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  • November 5, 2010 — South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk

    Posted on October 29th, 2010 ArtWalkSJ No comments

    JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on NOV 5th!
    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

      Opening Reception: The Offering Wendell McShine solo exhibition

      Raw, transcendental and overly mystifying, it is no surprise that international artist Wendell McShine is from the island of “the Carnival” Trinidad and Tobago. Currently based and producing work in Mexico City, there’s a lucid cross pollination expressed through stunning iconography.

      The Offering is a selected tapestry of canvases, drawings, animations and installations that attempts to illustrate a time when men were truly inspired by the unknown.

      Exhibition dates: October 1 – November 20, 2010

      Also on view in galleryONE: MOMO solo exhibition Better Than 2009

      Music: DJ Chlorophil

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

      Last chance to discover the unique and creative talents of bay area glass pumpkin artists. Come by the Art Glass Center and pick through the patch to create your fall arrangement.

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

      EARTH, SPIN, FIRE featured artists Lee Middleman, Jon Dunlavy

      Clay artist Lee Middleman spins forms reflecting curves found in nature. His pottery presents rhythmic patterns moving in time with the unique shape of each vessel, emphasizing the organic interplay between order and randomness. Alchemist and potter Jon Dunlavy transforms porcelain clay into subtle, bejeweled surfaces with his crystalline glazes; peruse potion bottles, vases and other magical items!

      Middleman & Dunlavy’s latest creations are featured in a broader holiday showing of 12 Silicon Valley clay artists at Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery this November: Deborah Anderson, Barbara Brown, Anita Clemetsen, Cindy Couling, Dan Dermer, Jon Dunlavy, Doris Fischer-Colbrie, Jill Getzan, Phyllis Lee, Linda Mau, Lee Middleman, and Jon Price.

    • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map

      7-9pm Opening Reception: Featured exhibitions by Joe Barajas & Josh Marcotte


      art work by Joe Barajas

      The Process of Creation new paintings by Joe Barajas

      Through his own unique set of imagery, Barajas’ explores the very basic and similar steps that every artist takes to create his or her individual work of art including Inspiration, experience and technique.


      Watching the Trains by Josh Marcotte

      Insomnia. Lost San Jose Nights by photographer Josh Marcotte

      Street lamps wash the pavement in yellow, and the city glows like the sun never set. Years of closing shifts and no car means sleep comes late, if at all. The sidewalk is empty and it will be hours before you get home. Your mind is racing and music drowns everything out. You remember stories from your family, your history class and your friends, stories about where you are and you think, “I should take a picture of this, all of this.”

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


      Las Hermanas Iglesias, Gutter Blanket, embroidered textile, 2010

      Join MACLA for a fabulous evening of art and performances:

      In MACLA’s Gallery: Hybrid Spaces: Family Origins & Collaborations Recent work by Las Hermanas Iglesias (Lisa Iglesias & Janelle Iglesias) and Amy Diaz-Infante. Opening Reception & Artist Talk: at 7:00pm Join Las Hermanas Iglesias for a gallery walk through and an engaging conversation about their work.

      In the Castellano Playhouse: A Night of Light and Darkness excerpts from La Llorona – A musical drama by Hector Armienta and Opera Cultura. Opera Cultura will be joined by MACLA performance protégés Grupo Los Laureles folkloric dancers.

    • Phantom Galleriesart exhibits in vacant storefronts and alternative spaces

      386 South First St: Shoebox Productions featuring Sean Sczepanik, Steven Sczepanik

      Caretaker in Need of Repair installation by Sean Sczepanik
      Animals have now been dissected and modified to benefit humanity. However, human beings have been complacent in the maintenance of these creatures. Therefore they have been malfunctioning and destroying the environment.

      Voice from the Tomb installation by Steven Sczepanik
      This installation is the beginning of a tribute towards Charles Perry Grooms. This man was an endearing poet of great imagination. His words explored places where the white cherry blossoms drifted and the gypsies roamed. His life history is unknown and untraceable, but his words will be carried on forever.


      art work by Al Preciado

      28 North First St: 3pm-5pm Closing Reception for Penetencia Creek State Park Series by Al Preciado

      This series of oil paintings began at Penetencia Creek State Park and completed in the artist’s studio; a homage to Al’s father, Alfred SR., his close friends Tim Cottengim, Greg Hall, Ahn Behrens and Ruth Litoff, artists and poets that have passed away in the last two years.

      The lobby will be open and light refreshments served.

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


      Blueprint Bird by Katherine Allen

      Are you getting enough fiber? Get all the fiber you need at High Fiber Under Five, the 3rd annual sale of fine fiber art. High Fiber Under Five is a unique art sale devoted to world class fiber art – and at this exciting benefit, all pieces are $500 or less. This invitational sale includes wall pieces, sculpture and art-to-wear. Work from 53 artists will be on view and for sale, including pieces by Sue Benner, Linda Gass, Joan Schulze, Sheila O’Hara, Jean Pierre Larochette, Yvonne Porcella, Therese May, Susan Else, Virginia Davis, Marion Coleman, Michael Rohde and more.

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


      artwork by James Brunner

      Modern Primative Cultural Research and Cocktail Society Art Show. SLG Art Boutiki goes native showing Tiki art and other explorations by lots of artists who enjoy their kitschy culture with a modern primative twist. This show will feature everything from photographs of our favorite cocktails in their natural environment to carvings to drawings. Live Music and all of the usual.

    • Works San Jose – 451 South First St. map


      Corpse, Pinelopi Vassilaki

      My Favorite Nightmares curated by Lacey Bryant

      As creepy or repulsive as they may be, nightmares fascinate us. They linger in our minds long after we’ve woken, leaving us distracted by thoughts of otherworldly fears. Fifty artists explore the strange things that play in all our heads at night, and that have inspired them to create upon waking. Real and imagined nightmares, monsters, things that go bump in the night or cause us to gasp awake—all are brought to life with an almost manic need to recreate the scenes, juxtaposed to the admission that we sometimes like to be scared.

    • Caffé Trieste – 315 South First St. map


      Artist’s Reception: Celebrating the Cafe paintings inspired by cafes around the world by Jeanette Turkus

      Celebrating Cafe moments with colorful images of the table, coffee, wine, and friends sometimes kicking off their high heels.

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

    • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map

      Join us after Candlelight Happy Hour Yoga (6-7:30pm) as we mingle with the downtown community and art partrons for the South First Fridays Art Walk. Downtown Yoga Shala’s featured artist for November is Rachel Jones. “Before it Flew Away” presents an exhibit about ideas and their effects on the world around it. We follow one from its birth in one’s mind to final completion. With a background in illustration, Rachel Jones uses vibrant, stylized imagery that describes both the creative side and destructive side of an artist’s muse.

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

      Opening Reception: Driveby Photography: images of significance in the passing moment by photographer James Dewrance

      James is always on the lookout for interesting compositions, regardless of content. He has photographed thousands of paintings and has come to acquire a bit of a painters eye for composition. “Every component of the image needs to create some sort of tension, to make the viewer look at the subject with fresh eyes. Thus this series of Driveby Photos.”

      We’ve seen these dowdy homes and commercial structures many times, but James’ images capture history; “everything has changed (usually by demolition) since these were made.”

    • METRO Photo Exhibit – 550 South First St. map


      The First St Photo Collective and Metro are proud to present a photographic exhibition based upon the theme I Love Trash.

    • Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map


      The Revolution Shall Be Eaten by Michael Foley

      Creatures, Donuts and Such! Exhibit of local artists representing their take on different original characters that they have developed and where they fit into the local scene in Downtown San Jose.

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

      Heart of Chaos presents it’s 4th annual UPROAR event featuring live music, live painting, tribal fusion belly dancing, photo studio and artwork from 30+ artists on two stages.

      21+ venue.

    • Art Ark – 1035 South Sixth St. map


      6–9pm The More the Merrier: a group exhibition and art sale

      This show is comprised of 39 artists exhibiting a wide range of work in a variety of mediums. The purpose of this show is to mix and mingle local talent while showcasing works priced to sell for holiday gifts. All sales should be negotiated directly with the exhibiting artists.

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