Grand Galleries Online & Webstore

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!

Remembering Our Friend Lino Raymond Giovacchini (1940 – 2020)

Lino Giovacchini (Tracy, CA) was celebrated member of the creative community and dear friend of the Grand. Mr. Giovacchini, a life-long resident of San Joaquin County, was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, Fireman/Captain at Lawrence Livermore Lab Site 300, general contractor, and a unique artist of the region. As an incredible self-taught woodturner and sculptor, Lino mastered the metal lathe to create both functional and sculptural work. He is known for his intricate bowls, vases, and boxes built from exotic hardwoods and salvaged construction woods, and has been honored for his beautiful spruce models of farm machinery. His works often hold connections to his family, friends, upbringing, and Italian heritage.

A long-time member of the Tracy Art League, Lino exhibited in the Grand Galleries and across the area. In addition, prominent works are in the public collections of the Cities of Lathrop and Tracy. In Tracy as part of the Civic Art Program, he was commissioned to create work for the Sister City Association’s exchange with Memuro, Japan, and to build the large-format re-creation of the historic Southern Pacific 1293 switch engine on display in City Hall.

Lino not only made impressive objects (and delicious soup!), but also he shared knowledge. He taught others about tools, craft, and work ethic. Often he would attend events or visit the Galleries engaging viewers, answering their questions, and inviting them to see his incredible workshop with a charming smile. The Grand family and our community will greatly miss him.

** Photo courtesy of Tiffanie Heben Photography & Design – ©2015 All Rights Reserved.

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.

Veteran’s Mural Project by Will Watts

Now on display in Jackson Alley, adjacent to the Box Office windows on Central Avenue! As part of the Downtown Tracy Mural Project, artist and veteran Will Watts created this powerful and personal large-format work.

The Tracy Arts Commission invited Mr. Watts to create a temporary piece of street art addressing issues of health and wellness for those who have and are serving in our military. Mr. Watts served in the United States Army from 2006 to 2016, deployed twice in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Shortly after his second deployment, he was involved in a motorcycle crash, which broke both his legs. The accident abruptly ended Will’s military career and sent him into a deep depression. Surgeries resulted in anger and paranoia, feeling disconnected and alone, and with a constant fear of
death. Ultimately Will lost hope and became suicidal, lashing out and endangering himself and loved ones.

As a result, Will checked himself into therapy through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Desperate to get help in any way, he discovered a website that spoke about a plant medicine called Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is one of the world’s most powerful psychedelic teas containing dimethyltryptamineIn, commonly known as DMT.

Spontaneously, Will then traveled to Peru seeking guidance and healing, resulting in his participation in Ayahuasca ceremonies. His experiences had profound emotional and life-changing impact with Will confronting his fears and mistakes, and once again finding love and compassion. In addition, Will began to explore new things, teaching himself to play the piano and to paint. He has helped several veterans and friends visit Peru with positive results, and even traveled back to Afghanistan as a civilian to find peace.

“In my healing I met God and the devil. They were both shadows of myself who taught me many lessons about myself, and the universe. I came to understand that anger was useless, and that the meaning of life was about love and understanding. I felt a light radiating out of the center of my soul and I was whole again. Painting has been a wonderful outlet for my mental health, and has helped me channel many of the negative feelings that I have into something positive and creative. This mural that I have created is dedicated to all of the service members out there who have gone through depression, anxiety, PTSD, and trauma, and urges those who are lost to research the plant medicine Ayahuasca. It saved my life and transformed me into a person that I now love. Though we may feel lost at times, we are never alone.” – Will Watts

Special Event in Honor of Leona Darr Willis

Please note this event originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 has been postponed as part of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts public closure due to the Covid-19 health crisis. This event is anticipated to be rescheduled in 2021. 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.