In the Gallery

2018-19 Exhibition Season

Whispered Coversations is an exhibit inspired by the classic literature of F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 – 1940 • American Fiction
Writer) including The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night.  The artworks featured are composed of complex layers combining hand-lettering and printed text with painting and collage, reflecting universal stories and the emotions of life.  The Grand invites the public to meet and interact with Ms. Richardson as she works in our community this summer as Artist-In-Residence.  Across four days in June, Susan will be working in the Grand Galleries where the community-at-large is welcome to drop-in, converse, and observe the artist at work. At the end of the week, Susan will teach a hands-on Workshop inside of the current exhibition.

Susan Richardson is a Tracy educator, poet, and mixed-media artist working in calligraphy, letterform, printmaking, and artist’s books.  Ms. Richardson holds a B.A. from Simmons College in Boston, M.A. in English Education from Boise State University, Ph.D. in Education in Language and Literacy from U.C. Berkeley, and Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts from U.C. Berkeley Extension. She has been exhibiting professionally for 14 years, and previously curated Transforming the Written Word, a feature exhibition presented at the Grand in 2014.

“I have always felt a deep connection to works by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby offers a poignant look deep inside the sparkling world of luxury, glamorous parties, and beautiful people.  And yet, under all that sparkle flows an undercurrent of longing — longing for something meaningful, something just out of reach.  My work is a 21st Century response to Fitzgerald’s jazz-age world.  The layers are complex; some are bold, some delicate, and some reveal deeper layers. Like life, each piece displays a messy richness and a thoughtful, underlying harmony.” – Susan Richardson


A celebration of the guitar… craft, creativity, innovation, history!

Join us for a special weekend of live music, entertainment and experiences featuring the cultural icon of the guitar. Critically acclaimed Blues/Jazz/Rock guitar virtuoso Robben Ford is presented live in concert on Friday night. Saturday features local musicians across the Grand performing and providing free educational experiences.

Workshop registration is now open!


Expressions! Selections is presented in collaboration with the Tracy Art League (TAL) and honors works entered into the TAL’s Expressions! exhibition, held annually at the Tracy Community Center.  This year a selection of 23 works/artists have been chosen for special recognition in this feature exhibition. Each year a City of Tracy – Civic Art Collection Purchase Award is issued, and a Panel Discussion exploring the value and roles of living/working artists in our community is presented.

In preparation for the Celebrate Tracy – Youth Photography Exhibit, the Tracy Press asked local youth to show the community “A Day in your Life in Tracy.” Award winners will be featured in the Souza Gallery and entries will be displayed in the Pombo Lobby on the 2nd floor of the Center. Awards will be announced during the Opening Reception at 12:30 pm on Saturday, April 13th. Winners will receive cash prizes and be published in the Tracy Press special edition Celebrate Tracy on Friday, May 17th.  These events are sponsored through a partnership with the Tracy Press, Grand Foundation, and Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.

These new exhibits, along with several other events across the downtown business district, celebrate the start of Downtown Tracy Arts Week running from April 13 – 20.


Public Personalities presents a body of compelling traditional and digital photography featuring portraits and street photography. Spanning 40 years across the region, Mr. Bryan explored ways to connect with strangers in order to capture a range of interesting and unconventional people in public places, through both candid and engaging interactions. The results are a series of images that investigate the personalities of our shared humanity.

Cash Bryan has been a professional photographer since 1984 working in several genres including photojournalism, weddings, portraiture, and fine art. Throughout his career Mr. Bryan has remained interested in using the camera as tool to find connectivity between passersby. He began exhibiting professionally in 2010, and Public Personalities is his first solo exhibition.

“I have turned my passion for people to street photography. The work attempts to move beyond the use of photography to capture conventional beauty and the contrived environment, and instead seeks the beauty in the awkward or unusual. These are the pubic personalities of everyday people in their everyday lives.”   – Cash Bryan


As part of the annual Holidays at the Grand programming, a special exhibition of works by artists featured in Art Co-Opted (our curated cooperative in the South Gallery) are presented across the galleries.  Over 30 artists, designers and lenders offer a diverse selection of functional, decorative and fine quality works at very reasonable prices.

Many of these handmade, one-of-kind items are only available for a limited time during this show. Consider unique gifts for your friends and family, or build your own collection this holiday season!



 

Different Directions presents a retrospective honoring over 50 years of work by Delbert Park of Tracy, CA. Mr. Park (b. 1946) is a prolific artist working in a variety of styles and genre including portraiture, landscapes, still life, impressionism, abstraction, and surrealism. His dynamic movement through numerous concepts and technical abilities provides a rare exploration into the union of creative process and life experience.

Delbert Park is the son of ordained ministers who grew up in East Palo Alto, Benicia, Hughson and Patterson. He holds a B.A. from San Jose State University and M.A. from Chico State University. A retired junior high school teacher, Mr. Park has been exhibiting professionally working for over 40 years across the region. Curator, Vicki Park is Del’s wife and creative collaborator.

“I’m sharing work from high school to the present. While my media of choice is oil on canvas, I’ve worked in drawing, pastel, printmaking, wood, glass and metal. Over time my work endeavors have sought to create and convey a mood.”  – Delbert Park


Art Co-Opted

Special exhibits of original artwork, limited editions, and artist-designed products from dozens of local, regional and national artists are featured in the South Gallery. Over 1,500 items have been sold since 2009!  These exclusive artworks and products are available at low price points for a limited time only in this unique venue.

Rotating displays in the Co-Op run concurrent with feature exhibitions.  Art Co-Opted is presented as the featured exhibition in November and December annually as part of the seasonal Holidays at the Grand programming.

Artists, designers, collectors & gallerists interested in participating in the Co-Op can find more information about on-going exhibition opportunities here.

Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Galleries are closed in between exhibitions, on most holidays, and during the month of August.