“Never Can Say: Goodbye” is an exhibit of new paintings, photographs, transfers and digital paintings by Ann Tracy that will grace the walls of Luna’s Café, 1414 16th St. (between N and O streets) from April 12 through May 28. An artist’s reception is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.
While Tracy has been involved in both the theatrical and visual arts communities in the Sacramento area for 20 years, this will be her “swan song show” as she is moving back to her roots in New England — specifically, Portland, Maine. Tracy lived in Davis for several years.
The featured works will be from her “Potency of Memory” series, which deals with identity and familial memory, as well as a new piece from the “Power” series based on her photography in Romania as a judge for a theater competition.
Other new works include digital paintings where she has appropriated classical masterworks and collaged them into iPod photos as a response to the latest thinking in string theory. She also will exhibit some abstract acrylic work on canvas.
Tracy’s fine art has been shown from Japan to Maui to New York City. In 2003, her piece titled “Stop” was included in the catalog of the “Violence Against Women” exhibition by Group 78 Amnesty International in Tokyo. Her digital paintings, “The Power of Romania Lies in its Artists” and “Message 3,” were juried into the 2010 and 2008 editions of “American Art Collector.”
Recent exhibition highlights include solo shows at the Enotria Annex (2009) and Asylum Gallery in Sacramento (2008). Recent group shows include: “Small but Mighty,” Temporary Contemporary, Sacramento (2010); “Trade & Transformation,” Tangent Gallery (2010), Sacramento; “Nada Dada Motel,” El Ray Motel, Reno (2010); “Synthesis: Art & Science,” Escondido Municipal Gallery (Invitational 2009); “The All Saints Show,” Barton Gallery, Sacramento (2009); “Greetings From Nada Motel,” Barrick Museum, Las Vegas (Invitational 2009); and “Urban Legends and Country Tales,” international juried show, Bonita Museum and Cultural Center (2008).
Tracy spent 10 years as a radio and print journalist in Denver, Milwaukee, San Jose and Sacramento. She was the first female voice to grace the airwaves of KTLK in Denver in 1977, in her first job as a radio news announcer and reporter. She also reviewed theater for KGNR and KXPR in Sacramento from 1986 to 1988.
She is also a director, actor, writer and video artist. As the founding artistic director of Beyond the Proscenium Productions in 1994, she has directed more than a dozen original works and eight regional premieres for the company. Tracy is the author of nine scripts, seven of which have been produced in California.
As an actor, she has appeared on stages in Northern California and Milwaukee, and in the movie “George B.,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.