JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on DECEMBER 7th
from 7–11pm. RSVP
The South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring exhibitions and special performances.
Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 South First St. map
FRESH PRODUCE 12th Annual Invitational Group Exhibition & Affordable Art Sale
30+ Artists from 14 countries have created hundreds of original works of art for this highly anticipated annual exhibition and affordable art sale. The artists were invited based on their unique artistic vision and contribution to urban contemporary arts and culture. Holiday cheer provided by DJ Boboso.
Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map
Vintage Liz Crain
Santa Cruz artist Liz Crain unleashes a tsunami of new ceramic artwork inspired by marvelous forms and surfaces of vintage metal containers whose banged-up appearance evokes imagined narratives from their working and playing lives. Crain’s goal is to artfully express the aspects of metal construction and finishing that are inherently different from pottery, in clay. Works by Crain are featured in a broader holiday show of numerous Silicon Valley clay artists and members at Higher Fire this December: Hsin-Chuen Lin, Bob & Sandy Kinzie, Christina Martin, Jo Killen, George Dymesich, Jonathan Huang, Dan Dermer, Jon Dunlavy, Doris Fischer-Colbrie, Jill Getzan, Phyllis Lee, Lee Middleman, Joy Munshower, Misako Kambe, Erik Nass, Corinna Mori, Hunter Westra, Shawn Felts, and many more!
KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map
Over 50 artists from KALEID Gallery plus additional artists from the greater South Bay area will be offering original works of art and creative gifts affordably priced for the holidays! Excellent time to purchase unique, locally created works by talented artists for holiday gifts or to add to your own collection!
Come join us at MACLA for an inspiring evening of art and special performances! In MACLA’s Gallery Power in Numbers an exhibition that explores immigrant routes and political movements that are currently building a new America. Recent work by Betty A. Davis, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Julio Cesar Morales and Julio Salgado. Artists talk @ 7pm and special guest performances @ 8pm in MACLA’s Castellano Playhouse.
Video Installation on MACLA’s Facade on view from dusk till dawn. MOJADA is a performance based film series about borders, bodies and buoyancy. MOJADA includes five videos back to back, all in or based around water, and through different states of water. The site specific performances address issues of immigration, feminism and class difference
Phantom Galleries – art exhibits in vacant storefronts and alternative spaces
95 South Market St: Ballerinas new series of paintings by Al Preciado
San Jose Jazz at Pagoda Restaurant & Bamboo Lounge – 170 S Market St. map
Fairmont Hotel, S 1st Street side, at the Hotel’s back entrance
8:30pm Free Admission
Wally Schnalle’s latest project Idiot Fish combines a myriad of influences from his love of jazz and fusion to trends and sounds that emanate from the electronic dance music world. Genres like jungle, glitch, dub-step and IDM all have a hand in influencing the new compositions that fuel this new ensemble. His usual acoustic drum set is augmented by a host of electronic devices that allow him to embellish his usual percussive voice with electronic elements. Even more ground breaking is the fact that he plays much of the harmonic content of these compositions from the drum set as well.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – 520 South First St. map
Collecting Treasures: Celebrating 35 Years
Celebrating our 35-year history, Collecting Treasures: Celebrating 35 Years showcases our collection of important early and historic quilts, plus contemporary fiber art, costume, and ethnic textiles. FabMo Creative Activity: Quilted Photo Frames.
SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery – 577 South Market St. map
Art Boutiki Third Anniversary Group Show.
Celebrating three years of what-have-yous, the Art Boutiki showcases the work of some of the many comic book artists who have called SLG home including Jef Bambas, Stephen Coughlin, Crab Scrambly and many more. Plus live music and much fun in the grand Art Boutiki tradition.
Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map
MAKE SHIFT is about discovery through process, and growth through change. After searching for innovative ways to tackle challenges, and striving to create something more relevant than the existing, 22 graduating BFA students turn Works into a space that challenges preconceptions of graphic design.
Caffé Frascati – 315 South First St. map
Caffe Frascati Opera Night! Your favorite arias and duets performed live by some of the Bay Area’s finest young opera singers!
Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map
Yoga Inspired Art Series III: Yoga Philosophy, Universal Concepts, & Inspirational Quotes
by Angeles Moreno
Simplicity, vivid colors, and geometric compositions define Angeles’ art along with influences from her graphic design work. Yoga came to her in its own time. Consistent yoga practice gave a more profound significance and a fresh inspiration to her artwork. Seeking a deeper understanding the core yogic principles, Angeles completed the Ashtanga Yoga Teachers’ Training Program at Mount Madonna in 2008. The center was founded 35 years ago by the silent Guru, Baba Hari Dass.
Good Karma Vegan Café – 37 South First St. map
Phantom Galleries presents new works by Sandra Caravalho at Good Karma Vegan Cafe.
As a Californian, art lover and a believer in all that empowers women and the human race to a greater view of themselves through color, sensuality and acceptance of our final destination, I dedicate myself to making art that is both simple and yet complex in it’s message. The west coast is rich in Latin culture and possesses a promise of social acceptance and progress. I speak to the heart through my images. All of my art has been created using my gaming computer, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop with a pen tablet.
LGBTQ Youth Space – 452 South First St. map
On view: Moodhism by Muckers G. Mooderf
Recycled materials ranging from cardboard pieces, to a reused guitar, to recycled canvases this series represents life and how we should recycle and reuse material once known as trash into pure mind stimulating treasures. Vibrant with lots of colors these pieces can be extremely appealing to the human eye. Positive vibes engulf this series and if colorful expressional art is your cup of tea then come on down to the LGBTQ Youth Space. Special performance from DJ Russel Slim performing ambient, funk and electronic music mixes.
The Metro Gallery – 550 South First St. map
Take Back the Land by Sid Enck Jr. little lost indian
Born in San Jose, where he currently lives and works, Sid Enck Jr is a skateboader who currently runs his own screen printing and art collective called Tea Shack Project. Using various mediums such as wood, paper, found objects and sewing techniques, Sid expresses his passion for all things recycled and reusable. His work takes common objects and reclaims them into detailed observations of his Native American heritage, mixed with hints of his printmaking background. Composed entirely in his garage studio space, the meticulously put together mosaic of squares that comprise each piece tell a story of places lost and a land forgotten. Special performance by Liam Mountain and Friends.
Phantom Galleries presents Writhing Against Environment new works by Andrew Wallace at Pho69.
Andrew uses common materials such as ballpoint pen, marker, spray paint, oil paint, polyurethane and plywood medium . Inspired form early 19th century prints and photographs, Wallace, seeks a period free from the current or mainstream. Figures writhing against their environment, growing and expanding beyond themselves, or breaking down and dissolving into the surrounding space. Portrayed figures are in perpetual jeopardy yet capable of withstanding constant dismemberment, reorganization and reconstitution of their parts. His work strives to uncover the hidden human instinct and the wilder side of human behavior which dwells just below the surface of our everyday façade. His work is in the act of reclaiming images, transferring them transparently as to see the underlying natural wood grain.
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 Robert McColley!
Seeing Things Gallery – 30 North Third St. map
Home is where you park it! Photographs by Foster Huntington
Oh to be young and carefree again? How about you leave your design job in New York and buy a VW van, then put 50000 miles driving around the west, surfing and camping. What kind of stories do you think you would tell, and how great would the photographs be? Well, for Foster Huntington this is the reality. He did quit his job and has been on the road ever since! His blog, A Restless Transplant, is updated weekly with epic images and exciting stories of his adventures.
Studio Climbing Gym – 396 South First St. map
Ancestor Art Stone Paintings by C. Buck Reynolds
Before the written word, there was art. We can find meaning in some of the images in paleolithic cave art today—lions stalking prey, galloping horses, sparring bucks—but many other symbols have wide open meaning. Without a Rosetta stone of the ice age we’ll never know what stories the artists were telling. I try to commune with our pre-literate ancestors and assemble the animals and symbology that were so important to them in fresh ways. Some of my paintings are new compositions based on cave art, others attempt to make deteriorating images from actual caves in France and Spain look as they might freshly painted. All of the stones are carefully selected, shaped and weathered, and the art is made with the same techniques and pigments that paleolithic artists used. I have been creating and showing art throughout the bay area for over 30 years, and have been researching, and experimenting with cave art for the last 15 years.
TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map
Members will be bringing in projects that they have made at TechShop. Come check out what projects you can make at TechShop!
Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map
The More the Merrier III Art Exhibition & Sale – Closing Reception
This Salon-Style exhibition showcases the work of 48 bay area artists. This is a great place to start your holiday shopping. Most art is priced under $100! Live music by the Clifford Lamb Duo