JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on August 6th with STREET MRKT!
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
Pangea by Fernando Chamarelli (São Paulo, Brazil)
Chamarelli lives in a multicultural country of contrasts. This environment reveals itself in his paintings through his use of mosaic, geometric elements, organic forms and harmonic lines connecting symbols, legends, philosophies, religions and the customs of ancient and modern civilizations.
Music by DJ Basura
Art Glass Center of San Jose – 465 South First St. map
Lionel Chapital and Lori Peterson are collaborating live on the torches at the Art Glass Center this Friday. They will be making the flowers of your choosing in a vase blown on the spot for $45. Preorders available: call us at (408) 971-1530.
Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map
Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery opens its doors for a sneak peek. Instructional Designs is a pre-opening show featuring the ceramic art work of studio staff, and the studio itself! No, we’re not really open yet… We’re renovating the old S&G annex building at 499 S. Market Street, making it a little more 21st-century friendly. Check out our progress, meet the big Bailey Shuttle Kiln, and browse a mini-show of locally made ceramic artwork by owner Dan Dermer and friends Jill Getzan, Cristina Chang and Matt Hoogland. Test drive a new pottery wheel, or just watch the demonstrations.
KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map
[7-9pm] Opening Reception: Featured Exhibitions by Lucy Liew, Nora Schwaller
Floral Fantasy by Lucy Liew
In this series of paintings, you are invited into a lush garden of floral fantasies that are a fusion of the real and the fantastic.
Portraits by Nora Schwaller
A bird stripped of its body is left unable to take flight. This series of work seeks to capture moments of loss. A feeling that is visually altered by the portraits fanciful nature.
The Art of Politics: Three Generations of Political Printmaking in the Bay Areafeaturing Juan Fuentes, Melanie Cervantes, Jesus Barraza, Leslie Lopez and Natalia Garcia Pasmanick. Join us for a gallery walk through and an engaging conversation about their work on Friday, August 6, @ 7pm.
Phantom Galleries – temporary exhibits in vacant storefronts
386 South First St: STREET SWAG Photos by Abe Menor.
Abraham Menor is a community organizer/worker and photographer based in San Jose, California. When he is not working as a “at-risk” youth case manager, he is armed with his camera, ready to capture the next fleeting moment. With a background in sociology and a love for photography, Menor realized that he can combine the two together. The result is photography that analyzes and examines human social behavior and society. This exhibition features portraits of festival goers shot on location at the 2nd Annual SubZERO Festival (2009) in his STREET SWAG Photo Booth.
388 So. First Street: The Skull Series (part of the Timbri Collection) by Paolo Fachinetti (Italy).
The explosion, the division, the breaking of the figure and of the human being is symbolic of the fragility of Man, of our being and not being a part of the cosmos. Man is seen not as something singular, but as made up of many small uncertainties, doubts and anguish. Images from the Timbri (Stamps) series can be recognized as impressionism works.
When observed at a close distance, monochromatic black seems to explode from white. From a farther distance, the image takes shape and acquires an identity, definition. The image isn’t there. The subject is created by the eye of the observer by compensating for what isn’t there.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – 520 South First St. map
On view in the main galleries is Hawaii’s Alfred Shaheen: Fabric to Fashion, an exhibit that celebrates the legacy of the textile and fashion designer credited with popularizing the Hawaiian print and the ‘fusion fashion’ aesthetic it spawned. The galleries are filled with examples of his Hawaiian and Asian-inspired fashions and fabrics from the 1940s-1980s. Also on view: Wendeanne Ke’aka Stitt: Contemporary Kapa, a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Hawaiian textile form and Grand Appliqué: Hawaiian Quilts, a selection of outstanding quilts in the familiar Hawaiian style by master quilter Carol Kamaile and her students.
Special event: A celebreation of Hawaiian culture with a hula performance by Halau Napuaokamokihana’ohaikapolioluana at 8 pm. Also, artist Wendeanne Ke’aka Stitt will demonstrate the making of Hawaiian kapa cloth.
SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery – 577 South Market St. map
SLG Art Boutiki proudly presents THE ART OF THE GEEKS. Acclaimed graphic novel creator Gene Luen Yang will be showing art from his acclaimed body of work. On display will be art from American Born Chinese, the graphic novel which was the winner of the Michael L. Printz award for young adult literature, a first for ANY graphic novel and was also the first graphic novel to ever be nominated for a National Book Award. Gene will be on hand to sign his newest book Animal Crackers, which collects his first two books Gordon Yamamoto King of the Geeks and Loyola Chin and the San Pelligran Order both of which were originally published by SLG Publishing.
Works San Jose – 451 South First St. map
Walls Of Silicon Valley; Past, Present, Future A group show at Works focusing on the concept of murals on or in the walls of Silicon Valley.
A live Mural will be in process during First Friday, August. Murals from Left Coast Live and WordsPaintingMusic created by community members, signature murals and mural documentations of existing murals will also be included. Ben Alexy, Paul J Gonzales, Francesca Lovecchio, Vanesa O’Hanlon, David and Lisa Mejia, Teya Beradze, Gianfranco Paolozzi, Stephanie Battle , Reuben Rutledge plus many members of the artist community will be partaking in this exciting venture!
Caffé Trieste – 315 South First St. map
On View: Are you Normal Enough? by Michael Foley is a collection of oddities. Selected paintings and photography that show the eccentricities that surround us on a daily basis.
First Fridays are Opera Night at Caffé Trieste with some of the Bay Area’s best opera singers performing your favorite arias and duets.
Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map
Join us after Candlelight Yoga (6:15-7:45 pm) on Friday as we welcome Art Walk patrons and mingle with new yogi friends and the downtown community. For the month of August, our exhibition is by one of our own yoga teachers, Emily Lounsbury.
Emily Lounsbury’s current works take a look at modern women becoming empowered and expressing themselves through the digital self-portrait. Emily is an artist with a love for the figure, portraits, and anatomy. Her current works include ink washes and mixed media on paper and canvas. She explores what it means to be a modern woman in the twenty-first century; the era of internet social networking sites that create a place where people express and expose themselves on the internet. A new form of voyeurism arises from being able to peer into people’s lives without them knowing, and so much is captured by taking the camera in their own hands and see instant results. Since it’s easier than ever to document the human experience, Emily’s art seeks to bring back a human element of expression to the images and present them with transparent layers and more vibrant colors that bring the characters to life.
Good Karma Vegan Café – 37 South First St. map
Opening Reception: A Little Bird Told Me by Christine Benjamin, Sid Enck, Jr.
A fun and wacky art show featuring the art of Christine Benjamin and Sid Enck Jr. Christine and Sid create their own characters and tell their own stories. Also featuring collaborative pieces from Christine and Sid.
METRO Photo Exhibit – 550 South First St. map
The First St. Photo Collective presents: (Whatever) Sometimes no theme is a good theme.
Music by Talky Tina & Dirty Pillows
South First Billiards & Lounge – 420 South First St. map
ImagiNATIVES group show featuring HB Crew, Sean Boyles, Cukui, Dee Jae Pa’este & NOA
Music by: Rome (Forever Hungry) Troy Curtis (SJ)
Clothing market by Cukui, Konscious Klothing, Sean Boyles & INVS
6-10pm Opening Reception: Where I’m From
What does this statement mean to you? Does it signify where you were born and raised? Does it conjure up an image of a location where you lived an important part of your life? Or does it remind you of a single moment that changed your life forever? What if the truth of this question does not lie within a location at all but instead is found within the folds of our life experiences? And what does that reveal about ourselves?
Twenty-three artists disclose their personal response to these questions in the show, “Where I’m From.” Artists include: Bryson Ahlstrom, James Allison, Adam Bannister, Philip Bordallo, Randy Bricco, Tracy Burk, Pat Carrington, Ryan Carrington, Wendy Crockett, Steve Davis, Jessica Eastburn, Teresa Hanson, Matt Harris, Andrew Hedges, Evan Hobart , Melody Kennedy, Presley Martin, Ryan Meyers, Valerie Raps, Doug Rassier, Nancy Sevier, Anthony Teixeira, Gabe Toci