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  • May 4, 2012 — South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk

    Posted on April 26th, 2012 ArtWalkSJ No comments

    JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on May 4th, 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: More Force Than Judgement a solo exhibition by POESIA.
      Music by DJ Cutso

      A new body of work focused on paintings inspired by or directly re-appropriated from old master works from the high renaissance through the baroque period. This visionary series involves a revised version of old masters that are influenced by Poesia’s history as a graffiti artist.

      On view in galleryONE: The California State Institution solo exhibition by Dale vN Marshall (UK)

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


      Artists’ Reception: For the Table a juried exhibition of tableware made by members of the Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild – 28 place settings in a spectacular banquet table display! From functional & funky to self-basting chickens and dainty dragons… truly something for every table.

      Featured artists: Barbara Brown, Liz Burkhouse, Cristina Chang, Nancy Christie, Dan Dermer, Shawn Felts, Jill Getzan, Philip Hubbard, Megan Jackson, Joyce Knezevich, Anne Lewis, Linda Mau, Mary K McMahon, Jamie Meador, Yukie Nakanishi, Heather Pedersen, Jean Prophet, Daryl Shafran, Sheba Solomon, Ken Takara, Stacy Yem

    • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map


      sculpture by Michael Foley

      Opening Reception: Roboshop group exhibition

      It started with your cousin’s Roomba. Now cars are driving themselves. We can no longer ignore the handwriting on the wall: robot domination is upon us. But why fight this vastly superior race?

      We, for one, welcome our new robot overlords. RoboShop, our collection of artistic endeavors, invites you to celebrate all things robot with us. We hope you (and our majestic, glittering future mechanical masters) enjoy our lowly
      carbon-based efforts.

      Featuring: Christine Benjamin, Mark Damrel, Donny Foley, Michael Foley, Emo Gonzales, Kori Thompson, JoAnne Yada

    • 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.

    • Phantom Galleriesart exhibits in vacant storefronts and alternative spaces


      Conventional Wisdom, gouache and acrylic on cotton paper, 14″ x 17″, 2012

      95 South Market St: The Super Sweet by Jessica Eastburn

      The rapidly evolving digital technology that pervades contemporary life provides the locus point which my work both responds to and expands upon, conceptually and technically. The drawings in Super Sweet illustrate liminal, arbitrary, and incongruous information which takes the form of swatches and snippets of patterns and motifs that overlap and compete against one another. This arrangement echoes the cacophonous deluge of visual noise that the information stream of internet news, social media, and the personal blog have created. The work mimics this digital overload by employing a calculated, mechanical visual language that is based on grid systems. The process of creating the drawings is the antithesis of “drag and drop” digital technology, since the drawings are created entirely by hand using antiquated technology such as the ruler and compass.

    • San Jose Jazz at Pagoda Restaurant & Bamboo Lounge
      170 South Market St. map

      Fairmont Hotel, South 1st Street side at the Hotel’s back entrance — Free


      Photo credit: John Walder

      Dana Leong for San Jose Jazz

      Hip-Hop beats, trombone licks and a playful cello melody are an eclectic musical combination. Composer, cellist and trombonist Dana Leong pulls this distinct sound off; fusing Jazz, Classical and Pop to create a signature boundless musical experience. Often referred to as a “hi-def Yo-Yo Ma,” Dana’s pioneering collage of musical styles has garnered critical acclaim and wowed audiences around the world. He has collaborated with top jazz artists including Paquito D’Rivera and Christian McBride, and has worked with such diverse artists as Ray Charles, Barry White, Kanye West, Wynton Marsalis, Bjork, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yoko Ono, and many more. Through all of this, Leong still finds time to visit his home state of CA.

      The Dana Leong Trio, featuring Dana (cello/trombone), John Shannon (guitar) and DJ Icewater (turntables), is the latest incarnation of Leong’s ever-expansive compositions, bringing together an exciting blend of instrumental techniques and musical styles. The trio was a featured act in the 2011 Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York City and the Sleepless Night Miami Beach festival in November 2011.

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


      The 4th Annual May Day Market will be held May 4-6 at the Museum. This Market is a sale of all kinds of donated goods to benefit the Museum: fabric, ethnic textiles, notions, stylish vintage clothing, and amazing quilts.

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


      The end of the school year is close and the SLG Art Boutiki, ever the communitty oriented group of profiteers, will be turning its wall space over to downtown San Jose’s only all-girls school as Notre Dame High School presents the best of photography, painting, ceramics and drawings by their top students.

      Live music will be provided in the form of the grand return of Quasimodal in its original inception, so this is a night for all people who love art and jazz.

    • Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map


      The World Through My Eyes by Theresa Because

      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

      Join us for a Beatles Night on Friday, May 4th! Walt Gil will perform on the piano with guest musicians playing their favorite Beatles tunes. Show starts at 8pm and it’s sure to be fab!

    • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map

      Made in Nature by Nadia Nasiri

      Join us after Candlelight Yoga (5:30-6:45pm) as we open our doors to welcome the Art Walk patrons and the downtown community. Downtown Yoga Shala is proud to present featured artist Nadia Nasiri, a promising young self-taught photographer and avid yoga practitioner. Although this began as a personal hobby for her, Nadia’s intention with sharing her art is to inspire others to cultivate an appreciation for the natural world around us. Her special exhibit, Made in Nature, will feature nature photography and handmade crafts made with items found in nature exhibited in the gallery studio, and outdoor yoga self portraits taken with a tripod and timer or hand held remote in the studio hallway.

      Stop by for live entertainment with taichi and acro demos, raffles, and light refreshments. As an avid environmental supporter, proceeds from South First Friday will be donated to the Save Kimber Park foundation http://sites.google.com/site/savekimberpark/ to promote their fight against open space development in the mission hills.

    • 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.

      Music by ColorScout and Kinsey Lee.

    • METRO Photo Exhibit – 550 South First St. map

      untitled works by Thoughtlesshero
      a showing of recent street photography using film and digital mediums

    • 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


      Christine Benjamin

      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


      Reyes

      Diversity in Art is a show of art works from different artists around the bay. Painters from San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose will show genres in various states of visual perception. Featuring Reyes, CK1, Cyrus, Acrylic Chick, Salcedo XV and D. Doherty

    • 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 Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map


      Steve Davis, Timepiece, bronze

      The People-Powered Art Exhibition is bringing bikes, walkers, skaters, and other human-fueled transportation to Art Ark Gallery Friday, May 4th from 6-9pm. Join host Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and musical guest The Joy Drops as we celebrate the beauty of an active world.

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