November 19, 2015

Phylum of the Free Mural by Artist Jeffrey Hemming

"Phylum of the Free" by Jeffrey Hemming is a recently completed epic mural we here at Phantom Galleries had the pleasure to curate and facilitate in partnership with the San Jose Downtown Association and the District Attorney's office. The 4,125 square foot mural was completed in 4 weeks, and is a vibrant, surreal portal that will stir the imagination and creativity of anyone that spends some time to take it all in.

View photo album here.

Read the Mercury News article here.

The mural is located on the side of Lido Nightclub at 30 S. 1st St. along the pedestrian walkway known as Fountain Alley in downtown San Jose.

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Star Wars Exhibit November 21st at Jack's Bar

Artist Kori Thompson has curated a group show celebrating the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens film that's coming out.

Featuring Artists: Anabella Pinon, Phil Rowland, Christine Benjamin, Force 129, Frances Marin, Jojo Perea, Jorge Cruz, Kori Thompson, Michael Foley, Ricardo Gonzales, Ricardo Gonzalez and Tyson Johnston

Saturday, November 21st at 7pm

Jack's Bar & Lounge
167 E Taylor St.
San Jose, California 95112

Jive Java Artist Group At Work Exhibit Nov. 20th


You are invited to an Artist Reception featuring 50 original works by members of Jive Java Artist Group on Friday, November 20 from 6pm-9pm.

The exhibition entitled, Jive Java Artist Group At Work, explores each artist’s own unique vision, experiences, and challenges living in Silicon Valley. 

Featuring Artists: Della Calfee, Jon Kwak, Trudy Levy, Marina Povalishina, and Joe Bastida Rodriguez

The group is focused on member’s vision, mission, and strategies, so she/he can progress, up the ladder of professional achievement, prosper mentally, and financially in their artistic career.

Also open to the public between 11am-5pm on Saturday, November 21th

Citadel Art Gallery
199 Martha Street, San Jose, (at 5th St.)
San Jose, CA

Phantom Galleries + Christmas in the Park Snowman Project

We here at Phantom Galleries are very proud of these five amazing artists that custom painted these snowmen & women for us in a collaboration project with San Jose's Christmas in the Park. These 5 foot tall sculptures will be placed at all the entry points and serve as donation boxes for this holiday tradition that is enjoyed by tens of thousands of families every year for free.

Be the first to check them out (& stuff a few dollars in the top hat!) at the annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday, November 27 at 6pm. The 36th annual Christmas in the Park will open with the official arrival of Santa Claus himself and there's a special line-up of entertainment and festivities to kick off the season.

Christmas in the Park
Caesar Chavez Park
Downtown San Jose

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Al Preciado 60th Birthday Retrospective Exhibit

Everyone is invited to celebrate artist Al Preciado 60th birthday at this retrospective and private collection show. There will be special guest artists, poets and musicians paying tribute to one of San Jose's most beloved and dedicated artists in our community.

One night only: Thursday December 17th, Noon–Midnight

Visit the online event page here.

The Citadel Gallery
199 Martha Street (at 5th)
San Jose

HARK! Holiday Show & Sale at KALEID Gallery

HARK! is the annual holiday show & sale at KALEID Gallery featuring the gallery's resident artists as well as some invited guests from the art community. The sale begins First Friday December 4th at 7pm as part of the downtown monthly art walk.

Drawings, paintings, glass, photography, ornaments, jewelry and much more will be available by these amazing artists and may be taken home at time of purchase. All proceeds benefit your hyper local creative community.

KALEID Gallery
88 S. 4th St.
Downtown San Jose

April 19, 2015

TWO BUCK Tuesday April 21st

Join us at KALEID Gallery for TWO BUCK Tuesday, April 21st, 7pm-10pm!
Free and great for all ages.

Enjoy an excellent evening of live painting, live model drawing, a drop-in sketch table, small workshops, and as always, $2 art! It's where awesome and quirky people gel together to make amazing things happen.

Participating Artists include:
Captain America's best friend, David Mejia will be hosting a live model drawing workshop, free to the public. Pencil and paper will be supplied if you forgot your own.

The man who steals the creatures of your dreams and makes them a reality; Dug Stanat will be onsite merging dreams and reality with his mixed media sculptures.

Elizabeth Turcotte will be here with her dazzling hand crafted Jewelry.

Ralph Davis, Jr will show you a world only seen through his eyes with his magical box of capturing time!

The bodacious John Hageman Jr will be here to promote his new book The Wooland Welfare Manifesto.

Local historian James Pollard is going to be giving a brief discussion on the background of the Renaissance and one point perspective.

Alfred Preciado
Nicolas Caesar
Mark Martinez
Force Onetwonine

Gianfranco Paolozzi will be charming us through the night with the smoooooooth sounds from deep within his heart.

And if you haven't seen our featured exhibitions for April by Shannon Amidon (pictured), and PeeMonster, this event is a great opportunity to spend some time with these inspired works.

TWO BUCK Tuesday April 21st, 7pm-10pm!

KALEID Gallery
88 S. First St.
San Jose, CA 95112

Arte nella Piazza April 26th

Come enjoy the art and music in this quaint setting. Meet some artists, talk to the musicians, take some tango lessons. Who knows what you will find at one of these mini art festivals this summer.

Sunday, April 26
th, 1:00pm -7:00pm

Bel Bacio - Italian Cafe
350 W Julian St Bldg 4
San Jose, California 95110

Resilence Group Exhibition May 2nd

Resilience: The ability to recover readily from illness, adversity, or the like. Curated by artist William Halleck and featuring; Chelsi Whiting, Miguel Machuca, Brande Barrett, Brandon Anderton, Masha Schultz, Bob Knight expressing through the adversity in their lives.

Saturday, May 2
nd at 7:30pm

Studio Bongiorno
500 Lincoln St,
Santa Clara, California 95050

April 9, 2015

2nd Friday Art Walk Japantown April 10th

Petite Galleria features new work by Michael Mastre for tonight's artwalk in Japantown.

Read all about Petite Galleria on KQED Arts here.

Petite Galleria
205B Jackson Street
San Jose

Also on view tonight is "Alone Together" group photography show at Empire Seven.

These images explore the myriad ways we are isolated while in the midst of society. These images also examine the sometimes tenuous and fleeting connections that occur despite our isolation.

Solitude is an abiding fact of human existence; one could even say that our self-awareness and consciousness create isolation. To be self-aware is to understand the self-in relation to the world, as separate. Connection is also a defining human characteristic; as social animals we crave and rely on connection above all other conditions.

Isolation and separation have multiple dimensions. Social boundaries and rules divide us; we can be inches from another person on a bus or train but be separated by conventions of interaction. Class, color, and creed also establish or maintain barriers.

Connection permeates our lives; despite our need for occasional respite we require interaction and intimacy more. We are now intertwined by electronic means even as we are also crowded together in busy offices, factories, and streets. Even when we are alone memories of interaction, images, and digital linkages persist.

These photographs explore the duality and contradiction of our isolation and connection.

Joe Aguirre, Mike Aviña, Emilio Bañuelos, Troy Holden and Ben Molina

Friday April 10th 7–10pm

Empire Seven
525 N 7th St,
San Jose, CA

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