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  • August 2, 2013 — South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk & STREET MRKT

    Posted on July 25th, 2013 ArtWalkSJ No comments

    JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on August 2nd
    from 7–11pm.
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    The South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring exhibitions and special performances.

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

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      ANNO DOMINI presents Wes Smoot and the 49ers
      Featuring: Mark Pavlovits, Shaun Roberts, Michael Linton Simpson, Wes Smoot, Patrick Thompson, Derek Weisberg, Lulu Yee

      From the beginning of time people have tried to grasp and express the mysteries of the universe. Cultures and societies have developed traditions and stories in attempts to explain the dualities of the world. This exhibition offers insight into one of those societies, the E.O. 49: their members, practices and great legends.

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

      Jill Getzan Raku Vase

      This August, Jill Getzan shows how it’s done! Getzan’s beautiful and often whimsical raku-fired vessels sport striped, high-contrast patterns, and deep metallic patinas. Stop by and watch a live raku firing demonstration in our warehouse this Friday. Other featured gallery artists include Phyllis Lee, Frank Arroyo, and Anthony Rollins. We’ll also see you at STREET MRKT with our renowned big-bargains tent selling affordable treasures from more than 15 artists!

    • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map

      KALEID Gallery is proud to present two new solo exhibitions by gallery artists Nadja Martens, and Joe Perea. In addition to these solo exhibitions, the work of 60 other talented artists are on view in the gallery.

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      Nadja Martens

      Minoule — The Art of Nadja Martens

      Ever since I was a young I loved to listen to stories which I always found fascinating. Eventually I began to use these stories, and my own imagination, to escape to new places and interpret the world around me. My paintings are inspired by both the worlds I dreamed up and the one that surrounds me. I try to capture the instant in which I step back from reality and sink into the realm behind my own eyes.

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      Joe Perea

      Paradigm Shift – New works by Joe Perea

      When Aristotelian logic is not enough and the linear thinking dissolves, quantum thinking rises out of the new and into the old.

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

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      Pop to the Rescue

      Work by Mitsy Ávila Ovalles, Carolyn Castaño, Las Hermanas Iglesias, and Ana Serrano

      Artist piñata beating at 8:00 pm. The exhibition summons Latina popular culture strategies and aesthetics to deal with chaotic environments. On August 2, Las Hermanas Iglesias invite MACLA visitors to beat up two piñatas that look like the artists. Don’t miss out!

    • Phantom Galleries – 95 South Market St. map

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      Phantom Galleries presents Window Shopping, recent works by Fernando “FORCE129″ Amaro Jr

      Phantom Galleries transforms vacant storefronts into vibrant art exhibitions by regional artists. These temporary installations, which are viewable 24/7 from the sidewalk, add a jolt of visual stimulation to the passersby and gives wider exposure to independent artists. Fernando Amaro, Jr is a San Jose artist that exhibits widely on the west coast and keeps busy in between shows with his graphic design company.

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

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      Great Cities Squared, Christine Wrobel, 2010

      Collecting New York Beauty Quilts: Bill Volckening’s Passion

      Collecting New York Beauty Quilts: Bill Volckening’s Passion focuses on the evolution of a unique quilt pattern—New York Beauty—and shows its many variations and modifications throughout the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. Collecting New York Beauty Quilts traces the life story of an extraordinary American quilt pattern and a collector’s singular pursuit and fascinating research surrounding quilts made with this complex and graphic design.

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      Fornax, 2012, Linda Toeniskoetter
      52″ x 55″, Collection of Artist

      Out of Chaos

      Featured in the newly named “Yvonne’s Place” gallery, will be a group of stunning asymmetrical quilts by Linda Toeniskoetter. Out of Chaos showcases her novel approach to design and variation on traditional pieced blocks. These quirky geometric combinations of pattern create lively movement throughout the quilts, and the uneven edges are unusual, almost a bit unsettling. The quilts reflect a personal story of survival and show the power of artistic expression, innovation, and healing that results while creating a body of work.

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      Susane in her Kitchen, 1977, Therese May
      63″ x 85.5″, Gift of artist, Collection of SJMQT

      Tasty! Food Inspired Quilts

      Tasty! Food Inspired Quilts offers a whimsical exploration into the intersection of some of our most basic needs: food, warmth, and community. The show will engage with other local organizations and community-wide projects surrounding the Around the Table Food Festival coming to San Jose this fall. Among the quilts to be featured in Tasty! is a gigantic, lifelike tortilla quilt by San Jose artist Yolanda Guerra, created from her original design of tortilla fabric. This toasty crust looks good enough to eat. In a 16-panel quilt on loan from History San Jose, each panel features a different fruit from the famous orchards of the Santa Clara Valley. Also featured are quilts from the museum’s own collection that speak to the theme of local food, and a psychedelic burger quilt by legendary California quilter Yvonne Porcella.

      First Friday Art Walk Fiber Salon: Etsy Meet & Make

      Join SF Etsy member Armani Mondragón in making Felt Note Cards at the next Etsy Meet & Make Fiber Salon. Not only does Armani believe in art and color, but she also believes in the beauty and power of the written word… with these Felt Note Cards all three come together. Upcycle index cards with felt, decorative papers, and perhaps even a few designs inspired by the current New York Beauty quilt exhibit. Your finished note card will inspire you to bring pen to paper, and if they inspire you, imagine the magic for those who receive these thoughtful, handmade messengers.

    • Seeing Things Gallery – 30 North Third St. map

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      artwork by Brandi Fabricius

      Art from the Incendiary Union group exhibition

      Each artist brings their unique expression inviting the viewer into the union.
      -Cythoth’s handmade book, Eye Baths for Raven Pupils, entrances the reader in its chanting rhythmic existence.
      -Brandi Fabricius’ work envelopes the willing participant with visually inviting narratives through 3 dimensional assemblage and photography.
      -Kenneth Mendoza’s pieces open forgotten realms with discarded found objects reassembled into 3 dimensional ideas of wonderment.
      -Andre Cornejo’s drawings expose the stumbled upon muse exposing the human condition through the study of one man named Craig.
      -Nick Sunshines’ drawings and paintings drench the eye with the subconscious space through lines and shapes.

    • Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map

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      The Liberator by James Morgan

      Works’ Annual Benefit Art Auction

      Works’ Benefit Auction is the most eclectic and accessible in the area. The exhibition and August 17 auction feature dozens of our established and emerging regional artists—the most recognizable names to new discoveries. Join them with your bid to support Works—your community art and performance center!

    • ZERO1 Garage – 439 South First St. map

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      Cloud Machines by Karolina Sobecka

      ZERO1 is excited to have artist Karolina Sobecka at the ZERO1 Garage for this month’s South First Fridays showcasing Cloud Machines, a public hearing, presentation, balloon launch and workshop. As a part of ZERO1’s summer program BRING IT! the ZERO1 Garage will be transformed into a Cloud Lab where the public can examine the Cloud Machine, a personal device for weather modification, based on a geo-engineering technique to create brighter, more reflective clouds to counteract climate change, and the Cloud Collector, a device for collecting cloud moisture. A highlight of the project is the launch of two weather balloons: The Cloud Machine is a personal device for weather modification, based on a geo-engineering technique to create brighter, more reflective clouds to counteract climate change; and the Cloud Collector is a device for collecting cloud moisture.

      The public is invited to come take part in a public forum from 6pm-7pm and participate in a discussion of the social and ethical aspects of human attempts to counteract the human impact on the planet. Afterwards you can explore exhibition, which includes a screening of a documentary.

    • Cafe Stritch – 374 South First St. map

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      No Walls Between Us: An Exhibition of Jazz Photographs by Kathy Sloane

      An opening reception of work culled from over 30 years of jazz photography by Kathy Sloane, including images from her 2011 book Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club. Live music by San Jose Ska band Monkey.

    • 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!

    • Discover San Jose – 150 South First St., Suite 103 map

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      Discover San Jose is proud to be added to the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk. This month we will feature Michael Myers of Appletats: laser etching that personalizes your technological world.

      Watch serial entrepreneur and laser artist Michael Myers use his talents on iPhones, iPads, iPods, Glassware, vases and other exotic items, making them uniquely yours. Michael will be on hand for live demonstrations of his craft at Discover San Jose for this exclusive, one night on-site demonstration engagement during the Aug. 2nd art walk. Refreshments will be provided.

    • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map

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      James Dewrance, Fallen Trees #12, Cape Ano Nuevo 2007

      Downtown Yoga Shala presents The Shores Wither the Storms Tossed Them by James Dewrance, photographer

      This show features abstract forms derived from the natural scene in the shape of sea rock, sculptural driftwood, the flowing tide and land into seascapes. All the images were captured on large format film, and most of the photos on display are printed on a rare silver gelatin paper no longer in production. On the local scene James makes pictures around his neighborhood and professionally for artists, architects and artisans.

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

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      Phantom Galleries presents Awakening Giant by Omar at Good Karma Vegan Café.

      Omar is an Artist, he lives and works in the Bay Area. A former native of Mexico City, he migrated to the U.S. at the age of 9. His desire and passion for art started at a young age, sketching and drawing characters out of comic books. His art-work would be best described as a “beautiful mess of colors” deeply rooted from the​ soul. ​

      ​Omar’s artistic aberration is still evolving rapidly, along with countless goals and aspirations, that he hopes to conquer as an artist. Omar’s goal is soon to expand his network of artistic consciousness throughout the U.S. and eventually focus all his time and energy to his arts as a full time artist.

    • The Metro Gallery – 550 South First St. map

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      Simply Put artwork by Mr. Jeremiah Harada

      Mr. Jeremiah Harada has been drawing since he was a young child. A skateboarder growing up, the artist within, was greatly influenced by the graphics and design work in skateboarding. Another form of artistic influence for him was graffiti, which during his adolescent years he became involved in, but never took too far. His paintings and photographs have been in multiple group shows in the Silicon Valley and Santa Rosa, CA & a few in New York City. He designed a skateboard deck series (the Scribble series) for Enjoi Skateboards. He has also designed band shirts for Ugly Winners & Witches Titties, flyers, chalkboards (for a coffee shop in NYC), etc. As of lately Mr. Harada has been making hand drawn postcards and mailing them to whom ever shows interest.

    • Mezcal Restaurant – 25 W. San Fernando St. map

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      Mezcal Restaurant presents an art exhibition by J. Danniel

      “My Last Frida” is the title of one the latest pieces by the Mexican painter and sculptor J. Daniel. The works displayed conformed of six paintings in oil and a few in acrylic medium. J. Danniel’s Frida illustrates a classical and traditional pose of the well known Frida Khalo, but at the same time, he presents a Frida that very few painters dare to expose.

      J Danniel, attended the “Center for Artts Studies/ Centro de Education Artistica”, in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico, where he was born. He now lives in San Jose, California.

      J Danniel greatest art works in paper mache and mixed media as well as acrylic and oil paintings. He likes to paint very large canvasses, including some murals, and his sculptures are also larger than life. From looking at his works you could never tell he ever had any physical limitations. He has overcome the challenge of color blindnesss through his organic joy of painting. He has participated in multiple art exhibits, both as painter and as a sculptor.

      Join us for an unforgettable night full of color, great people, excellent food and exquisite ambience.

    • Pho69 – 321 South First St. map

      Maximum Birth, Bryson Bost, 30x40 In. Mixed Media
      Bryson Bost, Maximum Birth, mixed media, 30″x40″, 2012

      Phantom Galleries presents Everyone Gets a Piece! by Bryson Bost at Pho69.

      If people really are easier to acquire than objects, then we certainly live atop an intriguing planet. The hope is, that these images are, ‘accessibility,’ in it’s truest form.

      Bryson Bost is a painter and draftsman. His work has been exhibited in Oakland, San Francisco, Burlingame, and now San Jose. His father enjoys telling anyone who’ll listen that, ‘his son’s work shares wall-space with Miro.’ It’s my pleasure!

    • Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map

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      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, John Hageman and Robert McColley!

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

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      art work by Efren Alvarez

      All in One is a collaborative art exhibition between three members of a family. In their first family show, this unit of artists—mother, son, and father utilize different media and expressions, which is evocative in their artwork. Cristina Velazquez (mother) is a mix media seeker. Pedro A. Alvarez-Velazquez (son), at his early 15 years of age has accumulated a vast portfolio of images captured through his different lenses. Efren Alvarez (father) is a painter, who uses the traditional medium of oils to expose highly satirical messages on border issues.

    • Studio Climbing Gym – 396 South First St. map

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      The Studio Rock Gym presents Untitled Works by Kyle Huntington

      I paint on a flat surface, mostly pouring the paint onto the canvas, layer after layer. The paintings are not meant to be a representation of anything, although they often do end up resembling something: geography, topography, microbiology, even geology. In the end, I hope to create a work that is an eye-catching piece of color and pattern, which might resemble something in the world, or might resemble nothing one has seen before, but because of that, appeals to us even more.

    • TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map

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      YWCA-Silicon Valley and TechShop San Jose have partnered for the South First Fridays Art Walk to create an exhibit that presents the idea of trafficking to our community in an accessible but thought-provoking way. The art, created by local artists, both professional and amateur, addresses the themes of freedom and enslavement and aims to show that even today, in the twenty-first century, slavery is still rampant.

      In addition to our exhibition opening, come see the rest of our members who will be in the lobby this Friday, exhibiting — and selling — some of the amazing things they have crafted at TechShop.

    • Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map

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      Love in a Time of Robot Apocalypse Film and poetry by David Perez

      Writer/filmmaker David Perez uses projected video and a touch of theatrical caprice to explore new ways of performing poetry. The show takes its title from his recently published collection “Love in a Time of Robot Apocalypse” and features a series of poems that he performs against a multimedia installation. Perez is a winner of the Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowship for Literary Arts and once finished an Iguana’s Burritozilla all by himself.

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      South FIRST FRIDAYS presents STREET MRKT

      A nighttime DIY urban faire during the art walk that brings together local artists, creative indie retailers and a live music stage with performances by The Trims, French Cassettes and Shovelman with Emcee Avery Burke (of Corpus Callosum) out on South First Street between San Carlos and San Salvador streets.
      Free and open to the publlc.

      Participating artists / creatives:
      Al Preciado , Alan Hackler/Bay Landscape, André Hart, Anna Nguyen Studios, Baysics Clothing, Beadworker, Becca’s Studio, Black Cat Collective, BOLO Vintage, BoomBotix, Bugs and Monsters, Chivaz Wear, Crossroads Trading, Current Tattooing, Cynthia Gonzalez, David Canavese, Death Before Dishonor , EcoMonster, Fernando Amaro, Francisco Franco, Frank Aguilar, Galactic Romance, Gianfranco Paolozzi, Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery, Jumble Jimbles, Kathryn Hedges, Keith Bunnell, Knotty Boards, James Pollard, Jewels by Daisy, Jodi Mascarenas, Lucy and Mabel Jewelry, Luna Park Chalk Arts Festival, Matthew Lopez, Mejia Arts , Mike Borja, Oak Creek Vintage, The One Thousand Thousand Project by Jason McHenry, Original Grounds, Poetry Center San Jose, Radio KKUP 91.5fm , Revolights, SEASONED, The Showroom by the Usuals, SLG /ArtBoutiki , Steven Reece, Steamy Tech, There There, Tinkertart, WomenRisingSJ, Woody Miller, Zenning

      Safe & secure bike parking provided by San Jose Bike Valet

      In addition to wonderful restaurants and cafés in the district, a wide assortment of gourmet food trucks will be on site in the parking lot next to Anno Domini Gallery.

      We appreciate our STREET MRKT partners and sponsors: San Jose Downtown Association, ZipCar and Metro Newspapers.

      First Friday August 2nd, 7–11pm
      SoFA district in downtown San Jose
      (on South First Street between San Carlos & San Salvador streets)

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