JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on FEB 4th!
7pm ’til 11pm — 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
Artist’s Reception: Auroral Dreaming new sculptures by Derek Weisberg
Derek Weisberg returns to Anno Domini for his second solo exhibition with a brand new body of ambitious and courageous work. Weisberg continues to examine his own life and the world around him, attempting to answer questions, which have plagued humans since the beginning of time.
Live music by Suzanne Vallie
Art Glass Center of San Jose – 465 South First St. map
Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map
Artist’s Reception: Joy Imai, Soda-Fired Porcelain
Botanical elements dot the surface of Joy Imai’s soda-glazed pottery, but her work is pure pyromaniac in origin! Joy sprays baking soda & water into a 2300 degree kiln causing the solution to break down into sodium vapor glaze. The vapors flash her pots with color – all surprising, unique, and a tangible record of what pieces endured in the kiln.
Reception for the featured artist will be held in conjunction with South First Friday festivities on Feb 4 from 7pm ’til late… plus an evening of pottery wheel demonstrations, kids’ clay table, and light refreshments too.
KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map
7-10pm On View: Dark Matter group exhibition
Surgery.Art presents Dark Matter a group study of the dark and immeasurable.
Featuring dark analytical work by Matthew Pugh, Marie Dvorkin, Alla Viksne, Jay Ruland, Alex Yanushkevich, Kelly Nelson, Emily Feucht, Haley Goodlett, J. Marie Valdivia, Centa Schumacher, Mike Dvorkin, Genevieve Hastings, Shauna Mork + more
Fashion study by Mike Kemling. Auditory guidance by Dr. Stats, Femme Mystique, Kevorkian, Mixer Djammed.
Curated by Marie Dvorkin and Dora Lee
Join MACLA for an extraordinary evening of art. In MACLA’s Gallery: Novelas, Love and Other Adventures featuring Jaime Hernandez, Favianna Rodriguez, Rio Yañez and Mayra Ramirez.
Please join us for our Opening Reception & Artist Talk. At 7:00pm join Jaime Hernandez of famed comic book series Love & Rockets and Bay Area artist Rio Yañez for an engaging conversation about their work.
Phantom Galleries – art exhibits in vacant storefronts and alternative spaces
386 South First St: Featuring two exhibitions…
Yumiko & Reiko Miyagawa: Miyagawa sisters’ first collaboration photo show. The sisters came up with themes that have contrastive ideas, and each one took photos with “our weirdo heads’ imagination!”
Mike Park: Mike Park exhibits the different colors of VINYL.
San Jose Jazz at Eulipia Restaurant – 374 South First St. map
8pm – Joe Bagale
“Irresistibly funky music… For Bagale, …whose performances with various Jazz Mafia bands have been lighting up local audiences, musical boundaries are meaningless.” – San Francisco Chronicle
A San Francisco based singer songwriter/composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer; he is pushing the envelope of what we know as pop music. His compositions are a blend of old-school funk/R&B mixed with the sounds of late 60’s/70’s rock and topped off with a jazz/avant-garde influence, coming together to create a style entirely all his own.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – 520 South First St. map
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is dedicated to promoting the art, craft and history of all types of textiles. Create cool and unique one-of-a-kind fabric Valentine’s Day cards at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles’ South First Friday Salon!
We’ll provide you with fabric and embellishments to personalize your card. Draw, write, cut and paste a special Valentine’s message. The South First Friday Salon art activity will be on-going from 7-9pm.
SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery – 577 South Market St. map
February is of course the month in which we celebrate Valentines Day and it is also the month that the SLG Art Boutiki will be celebrating the release of the new book by illustrator Des Taylor, The Vesha Valentine Story. A storybook done in the style of a 60’s era Hollywood biopic, the art from Vesha Valentine as well as some unseen work from the project by UK Illustrator Des Taylor will adorn the Boutiki walls. Taylor, who is known for his illustration work for famed UK jeweler Theo Fennel and other high profile clients, is a lover of all things pulp and has illustrated several pulp-styled comics and graphic novels.
Those of you who did not get to air their grievances during the December First Friday celebration will get another shot as we between band sets you will be allowed to take the stage and Tell Us What’s On Your Mind.
Live music and of course all the things that make The Art Boutiki the best comics art gallery in town!
Works San Jose – 451 South First St. map
Opening Reception: Better Luck Next time
Have you ever heard these words? It is defined as “an expression that comforts someone for a minor disappointment.” Whether it’s a matter of the heart, life experiences, work or leisure, there is almost always a time when this applies. It might be that piece of art that is loved but just didn’t fit the bill. Engaging in a conversation, examining social or political issues, creating humor, capturing history or chronicling a new work—this exhibition will reveal the artistic expression for the meaning behind the phrase. These artists are making the choice to be lucky this year, presenting some great art that will empower time and again discovering hilarity in Better Luck Next Time.
Presented by Works in collaboration with South Bay Area Women’s Caucus for Art. This exhibition is comprised of members of South Bay Area Women’s Caucus for Art with invited artists from Silicon Valley Open Studios and Silicon Valley Artists’ Collaborative. Guest curators: Mariana Barnes, PhD, SBAWCA Exhibitions Chair, SVOS Steering Committee ; Ally Richter, PhD, SBAWCA Vice President, SVOS Exhibitions Manager, Palo Alto Art Commissioner; and Susan Kraft, SBAWCA President.
Caffé Trieste – 315 South First St. map
Opening Reception: Around the World in 30,000 Photographs by Frances Freyberg
In 2008, emerging photographer Frances Freyberg left her job in high-tech communications to travel the world for a year, taking photos and writing about her experiences. Over the course of the year, she took more than 30,000 photographs across 41 different countries. This exhibit includes some of her favorite photos from Asia, India, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and North and South America.
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
Opening Reception: Yoga Self Portraits by Nadia Nasiri
Join us after Candlelight Yoga (6-7:30pm) as we open our doors to welcome the Art Walk patrons and the downtown community. Downtown Yoga Shala is proud to present featured artist Nadia Nasiri, a promising young self-taught photographer and avid yoga practitioner. This series will feature both indoor and outdoor yoga self portraits taken with a tripod and 10 second timer or hand held remote. Although this began as a personal hobby for her, Nadia’s intention with sharing her art is to inspire others to begin their own yoga practice and to cultivate an appreciation for the natural world around us. Nadia actively supports the Friends of Coyote Hills (FCH) and will be donating proceeds from the South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk to the FCH.
The reception also includes live music, Charity Gift Basket raffle, Acro Yoga performance, food and beverages.
Good Karma Vegan Café – 37 South First St. map
Opening Reception: Art Alive by Trina Merry. A rich collaboration with a variety of talented Bay Area photographers — wet plate, fine art, fashion and maternity photography.
Body painting had been a part of tribal culture tracing back to the earliest human gatherings. In the 1960’s, avante garde and performance artists starting utilizing body paint and, in 1998, body paint became its own genre of art. Simultaneously contemporary and ancient, body paint crosses the genres of paint, performance, installation, photography and video. It is hitting the mainstream in venues as varied as International Art Galleries, Sport Illustrated, Playboy, AT&T ads, fashion, clubs and even pregnant bellies.
Trina Merry has been exploring and focusing on body painting solely since her installation “The Television Totem Pole” at the SubZERO Festival 2010. This exhibit showcases her explorations that have spawned and informed her other body paint series, music videos, and current work.
METRO Photo Exhibit – 550 South First St. map
Come join us in the Metro building for Pulp Female, photography by Jen Anderson and Ian Healy
Opening Reception: Just In Time, Abstracts by Jane Peterman. The series of paintings is a meditation on time and space beginning March 2009 and ongoing.
Join us for a Vietnamese New Year celebration with Lion Dancers, traditional New Years food tastings and lucky red envelopes fortunes.
Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map
On view: Local Characters – Crazy, quirky and colorful characters populate this favorite donut shop art gallery! San Jose’s Psycho Donuts has new original art by local artists: John Renzel, Lacey Bryant, Michael Foley, Christine Benjamin, Laura Callin Bennett, Valery Milovic, John Hageman, Murphy Adams and Michael Borja.
South First Billiards & Lounge – 420 South First St. map
The Prophecy – A night of music, art, and good energy with Audiopharmacy
Hip-Hop, Reggae, Funk, Soul, World, Latin featuring Kaotic Souls and Special guests. Beats By Teao N Offerings
Live Acrylics by Nice Onem, Mia Ante and Jaiv1
Art Works by Deth Brain, Nice One, Jaiv1, Dee Jae Pa’este, Mia Ante, Majick and Soil
5-9pm ALL AGES. 9pm-close 21+ venue.
7-9pm Opening Reception: Small and High Quality
Is bigger really better? Small and High Quality is a group show of high quality art work on a small scale, 12″ x 12″ x 12″ inches or smaller in size.