2016-17 Exhibition Season


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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 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 & workshops
with appearances by experts from the field of stop motion animation.

We are honored to host Stephen C. Wathen, serving as our summer Artist-In-Residence to the programming.

The exhibition is Co-Curated by Dennis Lancaster (Creative Director at Intermission Productions) & William Wilson (Cultural Arts Manager at the Grand) in recognition 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.

V I V I D   I N C R E M E N T S   S P E C I A L   E V E N T S

Opening Reception

Meet-n-Greet with Dennis Lancaster, Stephen C. Wathen & William Wilson
Saturday, June 10th, 12 to 2 pm
Grand Galleries
Free and Open to the public.

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Animating Gumby
with Stephen C. Wathen
Saturday, June 24th, 10 am to 4 pm
Grand Galleries

or click here to download the movie


or click here to download the movie


Thanks to our participants who joined “Gumby” animator Stephen C. Wathen for this special event!
Soon we will add the animation and time lapse movies from the workshop.
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All Powerful!  Still Living! – King Kong at the Grand!
Saturday, July 8th, 12 to 4 pm

King Kong (1933), plus Herbert Dawley’s Classic Silent Dinosaur Films
The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (1918) and Along the Moonbeam Trail (1921)
ETK Theatre
with Jim Aupperle, Steven Austin, Sylvia Czerkas, Ernest Farino, Greg Kulon, Stephen C. Wathen
moderated by Mark Wolf
ETK Theatre following the Screening

with Steven Austin, Sylvia Czerkas, Ernest Farino & Mark Wolf
Grand Galleries following the Panel Discussion
Free and Open to the public.
Signed Merchandise will be available for purchase.
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Dinosaur Stop Motion Experience
Saturday, July 15th, 12 to 4 pm

hosted by Jim Aupperle & Stephen C. Wathen
12 to 2 pm
Studio Theatre
Parental Guidance is suggested.  Contains images of violence between humans and dinosaurs.

Limited Engagement - Free and Open to the public.
with Jim Aupperle & Stephen C. Wathen
2 to 4 pm
Studio Theatre

Ages 12 – Adult
Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a Adult participant.
$10 Tracy Residents - $12 Non-Residents
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Art Co-Opted

Special exhibits of original artwork, limited editions, and artist-designed products from over 40 local, regional and national artists are featured in the South Gallery. Over 1,400 items have been sold since 2009!  These exclusive artworks and products are available at low price points for a limited time only in this unique venue.  

Rotating displays in the Co-Op run concurrent with feature exhibitions.  Art Co-Opted is presented  as the featured exhibition in November and December annually as part of the seasonal Holidays at the Grand programming.

Artists, designers, collectors & gallerists interested in participanting in the Co-Op can find more information about on-going exhibition opportunities here.

Gallery Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • +1 hour prior to most ticketed Presenting Program events in the theatres.
  • The Galleries are closed in between exhibitions.
  • The Galleries are closed to the public July 1st – 4th  for the Independence Day holiday.

Contact Us

Grand Theatre Center for the Arts
715 Central Avenue
Tracy, CA 95376
Phone: 209-831-6TKT (6858)
Fax: 209-831-6271

boxoffice at cityoftracy.org

Facility Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
One hour prior to ticketed performances.

Season Brochure

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