September 2, 2022 — South FIRST FRIDAYS #ArtwalkSJ + STREET MRKT

South FIRST FRIDAYS presents ArtWalkSJ + STREET MRKT urban faire.

The South FIRST FRIDAYS ArtWalk is a self-guided, nighttime tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses September 2nd from 5–9pm.

Street Mrkt urban faire featuring artists, special performances, live music and beer garden on First Friday, September 2nd from 5–10pm out on S. 1st St. in SoFA District.

All ArtWalk venues and Street Mrkt are free admission (spend it with the artists!) and family friendly.


ANNO DOMINI // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 S. First St. map

galleryTWO Artist’s Reception:
EMBLEMATA NOVA DE SECRETIS NATURÆTravis Lawrence (IL) solo exhibition

Through the art of printmaking, Travis Lawrence creates illustrious allegorical imagery inspired by the mythical and the arcane. Influenced by medieval alchemical manuscripts and illuminations, each symbolic print is an emblem of mystery and metaphor. The viewer is invited to explore the content of these hand-painted prints through a contemplative interaction with the represented archetypes. 

About the Artist:
Born and raised in a Midwest religious upbringing, Travis opened his perspective to the interaction with ideas greater than and/or within oneself. He utilizes the art of creation as an act of opening doorways and manifesting these ideas through symbolic narrative. Similar to alchemy, printmaking can be used as a meditative procedure of transforming the mundane into higher states. 

“EMBLEMATA” is Lawrence’s second solo exhibit with Anno Domini.:

galleryONE On View:
A Sea of Shadows and Reflections”  Joseph Loughborough (UK) solo exhibition

It’s been a strange time for everyone. A few of us may have found ourselves with a little more space to contemplate the past and the possibilities of the future a little more assiduously than in previous years. Memories play an important part of this show. 

Proudly presented in this new body of work “A Sea of Shadows and Reflections” Loughborough plumbs the depths of his own recollections. From Paris and Berlin to the pubs and ports of the UKs South Coast, the good, the bad and the ugly find themselves personified in these figurative totems. These renderings aim not to be directly representational in nature but instead strive to imbue an impression of a moment or encounter. Having grown up in a port city, Loughborough’s work has always had an affinity with the nautical. The titles of many previous works have often derived from the wrecks and boats left scattered around the creeks and boatyards of Portsmouth. Drawing inspiration from this and iconographic paintings from the early renaissance period he pushes the work into new territories, whilst of course, tipping his cap to the German expressionists. 

Continuing the exploration of metallic leaf in his work, he abundantly uses silver in this experimental series. The quietening effect of this cast provokes the pastel and paint to jump from the support. Additionally, its reflective properties change the nature of the work depending on light and surroundings. This playfully mimics the changing character of the sea throughout the day. Its transient ambience also questions the objective value of our own memories and how it can be affected by our immediate location and mood. 

About the Artist:
Joseph Loughborough spent his formative years exploring the derelict boatyards and creeks of Portsmouth, on the south coast of the UK. After graduating from Portsmouth University, he pursued interests in art, philosophy and skateboarding culture. Living once again in London after nearly a decade in Paris and Berlin, he works from his studio in Canning Town.  “A Sea of Shadows and Reflections” is Loughborough’s 4th solo exhibition with Anno Domini.

Art Ark Gallery – 1035 S. Sixth St. map

Opening reception 6–9pm: “Travel Perspectives: Explore, Experience, Connect” group exhibit featuring John Gayler, Pam Perkins, Peter Thoeny

Three photographers share their perspectives and styles in an exhibition celebrating the intentional and opportunistic traveler. John Gayler creates compelling imagery guided by the challenges and rewards of exploration, both local and remote. Peter Thoeny takes opportunities for creative composition with his distinctive HDR style to visualize experiences. Pam Perkins demonstrates how to connect with strangers with a visual language, bringing home a viewpoint on human contact from around the globe that few can match.

KALEID Gallery – 320 S. First St. map

Opening reception: “The 12:12 Project” International Instant Film Group Exhibit

About 14 years ago, Polaroid stopped making film and cameras. But photographers around the world with a passion for instant cameras continue to make art with them, using the original (but now long expired) film and some new versions that continue to be made.

The 12:12 Project is an international instant film collaborative that has demonstrated since 2013 the continuing creative power of fast-developing analog film. The cast of artists changes a bit each year, but the project remains the same: 24 instant film lovers (and some guest artists) form two teams to each explore 12 themes in 12 months with a goal of pushing the boundaries of the medium.

This exhibition is organized by Cromwell Schubarth, a San Jose-based journalist and photographer who has managed the project since its founder, Nashville-based Penny Felts Colbert, passed away in June 2021.

The show highlights work by Penny and by Cromwell, along with photos from 40 others from four continents who have shot with the project, now and in the past.

“I am a lover of blur, soft colors, dreams and poetry on film. My mother taught me to love cameras, film and drawers full of memories. Polaroid allows me to shoot the way I prefer to see. Gypsy, dreamer, ex-superhero, poet wannabe, starter of projects.” That’s how Penny described herself and her attraction to instant film that inspired The 12:12 Project.

Visit The 12:12 Project exhibit at KALEID to experience what Penny is talking about.

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

artwork by: Jose Villalobos

Deconstructing to Rebuild” group exhibit
featuring Elizabeth Blancas,  Alex Hernandez, Mino Sanchez, They Maldonado, Cynthia Gonzalez, Jose Villalobos  Alex Martinez

This exhibition highlights gender identity to showcase queer Latinx artists whose work challenges traditional gender norms. The artists offer a perspective on what it means to identify as queer and a reimagined view of the world.

Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose – 560 S. First St. map

Closed this evening.

Opera San José California Theater – 345 S. First St. map

Join Opera San José as we celebrate the opening of our 39th season with the highly anticipated, all-new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, transported to colonial India during Victorian Imperial rule. Enjoy a sneak peek of the custom costumes and set designs created specifically for this show, listen to music from the production, and get a small henna design to celebrate the occasion. 

Heather Deyling, Invented Hybrid 068 (Bulbous), 2017

45th Anniversary Exhibition: New Directions

New Directions prominently features recent artwork from SJMQT’s Artist in Residence program. Established in 2016, this program supports local artists with on-site studio space and opportunities to exhibit work in the Museum’s Maker Space Gallery. This program has deepened the Museum’s commitment to supporting contemporary artists from or working in the Bay Area, including Alexander Hernandez, Liz Harvey, Amber Imrie, Carolina Cuevas, Tricia Royal, Mung Lar Lam, and more.

Rinat Goren, My Cup of Tea XII, 2020

Radical Regeneration: 3rd Artists Biennial

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is pleased to announce the 3rd Artist Member’s Exhibition. This theme of renewal, repair, and revitalization considers the changes we have collectively endured in the last two years, and, in many ways, the changes we are still processing.

SoFA Market – 387 S. First St. map

“State Affairs” by Tim Hernandez & Kori Thompson 

Two cousins. Two artists. One armed with a camera. The other with a paint brush. Living on different sides of California. This is their account of how they view the world around them. The show coincides with their zine release.

Works San Jose – 365 S. Market St. map

artwork by Rayos Magos

The Planter Box Artists

Closing night of the exhibition and Works’ last First Friday at 365 South Market Street gallery! 

Find us at Works and our STREET MRKT booth for video previews our new and expanded downtown home!

This exhibition is a celebration of our planter box mini-muralists on the Market Street side of the SJ Convention Center. Come celebrate these artists and Works’ addition to the vibrant public art landscape of San José. The muralists and gallery artists are Betty Proper, Sean Boyles, Antonio Castro, Jemal Diamond, Force129, Theresa Giammattei, Andre Hart, Matty Heimgartner, Isaac Lewin, Rayos Magos, Julie Meridian, Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo, Suzy Radonsky, Francisco Ramirez, Steven Rubalcaba, Kurt Salinas, Michael J. Vaughn, and Roan Victor.

STREET MRKT A hyper-local nighttime urban faire featuring artists, performers and indie creative businesses.
First Friday September 2nd from 5–10pm out on S. 1st St. in SoFA District
Free admission (spend it with the Artists!), and all ages.

Bay Maples
Mz. Beauty n Beats
BOLO Vintage
Bungalow Glow Candle Co.
Arely Cardenas
Jennifer Carrier
Crossroads Trading Co.
Dario Cruz
Current Tattooing
Monica Dihn
Doug Edwards
Faded Visualz
Faerie Goatmother
Cynthia Gonzalez
Heiko Greb
Joseph Greeley
Renee Hamilton
Matty Heimgartner
Hand in Hand Henna
Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery
Maureen Holcomb
Kathy Kay Custom Shirts
The Local Creatives Show
Lucia M
Nicole Maican
David Mejia
Julianne McKay
Frankie McFly
Joe Mandrick
Jasmin Mostafa
Karen Oeh
Anthony Palomo
Jean-Luc Pedanou
Leslie Perez
Poetry Center San Jose
Betty Proper
Francine Ramirez
Francisco Ramirez
Melina Ramirez
Marilyn Roaf aka Purl Bailey
Jhovany Rodriguez
Rene Schilling Sears
Jackelin Solorio
Super Paint Party
Alisha Toni Design
Marcel Toorians
UncleDad Talks
VMGC Designs
Works San Jose

3 Hermanos Mexican Grill 
De La Tierra Vegan Food 
El Bombero 408
Fresh Catch Hawaiian Poke 
Road Dogs 

featuring Camino Brewing Co. and Fox Tale Fermentation Project with Flipside Crew DJs. All ages, must be 21+ w/ valid ID to drink beer.

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The South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk is produced by CURATUS in collaboration with the participating art venues, local artists, musicians and independent businesses.

South FIRST FRIDAYS ArtWalkSJ (year-round except January & July)