JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on APRIL 1st!
7pm ’til 11pm — ART WALK venues are free and open to the public
Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 South First St. map
Opening Reception: GLIMMER featuring Christian Breitkreutz (US), Megan Diddie (US), Luciano Scherer (BR) and Collin van der Sluijs (NL).
Artists don’t typically run from the darkness, they walk right in and shine their light brightly so that we all may share in what they see. This illumination can have profound effects upon the viewer. Glimmer is a faint glimpse into the minds of four emerging artists.
On view in galleryTWO: Funerals new works by Mike Egan
In his newest body of work, Pittsburgh, PA artist Mike Egan looks back on his time spent working in funeral homes. Surrounded by death and mourning, Mike started painting not only the stories of those who have passed, but the stories of those left behind after one’s passing; the mourners, the lovers, the hurt and the relieved. Funerals shows satire in death and the rituals of saying goodbye.
Live Music: Lady Lazarus
Art Glass Center of San Jose – 465 South First St. map
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Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map
Group showing of Bay Area clay superstars: Debbie Anderson, Barbara Brown, Tim Carlson, Anita Clemetson, Cindy Couling, Dan Dermer, Jon Dunlavy, Doris Fischer-Colbrie, Bill Geisinger, Donna Hills, Joy Imai, Phyllis Lee, Hsin-Chuen Lin, Lee Middleman, Joy Munshower, Heather Pedersen, Lauren Walters, Fred Yokel, Jito Yumibe
Visit on April 1st for the First Friday Art Walk… Take in our eclectic display of earthy creations, play at the clay table, and watch the potters juggling clay, water, and fire!
KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map
Opening Reception: Succor In Honor of the Life and Art of Jessica Beerli
Jessica Beerli, a talented young artist who died in a tragic accident, left behind a provoking body of work that shows the potential of a truly talented young woman pursing her art.
Some of that work has been displayed here in a show that is as much a work in progress as the artist was herself. In addition to the finished work, some of the paintings on display are clearly early drafts, experiments in color and style that were leading Jessica toward her own distinct perspective. As she worked, she learned and this show is an unusual opportunity to see the progression of art while glimpsing its final form. Jessica planned to showcase her paintings at KALEID Gallery in February 2011. To honor her life, this comprehensive show has been organized by family, friends and the gallery.
Closed for installation.
Phantom Galleries – art exhibits in vacant storefronts and alternative spaces
386 South First St: The Pallet Knife Dance… paintings by Ruthy Gold
A series of paintings (acrylic on canvas using a pallet knife only) capturing the movement and flow of real life moments.
San Jose Jazz at Eulipia Restaurant – 374 South First St. map
Panthelion is the leading archetype of a dynamic new musical genre known as “nu class” a term that has been coined from audience descriptions of the Panthelion experience.
Nu class stands for New Urban Classical music an art form dedicated to exploring the spiritual and artistic depths of sound and structure forged into live performances in primarily contemporary popular music venues. Stylistically nu class draws on elements of jazz, classical, tribal, urban-groove, hardcore and electronica.
Panthelion’s current instrument lineup includes piano, upright bass, cello, trumpet, percussion, voice, electric guitar, loopers and live electronics.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – 520 South First St. map
The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles will showcase the work of two collaborating teams of contemporary fiber artists in two unique exhibits on view. Earthly Paradise: Memory, Myth, Metaphor highlights the imaginative quilted works of A Bee, the collective duo of artists, Carrie Houseman and Darbury Novoselic. Eden Re-imagined presents the embroidered work of Leo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone and is the first time the two artists will have a solo exhibition outside of their native country Argentina. Galleries will also feature two smaller exhibitions: Boy Code, works by Wendy Osher, and Modern Maya, huipils from the collection of Paul and Kathleen Vitale.
South First Friday Salon: Make fabric/ribbon roses using a fabric folding technique! (7-9pm)
SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery – 577 South Market St. map
SLG Art Boutiki as our gallery devotes itself to our publishing side and exhibits work from Mike White’s new graphic novel Amity Blamity. A fun, appropriate for kids of all ages book that looks at our world through the eyes of a child, Amity Blamity follows Gretchen, a shy 4 year old and Chester, a potbellied pig. They pair live with Gretchen’s Grandma and listless Uncle Downey in r…ural America. What follows is a fun and fast-paced adventure involving moon-shining and odd woodland creatures.
Creator Mike White is a native of Canada currently residing in Oakland, has been featured in Boards magazine, hailed as one of ‘Top 10 Emerging Talents from Toronto’ 2007 and won the Canadian Film Centre New Media Award for the Resfest 2006 Cancon Selection for directing the MSTRKRFT “Work On You” Music Video.
The Art Boutiki will be showing select original pages from Mike’s debut book as well as a print designed just for the occasion. And best of all, we will have the book (we promise!).
All that plus live Jazz by Quasimodal and all of the things you have come to expect from an Art Boutiuki South First Friday event!
Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map
Works has a new address—Come help us celebrate our new space-in-progress and talk with us about plans for your community art and performance center. There will be live painters and illustrators along the way and a drum circle you can join inside. Works is still in SoFA—on the east edge of the convention center building just to the right of the convention center parking entrance where San Salvador meets Market Street. Works is looking to the future—come see how you can participate!
Caffé Trieste – 315 South First St. map
Opening Reception: Preconscious by Centa Schumacher
Freud described the preconscious as what lies between the conscious and subconscious mind; that which is recognizable but not known. Schumacher’s work explores what is beneath awareness by using her body as an intermediary between these two realms. “Using myself as a model leaves me feeling extremely vulnerable. This vulnerability is a critical part of the work, however, as every photograph turns my physical self into an unfamiliar landscape offering an intimate glimpse into the sometimes uncomfortable secret places of the mind.” Each image is purposefully indistinct, alluding to an inexpressible feeling that is beyond reach. The greatest gift of the artist is the ability to describe the indescribable, and this body of work attempts to get to the very depth of the unknown.
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: Encounter new work by Melissa Kreisa
Join us after Candlelight Yoga (6-7:30pm) as we open our doors to welcome the Art Walk patrons and the downtown community. Melissa returns to Downtown Yoga Shala with a brand new body of work inspired by her “encounter” with refugee newcomers who have been forced to leave their homes and are restarting their lives here in the U.S.
Proceeds from the sales of the Encounter exhibition art work will be donated to the Bay-area non-profit Refugee Transitions.
Good Karma Vegan Café – 37 South First St. map
Opening Reception: Trained Wild Animal new paintings from Tyson Johnston
METRO Photo Exhibit – 550 South First St. map
Come join us in the Metro building for Tough Love photography by Honda Lotus Dumitriu.
Opening Reception: Janice Kirkpatrick (nee MEYER) Visionary Reflections
Kirkpatrick’s work combines strong colors with unique inner visions of universal symbolism. Her paintings and drawings often reflect dream imagery, with a lyrical musical influence. The imagery and forms she creates depict a strong sense of intuitive knowing and a deeper understanding of the magic in the natural world. She is able to transmit this to us in color, energy and form to change us on a deep inner level. Even though she had her start in Africa, she is heavily influenced by many world cultures and spirituality. She has a special affinity for the Native American culture, India, Hawaii and long gone cultures such as Atlantis and Lemuria.
Pho69 also features live contemporary music on First Fridays. Come check out local bands performing favorite covers and original music.
Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map
Psycho Donuts in Downtown San Jose is not only a crazy donut shop, but is also a fun gallery showcasing many of San Jose’s top artists. The art changes monthly and always has a quirky and cutting edge feel. Psycho Donuts has an on going rotation of new art! Come check out new paintings by local artists: Michael Foley, Michael Borja, Murphy Adams, John Renzel, Christine Benjamin, Lacey Bryant, Laura Callin Bennett, John Hageman, Michelle Waters and Valery Milovic!
South First Billiards & Lounge – 420 South First St. map
A Night of Foolishness and Whimsy Art by Lara Sophia, Eugenia Chien, Shirine Azimianaraki and more! Music by Farewell Typewriter.
5-9pm ALL AGES. 9pm-close 21+ venue.
Opening Reception: Bane: an exhibition of drawings and prints by Fanny Retsek
From toads to war widows, Fanny Retsek’s work measures the effects of greed and fear. Her repetitive tally marks are delicate and often pretty, juxtaposing the brutality they describe. This exhibition presents a look at the extent to which our society disrupts itself, even as we try to repair the damage done.