Dia De Los Muertos Family Day!

Dia De Los Muertos Family Day!

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Join the Arts Education Program for Dia De Los Muertos Family Day on Saturday, October 30th from 10 am to 2 pm.

There will be hands-on activities, photo opportunities, vendors in our Mercado, and more! An altar will be on display in the Pombo Lobby, with a Community Art Show in the 2nd floor hallway from October 30th through November 5th.

In recognition of the Center’s 15th Anniversary Season, limited edition Dia de los Muertos t-shirts will be available for purchase at the event! These unique shirts feature original sugar skull artwork designed by local artist Paco Garcia. Pictured below.

This event is free and open to the public!

Be a part of our Community Altar!

The public is invited to contribute to a Community Altar, on display in the Pombo Lobby on the 2nd floor through Friday, November 5.  Participants may deliver or send images of loved ones to celebrate and honor.  Photos can be dropped off at the Arts Education Office at the Grand, or emailed to:  boxoffice@cityoftracy.org

Be a part of our Community Art Show!
Submit your Artwork to be on display in the upstairs hallway!

– Artwork of any medium is welcome
– Dia de los Muertos themed art
– Family Friendly art
– All ages welcome to submit art
– Art must be framed or on a canvas and include hanging hardware
– Submissions due by 10/26 – drop them off at the Arts Education Program Office on the 2nd floor of the Grand.

Want to be a part of the Art Show? Register here!

Ceramics Open Lab

Ceramics Lab 2021

Fall 2021 Open Lab Dates: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8.   *No Lab on 11/24

Ceramics Lab

Join us Wednesday afternoons 4:30 to 7:30 pm for extra time to practice the skills you are learning in class. Students, both beginning and advanced, currently enrolled in any of our ceramic classes are strongly encouraged to attend lab to enhance their learning experience. Experienced ceramic artists are also welcome. Labs do not include instruction and enrollment in a current ceramic class is not required to attend open lab times.

While attending open lab you will have access to our six electric wheels, a kick wheel, a slab roller and an extruder. You will also have a plethora of tools available for use including trimming tools, metal and wooden rib tools, sponges, stamps, molds and more. You will find that open lab can be a calming and playful experience. 

Cone 5 Glaze List

  • We have a verity of different glazes to dip your bisque ware and testing tiles to experiment with colors.  The following glazes are available during open lab: Colonial White, Peach Gloss, True Celadon, Turkish Amber, Dynasty Red,  Mandarin Orange, Black Gloss, Royal Blue, Purple Gloss, Lemon Yellow, and Clear.

Cost

Drop in for one-day lab access is $20 for residents of Tracy and $22 for non-residents.

We offer a punch card at $100 for residents and $110 for non-residents. With your punch card you will have six entries for the price of five. Punch cards do not expire, and you can use them whenever our ceramics open lab is running.

Clay Available for Purchase

Clay is $15.50 plus tax for a twenty-five-pound bag of clay, with or without grog. Recycled clay is $9.00 plus tax for a twenty-five-pound bag of clay. Recycled clay is not always immediately available so please call ahead if you would like to purchase some. You will find that open lab can be a calming and playful experience. 

 

Ceramics Firings

The Grand is pleased to provide cone 5 & 05 electric kiln firing services to the local ceramic arts community. Simply purchase clay through the center, and then make an appointment to bring your unfired projects to our studio. The cost of firings is dependent on the size and amount of work. We will provide you with a finalized price when pieces are ready for pick up. Please note this special service is contingent on our acceptance of materials to be fired; we reserve the right to reject work that includes paper, metal, or unidentified materials. Please contact the Ceramics Technician for more information about ceramic firings and availability.

Ceramics Technician

For more information about our Ceramics Open Lab, please contact Matt Farnsworth, Ceramics Technician, at matt.farnsworth@cityoftracy.org or (209) 831-6273.

Fused Glass Open Lab

Fused Glass Lab 2021-22

Fused Glass Lab is offered on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

Fall 2021 Open Lab Dates: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7.   *No Lab on 11/23

For more information about our Fused Glass Open Lab, please contact Matt Farnsworth, Ceramics Technician, at matt.farnsworth@cityoftracy.org or (209) 831-6273.

Galleries Reopen with Special Photography Exhibit

Summer is here and the Grand is open again!  The Exhibitions Program presents a special exhibit in collaboration with the Tracy Camera Club to close the 2020-21 Season.  Enjoy these compelling works and relax in the cool air of the Grand in the Souza and South Galleries.

Tracy Photographers Richard Beebe, Geoffry Faulkner, and Michael McGuire have selected recent works that not only capture their vision and interests in fine art photography, but also explore a variety of techniques.  All works are for sale and will be on display through August 10th.

New Paintings in the Webstore

In these new paintings by popular Co-Op artists Kristina S. Anderson, Margarita Anderson, Rick Ingraham & Cherèe Reyna you’ll find ways to reflect, be inspired, and celebrate life/art this spring!

Our inventory continues to grow with a curated selection of original works of art, artist-designed products, and Grand merchandise; all for immediate purchase.  Visit the Grand Galleries Online & Webstore to find a special occasion gift, or to add the next piece to your collection.

Convenient and timely pick-up options are always available, and most items can also be shipped to valid mailing addresses in the contiguous United States, Alaska, and Hawaii.

New Items by Popular Co-Op Artists added to the Webstore

We’ve recently added a colorful group of handmade items, apparel, and jewelry by popular Co-Op artists: Judy Altamirano (nuno scarves & lampwork jewelry), Anny Caya (fused glass jewelry), Em McLaren (fused glass jewelry), and Rhett Regina Owings (paper crane mobiles & earrings).

Our inventory has more than doubled since the holidays! Visit the Grand Galleries Online & Webstore to enjoy a curated selection of original works of art, artist-designed products, and Grand merchandise; all for immediate purchase!

Convenient and timely pick-up options are always available, and most items can also be shipped to valid mailing addresses in the contiguous United States, Alaska, and Hawaii.

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.

Free Online Paint Night

The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts presents a free Paint Night through Facebook live!  Join the Arts Education Program featuring visual arts instructor Amanda Trask for a 1-hour painting you can do from the comfort of your own home! Participants can follow along in the video below to create their one-of-a-kind painting!

This Paint Night is family friendly and appropriate for school-age students as well as adults.

You will want the following supplies to complete this painting:

  • canvas, canvas board, or canvas paper (we used a 14″ x 11″ canvas)
  • one small paint brush
  • one large paint brush
  • one paper plate for mixing colors
  • one plastic cup for water
  • paper towels used to make the leaf texturing on the painting
  • 6 colors of paint:
    • White
    • Black
    • Yellow
    • Red/Orange
    • Dark Green
    • Blue

Or you can opt to use any supplies you have available at home!

Please click on the video below to begin painting!