Civic Art Street Banners to debut for September Artwalk

Civic Art Street Banners to debut for September Artwalk

The Tracy Arts Commission (TAC) announces the debut of a new Civic Art pilot project at the Downtown Tracy Artwalk on September 17th.  Four local artists were selected to be featured on a set of street pole banners across the downtown district.

•  Jacob Alt (Tracy, CA):  27 W 10th St. near Town & Country

•  Jose L. Pina Morales (Tracy, CA):  715 Central Ave. at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts

•  John Sterry (Lathrop, CA):  112 10th St. near Baristas

•  Pamela Wilhelm (Tracy, CA):  1010 Central Ave. near Versailles Salon

These eight compelling images will be evaluated for their ability to add interest and beauty to the streetscape.  If found to be successful, the TAC will consider future opportunities for additional artist’s work to be featured.

Public feedback about the images, or the project as a whole, can be sent to:  william.wilson@cityoftracy.org

Downtown Mural Project – Updated Request For Proposals

The City of Tracy – Cultural Arts Division & Tracy Arts Commission is collaborating with Mr. Byron Alvarez in support of the creation of a new mural project located at 27 W. 10th St. in downtown Tracy, California. This high-visibility site is the east wall in the parking lot of Town and Country restaurant.  Conceptual proposals are due by 5:00 PM on Monday, October 24, 2022.

Artists who are interested in the project can download the Updated Request For Proposals for complete details!

Creative Community Videos

As part of Tracy Arts Month in April of 2021, 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 video for the Window Shades Project, documenting the development and the featured artists of a recent Civic Art Project.

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Window Shades Project

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.

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.