December 4, 2009 – South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk

JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on December 4th!
8pm ’til LATE — ART WALK venues are free and open to the public
SoFA District (So. First Street between San Carlos and E. Reed streets)

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

    Fresh Produce

    Opening reception: FRESH PRODUCE 9th Annual Invitational Group Exhibit and Art Sale!
    50 artists from around the world have created hundreds of works of art for this highly anticipated annual exhibition and sale. These artists were invited based on their unique artistic vision and contribution to urban/contemporary arts and culture. Each artist has submitted up to 10 works of original art, all affordably priced at $250 or less. All sales are on a first come, first serve basis so don’t be late!

  • Art Glass Center of San Jose – 465 South First St. (map)

    glass ornaments

    Break out the Santa suit and pour a glass of nog! The Art Glass Center is ready for the holiday season with an amazing collection of new and affordable original works by over 30 local artists.

    Lionel Chapital will be demonstrating blown glass ornaments starting at 8:00 p.m. The public is invited to participate in a “hands on” experience making a fused glass ornament (minimal fee required).

  • Caffé Trieste – 315 South First St. map


    Opening Reception: Gary Coleman will be exhibiting samples of both his abstract and landscape paintings, showing that an artist does not have to limit himself to one genre in producing his body of work.

    Live Music: Opera San José performing your favorite arias and duets.

  • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map

    A Cow and Two Carts

    Opening Reception: Glimpses of India by Andrea Ewald.

    Join us after Candlelight Yoga (6:45pm-8pm) as we open our doors to welcome the Art Walk patrons and the downtown community.After 8pm, the Main Studio will be open to the public for an AcroYoga (acrobatics meet yoga) Demo repeat performance, free for all to watch and enjoy.

    In our Art Studio, the featured artist is photographer, yoga practitioner and curious traveler from Santa Clara, Andrea Ewald. Travel with Andrea to colorful Rajasthan, follow her to century-old palaces and temples and down dusty streets and catch glimpses of people going about their daily lives. Take in the vibrant colors of fabrics and the textures of buildings. Be transported to the streets of Bundi, where life moves at a slower pace and wonder about the unexpected juxtaposition of motor rickshaws and pigeons in a Jaisalmer parking lot.

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

    Jaime Guerrero, Birth Goddess, glass, 12” x 20” 2008

    Currently on view, Cultural Disjuncture, featuring contemporary nomads, cultural disparity and invisible labor explored in this group exhibition which features sculpture, works on paper and installation. Artists include Monica Canilao, Diana Cristales-David, Betty A. Davis, Jaime Guerrero, Alejandro Oliva, Mitsy Ávila Ovalles, and Rio Yañez in collaboration with Maya Escobar. Join us for the Artist Talk at 7pm for a gallery walk through and an engaging conversation with the artists.

  • METRO Photo Exhibit – 550 South First St. map

    dad and i

    (All in the Family) photos by the First St. Photo Collective
    Participating photographers include: Carlos Da Silva, Abe Menor, Trish Leeper, Tanya Angeli , Anabella Pinon, Nancy h. Ahn, Chris Patton, Felipe Buitrago, Yumiko Miyagawa, Vu Nguyen, Jennifer Ahn, Jason Duffany, Michelle Budziak, Jen Anderson, Amber Chavez, Jai Tanju, Mario Guel, Murray Bowles, Sid Enck jr, Phil Ritti, Page Traeger, Kristine Taormino

  • Phantom Galleries – temporary exhibits in vacant storefronts

    Kyle Pellet

    386 South First St.: Everybody’s Happy Nowadays by Kyle Pellet
    If you’ve ever:
    1.) stood up somebody for a date,
    2.) eaten a hamburger at 2 in the morning and lived to regret it,
    3.) smelled something wholeheartedly unpleasant, and took a second and maybe third sniff
    4.) cried about something dumb,
    5.) given yourself a bad haircut,
    6.) gone to a birthday party of someone you hated,
    7.) wished bad things on somebody, had them happen, and then wished bad things on other people,
    then this installation is for you. Enjoy! ”

    Kate Stewart

    388 So. First Street: We Are Not From Here/ here we are an exhibit of large oil paintings by Kate Stewart

    Every city has a personality that both shapes and is shaped by the people who live there. People reflect the city as they build it. People fade into the city and embody it. The city learns its own nature by watching. The city and the individual enter a collaboration. Five paintings by Kate Stewart tell the city stories about itself.

  • San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art – 560 South First St. map

    Higgins O'Connor (4)

    Afterlife: Main Gallery through January 23rd. A group exhibition presenting the work of artists who transform collected and recycled materials into works of art. Guest curated by Kathryn Funk. Theodora Varnay Jones: Manifold: Focus Gallery and Cardinale Project Room through February 20th. A solo exhibition by postminimalist sculptor and installation artist Theodora Varnay Jones. The two-and-three dimensional works on view represent the artist’s exploration and interpretation of form, space and repetition. Night Moves, after dark programming in the ICA’s front windows presents video work by Claudia Borgna through January 23rd.

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

    Detail from a Victorian crazy quilt, collection of the Museum

    Exhibits on view: Still Crazy mines the Museum’s permanent collection to explore the glorious Victorian crazy quilt, a purely decorative object that presaged modernists’ use of abstraction and collage techniques and was a forerunner of the contemporary art quilt. Also on view: Reincarnation: The Crazy Collage Aesthetic of India & Japan explores how different cultures have interpreted the ‘crazy collage aesthetic’ with c. 1920-1950 Japanese kimonos from the collection of the Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture and contemporary Indian crazy quilts from the collection of Shobha Imports.

    Special event this month: Come for a unique opportunity to buy beautiful Indian embroidered textiles from Shobha Textiles. You will find a gorgeous selection of fabulous wall hangings, pillows, embroidered silk scarves and silk fabrics for quilting. Don’t miss this chance to find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for the textile lovers in your life.

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


    The Boutiki celebrates its first anniversary with a show called The Signs of the Holidays. Seasonal themed signs by Scott Saavedra will dot the gallery as well as pieces from some of the last year’s worth of shows including Famous Drunkards, Zombies (of course), Haunted Mansion and work by Andy Ristaino, Karl Krumpholz and many others.

    Live music by C-List

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


    Heart of Chaos Holiday Art Sale Continues. Also, join the celebration to raise funds for San Jose State’s Chicano Commencement tradition.

    Live music, live art, auction.

    21+ venue

  • Works San Jose – 451 South First St. map

    noon2noon is a 24 hour art marathon to raise money to support your community art center! 8pm is one third of the way into Works 24 hour marathon, stop by when you start your evening to see artist teams compete to raise money marathon style. The entire event will be broadcast live to the internet at and open at Works until Saturday at noon. You can pledge in person or online at

    Come to Works at midnight for our First Friday Afterparty when we celebrate the halfway mark with music and refreshments. Support an artist team, have fun, and play in our art community. Purchase a work of art for yourself or a gift for the holidays! Artwork will be on display and for sale at the event through December 10.

On South Fourth Street…

  • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map


    [7-9pm] Opening Reception for the 2nd Annual Glass Ornament Show presented by the San Jose Glass Artists Alliance

    Experience a unique array of hand made one-of-a-kind glass ornaments that span a 60 foot wall at the KALEID Gallery through the end of December. This installation by SJGAA President, Janett Peace, showcases hundreds of individually blown, torchworked, fused and stained glass ornaments (sans the traditional trees). All ornaments are for sale and will be re-stocked throughout the month.

    Also on view and available for purchase is original works of art and creative gifts by over 60 regional artists.