JOIN US for the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk + STREET MRKT, a diy nighttime urban faire, First Friday OCT 7th 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.
In addition to the Art Walk is the STRET MRKT a nighttime urban faire featuring 40+ artists, creative vendors, music, Lagunitas beer garden and gourmet food trucks out on South First Street in the SoFA District.
All Art Walk venues & STREET MRKT are FREE & open to the public.
Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 South First St. map
International Art of Zines Show & Sale
We love zines! This is our 8th “Art of Zines” show over the past 16 years and like the past exhibits, we will have hundreds of zines on view; but this year it will be a show of zines from all over the world; PLUS there will be a limited supply of exhibition zines available for sale so you can add them to your own collection and support the subculture. (Pricing varies from $1.–$20. and is first come first served until we are sold out.) The legendary V. Vale will be present with his RESearch Publications in the gallery as will the incomparable Tiny Splendor.
While you peruse these DIY publications; Mighty Mike McGee & friends will be performing live poetry readings on the half hour from 7:30pm thru 10:30pm.
Mighty Mike McGee is a funny stand-up poet from San José, California. He’s performed his comedic storytelling and poetry in thousands of cities and towns for millions of ears throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. McGee won all of the most coveted U.S. poetry slam titles and is one of the best known and liked people in the world of chatty writers. He’s been featured on CBC, NPR and HBO multiple times and takes pride in making people laugh and cry from the stage.
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.
Special performance: Bad Unkl Sista will be roaming in and around Anno Domini on S. First Street, offering spontaneous improvised pieces – a continuous performance tapestry woven in the moment.
Bad Unkl Sista is an ensemble that combines choreography, music, costuming and physical theater to produce site-specific experiences that seek to move each witness to a state of extraordinary and memorable being. Led by artistic director Anastazia Aranaga and music director Goyo Aranaga, the group designs performances that present opportunities for close interaction and deep contemplation.
Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map
Rock, Paper Scissors
Curated by Theresa Merchant
Featuring artists: Shannon Amidon, Willy Baet, Amy Beans, David Canavese, Minica Casbara, Katie Coleman, Jennifer Coniglia, Daniel Eloy, Tulio Flores, Jaya Griscom, Mieses Jorge, Robert Knight, Jessica Kreck, Paula Lucia, Claire Lynch, Johanne Marion, Theresa Merchant, Joe Miller, Lourdes Morante, Kim Muncon, Sadie Nott, Jason Oliver, Al Preciado, Francisco Ramirez, Jennifer Renzel, Maggie So
In the world of fine art, artists constantly pursue new ways to make their marks. Many bend traditional conceptions of art by incorporating unusual material or combining various media. Rock Paper Scissors represents an opportunity for artists to explore the textures and three-dimensionality that emerges from their chosen media.
Live music /special performances during the art walk: The Cluff
KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map
“Life Anew” new work by David Canavese
In this solo art show, presented as part of San Jose’s “South First Fridays,” see the amazing creatures known as Podships, recently discovered in a solar system far from our own…
“Love is Transitory” by Josh Marcotte / Lost San Jose
Photos of the shifting landscape of our everyday streets and the places that become home when the ones we love leave.
Josh Marcotte is a photographer and fourth generation San Jose resident.
Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map
Private Conversations: 20 artists (plus you!) paint with Andre Hart
Inimitable local enigma Andre Hart collaborates with 20 peers to explore and ultimately set aside traditional notions of authorship and individual control in art making. Each work in the exhibition is a collaboration between Andre and one other artist. Working with seasoned professionals to novice painters, our strong-willed project instigator defers to and shares line, texture, and narrative with each artistic partner. Andre has prepared an additional work where visitors can draw into a self portrait of the artist to create a community collaboration over the course of the exhibition.
Exhibition artists: Enrique Alvarado, Maria Amigo, Ruby Bloo, Phil Bongiorno, Lacey Bryant, Tulio Flores, Force 129, Mathew Heimgartner, Brittni M. Jennings, Felipe Jimenez, Melody, Avery Palmer, Anthony Palomo, James Pollard, Alfred Preciado, Jazmyn Saucedo, Maggie So, David Sosa, Talidem, Monica Valdez, and Andre Hart.
Caffé Frascati – 315 South First St. map
“The Iconography of an Expatriate” by A. Sarabia (Antonio Sarabia)
The pieces in this collection are a series of serigraphy prints that attempt to capture the cultural visual language that connect the artist to his beloved homeland, Mexico. Each picture corresponds to a fragments of a memory or a specific image seen growing up, or a ubiquitous cultural icon. Each picture, like the artist, is an amalgam of different styles and artistic techniques, including pen drawings, linocuts, digital designs, and silkscreen printing.
About the artist: Antonio Sarabia is a graphic artist, photographer and writer based out of Sacramento, California. He is a freelance designer who specializes in digital graphic art, serigraphy and photography. He mixes modern and traditional graphic art techniques, creating designs in pen and pencil, translating them to digital designs in Adobe Illustrator and back to prints through a serigraphy process. He was born in Mexico City and migrated to California in 1993.
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! for the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk.
Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map
“Fall, In Love.” by Lola x Kenneth
Fall has arrived and love is in the air. For your enjoyment, we’ve put together a collection of pieces depicting critters and characters showing off all the things we do for and because of love. Lawd help us.
About Us: For those of you who haven’t met us yet, hello! I’m Kenneth, and this is my grandma, Crescenciana (“Lola” in Tagalog). I moved home to help care for her, and now we paint together.
My grandma makes the paintings. I promise to finish everything she starts.
Forager Tasting Room & Eatery – 420 So. First St. map
Forager Unplugged featuring artists: Kimy Martinez, Don Prewitt, Julie Barrett, Morgan and more.
Forager, holds a wide-ranging collection of artists around the bay area. With works from, Kimy Martinez, Don Prewitt, Julie Barrett, Morgan and many more. The compilation of work portrays the diverse talent of the SOFA district. Combining the sounds from musicians with the visual artwork it is fitting for Forager.
Live music by: Jonathan Shaheen, Cristal Olivas, Socorra and Chris Reed
Phantom Galleries at Pho69 – 321 South First St. map
“A Banal State of Mind” by Adrian Tsim
In this series, A Banal State of Mind, he explores everyday mundane subjects that are often overlooked and ignored, studying their lines, forms, details and textures. He enjoys capturing the sense of serenity through simplicity, symmetry and stillness. The images bring a soothing and mesmerizing effect to the minds of the audience. It also reflects the calmness and balance he strives in his life. He prefers the delicate diffused light, photographing in the early dawn before the sun has fully risen. The absence of human presence creates a sense of solitude and contemplation.
Adrian Tsim is a fine art photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Hong Kong and raised in the South Bay, he has a Bachelor Degree in Painting and Drawing from San Jose State University. He has studied photography at Foothill College and San Jose City College. On his free time, he’s a volunteer Photography Teacher’s Assistant at both colleges, helping students refine their technical skills in the darkroom. For the photographs he presented in this show, he worked with scanned medium format black and white negatives and digitally printed.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library – 150 E San Fernando St. map
The Wildflower Photography of Roland Davison Rice presented by SJPL’s California Room
Hand painted photographs of local California wild flowers illustrated by Roland Rice (1894-1962). Roland Rice was a Saratoga based artist, he took hundred of pictures of local birds and plants as part of an education and conservation movement started by his mother Bertha Rice.
Social Policy – 200 South First St. map
“Ambient Truths” — A show about the lilting subtleties of life that come with feminine embodiment
Featuring artists: Sav&Nas, Lola Saba, Bean Tupou, Tamara Chang, Allison Garcia, Michelle Fleck, Michele Bisaillion, Sherrise Gutierrez and Marissa Ahmadkhani
Musical Performance by Spelling at 9:00pm
Vyne Bystro – 110 Paseo de San Antonio Walk map
For the October 7th Art Walk Vyne Bistro will be displaying the works of Tom Dytko and Gary Coleman. Both are fine abstract artists from the South Bay and Morgan Hill. They create bright colorful images using acrylics and oils on canvas.
7pm- Tom Dytko will be answering questions on painting techniques and materials, and will be doing a live painting demonstration.
In the visual gallery:
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, “Pattern Recognition.”
In the Castellano Playhouse Theater:
MAKRÚ from 8-10:30pm, also part of C2SV
Landing in San Francisco from different parts of the world, Makrú fuses Rumba Flamenca, Reggae, Cuban Son, Cumbia, Ska, and other global beats to create a unifying, positive vibe in the Bay Area through its music. Lyrics in Spanish and English bring reality, fiction, hope and joy together, in hopes of spreading a message of respect and love.
In the 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!
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
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
This exhibition focuses on the beautiful climbing mecca of Bishop, California – and the Studio climbers who climb there.
Third Space Fitness – 550 So. First St. map
“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.
OTHER PARTICIPATING VENUES…
South FIRST FRIDAYS presents
STREET MRKT September 2nd
7–11pm in the SoFA District
In addition to the monthly Art Walk is the last STREET MRKT of the season on First Friday October 7th (the art walk continues at indoor venues November & December). 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.
Special Performance: Bad Unkl Sista will be roaming in and around Anno Domini on S. First Street, offering spontaneous improvised pieces – a continuous performance tapestry woven in the moment.
Music: DJ Cutso in the Lagunitas Beer Garden
STREET MRKT participating Artists & Indie Creatives:
Alternative Press Expo , Art of Tattoos, Bolo Vintage, Bros Lunch Movie Factory. Keith Bunnell , Sam Cook, Ange Cox, Crossroads Trading, Current Tattoo, DJ Cutso, Jarid Duran, Emonic, Farm Fresh to You, Fatal Jewelry, Force 129, Francisco Franco, Galactic Romance, Indica Has a Posse, Jodi408 , Kaatra Fashion, Korrupt Clothing, Loyola Works, Mags Creations, David Mejia, Sean Nash, Anthony Palomo, Gianfranco Paolozzi, Petite Galleria, Al Preciado, Joshua Rios, Rachel Riot Designs, Marilyn Roaf, Sea Señorita, SJSU Reed Magazine, South Bay Burners, Manuel Trujillo, Underground Fashion Boutique, Unique Fitz, Urban Antiq, Visual and Public Art Department Monterey, Visual Confections, Wicker Woodworks, WORKS San Jose, Zonkey.
plus Beer Garden sponsored by Lagunitas & Gourmet Food Trucks
STREET MRKT is produced by Two Fish Design and powered by local artists, musicians and indie-creatives.