JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on September 6th
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
Opening Reception: Cement Eclipses by installation street artist Isaac Cordal (Spain)
With the simple act of miniaturization and thoughtful placement, Isaac Cordal magically expands the imagination of pedestrians finding his sculptures on the street. Cement Eclipses is a critical definition of our behavior as a social mass. The art work intends to catch the attention on our devalued relation with the nature through a critical look to the collateral effects of our evolution. With the master touch of a stage director, the figures are placed in locations that quickly open doors to other worlds. The scenes zoom in the routine tasks of the contemporary human being.
Cordal is sympathetic toward his little people and you can empathize with their situations, their leisure time, their waiting for buses and even their more tragic moments such as accidental death, suicide or family funerals. The sculptures can be found in gutters, on top of buildings, on top of bus shelters; in many unusual and unlikely places in Barcelona (Spain), Nantes (France), Brussels (Belgium), Berlin (Germany), London (UK), Vienna (Austria), Zagreb (Croatia) and now, San Jose (US).
Isaac Cordal was born in Pontevedra (Galicia, Spain) and currently lives in Brussels (Belgium.) Cement Eclipses Anno Domini is Cordal’s debut solo exhibition in the United States.
Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map
This September, we feature sculptural works by local artists, Phyllis Lee, Guo Feng, and Ginger Yee. From gestural vessels & aquatic amphoras to figures and fowl with funky flair…we have it all! We’ll also see you at STREET MRKT with our renowned big-bargains tent selling affordable treasures from more than 12 potters.
KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map
KALEID Gallery presents What’s Under the Bed a dual exhibition by gallery artists Mark Damrel and Donny Foley.
What’s Under the Bed is about knowing what lurks in the closet, lives in the woods or when man meets centipede. Monsters are an everyday part of life and if we continue to ignore them, they’ll one day eat our children or something.
Entertainment: DJ Coco
Opening reception for exhibition De Esperanza Y De Locura:
This group exhibition presents the work of Latino artists that deal with migration and immigration issues understood as a flight of both hope and insanity.
Artists interactive and participatory activities: from 6:30 pm–10 pm. Join us for an artists’ performance in which you can apply and win different passports and citizenships envisioned and created by artists Erika Harrsch and Omar Pimienta.
Music performance from 8pm–10pm by Raul y Mexia. The Los Tigres del Norte offspring duo and human right activists will perform their signature fusion of Latin American and Hip Hop beats.
Phantom Galleries – 95 South Market St. map
Phantom Galleries presents Window Shopping, recent works by Fernando “FORCE129” Amaro Jr
Phantom Galleries transforms vacant storefronts into vibrant art exhibitions by regional artists. These temporary installations, which are viewable 24/7 from the sidewalk, add a jolt of visual stimulation to the passersby and gives wider exposure to independent artists.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – 520 South First St. map
Collecting New York Beauty Quilts: Bill Volckening’s Passion
Collecting New York Beauty Quilts: Bill Volckening’s Passion focuses on the evolution of a unique quilt pattern—New York Beauty—and shows its many variations and modifications throughout the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. Collecting New York Beauty Quilts traces the life story of an extraordinary American quilt pattern and a collector’s singular pursuit and fascinating research surrounding quilts made with this complex and graphic design.
Out of Chaos
Featured in the newly named “Yvonne’s Place” gallery, will be a group of stunning asymmetrical quilts by Linda Toeniskoetter. Out of Chaos showcases her novel approach to design and variation on traditional pieced blocks. These quirky geometric combinations of pattern create lively movement throughout the quilts, and the uneven edges are unusual, almost a bit unsettling. The quilts reflect a personal story of survival and show the power of artistic expression, innovation, and healing that results while creating a body of work.
Tasty! Food Inspired Quilts
Tasty! Food Inspired Quilts offers a whimsical exploration into the intersection of some of our most basic needs: food, warmth, and community. The show will engage with other local organizations and community-wide projects surrounding the Around the Table Food Festival coming to San Jose this fall. Among the quilts to be featured in Tasty! is a gigantic, lifelike tortilla quilt by San Jose artist Yolanda Guerra, created from her original design of tortilla fabric. This toasty crust looks good enough to eat. In a 16-panel quilt on loan from History San Jose, each panel features a different fruit from the famous orchards of the Santa Clara Valley. Also featured are quilts from the museum’s own collection that speak to the theme of local food, and a psychedelic burger quilt by legendary California quilter Yvonne Porcella.
First Friday Art Walk Fiber Salon: Etsy Meet & Make
Join local artist Jen Johnson at the fifth Meet & Make Fiber Salon as we learn how to make re-usable fabric sandwich bags. After you have fun using the museum’s new Bernina sewing machines, you’ll be able to pack those back-to-school lunches with eco-friendly style! Some sewing experience is helpful, but don’t worry if you’re not an expert: Jen will teach you the basics needed to complete this enjoyable and practical project. Before or after making your sandwich bag, be sure to visit the current exhibits — including the “Tasty! Food Inspired Quilts,” which in turn inspired Jen to put together this workshop project. RSVP required. Space is limited.
Seeing Things Gallery – 30 North Third St. map
Second Time’s a Charm (Double Exposure photography show)
In Photography, a multiple exposure is the superimposition of two or more exposures to create a single image, and double exposure has a corresponding meaning in respect of two images.
Exhibiting artists: Michael Crabtree, Carson Lancaster, Beau Roulette, Joe Brook, Jai Tanju, Sam Milianta, Taro Hirano and Greg Hunt
Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map
Those Who Bear Witness
An engaging, participatory installation with art by Guy Pederson (curator), Eisabeth Benjamin, John Merchant, and Daniel Merchant. Through sculpture, photography, and site-specific installation, the artists demonstrate the persistence of life rising above division and strife. Visitors are invited to ‘bear witness’ in an interactive ‘tree of life.’
ZERO1 Garage – 439 South First St. map
ZERO1 Garage Sale
Don’t miss the first ever end of summer ZERO1 Garage Sale! During South First Fridays, the ZERO1 Garage will be filled with open box and gently used electronic items of all kinds. A perfect opportunity for all you DIYers, and techies to get your hands on everything from televisions, speakers, dvd players, cables, cords, and more! Everything will be priced to move! No holds, first come first serve only. Cash only. Don’t miss out!
Cafe Stritch – 374 South First St. map
No Walls Between Us: An Exhibition of Jazz Photographs by Kathy Sloane
Work culled from over 30 years of jazz photography by Kathy Sloane, including images from her 2011 book Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club.
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!
Discover San Jose – 150 South First St., Suite 103 map
Discover San Jose invites you to a Steam Punk Party, featuring local literaries Janice T and Emily Thompson. This mother-daughter team will be on hand to read excerpts and sign copies of their books. Come in your favorite Steam Punk costume for this “High Tea” event—complete with finger sandwiches—during South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk. While here, check out our unique collection of art, books and souvenir items created exclusively by San Jose artists and authors!
Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map
Opening reception: SHIFT New work by Melissa Kreisa
Melissa returns to Downtown Yoga Shala with a brand new body of work inspired by her time spent working with refugee newcomers who have been forced to leave their homes and are restarting their lives here in the U.S. Proceeds from the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk will be donated to the Bay-area non-profit Refugee Transitions
Good Karma Vegan Café – 37 South First St. map
Phantom Galleries presents Awakening Giant by Omar at Good Karma Vegan Café.
Omar is an Artist, he lives and works in the Bay Area. A former native of Mexico City, he migrated to the U.S. at the age of 9. His desire and passion for art started at a young age, sketching and drawing characters out of comic books. His art-work would be best described as a “beautiful mess of colors” deeply rooted from the soul.
Omar’s artistic aberration is still evolving rapidly, along with countless goals and aspirations, that he hopes to conquer as an artist. Omar’s goal is soon to expand his network of artistic consciousness throughout the U.S. and eventually focus all his time and energy to his arts as a full time artist.
The Metro Gallery – 550 South First St. map
Simply Put artwork by Mr. Jeremiah Harada
Mr. Jeremiah Harada has been drawing since he was a young child. A skateboarder growing up, the artist within, was greatly influenced by the graphics and design work in skateboarding. Another form of artistic influence for him was graffiti, which during his adolescent years he became involved in, but never took too far. His paintings and photographs have been in multiple group shows in the Silicon Valley and Santa Rosa, CA & a few in New York City. He designed a skateboard deck series (the Scribble series) for Enjoi Skateboards. He has also designed band shirts for Ugly Winners & Witches Titties, flyers, chalkboards (for a coffee shop in NYC), etc. As of lately Mr. Harada has been making hand drawn postcards and mailing them to whom ever shows interest.
Mezcal Restaurant – 25 W. San Fernando St. map
Mezcal Restaurant presents an art exhibition by J. Danniel
“My Last Frida” is the title of one the latest pieces by the Mexican painter and sculptor J. Daniel. The works displayed conformed of six paintings in oil and a few in acrylic medium. J. Danniel’s Frida illustrates a classical and traditional pose of the well known Frida Khalo, but at the same time, he presents a Frida that very few painters dare to expose.
J Danniel, attended the “Center for Artts Studies/ Centro de Education Artistica”, in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico, where he was born. He now lives in San Jose, California.
J Danniel greatest art works in paper mache and mixed media as well as acrylic and oil paintings. He likes to paint very large canvasses, including some murals, and his sculptures are also larger than life. From looking at his works you could never tell he ever had any physical limitations. He has overcome the challenge of color blindnesss through his organic joy of painting. He has participated in multiple art exhibits, both as painter and as a sculptor.
Join us for an unforgettable night full of color, great people, excellent food and exquisite ambience.
Phantom Galleries presents Everyone Gets a Piece! by Bryson Bost at Pho69.
If people really are easier to acquire than objects, then we certainly live atop an intriguing planet. The hope is, that these images are, ‘accessibility,’ in it’s truest form.
Bryson Bost is a painter and draftsman. His work has been exhibited in Oakland, San Francisco, Burlingame, and now San Jose. His father enjoys telling anyone who’ll listen that, ‘his son’s work shares wall-space with Miro.’ It’s my pleasure!
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, John Hageman and Robert McColley!
South First Billiards & Lounge – 420 South First St. map
All in One is a collaborative art exhibition between three members of a family. In their first family show, this unit of artists—mother, son, and father utilize different media and expressions, which is evocative in their artwork. Cristina Velazquez (mother) is a mix media seeker. Pedro A. Alvarez-Velazquez (son), at his early 15 years of age has accumulated a vast portfolio of images captured through his different lenses. Efren Alvarez (father) is a painter, who uses the traditional medium of oils to expose highly satirical messages on border issues.
Studio Climbing Gym – 396 South First St. map
The Studio Rock Gym presents Excerpt of Catalogue by Jordan Maliksi
A collection of paintings depicting animal imagery with a naturalist’s eye fused with a modern urban aesthetic. In this exhibit an animal’s innocence and fragile nature is rendered in charcoal and paint to reflect one’s own fragility. Blending and splashing painting and drawing to create a catalogue of animals.
TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map
TechShop SJ presents artist Doug Dodd.
Doug Dodd started woodworking in 1999 and has since moved from cabinetry to custom furniture and more recently into studio furniture such as functional art and stained glass. Doug Uses CNC wood working tools in addition to traditional tool to make his work. He currently has a woodworking studio and shop at his home, while his stained glass studio is at The Alameda Art Works
Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map
Opening reception 6-9pm: Disappearance – A two-person art exhibition featuring prints & mixed media artwork by Pantea Karimi & Robynn Smith. While Karimi and Smith share an aesthetic point of view, this show binds them together through the theme of disappearance. Extinct species, vanishing icons and politically loaded illegible texts are some of the images explored in this exhibition.
Live music by Freya Seeburger on cello.
South FIRST FRIDAYS presents STREET MRKT
A nighttime DIY urban faire during the art walk that brings together local artists, creative indie retailers and a live music stage with performances by Curious Quail, Light Thieves, Sunrunners and STREET MRKT’s emcee, David Knight… out on South First Street between San Carlos and San Salvador streets.
First Friday September 6th, 7–11pm
SoFA district in downtown San Jose
(on South First Street between San Carlos & San Salvador streets)
Free and open to the public.
Participating artists / creatives:
Al Preciado, Alan Hackler, André Hart, Anna and June Designs, Art Break, Bay Area Bike Share, Baysics Clothing, Beadworker, Becca’s Studio, Black Cat Collective, BOLO Vintage, Bugs and Monsters, Chivaz Wear, Cynthia Gonzalez, Crossroads Trading, Current Tattooing, David Canavese, EcoMonster, E L Helmet, Fernando Amaro, Frances Marin, Francisco Franco, Frank Aguilar, Galactic Romance, Gianfranco Paolozzi, Guy Brookshire, Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery, J.Fein Designs, James Pollard, Jewels by Daisy, Jodi Mascarenas, Jumble Jibbles , Kathryn Hedges, Keith Bunnell, Knotty Boards , Lucy and Mabel Jewelry, Luna Park Chalk Arts Festival, Matthew Lopez, Mike Borja, Murphy Adams, The One Thousand Thousand Project, Poetry Center San Jose, Radio KKUP 91.5fm , Revolights, SEASONED, The Showroom by the Usuals, SLG /ArtBoutiki, Steamy Tech, Steven Reece, TechShop SJ, There There, Tiny Splendor, Tinkertart , Woody Miller, Works Gallery, and Zenning
RIDE IN! Safe & secure bike parking provided by San Jose Bike Valet
In addition to wonderful restaurants and cafés in the district, a wide assortment of gourmet food trucks will be on site in the parking lot next to ANNO DOMINI Gallery including: Banjara Bistro, Barefoot Coffee, Cheese Bandits, Eat On Monday, MoBowl Food Truck, O Mi Ninja, Quick Dog, ScoopsSJ, Soulnese and Twisted Chill
STREET MRKT is produced by Two Fish Design.
THANK YOU! to our STREET MRKT partners and sponsors:
San Jose Downtown Association, Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, TechShop SJ, ZipCar and Metro Newspapers. Supported in part by a Cultural Affairs Grant from the City of San Jose
Street Mrkt is a Bright Green San José event! The food scraps, compostable plates, cups and utensils are made into a rich natural fertilizer to reduce the amount of space taken up at landfills and to keep our soil healthy. Please check the sticker on the waste bins to make sure you’re putting items in the right bin. Thank you for contributing to a Bright Green San José.