Galleries Reopen with Special Photography Exhibit

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.

Arts Education Program Announces Distance Learning beginning September 8th!

The City of Tracy, Arts Education Program announces a new way to learn this year at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.  Beginning in fall semester, virtual classes will be offered to provide a safe learning experience for you and your family.

The skilled instructors at the Grand will be teaching classes through the web application ZOOM.  All classes will be accessible online via computer, tablet, or cell phone.  Class registration will begin on August 20, with classes starting September 8.

Registration is available online at www.tracyartsandrec.com and in-person at the Box Office ticketing window during normal business hours.

Distance Learning 2020-21

Distance learning classes meet in the comfort of your own home through Zoom. Your Zoom class link will be emailed to you prior to the start of your class. Please make sure the student’s email is correct when registering for a class!

Our Fall 2020 semester will include the following Distance Learning classes:

DANCE

  • Ballet Folklorico – Beginners and Intermediate/Advanced
  • Movin’ Your Groove
  • Groovin’ Fridays   NEW!

DRAMA

  • Voice Overs… Now is your Time!

MUSIC

  • Exploring the Guitar
  • Exploring the Ukulele
  • Music Together Family Class
  • Private Music Lessons

LITERARY ARTS

  • Creative Writing
  • Essay Writing

VISUAL ARTS

  • Elementary and Cartoon Drawing
  • Comic Book Creation   NEW!
  • Anime/Manga Figure Drawing
  • Introduction and Intermediate Acrylic Painting
  • Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Photography
  • Knitting for Beginners
  • Pencil Sketching with Paulette
  • Paint Night!

updated 8/17/2020

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!