Special Event in Honor of Leona Darr Willis

Special Event in Honor of Leona Darr Willis

Please note this event originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 has been postponed as part of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts public closure due to the Covid-19 health crisis.  Event details will be announced as they become available.

Civic Art Project – Request For Proposals – Window Shades Project

The City of Tracy – Cultural Arts Division announces a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the Window Shades Project at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.  Artists and designers of all kinds are invited to submit conceptual proposals to be considered as featured images across the window shades on the front of the facility in the Grand Galleries at 715 Central Avenue in downtown Tracy, California.

The project seeks to display large, visually attractive images that add interest and energy to the Grand and downtown Tracy.  Artists should consider the Grand as a unique interdisciplinary (dance, drama, literary arts, music, visual arts) arts center, as well as the history, cultural diversity, and future of Tracy.

Applicants may submit up to three concepts.  The project is managed by the Cultural Arts Division in collaboration with the Tracy Arts Commission, Civic Art Subcommittee, and Grand Foundation.  The project is funded by the City of Tracy and the Grand Foundation.  It is anticipated the new window shades will debut to the public this summer.

Please be advised this project is now active again. Proposals can be mailed to the Grand or dropped off in the sidewalk mailbox at the Box Office windows.  The new deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday, June 15.

More information about the Civic Art Program, City Art Collection, and Opportunities for Public Artists is available here.

Secret Art Society (afterhours) – Fall 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.

>> Wednesday, November 20, 6 pm (GWF Energy Gallery)

• GROUP DISCUSSION: ART NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES

• SPECIAL GUEST PRESENTER: ARTIST/ARTS EDUCATOR VINCE WALSH – Arts in Corrections / Teaching Art in California Prisons

>> Wednesday, December 18, 6 pm (GWF Energy Gallery)

• GROUP DISCUSSION: ART NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES

• SPECIAL GUEST PRESENTER: ARTIST/ARTS EDUCATOR SUSAN RICHARDSON – Artist-In-Residence Experiences in Paris, France

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.

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 Darr 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 generously 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.