JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on MAR 2nd. RSVP
It all kicks off at 7pm! — ART WALK venues are free and open to the public
Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 South First St. map
Ordinary People solo exhibition by Daniel Jesse Lewis
Anno Domini is pleased with the return of Lewis to the gallery for his third solo show entitled Ordinary People. This new series of paintings follow a cast of characters who are doing their best to simply get through the day. We watch as they search for answers to life’s many difficult questions, we observe how circumstances shape and mold their perspectives, and we root for them as they struggle to navigate the brutal and beautiful world in which we live.
Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map
“Our best work emerges when we operate in a place of no judgment. Watch a child make art. There is no fear.” ~ Elaine Pinkernell
New 2-D raku wall pieces by nationally recognized ceramic artist, Elaine Pinkernell, resonate in the Hi-Fi Gallery this March! Join us for food, fun, and a reception for our featured artist. Elaine will discuss her latest works and demonstrate techniques for making 2-D raku wall pieces ahead of several weekend workshops she’s conducting this spring and summer. Workshop date announcement at Higher Fire coming soon.
KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map
KALEID Gallery presents two new feature exhibitions by artists Valerie Runningwolf and Dorothy Whitman with live music by Lance Canales and the Flood.
Portraits of the Innerself new work by Valerie Runningwolf
The person we wake up with every morning or the stranger just passing on the street carries their truth safely hidden on the inside. Often it is a mask we put on every morning to face the world and take off each night in our dreams that is seen as reality.
Steam Punk Exporations by Dorothy Whitman
Steam punk is a sub genre that explores an alternate historical progression which is supportive of the environments and individuals. As with any genre in art it has its niches. I like exploring Victorian representations of technology and totems, as well as the inclusions of poetry and words as a way of looking deeper at the current expressions of the individual and what the meaningful components of their life truly are.
Stop by MACLA for an exciting evening of art, music and food! In MACLA’s Gallery: MACLA’s 4th Chicana/o Biennial exhibition. Join the artists for an artist talk and gallery walk through at 7pm. MACLA’s Castellano Playhouse features micro-performances from Paul Flores, nationally renowned spoken-word artist and Quinteto Latino, a Bay Area wind quintet specializing in the classical music of Latin America. Need a little bite to eat? NO WAY JOSE food truck will be parked in front of MACLA. So grab your forks, knives, and bibs, and enjoy yummy Mexican food!
95 South Market St: Soliloquies from the Silent Country by Lacey Bryant
Theatrically posed and surrounded by lush, illusory environments, the subjects of Lacey’s works are like illustrations in a picture book written in an unknown language. The images are somewhat familiar but certain elements remains foreign. Like a hazy dream of an imagined childhood long forgotten, the images strive to make you feel as if you just might have been there once, maybe. The stage is set in an imagined world of natural beauty beneath ominously stormy skies. It is a world poised between now and once upon a time.
San Jose Jazz at Eulipia Restaurant – 374 South First St. map
Piccolo Bass? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Daniel Lucca Parenti, also known as D-Lucca, showcases the Piccolo Bass as a solo instrument, intertwining melodious riffs with a moody rhythmic heart. He is one of the only piccolo bassists to bring this instrument into the limelight, creating a modern sound with his combination of Rock and Jazz.
His solo career took off in 2003, when D-Lucca began performing in many prestigious local venues, including Yoshi’s in Oakland and the Fremont Festival of the Arts. He has recorded four albums with Concord Jazz Records, two of which were Grammy nominated, and now tours with his band and his piccolo bass by his side.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – 520 South First St. map
Quilt National ’11 — The 17th biennial juried exhibition of Quilt National returns to the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles for the first time since 2006. This quintessential exhibition of contemporary art quilts features 46 works by both first time entrants and established artists. Juried by Eleanor McCain, Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, and Nelda Warkentin, the exhibit showcases the state-of-the-art of contemporary quilting in all styles, techniques, and multi-faceted contemporary expressions.
South First Friday Salon art activity: Make party flags in commemoration of the Museum’s 35th Anniversary.
SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery – 577 South Market St. map
Cult Films and Midnight Movies group show
Group show interprets cult films and the things that make midnight movies great. From the Dude to zombies, artists look at the characters and movies from pop culture. Plus Sweeney Schragg releases his new CD, Blues at Eleven, which was recorded entirely at The Art Boutiki.
Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map
Femme Fatale is a seductive and haunting exhibition exploring the complexities of femininity. Featuring the work of Bay Area artists Jody Alexander, Connie Begg, Victoria May, Stephanie Metz, and Sylvia Min, Femme Fatale is both a subtle homage and commentary of domesticity, social constructs, and the feminine experience.
Jody Alexander references domesticity and “values” through an installation of found objects carefully wrapped in fabric. Fascinated by history and feminine iconography, Connie Begg illuminates the tension of capturing a frightening yet beautiful object through historical photographic processes. Victoria May’s organza and steel based forms reflect her interest in domesticity, tension, and dichotomy, and allude to the fundamental struggles inherent in the human condition. Utilizing wool fibers and textiles, Stephanie Metz attempts to “distill the essence of a creature” and acknowledges our mammalian roots in her mysterious sculptures. Emphasizing light and shadow, Sylvia Min examines the iconic image of the bride through her paintings.
Curated by Sylvia Min, Femme Fatale resonates with overlapping proclivities towards detail, concept, and tone. Monochromatic sculptures, installations, paintings, and photographs seduce and disturb through layers of inherent tensions, enigmatic contrasts, and meticulous handwork.
Caffé Frascati – 315 South First St. map
First Fridays is Caffe Frascati Opera Night presented by First Street Singers, with the Bay Area’s finest opera singers performing your very favorite classical arias and duets live in the cafe!
Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map
Join us after Candlelight Yoga (featuring Power Flow with Amber 5:30-6:45pm) as we open our doors to the art patrons and Downtown community from 7-10pm for the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk.
Our featured artist is Leslie Lambert with her exhibit The Practice in Ink. This original drawings and paintings series is about the strength, serenity and spirituality of an Iyengar style of yoga practice. Since 2010, Leslie Lambert has been drawing Birgit Reimer as she goes about her yoga asana, pranayama and mudra routine. As might be expected of good friends, the sessions were energetic, focused and loads of fun. Birgit’s intention was to feature the art on her yoga website, while Lambert relished the opportunity to draw from life a teacher she admires and the practice which keeps body, mind and soul in balance.
Good Karma Vegan Café – 37 South First St. map
Phantom Galleries presents I Can’t Go On; I’ll Go On a new body of work by Jehoiakim Santos at Good Karma Vegan Cafe.
The paintings are influenced by venting of my thoughts and emotions. The human face is interesting enough that every bit of of it’s facial movement tells a story in our life, whether its a wishful thinking or a doomed forgotten and yet unforgotten event that’s worth keeping. Everyone has a beauty and I’d like to catch that through combining emotions and silhouettes; with these together, that beauty is their life stories.
METRO Photo Exhibit – 550 South First St. map
Join us for the Metro Photo Exhibit SnapShots of a Housewife by Annalisa Hackleman is the first collection for a new ongoing project in re-vamping vintage sexist advertising. It’s going to be a colorful and playful take on America’s past advertising campaigns by a local portrait photographer. Annalisa will be present at the reception offering coupons to book shoots with her and meeting models that would like to be part of the project.
Phantom Galleries presents Catchwork in Rhythm paintings by Ricky Gumbrecht at Pho69
Ricky Gumbrecht’s paintings want your entire attention. They catch your eye in many different ways and dimensions: through forms that seem on the verge of becoming movement; through texture that you quite irresistibly want to touch; and above all through their colors: bright colors and gloomy colors, colors joyful, harmonious and sometimes melancholic. Once these pictures have caught your eye, you want to take a time-out and remain in the space that they are unfolding: you want to stay there with your mind and with your body and you want to enjoy the intensity of your senses’ reaction. Each painting takes you to a small new world of its own, and the more the rhythm between them accelerates, the more excited, quiet and concentrated you feel.
Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map
Psycho Donuts in downtown San Jose is a quirky donut shop and art gallery. The gallery displays top local artists and has an ongoing exhibit featuring the work of John Renzel, Lacey Bryant, Nicolas Caesar, Murphy Adams, Christine Benjamin, Michael Foley, Michael Borja, Valery Milovic, Carlos Villez, Eric Joyner, Laura Callin Bennett, Michelle Waters, John Hageman and introducing NEW artist Robert McColley!
South First Billiards & Lounge – 420 South First St. map
Art and Chrome Culture group show. Original art and live painting by Alfredo Reyes,Freddy Alfaro, Anthony Trayer, Jesse Villegas, Mike 3.5, Neto Soza. Also featuring custom choppers, lowriders, and live entertainment.
5-9pm ALL AGES. 9pm-close 21+
TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map
A recent TechShop member, Ilana Murray has been building and tinkering all her life. While most of her TechShop time is spent on the laser Cutter, more machines are being added to her arsenal monthly. Her loves include costume, insect art, prop and set design, jewlelry, wood and all things steampunk. Nearly everything she sells has some aspect made at TechShop.
6–9pm Rebels in Wonderland An evening of live music and art presented by the RebelsKamp and friends at The Art Ark gallery. They will take you on a free journey around the universe and back, offering something to please all the senses. Featuring live music by: RebelsKamp, Le Hot Boxer, Cado, G. Willikers, Billy Sheen, Mike 3.5, Wadl, Ugly Del, Dylan Kelly & More! Come take part in this artistic revolution in downtown San Jose.