September 2020—In-person and Online Art Exhibits & Happenings

The South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk is currently on hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions. In the meantime we would like to share some in-person and online exhibitions and cultural happenings that you can attend and or view. We miss you all and look forward to seeing you downtown. Stay healthy, happy and strong and keep an eye out here as our culture finds new and creative ways to help keep us all inspired.


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

KLONE (Israel) The Moment (when the world stopped turning) February 2013 A.D.

Save the date MMXX Anniversary Group Exhibit opens Friday September 11, 2020 from 5–9pm

Anno Domini Gallery is celebrating 20 years of moving independent arts and culture forward with two group exhibitions of artists we’ve had the honor to work with. Past exhibiting artists from 2000 – 2010 will be featured in the gallery September 11th–October 17th. Past exhibiting artists from 2011–2020 will be featured in the gallery November 6th–December 12th.

Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map

Bahala na group exhibit opens first Friday September 4th, 6–9pm

Bahala na presents a multi-media art exhibition of creative action due to uncertain circumstances. The Filipinx mantra “bahala na” is associated with both a resignation that events will work themselves out as expected or proclaimed, as well as the certainty of a fully indeterminate outcome. This productive fatalism or yielding is based in an attitude of adaptation and use, common among the works in this show, which equally open onto wider, physical relationships with the built environment of the street itself. Time possesses an uncertain relationship in this space, as events can occur that seem both apart from time and completely of the present: with COVID-19 and the ongoing movement for racial justice as a backdrop, this exhibition touches multifaceted approaches to social observation, awareness and creation. 

Artists: Michael Arcega Alfredo and Isabel AquilizanKaren FinleyAmy HibbsLuis G. HernandezLordy RodriguezCharlene TanAndrew Woodward
Video Works: Em JiangHandsome Asian Motorcycle Club

Exhibition dates: September 4 – October 18, 2020
Gallery Hours: Thursdays September 7th, 14th and October 5th, 4-7pm 
Saturdays September 2nd, 9th and October 14th, 11am-3pm, or by appointment

KALEID gallery – 320 South First St. map

Synesthesia” by Jennifer Carrier.

Synesthesia is a phenomenon in which information meant to stimulate one of your senses stimulates several of your senses, as when hearing a certain sound induces the visualization of a certain color. 

Much like the experience of synesthesia, these works display disparate environments occurring as one. Though there is no single element that each painting shares, they are all distinctly of the same universe. These are dreamscapes where real life elements occur in fantastical arrangements that are both surreal and coherent. This is a universe where pitcher plants tower above the clouds, where 50’s inspired pin-ups with psychedelic skin-tones lounge on distant planets, and where the vastness of sea merges with that of outer space. 

Jennifer Carrier is a visual artist from the San Francisco Bay Area. Jennifer has been painting and drawing from a very young age, and is mostly self taught. Her inspiration comes from a desire to create a peaceful and dreamy world in which she can be. Jennifer has been an art teacher for ten years now, and thrives in helping young ones find their confidence through their own creations.

The Lexicon of Time” by resident artist Jojo Perea

A visual depiction of a crystallized thought. Our true nature and form are fractals. The old and new both come in cycles. Birth and rebirth are the ultimate projection, abstract by nature but mathematical by design. The titles change but the archetypes remain the same. Historically we are the collections of our ancestors wisdom. In our DNA, written symbols etched in stone, paper, and spoken history. Art. It’s all a repeating pattern, archaic emotions of Fear and Love. Choose the energy and the path that serves you. Look to your environment for inspiration. Your past and future are malleable based on your creation of your Now.

Feature Artists will be in attendance. We will have strict safety protocols including social distancing and masks required at all times in the gallery.

Gallery hours: KALEID is open for viewing these feature exhibits (and 60 other resident artists on view) Fridays & Saturdays from September 4–26th, 5–9pm. Free admission.

The OUTSIDER – located in the parking lot adjacent to 366 South First St. map

JOIN US for the launch of The OUTSIDER on first Friday September 4th, from 5–9pm. Featuring artists & creatives that have been busy creating during these intense times and are excited to share their work with you!

Participating Artists & Creatives:
Agada Energy Healing crystal sound bowl healing (7:30pm)
Basura from Needle to the Groove
Cynthia Gonzalez paintings & sculpture
KathyKay Shirts & Kimonos
Sean Levon Nash paintings
Valentino Loyola photography, fine art & clothing
LucidBeaming analog & discarded tech art
Jean -Luc Pedanou paintings
Petite Galleria curated art & handmade goods
Gianfranco Paolozzi paintings
Al Preciado paintings
Marilyn Roaf knitted items
Farm Fresh to You veggies and fruit delivery

Grab dinner from our neighborhood restaurants and dine al fresco beneath the murals of Anno Domini:

Culinary Corner 321 S 1st St,
LVL UP SJ 409 S. 2nd St.
Original Joe’s 301 S. 1st St.
Pizza Flora 78 S. 1st St.
SoFA Market 387 S. 1st St.
Uproar Brewing 439 S. 1st St.

Free admission. Family friendly. Social distancing and masks required.

A special “Thank You!” to Urban Community for the donation of the space!

Location is the parking lot next to
Anno Domini Gallery
366 S. 1st St.
SoFA District downtown San Jose

SoFA Market – 387 So. First St. map

Self Acceptance”  by Jada Wong

Jada Wong, a 17 year old artist from San Jose is an aspiring illustrator and uses her art to progress social change. Jada started art three years ago as a way to express her emotions during a hard time and hopes her art can have the same effect for others. She believes that art is the best healer and the tool to voice opinions.

“Self Acceptance” is a series that explores the stages one goes through as they morph into their desired identity. The series starts with hiding and feeling alone and broken then to a state of being stagnant and finally allowing yourself to be whole, give to others, and grow healthily. The red faces and color itself represents one’s true identity as it goes on this journey of being harnessed. The mini series “I Am Not a Virus”, which addresses the racism towards Asian Americans during the time of the Coronavirus,  has also been included to touch on the role of race in a person’s identity. 


San Jose Jazz – 300 South First St. map

Live From Home programming, featuring live-streamed performances by some great artists. More information and stream links can be found at

Thursday, Sept. 3rd
7pm / Facebook, YouTube, Twitch
Grace Kelly
An unequivocal musical prodigy, singer-saxophonist-songwriter-composer and bandleader Grace Kelly has rocked the jazz world with sold-out concerts and 13 acclaimed albums.

Thursday,  Sept. 17th
7pm / Facebook, YouTube, Twitch
Tango Jazz Quartet
Based in Argentina, Tango Jazz Quartet mixes its two namesake traditions, as one would hear in their hometown Buenos Aires in the 1940s and ’50s.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – 520 South First St. map

James Gobel, Jeffrey the Tailor, 2003

September is National Sewing Month! Join us for a multitude of fun programming, including:

Wednesday, September 16, 2020: SJMQT hosts TextileTalks, featuring a panel from Deeds Not Words, a suffrage textile exhibition. Visit our website for zoom link and additional information.
• Sewing inspired artist spotlights and technique exploration all month long.
• Sewing projects for artists of all ages every Friday on our MakerSpace page

Still from the Martin Margiela: In His Own Words 

Movie Night When You Like! Rent Martin Margiela: In His Own Words, a fashion designer documentary. One of the most revolutionary and influential fashion designers of his time, Martin Margiela has remained an elusive figure the entirety of his decades-long career. $12 (Proceeds help the museum!) 

Artist Unknown, Lone Star Quilt with Tulip Border, 1900

Online exhibition on view this month: Gems of Our Past, curated by Ashley Elieff. More information and links to programming can be found at

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The South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk is produced by Two Fish Design in partnership with the participating art organizations and independent businesses.