Susan Richardson, “This is not the story that I want”

Susan Richardson, “This is not the story that I want,” mixed-media diptych on canvas, 2019

Words and ideas from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and other writings imbue the latest exhibition at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in downtown Tracy.

“Whispered Conversations” opened June 8 and features the mixed-media artwork of Susan Richardson of Tracy, who works in calligraphy, printmaking and other art forms.

“My work is a 21st Century response to Fitzgerald’s jazz-age world,” she said. “The layers are complex; some are bold, some delicate, and some reveal deeper layers. Like life, each piece displays a messy richness and a thoughtful, underlying harmony.”

She will interact with the community in several ways in the coming week as artist-in-residence at the Grand. Wednesday through Saturday, she will set up a workspace in the gallery, and people are welcome to drop by to talk and watch her at work. Wednesday evening, she will give a free gallery talk from 6-8 p.m. And on Saturday, the last day of the exhibition, she will teach a hands-on workshop from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. that costs $20 for Tracy residents and $22 for nonresidents. Registration is required for the workshop only.

Immediately after Saturday’s workshop, Richardson will depart for Paris for four months, where she will complete an artist’s residency at 59 Rivoli. People can follow her progress on Instagram, @susanrichardsonartist.

The Grand Galleries are open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Contact the Tracy Press at or 835-3030.

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