Antonette Poulos


Antonette Poulos was born and raised in Manteca. She attended Manteca elementary schools and graduated with honors from Manteca High School in 1953. She entered University of California at Berkeley as an Arts major in 1953. In 1957 she graduated from the University of California with a degree in Art.

Shortly after graduating from college, she moved to Rome, Italy and was employed by the Fulbright Commission. The job entailed making arrangements for foreign students coming to Italy tor further studies. She worked in that position for about two years.

Antonette returned to San Francisco and with three other women opened an Art Gallery. In 1961, she was married to Ted Poulos and set up housekeeping in Manteca. In 1963 her first daughter Elisa was born and in 1967 her second daughter Alexia was born. She was very busy exposing the children to music and the arts.

About 23 years ago, she made an arrangement with the City Manager to have different artists display their work in the City Council Chambers. She has been able to arrange a new artist display of paintings or photographs for 2 or 3 months. She interviews the artist and when one artist takes their work down, she had another artist hang their work.

Antonette enjoys her 3 grandchildren; she spends her free time painting, gardening, and loves traveling to other countries.