Friday, May 6, 2011

South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk Today!

from Phantom Galleries 

The South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk is an eclectic evening of Arts & Culture in
downtown San Jose's SoFA district (and beyond!) every First Friday of the month

JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on MAY 6th!
7pm ’til 11pm — ART WALK venues are free and open to the public

KALEID Gallery – 88 South Fourth St.
Artist’s Reception: RENASCI by Emonic
RENASCI is the Latin word meaning rebirth or to be renewed. The body of work presented will deal with concepts and subject material based on human energy for an upcoming illustrated book called CRETUM due later next year.
On view through May 27th

Artist’s Reception: The Strip by Katie C. Gutierrez
Intrigued with the notion of distilling a place as visually overwhelming as Las Vegas down into simplified points of bleeding light, Gutierrez encaustically collages her own photos with iconic vintage Vegas imagery to create her own brilliant yet hazy version of this place she loves to hate.
On view through May 27th

Phantom Galleries – art exhibits in vacant storefronts and alternative spaces
66 South First St: Connections by Lacey Bryant
Bryant is interested in the disconnect between humans and nature and sets out to examine and reconcile that divide. The subjects of these paintings interact with creatures, sharing messages, fruit, freedom. The relationships they share are on equal footing. However, as with much of her work there are things left a mystery. We don’t know what message was shared or what the recipient’s reaction will be. Some of the questions left are more tenebrous-is the fruit being offered or stolen? This lingering tension encourages a dialogue, and a way to look at ourselves through a different lens.

386 South First St: The Palette Knife Dance… paintings by Ruthy Gold
A series of paintings (acrylic on canvas using a pallet knife only) capturing the movement and flow of real life moments.

Caffé Trieste – 315 South First St.
Opening Reception: Barbarians and Beauties by Sandi Billingsley
A series of work inspired by the conflict Billingsley has felt and witnessed in some women: the desire to be a hard competitor in the workplace and the desire to be a gentle object of desire. On view through June 25th.
First Fridays are Opera Night! at Caffé Trieste with some of the Bay Area’s best opera singers performing your favorite arias and duets.

Good Karma Vegan Café – 37 South First St.
Opening Reception: Alviso Slough photography Josh Marcotte
A forgotten portal to the bay perched on the edge of the city, once crowded with steamboats and stagecoaches, Alviso sits eclipsed in the sun. Forgotten waterways and abandoned buildings litter a town swallowed up by San Jose annexation. “Alone, I wander the streets with a camera in my hand, in a place that is truly lost in San Jose.”

Pho69 – 321 South First St.
On View: Janice Kirkpatrick (nee MEYER) Visionary Reflections
Kirkpatrick’s work combines strong colors with unique inner visions of universal symbolism. Her paintings and drawings often reflect dream imagery, with a lyrical musical influence. The imagery and forms she creates depict a strong sense of intuitive knowing and a deeper understanding of the magic in the natural world. She is able to transmit this to us in color, energy and form to change us on a deep inner level. Even though she had her start in Africa, she is heavily influenced by many world cultures and spirituality. She has a special affinity for the Native American culture, India, Hawaii and long gone cultures such as Atlantis and Lemuria.
Pho69 also features live contemporary music on First Fridays. Come check out local bands performing favorite covers and original music.

All this plus new exhibits at Anno Domini, MACLA, Higher Fire Clayspace, SLG Artboutiki, Downtown Yoga Shala, METRO, the Art Ark and San Jose Jazz at Eulipia.
For full listing of events and information: please visit or call 408-271-5155

Media Sponsor: Metro Newspapers
Enjoy FREE PEDICAB RIDES between art venues courtesy of South First Fridays and Eco City Cycles!

The South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk event is produced by Two Fish Design with additional support provided by the San Jose Downtown Association, the San Jose Redevelopment Agency and 1st ACT Silicon Valley.

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