September 2, 2016 — South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk + STREET MRKT

JOIN US for the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk + STREET MRKT, a diy nighttime urban faire, First Friday SEPT 2nd from 7–11pm. SoFA District (& beyond) downtown San Jose 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 & STREET MRKT are FREE & open to the public.


  •  Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map


    “There is no art without you:” Four Installations by Amy M. Ho, Centa Schumacher, Kate Lee Short, Nathan Byrne
    Four incredible Bay Area artists will be showing four installations including a sound installation, projections and a palette structure movie room.

  • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map


    Artist’s reception: “Iridescent” new works by Andrew Irvine

    Andrew Irvine is a ceramic artist and chemist who is inspired by the science behind ceramic materials and processing. In “Iridescent” he showcases his new experimental work with silver and bismuth lustre glazes using a raku fuming process. The refractive and reflective quality of lustre glaze colors result from a nano-layer of metallic crystals formed in the glaze surface during the fuming process, resulting in vibrant, elusive, otherworldly colors that burst to life when viewed in different light sources. These “glaze paintings” are truly emblematic of the modern evolution of ceramic art crossing over into the world of chemistry and material science.


    Artist’s Reception: “Orbiter” new paintings by Nicole Linde

    Abstract paintings are a form of meditation for me; they are a way for me to let my energy flow during their creation. They help me to process and transform the chaotic randomness of constant information input into a tranquil abstract world on canvas. I strive to create a language of colors, shapes, symbols, and lines forming movement and rhythms. “Orbiter” is a series of paintings exploring the relationship of my loud outer-self orbiting my quieter inner-self.

    Nicole Linde has been creating in one form or another since she can remember. She loves to paint and has a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. She lives in the South Bay with her husband, two children, and cat.

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


    Opening night of “Pattern Recognition” exhibition, with artist talk by Linda Vallejo from 7–8pm
    Aaron De La Cruz, Adrian Esparza, and Linda Vallejo construct, unravel, and mark to reencounter the familiar. Come hear artist Linda Vallejo talk about her work “The Brown Dot Project” in our new exhibition,


    8-10pm in the Castellano Playhouse Theater: Gabriel Navia and Sulkary

    Gabriel Navia is one of Bolivia’s most internationally renowned latino artist. As a producer, guitarist, singer and composer, he has collaborated in 2 albums nominated for the Latin Grammys in 2012 and 2013 and is one of the most foremost exponents of Latin music in the Bay Area. Sulkary Valverde is one of the greatest new voices of Cuba. Her voice is deep and soulful — her precision and outstanding ear enable her to easily sing a story. Her improvisational skills will take you on a voyage from Cuba to Africa with a Spanish connection. Fusioning Latin music, flamenco, Cuban, Brazilian, jazz and traditional Bolivian music in a contemporary and personal way, both Gabriel and Sulkary have performed on many stages around the world including Asia, Europe, North and South America.

    DMC Studio at MACLA

    Come experience MACLA’s DMC Youth perform slam poetry/ spoken word; watch the public premiere of their short films; and view their insightful photography on display throughout the evening!

  • Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map

    James Bonacci, “Antique Democracy Validation Device”

    “Vote Your Subconscience”

    Works’ 2016 member exhibition is a broad survey of election-year work from 80 artists. From confronting political issues head-on to escaping them altogether, this non-juried exhibit is set to reveal the conscious and subconscious conscience of our artistic electorate.

  • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map


    Downtown Yoga Shala presents featured artist Archana Saggar, with her exhibit, “The Spirit of Colors”.

    I see the world in colors. One in which even a seemingly mundane sight can inspire me with the vividness of its color or contrast between the dull and bright. These experiences, both visual and emotional, find their way from within me to my brush in subconscious ways. Here, I share a few of such experiences, each different from the other, yet bound by one common thread- colors.

  • Forager Tasting Room & Eatery – 420 So. First St. map

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    Pop Up Art & Music Series featuring art by Al Preciado, Julie Barrett, Kimy Martinez, Kevin Yeh and Don Prewitt; with live music by Lucas Gordon, Sailing South and Bird & Willow.

  • SoFA Market – 387 So. First St. map


    “15 Journals” by Gianfranco Paolozzi
    Works on canvas, paper, and wood from 1970-2016

  • Studio Climbing Gym – 396 South First St. map

    “Bishop, CA” photography by Aaron Cohen

    This exhibition focuses on the beautiful climbing mecca of Bishop, California – and the Studio climbers who climb there.

  • TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map

    New exhibition of work by TechShop Resident Artist: Tzong-Lian Tsay, Grace Tsay

    “Overachiever childhood, start-up engineer. Then quit job to wander the globe, to pursue art, and to find the infinite.”

    Tzong-Lian, or Grace Tsay is a mechanical engineer, world traveler, and experimental artist who works in many media, and primarily digital illustration. In this exhibition, as TechShop’s featured resident artist, Tsay will pair vibrant digital illustrations with life casting to depict artful studies of human emotional expression.

  • Third Space Fitness – 550 So. First St. map

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    “A feeling of filling” group exhibition featuring: Sydney Cohen, Sara Emsaki, Megan Reed, Tosha Stimage, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Rachel Weidinger

    “A feeling of filling” encompasses a variety of making styles from collage to text based paintings, culminating in a gorgeously rich body of visual pieces. The artists’ musings are recorded in fabric, paper, color and pattern leaving work that echoes a beautiful and sometimes inarticulable relationship to material and environment.


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


    On View: “Things, Mereology and Schemes,” Leon Ka aka Kafre (Barcelona, Spain) solo exhibition

    Leon Ka / aka Kafre (b. Barcelona, Spain 1980) is a Ph.D. student at Universitat de Barcelona with a dissertation on Metaphysical Relations: Ontological Dependence and Metaphysical
    Implication as well as a street artist that uses his art to make visual these seemingly abstract and esoteric concepts.

    Kafre’s solo exhibition “Things, Mereology and Schemes” is a new body of work focused on three main topics of particular interest to the artist: (1) Things–the distinction between the natural things, non-natural things and the artifacts that occur between them; (2) Mereology–the philosophical and mathematical study of parts and the wholes they form, and (3) Schemes–a scheme consists of a table’s structure, which physical constitution is mainly due to columns, names and variables and the relation between them; used to map out something, or to design the internal of a logical system; the main points of an argument or theory, etcetera.

    Leon Ka (aka Kafre) is a philosopher whose area of research is analytical metaphysics. His career in the visual and graphic arts began in 1991 with graffiti and began to evolve towards his current aesthetic and street art activism as his interest in metaphysics grew. Kafre has had several solo exhibitions in Spain & Germany, as well as featured in group exhibitions in England, Italy, Denmark, Ireland, France, U.S. and Spain. “Things, Mereology and Schemes” at A.D. is Kafre’s first solo exhibit in the U.S.


    7:30–10pm 10 minute sound healing sessions with Jessica Neideffer of Agada Energy Healing (every half hour.) Utilizing the incredible healing power of sound with crystal singing bowls to clear stuck energy and harmonize body and soul.

  • Caffé Frascati – 315 South First St. map

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    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! In addition to opera night, we have two new exhibitions opening during April’s South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk.

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    Downstairs Gallery Artist: Lucy Ghelfi

    Art is a visual journal of my search for a deeper meaning of life. I reflect and meditate on the good that is mine and that which I desire for everyone and everything in this world. My life’s purpose is to find joy in all things. I use the degrees of darkness we all experience just because we are human, as my springboard to move into joy and closer to my inner being. My mixed media paintings reflect my perspective of moving from dark into light and the intervallic space in-between.

  • Circle-A Skate Shop – 108 Paseo de San Antonio Walk map

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    A Retrospective Art Show of Joseph Demaree 1988-2016

    The works of local(except for his time spent on the island of Maui) Artist Joeseph Demaree from High School to present plus Dj and refreshments.

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

    “Two Perspectives in Portraits & Still Life” featuring works by Min Dong, and Joy Cai

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    Min Dong is a painter born in China and currently lives in San Jose. She graduated with a Masters in studio painting from Ukraine National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture with emphasize in oil. She’s a member of the Ukrainian Artists Association and the American Association of Portrait Painting. For this exhibition, she experiments in using oil with acrylic paints. Besides painting, she divides her time as an art teacher in Zhenjiang Sci-Tech University.


    Joy Cai is a full-time artist born and raised in China. She studied fine art in Hubei Fine Art Academy and film Art Design at Beijing Film. In 2002 Joy immigrated to the U.S. and currently living in San Jose, CA. She started painting at a very young age. Painting brings her joys and she captures the beautiful light of just ordinary objects that surrounds her. She hopes that her paintings will bring people the same joy that she have had in creating them.

  • Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map


    “The House Collection” featuring works by: Michael Foley, Christine Benjamin, Jared Konopitski, Nicolas Caesar, Kori Thompson, John Hageman, and Valerie Milovic

  • Vyne Bystro – 110 Paseo de San Antonio Walk map

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    Art work by Dytko

    Art work by Laurie Barmore

    On view: “Abstracts on Paseo de San Antonio” a collection of visually cohesive abstract paintings by Dytko and Laurie Barmore.

    “Intrigued by the form, line, and patterns found in nature and of the story they tell. Not the obvious ones that define an object, but the narrative that portrays the intangible, the veiled, the mysterious. The way, for example, peeling bark tells us not merely about the tree or the nature of bark, but also about revelation, truth telling, and transparency. We see the universality of these designs as a convergence of the physical world and the spiritual; where the physical world provides a window into wisdom, understanding, and truth.” ~ Laurie Barmore

    7pm–9pm, No Brushes Painting Demonstration by Dytko



    South FIRST FRIDAYS presents
    STREET MRKT September 2nd
    7–11pm in the SoFA District

    In addition to the monthly Art Walk is STREET MRKT on First Fridays of August, September & October. This nighttime urban faire features 40+ artists, creative vendors and music out on South First Street (between San Carlos and San Salvador) in the SoFA District. All art venues and the STREET MRKT are FREE & open to the public.

    MUSIC: Royal Jelly Jive, Sister Grizzly, Lisa Dewey, Sonido Clash

    STREET MRKT participating artists & creative indies:
    Almost Done Jewelry, American Temple by Nancy Guillen, BOLO Vintage, Bros Lunch Movie Factory, Keith Bunnell, David Canavese, Classic Loot, Samantha Cook, Ange Cox, Crossroads Trading, Current Tattooing, DonBon, Fatal Jewelry , Michael Foley, Force 129 & Betty Proper, Galactic Romance, Marvin Garcia, Emo Gonzales, Higher Fire Clayspace , Idica Has A Posse, Jodi408, Loyola Works, Masako Esparragoza, Luna Park Chalk Art Festival, Sean Nash, Petite Galleria, Al Preciado, Rachel Riot Designs, Joshua Rios, Sea Senorita Studios, Slave Labor Graphics, Steamy Tech , TechShop SJ Artist in Residence, Underground Fashion Boutique, Unique Fitz , Valentino Loyola Productions, Visual and Public Art, CSUMB, Visual Confections, Wicker Woodworks, Works San José, Zonkey

    plus Beer Garden sponsored by Lagunitas & Gourmet Food Trucks

    Read All About It In Today’s Mercury News!


    Thank you to our Sponsors & Partners that help make STREET MRKT possible!
    Lagunitas Brewing Co., City of San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affairs, San Jose Downtown Association, and Techshop.

    STREET MRKT is produced by Two Fish Design and powered by local artists, musicians and indie-creatives.