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Press Release

Summer Exhibitions at the Grand feature Painting and Ceramics

Posted: May 11, 2016
Location: Tracy, Calif.

Tracy, Calif. – The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts presents two new exhibitions, titled The Convict and a Boy – A Graphic Novel by Kenney Mencher and I Don’t Get It – Ceramics by Bruce Cadman. These exhibitions are on display from May 28th through July 16th, 2016, in the GWF Energy and Souza Galleries. An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, May 28th from 12 to 2 p.m. A Gallery Talk with both artists will be held on Saturday, June 11th, from 12 to 2 p.m. Mr. Mencher will be featured as Artist-In-Residence from Wednesday, June 15th through Saturday, June 18th. The residency will culminate with a Comic Drawing Workshop on Saturday, June 18th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibitions, Opening Reception, Gallery Talk, and Residency are free and open to the public. The Workshop costs $10 for Tracy residents and $12 for non-residents.

The Convict and a Boy presents paintings by Bay-Area artist, Kenney Mencher. This unique and immersive exhibition will fill the Energy Gallery with numerous original works created for the publication of a graphic novel. The story features two characters, a young boy and a middle-aged convict/business man, who travel though a series of surreal landscapes on a meaningful journey.

Mencher explains, “These two linked characters – a boy and a business man-turned convict – move through surreal places such as mazes, submarines and outer space. The entire project is told without dialog or the thought bubbles common to comic books. Instead the viewer is allowed to use their imagination to interpret the meaning of the story in a variety of ways.”

The Grand invites the public to meet and interact with Mr. Mencher as he works in our community this summer as Artist-In- Residence. Across three days in June, Kenney will be working in the Energy Gallery where the community-at-large is welcome to drop-in, converse and observe the artist at work. At the end of the week, Kenney will teach a hands-on Comic Drawing Workshop inside of the current exhibition.

I Don’t Get It presents a selection of recent ceramics works by Stockton artist Bruce Cadman. Cadman creates brightly colored and illustrated plates, teapots and sculptures depicting characters, spaceships and animals as humorous metaphors, childhood memories and social commentary.

Cadman states, “Primarily made by slip casting and hand building, this collection of work is a light-hearted exploration of subjects that have sparked my interest and fueled by creativity. While eclectic, the grouping evokes a sense of humor and puts a smile
on the viewer’s face. Monkeys are a lot more fun to look at than people!”

Visit the Art Galleries at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts

Public hours for the Grand Galleries are Monday – Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm, Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, and one hour prior to most performances on the Grand Theatre stages. The Galleries are closed during the month of August and in between feature exhibitions. Featured exhibits are presented in the GWF Energy and Souza Family Galleries. Art Co-Opted in the South Gallery features over 40 artists and lenders. Exhibitions are open to the public.

To arrange a facility tour, visit online at www.atthegrand.org, or call Patron Services at the Leona Darr Willis Box Office at 209.831.6TKT (6858).


William F. Wilson II, Cultural Arts Manager – Visual Arts
Grand Theatre Center for the Arts
715 Central Avenue Tracy, CA 95376 (209) 831-6299 william.wilson@ci.tracy.ca.us

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