Joyce Gatto


Joyce Gatto is being inducted into the Hall of Fame for the category of Art. Joyce has lived in Lathrop for over 80 years. She has contributed to the community in the area of Art by establishing the Lathrop Mayor’s Art Show in 1994. This year will be the 25th anniversary of the Art Show. In 2005, Joyce was honored with the naming of the “Joyce Gatto Art Gallery”, located at the City Hall building in Lathrop. As a result from the Lathrop Mayor’s Art Show, local artists such as John Fry, Jarred Mays, and Randy Johnson have all become a tremendous success. Joyce also created the teen art show through involving local schools and students in honor of Mr. Mike Bradshaw. This art show creates a special opportunity for young artists to create special pieces and work on their craft. Joyce has received several awards and recognitions. She received the Dedicated Service Award from the City of Lathrop, San Joaquin County Commissioner on Aging award, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Association of Firefighters. She is a founding member of the East Union High and Lathrop High Booster Clubs, member of the Lathrop Senior Commission during the design and building of the Lathrop Senior Center, member of the Veterans Memorial Committee during the design and building of the memorial. Joyce is married to Hall of Fame member Benny Gatto and has two wonderful children, daughter Karen Gatto and son James Gatto. Joyce’s hobbies include painting, doing Arts and Crafts, remodeling, cooking, gardening, and sewing.