‘Expressions’ returns with glass entries
by Glenn Moore
Jan 31, 2014 | 1682 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Tracy Art League’s annual juried art show, “Expressions,” is returning for a 23rd year, and organizers will accept entries starting Friday at the Tracy Community Center, 950 East St.

The vice president of Tracy Art League, Mark Knize, said “Expressions” will showcase nearly 400 artworks from local and regional artists.

This year’s show will be juried by art teacher and watercolor artist Pamela Wilhelm.

New in 2014 is a category just for glass artwork, prompted by the popularity of classes at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts. Knize said glass had been placed with sculpture or mixed media art in past years.

Tracy Art League President Abhilasha Natarajan has been working with glass for the past 13 years and teaches glass fusing at the Grand.

“Studio art in glass is only 50 years old. It’s a fairly new art form compared to painting, oils and sculpture,” Natarajan said.

Last year’s “Expressions” show had more than a dozen glass entries, Natarajan said, and she has eight students in her fused glass class whose work is good enough to show in the exhibition.

Also accepted are sculpture and 3-D artwork, limited to 50 pounds; oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; pastels and drawings; and graphics and mixed-media art. Photographs and computer-generated artwork are not eligible.

Natarajan said this year’s exhibition has undergone a change in leadership, as co-chairwomen Ann Langley and Debby Ortega have handed off responsibility for the show after more than 20 years.

“I do feel there is a lot of community support for the event, especially with so many changes, with Ann and Debby stepping down,” Natarajan said. “People really had to come together as an art community and a greater community in putting more of their efforts into it (the show).”

Natarajan said the board stepped up and learned the operation, including the offering of student art tours.

Nearly 3,000 Tracy Unified School District students will take part in two weeks of docent-led tours Feb. 11 to 21. Volunteers from Tracy Art League, along with local art students and teachers, will lead discussions of the various media and styles of artwork.

Artists can deliver their work to the community center for consideration from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 8. There is a $12 fee per entry, reduced to $10 for members of Tracy Arts League.

An artists reception will begin the exhibit from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14, and the show will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16 and from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 17 to 21.

“If people haven’t seen ‘Expressions’ for awhile, they should come back and take a new look,” Natarajan said. “Development of the past artists is noticeable — they should come back and see it.”

The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts will display a gallery show, “Expressions Selections,” from March 29 to May 3, curated by cultural arts manager William Wilson and featuring selected works from the Tracy Arts League show.

• Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4252 or gmoore@tracypress.com.

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