June 6–7, 2014—South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk + 7th Annual SubZERO Festival

JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk + SubZERO Festival on June 6th & 7th from 6pm–Midnight. 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: Release the Pearl by Faring Purth (CA)

    Street artist Faring Purth returns to Anno Domini with “Release the Pearl,” the artist’s follow-up solo exhibition since the 2012 solo exhibition “This Snow Rising.”

    On First Friday June 6th, Purth takes over the entire gallery with a new body of work created while on location in St. Louis, Missouri. Inspired by the ephemeral molting of a woman and the torrential powers of a river.

  • Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map


    Cwazy Wayz

    View new works by renowned Santa Cruz artist Mattie Leeds. Giant ceramic vessels present visual manifestations of Leeds’ wild, unbridled creativity – material extensions of the artist’s soul. Leeds’ imagery blurs the boundaries between portrait and history, between global and local, and between the universal and the specific. Leeds takes us on a journey from past to present via his narrative-based ceramic vessels.

    Mattie Leeds will be on hand for SubZERO – join us at Higher Fire’s booth for a demonstration of Mattie’s GIANT 5-feet tall vessels being made on a pottery wheel.

  • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map

    Jean Davis, Floating Up, oil on canvas, 20″ x 16″

    What I See When I See Me
    KALEID group exhibit at SubZERO Festival

    We all think we “see” artists. We see them at receptions, they’re acquaintances we see out and about at social gatherings…sometimes they become good friends. We associate them with their art, their shining faces, their creative fashion sense or their sparking personalities. But do we see them as they see themselves?

    What I See When I See Me is an interpretative self portraiture exhibit of how these artists picture their true selves beyond the exterior shell they reside in.

    Opens: First Friday June 6th & Saturday June 7th at SubZERO Festival. (Gallery location is closed.)

    Participating Artists: Shannon Amidon, Fernando Amaro, Mariana Barnes, Christine Benjamin, Sandi Billingsley, Julie Bilyeu, Steven Borelli, Michael Borja, Bryson Bost, Karen Carlo Salinger, Tessa Cavazos, Mark Damrel, Jean Davis , Charis DeRemer, Donbon, Michael Foley, Michele Guieu, Nadja Martens, Kassandra Mattia, Avery Palmer, PeeMonster, Joe Perea, Steven Reece, Valerie Runningwolf, Melanie Sharr, Kori Thompson, Victoria Vaz, and Andy Wallace.

  • Phantom Galleries – 95 South Market St. map

    Stiltwalkers, Old Havana, acrylic on canvas, 9″ x 6″

    Phantom Galleries presents: Cuba Dozen by Judy Rookstool

    Recently I traveled to Cuba, and this series of acrylic paintings depicts scenes I observed, painted from memory augmented by photographs. The works are small, much like photos in a travel journal, and I have included text from my written journal as part of the installation. Most are representational, but Cuba Interrupted is abstract and reminds me that events have often halted the forward motion of Cuba.

    While I have always been interested in art, my formal schooling did not begin until I took art classes at San Jose City College. Since completing courses there, I have also attended many workshops, and because of my academic orientation, read lots of art books and often go to museums and galleries. I have tried a variety of styles and media, and I like the forgiveness and relative “greenness” of water-soluble acrylic and the pure color of pastels.

    My paintings are sometimes scenes from my travel. I like to bring to the canvas a feeling about the people and objects I paint, conveying some of their history and essence.

    I have an interest in civility and civil discourse which I see as a way to improve human encounters by realizing the intrinsic worth of others and by respecting the interconnectedness of human beings, so each of my paintings has something of human emotion. I see art, in general, as a way to reduce the effects of “otherness.”

  • Seeing Things Gallery – 30 North Third St. map


    The gallery is closed tonight, please visit our booth at the SubZERO Festival!

  • Silicon Valley Music Festival at Sliding Door Company – 355 South First St. map

    One Thousand Thousand Project + special performances by Glenda Bates

    The Silicon Valley Music Festival Gala Auction and Celebration of Art and Music!
    SVMF announces its first annual Gala Auction as part of the South First Fridays Art Walk! and SubZERO Festival. The Auction with feature the art works of Jason McHenry’s, One Thousand Thousand project:

    Jason has been working with the Silicon Valley Music Festival since January and has designed commemorative SVMF art works to be part of the auction on Friday, June 6. Glenda Bates, jazz vocalist and oboist, along with her ensemble will serenade us during the SubZERO event with a very special musical performance planned for this evening. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres to be served. Auction items may be reviewed at http://www.svmusicfestival.org

  • Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map

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    Circuit design team

    Design in Transit

    Seventeen SJSU advanced graphic design students developed 5 dramatic rebrand concepts for public transportation in Silicon Valley. This exhibition is presented as part of San Francisco Design Week in collaboration with AIGA SF, the professional organization for design. Visit both WORKS and our booth at SubZERO Festival!

    Design in Transit designers are Kendra Biggs, Brandon Boswell, Jordan Brady, Glenn Cardenas, Hoyin Chan, Kayla Clarot, Maya Ealey, Cindy Fu, Stefanie Galvan, Donghoh Han, Jonathan Heath, Michael Mirchandani, Tommy Pham, Rachel Poage, Kelsey Sutherland, Eloisa Tan, and Marya Yama.

  • ZERO1 Garage – 439 South First St. map

    Image: Qi-Visualizer by Yuan-Yi Fan

    LAST Festival at the ZERO1 Garage

    ZERO1 is excited to host the first LAST (Life, Art, Science, and Technology) Festival. The LAST festival is a weekend-long event that features a combination of interactive multimedia art installations and interactive inspirational talks by luminaries on cutting-edge technology and science taking place June 6th-7th at the ZERO1 Garage. The exhibition will celebrate the confluence of art with the multiplicity of new media technologies and nascent sciences that are transforming sociality and experience in the 21st century. The LAST Symposium will feature: Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google, on Artificial Intelligence; Daniel Kaufman, Director of the Information Innovation Office at DARPA, on DARPA’s high-tech projects; Jennifer Dionne, director of Stanford’s Nanotech Lab, on Defense Technologies; Chris McKay, Chief Planetary Scientist at NASA Ames, on Life in the Universe; and Alvy Ray Smith, cofounder of Pixar.

  • Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map

    art by Ken Edwards

    Cubberley Diaspora at Art Ark Gallery

    The Cubberley Studio Program has been around in some form since the late 1980’s. It was originally the brainchild of Leon Kaplan, the then-Director of Art and Culture for the City of Palo Alto, and it was intended as an antidote to the extreme gentrification of Palo Alto and its environs, which is to say that it gave artists an opportunity to have affordable studio space in an increasingly pricey area. Many of us have left or are leaving Cubberley in 2014 due to changes in the program, and in this show we are celebrating the sense of community that has been the most important element of the program for many of us, an element that we all take with us in some form as we move on to other artistic venues, which include group and individual studios on the Peninsula as well as some of us who may stay at Cubberley. Successful artistic communities are rare and hard to preserve, and we all feel special to have been able to participate together in this one.

    Opening Reception: Friday, June 6th 6-9pm
 with live music by Shannon Swick

    Participating Artists: Lois Anderson, Lessa Bouchard, Sharon Chinen, Ulla de Larios, Ken Edwards, Peter Foley, Linda Gass, Barbara Gunther, Inge Infante, Steve Kiser, Marianne Lettieri, Andy Muonio, Julia Nelson-Gal, Michael Pauker, Nora Raggio, Colleen Sullivan, Cristina Velazquez

  • Discover San Jose – 150 South First St., Suite 103 map


    Discover San Jose welcomes Ben Leone as our artist of the month, featuring his Yesterday and Today Exhibit—”Flashback” (yesterday)…the British invasion, the Summer of Love…. when music and innocence changed forever; and “TechScapes” (today)… the art of chip design, the routing of electrical circuits for the purpose of maximizing the performance of a chip, while minimizing the physical size required to accomplish a given circuit’s function. Leone’s works are comprised of two completely different collections that reflect how the “Valley of Heart’s Delight” has evolved to “Silicon Valley”. From “Beatle Boots” to “Power Suits.”


    DSJ also welcomes the live Jazz vocals of Karin Carson on June 6, a recent San Diego Music Awards nominee for “Best Jazz.” While in Southern California, she founded the San Diego Jazz Musicians Guild in April 2009 and now calls San Jose home, bringing the same passion for her music with her. “It’s true that Karin Carson has a beautiful voice, but it’s the way she uses it that makes her a stand out,” says musician Bart Mendoza. “In a song like ‘Beatrice,’ her phrasing and emphasis adds to the tension like a paintbrush to an aural canvas.”

    As always, refreshments will be served. Come on by and shop among the works of nearly 70 local artists and authors while listening to some great live jazz! By supporting local artists, you are also supporting a local downtown retailer.

  • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map


    “San Shui” — An Exhibit by Russell Altice Case

    All of these works were completed in my studio from source material collected on sight. Buena Vista is the hill my wife and I live on in San Francisco and is our home. The landscapes in this exhibition all have the curious title of San Shui, “good view”. My wife and I moved here from Taiwan where we lived. All in all we lived in Asia for seven of the last fifteen years. 山 水 Shan means mountain and Shui means water in Mandarin. The two words together are the generic term for landscape. Implicit that painting is incomplete without the pairing of opposites. There must be a hard and soft, form and flow, cool and warm elements for a landscape to be a “good view”.

    Russell Altice Case started out at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago working with Elizabeth Rupprecht, a direct student of Hans Hoffman. Later, he worked with William T. Williams, a student of Al Held and also a student of Hoffman. His work within this lineage was informed by spatial and color field formal construction with lots of squares flying around. Though retinal painting became how his paintings “looked,” Frank Stella’s Working Space had made a strong case for perspective and volume and so like Kerry James Marshall, Russell decided to hang the objects back on Cezanne’s grid. Russell finished his formal studies with Lennart Anderson in NY, a student of Edwin Dickinson alongside Al Held at the Art Student’s League, and he is delighted to live in a city that hosts Dickinson’s masterpiece “The Cello Player.”

  • First to Market Restaurant – 399 South First St. map


    Photography by Patrick Lyons

    A native of San Jose, I have always enjoyed photography. That passion has taken me many places, but ultimately landed me in Santa Barbara, Ca at Brooks Institute of Photography. Now I use that training to turn my camera into a tool for viewing the world around me in new and fascinating ways. While there’s no shortage of techniques out there to achieve this, my favorite has always been high speed photography. Catching those briefest of moments that pass us by in the blink of an eye. These are a few of my personal favorite frozen moments. Hopefully you enjoy them as much as I do. ~Patrick Lyons

  • South First Billiards – 420 South First St. map


    ASSEMBLE! a MESHcollective show

    featuring: MGer, WJS, CGV Design, Maria Pasang, Jordan Herren, Joel Ruiz Garcia, Magick Monica, Chima and Paul Tanner. Music by : MIXSTERIOUS

  • Studio Climbing Gym – 396 South First St. map


    Petrified by Andy Wallace

    An exploration through Andy Wallace’s most impactful art over the last four years. A last attempt to reach an audience who appreciates painting before a full submergence into three dimensional building .

  • TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map


    TechGYRLS: Women of the Future featuring The TechGyrls of Willow Glen and Hoover Middle Schools

    TechGYRLS is a highly successful nation-wide YWCA after-school empowerment program that provides girls ages 5-14 with opportunities to increase their skills and confidence in the use of technology and engineering. The goal of TechGYRLS® is to provide technology education in an all-girl environment where girls feel comfortable taking risks and opening up to new learning opportunities.

    Work featured in this show was created by the TechGYRLS of Willow Glen and Hoover Middle Schools. The YWCA in collaboration with TechShop have given the girls access and instruction to Laser Cutters, 3d Printers and various other hi-tech tools to allow them to push the limits of their creativity. All of the pieces being featured are the culmination of a years worth of work and learning that ended with the girls pieces being presented at this years Maker Faire.


  • MACLA Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana – 510 South First St. map

    Vargas-Suarez UNIVERSAL, Virus Americanus XII, 2002. Oil enamel on canvas.

    Vargas-Suarez UNIVERSAL

    Vargas-Suarez UNIVERSAL has dedicated his artistic career to the relationship between art, astronomy and space research. For this, his first solo show in California, the artist has been in dialogue with scientists at NASA Ames research center to gather information directly informing the new artworks.

  • 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!

  • Cafe Stritch – 374 South First St. map


    Lucidity Part Deux Travel Imagery by Gary Singh

    In The Old Patagonian Express, Paul Theroux writes: Travel is at its best a solitary enterprise: to see, to examine, to assess, you have to be alone and unencumbered. Other people can mislead you; they crowd your meandering impressions with their own; if they are companionable, they obstruct your view, and if they are boring they corrupt the silence with non sequiturs, shattering your concentration with, “Oh, look, it’s raining” and “You see a lot of trees here.”

    It is hard to see clearly or to think straight in the company of other people. What is required is the lucidity of loneliness to capture that vision which, however banal, seems in your private mood to be special and worthy of interest.

    In my experience, this applies at least as much to travel photography as well. One cannot get anything done when surrounded by mobs of barking tourists or even one’s own friends. Solitude is almost always required, as is an ability to perceive beauty in the commonplace and a built-in identification with whatever lurks between the cracks—creatively, geographically or even psychically.

    I have never met Theroux, but I did share stories with another iconic travel scribe, Tim Cahill, who told me, perhaps facetiously: “As long as it’s outside your own house, it’s travel writing.” Meaning, one might possibly “travel” just as much in one’s own neighborhood as he does anywhere else. That said, most of the images in this show are from around the world—everywhere from Switzerland to Thailand to El Salvador—but some are from right around the corner.

    Gary Singh is an award-winning travel journalist with a music degree who publishes poetry, paints and exhibits photographs. As a scribe, he’s published hundreds of works including travel essays, art and music criticism, profiles, business journalism, lifestyle articles and more. Operating between established realms—creatively, geographically or even psychically—Gary is a sucker for anything that fogs the opposites of native and exotic, luxury and the gutter, academe and the street.

  • Pho69 – 321 South First St. map


    Watercolors of Made’ Sukerti Berg

    Made’ Sukerti Berg was born and raised in Bali, Indonesia, a beautiful and exotic culture with emphasis on the arts and spirituality. She was a dancer in Bali, and continued to perform and teach dance in the United States for many years. In the early 1990’s she began taking art classes and painting watercolors. Over the years her focus has been on painting flowers and Balinese landscape.

    Made’s background with Bali and the arts, come together in this solo show of her watercolors. You see and feel her love and respect for the subject matter she paints. The vibrant colors remind one of the tropics. Her perspective evokes the orient and the exotic. Most of the works were actually painted in Bali and others were conceived there. A portion of the proceeds of all sales will be donated to support educational opportunities for underprivileged Balinese children.

  • Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map

    Art by Laura Callin Bennett

    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 Nicolas Caesar, Murphy Adams, Christine Benjamin, Michael Foley, Michael Borja, Valery Milovic, Carlos Villez, Eric Joyner, Laura Callin Bennett, John Hageman and John Cloud!

  • South FIRST FRIDAYS presents
    7th Annual SubZERO Festival June 6th & 7th RSVP
    6pm–midnight in the SoFA District



    Focused on emerging and present subcultures thriving in our region, SubZERO is a DIY, artistically bent, hi/lo-techno mashup where street meets geek. This year we expand to two days! Come out either night (or both!) and enjoy open galleries, 100+ artists, performers, indie businesses and live bands celebrating the creative spirit!