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  • May 7, 2010 — South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk

    Posted on April 21st, 2010 ArtWalkSJ No comments

    JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on May 7th!
    8pm ’til LATE — ART WALK venues are free and open to the public
    SoFA District (So. First Street between San Carlos and E. Reed streets)

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

      Artist’s Reception: RE:BOB solo exhibition of new paintings by Barron Storey

      An illustrator, graphic novelist, 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. The artist’s paintings are held in the collections of the National Air and Space Museum, the American Museum of Natural History and the National Portrait Gallery. For Storey’s fourth solo exhibit at Anno Domini he has created a new body of work inspired by the lyrics and music of Bob Dylan.

      Special performances by: Troy Curtis, DeatHat, Lisa Dewey, Ben Henderson

    • Art Glass Center of San Jose – 465 South First St. map


      Flower Beads by Lori Peterson

      Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with an all-glass all-flowers exhibit and sale at the Art Glass Center. Local artists have embraced Spring and created functional and sculptural pieces with their own interpretation of a flower show. Lionel Chapital and Lori Peterson will give live demonstrations of making hot glass flowers on the torch starting at 8pm.

    • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map

      [7-9pm] Opening Reception: Featured Exhibitions by Shannon Amidon, Centa Schumacher


      art by Shannon Amidon

      Efflorescence by Shannon Amidon

      Efflorescence is a series of lumen prints by Shannon Amidon inspired by her interest in blending artistic renderings of nature and old world photographic techniques. Camera-less images are created by exposing botanical specimens and photographic paper to varying levels of sunlight, time, and temperature, creating unique and ethereal images that transcend the specimens’ natural color, shape, and form.

      A companion ambient sound installation by Compartment organically interprets pieces of Shannon Amidon’s Efflorescence series resulting in musical vignettes that are sometimes alarming, sometimes whimsical. Compartment will be present opening night performing a live musical installation.


      art by Centa Schumacher

      Preconscious a photographic exhibition by Centa Schumacher. This work explores what is just beneath our awareness using the body as an intermediary between the conscious mind and the subconscious. By turning the camera onto herself, Centa Schumacher shows that the separation between the physical self and the mind is nearly non-existent.

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


      Image credit: Elizabeth Gomez, Titmouse with Pom-Poms,
      Mixed media, acrylic and glitter, 2010. Photo: Robertino Ragazza

      Auction Reception: MACLA’s 12th Annual Latino Art Auction View the very best of contemporary Latino art from the Bay Area and beyond. Over 60 artists have generously donated a vast array of paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture available for purchase. Auction proceeds support MACLA’s programs in the visual arts, performing & literary arts, youth arts education and community development through the arts, which reach over 30,000 people annually. Live Auction: Saturday, May 15th @ 7:00pm

    • Phantom Galleriestemporary exhibits in vacant storefronts


      art by Miguel Machuca

      386 South First St: Silent Conversations by San Jose artist Miguel Machuca.

      Art has the power to loosen the tight grasp of the conscious mind, permitting unknown moods and images to arise. It is a gateway to an archetypal reality where all aspects of the self reside, owned or not. Machuca is an emerging artist lifting the veil and allowing others a glimpse of disturbing and yet infinite richness of the shadow realm. The shadow substances in his paintings have been actively hunted and retrieved inviting the viewer to work with material. Shadow work means hearing the messages from hidden parts of our selves and listening to the voices that have been silenced.


      art by Andy Gouveia

      388 So. First Street: Fault-lines an installation by Bay Area artist Andy Gouveia.

      A spray can and house paint mural painted live in Golden Gate park as part of the Indy Arts Fest 2009. This exhibition also hosts an array of his smaller paintings dealing with the myth and mystery of the ancient world.

    • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – 520 South First St. map


      No Sky in Manhattan by Joan Schulze

      In the Main Galleries: Poetic License: The Art of Joan Schulze is a retrospective of the prolific 40-year career of innovative Bay Area collage artist Joan Schulze.

      Special event: 2nd Annual May Day Market. Don’t miss this HUGE benefit sale of textile treasures, including: stylish, fun and funky vintage clothing from the 1920s +, ethnic clothes and textiles, fiber art, sumptuous fabrics of all kinds, historical and contemporary quilts, and lots of miscellaneous items at unbeatable prices.

    • SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery – 577 South Market St. map

      Karl Christian Krumpholz turns his attention from boozers and famous drunks to some of lifes stranger characters with a fresh set of portraits. Weirdos, Porn Stars and Other Eccentrics brings character studies of such famous anti-heroes as Linda Lovelace, Charles Tesla and many others.

      Also in gallery B we will be showing the best of last month’s Giant Monster pieces. Live music, free comics and loads of fun the SLG way.

    • Works San Jose – 451 South First St. map


      art by Lacey Bryant, Minutes Disappear When You’re Not Looking, oil pastel, 2010

      Preview Reception: Works’ Benefit Auction The South Bay’s most accessible art auction moves to Spring! The work of almost 100 regional artists including Lacey Bryant, Tony Castro, Christopher Elliman, Diane Levinson, Francesca Lovecchio, Ken Matsumoto, Tony May, Therese May, Angelica Muro, Carlos Perez, Valerie Raps, Fanny Retsek, and Joe Saxe, to name just a few of the array of outstanding donating artists, will be on view to preview the May 22 auction. Support your community art and performance center and experience the wide range of art from our region.

    • Caffé Trieste – 315 South First St. map

      Opening Reception: WHAT IS HAPPENING? We were growing fruits and nuts. Now the valley is growing something else. On the surface it seems to be tech: WWW, email, VoIP, Facebook, Twitter, iPad… But what is it really? If we are the neurons, then connections are being made at a furious rate. We’ve gone from nothing to what? Fast. Bad? Good? Does overhauling the entire eco system of the earth matter? Or should we bask in the glorious wonder of our part in creating and BEING part of a new biological entity?

      These are the questions behind Matthew Seigel’s current scroll paintings which are a reinvention of Japanese tatemono (standing scrolls) in modern materials. Introduced to Japan during the Heian Period (794 to 1185), hung scrolls were “primarily for displaying Buddhist images for religious veneration, or as a vehicle to display calligraphy or poetry.” With Matthew’s scrolls, they are more messages discerning inter-connectivity and interactivity.

      First Fridays are Opera Night at Caffe Trieste with some of the Bay Area’s best opera singers performing your favorite arias and duets.

      Drop in via Ustream

    • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map

      Join us after Candlelight Yoga (6:15-8 pm) as we welcome Art Walk patrons and mingle with new yogi friends and the downtown community. For the month of April Downtown Yoga Shala will be featuring one of our members, Joella Kermit and her husband Jonathan. ReArrangements is the first joint show for husband and wife, Jonathan and Joella Kermit. Joella explores color and pattern by recombining hand-dyed fabric scraps from previous pieces into new creations. Jonathan gathers bits of rusty wire, urban flotsam, and other environmental detritus. He then alters and combines them into something altogether different.

    • Good Karma Vegan Café – 37 South First St. map

      Opening Reception: Iconic Urbanity-symbols of a concrete culture paintings by Blaise Rosenthal

      Blaise Rosenthal’s heavily textured paintings aesthetically evoke and capture the emotion and vibrancy of metropolitan existence from the perspective of his New York origins and skateboarding cultural roots.

    • METRO Photo Exhibit – 550 South First St. map

      Hunger Happens? is the theme for this month’s exhibition by the First St. Photo Collective.

    • South First Billiards & Lounge – 420 South First St. map

      South First Billiards is throwing a mucho Cinco de Mayo Celebration with a showcase of Latin American artists, Latin rock, live painting, and more… Artist John Cloud (Calaveras/ Dia de los Muertos) will be painting live while the bands perform. Also showing, Lina Ruelas (photography), Mike Kjolhaug (street art), and featuring the live music of Sweet Psychosis, Frail Soul, and Bautsta.

      All ages until 10pm / 21+ venue after 10pm

    • Art Ark – 1035 South Sixth St. map


      image by Jackie Ngo, Type as Space, digital print, 2009

      6-9pm Opening Reception: un-titled San José State University BFA Graphic Design Exhibition 2010

      Twenty one graduating students from the rigorous and highly selective BFA Graphic Design Program at SJSU exhibit all manner of communication design, from print, to packaging, product design, typography, and information design, to time-based media.

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