Remembering Our Friend Miguel Guerrero (1932 – 2020)

Remembering Our Friend Miguel Guerrero (1932 – 2020)

Miguel “Mike” Guerrero (Stockton, CA) was born in Michoacan, Mexico on February 27, 1932 to the late Miguel and Consuelo Guerrero, and grew up in the California Central Valley.

He memorialized his early experiences as a boy, immigrant, and student in the United States in a book Reflections of a Little Brown Boy, written in adulthood. His athleticism in boxing as a young adult in school led to further training, resulting in Pacific Coast and NCAA featherweight championships. After a stint in the Army where he served in Germany and at the American Embassy in France, he returned to attend college at San Jose State University, and earned a MBA from the University of Santa Clara. Miguel retired as a Business Instructor from San Joaquin Delta College, then continued teaching printmaking through the Stockton Institute for Continued Learning.

Along with his teaching career, he became deeply interested in studio art, experimenting with sculpture and moving into drawing, painting, and printmaking. He exhibited widely for over 30 years with notable local exhibitions at The Haggin Museum, Mexican Heritage Center, Alan Short Gallery, LH Horton Jr Gallery and at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts. His works are held in numerous private collections, and a bronze sculpture resides in the collection of the Department of Migrant Education in Washington, DC.

Always a teacher and mentor, Miguel made many lifelong connections with educators, students, and artists. Gregarious, friendly, and generous by nature, he enjoyed sharing knowledge, good foods, libations, stories, and conversations. He was a positive person with an upbeat attitude and good sense of humor, yet grounded, strong, and loyal. Beyond teacher and artist, he was a cherished husband, father, brother, and friend that will be profoundly missed by his family and our community.

Galleries Reopen with Special Photography Exhibit

Summer is here and the Grand is open again!  The Exhibitions Program presents a special exhibit in collaboration with the Tracy Camera Club to close the 2020-21 Season.  Enjoy these compelling works and relax in the cool air of the Grand in the Souza and South Galleries.

Tracy Photographers Richard Beebe, Geoffry Faulkner, and Michael McGuire have selected recent works that not only capture their vision and interests in fine art photography, but also explore a variety of techniques.  All works are for sale and will be on display through August 10th.

#communityisgrand HEART EXHIBIT – Submissions Deadline Extended to June 4

Our dedicated fundraising partner, the Grand Foundation, is proud to announce the #CommunityIsGrand Heart Exhibit!

This new event in the fall of 2021, will showcase eight large heart sculptures in the City of Tracy to celebrate public art, engage community interest, promote exposure to local businesses, and draw visitors from around the Central Valley and Bay Area.

Professional artists are invited to submit concepts for painted designs.  Additional information and the Call For Artists prospectus is available here.

New Paintings in the Webstore

In these new paintings by popular Co-Op artists Kristina S. Anderson, Margarita Anderson, Rick Ingraham & Cherèe Reyna you’ll find ways to reflect, be inspired, and celebrate life/art this spring!

Our inventory continues to grow with a curated selection of original works of art, artist-designed products, and Grand merchandise; all for immediate purchase.  Visit the Grand Galleries Online & Webstore to find a special occasion gift, or to add the next piece to your collection.

Convenient and timely pick-up options are always available, and most items can also be shipped to valid mailing addresses in the contiguous United States, Alaska, and Hawaii.

California Arts, Culture, & Creativity Month – April 2021

Join our community throughout April and celebrate Tracy Arts Month and California Arts, Culture, & Creativity Month!

In 2019, Arts, Culture and Creativity Month was declared by the California Senate in a concurrent resolution to be every April in California to recognize and celebrate the significant impact the arts have in California. Activations occur throughout the state including city and county proclamations, op-eds, special events, performances, round tables and more. The goal of our month-long campaign is to elevate public awareness of the value of the arts and the collective impact the arts bring to our communities and state.

The month of April is our time to celebrate, recognize and advocate for the significant impact we make in California!

#ACCM2021 #ARTSADVOCACY #ARTSAREESSENTIAL #INVESTINARTS #ARTSCREATEIMPACT #CAARTSCHAMPION #RESTARTARTSCA

Creative Community Videos

As part of Tracy Arts Month, the Tracy Arts Commission invited local area artists and arts/cultural organizations to submit a promotional or educational short video.  Through their creative practice, skills, services, and projects, you can explore, support, and network with our creative community!

In addition, you can view the premiere of video for the Window Shades Project, documenting the development and the featured artists of our latest Civic Art Project.

Show me the movies!

New Items by Popular Co-Op Artists added to the Webstore

We’ve recently added a colorful group of handmade items, apparel, and jewelry by popular Co-Op artists: Judy Altamirano (nuno scarves & lampwork jewelry), Anny Caya (fused glass jewelry), Em McLaren (fused glass jewelry), and Rhett Regina Owings (paper crane mobiles & earrings).

Our inventory has more than doubled since the holidays! Visit the Grand Galleries Online & Webstore to enjoy a curated selection of original works of art, artist-designed products, and Grand merchandise; all for immediate purchase!

Convenient and timely pick-up options are always available, and most items can also be shipped to valid mailing addresses in the contiguous United States, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Grand Galleries Online & Webstore

We are excited to announce the launch of a new way to view and purchase art this holiday season at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts!

Beginning Friday, November 27th at 9 am, the Grand Galleries Online & Webstore will provide a selection of original works of art, artist-designed products, and promotional merchandise, all for immediate purchase!  Both shipping and pick-up options will be available for most items.

The Artist Spotlight celebrates local artists from the region, beginning with Bruce Duke (1922 – 2016) who was a highly influential ceramic artist and arts educator.

The Exhibitions Program will add new items in the coming weeks, and present a selection of works from feature exhibits in 2021.

Please note, if you are gift shopping, we recommend making purchases by Friday, December 11th for shipped items.  Items can be picked-up through Thursday, December 17th.  Please note the Grand will be closed for holiday break between December 18th and January 3rd.  Orders placed during break will be processed in the new year.

Thank you for your continued interest and support of our programming at the Grand!

Window Shades Project Public Viewing

The City of Tracy, Cultural Arts Division (CAD) announces the completion of a new collaborative Civic Art Project in downtown Tracy. CAD Staff and the Tracy Arts Commission, with the Grand Foundation (Kaylin Dell’Aringa, Former Chair) and Tracy City Center Association (Dino Margaros, Executive Director) and Kim Cose (Community Member at Large) worked collaboratively to select the area artists that will be featured.

A compelling set of images by artists Alyn Brereton (Modesto), Delbert Park (Tracy), Angela Johal (Livermore) and Mark Roberts (Antioch) are printed on 14 custom-fabricated shades across the windows of the art galleries. Five large-format works in painting and photography become murals on the streetscape, adding beauty, energy and interest to the area.

The public is invited to celebrate the project with a sidewalk viewing on Wednesday, October 28 at 10:00 am, at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, located at 715 Central Avenue. Social distancing and the use of masks are encouraged.

The project was co-funded with generous support from the Grand Foundation, the fundraising partner of the Center. The shades were manufactured and installed by OrangePiel of the Bay Area, a full-service design and technology company specializing in window shades and acoustical wall murals.