JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on DEC 3rd!
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
Opening Reception: FRESH PRODUCE 10th Annual Invitational Group Exhibit & Sale
Over 30 artists from around the world have created hundreds of works of art for this highly anticipated annual exhibition and sale. The artists were invited based on their unique artistic vision and contribution to urban contemporary arts and culture. Art can be taken home at the point of purchase.
Art Glass Center of San Jose – 465 South First St. map
The 4th Annual Glass Ornament Show opens at the Art Glass Center of San Jose. Enjoy a chocolate and port tasting while perusing hundreds of one of a kind glass ornaments.
Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map
GEO GEOMETRY featuring artists: Doris Fischer-Colbrie, Linda Mau
Linda Mau’s meticulous sculptures are born of two unique processes developed by the artist — Paperclay on Steel Wire and Geometric Sculptures for flower arranging. Her forms are quiet and elegant, yet powerful in presence. Doris Fischer-Colbrie infuses her theoretical math background into the more tangible media of clay — view one-of-a-kind ikebana vessels, fine functional porcelain, and cleverly coiffed containers.
Works by Mau and Fischer-Colbrie are featured in a broader holiday show of numerous Silicon Valley clay artists at Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery this December: Deborah Anderson, Barbara Brown, Anita Clemetson, Cindy Couling, Dan Dermer, Jon Dunlavy, Doris Fischer-Colbrie, Jill Getzan, Phyllis Lee, Janet Malan, Linda Mau, Lee Middleman, Joy Munshower, and Jon Price.
KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map
7-9pm Opening Reception: The Rockin’ Stockings Holiday Show & Sale
The Rockin’ Stockings Holiday Show & Sale
40 KALEID Gallery artists present unique works of art in a wide variety of mediums including paintings, ceramics, assemblage, glass & jewelry, all generously priced for the gift giving season. All art works will be sold on a first come, first served basis and you can take it home with you at the point of purchase!
Hybrid Spaces: Family Origins & Collaborations Recent work by Las Hermanas Iglesias (Lisa Iglesias & Janelle Iglesias) and Amy Diaz-Infante.
Join Amy Diaz-Infante for a gallery walk through and an engaging conversation about her work at 7:00pm.
MACLA Spoken Word All-Stars hosted by Elijah Lozano – featuring a drumming mash-up from JALIYA & Jimmy Biala
Phantom Galleries – art exhibits in vacant storefronts and alternative spaces
386 South First St: Shoebox Productions featuring Sean Sczepanik, Steven Sczepanik
Caretaker in Need of Repair installation by Sean Sczepanik
Animals have now been dissected and modified to benefit humanity. However, human beings have been complacent in the maintenance of these creatures. Therefore they have been malfunctioning and destroying the environment.
Voice from the Tomb installation by Steven Sczepanik
This installation is the beginning of a tribute towards Charles Perry Grooms. This man was an endearing poet of great imagination. His words explored places where the white cherry blossoms drifted and the gypsies roamed. His life history is unknown and untraceable, but his words will be carried on forever.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – 520 South First St. map
Two exciting exhibitions! Cream of the Cloth: Quilts from the Marbaum Collection of Hilary & Marvin Fletcher. Cream of the Cloth is the personal collection of long-time contemporary art quilt advocates Hilary & Marvin Fletcher. A rare survey of 25 years of the contemporary art quilt movement.
Bold Strokes is a 25-year retrospective of Yvonne Porcella’s art quilts, known for their bold originality as articulated through her collage aesthetic and strip quilting. Porcella, founder of Studio Art Quilt Associates, has been a driving force in the studio quilt movement not only as a prolific artist, but also as a teacher and author.
SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery – 577 South Market St. map
The SLG Art Boutiki and Gallery turns two and does it in its own unique way as we mark the holiday season with an SLG FESTIVUS celebration. Perform FEATS OF STRENGTH in the front galley and wow your friends. Make a donation to the Human Fund. Get your picture taken next to our very own Festivus ALUMINUM POLE. But the highlight of the night will be our turning over the microphone between band sets to anyone who wishes so that you can air your grievances to the whole world. Yes, the WHOLE WORLD as we will be broadcasting said airing of grievances via Ustream to the internet on the Artboutiki, SLGCOMIC and SANTAGOROUND websites. So, let all of your friends know that you will be telling the entire world how much they disappointed you.
Holiday themed art by Andy Ristaino and an assortment of cool art from the past years shows will all be on display as SLG closes out the year in its own peculiar fashion. Live music too!
Works San Jose – 451 South First St. map
Opening Reception: Ring in the New
Ring in the New is Works’ 2010 member exhibition, the most eclectic, startlingly open, unjuried annual regional exhibition of art. Work from the stars of the South Bay scene are brought together with first time exhibitors. Come celebrate and support your community art and performance center with the artists who do the same.
Caffé Trieste – 315 South First St. map
Artist’s Reception: Robot Girl! by Christine Benjamin, a local artist who creates her own cast of characters: monsters, robots, aliens, skeletons & more, culled from her childhood memories and emotions.
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 (6-7:30pm) to welcome the downtown community and art walk patrons. Our featured artist for December and January is Clay-Mixed Media artist Paul Rubio, with his captivating exhibit, “Suspension of Disbelief”. Paul’s most recent body of work explores and represents the relationship humans have with nature. He uses the vessel to represent man’s first phase of evolution, and how primitive man with mud and fire could create crude but highly decorated and expressive pieces as time passes. Much of this burnt earth would be markers of civilizations of the past.
Good Karma Vegan Café – 37 South First St. map
Opening Reception: SJSU Color 112: Exploring the Hyperreal
Working from individual interpretations of the notion of the hyppereal, students in Barbara Boissevain’s color photography class at San Jose State University created these 22 images. Students were asked to construct a reality for the viewer to experience that breaks the boundaries of our physical reality. In these simulations that never really existed, the students played with artificial elements such as artificial color, scale and anti-gravity.
The assignment was wide open to the student’s interpretation and many students chose to use a cinematic film as a jumping-off point for the images they constructed.
METRO Photo Exhibit – 550 South First St. map
Come join us in the Metro building for EDGE OF NOWHERE a First St. Photo Collective event.
Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map
Creatures, Donuts and Such! Exhibit of local artists representing their take on different original characters that they have developed and where they fit into the local scene in Downtown San Jose.
South First Billiards & Lounge – 420 South First St. map
Bring It Back Tour: the sampler platter!
Live art, live body painting hosted by one soul and flossofee. Opio, Kung Fu, Zman, My G, Bru Lei, Aivar, Matre, Project Seer, Sub Ren.
Esik Video Premiere.
5-9pm ALL AGES. 9pm-close 21+ venue.
6–9pm Closing Reception:The More the Merrier: a group exhibition and art sale
This show is comprised of 39 artists exhibiting a wide range of work in a variety of mediums. The purpose of this show is to mix and mingle local talent while showcasing works priced to sell for holiday gifts. All sales should be negotiated directly with the exhibiting artists.