese-American individuals and organizations in the areas of art, business, individual and corporate community service and scholarship.

 Photo by Jaclyn Anne Photography

The 2013 PALCUS honorees are (Front Row L to R):

  • José "Joe" G. da Rosa, California: Founder's Award
  • Julianna Sumida, University of Hawaii: National Graduate Scholarship Award
  • Natália Luís and Cidália Luís-Akbar, Maryland: Leadership in Business/Entrepreneurship
  • João de Brito, California: Leadership in Artistic Achievement
  • Nathalie Pires, New Jersey:  Young Portuguese-American "Promessa" Award
  • John C. Pinheiro, Massachusetts: Leadership in Community Service
  • Idalmiro da Rosa, President of Cabrillo Festival, Inc., California: Special 50th Anniversary Recognition
  • José Manuel Coelho,  Executive Director of TAP Portugal, New Jersey:  Leadership in Corporate Community Service
  • Sydney Fultz, California: National Undergraduate Scholarship Award could not be present.


 Link to Palcus website with more information:


‘The Great Outdoors’  

Newest Scotts Valley Art in the Library Display Celebrates  

‘The Great Outdoors’ 


 Local artists’ interpretations of our natural world opens Nov. 2; Library Hosts Artists’ Reception Nov. 9

 October21, 2013 – Scotts Valley, CA – The Scotts Valley Library’s popular “Art in the Library” program presents a new show starting on November 2 celebrating “The Great Outdoors.” Featuring the work of seven local artists, “The Great Outdoors” showcases their interpretations of the physical natural world, with particular focus on plants and landscape images. The installation includes oil and acrylic paintings, photography, and live plant sculpture, and will run November 2 through January 25, 2014.

 Local State Farm Agent Laureen Yungmeyer is hosting a special reception at the library on Saturday, November 9 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm; the public is invited to meet the artists and view their work. Refreshments will be served, and music will be provided by local musician jRj Rauche.

 Artists participating in “The Great Outdoors” include:

Laurie Zaszut

Sylvia Valentine

Michele Hausman

Aaron Johnson

Maggie Renner-Hellmann

Joao de Brito

Tamara Cucchiara-Sitka

Now two years old, Scotts Valley Library’s ‘Art in the Library’ program has quickly grown to a popular program and establishing the Scotts Valley Library as an art destination by attracting renowned local artists.  The program is made possible by Scotts Valley Artisans, a non-profit community art center that features the work of more than 150 Santa Cruz County artists. Scotts Valley Artisans works to boost Santa Cruz County’s arts and culture profile and provides art-centered events and activities for the local community.


Joao de Brito @ Center Street Grill Friday October 4th

Center Street Grill – Joao de Brito


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

1001 Center Street

Santa Cruz, CA


Center Street Grill: Present the works of artist Joao de Brito during the full month of Oct. 2013. Joao’s most recent series of landscapes paintings are full of color, joy and dialogue. This artist continues to find hope in life like a child in a world that sometimes is lacking it.

Featured painting: “Horse Country”  48×42  Oil on canvas.

Please join us for the artist reception Friday, October 4th, 6:00-8:00 P.M.

We will have live jazz music, special ARTinis and Specially price Art-menue.

Center Street Grill

 1001 Center Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Portuguese Tribune Online Front Page


Joao de Brito's Essay "Exonome in Art" 

Joao de Brito's Essay "Exonome in Art" is reprinted an featured on Portuguese Pride website out of B.C. Canada

"I embrace the challenge to revive and transform tradition, to question assumptions and stereotypes, and reinvent roots" - Joao de Brito


Portuguese Pride website:


PALCUS Announces the National 2013 Leadership Award Recipients

We are delighted to announce 2013 awardees for the 17th Annual PALCUS Leadership Awards:

 *   Founder's Award - Joe da Rosa, PALCUS Founding Member
 *   Artistic Achievement - João de Brito, Painter and Sculptor
 *   Business/Entrepreneurship - Cidalia Luis Akbar & Natalia Luis, M. Luis Construction Co.
 *   Community Service - John C. Pinheiro, Azorean Heritage Maritime Society, Inc.
 *   Corporate Community Service - TAP Portugal Airlines
 *   Young Portuguese-American "Promesa" - Nathalie Pires Cardoso, Fadista
 *   Special Community Recognition - Cabrillo Festival Committee of San Diego

Join us at the Gala to congratulate the 2013 awardees who have contributed so much to our community!

Past awardees have included, among many others:

 John G. Rebelo, PALCUS Founder & Council of 100

Mary Alice Rosa Gonsalves, PALCUS Founder & Vice Chair, Balboa Travel

Albert S. Dutra, President, Portuguese Heritage Society of California

Ana Moura, Portuguese Fadista

Meredith Vieira, The Today Show & Who Wants to be a Millionaire

Mel Ramos, Artist / Retired Professor from Cal State Hayward

LALS/LAEF/LAFF/PCU, National Portuguese Fraternal Organization

Dr. Elmano Costa, Professor of Portuguese, California State University, Stanislaus

Dr. Nathan Oliveira, Artist Professor of Meritus at Stanford University California

Portuguese-American Citizen Project

Nelly Furtado, Canadian Singer

Ticha Penicheiro, Basketball player for Sacramento Monarch

Carlos Cesar, Presidente of the Acores

Dra. Berta Cabral, International Leadership Award

Frank X. Gaspar, Literature Leadership Ward

M. Teresa paiva-Weed, Public Service Leadership Award

Katherine Vaz, Literature Leadership Ward

Joaquim Almeida - Actor, Artistic Achievement Award


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