Coming Exhibitions & News
Resonating Bodies – The Art of Contemporary Lutherie
An exciting exhibition - like no other we've developed - debuts this spring! The Grand will present RESONATING BODIES – The Art of Contemporary Lutherie from May 18th to June 9th, 2018. This exhibition is curated by Jonathan Fellows and explores the craft, creativity and innovations of custom, handmade musical instruments with a focus on guitars. Featuring luthiers working in small studios from across northern California, the exhibit provides insight into the creative process as well as showcases numerous finished works.
Special events include: Opening Reception (as part of Guitar Night at the Grand): Friday, May 18th, 5:30 to 8 pm,
Curator's Gallery Talk: Wednesday, May 23rd, 6 to 8 pm, and Guitar Set-Up Workshop: Saturday, May 26th, 12 to 2 pm
All of these associated events are free and open to the public! Workshop requires advanced registration to participate.
2018 Artwalk & Mural Project Planning Meeting
The Downtown Tracy Artwalk and Downtown Mural Project return this summer! If you are interested in participating in the events as artist, performer, busker, community organization, or vendor, you're invited to attend our annual planning meeting on Wednesday, April 25th at 6 pm in the GWF Energy Gallery.
New and returning participatants are welcome! We'll discuss the schedule, changes to programming, answer any questions you may have about participation, and consider all ideas brought for group discussion.
Call For Participants information will be released this month in preparation for the meeting. Visit the Artwalk page for additional details about these events.
Secret Art Society (afterhours)
A new series presented by the Exhibitions Program! This is a monthly meeting of creative minds investigating the secrets of the artworld. SASA is a discussion-based, casual gathering that features dialogue, show-n-tell, info exchange and micro-presentations that are primarily relevant to working artists. Free & open to the public.
For additional Late Night Thursdays events and activities in historic, downtown Tracy, visit the Tracy City Center Association online.
11th St. Bridge Civic Art Project Reception
Please join the Tracy Arts Commission (TAC) to celebrate the coming completion of the 11th Street Bridge Civic Art Project!
A public reception will be held on Tuesday, November 14th, from 6 – 8 PM in the Pombo Lobby – 2nd Floor.
The TAC has collaborated with City Staff and local historians to provide vision and input since 2011, in effort to create a unique landmark. The project features a series of porcelain enamel signs with vintage images, highlighting the local history of the Lincoln Highway across 11th St. and through the business district. The signs will be installed on the bridge pilasters running across pedestrian walkways. With educational content, Art Deco light poles and other attractive design features, the new structure will honor our past while providing a prominent and contemporary eastern gateway into the City of Tracy. Refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public.
Project images will remain on display through Wednesday, November 22nd for public viewing.
Veterans Spotlight Exhibition
Remember The Vet by Michael Rakowitz (Chicago) – from the War Is Trauma Portfolio, all rights reserved.
Artwalk & Mural Project Return to the Streets
The Downtown Tracy Artwalk & Mural Project returns to the streets each summer. Artists, arts organizations, performers and thousands of participants congregate on Central Avenue in celebration of our creative community.
2015 - 2017 Murals currently on display:
• Ilena Finocchi: The Crow & The Wolf - 7th St.
• Kenney Mencher: No Evil! All Art! - 7th St.
• Paco Garcia: Dia De Los Muertos - 7th St.
• Matthew Blacconeire: Hummingbird, Giraffe & Elephant - Jackson Alley
• Susan Richardson: If Walls Could Talk - Jackson Alley
August 2016 Mural Project
As part of the last Artwalk of 2016, local letterform artist Susan Richardson created something BIG! She returned to the Downtown Tracy Mural Project with another dynamic and interactive community creation entitled, If Walls Could Talk.
Susan's mural explores the 100+ year history of the large wall near Box Office, in Jackson Alley. Originally part of the American Hotel built in 1909, this wall served as a highly visible billboard in downtown advertising the feature performances and films presented at the Grand Theatre in the first half of the 20th Century.
Dozens of participants, of all ages and backgrounds, provided a response to Susan's call to create this project. The result is a collection of the diverse voices in our community on top of an Art Deco inspired portrait. A striking and memorable image on the streets of downtown!
Remembering Our Friend Pauline Tolman (1961 – 2018)
Pauline Tolman was a Sacramento/San Francisco-based artist inspired by nature, beauty, whimsy and childhood, known for her large scale metal sculpture and architectural installations. Her striking cinematic installation – Travel Through Time, 2010 - is prominently featured and celebrated on the bus shelters at the Tracy Transit Station on 6th St. in downtown.
Pauline's work resides in several public and private collections in the region. Recently, she was proud to assist artist Dana Albany on here monumental work Tara Mechani featured at Burning Man, and currently on display at Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose through June 9th, 2018. Pauline was also an artist in consideration of a future civic art project at Legacy Fields in recognition of Tracy's rich baseball history.
In addition to her work as an artist, Pauline engaged in cycling, kayaking, hiking, camping, snowboarding and nature photography.
A celebration of her life will be held in July in her hometown of Bemidji, MN.
Remembering Our Friend Leona Willis (1929 – 2017)
For many of us, Leona was the true champion of the revival of the historic Grand Theatre into the contemporary arts center it is today. Her neverending energy to make the Grand rise again was powerful and influential to the hundreds of collaborators, and thousands of community members, who worked on the project for years.
When challenges emerged, Leona always had the right words of encouragement and sweetest twinkle in her eyes. As a Grand Girl working the theatre and as a life-long arts patron, the support and wisdom she genererously shared was inspirational and priceless. Our Staff at the Grand and community-at-large will deeply miss her.
Tracy Press Obituary
Remembering Our Friend Stephen Gyermek (1930 – 2016)
Stephen (Istvan/Pista) Agoston Gyermek (Nov. 9, 1930 - Oct. 26, 2016) was a fourth generation artist from Hungary who lived and worked across four countries including Holland, Spain and the United States of America. He was true Master Artist producing significant bodies of work in design, drawing, painting, printmaking and stained glass. In addition he was a celebrated Art Historian, Museum Director and Professor. For nearly 50 years Stephen was a prominent and esteemed member of the educational and creative communities of San Joaquin County. In 2011, the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts premiered Kunstlerleben - From Budapest to the Valley - Stephen Gyermek Retrospective (June 25th through July 23rd, 2011).
The exhibition featured works from Stephen's life from age 10 to the present, and was met with celebration and acclaim attracting visitors from across America. To have known Stephen was a great gift… he could charm you with a vast understanding of world history, speaking across seven languages, while making you contemplate and laugh at the same time!
The Record's Michael Fitzgerald has written a story in Stephen's honor. Please consider commenting or writing a letter to the Editor voicing your support for The Record's important coverage of issues related to our creative community.
Jim Lewis, Bruce Duke & Stephen Gyermek are pictured at San Joaquin Delta College, circa 1990s. - Photo courtesy of Karen Olson, all rights reserved.
Remembering Our Friend Gretchen Talley (1933 – 2016)
Gretchen Talley was a long time, celebrated community leader and activist, and one of Tracy's quintessential arts and education supporters. Her decades of remarkable community involvement included St. Bernard's Mothers Guild, Tracy Joint Union High School District, San Joaquin County Board of Education, THS Parent Advisory Committee and Band Boosters, Tracy Parks & Recreation Commission, Tracy Tennis Club, San Joaquin County Bike Task Force, Tracy Friends of the Stockton Symphony and numerous other organizations.
Ms. Talley was also a Board Member of the Arts Leadership Alliance (now Grand Foundation) who worked in collaboration with the City of Tracy in the development of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts. For many years after the Grand opened, Gretchen would enthusiastically attend events and promote the Center, as well as consistently offer kind words of support to the Staff. Her sincere efforts were always appreciated and she will be greatly missed.
Additional details about Gretchen's impressive life has been recently documented in the Tracy Press.
Remembering Our Friend Bruce Duke (1922 – 2016)
Bruce Duke was an immensely important ceramic artist and arts educator who is defined by a life-lived. His art and mentorship impacted thousands of lives, and he was a star-maker of numerous, prominent clay artists including Viola Frey. Our community has lost a legend. We are humbled to have premiered his retrospective exhibition in 2015, represented his work in the Co-Op, and to have recently celebrated with him at the Art Awards Luncheon (Artist Mentor of Influence & Inspiration Award) in August.
• Stockton Record Obituary
Bruce is pictured with his daughter Cathy Anderson just before the Opening Reception for Father Clay - Bruce Duke Retrospective on August 29th, 2015. - Photo courtesy of Ernie Anderson; all rights reserved.
Remembering Our Friend Pat Sanchez (1942 – 2016)
Remembering Our Friend Bill Williams (1932 – 2015)
Bill Fulton Williams was a celebrated artist and educator for 30 years, teaching at Stockton College / San Joaquin Delta College with esteemed colleagues, Rowland Cheney, Bruce Duke, Stephen Gyermek, Jim Lewis and Pat Nakamura among others. For many years a Scholarship Award in Drawing has been presented during the annual Student exhibitions at the DCA LH Horton Jr Gallery in his honor.
Mr. Williams retired to his home state of Colorado but would often drop by the Grand Galleries when back in California. Not only will he be remembered for his generosity as a professor and mentor of fine art, but also for his kindness, tenacity, critical eye and sense of humor.
Remembering Our Friend Rowland Cheney (1943 – 2015)
Rowland Cheney (Clements, CA)was a prolific member of our creative community. He and his fiance, Mary Doucette of Lodi, were among the nine people lost in a plane crash near Ketchikan, Alaska in June of 2015.
Mr. Cheney was a celebrated Emeritus Professor of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture at San Joaquin Delta College, professional artist and an important member of the Kiger Mustang community. The Tracy community worked with Rowland for three years to create the largest work of his career, the monumental 20' landmark sculpture Harvest of Progress, at Central Avenue and 6th Street in downtown.
The photo (courtesy of the Tracy Press/Glenn Moore) to the left shows the artist hard at work on the cold night of December 5th, 2013, when Harvest of Progress was installed.
Remembering Our Friend Steve Mudge (1953 – 2015)
Steve Mudge (Modesto, CA / Santa Fe, NM) was a talented man of many accomplishments, funny and smart, and a celebrated metal sculptor. He exhibited in the Co-Op in the South Gallery and worked with Mark Knize (Tracy, CA) creating two 4' x 16' plasma-cut steel relief sculptures, Arrivals and Departures, on display in the main lobby of the Tracy Transit Station.
Steve (left) and Mark (right) are pictured here during the late night installation at the Transit Station in 2010. Both smiling after an exhausting day of work.
10th Anniversary Season – Thank You!
The 2016-17 10th Anniversary Season was incredible! Thank you for celebrating this important milestone in our history with us, across the past year.
We're taking a little break in August. and then the 2017-18 Season opens the weekend of September 8th with Dav Koz with Larry Graham Jr. live in the concert, new exhibitions in the Galleries and the start of fall semester in Arts Ed.
We sincerely thank you for your continued interest and support of our programming! Together we make the Grand truly unique in the State of California and a model collaborative arts project for other communities across the nation.