Gallery Talk with Artist Delbert Park

Gallery Talk with Artist Delbert Park

 

Please join us for an interactive discussion with featured artist Delbert Park of Tracy.  Mr. Park will speak about his prolific life’s work across a variety of styles, genre, themes and media.  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.

GWF Energy Gallery – Saturday, October 6, 12 – 2 pm

This event is free and open to the public!

Secret Art Society (afterhours)

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.

Fall Semester 2018 Schedule


Thursday, October 25th, 6 pm

WHO ARE YOU AS AN ARTIST?  PART III:

EXPLORING Q&A THAT ARE ESSENTIAL TO CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS IN THE 21st CENTURY

Wednesday, November 21st, 6 pm

LEGAL RIGHTS & ISSUES FOR VISUAL ARTISTS:

WHAT RIGHTS DO ARTISTS HAVE UNDER CALIFORNIA & FEDERAL LAW?

Wednesday, December 12th, 6 pm

ARTSHOW [SHOW-N-TELL] ROUNDTABLE:

SHARE A FINISHED PIECE OR WORK-IN-PROGRESS • MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES

National Arts & Humanities Month 2018

Join thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation in celebrating the 33rd Anniversary of National Arts and Humanities Month throughout October 2018!  The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts carries this message to our community through activities that honor the efforts of artists, historians, teachers, and cultural groups working to make the arts and humanities a part of everyone’s life.

National Arts and Humanities Month offers us a chance to celebrate the often overlooked economic, educational, and civic engagement values that the arts impart in our daily lives.  – Robert L. Lynch, President & CEO of Americans for the Arts

National Arts and Humanities Month is coordinated by Americans for the Arts, the national organization working to empower communities with the resources and support necessary to provide access to all of the arts for all of the people. This month-long celebration grew out of National Arts Week, which was begun in 1985 by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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 Stephen Gyermek (1930 – 2016)

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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.