JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk on MAR 4th from 7–11pm . RSVP
The South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk is a self-guided, nighttime tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring eclectic art exhibitions and special performances.
All Art Walk venues are FREE & open to the public.
Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map
Silicon Valley Open Studios Preview Exhibition
Silicon Valley Open Studios is an organization of visual artists in the Bay Area that are fluent in all mediums of visual art from painters to photographers to artists in 3D mediums such as jewelry designers, potters, sculptors, etc. Hundreds of artists open their creative spaces to the general public for art sales and fun inspirational conversations as part of the Silicon Valley Open Studios in the first three weekends in May each year. The participating artists are innovative and emerging on the scene with fresh new ideas and wonderful new works to share. The Sneak Preview is an opportunity to see some of their diverse and creative art and meet some of the most active and talented artists under one roof from Silicon Valley Open Studios 2016 at the Art Ark Gallery. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Silicon Valley Open Studios.
Opening Reception: Friday, March 4th 6-9pm with live music by Jon Rubin,
Participating Artists: Anne Pegolotti, Barbara Grauke, Cecilia Mases, Hadi Aghaee, Harriet Helfricht, Janet Trenchard, John Ediger, Judy Bingman, Marika Anderson, Michelle Lorrie Feulner-Castro, Natalia Lvova, Rafael DeSoto, Jr., Rana Ghanma Ayoub, Ross Sheehan, Sally Rayn, Susan Ashley, Susannah Jackson
Join Cinequest and Canon in celebrating creativity behind every film at this year’s festival. Come tour The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus for a state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production experience. Filled with the latest technology and gear, learn how the Lennon Bus works with young creatives to script, record, and produce everything from original documentaries, feature films, music videos, and live multi-camera video productions streamed to the web in real-time –all in one day!
KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map
KALEID Gallery presents: “One Thousand Thousand: The First Third Retrospective Exhibition”
The One Thousand Thousand project has recently passed the point of 333,333 little paintings in an ongoing effort to eventually produce one million. In celebration of the project reaching The First Third milestone we’ll be presenting a large retrospective exhibit that covers the entire span of the project.
Archival images, ephemera, examples of early work and a multi-media display will detail the entirety of the project. A staggering amount of current and selected pieces by a number of the participating artists will be on display and many of these artists will be in attendance for the artists’ reception.
A terrific little gift will be given out to those in attendance beginning promptly at 7PM until supply is exhausted.
MACLA presents, “Custom Lives: Rasquache Renaissance”
Work by Carlos Rolón/Dzine, Marcos Gaitán, Sergio García, Luis Gispert, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Gilbert Magu Luján, Melina Ramirez, Betsabeé Romero and Ana Serrano.
An exhibition that explores the many ways we customize ourselves, our lives and the environments around us.
Image Credit: Betsabeé Romero, Retrovisores Estrellas, 2013. Photo Credit: Damian Kelly
Nosotras, a music and performance ensemble, founded in 2007, is comprised of some of the Bay Area’s most talented women. Nosotras performance shares the beauty and the wealth of Latin American music and dance. Nosotras consists of Rosa Los Santos (guitar and vocals), Jo Bauen (flute and vocals), Gabriela Shiroma (minor percussion and dance) and Peta Robles (vocals, cajón and congas). Bring your own cajón and pañuelos to join in for this exciting and special performance and demonstration.
Phantom Galleries + Cinequest Live Art Contest at Camera 12 Cinemas – 201 South Second St.map
The Annual Live Art Contest will make its appearance once again at Cinequest 26 in partnership with Phantom Galleries. Meet this year’s selected artists Jenifer J. Renzel, and Miguel Machuca in the lobby of Camera12 during the March 4th art walk 7–11pm.
This contest is a great opportunity for the selected artists to showcase their talents to a live audience during the 10 day festival. Attendees & the general public will have the ability to observe each artist interpret this year’s theme “Unite” and thereafter vote for their favorite art work . The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony on March 12th at the Fairmont Hotel.
Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map
Artists Frank Aguilar, Deborah Edmeades, Genevieve Quick, and Dolores Zorreguieta present a dystopian view in their search for new century survival tactics. Issues dear to science fiction and folk tales: the paranormal, the esoteric, and the futuristic are recognized in work depicting monstrosity, metamorphosis, and epic journeys to alien worlds.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library – 150 E San Fernando St. map
“Historic Window Project” A collection of historic images from the California Room Collection at San Jose Public Library.
We are celebrating the opening of the latest exhibit in the Rotary Club’s Historic Window Project. San Jose Public Library is pleased to exhibit an image of our first Carnegie Library building (1903-1936) that stood on the corner of Fourth and San Fernando 113 yeas ago.
Live performance by Time Will Decide
Social Policy – 200 South First St. map
Artists’ reception: “Thanks for the Invite” photography by Lola Saba, Phil Bordallo, Michael Boehnker, and Ryan Cosentino-Roush
“Thanks for the Invite” showcases the work of four local artists-&-friends who share an obsession over the photographic process. Whether along in their daily routines or shootin’ the shit in the streets, these photographers have trained themselves to catch fleeting moments of beauty & structure within a disorienting world in flux. Although their subjects are at times disparate, they are united by a mastery over formal visual elements. Each artist has accrued a unique visual language from a genuine love for discovering their environments and the people & things which populate them.
TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map
Artist’s reception: “1:64, a show of miniature proportion” by Aron Baker
As an artist I have found that the projects I enjoy the most, are often times the ones that aren’t meant to be taken too seriously. I wanted to create something that will drive conversation toward a light hearted and reminiscent direction, rather than a deep contemplation on the meaning of life. With this show I take a diversion from my normal discipline of print making to explore photography, this is my first offering and I hope you enjoy it.
Vyne Bystro – 110 Paseo de San Antonio Walk map
“Studies” by Carlos Espindola
The body that structures an exhibition has a process of a study. These are the works that take you through that process of working.
Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 South First St. map
On view: “Quartet for the End of Time” solo exhibition of new works by Barron Storey and live music by Cellista in tribute to Olivier Messiaen.
On January 15, 1941 French composer Olivier Messiaen premiered his seminal work “Quartet for the End of Time” within the confines of Stalag VIII A, a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp in Silesian Germany. The ensemble (clarinet, violin, cello, and piano) played upon broken instruments in front of an an audience comprised of his fellow prisoners and prison guards.
Now, 75 years after the premiere performance, Anno Domini presents a Messiaen-inspired exhibition of new paintings by renown artist Barron Storey entitled “Quartet” and three live concert performances on February 20th, March 12th & 13th. In these performances; entitled “End of Time,” Cellista (Freya Seeburger) and her Juxtapositions Chamber Ensemble will reconstruct the premiere and its truth-telling by merging a full performance of Messiaen’s “Quartet” with elements of theater.
Join us for the March 4th art walk as artist Barron Storey continues his work on the insitu mural wall and Cellista will be performing some solo works inspired by her time visiting Stalag VIIIA in Poland (where the Quartet was imprisoned). We will have tickets for the March 12th and 13th concerts available for purchase during the art walk at the gallery.
San Jose Public Art at Parque de los Pobladores (Gore Park) map
“PEEP” by Jonathan Fung
This shipping container is a symbol of global trade—including the trade of human beings. In PEEP, Bay Area Artist Jonathan Fung creates a metaphor within the venue of a peep show to address the loss of freedom for the faceless victims of human trafficking. The wooden toy blocks symbolize a loss of innocence of those exploited by sex trafficking and are juxtaposed against rows of sewing machines that evoke the plight of those forced into labor.
In association with Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and on display through the first weekend in March will be local artist Jonathan Fung’s Peep in Parque de los Pobladores in SoFA. Peep is a brightly painted 20’ shipping container that upon closer inspection reveals a compelling investigation of human trafficking. The artwork gives visual and auditory form to this often unnoticed and unseen atrocity. The shipping container is a symbol of global trade—including the trade of human beings—as well as a metaphor for standardization, commodification, and mobility. Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide and is a particular concern during large sporting events. OCA is partnering with the County’s Office of Women’s Policy and the Office of District Attorney Jeff Rosen to produce this important artwork.
If you are a victim of human trafficking or see something suspicious, call The National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888.
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!
Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map
“Travel Notes…” by Robertino Ragazza
It is said that traveling is a way to getting to know the world, meeting new people and learning about their lives. It is a daring experience and adventure that allows you to explore and to get to know one self.
When I was younger, I lived vicariously and curiously through someone else travel experiences. The quote: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” by St. Augustine, resonated deeply within me and the book “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway, was the catalyst that inspired my sense of wanderlust, thus my journey began.
Through travel, I set out to fill the empty pages in my “Travel Notes”. I filled each page with images and fragments of memories of places I explored. I became the storyteller of my own experiences.
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 my “Travel Notes” exhibition, I present photographs which illicit memories of great experiences and moments that took my breath away. Travel is an inspiration and my images are ingrained memories. To travel is to live….
Live music by Q&A, an Asian American folk / R&B music duo native to San Jose.
Phantom Galleries at Pho69 – 321 South First St. map
“Journey into Existentialism” by Brandon Anderton
In 2012, after suffering a work related injury, I was introduced to art through a physical rehabilitation program which used art as an outlet for expression and mindfulness.
I’ve since found art to be something I use as a daily form of meditation and mindful movement in dealing with chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. Through art I find a means of giving a thought, feeling, or idea which cannot readily be expressed in words, an expression through shape and/or color. I enjoy using various forms of media in my work from recycled equipment and tools to the various beaches as my canvas in the California Bay Area.
Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map
“Don’t Let It Get to Your Head”
An eclectic mix of work from Nicolas Caesar, Julie Meridian, Michael Foley, Kimi Star, John Hageman, Jr.
SoFA Market – 387 South First St. map
“Paintings from the Inside and Outside” by Al Preciado
Enjoy paintings from the voluminous archive of Painter, Sculptor, and Educator Al Preciado. Al has shown his work internationally and has had a lasting impact on the local community through his tireless efforts to beautify the world with his own work and his teaching at a local high school. His lyrical, gestural works on canvas will be available for viewing in SoFA Market, a food hall and event space located in the heart of the SoFA District.
Studio Climbing Gym – 396 South First St. map
“Vertical Wilderness Submersion” by photographer Dirk Summers
These images come from climbing landscapes around the natural world. They were captured in all different seasons, in a variety of locations, and emphasize the great natural beauty inherent in many of the places in which we climbers are lucky enough to enjoy our passion.