Secret Art Society (afterhours) – Winter/Spring Semester 2019

Secret Art Society (afterhours) – Winter/Spring 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.

Enter Tracy Art League Expressions!

The Tracy Art League has opened entries for their annual Expressions! exhibition.  This exhibit runs from March 12 – 22 at the Tracy Community Center.  New to 2019 is the inclusion of photography into the show, and $1,800 in awards will be issued.

In addition, entries into Expressions! are automatically eligible for inclusion in the Expressions! Selections feature exhibition at the Grand from April 13 – May 18, 2019.

Gallery Talk with Photographer Cash Bryan

Please join us on Saturday, February 23rd from 12 to 2 pm for an interactive discussion with Cash Bryan.  Mr. Bryan will speak about the feature exhibition, Public Personalities, on display in the Energy & Souza Galleries through March 23rd, 2019.  This event is free and open to the public.

Gallery Talks provide a fun and unique opportunity to participate in a casual dialogue with artists in the Galleries, with the artwork they create!  Come experience art while learning about the creative practice of working artists and educators in our community.

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 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 and created the first mural this summer as part of the Downtown Tracy Artwalk and Mural Project, entitled Growth and Transition.

This work is 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.

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 never ending 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 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.