September 4, 2015—South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk + STREET MRKT

JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk + STREET MRKT on September 4th from 7–11pm. 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.

Thank you to our Sponsors and Partners:
San Jose Downtown Association, Metro Newspapers, TechShop, City of San Jose, South FIRST FRIDAYS and Two Fish Design.


  • Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map

    Art work by Stephanie Allen

    Opening reception: ELEMENTAL: Twenty-eight international & local artists interpretations of… Water, Earth, Air & Fire

    6–9pm Live music by: Paolozzi Tango Trio

    Participating Artists: Stephanie Allen, Eszter Bornemisza, Cathy Cakebread, Susan Carnahan, Melissa Caudle, Katharin Christman, Dotti Cichon, Lisa D’Alessandro, Dorit Elisha, Anika Gjerdrum, Rinat Goren, Marilyn Host, Judy Kirby, Kent Manske, Bob Martinez, Jan Nolte, Virginia Phelps, Raji Raman, Trudy Myrrh Reagan, John Reily, Jamila Rufaro, Dina Scheel, Beth Shields, Maria Sky, Lynne Todaro, Anitta Toivio, Janet Trenchard, Nanette Wylde. Concept & Curation: Dotti Cichon. Coordination: Jamila Rufaro.

  • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map

    Join us at KALED Gallery for the opening reception of two new feature exhibitions by Andrew Irvine, and Anthony Palomo.


    Atomic Number 92 by Andrew Irvine

    Andrew Irvine is a mixed media ceramic artist who is inspired by the chemistry and science behind ceramic materials and processing. In “Atomic Number 92” he will showcase his newest works that push the boundaries of ceramic art using exotic, sometimes controversial elemental metals like neodymium, holmium, selenium, bismuth and uranium.


    God’s Garden by Anthony Palomo

    “God’s Garden” treads through shattered roses, facets of pedals and divine distortions. Dissecting the recollection of nature. Entities are slit and fractured, then reassembled into an all-seeing entirety, revealing dimensions of innocence within mangled, yet immaculate cubism.

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

    MACLA_Patrick Martinez
    Patrick Martinez, “american melting pot” (pinoy pupusas) (chinese mexican) (seoul food), 2013. Neon.

    MACLA presents, “Found in Translation”
    Work by Pilar Agüero-Esparza, Aaron de La Cruz, Rogelio Gutierrez and Patrick Martinez

    The four artists in “Found in Translation” transform everyday objects and materials (from street signs to crayons) to illustrate the complexities of the human experience in a multi-lingual and multi-cultural world.


    8pm performance by Colombian Soul
    Through Colombian folkloric dance and short pieces of theater, Colombian Soul shows the vivid expressions, idiosyncrasies, and dreams of the Colombian soul.

  • Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map

    Angelica Muro, Narco Queen 2, silver gelatin print

    “Caprichos Anatomicos” is about artists depicting obsession through abstraction: mania, fascination, fixation, passion, and preoccupation. Through abstraction, the artist is reducing focus—focusing on one obsession—a word, an image, a gesture. Abstraction becomes the complexity: erasing what we don’t need, we will find what we want.

    Participating Artists: Facundo Araganaraz, Miguel Arzabe, Sofia Cordova, Juan Luna-Avin (co-curator), Angelica Muro (co-curator), Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck

  • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map


    To be summed up in a strand of beads, Capricorn Honey is a contemporary jewelry line which embodies dainty and sweet, honey-toned delicacies. We are focused in providing the modern gal with unique, high-quality pieces for everyday wear. Inspired by the beautiful colors of nature, our materials range from high quality gold chains, faceted gems, stones, to leather fabrics. All pieces are designed and hand-crafted by Nicole, the founder, in her tiny studio. Capricorn Honey has already began to appear in an eclectic boutique, Therapy Stores, Inc. with locations all around the Bay Area as well as local art and craft shows. Our goal is to continue to create special creations that excite our fans and bring a little bit of joy to any gal’s wardrobe.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library – 150 E San Fernando St. map


    Sonrisas Jóvenes Que Hacen, Felices A Corazones Viejos by Dan Fenstermacher

    I spent the last two months capturing the lifestyle of the residents of Hogar Para Ancianos, a nice cottage-like senior citizen home in the town of San Ramon, Costa Rica. Although the language barrier between English and Spanish limited our conversations, I enjoyed listening to their stories and I feel honored to have been allowed into the community. It was a pleasure transitioning from a stranger to becoming friends with the residents.

    There are many stories captured in the faces of these senior citizens. Much of the time, the residents there can be found sitting in old wooden rocking chairs or giant comfortable black leather recliners, listening to music, chatting, and reflecting on a long life in the warm sun and soft breeze.

    Through this experience, I have witnessed that the process of life is very much a looping circle as we return to dependency on others as we age, similar to our infancy at the beginning of our life. This further reiterates the notion that we are all connected and life is about helping others and in return receiving help as well. The product of one’s life is measured in how you helped others as we all need help in this world.

  • LGBTQ Youth Space – 452 South First St. map


    Transitions group exhibit by local LGBTQ Youth ages 13-25 yrs.

    This gallery exhibit features a variety of mediums and pieces created by local LGBTQ youth and young adult artists exploring the theme of transitions.

  • Phantom Galleries at Pho69 – 321 South First St. map


    Artist’s reception: frag·ments (frăg′mənts) by Robertino Ragazza

    frag.ments are a collection of travel images taken over the years. It is my travel journal and a reminder, a montage of my experiences and connectedness to a place or singular moment.

    For me, travel is the greatest experiment. It brings forth the curiosity and the urge to investigate the experience of being alive and it permanently influences our perspective on life. It offers a new beginning, new experiences, and endlessly changing horizon. In the beginning, there was no real plan, just a vacation that became a journey. As Henry Miller once said, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

    In frag.ments, I explore and present photographs that attempt to reflect hidden meanings or just simply a literal representation of a place or singular moment that took my breath away. By definition, frag.ments be an incomplete and isolated portion or bits of pieces; a sliver or a shard, a flake or a morsel that makes up the whole experience with underlying undertones of mystery, building a narrative through contextualization and surreal juxtaposition. Inspiration comes in different forms and the book, “The Sun Also Rises” was the catalyst that inspired my sense of wanderlust, thus my journey began.

    “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ernest Hemingway

  • Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map

    art by Michael Foley

    Monsters, Movies, and Mayhem (oh my) group exhibit

    A collection of Movies, Monsters and zany art with a little bit of a macabre bent to it.
    Featuring works by: John Hageman, Christine Benjamin, Nik Caesar, Michael Foley and additional artists.

  • TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map

    EPSON MFP image

    Artist’s reception: “Diary of a Naturalist” by Shannon Amidon

    During her residency, Shannon used the technology and tools available at TechShop to create her new series inspired by the naturalists of the Victorian era. In “Diary of a Naturalist” knowledge and wonderment go hand in hand as she combines her love for books and natural history.

    With the Epilog laser, she etched images of botanicals, insects, and other natural elements onto antique and vintage book covers. Included in the exhibit are a variety of glass specimen bottles from her personal collection, each bearing a laser-etched image identifying its contents. By interlacing art and science Shannon explores the connection between man-made and natural objects; evoking a sense of nostalgia for the classic age of exploration and discovery.

    Live music by Mark Camp

  • Third Space Fitness – 550 South first St. map

    This exhibit will be showcasing the work of photographer Dan Fenstermacher and scenic designer Danielle Pena. Both are current students at SJSU and Pepperdiine University.


    “Sonrisas Jóvenes Que Hacen, Felices A Corazones Viejos”
    Dan Fenstermacher will be showing a project photographed during his recent travels to Costa Rica. The exhibit captures and reinforces that elders are important to society. Aging should be something to celebrated respected, and these photos pay homage to their achievement of living a long life


    “Behind the Scenes”
    Danielle Pena will be showing realistic paintings from her scenic design thesis. Her paintings show a keen eye for detail and a small behind the scenes look into theatre production.

    Join us for our debut ThirdSpace Market featuring baked goods, one of kind handmade clothing, and unique secondhand designer clothes. You won’t want to miss it!


  • Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 South First St. map


    We Are Savages solo exhibition of sign painter Ken Davis

    Our mainstream society has developed into a culture that among many other things, praises the shortcut and enjoys the illusion of luxury in their everyday. If there is an easy way out of a long trail, it is most certainly more popular of a route than the traditional trail. In the shadows of the mainstream there is a small percentage of holdouts. It is these Individuals that see the trails walked for generations as ideal routes to live their lives. Those of us with firm roots in traditional crafts are typically viewed with intrigue as modern Savages by the masses glued to their devices of instant result. The Savages are the ones who refuse to conform to the new norms that exponential technological growth has created. We generally are content with creating what we do for the sake of the pursuit and nothing more. Anything that comes from that is merely a bonus. ~Ken Davis

    Ken Davis is a traditional sign painter in the purest sense of the word and is fiercely committed to keeping the craft alive. The by-gone days of signs being hand painted, due to necessity, is now an almost lost art. This solo exhibition of new works by Davis is one of his most personal. The works in “We Are Savages” are directly from, or inspired by, the inner thoughts and experiences from Davis’ day to day life as a craftsman artist.

  • Caffé Frascati – 315 South First St. map

    Opera pic

    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!

  • Phantom Galleries at SoFA Market – 387 South First St. map


    Phantom Galleries presents: “String Theory” an installation by Anabella Piñon and Frances Marin at SoFA Market.

    Taking a nostalgic form of communication, the game of childhood game of ‘telephone’, “String Theory” conveys the dense, voyeuristic and sometimes overwhelming nature of modern connectivity where everyone is talking, listening and knowing what one another is doing at all times. Viewers are invited to play telephone with the set of cans displayed beside the artwork.

  • Vyne Bystro – 110 Paseo de San Antonio Walk map

    “One” 2015 Watercolor on Arches – 8×10 inches

    Inner Space” by Jasmin Alconcher

    I can’t recall the first time I fell in love with the night sky, but not a night has passed where I did not look up. My first feelings, without fail, is amazement, wonder, and admiration in its purest form. Then comes the sense of home, a deep feeling of oneness, a lasting sense of belonging. I’ve spent many nights searching for answers from the Universe, but it was only recently I grew to realized the importance of looking inward. This is when I discovered my inner space and the comparisons it has with outer space; the mystery, the complexity, the vastness, the humbling of the ego, and the answers waiting to be discovered and decoded.

    These paintings are reflections of my intimate journey into the mystery and wonderment of my inner space. I hope to inspire the viewer to look inward to their own skyspaces and landscapes, to boldly explore the abstract universe they hold within. Enlightenment is just beyond the mist.

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


  • Seeing Things Gallery – 30 North Third St. map

    Closed this evening.

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    First Friday, September 4, 2015, 7-11 pm
    S 1st Street in the SoFA District
    (btwn San Carlos & William Streets)

    In addition to the 20 participating venues in the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk, join us for the outdoor STREET MRKT featuring 40 exhibiting artists with live music on the STREET MRKT stage (near California Theater) by Ferocious Few (SF), Human Ottoman (OR), and David Knight (SJ) and dj sets by Sonido Clash (at south end near William St.) plus a variety of gourmet food trucks out on South 1st Street.

    Featured Artists & Creatives:
    Frank Aguilar, Almost Done, Bay Maples Wild California Gardens, Baysics Clothing, Sandi Billingsley, Black & Brown, Bolo Vintage, Michael Borja, Keith Bunnell, David Canavese, Classic Loot, Crossroads Trading Co., The Cube, Current Tattoo, Mojag Gallery & Friends, DonBon, Emonic, Faerie Goatmother, Force 129 + Betty Proper, Francisco Franco, Cynthia Gonzalez, Higher Fire Clayspace , Jodi408 , KATRAA Clothing Designs, Denis Korkh, Luna Park Chalk Art, Manic Designs, Masetas.Rotas, Théresa Merchant, Noise Furniture, NSEWest Co., Out of Print Vintage, Joe Perea, Petite Galleria, Poetry Site w/ David Perez, Al Preciado, Shadowhouse Creations, Steven Reece, Reed Magazine, Leslie Ann Rice, San Jose Bicycles, Sea Snort Studios, SLG Publishing + APE–POP, Steamy Tech, TechShop SJ, Unpossible Cuts , Visual Confections, Works Gallery and the Young Outlaws Theatrical Project,

    Gourmet Food Trucks: MoGo BBQ, Rice Rockit, Siam Food Truck, Soulenese, Street Fusion, and Takoz ModMex

    The Art Walk and STREET MRKT are free and open to the public.