November 4, 2016 — South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk

JOIN US for the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk
First Friday NOV 4th from 7–11pm RSVP
SoFA District (& beyond) downtown San Jose

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 and open to the public.


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


    A winter group exhibition featuring selected works of art by past exhibiting artists here at Anno Domini.

  •  Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map

    photo by Alexander Eischen

    “More the Merrier” salon-style Holiday exhibition and sale

    Participating artists: Tony Adamich, Jackie Baxton, Cynthia Cao, Shone Chacko, DDEF, Dotti Cichon, Steve Clark, Cesar Cuevas, Meredith Dalglish, Dharmesh Desai, James Dewrance, Alexander Eischen, Dorit Elisha, Alyssa Eustaquio, Roberto Fierro, Cody Garza, Lauryl Gaumer, Francis Gayo, Rinat Goren, Martie Guile, Caden Hastings-Dennis, Wilbur Hurley, Jonathan Kermit, Adam Kubokawa, Nick Lomoro, Elaine Lujan, Theresa Merchant, Pragati Sharma Mohanty, Patricia Moran, Jo-Lynn Otto, Avery Palmer, Gianfranco Paolozzi, Jane Patrick, Anne Pegolotti, Rita Poutivskaia, Al Preciado, Zlata Rabinovich, Joe Bastida Rodriguez, Bob Rose, Jacob Ruggles, Jamila Rufaro, Eric Saint Georges, John Salomon, Ramya Sarveshwar, Masha Schultz, SJSU Jewelry Guild, Suha Suha, Hema Sukumar, Rachel Tirosh, Monica Valdez, Jennie Villanueva, Martin Vivanco, Rosa Younessi

    Music by DJ The Cluff

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


    Join us on First Friday for a FLASH SALE. Twelve featured artists strut their stuff. Fresh, HOT pots emerge from the kiln as our show opens. First come, first served! Reception for all the artists begins at 7pm. Higher Fire’s hand-building studio will be transformed into a gift gallery. Come inside and visit our working studio! Check out our pottery wheel classes in progress, enjoy a treat, and… Browse unique, one-of-a-kind, hand-made gifts – piles of pottery, bowls, mugs, vases, platters, casseroles, pitchers, tumblers, pumpkins, acorns, and other awesome & amazing autumnal wares.

  • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map

    KALEID Gallery is proud to present two new feature exhibitions by gallery resident artists Julie Meridian, and Mariya Milovidova.


    Artist Reception: “Prior Art” by Julie Meridian

    Though digital media has brought in sweeping changes to art in the last two decades, artists have always pushed the technologies of their time to craft new realities. “Prior Art “ is a tour of analog media manipulation and vintage virtual reality celebrated in paintings and illustrations of the people, techniques, and artifacts that inspired the digital tools we know today.

    Julie Meridian is drawn to the analog truth-seeking of creating studio art, and practices the digital world-shaping of UX design through her consultancy Make It Legit.


    Artist Reception: “Momentum” by Mariya Milovidova

    Momentum is the impulse of the moment. Every single artwork in this series was created in a moment of impulse. I believe that life is built on the golden and not so golden moments that we create and they bring us memories. We create our own individual moments that make our own present, past, and feature. In this collection of artworks I was trying to bring and show the feeling of living in the moment and the value of every moment that life brings us through one line technique as well as the line of movement that cannot be changes once it’s put on canvas. Here it becomes it’s own line with it’s own character and it’s own movement living in a moment.

    Mariya Milovidova is an artist, a fashion designer and an entrepreneur. She has attracted celebrity clients from Hollywood to Bollywood, and been featured in fashion weeks from Paris to New York, to her base in San Francisco. She has turned heads in the fashion world, from her famous custom paintings put on silk dresses to technology inspired vests that light up to music, voices and, inevitably, applause. Contact her to find out more – and be prepared to find your next favorite piece.

  • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map


    “Portraits of a Traveling Yogi” by Nadia Nasiri

    Downtown Yoga Shala is proud to present featured artist Nadia Nasiri, a promising self-taught photographer and avid yoga practitioner. The exhibit focuses on yoga self portraits taken with a tripod as Nadia highlights her journey during her various travel adventures. Known to take her yoga ‘off the mat,’ this series will also include collaborations with other photographers both internationally and abroad. Nadia’s intention with sharing her art is to inspire others to cultivate an appreciation for the natural world and invoke an interest in yoga and travel. Join us for South First Friday Art Walk to meet the artist as she raises funds for her next trip!

  • LGBTQ Youth Space – 452 South First St. map


    The LGBTQ Youth Space Drag Show

    Local LGBTQ Youth are showcased in the 1st ever Youth Space Drag Show.

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


    “Deconstructed Expression” by SCAPE Martinez

    The work being shown chronicles my latest efforts in the art studio. Pulling away from solid forms, I step further into colorfield and abstract ideas. The work here, I believe, is a visual depiction of deep spiritual and philosophical concepts on full display for the viewer to interpret.

  • PhantomGalleries at The Pierce – 2 Pierce Ave. map


    Artist’s Reception: “Creatures and Wunderkammers” new works by Jenifer J Renzel in the lobby of the newly opened The Pierce Apartments in the SoFA District featuring live music by singer songwriter Lisa Dewey.

    Renzel’s “Creatures and Wunderkammers” focuses on beings that never were. Come see the Huffelmump seek waffle bockers, examine miniature insect people from another planet, inspect the flying old gods from Lovecraft’s world. Can people and hardware be combined? Was there once a strange medical lab that provided ‘unique’ services to ‘unique’ patients? Come and see …

    Jenifer Renzel is an assemblage artist and painter who learned her craft through trial and error and the mentoring of good friends. She has been creating assemblages for the past 12 years, developing a unique style that is both dark and whimsical. She loves broken down old things because of the stories they carry and the things they have seen. Jenifer began painting more recently after becoming interested in modern outsider-art.

    pierce_deweyLive music by Lisa Dewey at 8pm, 9pm & 10pm.

    Lisa Dewey, San Jose, CA based artist and owner of the indie label Kitchen Whore Records, began playing live shows in 1990 and has since released 4 full-length albums, 2 CD Singles and a book. After playing solo for a few years, she formed a band to complete her ethereal pop sound. Lisa’s songs usually start out as folk songs, and then the band adds drums, bass and heavy melodic lead guitar to transform the songs into floaty pop. Lisa’s band features John Testani on drums, Paul Zimmerman on bass and Keith St. Thomas on lead guitar.

    Apartment tours available upon request throughout the evening.

  • Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map


    “November Splendor”

    A collection of wonders by: John Hageman, DonBon, Dylan Kelly, Jared Konopitski, Julie Meridian, Nicolas Caesar, Kori Thompson, Veronica Casson and Christine Benjamin

  • Social Policy – 200 South First St. map


    “0+” by Alex Ortega, Sean Paul Richards, Sharanya Sanjay

    “0+” is an exhibition designed to start conversations and shift perspectives. The show is the result of a collaborative effort by 3 multidisciplinary designers to create works that invite interpretation and challenge the way we see our world.

  • Vyne Bystro – 110 Paseo de San Antonio Walk map

    painting by Gary Coleman

    photography by Dan Fenstermacher

    For the November 4th Art Walk Vyne Bistro will be displaying the works of abstract artist Gary Coleman and photographer Dan Fenstermacher. Gary Coleman creates bold and bright colorful abstract paintings using acrylics and oils on stretched canvas. In sharp contrast Dan Fenstermacher’s large black and white portraits capture the character, personality, and emotions in the facial expressions of the mature and wise.

    Don’t miss the live painting demonstration by abstract artist Tom Dytko during the art walk.


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


    In the visual gallery:
    Aaron De La Cruz, Adrian Esparza, and Linda Vallejo construct, unravel, and mark to reencounter the familiar in the exhibition “Pattern Recognition.”


    In the Castellano Playhouse Theater:
    Aguacero is an artistic, educational, and cultural project that focuses on the traditions and creative expressions of Puerto Rican Bomba music and dance. Aguacero literally means a sudden heavy rainstorm usually followed by a refreshing sky clearing and gust of sunshine. The spirit and practice of Bomba, like an aguacero, is intense, healing and promotes life and growth. Through song, music and dance, Aguacero embodies the life, energy, and continuity of water in nature.

    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!

  • Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map

    painting by Avery Palmer and Andre Hart

    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

    Art work: ” La Muerte,” serigraphy print of a digital vector image.

    “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.

    FStOpera_David Zelenka

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.