Civic Art Program – Harvest of Progress Restoration

Civic Art Program – Harvest of Progress Restoration

We are delighted to announced the completed restoration of Harvest of Progress!  This incredible work of fine art by Rowland Cheney was dedicated in 2013, and celebrates Tracy’s railroad and agricultural history in co-joined monumental figures.  It received a cleaning, patina restoration, and new satin topcoat by Frostad Atelier of Sacramento, who originally fabricated and installed the sculpture.

Ronnie Frostad and her talented and hardworking crew braved the two hottest days of 2019 thus far, and worked into late night, to bring this bronze landmark sculpture back to full glory.  This collaboration will present Harvest of Progress in beautiful condition for several years to come in the roundabout at Central Avenue and 6th Street in downtown Tracy.

This project was supported by the Tracy Arts Commission as part of the City of Tracy – Civic Art Program.

Whispered Conversations Are All Around Us!

Susan Richardson, This is not the story that I want. – mixed-media diptych on canvas, 2019

To the end the 2018-19 Season, we have a vivid and intriguing exhibition in the Galleries!  Whispered Conversations – Works by Susan Richardson is on display through July 27th, and Ms. Richardson is our summer Artist-In-Residence.  Her interdisciplinary project is inspired by the classic works and life of celebrated author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the results will not only give you new insight into Fitzgerald’s work, but also investigates the shiny glitter and inevitable tarnish of humanity.

Secret Art Society (afterhours) – Summer Semester 2019

An on-going, unique series presented by the Exhibitions Program and hosted by William Wilson, Cultural Arts Manager at the Grand!  This is a monthly meeting of creative minds investigating the resources and 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.  Limited engagements; seating is first-come-first-served.

Downtown Tracy Artwalk – 2019 Call for Participants

Information for participation in the 2019 summer Artwalk events has been released.  Artists, art organizations, musicians, cultural non-profits, performers, and arts supporters are invited to be a part of this 5th annual event series.  There is no cost to participate, rather the Artwalk is a platform for the creative community to celebrate the arts with the downtown business district and the public-at-large.

Please visit the special event page for the Downtown Tracy Artwalk for additional information including event dates and the Call for Participants.

Special Event: Guitar Weekend 2019

The return of Guitar Weekend on May 17th & 18th, a celebration of the guitar… craft, creativity, innovation, history!

Join us for a special weekend of live music, entertainment and experiences featuring the cultural icon of the guitar. Friday evening presents critically acclaimed Blues/Jazz/Rock guitar virtuoso Robben Ford live in concert in the ETK Theatre.  You can learn and explore Mr. Ford’s music and impressive career here in preparation for night of hot licks!

Saturday features local musicians across the Grand from 11 am to 2 pm, performing and providing free educational experiences.  We’ve collaborated with Jonathan Fellows of Fellows Guitars (you may remember Mr. Fellows as the Curator of the amazing exhibit Resonating Bodies – The Art of Contemporary Lutherie last summer) to bring an fun morning/afternoon of all things guitar.  Tracy resident Erik Andersen will play original compositions in our Guitar Lounge in the GWF Energy Gallery.  Jonathan will offer a custom guitar display and neck carving demonstration.  Musician and collector Roff Crocker will present The Tube Amp Petting Zoo workshop in the Studio Theatre.  The Arts Education Program will be in the Grand Lobby with classical guitar by instructor Branden Cravalho.

New Mobiles Featured in the Co-Op

Celebrated Tracy sculptor/woodturner, Mark Knize as built a pair of mobiles for the new year.  These works reference our solar system with a brass and copper sun centered within eight aluminum rings expanding to 24″.  The mobiles move in unique rotations with air flow and are reminiscent of mid-Century/Atomic-era design.  Reasonably priced at $240 each; currently available within Art Co-Opted in the South Gallery.

Animals Featured in August & September Mural Projects

The Downtown Tracy Mural Project continued across the summer of 2018 featuring new murals in Jackson Alley.  13 year old Caitlynn McNamara completed a collaborative project with Animal Rescue of Tracy.  Her mural entitled Rescue is the Best Breed! promotes and celebrates animal adoption featuring dozens of pet names submitted from community members.

Matthew Blacconiere of Making Things Interesting – an Artwalk/Mural Project fan-favorite – returned to add his fourth creature on the block!  His dynamic Ladybug mural joins images featuring a giraffe, hummingbird, and elephant turning the Alley into a playful and unexpected environment.

> Photo courtesy of Sarah McNamara

Growth and Transition Mural Debuts


Stockton artist John Thomason returned to Tracy to create the first mural of 2018 as part of the Downtown Tracy Artwalk and Mural Project, entitled Growth and Transition.

This work was the first located in Jackson Alley on the West Side Market building wall.  The mural metaphorically and visually explores the concept of growing through life experiences.  John notes, “the infant starts with a single color, continues growing into adolescence, and then adulthood gaining more colors in transition.

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.