Coming Exhibitions & News

All Powerful! Still Living!

Join us for this - extra! - special event as part on the on-going feature exhibition Vivid Increments - the making of Stop Motion Animation, on display in the Grand Galleries through July 22nd.

The mighty Kong comes to Tracy, in a classic/deco theatre of the Eight Wonder of the World's era, on Saturday, July 8th, from 12 to 4 pm.  We'll be hosting several special guests who are stop motion historians, collectors, and special effects professionals.  Enjoy an afternoon of creature classics, participate in our educational panel discussion following the movies, and meet-n-greet our VIPs.

All of these associated events are free and open to the public.

Animating Gumby Presentation & Workshop

Join “Gumby” animator Stephen C. Wathen, our 2017 summer Artist-In-Residence, for this special event on Saturday, June 24th, 10 am to 4 pm in the feature exhibition, Vivid Increments - the making of Stop Motion Animation.
The workshop will start at 10 am with a presentation by Mr. Wathen including screenings of “Gumby” episodes and George Pal Puppetoons with audience Q & A.  There will be a lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00 pm, followed by an afternoon session including hands-on demonstration of stop-motion animation until 4:00 pm.
The special event is suitable for for participants ages 10 – Adult.  Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a Adult participants.  $10 Tracy Residents - $12 Non-Residents  Registration is now open!

It's a Hot Summer, but our Dinosaurs are So Cool!

While it's cookin' with record high temperatures on across the region, we have A/C and super cool dinosaurs!  Visit our on-going exhibit, Vivid Increments - the making of Stop Motion Animation, on display in the Grand Galleries through July 22nd.

Learn about the 100+ year history of stop motion, from early films of Russian pioneer Ladislaw Starewicz to the modern fantasies of Tim Burton!  There are hundreds of fascinating items on display… including original animation puppets from Planet of Dinosaurs!

Fun, free and open to the public!

Vivid Increments – the making of Stop Motion Animation

The 10th Anniversary 2016-17 Season closes with a blockbuster event!  This exclusive exhibition features a unique display of art and objects that illustrate the 100+ year history, allure and creative process of stop motion animation.  Vivid Increments - the making of Stop Motion Animation  presents production art, posters, puppets, props, toys and video exploring the genre including King Kong (1933), The Black Scorpion (1957), Jack the Giant Killer (1962), Planet of Dinosaurs (1977), “Gumby” (1980-90’s), Mars Attacks (1996), James and the Giant Peach (1996), ParaNorman (2012) and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016).

In addition, a series of special educational events will feature movie screenings, presentations and workshops with appearances by experts from the field of stop motion animation.  The project honors of those working in this incredible media, from the early pioneers such as Dawley, O'Brien, Pal & Harryhausen, to the contemporary animation studios of Aardman, Clokey & Laika.

Civic Art Collection Purchase Award Announced

Congratulations to Shane Burke of Tracy!  His beautiful colored pencil drawing, Bird in a Tree, has been honored with the City of Tracy - Civic Art Collection Purchase Award.

You can view Shane's drawing along with the work of 28 other featured artists in the current Expressions! Selections 2017 exhibition, on display through April 29th in the GWF Energy & Souza Galleries

Support for the Oakland Creative Community

As members of the regional creative community, we offer our deep condolences and support to the families and friends of those lost in the Oakland Ghostship collective fire.

Many working in the arts are not only effected by this tragedy, but also find the media coverage in the aftermath challenging in relationship to creative practice, collaboration and co-habitation.  While the controversy and blame will be assessed in the coming days, Gabe Meline of KQED has written a thoughtful response worthy of consideration:  It Could Have Been Any One of Us.  KQED has also created a resource for those wanting to help.

We also want to acknowledge our friends/patrons, the Maxwell family of Stockton, whose son was injured in the fire.  We wish them well in his difficult recovery.

The Record's Michael Fitzgerald recently interviewed Bill and Wendi.  Those wishing to help can visit Sam's fundraiser online.

Top X Lists

As we continue our celebration across the 2016-17 Season, we present the Top X Lists!

Over the next 10 months, beginning in September 2016 and continuing through July 2017, a list of important, educational and interesting facts about the Grand will be featured.  In addition prominent collaborators and patrons who've made notable contributions to the programming and operations of the Center will be recognized.

10th Anniversary Season – Thank You!

The 2016-17 Season has begun!  Thank you to the Trace Adkins fans who enjoyed a sold out performance on August 20th, the 1,500 patrons who packed the Grand for our 10 Year Anniversary Party on August 26th, and to the all of the artists and instructors who celebrated together at the Art Awards Luncheon on August 27th!

Special honors to the sponors of this programming: the City of Tracy, Grand Foundation, Dr. Shailaja Singh, and Mike & Mariette McLellan!   Without your generous support these events would not be possible.  We would also like to acknowledge the amazing team of artists, contractors, staff and supporters who helped design, decorate, host, perform and provide hospitality across the weekend.  The Grand looked amazing, the food was delicious and entertainment was so much fun!

An on-going series of special events, presented by the Arts Education, Exhibitions & Presenting Programs, will be featured across the 2016-17 Season in honor of you, our Patrons!  We 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.

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!

Artwalk & Mural Project Return to the Streets

The Downtown Tracy Artwalk & Mural Project returned to the streets on Friday, June 10th, 2016.  Artists, arts organizations, performers and 1,000 participants were across the district in celebration of our creative community.

Stop by and see new the murals!
•  Kenney Mencher:  No Evil!  All Art! - 7th St.
•  Matthew Blacconeire:  Hummingbird & Giraffe - Jackson Alley
•  Issac Montes:  Alien Abduction - 7th St.

Tracy Press Artwalk & Mural Project Articles

Glenn Moore wrote a great article in the Tracy Press to kick off the 2016 summer event series!  Issac Montes, a young local artist under the mentorship of Roger Casillas, is featured as he began preliminary work on his mural Thursday afternoon.

Additional Tracy Press Coverage  06/16/16:  Art on the Streets

Limited Edition Artwalk Posters

Released during the 2015 Artwalk, these commemorative posters feature original work by Tracy Artists Tiffanie Heben and Susan Richardson.

Tiffanie's black and white cinematic photograph capture's an intimate moment in the creative process, inside the artist's studio.

Susan's collage is an extension of her temporary mural, We Are Tracy, which was the first peice of street art to debut in the Downtown Tracy Mural Project.

Posters are available for sale in the Grand Galleries, $20 print, $45 framed print.  Limited Edition, signed and numbered by the Artists.  Additional free promotional copies are available to downtown businesses and our creative collaborators who helped support the Artwalk.  Stop by the Galleries to get your copy!

Remembering Our Friend Stephen Gyermek (1930 – 2016)

Our Grand family is saying goodbye to an icon; Stephen (Istvan/Pista) Agoston Gyermek has died.  Our thoughts are with the Gyermek family in these difficult days.

Mr. 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)

Pat Sanchez (Tracy, CA) was a truly special and memorable member of our community. Ms. Sanchez served as a nurse for 20 years, including caring for terminally ill children. Since 2007, Pat worked as a gourd and pine needle weaving artist.  She began exhibiting professionally at the Grand in the fall of 2010, and quickly became a gallery favorite.  Pat also offered a series of workshops in the Arts Education Program, patiently teaching hobbyists and artists alike how to work with her preferred materials.
Pat was highly supportive of the Grand Theatre Center of the Arts and her extraordinary loyalty and contributions to our programs will be remembered and celebrated. Before her passing, Pat donated one of her signature gourds to the City of Tracy – Civic Art Collection.  It will remain on display in the Grand Galleries for the remainder of the 2015-16 Season in her honor.

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. 

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