In the Gallery

2021-22 Exhibition Season:

Fresh Coffee and a Fresh Start is a group exhibition by the Bay Area collective, The Breakfast Group, featuring works by Priscilla Birge, Donna Fenstermaker, John Friedman, Nancy Genn, Katie Hawkinson, Carol Ladewig, Loren Rehbock, Joseph Slusky, Kim Thoman, Sandy Walker, and Jan Wurm. The exhibition is curated by Jan Wurm.

The Breakfast Group was born in the Sixties of a group of artists teaching at the University of California at Berkeley, who began meeting every week to discuss art, teaching, and individual pursuits. As coffee flowed, so did the conversation, extending to film, politics, and naturally sports. For over 50 years the venue and members have changed, but the association has remained the importance of mutual support and encouragement. From diverse artistic practices and philosophical perspectives, the members of The Breakfast Group have shared a sense of purpose as artists in a complex relationship to contemporary society.

The Breakfast Group artists share a long tradition of weekly gatherings for conversations: art talk, sports stats, teaching, and art world adventures fueled by morning coffee. Working through a long pandemic sheltering, interspersed with virtual exhibitions and Zoom events, the Breakfast Group is bringing paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography to Tracy, as well as inviting and encouraging creatives to join them in their practice.

Jan Wurm states: “These long pandemic months have seen time warp, melt, and then rush by. But through this shifting framework, The Breakfast Group artists have kept working, finding meaning and expression in the studio. The Breakfast Group has held tight to the binding ties of the past and remained open to the promise of the future. Art is a language that cannot be unlearned and this is a conversation that continues to unfold at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts for fresh coffee and a fresh start.”

Annually, the Tracy Art League (TAL), invites artists from across the region to participate in this celebrated community event. Entries are accepted in a variety of media including drawing, glass, mixed-media, painting, photography, and sculpture. This year guest Juror Deanna Hunt has selected 123 works by 65 artists for recognition and awards. Cash awards will be issued from the TAL, and purchase awards will be issued from the City of Tracy for inclusion into the City Art Collection.

Featured Artists include:  Pamela Ackles, Tom Alford, Kristina Anderson, Margarita Anderson, Rujul Bandikalla, Anna Barber, Richard Beebe, Cheryl Bloomfield, Shane Burke, Tommi Lou Carosella, David Casterson, William Cleveland, Kathy Comden, Wesley Cowden, Randy Crimmel, Susan Farley, Barbara Gill, Chella Gonsalves, Don Hall, Tricia Hand, Marianne Harris, Tiffanie Heben, Caroline Henry, Cyrus Hunter, Rick Ingraham, Jeff Ishikawa, Barb Johnson, Debbie Jones, Tamara Keiper, Patricia Kennedy, Gayle Knize, Mark Knize, MJ Lazarski, Robyn Leimer, Jill Lipka, Melissa Mandegarian, Dave Matthews, Meghana Mitragotri, Glenn Moore, Cory Morrison, Lisa Mullen, Laura Neula, Delbert Park, Brendon Parker, Kimberlee Powell, Jayne Pramod, Susan Richardson, Nancy Roberts, Virginia Segur, Tejal Shah, Steven Showers, Kyle Silligman, Laura Simpson, Michael Souza, Henrietta Sparkman, Dean Taylor, Gerald Thompson, Dean Urone, Dan Voller, Vincent Walsh, Christine Watters, Linda Wheeler, Pamela Wilhelm, Mary Young, Susie Zhang

One of the remarkable components of Expressions! is the TAL’s efforts to provide docent-led tours to Tracy school students. In the past 30 years over 90,000 Tracy Unified School District students have been special guests to the exhibit, receiving an immersive educational experience. As field trips remain curtailed due to COVID-19, the TAL will bring the exhibit into classrooms through the creation of 20-minute videos for Grades 1 – 12.

With a spiritual connection to nature, Mark Roberts investigates our regional landscapes through an experiential and inventive process. His creative practice evokes memory, emotion, and mood in beautiful and atmospheric paintings. These works capture fleeting moments of light effects, color, and mystery.

Mark Roberts (Antioch, CA) received his Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Later, he continued his formal art education at the California Art Institute, analyzing the visual world in terms of shapes, values and edges. Mr. Roberts earned his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he has taught Figure Drawing from 2005 – 2014. Presently, Mark teaches Drawing and Design at Las Positas College in Livermore.

“Most of my life I have pondered questions of art and beauty. I have a couple decades of experience painting from direct observation in plein air. With that, I have accumulated a vast mental library of visuals. As my career progresses, I find myself working more from memory or invention. My paintings are becoming more abstract and minimalist with the aim of pushing the ethereal quality further, while heightening the beauty and emotional impact.”  – Mark Roberts

This celebratory salon-style exhibition is a special event in recognition of the 15th Anniversary 2021-22 Season at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.  Over 40 invited Artists are featured in this fun and unique presentation across the Energy, Souza & South Galleries.  Each has supported the programming at the Grand in a variety of meaningful ways, since the Center opened in 2007.

The exhibit welcomes live audiences and collaborators back to the Grand, as we sincerely thank them for their continued support!  With an extended run, this programming provides excellent opportunities to discover local-area artists, as well as purchase unique items for the gift-giving season.

Participating Artists:  Pam Ackles, Judy Altamirano, Kristina Anderson, Margarita Anderson, Richard Beebe, Cheryl Bloomfield, Alyn Brereton, Rudie Byrd, Jane Burns, David Casterson, Anny Caya, Lisa Cooperman, Randy Crimmel, Caleb Dowdell, Matt Farnsworth, Chloe Fonda, Don Hall, Barry Hand, Tiffanie Heben, Rick Ingraham, Debbie Jones, Gayle Knize, Mark Knize, Carolyn Lord, Em McLaren, Mike McLellan, Glenn Moore, Clay Musa, Joan Matsushima, Dave Matthews, Alex Nelson, Laura Nuela, Rhett Regina Owings, Delbert Park, Susan Richardson, Michael Rizza, Denise Rizzo, Mark Roberts, Henrietta Sparkman, Amanda Trask, Arturo Vera, Vince Walsh, Linda Whittington, Mira Woodworth


Art Co-Opted in the South Gallery

Special, curated exhibits of original artwork, limited editions, and artist-designed products from dozens of local, regional and national artists are featured in the South Gallery.  These exclusive artworks and products are available at low price points ($500 and under) for a limited time in this unique venue.  Over 2,300 items have been sold since 2009!

Rotating displays in the Co-Op run concurrent with feature exhibitions.  Artists, designers, collectors & gallerists interested in participating in the Co-Op can find more information about on-going exhibition opportunities here.