Remembering Our Friend Lino Raymond Giovacchini (1940 – 2020)

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.

Civic Art Program – Harvest of Progress Restoration

We are delighted to announced the completed restoration of Harvest of Progress!  This incredible work of fine art by Rowland Cheney was dedicated in 2013, and celebrates Tracy’s railroad and agricultural history in co-joined monumental figures.  It received a cleaning, patina restoration, and new satin topcoat by Frostad Atelier of Sacramento, who originally fabricated and installed the sculpture.

Ronnie Frostad and her talented and hardworking crew braved the two hottest days of 2019 thus far, and worked into late night, to bring this bronze landmark sculpture back to full glory.  This collaboration will present Harvest of Progress in beautiful condition for several years to come in the roundabout at Central Avenue and 6th Street in downtown Tracy.

This project was supported by the Tracy Arts Commission as part of the City of Tracy – Civic Art Program.

Remembering Our Friend Bruce Duke (1922 – 2016)

Bruce-Duke

Bruce Duke was an immensely important ceramic artist and arts educator who is defined by a life-lived.  His art and mentorship impacted thousands of lives, and he was a star-maker of numerous, prominent clay artists including Viola Frey.  Our community has lost a legend.  We are humbled to have premiered his retrospective exhibition in 2015, represented his work in the Co-Op, and to have recently celebrated with him at the Art Awards Luncheon (Artist Mentor of Influence & Inspiration Award) in August.

• Stockton Record Obituary

Bruce is pictured with his daughter Cathy Anderson just before the Opening Reception for Father Clay – Bruce Duke Retrospective on August 29th, 2015.  – Photo courtesy of Ernie Anderson; all rights reserved.

Remembering Our Friend Rowland Cheney (1943 – 2015)

STATUE AT ROUNDABOUT3 (12-06-13)  Rowland Cheney runs electrical wiring through his ÒHarvest of ProgressÓ statue before it is raised over a platform at the center of the Sixth Street-Central Avenue roundabout late Dec. 5.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press

Rowland Cheney  (Clements, CA) was a  prolific member of our creative community. He and his fiance,  Mary Doucette of Lodi, were among the nine people lost in a plane crash near Ketchikan, Alaska in June of 2015.

Mr. Cheney was a celebrated Emeritus Professor of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture at San Joaquin Delta College, professional artist and an important member of the Kiger Mustang community.  The Tracy community worked with Rowland for three years to create the largest work of his career, the monumental 20′ landmark sculpture Harvest of Progress, at Central Avenue and 6th Street in downtown.

The photo (courtesy of the Tracy Press/Glenn Moore) to the left shows the artist hard at work on the cold night of December 5th, 2013, when Harvest of Progress was installed.

Remembering Our Friend Steve Mudge (1953 – 2015)

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Steve Mudge (Modesto, CA / Santa Fe, NM) was a talented man of many accomplishments, funny and smart, and a celebrated metal sculptor.  He exhibited in the Co-Op in the South Gallery and worked with Mark Knize (Tracy, CA) creating two 4′ x 16′ plasma-cut steel relief sculptures, Arrivals and Departures, on display in the main lobby of the Tracy Transit Station.

Steve (left) and Mark (right) are pictured here during the late night installation at the Transit Station in 2010.  Both smiling after an exhausting day of work.