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  • April 6, 2012 — South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk

    Posted on March 30th, 2012 ArtWalkSJ No comments

    JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on APRIL 6th, 7–11pm. RSVP

    A self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring exhibitions and special performances — all venues are FREE & open to the public.

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


      Opening Reception: The California State Institution solo exhibition by Dale vN Marshall (UK)

      Dale Marshall (aka Vermin) established himself as a graffiti artist on the streets of England and is now currently enjoying a transition to contemporary fine art while maintaining his raw roots of the streets.

      Residing in California for the past year, Marshall brings his own experiences of being hospitalized in an outdated mental hospital and the interior confined buildings back in the UK to collide with an investigation into Southern California’s exterior streets where confined institutions have ceased to exist. Marshall’s current work documents the observation of the “walking medicated,” from the rich to the poor.

      On view in galleryTWO: Ordinary People solo exhibition by Daniel Jesse Lewis

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


      Lee Middleman elevates classic forms with energetic, rhythmic texturing and gorgeous glaze. His goal is to pursue the interplay of shape, surface, patterning, and randomness… ultimately to make vessels that both intrigue the eye and demand to be touched! While Middleman’s work is functional, it is certainly prized and recognized as decorative.

      Lee Middleman will be on hand during the art walk to demonstrate how he carves and chatters and will discuss some of his latest works in the gallery. Join us for a reception for the artist and additional demonstrations by studio members throughout the evening!

    • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map

      KALEID Gallery presents two new feature exhibitions by artists Shannon Amidon and André Hart


      Selcouth new work by Shannon Amidon

      I’m a collector of the odd and beautiful, the repulsive, rare and mysterious; objects that occupy the space between familiar and bizarre. Inspired by the seventeenth century age of exploration and cabinets of curiosity, this series comes from place of discovery and wonder where insects, specimens and other objects come together and tell a story.

      By interlacing art, science, and culture I explore the connection between man-made and natural objects; evoking a strong sense of nostalgia for the classic age of exploration and discovery.


      Of War and Peace, The Truth Just Twists, Its Curfew Gull Just Glides a collection of paintings by André Hart

      In the middle of lies and truth, the work embodies a painful awareness of maybe a social and personal outlook. The paintings–or more of a collection of stories–people know or should know around a plain and sometimes encrypted picture of the state of the world. Though I couldn’t totally say what these stories are fully about in a more specific term, I like to keep things general but still obvious. I cannot self analyze my work to the fullest degree, but I could give some insight to it. In all, as an artist I could never single myself to one form of work or commit to a label, but I can assure the work is always with the intentions to bring much thought and insight.

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


      Samuel Rodriquez, Multi Eye gouache, ink and gesso, 2012

      Stop by MACLA for an exciting evening of art. In MACLA’s Gallery: Latino Art Now: MACLA’s 14th Annual Art Auction and Exhibition Opening Reception at 7pm.

    • Phantom Galleriesart exhibits in vacant storefronts and alternative spaces

      95 South Market St: Soliloquies from the Silent Country by Lacey Bryant

      Theatrically posed and surrounded by lush, illusory environments, the subjects of Lacey’s works are like illustrations in a picture book written in an unknown language. The images are somewhat familiar but certain elements remains foreign. Like a hazy dream of an imagined childhood long forgotten, the images strive to make you feel as if you just might have been there once, maybe. The stage is set in an imagined world of natural beauty beneath ominously stormy skies. It is a world poised between now and once upon a time.

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


      Mads Tolling for San Jose Jazz

      As violinist with Turtle Island Quartet from 2003 to 2007 and now as violinist, Mads Tolling maintains an active touring and recording schedule along with composing and giving master classes. Mads grew up in Copenhagen and moved to the U.S. at the age of 20 to pursue jazz studies. He studied under violinist Matt Glaser and graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2003. While still attending Berklee, the renowned jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty recommended Mads to join Stanley Clarke’s band. Since then, he has performed more than 100 concerts with Clarke worldwide, including the Newport Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl.

      Mads won two Grammy awards for “Best Classical Crossover Album” with the recordings 4+Four and A Love Supreme – The Legacy of John Coltrane. Tolling has received Denmark’s Sankt Annae’s Award for Musical Excellence, the Berklee Elvin Jones Award as well as grants from Queen Margaret of Denmark. He has performed with Paquito d’Rivera, Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, Sergio and Odair Assad & Leo Kottke.

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


      Pink Leaf 2 by Pat Pauly

      Quilt National ’11 — The 17th biennial juried exhibition of Quilt National returns to the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles for the first time since 2006. This quintessential exhibition of contemporary art quilts features 46 works by both first time entrants and established artists. Juried by Eleanor McCain, Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, and Nelda Warkentin, the exhibit showcases the state-of-the-art of contemporary quilting in all styles, techniques, and multi-faceted contemporary expressions.

      South First Friday Salon art activity: Collaborative Crazy Quilt. Visitors will be making squares for a collaborative fabric scrap quilt.

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


      Sasquatch by Andi Ristaino

      Starting out the evening at the SLG Art Boutiki will be an awards presentation for the ArtShots video contest.

      SLG Art Boutiki presents art from some of the artists published by indy comics publisher SLG Publishing. Featuring lots of new work by Karl Krumpholz, Des Taylor, Tommy Kovac and more.

      Music feature TWO separate performances. Opening will be Jackie Gage and her band, closing out the evening will be Grooveyard Shift.

    • Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map


      Outlast
      positive identity through the milestones of change

      Outlast explores a woman’s self esteem and body image as affected by pregnancy, parenthood, and aging. Inherent in these transitions is the rivalry of biology against serenity and the ensuing pitfalls of insecurity and guilt. To outlast is to overcome, and to offer a heritage beyond the confines of self. Artists: Theresa Because, Patty Botello, Becca Cuellar, Sarah Joy Cabana, Genevieve Hastings. Curated by Sarah Joy Cabana.

    • Caffé Frascati – 315 South First St. map

      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!

    • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map


      Join us after Candlelight Yoga with Amanda (featuring Tension-Reducing Prana Flow at 5:30-6:45pm) as we open our doors at 7:00pm to welcome the art patrons and downtown community for the South First Friday Art Walk, featuring: Nature Magnified a photographic experience with Tōn

      Our Earth is a living and breathing organism that often shares its beauty in small and subtle ways. It’s easy to miss much of the richness and diversity of life in our urbanized world. Even for those of us that do take the time to keep in touch with nature, most of us don’t carry a magnifying glass while doing so.

      Tōn is an outdoor photographer that draws his inspiration from the natural colors, shapes and textures that are so often overlooked in our busy lives. In this series, he follows the mantra, “if it’s not interesting, you’re not looking close enough.” Large, colorful images of exotic flora and cute little critters are captured and magnified by up to 400x (!) its natural size for visitors to examine and explore.

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

      Phantom Galleries presents I Can’t Go On; I’ll Go On a new body of work by Jehoiakim Santos at Good Karma Vegan Cafe.

      The paintings are influenced by venting of my thoughts and emotions. The human face is interesting enough that every bit of of it’s facial movement tells a story in our life, whether its a wishful thinking or a doomed forgotten and yet unforgotten event that’s worth keeping. Everyone has a beauty and I’d like to catch that through combining emotions and silhouettes; with these together, that beauty is their life stories.

    • METRO Photo Exhibit – 550 South First St. map



      METRO Photo Exhibit closed in April

    • Pho69 – 321 South First St. map


      Phantom Galleries presents A World of Colors and Whim by Florence de Bretagne at Pho69.

      In this exhibit de Bretagne invites you to a world full of bright colors and whim where you can escape from your busy lives and anxieties for endless hours. She presents her imaginary landscapes (The Forest, The Blue Lake, and others) as well as her abstract paintings (A Symphony of Colors, I Left To Go For a Walk in Heaven).

    • 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, Valery Milovic, Carlos Villez, Eric Joyner, Laura Callin Bennett, Michelle Waters, John Hageman and Robert McColley!

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


      information not available at time of posting.

    • TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map


      Members will be bringing in projects that they have made at TechShop. Come check out what projects you can make at TechShop!

    • Art Ark – 1035 South Sixth St. map


      Granada by Jason Challas

      Opening Reception (6-9pm): Urbanity: an art exhibition composed of 33 local artists whose work explores daily life in metropolis. Curated by Jeff Wilson. Featuring jazz quartet Mr. B and the Jazz People.

    • SAVE THE DATE: 5th Annual SubZERO Festival returns on JUNE 1, 2012
      Full details coming soon to www.subzerofestival.com
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