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  • November 7, 2014 — South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk

    Posted on November 3rd, 2014 ArtWalkSJ No comments

    JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk on November 7th 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.


    NEW EXHIBITS…

    • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map

      Two new feature exhibitions by KALEID resident artists: Julie Bilyeu, and Mariya Milovidova

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      Scavengers and Cannibals new works by Julie Bilyeu

      We are all Scavengers and Cannibals in some way or another. Some are self-inflicting cannibals by ignoring their own integrity, and others by openly having no compassion or integrity thus becoming metaphorical cannibals–eating their own to get ahead. Scavengers seem to be more on the benevolent side of the human condition, only eating the dead or discarded, never taking more than they need, living day to day. ~Julie Bilyeu

      Julie Barrett Bilyeu was borne and raised in the bay area, a graduate of California State University Chico with a BA degree in Drawing and Ceramics (1999). Charcoal, Dry-Pastel, Graphite are her primary mediums with some exploration into mixed media and cutting edge hanging techniques.

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      People and Places wearable art by Mariya Milovidova

      In her second feature exhibition at KALEID Gallery, Mariya Milovidova presents her wearable art collection entitled People and Places. This collection mainly consists of silk scarves and dresses recently shown during the Fashion Weeks in New York, Paris, and San Francisco. Mariya’s collection was influenced by her latest experiences in the Bay Area art and fashion industries over the past year as well as her travels to Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York and Paris.

      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 the San Francisco Bay Area where she graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelors in Art & Textile Deign. Mariya specializes in one of a kind wearable art as well as traditional media such as drawing and painting on paper and canvas. She has participated in numerous fashion and art shows all over the Bay Area some of which include a De Young Museum Fashion Exhibit dedicated to Jean Paul Gautier and San Francisco Fashion Week. She currently works with private clients and boutiques.

    • Seeing Things Gallery – 30 North Third St. map

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      Full Bellies And Empty Calories by Sean Boyles

      First Friday, November 7th at Seeing Things Gallery Sean Boyles is having a solo show called Full Bellies And Empty Calories. This will be the last appearance of The Cyclorilla for awhile. His last home burned to the ground, so he tried to cheer himself up on ice creams, but it gave him countless brain freezes, brought on sugar highs, and sluggish lows resulting in food comas. Come to the show and see scenes from his heroic past, like the time he wrestled Steve Caballero’s Cab Dragon, and gaze at the ice cold sugary treats that slowed him down.

    • Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map

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      Image by: Jonathan Chi

      The More the Merrier V Salon-Style Art Exhibition

      This year’s show will feature the work of 50 bay area artists working in variety of mediums and styles. In the tradition of the French salon-stye exhibition design, participating artists are encouraged to install as much art as they can within their allocated space. The gallery will be packed with art to dazzle the eyes and stimulate the senses. The majority of artwork on display will be priced under $200 and art may be purchased directly off the walls on the evening of the art openings. Come to see the art, meet the artists, mingle with friends and family, listen to live music performed by Thomas Howell on violin and enjoy the food, fun and festive atmosphere!

      Participating Artists: Amy Beans, Andy Wallace, Bob Rose, Carly Slade, Carmina Eliason, Cynthia Cao, Diana Nakano, Dotti Cichon, Elizabeth Patrician, Gilbert Gonzales, Hema Sukumar, Jackie Mast, Jamila Rufaro, Jennifer Alexander, Joey Agcopra, Jonathan Chi, Joseph Skowrinek, Judy Roberto, Karen McCann, Karin Taber, Kathleen McDonald, Kathy Kong, Kim Brown, Larry Harrell, Leah Jay, Liene Kikute, Lyssa Eustaquio, Maria Sherby, Marina Povalishina, Masha Schultz, Michael Bashista, Michael Perkin, Moira McDonald, Monica Gonzales, Monica Valdez, Nathan Cox, Pamela Mooney, Rita Poutivskaia, Roberto Fierro, Robin Dahlberg, Sandy Cipriotti, Shone Chacko, Sonia Garcia, Stacey Laskin, Stephanie Metz, Stephen Jacklyn, Thomas Morrow, Tim Walters, Travis Ng, Trudy Levy

    • The Citadel Art Gallery – 199 Martha St. map

      Join Bay Area artists Sonya Kleshik and Kris Patton in their show at the Citadel Gallery, the opening will be on Friday, November 7 from 6-10pm, with refreshments served and tropical beats by DJ Mr. Fabbulus.

      Theirs is an exploration of art as healing and self-expression. While art’s therapeutic power has long been known, it is often seen as a somber and even painful pursuit. This show celebrates the creative process not only as one of healing and empowerment, but also of joy, exploration and adventure. Once started, the creative process takes on a life of its own and it is this mystery that makes for an exciting creative journey. With subject matter ranging from still life to portraits to abstract, come enjoy the diverse play of color and form.

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      Fig and Artichoke by Sonya Kleshik

      Sonya Kleshik’s mission is to empower and connect people through art. Building on her experiences living and working domestically and abroad on human rights, development and conflict issues, in 2014 she heeded a pull back towards creativity after many years away. Returning to California, she embarked on a spiritual journey and rediscovered her passion for painting. Deeply convinced of art’s ability to heal, Sonya now wishes to share this gift with others, ultimately combining art with issues of sustainability and spirituality, and bringing it to the field of international development.

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      Sisters by Kris Patton

      Kris Patton’s mission is to inspire, heal and uplift people and the planet through the power of art. She collaborates with leaders and anyone else with a vision working for a better world to uncover and express their highest vision for themselves and the work they do. She then incorporates it into fine art to inspire and remind them – and the world – of their vision, so that it can help propel them into new levels of greatness.

    • Cafe Stritch – 374 South First St. map

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      No Zen Intended solo exhibition by Kevin Tschaen

      Art is non-representational, sometimes abstract, and very much musically influenced. My works on paper explore fluid, melting shapes juxtaposed with sharp and rigid brush strokes–much like the ebb and flow of jazz. Visions in spaces large and small, most of the work is purely gestural–a natural and raw flow from feeling to paper. With vivid colors that jump from the page and then continue to blend and layer, these pieces are alive and vibrating with energy and movement. Take it as you see it, feel it, dream it.

    • Circle-A Skate Shop – 108 Paseo de San Antonio Walk map

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      Landscapes, Dreamscapes and Girlscapes solo exhibition by Joseph Demaree

      A collection of Plein Air Landscapes, Studio Dreamscapes, and Girls released and captured from Joseph’s imagination. This collection of oil paintings was created along off beat paths in Torrey Pines CA, Encinitas CA, Hollywood CA, San Jose CA, Ranchita CA and Portland OR. His paintings are full of dripping textures and vibrant colors. His love of surrealism and natural beauty continue to influence the dreamers perspective. Originally from San Jose CA and Schooled in the Bay Area (Willow Glen High, Lincoln High, SF Academy of Art) Demaree has continued to sharpen his artistic skills inside and outside of painting. His latest album “The Alternative Underground” with The Square Tires, is soon to be released on his own label Idiomism. Demaree is currently living in the Foothills of CA after another stint in Portland OR. He will be moving to Maui HI where he will be painting Plein Air Landscapes and continue his studio work as well as his musical endeavors.

    • Discover San Jose – 150 South First St., Suite 103 map

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      Artist of the month: Tana Hart, Teezhandsuds

      Tana Hart lives in the Santa Cruz mountains and started making soap about 14 years ago. While working as a private nanny for a family with two children in Los Gatos, she bought a melt and pour soap kit at the local craft store for the kids. Hooked on her new craft, she got a seller’s permit and Teezhandsuds was born. She soon ventured out and started making all kinds of bath products and selling them on the weekends at local farmer’s markets. Eventually, she quit her job and created a website. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, she pours 150-250 bars each week and has her products in several south bay stores, including Discover San Jose.

      Live music by special guests: Samurai Gypsies

      Back from the Jazz Festival by popular demand, this Passionate, High-energy, gypsy soul-fire acoustic ensemble takes listeners on an exotic scintillating journey of sensual grooves and wild crescendos you can’t help but move to. Their masterfully rich instrumentation is both complex and precise, gritty and hot. The Samurai Gypsies get their unforgettable sound from the band’s core string virtuosos, Gary Carpenter on guitar and Dany Cobo on violin. Taking music with African, flamenco, Latin, and jazz roots into some deliciously sexy and cerebral places.

      Local food sampling by All Honey Apiary

      Come and meet Peter Naranjo Jr., owner of All Honey Apiary. He has been a bee keeper since 2009. Together with his son Nicolo S Naranjo, they collect and harvest 100% raw honeys. “The Beautiful taste of Honey is Like Wine Tasting,” Peter says. “Honeys come straight from the flowers which is what makes and gives each flavor its unique taste.” Come and sample some of the raw mono-floral honeys that they offer, including Orange Blossom, Black Berry,Wild Flower, Infused Lavender, flavored honey sticks and their award-winning Black Sage. It couldn’t be sweeter!

    • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map

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      Jonathan and Joella Kermit are back at the Downtown Yoga Shala Gallery with their fifth joint show. Joella has been experimenting with plant materials to dye and make botanical impressions on silk scarves while Jonathan continues his work with recycled wire and laminated paper.

    • First to Market Restaurant – 399 South First St. map

      Our Community Arts Mosaic brings together artwork collected from around the South Bay area, brought together into one vision. We asked everyone from beach-lovers in Santa Cruz to the homeless of San Jose to show us their version of the world, or what they would like to see. Bringing these pieces of the world together shows our shared experience and what we aspire to: imagination is the first step to change.

    • Sliding Door Company – 355 South First St. map

      The Sliding Door Company and Highrises.com invite you to come see our fabulous musician and our painter for the South First Fridays Art Walk at The Sliding Door Company showroom.

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      Oboist, Glenda Bates

      Glenda Bates is a multi-faceted musician, performer, and teacher whose specialties include orchestral repertoire, jazz, historical performance, chamber music, and contemporary classical works for oboe and English horn. An advocate of “right now” music, Glenda has premiered over a dozen works by living composers, including Peter Winkler, Perry Goldstein, Robert Gibson, Daria Semegen, Andrew Conklin, Tomek Regulski, Richard Dubras, and more. She is an adjunct professor at Pacific Union College and is a doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University. She resides in San Francisco, California.

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      Artist, Supraja Kolluri & Shishyia Art

      “Shishya”, a Sanskrit word for students, symbolizes the wealth of knowledge and skills one can gain through formal education. ShishyaArt creations is Dedicated to benefiting underprivileged children in in India by helping them obtain an education. All profits from each painting sold are donated to ventures in Inda that are striving to give impovershed rural children a strong education to ensure bright futures. Shishya Art Creates encomapss many forms of art, from paintings to other decorative items like picture frames.

    • South First Billiards – 420 South First St. map

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      Artwork by Patrick Wadl Hofmeister

      Hope for Change

      This is a music and art event to benefit Action for Children Zambia. All proceeds will go directly to funding educational opportunities for orphan and street children in Zambia, Africa. There will be a silent art auction featuring local artists, as well as, live bands and DJs playing music from reggae to house. We will also have live painting, and raffle prizes. Come join us for a fun event and support a great cause! Your contribution will create Hope For Change.

      Artists:Tulio Flores, Neto Soza, Abel Gonzalez, Brandon Anderton, Brad Ackerman, Partick Wadl Hofmeister, John Barrick, Diana Medrano, Lucy Ghelfi, Kimy Martinez, Randy Diaz, Timothy Dilbeck

    • Studio Climbing Gym – 396 South First St. map

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      H2Ography: Undersea Images by Dave Conner

      Dave started taking photos underwater almost as soon as he began his dive career a short 15 years ago. Rapidly advancing to the ranks of a dive professional, Dave occasionally works as a Divemaster for a charter dive boat in Monterey Ca where he enjoys working with other divers and in general being an ambassador for the sport sharing his love and enthusiasm of it with all he comes in contact with. His true love underwater, however has always been in photography. What started as a vehicle for “Show and Tell” of his adventures to friends who weren’t involved in diving rapidly progressed to an all out effort to improve his skills and find the perfect shot (for which he’s still looking).

    • TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map

      TechShop Collaborative Mosaic.

      Art featured at TechShop San Jose this November will be a collaborative piece created by the community of TechShop. TechShop Members have been invited to add to a collaborative mosaic where they will be able to express their experience at TechShop, what they have learned at TechShop, or even just something cool that they make at TechShop. Their work will highlight the experience of making and what it means to create in our space. The finished piece will be multimedia, and will be added to TechShop San Jose’s permanent collection upon completion.


    CONTINUED EXHIBITS…

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

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      On view in galleryONE: In the Cave We Dance Joseph Loughborough (UK) solo exhibition

      Emerging from his studio, Joseph Loughborough proudly presents his latest body of work In the Cave We Dance, his second solo exhibition with Anno Domini Gallery. This title conjures the image of Dionysian human forms in darkness, perhaps circling and lurching around a fire or light of some kind. These new artworks echo and distort these visions of a primal gathering with a twist from a more recent episode of art history. Joseph draws upon iconography and themes evocative of the decadent period of Berlin (particularly theatre and film of the 1920’s) as a vehicle to explore Plato’s Allegory of the Cave in which our subjective perception of reality is questioned.

      The rendering of the pieces fluctuates between expressive mark making and a critical layering of gold leaf into flat geometrical compositions. The gold mirrors the embers of the blaze whilst charcoal functions as a perfect opposite to encapsulate and enhance the metallic glint. Gold is often regarded as an opulent colour, an over indulgence whereas charcoal is perhaps one of the humblest of artists materials. Aesthetically, black and gold complement each other as values of the unknown and illumination, adding to the dichotomy of this juxtaposition. They are used on an ambitious scale in this series which delves into the catacombs of the human condition.

      Joseph Loughborough (b. 1981) spent his formative years exploring the derelict boatyards and creeks of Portsmouth, on the south coast of the UK. After graduating from Portsmouth University he pursued interests in art, philosophy and skateboarding culture, living in London, Paris and currently Berlin.

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      On view in galleryTWO: The Bride Series by Cake (Brooklyn, NY) solo exhibition

      Jennifer Caviola, aka “Cake” is a fine artist that focuses on public space as platform to express her support of all women with a voice of solidarity. Communicating through portraiture, women’s curves become sharp lines that in an architectural sense, propel a feeling of strength, power and vulnerability. This particular volume of paintings: The Bride Series, is a result of a lost marriage, which left her wondering who she was and what she could do to reclaim herself. Cake painted every day into the night for five months straight until the series was finished, and each Bride carried her closer to a healed heart.

      Caviola has a BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute and a MFA in Fine Arts from the Parsons School of Design. She has been featured in the Huffington Post, Complex Magazine, Vogue and High Fructose Mag just to name a few. She was recently featured at a recent panel discussion on Street Art at The Brooklyn Museum for her mural in the Bowery that she made in conjunction with FAB NYC and Many Project. The artist resides and works in Brooklyn, New York.



      Knight Cities Challenge info booth located in front of ANNO DOMINI Gallery.

      kcclogoThe Knight Foundation is looking to invest $5 million in brilliant ideas that make cities more successful. Have a brilliant idea to make San Jose a better city for everyone? Come by the Knight Cities Challenge Info Booth this First Friday, where community members María Gabriela and Martin Chavez will be distributing information flyers and answering any questions you might have about what the challenge is, what it is trying to accomplish, and how to apply (by NOV 14th). Good ideas may come from anyone so make sure you tell your friends!

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

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      Rio Yañez, Selena y Los Dinos-T-Rex, 2013. Digital print, 16 x 20 inches.

      UNMASKED an exhibition on real and re-imagined superheroes.
      Work by Carlos Donjuan, Hector Hernandez, Dulce Pinzón & Rio Yañez

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      Future Arts Now! returns to MACLA with its energetic and inspiring hip-hop dance youth performance in the Castellano Playhouse at 8:00 pm.

    • Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map

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      art by Karen Haas

      The Public is Personal and Benefit Auction Preview

      Alexanna Alvarado, Karen Haas, and Alayne Yellum explore ways in which psychological and social relationships affect how individuals conduct themselves in public. This exhibition is the result of three San José artists having chosen to explore this issue in different media—photography and text, watercolor on paper, and oil paintings.

      First Friday November 7th will include a preview of work in the Benefit Art Auction to be held mid-December.

    • ZERO1 Garage – 439 South First St. map

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      Image credit: Karolina Sobecka, Cloud Machine (San Jose launch, 2013)

      Karolina Sobecka// The Cloud Collection

      The Cloud Collection is an exhibition featuring three ongoing projects by Brooklyn-based artist Karolina Sobecka that explore connections between clouds and information technology by combining scientific information with more whimsical and experiential approaches. In August 2013, Sobecka launched a weather balloon from the eastern hills of San Jose that floated to an elevation of 55,000 feet. Come see video and photographic documentation of its journey, while exploring projects such as Cloud Machine, a personal device for weather modification, the Cloud Collector, a device for collecting cloud moisture, and CloudServices, a proposal for using the atmospheric clouds and the microorganisms in them as the material for data transfer and storage.

    • Caffé Frascati – 315 South First St. map

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      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

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      Phantom Galleries presents Definitely Not Digital: an excursion into the abstract and surreal by artist Tom Dytko.

      “The use of technology to create visual art today has raised the bar for artists working with traditional media. A good digital artist can create images and videos to stimulate the senses in ways those working with the traditional mediums can only dream. As such, we are challenged to create static images that are not easily replicated using technology, to not copy reality, but still solicits and toys with an individual’s eye and thoughts, perhaps stimulating the imagination or stirring an emotion.”

    • Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map

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      Artwork 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 Nicolas Caesar, Murphy Adams, Christine Benjamin, Michael Foley, Michael Borja, Valery Milovic, Carlos Villez, Eric Joyner, Laura Callin Bennett, John Hageman and John Cloud!