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  • October 4, 2013 — South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk

    Posted on September 30th, 2013 ArtWalkSJ No comments

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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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      Artist’s reception: Suicide­ a new series by Barron Storey.

      The legendary illustrator and fine artist, Barron Storey, returns to Anno Domini for his fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. Having lost several people close to him to suicide: mother, her brother, ex-wife, and close friend, Storey began asking others: “Did you know anyone who committed suicide?” So many did. Storey made drawings of each one in his journals….pages and pages of them. The resulting art works on canvas are poignant, beautifully expressed moments of deep despair and the struggle to understand “why?”.

      An illustrator, graphic novelist, fine artist and noted educator, Barron Storey has created award-winning artworks for the covers and pages of Time, National Geographic, Saturday Review, and The Sandman: Endless Nights, among many others including the cover of the classic novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1980 edition.) His artworks are held in the collections of the National Air and Space Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

      Storey resides in San Francisco, CA and is a professor at California College of the Arts and San Jose State University.

      Special music performances throughout the evening by Freya Seeburger (cello) & Giovanna Hutchison (soprano).

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      On view in galleryONE: Cement Eclipses by installation street artist Isaac Cordal

      With the simple act of miniaturization and thoughtful placement, Isaac Cordal magically expands the imagination of pedestrians finding his sculptures on the street. Cement Eclipses is a critical definition of our behavior as a social mass. The art work intends to catch the attention on our devalued relation with the nature through a critical look to the collateral effects of our evolution. With the master touch of a stage director, the figures are placed in locations that quickly open doors to other worlds. The scenes zoom in the routine tasks of the contemporary human being.

      Isaac Cordal was born in Pontevedra (Galicia, Spain) and currently lives in Brussels (Belgium.) Cement Eclipses Anno Domini is Cordal’s debut solo exhibition in the United States.

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

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      For October we present new sculptures by two artists — Jane Walker and Nessy Barzilay. Walker’s many-legged platters and winged bowls reveal her passion for costume-designing and fabrication. Barzilay harmonizes geometric shapes with organic forms; her coiled vessels explore negative space and fragility. A mini-exhibit by Elaine Pinkernell (new Higher Fire instructor) rounds out our fall gallery exhibit.

    • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map

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      The Journey new works by Mariya Milovidova

      This particular collection of new works by Milovidova is the reflection of a personal life journey. This journey describes her fascination with fashion, foreign cultures, architecture, and romance. It can be seen in every single artwork as it tells its own story, but it truely comes alive when the viewer reads their own story within the paintings and drawings.

      Mariya Milovidova was born in Odessa,the beautiful city in Ukraine by the Black Sea where she attended Greckov Art School studying the techniques of old school European masters. Currently she resides in Bay Area where she graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelors in Studio Art.

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      We Are All Animals new works by Michelle Waters

      The art in this show gives voice to the billions of animals who live, suffer and die in factory farms and laboratories, and the wild animals whose world is being stolen by habitat destruction, overconsumption and poaching.

      It is not a question of Do animals have rights? But a question of What gives us the right, to take life? Where do we draw the line? These are the questions behind the paintings in this exhibition.

      Michelle Waters has been painting since the mid 1980s, and shows her work nationally. She is also an animal rights, environmental and social justice activist.

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

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      art work by Favianna Rodriguez

      De Esperanza y De Locura / Of Hope and Madness
      Work by Erika Harrsch, Miguel Luciano, Esperanza Mayobre, Omar Pimienta, Favianna Rodriguez, and Judi Werthein

      Group exhibition that presents the work of Latino artists who deal with migration and immigration issues understood as flights of both hope and insanity.

      Art activity inspired by Favianna Rodriguez’s mural from 7–10 pm. Pose as a monarch butterfly in front of Favianna’s and hare your dream of where you would like to fly to.

      Music performance from 8–10 pm by FAVI. Groove to hip-hop exploring Barrio reality, criolla identity, and realism magico.

    • Phantom Galleries – 376 South 1st St. map

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      Phantom Galleries presents Dysfunctional by Andrew Agutos

      “My canvases are windows into an ideal world imagined in my head. Architectural, geometric structures are surrounded and covered in patterns referencing pop art, abstract expressionism and graffiti. Remixed Warhol-camouflage, iconic cartoon imagery and colors from the fashion world are presented in a synthetic space much like the internet. Organic forms are layered with angular shapes, creating environments that are comfortable, chaotic, inviting and unknown.”

    • Phantom Galleries – 95 South Market St. map

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      Phantom Galleries presents Heritage of Rural Life in India by Yasala Balaiah.

      Yasala Balaiah an established senior artist was born in India in 1939 & now resides in Hyderabad. Balaiah is also known for his delightful paintings of “Telangana Women,” drawn from the beautiful rural backdrop of his native land. His colorful paintings of brightly attired, dark complexioned, straight nosed strong boned Telangana women, captured with a native candor brings a refreshing whiff of rural splendor.

      One can’t help but admire the artist’s attention to detail and the extensive work that has gone into not just portraying the expressions but their attire too. Use of bright orange, red, yellow and green has a captivating effect. Whether it is a group of women gossiping in the village or farmers with their cattle, each painting narrates a story of the rural life.

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

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      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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      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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      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.

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      Join SF Etsy member Armani Mondragón in celebrating Dia De Los Muertos, Day of The Dead, with this whimsical Catrina ornament. On Dia De Los Muertos, Nov 1st and 2nd, we celebrate the life and love of those who have passed on, La Catrina, Lady Dead, reigns supreme at this time. This easy-to-make felt art piece is a wonderful addition to una ofrenda, a shrine… and if you’ve never made one in honor of those who have gone before, then La Catrina is a good way to begin, yes? Register at http://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/calendar_october2013.html

      Armani Mondragón is the owner and artist behind Retablos named after the Mexican iconographic art form.

    • Seeing Things Gallery – 30 North Third St. map

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      featuring the photography of Dave Carnie, Dave Schubert and Dave Franklin

      Everyone knows someone named Dave. Most know two, three maybe, even four or five Daves. I know a lot of Daves. I know a painter Dave, a few musician Daves, one of my oldest friends is named Dave, and the guy who lives next door to me is named Dave too. One thing I’ve figured out is all Daves are not created equal. Some are cool and some outright suck. The Daves in the Dave, Dave, Dave show, however, are what I like to call extraordinary Daves. All three of these Daves are photographers. These days the word “photographer” is thrown around too easily, but these Daves are not just good photographers, but great photographers. These Daves are Dave Carnie, Dave Schubert, and Dave Franklin. If you don’t know these Daves, look them up and be ready to see some things you’ve never seen before—and maybe add some more Daves to your life.

    • Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map

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      Those Who Bear Witness

      A moving installation of sculpture, photography, and video that testifies to personal and global historic and current events. An interactive “tree of life” and sidewalk installation invite visitors to participate. Curated by sculptor Guy Pederson and includes photographer Elisabeth Benjamin, artists Daniel Merchant, and John Merchant.

    • ZERO1 Garage – 439 South First St. map

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      Camille Utterback & Romy Achituv, Text Rain, 1999

      Patent Pending

      Patent Pending, is a group exhibition that uses patents as a starting point to investigate the relationship between artists, ownership, and invention. This exhibition will feature artworks by contemporary artists that have either resulted from, or led to, a patent that the artist has either received a patent for or is patent pending. Participating artists are Maggie Orth, Catherine Richards, Phil Ross, Daniel Rozin, Scott Snibbe, and Camille Utterback & Romy Achituv. As inventors and innovators, artists change the way we look at and interact with the world. Like the entrepreneurs and inventors who have defined Silicon Valley, many artists have patented interfaces, processes, and creations with broad uses beyond their art practice. Patent Pending continues ZERO1’s exploration of the relationship between artists and invention and goes behind the artist’s experiences navigating the patent system to reveal the complexities of owning and sharing ideas in contemporary times. Patent Pending was inspired, in part, by the changes in U.S. patent law that went into effect on March 16, 2013 and repositioned the United States patent filing system from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system, as well as in response to plans to open a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Silicon Valley. Throughout the exhibition, as a means to explore the role of patents in creative communities, ZERO1 will bring together the arts, entrepreneur, and legal communities in dialogue around what the changes to the U.S. patent system mean for inventions and inventors in Silicon Valley and beyond.

    • Cafe Stritch – 374 South First St. map

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

      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 The Ghost & The City, Chris Turner, David Knight at 9pm.

    • 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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      Wehaveacapforthat started when Linda Cullen decided to make a bottle cap necklace with her son’s name and jersey number to wear to her son’s high school football games. She was then besieged with requests from other parents and started making them as fundraisers. Linda has found a way to repurpose tossed away bottle caps from every beverage imaginable and through a four stop epoxy process she transforms these otherwise unwanted items into wearable treasures. Come and see how she converts works of art and local imagery into must have trinkets representing just about everything under the San Jose sun, including San Jose Sharks, California pride, pop culture, as well as unique custom images of mustaches, super heroes, bands and much, much more! Stop by Discover San Jose during this coming South FIRST FRIDAY, and wade through the hundreds of bottle cap art pieces that can be transformed into jewelry, key chains, wine charms and more.

    • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map

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      Made In Nature: Yoga Self-Portraits by Nadia Nasiri

      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. This series will feature both indoor and outdoor yoga self portraits taken with a tripod and timer or hand held remote during her travels internationally and abroad. Stop by for live entertainment, charity raffles, and light refreshments.

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

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      Artist’s reception: Phantom Galleries presents Five Zero Five by Ashley Gulizia at Good Karma Vegan Café.

      Inspiration is drawn from bright colors, striking shapes, and nature. It is the random things and places that spark perspective. Beauty is all over the place – even the rarest of places. Using light to manipulate dramatic scenes, the world becomes surreal. Opening thought to where beauty lies.

    • The Metro Gallery – 550 South First St. map


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

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      Mezcal Restaurant presents an art exhibition by J. Danniel

      Through his paper mache sculptures and his paintings, J, Danniels portrays just how close a relationship Mexican people may have with death. He reminds us of those words by Octavio Paz, “We Mexicans make fun of death, we caress her, we play with her but, always with the utmost respect.”

    • Pho69 – 321 South First St. map

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      Artist’s reception: Phantom Galleries presents Rocks, Waves & Clouds by Matthew Seigel at Pho69.

      Similar to traditional Asian scrolls, Matthew’s paintings capture the impermanence of an idea or location. His new paintings were inspired by the natural beauty of a low tide walk along Maine’s rocky coast.

      Overwhelmed with the colors, forms and relationships of rocks, the sea and sky, Matthew immediately set up an impromptu studio on his father’s farmhouse porch. The result are these modern, vibrant scrolls, acrylic on synthetic rice paper, hung on aluminum rods.

      Matthew invites you to experience Maine.

    • Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map

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      art work by Valery Milovic

      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 Excerpt of Catalogue by Jordan Maliksi

      A collection of paintings depicting animal imagery with a naturalist’s eye fused with a modern urban aesthetic. In this exhibit an animal’s innocence and fragile nature is rendered in charcoal and paint to reflect one’s own fragility. Blending and splashing painting and drawing to create a catalogue of animals.

    • TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map

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      I Want My MTV Back! by Haifa Tabbara

      Haifa Tabbara is a student at San Jose State University studying Digital Media Art at Cadre Laboratory for New Media. Her work is focused on “art that does something,” through interactivity and audience engagement. The content for her projects is commonly, people, culture, and social media. Her current work, I want my MTV back! will be featured at TechShop with imagery from a video game that she has independently developed. The physical media that she will have for her show has been made at TechShop.

    • Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map

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      My Soul Search Through Gypsy Flamenco

      Forty years of guitar, song and dance capturing the enchanting spirit of Flamenco on canvas

      Bay Area Performer and adopted Gypsy, Roberto Zamora, paints with a passion and spirit that express an intimate journey to the deepest roots of Flamenco. Being witness to and himself giving performances that cause chills and provoke strong emotions, Roberto’s body of work is infused with Duende – the spirit of evocation.

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