JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk + SubZERO Festival on June 5th & 6th from 6pm–Midnight. RSVP
The South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring eclectic art exhibitions and special performances. All art venues are FREE & open to the public.
South FIRST FRIDAYS presents
8th Annual SubZERO Festival June 5th & 6th
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. Now two days! Come out either night (or both!) and enjoy open galleries, 100+ artists, performers, indie businesses and live bands celebrating the creative spirit!
Thank you to our Sponsors and Parters:
Knight Foundation, Lagunitas, San Jose Downtown Association, Metro Newspapers, TechShop, City of San Jose, Bay Brewers Guild, South FIRST FRIDAYS and Two Fish Design.
MACLA presents, Breaking Point
Artists Jaime Guerrero and Viviana Paredes use glass as a vehicle to explore and critique issues as diverse as the effects of over-hunting to the extinction of dialects and cultural customs.
8pm: Aguacero returns to MACLA with its traditional and contemporary expressions of Puerto Rican Bomba music and dance.
Phantom Galleries at Pho69 – 321 South First St. map
Lift Off 2015 + Phantom Galleries at Pho69 presents “Star-Crossed Lovers”, an exhibition celebrating the work of San Jose State University MFA graduates Devon McKnight, Lindsay Montgomery, and Scotty Gorham. The work of these three artists interact with the lively and hip downtown Pho restaurant, exploring themes of tragic destinies and doomed lovers.
Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map
Sculptures that incorporate light sources including neon, plasma, LED, incandescent, and laser, to illuminate and enhance glass and related media. Presented in collaboration with Glass Art Society and their San José conference, the exhibit will include 21 artists who explore intersections of art, glass, and light technologies.
Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map
Surface Matters: pattern / texture / image
An invitational exhibition exploring various mark making processes as they apply to glass and other media
Opening Reception with live music by David Field, firstname.lastname@example.org
Participating Artists: Elizabeth Strickland, David Ture Gustafson, Ian Bassett, Cody Nicely, Mary Catherine Richardson, Brennan Kasperzak, Ali VandeGrift & Melinda Moody
The Craftsman – 399 South First St. map
Neon Re-Imagined: A tribute to George Méliès by Lora and Greg Price
Inspired by the 1902 film “A Trip to the Moon,” these six individual pieces tell the story of the launch of a rocket to the moon. This mixed media piece combines wood, acrylic, LEDs with electronics to create the look of neon using new technology.
Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map
Featured artist: Jewelry Designer BECCA CUELLAR
Becca Cuellar ias a local artist and jewelry designer. She will be joining us as an accomplished contributor to this month’s First Friday event as well as making her debut at this year’s SubZero festival.
Becca studied Spatial Art at SJSU (2012) and minored in Costume Design. She always had a passion for fashion, collecting textures and loud colors, using herself as a live canvas for assemblage. She incorporated her love for clothing in all of her art classes, making her own interpretation of her degree. One of the highlights was making corsets out of clay, metal, and fabric. After school she spent a brief time in Los Angeles, from where she hails, as a set decorator, costume and wardrobe stylist, and a radio commercial producer. She continues to work in marketing for her family business, The Radio Ranch: Creative Services, and her mother’s comedy blog HonestlyLisa.com and podcast Men are People Too. She now rallies rocks to aid in healing and positive energetics while making semi traditional, but all stylish prayer beads, and forges metal in fire to make individual sculptures to be worn as rings. Becca continues to over-accessorize and spring with joy over any small animal that may cross her path.
South First Billiards – 420 South First St. map
“Clear” is a multimedia collaborative glass exhibition by artists Elizabeth Torrance, Scotty Gorham, Stephen Jacklyn, and Kevin Chong. With an emphasis on neon signage, these artists celebrate the cultural range of glass by combining the dark, the everyday, and the divine.
Studio Climbing Gym – 396 South First St. map
“The roads less traveled” by photographer Sergei.Pecherskyy
Sergiy’s passion for photography is fueled by the beauty of nature and especially destinations that require physical strength and emotional investment to reach them. His camera and tripod are usually the first items he packs when going on backpacking trips in which he searches for magnificence of the nature in rarely seen conditions. For this show he selected photographs from known and less traveled places to stir up feelings and awaken thoughts about the incredibly wonderful yet fragile world we live in.
TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map
From Beyond the Lathe! by Paxton Hovig Schiltz
From Beyond the Lathe! incorporates techniques which Schiltz finds aesthetically pleasing, have been turned on the lathe, and have functional formality.
“As an artist I tend to create things that also have a purpose, for example I wont just make a hanging ornament, I would take the time to install a light to give said ornament a function. I create works with dual function, and sometimes the natural grain, texture and feel of the wood gives the piece purpose enough.”
Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 South First St. map
SPECTRUM an exploration of the never ending possibilities of an amazing material.
The 50+ glass artists represented in this show utilize a wide variety of processes to create the work presented in the gallery. With high caliber skillfulness, these featured artists are able to mold an everyday material into fantastic visual delights. Whether it is traditional glassblowing, flameworking, casting, alternative print processes, repurposed found objects, or a combination of all of the above, this show illustrates a small slice of how artists are using this amazing material as an expression of their creative vision.
This exhibition coincides with the Glass Art Society’s 44th Annual International Glass Conference to be held in San Jose this June.
Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map
KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map
Closed this evening.
Seeing Things Gallery – 30 North Third St. map
Closed this evening.
ZERO1 Garage – 439 South First St. map
CLOSED (Moved from this location)
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!
Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map
Psycho Donuts San Jose current show is a continuation of an un-themed collection :
Featuring recent updated works by Christine Benjamin, John Hageman, Michael Foley, along with art by: Laura Callin Bennett, Mike Borja, Valery Milovic,
Third Space Fitness – 550 South first St. map
Closed this evening.
Vyne Bystro – 110 Paseo de San Antonio Walk map
Andrew Wallace Solo Exhibit
To extract the essence of humanity is to reduce the many to one. The solitary figure, repeated throughout Andrew Wallace’s work, conveys the sense of human fallibility and the inconstant desires possessed. The permanent shadow cast from the industrial revolution transformed philosophical and social ideals still upheld today. Inspired fromm early 19th century prints and photographs, Wallace, seeks a period free from the current mainstream societal decay.