Grand Theatre’s resident artist offers unique opportunity
by Kate Brown
Jul 11, 2014 | 1747 views | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Artist in residence
Matt Rhoades stands by one of his paintings on display in the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts gallery on Wednesday. Rhoades has been artist in residence at the Grand this week.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Matt Rhoades, the artist in residence for the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts this summer, is allowing community members to watch him fill the center with creative energy this week.

“I think it’s a pretty rare opportunity anytime you get to see an artist

working live in the studio,” William Wilson, cultural arts manager for the city, said.

“Often we go to galleries and museums and see art, but we don’t always have the opportunity to meet the people who make the art — that’s really what’s at heart in the residency.”

The final events of the residency will include hours today and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., when people can watch Rhoades work. They can put paint to canvas themselves during a workshop led by Rhoades from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The workshop costs $25 for Tracy residents and $28 for nonresidents.

“Personal Abstractions,” Rhoades’ exhibit, has been showing in the Souza and Energy Galleries at the Grand for the past seven weeks.

“It’s the kind of show where a viewer can go and investigate, try to figure out what I’m saying or what relevance it has to their lives,” the artist said.

The vibrant, abstract paintings chosen for the exhibit are a collection of pieces Rhoades has created during the past 30 years.

The most popular piece, identified specifically by both Wilson and Rhoades, is titled “Homage to Passion.”

“I think it’s a piece that everybody can instantly connect with,” Wilson said. “There’s just that intensity of both color and shape. It’s an emotional piece. It references those things that drive us in life.”

Rhoades explained during observation hours on Wednesday what the 30-year-old piece meant in his own life.

“It was probably the most honest painting I had ever done,” Rhoades said. “I was coming to the end of my drinking career and in a lot of pain and a lot of angst, and so that comes across in that big red painting.”

People can explore the exhibit through July 19. For more information about the residency program and Rhoades, visit

• Contact the Tracy Press at or 835-3030.

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