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  • November 4, 2011—South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk

    Posted on October 25th, 2011 ArtWalkSJ No comments

    JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on NOV 4th.

    It all kicks off at 7pm! — ART WALK venues are free and open to the public

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


      BLOODWORK: BODIES Exhibit by Analog Tattoo Arts Kolective (CA)

      Anno Domini is proud to present the third and final installment of the unprecedented tattoo arts documentation project by the global tattoo community of the Anaglog Tattoo Arts Kolectiv.

      4 Years
      5 Continents
      53 Tattooers
      119 Backpieces & Bodysuits
      2 Volume Book
      1 Box Set
      360º Interactive Views

      A multi-year, multi-continental undertaking, directed/produced by adrian Lee, photographed by Max Dolberg (both of the Analog Tattoo Arts Kolectiv), and contributed to by tattooers and collectors around the globe.

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


      Higher Fire presents a HOT evening of demonstrations and raku firings by master potter and instructor Joe Battiato. Joe will demonstrate three types of Raku firings – American, Horse-hair, and Naked Raku – using our wonderful new Raku kiln in the warehouse at Higher Fire. The spontaneous and often chaotic patterns created by these firing methods counterbalance the control and grace found in Battiato’s forms. Between firings, Joe takes to the wheel to demonstrate how to make large, highly-textured vessels.

      Joe Battiato’s latest creations grace the Hi-Fi Gallery this November! Join us for a reception for our featured artist held in conjunction with South First Fridays Art Walk… November 4th from 7-11pm.

    • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map

      Opening Reception for featured artists Gianfranco Paolozzi and John Eric Paulson


      A Box Is A Box Is A Box by Gianfranco Paolozzi

      In search of new surfaces to apply my marks, to write my journals, the everyday boxes used as packaging for products that we consume, are becoming my canvasses. the box is a canvas when it is disassembled or not.


      Photographs from Italy and Greece by John Eric Paulson

      Each day I wonder what photographic surprises await me. When I focus on an area, I look for what I would like to see if it were a perfect world, creating the ideal, capturing the basic beauty and enhancing its drama.

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


      Nereida Gacia Ferraz, Untitled, opaque pigment
      drawing on cardboard, 2011

      Join MACLA for an extraordinary evening of art. Opening in MACLA’s Gallery: Cuban Connections: Near & Far. Highlighting several Bay Area collections, this group exhibition features Cuban artists whose work explores cultural icons, architectural form, and the human condition. MACLA’s Castellano Playhouse features, acoustic Latin band Santos Perdidos playing an eclectic mix of Son Cubano, Rumba Española, Bolero, and Afro-Peruvian Lando.

    • Phantom Galleriesart exhibits in vacant storefronts and alternative spaces

      95 South Market St: Shannon Amidon Kanji Garden

      Kanji Garden was created using hundreds of cut, hand dyed, and folded books that were destined for a landfill. The reused books that received a new life were titled “Understanding Kanji Characters” by Ping-gam Go.

    • San Jose Jazz at Eulipia Restaurant – 374 South First St. map


      Wally Schnalle Trio for San Jose Jazz

      Wally Schnalle finds himself working in many musical environments as a sideman and bandleader. His current projects include a fusion sextet; an electronica jazz trio entitled Idiot Fish and the cutting edge and highly improvisational trio featured here at First Fridays. Joining Wally will be Sahy Salhov on alto sax and John Shifflet on acoustic bass. First call players all and in this trio setting the lines of communications a wide open for these three to create. This is a trio travels into new musical territories at every performance.

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


      Marian Clayden, Untitled #5, 30.5″ x 45″ – Photographer: Ann Rossouw

      Join us for the Museum’s Annual High Fiber: The Art of Collecting 
Benefit Art Exhibition & Sale! High Fiber is a unique art sale devoted to world class fiber art – and at this benefit exhibition & sale, all pieces are $500 or less. Artwork was juried by Louise Barco Allrich and includes art quilts, weavings, wearable art, jewelry and more. High Fiber is designed to generate support for both fiber artists and the Museum’s fiber art advocacy efforts by connecting artists around the globe with collectors and by sharing this expressive medium with our community as a whole.

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


      MAKE A JAZZ NOISE HERE

      Comic books and Jazz are tow of the four unique American artforms (the other two being the feature film and the short story) and at the Art Boutiki we are mashing the two things together as our stable of comic artists present their own artistic impression of music and jazz. As usual though that is not all. We will also be continuing our show from last month Cuastic Curio featuring the art of Crab Scrambly. That plus live music by jazz quartet Grooveyard Shift and a new South First Friday at the Art Boutiki, stand-up comedy by Pete Munoz.

    • Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map


      artwork by Hakki Erol

      iraqimemorial.org is a participation-based conceptual project launched in 2007 as an internet platform for artists, designers, and architects to propose concepts for memorials to the unrecognized civilian casualties incurred during the ongoing conflict in Iraq. Works presents an exhibition of plans and responses selected out of the pool that now exist on the iraqimemorial.org site. The proposal guidelines encourage participants to use a wide range of locations and mediums to create collective memory and unity, drawing upon traditional and expanded ideas of memorial. iraqimemorial.org is an effort initiated by media artist Joseph DeLappe to call upon the collective creative community to consider the cost of war from all sides. The exhibition at Works presents a selection of 54 of the most striking submissions as selected by two juror’s reviews. Featured projects span a range of creative practices including: architecture, social media, geomapping, performance, video and the visual arts.

    • Caffé Frascati – 315 South First St. map

      First Fridays is Caffe Frascati’s 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 St. map


      Join us after Candlelight Yoga (featuring Yin Yoga with Joanne, 6–7:30pm) as we open our doors to welcome art patrons and the downtown community from 7:30-10pm. Our featured artist, Marco Zecchin’s exhibit, Simply Seen. There will also be a performance at 8pm of the Jewel of Opar bellydance troupe at 8pm.

      Simply Seen, a Photographic Journey by Marco Zecchin

      Unwrapping the gift on my 11th birthday revealed a dream come true… A Kodak Brownie camera!

      As a dream, this simple little plastic camera, was the embodiment of all the imagined realities that this regularly visited dream allowed me to explore. So on this day, I held in my hands, my “Magic Lantern.” But unlike the original, mine granted me the same wish as many times as I wanted – the wish to render what I saw as proof, to myself and others, that what I saw was real!

      Now, 45 years later, living a life defined by photography, I keep searching for the simplicity of those days.

      Newer cameras, complicated technology, client’s needs and my own artistic aesthetic have changed how I photograph and see but I can still feel, to this day, the simple excitement from that birthday. It is the litmus test I choose to help identify when I’m following “my bliss.” It was this feeling that I experienced, when I first used the Hipstamatic Camera application on my phone, that made me choose to dedicate myself to it for a year.

      With the simplicity implied in it’s name — Kodak’s classic Instamatic camera — the Hipstamatic asked me to look at the world with the same sense of innocence and wonder. Not that this is easy to do but I have delighted in the daily use of this “divining rod” to seek out my bliss and collect my “Simply Seen” photographs in search of simpler days and simpler ways!

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

      Milk and Bones new paintings by Izer the Mizer

      An amalgamation of images from children’s book illustrations and horror films, the teachings of Rush Limbaugh and Friedrich Nietzsche, a humanity that Gandhi would have eaten for, the end of the world, the birth of a child, the death of your mother, true love, true fate, true hate, true blood, a three headed hound with no legs, a drunk on a roll.

    • METRO Photo Exhibit – 550 South First St. map


      Join us for the Metro Photo Exhibit Invitation
      A collection of Portraits, Spring/Summer 2011 by Richard James Arredondo and Friends

    • Pho69 – 321 South First St. map


      …..of light & shadows (de la luz y de las sombras) A new collection of new works by Robertino Ragazza mainly focusing the usage of high and low key lighting on his subjects or within the framing of his poetic photographs. All photographs are hand-printed Selenium-toned Silver Gelatin.

      Pho69 also features live contemporary music on First Fridays. Come check out local bands performing favorite covers and original music.

    • Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map


      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, Carlos Villez, Eric Joyner, Laura Callin Bennett, Michelle Waters and John Hageman.

      Stop by and see some new Halloween art created by our local “Psycho” artists!

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


      PROGRESS an exploration of the growth of MESHcollective as told by the art and music of its talented members.

      5-9pm ALL AGES. 9pm-close 21+

    • TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map


      Made by: Tamara Hoyt, TechShop Instructor
      Dress is made using a laser cutter!

      Made At TechShop

      TechShop is showcasing projects made by members. Come and see what you can make at TechShop!

    • Art Ark – 1035 South Sixth St. map


      The More the Merrier II: Salon-Style Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale

      This is the second year of our ‘salon-style’ holiday art exhibition and sale. This year features the work of 45 bay area artists working in a variety of mediums. In the tradition of the french salon-style art exhibition, each artist is given an allotted space and encouraged to display as much work as desired. The exhibition style is intended to give the public a sampling of each artist’s current body of work. Many pieces are priced under $200 to offer affordable gifts for the holidays. Join us for this festive exhibition and celebration!

    • Kick off the evening at the Children’s Discover Museum 180 Woz Way

      SF-based artist JD Beltran presents Portal, and a related short film, Journey, inspired by the discovery of a juvenile Columbian mammoth now the subject of a major exhibition at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Both new works reflect on the deep past, the collapse of time, and how we visualize time through art. 
Join us for a reception and conversation (5:30-7:30pm) with JD Beltran at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, followed by a short walk or pedicab ride to view Portal.

 RSVP: [email protected]

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