Showing posts with label south first fridays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label south first fridays. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 3, 2021


This month, South FIRST FRIDAYS is supersized with the return of our annual summer street market. All art venues will be open for in-person visits from 5pm-9pm, as will the indie urban street market featuring over 50 artists, performers, and creatives. You can't miss it since the market will take over a chunk of SoFA. Of course there will be great food and drinks as well.

For more info head over here.

Participating Artists & Indie Creatives:

Atiso Garden
Delilah Bender
Bolo Vintage
Calpulli Tonalehqueh Aztec Dance (7:30pm)
Calli Miquiztli
Arely Cardenas
Classic Loot
Content Magazine
Jhovany R De Ala
Sharon Deibert
Kirsten Dorsey
Ruben Escalante
Faerie Goatmother
Kristin Fjeldheim 
FUSE Presents
Mark Gomez
Cynthia Gonzalez
Hand in Hand Henna
Matty Heimgartner
Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery
Christine Hofstetter
Maureen Holcomb 
Inside Out Clothing
KathyKay Shirts & Kimonos
Nao Kondo
David Krase
Le Joe
LGBTQ Youth Space
The Local Creative Show
Frankie McFly
Joe Mandrick
Jodi Mascarenas
David Mejia
Poet Mighty Mike McGee + Friends
Bruce Miles
More Más Marami Arts
Sean Nash
Jean-Luc Pedanou
Leslie Perez Designs
Petite Galleria 
Plant Theory
Poetry Center San Jose
Al Preciado 
Francisco Ramirez
Marilyn Roaf 
SJ Institute of Contemporary Art
Second Hand Hustle
South Bay Burners 
Stay Tuft Rug Co.
Tochtli Wear
Willow Workshop Collective
Works San Jose
Zonkey Toys

In addition to neighborhood restaurants being open, we’ll have the 3 Brothers Kitchen and Road Doggs food trucks on site.

Beer Garden sponsored by LVL Uproar an independent brewery, gastropub and arcade now open in the SoFA District. Music provided by DJ Flipside Crew.

Friday, June 4, 2021


With some of the highest vaccination rates in the world (more on that in another post), it's time for San Jose to come back full-force this summer. Today will be the biggest South FIRST FRIDAY since the pandemic started. There are in-person exhibits to enjoy at ANNO DOMINI, Art Ark Gallery, KALEID Gallery, MACHU PICCHU Gallery of the Americas, MACLA, and the SoFA Market. For directions to each gallery and all of the details head over here.

As a side note, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles will be reopening this month with a members and artists weekend on June 11-13 and a full reopening on June 18-20.

Friday, May 7, 2021


South FIRST FRIDAYS are coming back to life! Last month was a success with plenty of socially distanced traffic venturing into several venues in and around SoFA. This month new works will be featured at Anno Domini, Art Ark Gallery, Citadel Art Gallery, KALEID (I love their new space at 320 South First), Machu Picchu Gallery of the Americas, the SoFA Market, and San Jose Jazz. To see the full list head over here.

While you're in the area don't forget to check out SoFA's newest restaurants featuring small plates and craft cocktails: Petiscos by ADEGA and The Good Spot.

Friday, April 2, 2021

South FIRST FRIDAY is today!

South FIRST FRIDAYs are coming back! The weather is amazing, COVID rates are dropping, and slowly but surely we are going to get back to normal--perhaps better than normal as we will appreciate what we have more.

This month participating galleries are Anno Domini (366 South First), Art Ark (1035 South Sixth), KALEID (320 South First), MACHU PICCHU (199 Martha -- new gallery?), San Jose Jazz (300 South First), MACLA (510 South First), and the SoFA Market (387 South First). 

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and Works San Jose will have online exhibitions. This looks like it will be the most significant art event in San Jose in over a year. For more information, head over here.

I will also remind everyone that many restaurants have resumed indoor dining. The SoFA Market is now open indoors with 25% capacity while Petiscos and many other traditional restaurants are open at 50%. Haberdasher and other bars in SoFA can also sell drinks outdoors without customers having to buy food. The newest gastrolounge in SoFA--the Good Spot--has a soft opening this Saturday starting at 11am. I can't wait to see what SoFA will look like a month from now.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020


While South FIRST FRIDAYS are technically on hiatus due to COVID-19, there are a mix of in-person and online exhibitions happening this this weekend. Anno Domini, Art Ark Gallery, KALEID, and Works will have all have exhibits open this Friday, roughly around 5-9pm. For more info on what will be showcased, click here.

For a proper night out you can pair that art with an outdoor movie at 3Below Cinemas, a great meal in one of SoFA's trendy eateries, or perhaps a few cocktails at Haberdasher. It's been a rough election week for everyone, I think we deserve a day to remember what normalcy looked like (plus masks of course).

Thursday, November 1, 2018

South FIRST FRIDAYS San Jose art walk

Tomorrow from 7pm-11pm, almost two dozen art galleries will be open late for your enjoyment. Most are clustered in Downtown San Jose's SoFA neighborhood. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. To get a preview of what will be on display, just head over here.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Two special SubZERO events for tonight

As a reminder, tonight is the start of an epic two-day arts festival in SoFA called SubZERO. There are two special events I wanted to quickly highlight:

Works San Jose is having an opening reception for System Overlord between 7pm and 10pm. This project brings together designers are artist who are pushing the limits of print and new media. They always have a compelling showcase and I'm sure their latest collection will not disappoint.

You also have to swing by the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles and check out "Before You Were Born" by Laurie Shapiro. This is an immersive, walk-in exhibit that has an accompanying live performance. The exhibits at this museum continue to become more and more ambitious, and this one sets a new bar! Below are a couple photographs by Octavio Martinez to help you get a feel for the scope of this piece.

Admission is free at all venues, including the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles which normally do charge a fee outside of FIRST FRIDAY events.

Friday, June 3, 2016

SubZERO 2016 kicks off tonight and continues tomorrow!

One of my favorite arts festivals in the Bay Area kicks off tonight and continues all the way to tomorrow night in Downtown San Jose's SoFA District. Below is the description straight from the SubZERO website:

"Focused on emerging and present subcultures thriving in our region, SubZERO is a DIY, artistically bent, hi/lo-techno mashup where street meets geek. Come downtown on June 3rd & 4th to San Jose's SoFA District from 6pm 'til midnight for an inspired evening of arts & culture. In addition to the South FIRST FRIDAYS monthly art walk you'll find outdoor stages of entertainment plus artists, performers & musicians celebrating the indie creative spirit!"

There are hundreds of art exhibits and live performances spanning multiple blocks, all of them free. Three different stages will be playing live music. Food Trucks will keep you nourished and a beer garden focusing on local craft beers will help your brain absorb all of that art and culture.

Hope to see you guys there! To see the full list of galleries, artists, vendors, and musicians, head over to the SubZERO website! 

Friday, February 5, 2016

February 5-6: South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk + SoFA Winter Mrkt

South FIRST FRIDAYS has been expanded in honor of the Super Bowl this year. Not only is it a two-day event now, but there will be local vendors and special performances. Multiple venues and art galleries will be participating, as you can see on the handy map below. Most of the festivities will be on South First Street, but I highly recommend exploring other areas as well. If you haven't made a pit stop to Plaza de Cesar Chavez recently then this would also be a great time to swing by.

South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk + SoFA Winter Mrkt takes place tonight from 7-11pm and tomorrow from noon to 6pm.

Friday, May 1, 2015

South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk Tonight!

Take advantage of the amazing weather tonight and head over to SoFA for a self-guided art walk! 20 venues will be participating, including a new one--Third Space Fitness. Below is a handy map of the event. For more information head over to the South FIRST FRIDAYS website.

Oh, and mark your calendars for June 5th and 6th for the annual SubZERO Festival.

Friday, March 6, 2015

South FIRST FRIDAYS Tonight!

Come enjoy the warm weather tonight in Downtown San Jose's SoFA district with an art walk spanning 20 different locations! Below is a handy map with the participating venues.

Friday, February 6, 2015

South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk Tonight!

SoFA's monthly art walk is happening tonight, and there are two new venues joining that will bring the roster to 20 participating locations. Vyne Bistro on Paseo de San Antonio and Third Space CrossFit (next to MACLA) are the additions. The event starts at 7pm and runs until 11pm. For a preview of the art on display tonight, have a look here.

Friday, August 1, 2014

South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk + Street Mrkt Today!

Join us for the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk + Street Mrkt on First Friday August 1st, 7pm–11pm
Downtown San Jose's SoFA District (& beyond)!

In addition to the monthly Art Walk featuring 20+ participating venues, August 1st is Street Mrkt, our nighttime urban faire featuring 40 local artists and live music out on the street in the SoFA District (on South First St. from San Carlos to San Salvador) and in the People's Park at South First & William St.
Free and open to the public.

Check out the exhibition images:

----- NEW EXHIBITS -----

Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design -
366 South First Street
Artist's reception: "A Human Race" a solo exhibition of new work by Tel Aviv street artist Zero Cents.

KALEID Gallery- 88 South Fourth Street
Artists' receptions for feature exhibitions:
"States of Being" by Kushlani Jayasinha
"INCLINATIONS" solo exhibition by John Kurtyka

Phantom Galleries – 95 South Market Street
"California" new works by Alexandria Kerekez

Silicon Valley Music Festival at Sliding Door, Co. -
355 South First Street
The Silicon Valley Music Festival presents harpist Anna Maria Mendieta.

Works San José - 365 South Market Street
Opening reception: "Flesh Frosting" group exhibition.

ZERO1 Garage - 439 South First Street
"The Operature" by Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality (ATOM-r) part of the BRING IT! Performance Art Series.

Art Ark Gallery - 1035 South Sixth Street
Opening reception: "Repetitive Stress – we have all experienced it..." group exhibition.

Discover San Jose - 150 South First St.
"Wire Roots." by mixed media artist Jason Oliver, and special guest. vocalist Christopher Michael , the "Sober Junkie."

First to Market Restaurant - 399 South First Street
First to Market presents mixed media works by Colin Jaramillo.

Pho69 - 321 South First Street
Phantom Galleries presents "Definitely Not Digital: an excursion into the abstract and surreal" by artist Tom Dytko at Pho69.

South First Billiards - 420 South First Street
"Art Lifer" by Alfredo Reyes and Debbie Doherty with music from DJ Mystik Mike.

Spartan Pop Up Gallery - 320 South First Street
A group exhibit of 30 artists by San Jose State University's Fine Art students and alumni.

TechShopSJ - 300 South Second Street
TechShop San Jose presents artist Steve Haman.

----- Continuing Exhibits -----

MACLA - 510 South First Street
COSMOS CODEXVargas-Suarez UNIVERSAL exhibit on view and a Puerto Rican Bomba performance by Aguacero in the Castellano Playhouse at 8:30pm.

Caffé Frascati - 315 South First Street
First Fridays is Caffe Frascati Opera Night presented by First Street Singers, with the Bay Area's finest opera singers performing your very favorite classical arias and duets live in the cafe!

Downtown Yoga Shala - 450 South First Street
“San Shui” - An Exhibit by Russell Altice Case

Psycho Donuts - 288 South Second Street
Ongoing group exhibit featuring the work of Nicolas Caesar, Murphy Adams, Christine Benjamin, Michael Foley, Michael Borja, Valery Milovic, Carlos Villez, Eric Joyner, Laura Callin Bennett, John Hageman and John Cloud!

Studio Climbing Gym - 396 South First Street
Petrified by mixed media artist Andy Wallace

A nighttime DIY urban faire that brings together 40 local artists, creative indie vendors and a live music stage out on South First Street (between San Carlos and San Salvador streets and in the People's Park at South First & William streets.


First Friday August 1st, 7–11pm
SoFA district in downtown San Jose
(on South First Street between San Carlos & Reed streets)
Free & open to the public

For full listing of events and information: please or call 408-271-5155


Media Sponsor: Metro Newspapers

The South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk event is produced by Two Fish Design in partnership with the participating art organizations and independent businesses.

Friday, May 2, 2014


Tonight come enjoy the amazing weather at the FIRST FRIDAYS art walk in Downtown San Jose's SoFA district! 20 venues are participating and the galleries will be open at least from 7-11pm. For a full lineup of the art on display and a walking map, head over to the South FIRST FRIDAYS website over here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

South FIRST FRIDAY Tonight!

It's going to be a huge FIRST FRIDAY this month, rain or shine.  Check out an in depth list of the artists being featured and participating venues below:


JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on April 4th from 7–11pm. RSVP
The South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring exhibitions and special performances.


  • Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 South First St. map

    Artist’s Reception: Millions of Colors in the Shadow by Joe Kowalczyk (CA)
    Kowalczyk’s ceramic sculptures are the celebration of the irrational; a celebration of ideas, impulses, and desires that spring from the darker side of the subconscious. When the quiet thought: “Why did I think something so strange?” arises, Kowalczyk celebrates it and turn it into a drawing or translates it into a sculpture rather than pushing the thought aside.
    “Much of my sculpture explores aspects of the human shadow; those which we deem improper, primitive and ultimately “unfit” for modern society. These are aspects of ourselves we’ve learned to restrain in our youth, and continue to intentionally suppress as adults in order to create a more “ideal” person,” says Kowalczyk. “I highlight these aspects and put them into the physical world; to give them a face and a set of eyes, so we can confront and better understand them. As a result I better understand myself.”
    Joe Kowalczyk is an award winning sculptor, painter, and illustrator that has been creating in the California Bay Area since he received his BFA in ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts in 2006. Along with his studio practice, Joe fixes kilns, teaches ceramics, and cofounded a fine art gallery within the Oakland Art Murmur district.
    On View: We’s Gone Be Fine by Jeremiah Maddock (OR)
    On view in galleryTWO: We’s Gone Be Fine by Jeremiah Maddock (OR)
    “because I have said that verbally more times this year than ever before…and we are always gone some place rolling the dice. It’s been a nice vagabonding period.” ~Jeremiah Maddock
    All new works from our favorite hyper obsessive nomadic artist from the Pacific Northwest (this time.)
  • Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map

    Melvin by Lisa LaRocca
    Higher Fire Gallery presents: Spring Mud-Fling
    Spring brings good mud-gazing! Feast your eyes on sculptural flowers, ceramic bird houses, totems, bird baths, bird feeders, Easter eggs, clay baskets, garden art, flower pots, fountains, planters, ice tea sets and oh so much more. We’re featuring cool clay items to make, take (and hopefully not break) at the Higher Fire Gallery this April.
  • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map


    Artist Reception: The Key to Technological and Spiritual Renaissance­ new artworks by Joe Perea
    Nature’s organizing power is infinite and we are apart of nature. Our creativity and analytical urges exist in our society as separate entities. But according to the Ancients and Quantum Physics this is a mirage. All the great thinkers in the likes of Jung, Einstein and Tesla retained both beautiful sides. Let us open ourselves to our highest potential and Combine our two infinite sides.
    Perea’s personal Mythology is channeled information, regurgitated knowledge from every single soul he meets. “There’s a mythological formula to creativity and the key to open it is our passion. We’re all masters, use The Key.” ~Joe Perea

    Artist Reception: CONNECTIONS mixed media work by Valerie Runningwolf
    Being human is to reach out and find connections. To link with other people, to attach ourselves with things, and join together within common beliefs. Our lives are a series of connections. Each one helps to shape who we are and define all the parts and pieces that construct our individuality and uniqueness. “As an artist I explore and create what I feel, see, and experience, always reaching out to others through artistic expression in hopes of evoking a sense of connectedness.” ~ Valerie Runningwolf
    To create this series, Runningwolf looked into the layers of connections and asked many questions, such as:
    What pieces fit together in our lives and what connects us to others and events?
    How do we stay connected ?
    Who do we feel bound to and linked together in our hearts and souls?
    What connections are visible and which ones are hidden and concealed?
  • Seeing Things Gallery – 30 North Third St. map

    MULTIPLE sff

    MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES works by Lance Cyril Mountain
    What is force? Driving human emotions? Love. Change. Fear. Achievement. Recognition. Challenge. Excellence. Responsibility / Contribution & Passion
    All these are driving forces for Lance. With an unorthodox upbringing, one only has to have a single conversation with this artist, to see his passions & goals are much greater than your average 28 year old living in Southern California. Being well travelled & well educated may contribute to his longing for more substance & disdain for modern complacency (i.e. stucco buildings & strip mall business greed). With the ability to detach himself from an average way of living that has become acceptable to a generation, he is truly unique. With a generous heart & a burning contempt for lazy conformists, not much has changed in the world of Lance since he was a child.
    Often misunderstood, like all great artists, Lance showcases his passion & attention to detail in all the works he involves himself in. Whether its painting, photography, writing or screen printing, all these emotions show through. All the viewer has to do is open their eyes and be willing to see its all there…Thought Informed By Passion & Conditioned By Knowledge
  • Silicon Valley Music Festival at Sliding Door Company – 355 South First St. map


    Pianist Nichole Boaz will be featured at The Sliding Door Company this month at part of the Silicon Valley Music Festival South FIRST FRIDAY Art Walk! Performance Series. She is a distinguished Jazz musician and alumni of San Jose State University.
    One Thousand Thousand Project by Jason McHenry
    The Silicon Valley Music Festival (SVMF) invites you to attend this month’s performance as we continue our theme of musically inspired visual artwork. Jason McHenry has been working with the Silicon Valley Music Festival over the past few months, creating works inspired by the South FIRST FRIDAY SVMF performances. In February audiences were captivated by the flawless beauty of harpist, Anna Maria-Mendieta and in March charmed by the solo guitarist, Antoniy Kakamakov. This month Jason will be on sight once again capturing the colors of jazz pianist Nichole Boaz. We invite you to participate in this drawing project along with Jason. This series is part of Jason McHenry’s One Thousand Thousand Project, an ongoing and frequently collaborative effort to produce an edition of one million hand-made, original works on paper. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute in such an epic artistic endeavour, please join us! .
  • Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map

    Artic Polar Bear
    art by Carolann Espino
    Works / San José presents Shelter
    25 South Bay artists explore their views of shelter in a wide range of medium and installations. Curated by Alfred Preciado, the work takes a worldly yet often sublime view of the very universal concept of shelter, making political, cultural, issue oriented, poster-like, text, video, and other statements.
  • Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map


    Opening Reception 6-9pm: Silicon Valley Open Studio Preview Exhibit at Art Ark Gallery. An art exhibition featuring the work of local artists participating in this year’s SVOS in the central San Jose area on May 17th and 18th 2014.
    Silicon Valley Open Studios is an organization of artists in the bay area that are fluent in all mediums of art from painters to photographers to 3D. This group of artists are innovative and emerging on the scene with fresh new ideas and wonderful new works to share. This preview is an opportunity to see some of their art and meet the artists prior to the Open Studios beginning the first week of May. Live music performed by Freya Seeburger
    Participating Artists: Susan Babbel, Debbie Bakker, David Braunstein, Jennifer Carrier, James Derieg, Liz Fennell, Rachel Greenberg, Rose Hagan, Inge Infante, Elaine Jek, Bharati Kshirsagar, James Lee, Lynn Elliott Letterman, Alyssa Levitan, Oleg Lobykin, Kenneth Mahar, Andrew Muonio, Nassim Nouri, Christine Oliver, Abbas Orumchian, Mary Paquet, Jim Paradis, JoAnne Perez Robinson, Marina Povalishina, Mohana Pradhan, Sally Rayn, Cynthia Riordan, Masha Schultz, Sue Serrone, Arena Shawn, Joan Sparks, Pooja Subramanya, Karin Taber, Rachel Tirosh, Valerie J.A. Vandermotten, Mishel Vanderten, Shweta Vijayaraghavan, Bill Voight, Cathy Zander, Carrie Zeidman
  • Discover San Jose – 150 South First St., Suite 103 map


    DSJ proudly presents the work of Jim Watkins in April. His interest in photography began on the streets of Paris in 1991. Armed with 11 disposable cameras, he explored the City of Light to document his lifelong dream of visiting the city. Two years later, he revisited Paris with a real camera – and he was hooked. Jim’s focus is now on landscapes, cityscapes and street photography. He has been published in magazines, newspapers, books and travel guides. Jim will be on hand during South First Fridays to autograph his works for collectors.
  • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map


    Opening Reception: Jonathan and Joella Kermit are back at Downtown Yoga Shala, with their exhibit Light + Wire + Thread. This time, they incorporate LED lighting into their wire and paper assemblages and textile hangings. The effect creates a sense of depth and serenity in the eye and mind of the viewer. Join us after our 5:30-6:45pm Yoga Pilates Fusion class with Deepa, as we open our doors to the Art patrons and downtown SJ community to host the creative and collaborative work of husband and wife team of Joella and Jonathan Kermit. See you at the Shala!
  • First to Market Restaurant – 399 South First St. map


    Portraits of Things by Samantha Yee
    An exploration of character, perception, and humanity through painted portraits of people and other inanimate objects. Classic examples of the portrait genre from the Renaissance through the age of Napoleon inspired the re-imagining of our modern selves and our spaces out of the skyscraper and back to the manor house.
  • Street Eats & Live Beats at Parque De Los Pobladores – South First St. at William St. map

    Streaming live from Parque De Los Pobladores in the SoFA District El Otto Munro (EOM) on Common Ground- Radio feauturing DJs El Gato, Jswizza, Paul Leath & Notorious PI.G.. Also featuring great street eats provided by: MoGo BBQ, Quick Dog, MoBowl, Paddy Wagon Sliders and Twisted Chill.
  • The Soundtrack of Cinequest at South First Billiards – 420 South First St. map


    Meshy sans Fleshy: Guitron, with a splash of Paeste. Chilled. Mario Guitron Solo exhibit, Also, the South First Billiards Dee Jae Paeste permanent collection.
    Live Music 9:30pm by Love Stoned (Top 40 Cover Band for your dancing pleasure)
  • Studio Climbing Gym – 396 South First St. map


    World of Color by Joe Decker (Rockslide Photography)
    Navigating the colors of air, water and earth in locations from around the globe. Joe has explored both polar regions and the western United States in search of the incredible beautify and variety of nature. He’s been awarded artist residencies by the National Park Service, Gullkistan (an arts organization in Iceland), and Hurtigruten (a cruise line based in Norway). Joe is also the author of “The Tuesday Composition”, a best-selling photographic ebook on the topic of composition in photography.
  • TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map

    Scrap Yard Printing by Colin Drake Jaramillo
    Colin Drake Jaramillo has been photographing since 12 years of age and continues to try and intertwine his work across the different fields he works in. Starting with aspirations to be a National Geographic photographer, straight photography has fallen by the wayside as the focus is on completing a degree in Anthropology. Rather than taking photos, experimenting and concentrating on existing images to create something greater has been occupying Colin’s time for the past two years, such as his work of Ecuador where he has photographed the people and the street art of the region. This series of photographs on metal is one way that this trend has manifested itself, combing work conducted at TechShop with various other photographic projects.


    • MACLA Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana – 510 South First

      Samuel Rodriguez, Notes, 2013. Spray paint and ink on wood. 13 x 36 inches.
      LATINO ART NOW! 16TH Annual Art Auction + Exhibition
      View and buy work from established and emerging artists from the Bay Area and beyond! Stop by the gallery to buy directly or participate in our auction on April 26. Auction supports MACLA’s programs. These and other artists have generously donated selections from their current work, including paintings, light installations, sculpture, collage, mixed-media work, and photography, reflecting the breadth of visual arts media for which MACLA is known.
      Paolozzi Tango Trio
      8-9:30 pm Music performance by PAOLOZZI TANGO TRIO. Feel the passion as this Bay Area trio performs original and traditional tangos.

    • Phantom Galleries – 95 South Market St. map

      art work by Dee Dee Torre
      FRPArt (Functional Restoration Program Art) uses the creation of art as a catalyst for physical, spiritual, and cognitive rehabilitation from various injuries and afflictions. In conjunction with releasing stress and anxiety through the mindful process of creation, promoting an overall sense of positivity and well being.
      Featured artists: Brandon Anderton, Carla Bolden, Betsy Braun-Kernaghan, Anthony Campisi, Liz Conklin, Chasity Washam Finney, Dyanne Hofstad, Sedara Olker, Laela Ramos, Michele Rice, Michelle Rourke, Dee Dee Torre, and Ann Wilcox.
    • ZERO1 Garage – 439 South First St. map

      City to City, (2013) Paula Levine, ZERO1 Fellowship/x
      ZERO1 Fellowship/x
      Featuring: Cecilia Galiena, Simon Geilfus (ANTIVJ), Paula Levine, Daniela Steinsapir
      Tapping a new source for disruption and recognizing the inherent innovative power of the artistic process, ZERO1 launched its Fellowship Program one year ago. The inaugural class of Fellows was presented with individual innovation challenges and have spent the past year researching, prototyping and producing outcomes in response to their respective challenge. From a cooperative urban experience, to a new messaging app; from a web platform facilitating social practice art to an unveiled presence of public network connections, ZERO1 is proud to present the results of these Fellow’s year-long journey. Come down to the ZERO1 Garage and discover each of the Fellows’ unique responses to their innovation challenges.
    • Cafe Stritch – 374 South First St. map

      Information not available at time of posting.
    • Caffé Frascati – 315 South First St. map

      First Fridays is Caffe Frascati Opera Night presented by First Street Singers, with the Bay Area’s finest opera singers performing your very favorite classical arias and duets live in the cafe!
    • Pho69 – 321 South First St. map


      Phantom Galleries presents JOURNALS by Gianfranco Paolozzi
      Marking on surfaces moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day.
    • Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map

      Art by Valery Milovic
      Psycho Donuts in downtown San Jose is a quirky donut shop and art gallery. The gallery displays top local artists and has an ongoing exhibit featuring the work of John Renzel, Lacey Bryant, Nicolas Caesar, Murphy Adams, Christine Benjamin, Michael Foley, Michael Borja, Valery Milovic, Carlos Villez, Eric Joyner, Laura Callin Bennett, John Hageman and Robert McColley!

Friday, March 7, 2014

South FIRST FRIDAY Art Walk Tonight!

It's that time again, and for March there are a couple new places on the roster. First to Market (awesome restaurant) will be activating a key corner at San Salvador Street and South First Street. The Silicon Valley Music Festival will also be hosting an event at the Sliding Door Co. at 355 South Market. A total of 19 venues are participating in the art walk. To get a preview of the art on display, head over to the South FIRST FRIDAYS website.

Friday, October 4, 2013

South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk Today!

This Friday is the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk in downtown San Jose. 
Oct. 4th, 7-11pm, all venues are free & open to the public.
Here's just a few highlights to get you started Friday night:
At KALEID Gallery: new feature exhibitions by Mariya Milovidova, and Michelle Waters

The Journey new works by Mariya Milovidova
This particular collection of new works by Milovidova is the reflection of a personal life journey. This journey describes her fascination with fashion, foreign cultures, architecture, and romance. It can be seen in every single artwork as it tells its own story, but it truely comes alive when the viewer reads their own story within the paintings and drawings.
Mariya Milovidova was born in Odessa,the beautiful city in Ukraine by the Black Sea where she attended Greckov Art School studying the techniques of old school European masters. Currently she resides in Bay Area where she graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelors in Studio Art.
We Are All Animals new works by Michelle Waters
The art in this show gives voice to the billions of animals who live, suffer and die in factory farms and laboratories, and the wild animals whose world is being stolen by habitat destruction, overconsumption and poaching.
It is not a question of Do animals have rights? But a question of What gives us the right, to take life? Where do we draw the line? These are the questions behind the paintings in this exhibition.
Michelle Waters has been painting since the mid 1980s, and shows her work nationally. She is also an animal rights, environmental and social justice activist.

Phantom Galleries presents Rocks, Waves & Clouds by Matthew Seigel at Pho69.
Similar to traditional Asian scrolls, Matthew’s paintings capture the impermanence of an idea or location. His new paintings were inspired by the natural beauty of a low tide walk along Maine’s rocky coast.
Overwhelmed with the colors, forms and relationships of rocks, the sea and sky, Matthew immediately set up an impromptu studio on his father’s farmhouse porch. The result are these modern, vibrant scrolls, acrylic on synthetic rice paper, hung on aluminum rods.
Matthew invites you to experience Maine.

Phantom Galleries presents Five Zero Five by Ashley Gulizia at Good Karma Vegan Café.
Inspiration is drawn from bright colors, striking shapes, and nature. It is the random things and places that spark perspective. Beauty is all over the place – even the rarest of places. Using light to manipulate dramatic scenes, the world becomes surreal. Opening thought to where beauty lies.

Phantom Galleries presents Heritage of Rural Life in India by Yasala Balaiah at 95 S. Market St.
Yasala Balaiah an established senior artist was born in India in 1939 & now resides in Hyderabad. Balaiah is also known for his delightful paintings of “Telangana Women,” drawn from the beautiful rural backdrop of his native land. His colorful paintings of brightly attired, dark complexioned, straight nosed strong boned Telangana women, captured with a native candor brings a refreshing whiff of rural splendor.
One can’t help but admire the artist’s attention to detail and the extensive work that has gone into not just portraying the expressions but their attire too. Use of bright orange, red, yellow and green has a captivating effect. Whether it is a group of women gossiping in the village or farmers with their cattle, each painting narrates a story of the rural life.

Phantom Galleries presents Dysfunctional by Andrew Agutos at 376 S. 1st St.
“My canvases are windows into an ideal world imagined in my head. Architectural, geometric structures are surrounded and covered in patterns referencing pop art, abstract expressionism and graffiti. Remixed Warhol-camouflage, iconic cartoon imagery and colors from the fashion world are presented in a synthetic space much like the internet. Organic forms are layered with angular shapes, creating environments that are comfortable, chaotic, inviting and unknown.”

Seeing Things GalleryDave Dave Dave featuring the photography of Dave Carnie, Dave Schubert and Dave Franklin
Everyone knows someone named Dave. Most know two, three maybe, even four or five Daves. I know a lot of Daves. I know a painter Dave, a few musician Daves, one of my oldest friends is named Dave, and the guy who lives next door to me is named Dave too. One thing I’ve figured out is all Daves are not created equal. Some are cool and some outright suck. The Daves in the Dave, Dave, Dave show, however, are what I like to call extraordinary Daves. All three of these Daves are photographers. These days the word “photographer” is thrown around too easily, but these Daves are not just good photographers, but great photographers. These Daves are Dave Carnie, Dave Schubert, and Dave Franklin. If you don’t know these Daves, look them up and be ready to see some things you’ve never seen before—and maybe add some more Daves to your life.

Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design presents Suicide­ a new series by Barron Storey.
The legendary illustrator and fine artist, Barron Storey, returns to Anno Domini for his fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. Having lost several people close to him to suicide: mother, her brother, ex-wife, and close friend, Storey began asking others: “Did you know anyone who committed suicide?” So many did. Storey made drawings of each one in his journals….pages and pages of them. The resulting art works on canvas are poignant, beautifully expressed moments of deep despair and the struggle to understand “why?”.
An illustrator, graphic novelist, fine artist and noted educator, Barron Storey has created award-winning artworks for the covers and pages of Time, National Geographic, Saturday Review, and The Sandman: Endless Nights, among many others including the cover of the classic novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1980 edition.) His artworks are held in the collections of the National Air and Space Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
Storey resides in San Francisco, CA and is a professor at California College of the Arts and San Jose State University.
Special music performances throughout the evening by Freya Seeburger (cello) & Giovanna Hutchison (soprano).

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