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  • December 4, 2015 — South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk

    Posted on November 29th, 2015 ArtWalkSJ No comments

    JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk on December 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 eclectic art exhibitions and special performances. All art venues are FREE & open to the public.


    • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map

      Michelle Waters, “Laugh or Else”, acrylic on wood, 12” x 9″

      HARK! Annual Holiday Show & Sale

      Over 40 artists from KALEID Gallery plus others invited from our broader arts community participate in this festive annual event. Multiple works by each artist will be available at holiday gift giving prices. Hundreds of one of a kind paintings, sculpture, photography and jewelry will be available beginning First Friday December 4th at 7pm during the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk. First come, first served–all works may be taken home at the time of purchase.

      Featured Artists: Murphy Adams, Fernando Amaro, Shannon Amidon, Darius B’Alexander, Mariana Barnes, Sandi Billingsley, Steven Borelli, Michael Borja, Nicolas Caesar, David Canavese, Tessa Cavazos, Mark Damrel, Joe Decker, Donbon, Michael Foley, April Gee, Katie Gutierrez, John Hageman, Jeff Hemming, Andrew Irvine, Denis Korkh, Nicole Linde, Lost San Jose, Briana Lyon, Frances Marin, Nadja Martens, Mark Martinez, David Mejia, Lisa Mejia, Theresa Merchant, Jorge Mieses, Mariya Milovidova, Julie Meridian, LAuruS Myth, Avery Palmer, Anthony Palomo, Gianfranco Paolozzi, John Paulson, Joe Perea, James Pollard, Al Preciado, Vanessa Schott , Jenifer Renzel, Kori Thompson, Tim Walters, Michelle Waters, & Rosa Younessi

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

      Image Credit: DZINE, “Chrome Lotus,” 2015.

      MACLA presents, “Custom Lives: Rasquache Renaissance”

      Work by DZINE, Marcos Gaitán, Sergio García, Luis Gispert, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Gilbert Magu Luján, Melina Ramirez, Betsabeé Romero and Ana Serrano. An exhibition that explores the many ways we customize ourselves, our lives and the environment around us.


      8pm Jaranón y Bochinche
      Jaranón y Bochinche has a repertoire which includes a diversity of dances and music from the Afro-Peruvian tradition. They have been part of SF Carnaval contingents several times, winning awards for artistic expression.

    • Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map

      WORKS_Adolfo Martinez
      art work: “Machinder Drive” by Adolfo Martinez

      WORKS San Jose Benefit Art Auction

      Nearly 100 works of art have been donated by our region’s established and emerging artists for the Benefit Auction on 12/12. Now it’s your turn to support community art by building your art collection in Silicon Valley’s most accessible, eclectic, and exciting art auction!

      Join us for opening night of the Auction exhibition on South First Friday, December 4. The exhibition remains open every day from 2 to 6pm until the Auction night of fun, food, and collecting regional art on Saturday, December 12! All art is also available for instant win at 110% of retail before auction night.

    • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library – 150 E San Fernando St. map

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      Limitations in Digital Media or It’s not a bug it’s a feature!
      Digital art by game developer Kelsey Higham as well as mainstream games by Capcom and Tomohiro Nishikado.

      This interactive exhibit will investigate the unique nature of digital development. Working with electronic components will always provide some limitations. Today, these limitations can be imperceptible to human senses as seen in hyper-realistic games, but in the early years of digital art and game development these limitations actually became features that are still beloved. Additional limitations come in the form of bugs or glitches have been adopted in sequels or are considered key elements of the work. For example, the original Space Invaders was not meant to speed up, however as the player ‘kills’ the attacking aliens it meant less processing needed which allowed for the speed increase. A core mechanic of fighting games today, the combo, actually stems from a bug in Street Fighter 2 and now exist in virtually every fighting game developed. Through interaction with the digital interface creators can struggle or thrive by fighting or using the limitations of the media.

    • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map


      Downtown Yoga Shala features the photo exhibit “Instinctive Curiosity” by Vanessa Veiock

      Ditching her fancy digital SLR for an i-phone, Vanessa Veiock left for a trip around the world with a one-way ticket to Bolivia and a backpack in late 2011. Throughout her seven-month journey, she fell in love with all the simplicities of travel, especially with mobile photography as a means to share the small, interesting corners of her world. Thirty countries and four years of Instagramming and blogging later, Vanessa presents some of her favorite views of her wanderings in Instinctive Curiosity.

      Join us for an opening reception beginning at 7:00 p.m. and explore Vanessa’s bright, colorful, and eccentric collection of mobile photography.

    • LGBTQ Youth Space – 452 South First St. map

      Local LGBTQ present art revolving around the themes of the Zodiac.

    • Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map

      Hopped up on the holidays

      “Hopped up on the Holidays”

      A collection of smaller, original works just in time for the holidays to find that perfect one
      of a kind gift. Featuring original works by: Kimi Star, John Hageman, Nic Caesar, Lori Herbst, Chris Shary, Christine Benjamin, Kori Thompson, Julie Meridian, Michael Foley , plus additional artists ongoing through January

    • TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map


      After Hours : A TechShop Staff Art Exhibit and Opening Party

      Artists: Ryan Acks, Aaron Baker, Eva Cooper, Kaitlind Gittings, Michael Kemp, Eleanor Lawson, Angela Light, Erik Liljinwall, Scott Ludwig, and LAuruS Myth

    • Third Space Fitness – 550 South first St. map


      “Type as Image”

      Design students of Professor Vera Fainshtein at the College of San Mateo will be debuting their digital illustrations created with various forms of typography.

      Featured students: John Carungay, Jennifer Chiapelone, Derrick Chinn, Ariana Ferguson, Evghenia Greiner, Angela Kim, Nicole Ortega, Clarissa Perez, Daniel Welch and Haowei Zhou.


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


      galleryONE: Eminence Front new work by Bill Koeb.

      For this new series of monographs, Koeb asked people to share their stories, their secrets…the things no one would assume about them from just looking at them. The knowledge of this process puts our minds in motion to question and imagine these anonymous subjects through rich and often haunting hints at what may lie beneath the surface in others. It may also reflect back on us our own secrets and cause us to wonder if they are as well hidden as we’d like to think they are.

      Bill Koeb is a painter, illustrator and comic book artist well known for his work in the comic series “Hellraiser” by Clive Barker, illustrations for Allen Moore’s song “Hair of the Snake That Bit Me” and for his paintings in the film “The Crow City of Angels” (attributed to character Sarah).


      galleryTWO: “Orbital–Cut Up and Rewired” Dale VN Marshall (UK) solo exhibition

      Dale vN Marshall returns to Anno Domini for his second solo exhibition which documents a reflective journey through the painted object.

      Marshall has cut up and reworked parts of a 30 foot self portrait on recycled cardboard. It was first exhibited on the streets of Bristol with the title: “We need to transfer you home” which withstood torrential wind and rain leaving it in a demoralized state. The reworked paintings in this exhibition focuses on a personal trauma from nature’s wish to be treated, revised and reborn; a parallel for Marshall of once being sectioned in a mental facility during his formative years as a young graffiti artist.

    • Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map

      ArtArk_Linda Benenati

      “The More The Merrier VI” 2015; Salon-style Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale
      With live music by the Paolozzi Tango Trio

      Featuring original artwork by 50 local artists working in a variety of media with most work priced under $200, making this event the perfect place to find gifts for the holiday season.

      Participating Artists: Jackie Baxton, Amy Beans, Linda Benenati, Chris Veres Bunz, Alex Casbara, Shone Chacko, Alice Chen, Jonathan Chi, J. Duncan Cook, Lee Crowley, Carol Eder, Kelsey Eder, Dorit Elisha, Carolann Espino, Alyssa Eustaquio, Roberto Fierro, Sonia Garcia, Bea Garth, Monica Gonzales, Jason Hanna, Larry Harrell, Joella Kermit, Jonathan Kermit, Leslie Lambert, Anna Maiko, Gwen Mercado-Reyes, Theresa Merchant, David Nguyen, Avery Palmer, Gianfranco Paolozzi, Jeanine Parish, Elizabeth Patrician, Jane Patrick, Michael Perkin, Marina Povalishina, Elias Rivera, Diana Roberts, Bob Rose, Jamila Rufaro, Gerri Russell, Masha Schultz, Pragati Sharma, Michelle Shone, Robbie Sugg, Suha Suha, Hema Sukumar, Monica Tiulescu, Hein Tran, Christian Wicklein, Rosa Younessi and AP Art Students from Overfelt High School in San Jose

    • Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map


    • Caffé Frascati – 315 South First St. map

      Opera pic

      We put the la la la la in your Fa la la la la!

      First Friday December 4th is a special Holiday Opera Night presented by First Street Opera and Caffe Frascati.

    • The Craftsman – 399 South First St. map


      “Colony” by Lindsay Balfour

      The installation is a mysterious, beautiful medley of textures and shapes inspired by on deep sea creatures made out of paper. Each piece interlocks together using paper engineering techniques to compose a colonies to make up an imaginary marine organism.

      Lindsay Balfour is a paper engineer and designer who explores the mechanics of paper used in pop-up design, paper craft, and sculpture. She integrates electronics in her work to showcase technology as a tool and material to enhance ideas for creative expression. As an educator and artist, her work is an example of the intersection between fine art, physical computing, and fabrication techniques.

    • Phantom Galleries at Pho69 – 321 South First St. map


      “frag·ments” (frăg′mənts) by Robertino Ragazza

      “frag.ments” are a collection of travel images taken over the years. It is my travel journal and a reminder, a montage of my experiences and connectedness to a place or singular moment.

      For me, travel is the greatest experiment. It brings forth the curiosity and the urge to investigate the experience of being alive and it permanently influences our perspective on life. It offers a new beginning, new experiences, and endlessly changing horizon. In the beginning, there was no real plan, just a vacation that became a journey. As Henry Miller once said, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

      In frag.ments, I explore and present photographs that attempt to reflect hidden meanings or just simply a literal representation of a place or singular moment that took my breath away. By definition, frag.ments be an incomplete and isolated portion or bits of pieces; a sliver or a shard, a flake or a morsel that makes up the whole experience with underlying undertones of mystery, building a narrative through contextualization and surreal juxtaposition. Inspiration comes in different forms and the book, “The Sun Also Rises” was the catalyst that inspired my sense of wanderlust, thus my journey began.

    • Phantom Galleries at SoFA Market – 387 South First St. map


      Phantom Galleries presents: “String Theory” an installation by Anabella Piñon and Frances Marin at SoFA Market.

      Taking a nostalgic form of communication, the game of childhood game of ‘telephone’, “String Theory” conveys the dense, voyeuristic and sometimes overwhelming nature of modern connectivity where everyone is talking, listening and knowing what one another is doing at all times. Viewers are invited to play telephone with the set of cans displayed beside the artwork.

    • Studio Climbing Gym – 396 South First St. map

      Dome Peak

      “Vertical Wilderness Submersion” by photographer Dirk Summers

      These images come from climbing landscapes around the natural world. They were captured in all different seasons, in a variety of locations, and emphasize the great natural beauty inherent in many of the places in which we climbers are lucky enough to enjoy our passion.

    • Vyne Bystro – 110 Paseo de San Antonio Walk map


      Tom Dytko Solo Exhibition

      “Today I use my creative energy and ability to create abstract representations of the visual events and places that have made a significant visual impact to me, or a significant discorporate memory of a reoccurring dream or fantasy. These visual memory representations come from somewhere deep in my subconscious as I do not consciously recall or visualize a completed painting before I start painting, and I begin each painting with only a faint idea or feeling for the shapes and colors that will ultimately go into the painting. However, once started, and the painting begins to take form, it becomes familiar to me and the shapes and colors put into the painting are put there almost without thinking. As the image appears it dictates to me what it needs; it is a very interactive session.” DYTKO.

      Over the past two years DYTKO’s paintings have started to gain some local popularity and he has shown his work at venues in Carmel, Sacramento, San Jose, and his home town of Morgan Hill. There he is a member of the Valle Del Sur Art Guild and the Morgan Hill Art Gallery, where his work is displayed when it is not in a show.

    • Seeing Things Gallery – 30 North Third St. map

      Closed this evening.