Friday, May 13, 2022

May 2022 Downtown Dimension Highlights

The May 2022 Downtown Dimension is now available for download.
 
This month's newsletter highlights:  
  • Public Meeting on Homelessness Draws Big Audience
  • May is #dtsj Loves Month
  • PBID Renewal Ballots are Out
  • Groundwerx Employee Luis Martinez Looks Forward to Next Fanime
  • Signia by Hilton Now Open
  • Fox Tale Fermentation Soft Opening Draws Big Crowds
  • Axe Throwing is Catching on

Friday, May 6, 2022

South FIRST FRIDAY - May 2022

South FIRST FRIDAYS is back today. Galleries (both permanent and temporary) will be open from at least 5-9pm. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

Participating venues include the Institute of Contemporary Art, KALEID Gallery, ANNO DOMINI, The Citadel Art Gallery, Works San Jose, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, the SoFA Market, MACLA, Art Ark Gallery, and MACHU PICCHU.

Click here for a preview of featured art.



Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Mural Festival adding nine new works of art along the Guadalupe River Park!

Between April 30th and May 8th, the SJ Walls mural festival will result in nine new murals along the Guadalupe River Park painted by 17 artists. The event even includes an art show, live painting, a pop-up market, and a mural tour ride.

The murals around Downtown San Jose mean a lot to me personally as the first date with my now fiancé was actually a mural tour on a pedicab ride (shout out to Eco City Cycles for enabling the best first date ever).

As part of the festival, there will be an art reception and gallery soft opening at Empire Seven Studios on April 30th between 7pm and 10pm. The actual painting will take place between May 1st and May 8th, with a pop-up shop at Cukui. Live painting open to all will take place on May 1st at Citadel Studios. And last but not least, there will be a bike tour hosted by SJ Bike Party and the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition on May 7th.

For more info, the full press release is below.


MURAL FESTIVAL ADDS NINE NEW ARTWORKS 

ALONG THE GUADALUPE RIVER PARK

SJ WALLS AND THE GUADALUPE RIVER PARK CONSERVANCY IS BUILDING THE BAY AREA’S LONGEST PUBLIC ART CORRIDOR


April 30 - May 8, 2022; San Jose, CA: SJ Walls (formerly POW! WOW! San Jose) returns as a mural festival bringing 17 local artists to paint nine new murals along the Guadalupe River Park in downtown San Jose. The event includes an art show at Empire Seven Studios gallery soft opening, live painting by artists, a pop-up market, and a mural tour ride. This internationally renowned public art and culture festival embarks on its fifth year this April 30 – May 8, 2022, and will be the first festival among the worldwide network to center the murals along a natural waterway.

Originating in Hawaii in 2010, Worldwide Walls Festivals happen in over 20 cities around the world. SJ Walls is produced by Empire Seven Studios, a team of local cultural curators who specialize in producing public art in San Jose that you know and love. To date, they have added over 70 murals and public art installations across San Jose and Santa Clara County. 

The mural festival continues the partnership with the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy (GRPC), an organization in existence for over 25 years, providing community leadership for the active use and development of the Guadalupe River Park.

The goal of the initiative, Guadalupe River Art Walk, is to inspire a shared vision of the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens as a natural public art gallery by creating a series of new art installations that become a permanent cultural destination in downtown San Jose. With a robust collection of existing artworks and opportunities for future murals in and around the Guadalupe River Park, the Art Walk aims to highlight underrepresented and evolving stories of community, resilience, and inspiration.

Notable  Calendar  Events (Subject to change):

  • Saturday, April 30: 7:00-10:00pm:

“This is the Way” – Art Show at Empire Seven Studios

Opening reception of the main art show at Empire Seven Studios featuring the artists of SJ Walls.

Located at 525 N 7th Street, Suite 10.

On view between April 30th - May 20, 2020

  • Sunday, May 1 to Sunday, May 8 (sunrise to one hour before sunset):

Mural painting and installations in the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens by all SJ

Walls artists.

SJ Walls pop-up shop at Cukui, open daily except Mondays. Located at 229 Jackson

Street

  • Sunday, May 1 (sunrise to one hour before sunset):

Happy Little Trees

Meeting of the Minds Collective artists from Citadel Studios will be setting up their easels at different locations within the park and painting just for the fun of it. Open for anyone to join!

  • Saturday, May 7:

Tour Ride with SJ Bike Party and Silicon Valley Bike Coalition

Experience the Guadalupe River Park Gardens on one or two wheels through cycling, skateboarding, roller skating, or riding a scooter!

Pop up market with SJ Makers

Local market bringing the community together by uplifting small businesses, artists & musicians

 

 

SJ Walls and the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy are grateful for the support and partnerships of Applied Materials, Anne and Mark’s Art Party, County of Santa Clara (Supervisor Otto Lee and Supervisor Cindy Chavez) City of San Josè’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department, Beautify SJ, Cresco, Exhibit Jtown, FOMO MOFO, Kelly Moore Paints, Montana Cans, San Jose Conservation Corp/Resilience Corp, San Jose Downtown Association, Groundwerx, Team San Jose, Valley Water, and YBCA for their commitment to arts, culture, and public space in San Jose. For more information about how to donate or to become a sponsor, please visit https://sjwalls.com/donate

 

For more information on SJ Walls contact info@sjwalls.com or visit www.sjwalls.com

 

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About SJ Walls:

SJ Walls (formally POW! WOW! San Jose), established in 2017, is Northern California’s regional branch of the Worldwide Walls network of festivals happening in over 20 cities around the world. Led locally by the Empire Seven Studios collective —a contemporary urban art gallery and cultural institution in Japantown, San Jose, California.

Over the past five years, SJ Walls has grown into a premiere art festival with a line up and experience that rivals some of the best in the world. Much more than a multi-day festival, SJ Walls is also a vehicle to celebrate  San Jose’s  past, present, and future creative culture.

To date, SJ Walls has produced over 70 murals and visual art installations throughout San Jose, with a focus on overlooked places in our city. Our goal is to strengthen community ties by bringing local and worldwide contemporary art to San Jose to highlight the diversity our city has to offer.

 

 

About GRPC:

The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy (GRPC) provides community leadership for the development and active use of the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens through education, advocacy, and stewardship. 

This two-and-a-half mile ribbon of parkland runs along the banks of the Guadalupe River in the heart of downtown San Jose. The River Park serves as a north/south connector and contains beloved features such as the Guadalupe River Trail, the Rotary PlayGarden, the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden, and various public art including the Guadalupe River Art Walk.

Programming within the park includes educational opportunities, volunteerism, and a variety of year-round events for the public to enjoy. For more information visit www.grpg.org

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

April 2022 Downtown Dimension Highlights

The April 2022 Downtown Dimension is now available for download.
 
This month's newsletter highlights:  
  • SJDA CEO Search is On
  • New Day for Farmers' Market 
  • Music in the Park Under New Management
  • Cinequest’s Cinejoy Opens
  • Groundwerx Employee Joel Ramirez is also a Competitive Dancer
  • Con Azucar Cafe Finds Sweet Spot 
  • SJDA Public Meeting on Homeless Solutions is April 15

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

South FIRST FRIDAY - April 2022

South FIRST FRIDAYS is back this week! Galleries (both permanent and temporary) will be open from at least 5-9pm. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

Participating venues include the Institute of Contemporary Art, KALEID Gallery, ANNO DOMINI, The Citadel Art Gallery, Works San Jose, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, the SoFA Market, MACLA, Art Ark Gallery, and MACHU PICCHU.

Click here for a preview of featured art.



Friday, March 25, 2022

Downtown San Jose is getting a new film festival

3-Below--Downtown San Jose's only remaining movie theater--is hosting a brand new event featuring the works of aspiring filmmakers. The short film festival is called "Screen!" and the films will be shown on May 5th, 13th, and 20th. 100% of the ticket sales are going directly to the filmmakers. On June 3rd, they will announce the audience choice winners and award prizes.

This is partially funded by the City of San Jose Parks Department Abierto program and the SJDA. Tickets will be available closer to the event dates at the 3Below website over here.




Friday, March 18, 2022

March 2022 Downtown Dimension Highlights

The March 2022 Downtown Dimension is now available for download.
 
This month's newsletter highlights:  
  • As winter turns to spring, signs of hope and optimism bloom in downtown San Jose.
  • SJDA's February meeting was rich with PBID Renewal information.  Here are 10 things good for property owners, businesses and residents to know from that meeting.
  • Angelina Lopez shares her path to Groundwerx and her Employee of the Month honor.  
  • Meet Lauren Nuttall, SJDA's Events and Promotions Coordinator.
  • The Carlysle by Acquity Realty is the latest in a long line of developments receiving fee waivers.
  • More signs of progress -- new retail, fitness and service businesses.


Friday, March 4, 2022

South FIRST FRIDAYS Tonight

South FIRST FRIDAYS is back this week! Galleries (both permanent and temporary) will be open from 5-9pm, rain or shine. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

Participating venues include the Institute of Contemporary Art (with an awesome new façade), KALEID Gallery, ANNO DOMINI, Works San Jose, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, the SoFA Market, MACLA, Art Ark Gallery, and MACHU PICCHU.



Wednesday, February 9, 2022

February 2022 Downtown Dimension Highlights

The February 2022 Downtown Dimension is now available for download.
 
This month's newsletter highlights:  
  • Property owners sign petition to renew PBID / Groundwerx services
  • CreaTV leads Second Street Renaissance in former Zanotto's/Tech Shop location
  • SJDA Board President Alan "Gumby" Marques: "Bet on Downtown San Jose"
  • Signia by Hilton set to open in former Fairmont
  • New director of San Jose Opera explains what she found attractive about downtown before taking job here
  • Groundwerx announces its Employee of the Year
  • Axe-throwing, anyone? New entertainment options in store downtown
  • San Jose is only big city in America to have four congressional representatives
  • Poor House Bistro makes its move to Little Italy


Wednesday, February 2, 2022

South FIRST FRIDAYS - February 2022

South FIRST FRIDAYS is back this week! Galleries (both permanent and temporary) will be open from 5-9pm, rain or shine. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

Participating venues include the Institute of Contemporary Art (with an awesome new façade), KALEID Gallery, ANNO DOMINI, Works San Jose, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, the SoFA Market, MACLA, Art Ark Gallery, and MACHU PICCHU.

Click here for a preview of featured art.




Saturday, January 29, 2022

Content 10th Anniversary Pick-Up Party

San Jose's leading publication focused on art and culture is celebrating 10 years in print on March 3rd with the release of issue 14.2 "Sight & Sound." As is tradition, Content kicks off each issue with a party, often including the people featured in the magazine. This time around, they are returning to the venue of one of their very first parties--the San Pedro Square Market.

Issue 14.2 features: Culture Night MarketBrandon “BQ” Quintanilla6th Street StudiosAbby BettencourtBaunfire, Juan Sanchez; Cartoonist/Writer, Trinidad Escobar; Artist/Muralist, Manuel Villagran; Artist, Caia Koopman; Photographer, Alex KnowbodyTabrizi Productions, Faran Tabrizi; Photo 125, San Jose State Photographers; Musician, Bennett Roth-Newell; Instrumentalist, Lidia Rodriguez408 Collective, Gabe Rangel, Jared Carbajal, Misa James, & Tyler Richards; and Album Picks by Needle to the Groove.

There will be live music, courtesy of the artists in the latest issue, along with an assortment of local artwork on display.

This special event runs from 7pm-9:30pm at the San Pedro Square Market on March 3rd. Subscribers, features, and contributors will get a free drink and gift upon entry.



Tuesday, January 18, 2022

January 2022 Downtown Dimension Highlights

The January 2022 Downtown Dimension is now available for download.
 
This month's newsletter highlights:  
  • After 33 years, SJDA rebrands and has a new logo
  • Miro wins the Jim Fox Golden Nail Award
  • Meet the 2022 SJDA Board of Directors
  • Council redistricting results in downtown 2x representation, with boundary division at Guadalupe Parkway
  • Attorney Michael Schwerin shares thoughts of his 33 years of the view from offices at Market and Santa Clara streets
  • A new set of Downtown Doors dots the community landscape
  • DashMart and Dr. Funk are added to downtown's business roster
  • Nine days left to skate at Downtown Ice this season