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June 1, 2007

Phantom Galleries San Jose


The San Jose Phantom Galleries program was launched in 2000 as a partnership between Two Fish Design, San Jose Downtown Association and the San Jose Redevelopment Agency. It was (and still is!) our intention to utilize empty downtown storefronts as local artists exhibit spaces in an effort to minimize the bleak scenery of vacant ground floor windows with the maximum impact of celebrating the creative talent that resides here.

It is true that there is much progress being made downtown with new residential developments that will include "mixed use" ground floor retail and there are fewer empty windows that are in the state of blight as was the case five years ago. But it also means more and more construction walls that can be activated as temporary murals, private buildings that could house exhibits in between tenants and Phantom Galleries can provide a referral service to business owners that would like art exhibits in their spaces as a way to support local artists, but also provide their customers with interesting atmosphere that changes throughout the year.

This evolution of the Phantom Galleries' website will focus more on the activities from this day on (as opposed to archiving the last six years) there will be updates each week in the form of current exhibits, artist's news, exhibit opportunities and calls for entries submitted by third parties. We'll also point to examples of other cities utilizing the Phantom concept.

Feel free to contact us any time with news, feedback and/or comments to our posts, we'd love to hear from you.

peace and care,
Cherri Lakey & Brian Eder

June 5, 2007

Phantom Galleries in the NY Times!

A man walks by the Kaleid Gallery in San Jose, Calif., March 22, 2007.

"In a city that nurtures its art institutions, an underground art scene has also taken shape. Vacant buildings, which still blemish many downtown blocks, have been transformed into temporary exhibit space for local painters and sculptors, attractive place-holders until permanent tenants arrive." (Peter DaSilva/The New York Times)

June 17, 2007

Art Ark Grand Opening Aug. 9th


UPDATE: The exhibit is entitled Intersections and it will feature artwork and a feature performance by Art Ark residents as well as artwork from neighborhood artists. They do request that you RSVP to Jgeracie[at] or call 408-292-7841, ext 11 as they'll have lunch and beverages.

Save the date: Art Ark's grand opening is going to be Thursday, August 9th from 11:30am - 1:00pm. There will be a new exhibit that I believe will involve artists from the Martha Gardens area. The Art Ark Apartments is an affordable housing complex designed with the artist in mind. It's recently been announced that it's 100% leased and has a common house gallery on site. It's located at 1035 South 6th St. (btwn Bestor Park and Keyes Blvd.), downtown San Jose. We'll keep you posted!

California Lawyers for the Arts in San Jose

Steven Tran came by our offices to let us know that the California Lawyers for the Arts have set up an office here in San Jose. They felt that artists here in the South Bay weren't using the resources available to them in San Francisco. Their site is definitely worth visiting to keep up on all the work they are doing on the arts' behalf as well as services they can provide. Steven said they will be hosting a workshop in July, with more details to be announced. Visit their site here, and if you need their assistance, please email them at sanjose(at) or call them at 408-998-2787 ext. 216.

Arthaus Gallery


Carlos DaSilva is a local photographer that did a series of screenprints onto plexiglass and exhibited them in his garage that he converted into a one night gallery. It was a great casual atmosphere with really interesting work. To see images from the exhibit, click here.

June 18, 2007

Jason Arnold & Tim Lierman at B & B this Saturday.


UPDATE: Photos of the exhibition posted here.

Long time Phantom artists Jason Arnold and Tim Leirman will have a duo exhibit at Black & Brown on Saturday June 23rd, from 8-11pm. We're looking forward to seeing what these two have been up to!

Black & Brown Clothing
1225 W. San Carlos, San Jose

June 21, 2007

Silicon Valley Orchard by Angela Buenning Filo


Angela Buenning Filo (Phantom Galleries artist 2003) has a photographic exhibit up at San Jose City Hall thru September 21, 2007 entitled The Story of a Silicon Valley Orchard. Inspired by a news article in 2002 about a prune orchard that was "the last in Silicon Valley", Angela made the trip south on Hwy 85 and found the orchard, and committed herself to take a portrait of each of the 1,705 trees in the orchard. Three winters later, with the orchard land now slated for development, she photographed the final tree. These 1700+ images are on view in the lobby of the tower building and continues on Floor 18 where the city council offices are.
San Jose City Hall
200 East Santa Clara Street (btwn 4th & 5th Streets)
open 9-5pm, Monday - Friday.

June 22, 2007

Inna Razmakhova at Barefoot Coffee


Inna Razmakhova, Los Gatos Art Association Open Juried Show 2007 winner, has a solo exhibit at Barefoot Coffee Roasters called Travel Treasures showcasing "stunning photographs from our favorite National Parks of South West California and Hawaii." Enjoy the exhibit (on view thru June 30th) at the best coffeeshop in South Bay!

Barefoot Coffee
5237 Stevens Creek (@ Lawrence Expwy)
Santa Clara

Ellie Brown exhibits at YO Gallery, Philadelphia


Ellie Brown (Phantom Galleries artist 2002), exhibits her photographs that are excerpts from the body of work, About My Sisters 1996-2006 (which will also be a self published book). Ellie has been photographing her half-sisters' passage through childhood, into and out of adolescence for ten years. The work chronicles the quest for identity, changes in voice and confidence through adolescence, the strong influence of media, peer groups and an eating disorder. (from YO Gallery's press release.)

(Ellie has always done beautiful relevant artwork and installations pertaining to girls and women and how they are perceived. Ellie's Phantom exhibit (on South First next to Bella Mia at the time) was an installation of numerous pink dresses that ranged from the cute frilly little girl dress to an underslip of lingerie.)

YO Gallery
113 N 23rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Charlotte and Ema on KQED's SPARK program

Charlotte Kruk n' Kempken at KALEID
Charlotte Kruk n' Kempken

Ema Sintamarian

KALEID Gallery's April 2007 Featured Artists (and long time Phantom artists) Charlotte Kruk n' Kempken and Ema Sintamarian will be featured on KQED's art and culture television program SPARK on June 27th, 29th and July 2nd. To sign up for an email reminder, please visit their site here.

June 26, 2007

Gente, Casas y Barrios opens Friday June 29th

Sheau Lee and Ethan Miller, Surface, video projection still, 2007

We received two very nice notes today from Michelle Waters and Sheau Lee that each will be in the forth coming MACLA's Gente, Casas y Barrios exhibit as a result of a call for entries by MACLA that we relayed to our artist list.

The exhibit, whose theme is People, Houses & Neighborhoods, will include a collaborative project by Sheau Lee & Ethan Miller called Surface (above image) which is an interactive audio/video installation using a table with a contact microphone, a series of macro photos of urban surfaces in downtown San Jose. The location of each surface is cataloged with latitude and longitude data. Organic materials are also collected from the urban environment (rocks, seed pods, branches, etc.) and form an interface into the exploration of place and surface.

Michelle Waters' painting is entitled the Undevelopment Agency and is a satirical piece addressing the environmental consequences of rampant development.

Gente, Casas y Barrios opens this Friday, June 29th with an artists' reception at 6pm with the exhibit on view through July 14th.
MACLA is located at 510 South First Street, downtown San Jose

June 28, 2007

Donna Orme exhibits Chine Colle at Possibilities

Donna Orme - Featuring 5" x 5" Monoprints with Chine Colle
Experimental artist, Donna Orme presents 5" x 5" monoprints produced from aluminum plates that have been submerged in a copper sulfate solution. The copper sulfate bites into unprotected parts of the plates and produces the tonal values and thick/thin lines.

Ms. Orme adds color, rhythm, texture and mood to these monoprints by the use of chine colle. Some etchings are run on Asian papers. The Asian papers are incorporated with the inked aluminum plates in a technique known as chine colle (Chinese collage) to produce soft, collage effects.

Possibilities Art Studio & Gallery
311-A Forest Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
August 10-September 29, 2007
For more information visit

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June 30, 2007

REMINDER-No First Friday July!

Due to the July Fourth holiday, there will be no First Friday gallery walk downtown for July. The galleries will resume First Friday August 3rd at 8pm til late.

The two featured artists for First Friday August at KALEID gallery is Joe Claus and Mary Medrano. For more information, click here.

Have a wonderful, safe holiday!

Dee Jae leaving for Japan!


San Jose urban artist and muralist (and long time Phantom participant) Dee Jae Paeste is leaving the San Jose area to live in Japan for the next year or so. Dee Jae says: It's time i get out there and explore more of the world and experience all i can while i have the energy and time.

We will miss him, his amazing talent, and his abundant energy. We wish you the best Dee Jae, and appreciate all the vibrancy you've added to our lives in the years we've known you!

July 5, 2007

Christine Benjamin exhibit July 6th

Although there is not a downtown San Jose First Friday tomorrow night, July 6th, head on over to downtown Campbell and check out Christine Benjamins exhibit in the courtyard next to Sonya Paz' gallery located at 325 East Campbell Ave from 5-9pm.

South FIRST FRIDAYS will be back on August 3rd.

July 6, 2007

Rob in Bay Nature Magazine

Photographer Rob Lehman has a published photo that accompanies an article about Mt. Madonna County Park in the current issue of Bay Nature Magazine. Congrats Rob!

Upcoming Thackrey exhibits

Deborah Mills Thackrey will be exhibiting her photography at the Saratoga Library's lobby with pointillist painter Michael Olivieri thru Sept. 1st.
Saratoga Public Library
3650 Saratoga Ave (at Fruitvale)
Saratoga, CA

Also: opening this Sunday the 8th, Deborah and her husband Tom will be showing together again for the month of July at the Borders store in Sunnyvale. Deb will be showing some new graffiti work and Tom some new figurative light paintings.
316 W. El Camino Real (at the corner of Mathilda)
Sunnyvale, CA

July 31, 2007

FIrst Friday Aug 3rd at KALEID


Please join us this FIRST FRIDAY August 3rd for our Featured Artists Exhibits and Reception: My Neighbors a photographic tribute to the smaller side of Silicon Valley business by Joe Claus, and About Face paintings of solitary figures by Mary Medrano that represent interaction, communication and love after the loss of her mother last year.

Also on view, artworks by 70+ artists from the San Jose area.

KALEID gallery
88 South Fourth Street (at San Fernando)
7pm - 9pm, free and open to the public
Hard-bop and soul-jazz delicacies from the '60s provided by DJ Oh and Lynn Ness

August 4, 2007

Community Meeting about Public Art

The San Jose Public Art Program invites you to participate in this discussion to plan for a permanently situated aviation-themed artwork that will be part of the Mineta San José International Airport Public Art Program.

Community input is vital to the planning process, and will help shape the vision for this project. Please join us for a fun evening to learn more about the project, discuss site opportunities for public artwork, and share your ideas, visions and stories.

Monday, August 20, 2007, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

San Jose City Hall - Council Wing
200 E. Santa Clara Street, Room CW 120
(Parking validation will be provided for the City Hall garage, entrance on 6th Street)

For more information contact: Public Art Project Manager, Mary Rubin
408 277-5144 ext 16 or

August 8, 2007

Wood Fire Connections Exhibit opens Sept 7, 2007

above sculpture by Harry Nakamoto

The ceramics exhibit, WOOD FIRE CONNECTIONS, opens September 7, 2007 at the Artobject Gallery, 592 N 5th Street, San Jose, California.

The exhibit features the wood-fired work of six potters from Oregon and California: Hiroshi Ogawa, Harry Nakamoto, Samuel Hoffman, Diane Levinson, Jennifer Long Klein, and Tim Steele.

There will be an opening night reception as a part of San Jose’s First Friday Gallery Walk on September 7th from 7 PM to 9 PM. All the artists will be present to discuss and answer questions about their work.

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Mitra Fabian opening reception at ICA

Image: Mitra Fabian, Ventilation series, 2006-7, Paper and glue, Dimensions variable.
Courtesy of the Artist and Bandini Art, Los Angeles.

Mitra Fabian (Phantom Galleries 2006) will be having her first bay area solo exhibit with an opening reception this Friday, 8/10, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.

(from the ICA website:) Using everyday household materials, Mitra Fabian transforms scotch tape, glue and paper into sprawling floor works and topographies that confound scale. From a distance, the artwork resembles urban developments flowing into the contours of the land. At a microscopic level, the work might be seen as proliferating spores or an aberrant growth, indefinitely spreading.

Fabian's installation and sculptural works straddle the line between exquisite and grotesque. The objects can be beautiful and benign; made from innocuous materials into sculpture more sublime than threatening. Yet simultaneously, the enigmatic forms seem to be in the process of unchecked growth and glue and tape become disturbingly epidermal.

August 9, 2007

2007 Books Arts Jam at Foothill Oct. 20th

The Bay Area Book Artists and Foothill College present:

The 6th Annual Book Arts Jam at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California
Saturday, October 20, 2007, 10am to 4pm.

The Annual Book Arts Jam at Foothill College provides an inside look at the world of artists' books and the book arts. The Book Arts Jam is a one-day celebration at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California at which you can view one-of-a-kind handmade artist books, zines, letterpress books and broadsides, mailart, calligraphy, fine art prints, handmade paper and multiples by over 50 exhibitors who are book artists, craftspeople, and workers in the allied fields of letterpress printing, papermaking, printmaking, photography, collage, and paper decoration.

The intent of the Book Arts Jam is to bring together book artists and audiences interested in the book arts to create a forum for artists to show and sell their work, and for visitors of all kinds-including book arts fans and artists as well as audiences new to book arts-to see the work of others and learn about the book arts.

The event is free. ($2.00 charge for parking at Foothill College-bring quarters!)

August 10, 2007

Nancy Ann Rice at (the new) Gregory Kate Gallery

Nancy Ann Rice, From the Deep, acrylic on canvas 30" x 36"

Chris Hogan has opened the Gregory Kate Gallery (named after his two children) on The Alameda in San Jose. (from their website:) "Our intent is to display an ever-changing variety of art and photographs for your viewing pleasure. We hope to surprise you with different artistic styles and expose you to different mediums of expression."

GK's next exhibit is Nancy Ann Rice, an acrylic surrealistic painter and local teacher of painting.
The artist's reception is Weds., Aug. 22nd from 5-7pm.
Location: 925 The Alameda # 101, San Jose (near HP Pavillion)

August 17, 2007

Devon's new art and mural blogs

Devon Holzwarth, A Gondola Ride Through Venice mural

A long time friend to Phantom Galleries (both as exhibiting artist and muralist) Devon Holzwarth has quite an empire brewing. Her multi talents required multi business personas and she has two new blogs so you can keep an eye on her accomplishments: murals are at and her art and artsy products at

August 20, 2007

Mary Medrano Studio and Gallery opening

Congratulations to Mary Medrano (Phantom & KALEID artist since the beginning!) for her new endeavor!

Mary invites you to the opening celebration:
Join the party from 7-9pm at my new studio and gallery space in historic downtown Campbell. I will be exhibiting my figurative paintings, some new florals inspired by being in Campbell, and three sculptures of Helen Bellaver. Her work is made from a combination of found objects and the painting process. She combines the two with a creative voice; one that speaks of renewal and reinvention. She is guided by intuition and the joy of making art.

Mary Medrano Gallery
305 E. Campbell Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Friday: 12 - 7 pm
Most weekends: 11 - 3 pm

Celebration: Friday, September 7, 2007, 7-9 pm

August 21, 2007

HoC's 1st Annual Chalk Arts Festival

photo by Michael Denning

Heart of Chaos presents the 2nd of 3 installments of San Jose’s First Annual Chalk Art Festival.

The festival brings an explosion of color, vitality and a sense of community to the park as Heart of Chaos artists demonstrate the many varieties of chalk art and invite the children and adults in the neighborhood to create their own art using chalk provided by Heart of Chaos.

This is a FREE event so bring the family and invite the whole neighborhood out for some fun in the sun and take advantage of this opportunity to let loose and create some fun art!

Camden Community Center
3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, 95124
10am-2pm / FREE

First Friday Sept 7 at KALEID


Please join us First Friday September 7th at KALEID gallery for two new featured artists exhibitions by Shannon Amidon and Lucy Liew.

Introspections is a series of acrylic on canvas artworks by Lucy Liew that were inspired by a series of personal events that led to her introspection into both the past and present when faced with life’s challenges and emerging as a stronger and more complete person.

Into Pieces is a mixed media series of insect portrait puzzles by Shannon Amidon, an exploration into the world of insects and what it means to relate aesthetically with these terrestrial creatures that both inspire and repel us.

Also on view are 70 San Jose artists showcasing their fine art and sculpture, limited editions and unique gift items.

Friday, Sept 7th, 7pm - 9pm, free and open to the public
Live music by Astronout performing live downtempo and minimal techno.

KALEID gallery
88 South Fourth Street (at San Fernando)
Downtown San Jose

August 23, 2007

Body of WORKS Up For Auction

From Erin Cizan (Works' ED):

Over 200 of our community members welcomed Works/San Jose to its new site by participating in our opening event "Body of Works: a community collaborative mosaic". The Board of Directors and myself were overwhelmed by the amazing response, the diversity of submissions, and the generosity of the participants to donate their artwork to be auctioned for the benefit of Works/San Jose.

Now that the Auction is up on eBay, I realize that this is more than an auction for the support of Works/San Jose it is an opportunity for the community to acknowledge, support, and validate individual creative expression. Will you please make a bid today not just for the benefit of Works/San Jose, but in support all of the Artists who experimented, exhibited, and engaged. Thank you!

Bidding begins here!

August 25, 2007

Big Al on view at Worthington West Gallery

On the spot caricature artist Big Al will have artwork in the Pin-ups and Pinstripes show along with pinstriping by Terry "TBonez" Bell, Kellie "KandyStripes" Mitrovich and Joanna Crawshaw among others.

Artists' Reception: Friday, Aug. 24th, 6-8pm
On view through Sept. 22, 2007
Worthington Gallery West
739 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA

Donna Orme at Gallery 2611, RWC

Donna Orme has two new Cast Acrylic Monotypes on view at Gallery 2611 Sept. 1 thru Sept. 30th.
Reception: Friday, September 7, 6-9 p.m., coinciding with Friday Art Walk.
Gallery 2611, 2611 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063

August 27, 2007

Thursday Gig's_Art & the Spoken Word

Image: Max Ernst With Pet Snail, David Larimore

Elizabeth Parashis invites you all to this BYOB potluck, art viewing and poetry night featuring artist David Larimore. (Elizabeth will also be exhibiting her 2D work as well as 3D by Bea Garth.) The featured reader is award winning Evelyn A. So, who is interested in negotiating between the elegiac and the comic, the seemingly familiar and the not yet known, the spaces where literary and oral traditions meet and mingle. Open Mic follows.

The whole evening takes place on Thursday, September 13th from 5-10pm in the Florentine Village Estate at 42 Central Avenue, Los Gatos. Contact Elizabeth at artpages[at] for more information.

August 29, 2007

Add Phantom news to your Google homepage!

Brian has placed a convenient "Add to Google" button to the side bar on the right for those of you that may use iGoogle as your homepage when you open your browser. Clicking on this button will automatically add the Phantom Galleries' feed gadget so you can see the three latest posts whenever you're on your Google homepage!

September 3, 2007

Tucker Nichols at ZieherSmith, NYC


Tucker Nichols (Phantom Galleries 2005) is having his second solo exhibit at ZieherSmith gallery in New York City which opens Sept. 6 and on view thru Oct. 6th.

The installation above, that Tucker did with Steve Lambert for Phantom years ago in the old Woolworth building (now Black Sea Gallery), is a pretty good example of the simple brilliance of Tucker's art. I remember we were all cleaning the dirt and grime from the front windows. Tucker and Steve weren't settled on what they wanted to do yet. Just then a car drove up in front of the space, in line for the light to change green, and they heard someone in the car tell their passenger, "I just woke up from the most beautiful dream...." and then drove off. Tucker looked at Steve and said "that's it!" and they painted these words on the window. It was so perfect for that bleak area that needed transformation.

In the ZS press release, Tucker is quoted as saying: “I’m trying to capture the early part of a thought—before it’s fully formed, before it makes perfect sense. The early part of a thought is bold and simple and not yet worn down by practical concerns. I want to celebrate our willingness to complete the story, to make sense of things even when there’s so little to work with. I’d rather build an open circuit and ask you to close the gap yourself.”

September 4, 2007

Steamroller Prints at Center for the Book

On Saturday Sept. 8 from 11am - 5pm, Kathy Aoki will be printing a 3ft x 3ft linoleum cut with a steam roller on the street at the Center for the Book in San Francisco. This free event includes ten artists with big lino-cuts, vendor tables, and kids activities.

This unique fundraiser doubles as a rollicking street fair with an expanded book arts and printers sale. The large lino cut prints will be auctioned off at the annual Gala Dinner/Fundraiser. This year watch artists pull prints from large-scale linoleum blocks carved especially for the occasion by: Kathy Aoki, East Side Editions, Michael Carabetta, Leif Fairfield, Mary Laird, Paul Madonna, Brandon Mise, Rik Olson, Maia de Raat, Patricia Miye Wakida, and William T. Wiley.

Saturday September 8th, 11am to 5pm
San Francisco Center for the Book
300 De Haro Street, San Francisco, CA

September 13, 2007

ICA Print Center Workshops

The ICA Print Center has announced its fall schedule of Monotype and Beginning Etching which will take place on numerous dates throughout October and December. For full schedule and pricing, click here.

September 14, 2007

New Inspirational Movement talk at MACLA


Join artist Isis Rodriguez for a conversation on contemporary art and the New Inspirational Movement. The New Inspirational Movement is a philosophical and spiritual movement to build a new culture of artists who want to be visionaries, rebels, and critics. The New Inspirational Movement is a place where artists can talk freely about their art, resisting the expectations of the art world.

Thursday, Sept. 20th, 7pm - Free Admission
MACLA, 510 South First Street
Downtown San Jose

September 17, 2007

Wener Glinka "G8" exhibit Oct. 20th

Congratulations to Werner Glinka (long time Phantom & former KALEID artist) on his upcoming exhibit GA8 in Sausalito.

The Consul General of Germany and Fingerhut Gallery of Sausalito invite you to the premier exhibit of 8 world renowned German-American artists.

Artists' Reception: Saturday, October 20th, 7- 9 PM
Please RSVP to 415-331-7225

Artists include: Bertolt A. Schmidt-Print Maker/Painter, Silke Henkell-Wallace-Painter, Werner Glinka-Mixed Media, Ines Tancre-Mixed Media, Inge Infante-Painter, Natasha Julicher-Sculptor, Susanne Kaspar-Photographer and Heike Seefeldt-Mixed Media/Painter

Fingerhut Gallery, 690 Bridgeway Sausalito, CA

September 18, 2007

eXact-o! artists' talk at Works Sept. 20th


Works Access (Works/San Jose's monthly conversation with local artists) features artists Jesse Houlding, Marina Shretenberg, Charlene Tan, and Annie Vought, all of whom will discuss their unique process as exhibited in the concurrent exhibition eXact-O!.

Thursday September 20th, 6:30pm
Works/San Jose, 451 South First Street, San Jose
free and open to the public

September 21, 2007

New works by Rob Lehman at Laurel's

Rob Lehman (a current KALEID artist) is exhibiting a lot of new work at Laurel's Cafe with a lunchtime reception on Friday, September 28, at 12 noon to 1pm. Stop by and have some lunch and peruse the new exhibit!

Laurel's is open Monday through Friday, 8-5
138 E. Santa Clara St. (between South 3rd and 4th streets)
downtown San Jose

Dia De Muertos exhibit in Santa Cruz

Dance With Death, Christine Benjamin, 36" x 36", acrylic on canvas

Christine Benjamin (Phantom & KALEID artist) is one of many artists in the Dia De Muertos Show at Alma Gifts and Culture in Santa Cruz.
Opening reception: Sat., Oct. 13th, 5-7 PM , show runs until Nov. 11th

Alma Gifts & Culture
1705 Mission St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Hours: Tue-Sun 11-6

September 22, 2007

John Kurtyka's Cursor


Earlier this year we told you about a call for entries by San Francisco's CITY|SPACE that was seeking proposals for creative and surprising new SOUVENIRS of the San Francisco Bay Area. A memory for the tourist that arrives and departs, a collection of images and mementos to take home and revisit, the souvenir encompasses expectation and recollection of places, people, and adventures.

Although often ignored, souvenirs are ubiquitous representations of the places we inhabit, written in the kitschy dialect of sno-globes and postcards. But souvenirs also navigate more intimate geographies, of personal feeling and memory. Wish You Were Here will reimagine the souvenir's unique position between landscape, memento, and memory. ~CitySpace

John Kurtyka (Phantom & KALEID artist) answered the challenge, and was accepted, with the Welcome to Silicon Valley CURSOR (the searcher) John says of his proposal: "Its face includes a variety of skin colors–like those whose work brought it to life and began its search (some got rich, many made a living, bought homes and raised families–some families broke up because of the stress and long work hours.) Its not polite to point–so it acquiesces silently to our every whim–cursoring across the colors and flashing lights of your screen–pointing to knowledge as well as opinions informed by ignorance and poor reasoning–searching for doorways and plateaus of understanding as well as reinforcement of suspicions and prejudices. IF KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, THEN ACCESS TO POWER MIGHT BE THE NEXT BEST THING."

There is an exhibit of accepted submissions in the works as well as a possible publication. Congratulations John and keep us posted!

September 24, 2007

Willowside Ranch exhibit by Fred Roessler


There will be a photographic retrospective of Fred Roessler’s photography from 1995-2007 of historic Willowside Ranch in Pescadero. A beautiful selection of the buildings and farm equipment, animals, as well as the old cheese house and it’s presses.

We will have memorabilia from the old ranch, and give visitors the opportunity to try their hand at painting a silver gelatin print with oils.

Willowside Ranch By Fred Roessler
Norton Gallery @ Pacific Art League
668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto
Reception Friday Oct 5, 2007 from 6-9 pm

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October 8, 2007

Introduction to Public Art Workshop

This workshop by the SJ Office of Cultural Affairs, is for local and regional studio artists who have had little or no experience in Public Art and who are interested in entering into the field. Attendees will gain a broad understanding of what the field requires including: the role of Public Art in community and economic development, project development and administration related policies as well as valuable resources.

Date: Sat., Nov 17, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Edenvale Library, 101 Branham Lane East, San Jose
Cost: $10 (includes all materials, coffee and lunch.)
RSVP to Shayna at 408.277.5144 ext. 31 or email:

October 9, 2007

Third Fridays Art Walk in Campbell


Highly energetic (and accomplished) Phantom & Kaleid artists Mary Medrano and Sonya Paz have opened galleries in downtown Campbell and have initiated the Third Fridays Art Walk in the historic area. The gallery hopping goes from 6-9pm, and the next one is October 19th. Visit the full schedule here.

October 10, 2007

Surfaces and Layers at Mohr Gallery Mountain View


Surfaces and Layers features the fiber arts of Camille Ahern, Joan Schulze & Emily Stewart. There will be a reception and artists' talk on Friday, Oct. 19th from 6-8pm. The exhibit is on view through Nov. 25, 2007.

Mohr Gallery
Community School of Music and Arts
230 San Antonio Circle, Mt. View

Thursday Gig's Art & the Spoken Word October 18th

image by Bea Garth

Thursday Gig's Art & the Spoken Word October 18, 2007

Featured Artist & Poets:
Bea Garth will read from Eating the Peach a book of her poems and drawings on love, illusion and self discovery. She will also exhibit her unique drawings, paintings and narrative ceramic sculpture.

Chris Arcus will share some of his evocative poems and stories.

Elizabeth Parashis will also present some of her amazing artist sketchbooks.

5:00 to 9:00 PM Potluck, readings and open mic
at the home of Chris Arcus
15272 Charmeran, San Jose, CA 95124
Phone: 408 315-9005

October 13, 2007

Therese May at the SJ Museum of Quilts & Textiles


Current KALEID artist Therese May will have an art quilt in the new exhibit “Saturn Returns” at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, October 16 to January 6, 2008. This 30th anniversary exhibition will celebrate the future of fiber art by honoring the artists whose work will inspire the next generation of fiber artists.

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 21, 3-5pm

Saturday, October 27, 9am-5pm Ring around the Bay Bus Tour with Therese May, Lia Cook, Joan Schulze, Judith Content. Click here for more info.

Therese will also be teaching an online class on the “Quilted Portrait” beginning October 27th. More info here.

Ema Harris -Sintamarian at Jack Fischer Gallery SF


Ema Harris-Sintamarian (a long time friend to Phantom & KALEID) is currently on exhibit at the Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco. You Should Stop Editing opened Sept. 6 and runs until October 25th. Visit the Fischer Gallery website for more information.

October 14, 2007

Homeless Bag Project

We met Alica Rice over three years ago when she was a high school student. A prolific photographer, she wanted to try her hand at curating a show for Phantom Galleries that showcased other students, like herself, with exceptional potential but not much support. She thought that by putting together an exhibit it would bring these creative young people together and give their parents, teachers and other friends a glimpse of what they were capable of. After a year of working on this exhibit, there was a tremendous turnout and, I think for everyone involved, a sense of accomplishment and encouragement in their artistic endeavors.

Alicia is now a student at Santa Clara University and is still an exceptionally conscientious young woman. We wanted to forward her latest project request and hope that many of you will respond with your help and encouragement.

From Alicia:
The Tenderloin in San Francisco is a neighborhood full of poverty and disrepair. It holds nearly 90% of San Francisco’s large homeless population. However, if one is to get past these surface impressions, one can find a place full of people in need of help, people who just want to be recognized. Especially during the holiday season, a little extra love can never hurt.

Last year, with the help of many people, we raised over $500 and made 80 bags to pass out to the homeless of the Tenderloin. Each bag was made out of canvas (and therefore reusable) and filled with food and toiletries. And while I can never fully express the joy giving the bags out gave me, there were still so many people who we weren’t able to help.

This year, I’d like to improve the bags and add items such as gloves and hats. In addition, I’d love to increase the number of items in the bags.

There are two major ways you can help:

1. Donating money. Each bag will cost about $10 -$15. Being a college student, my income isn’t very large, but this means a lot to me, so I’ll spend what I need to in order to create at least a fair number of bags. However, the more money, the more bags can be created. As the homeless often say themselves, even pennies help. To donate through this easy Paypal link, please click here.

2. Donating bags. Like I mentioned, I want reusable bags for the gifts to be placed in. They don’t have to be incredibly fancy or great, but just something that can be useful. For example, the new bags they’re selling at most supermarkets are a great. But most anything around the house will do.

The reason I don’t ask for item donations is because I want the bags to be uniform, so going and getting the items myself allows for everyone to be helped equally.

If you can’t help in those ways, but are still willing to do something, contact me and I’m sure we can figure something out.

Please forward this to anyone who is interested. My email is

October 17, 2007

All Fired Up exhibit at Santa Clara City Hall

Chamelion by Inna Razmakhova

Past Phantom Galleries artist Inna Razmakhova will have a ceramic sculpture in the new exhibit All Fired Up at Santa Clara City Hall through February 2008.

Works by Bay Area artists that are formed or produced using heat (such as ceramic, glass or metal) will be featured in a special juried exhibition at Santa Clara City Hall through February 2008. This specialty show will be on exhibit Monday through Friday, 8a.m. to 5p.m.

Opening reception- Sunday, October 28th, 2-4 p.m.
Santa Clara City Hall
1500 Warburton Ave Santa Clara, CA 95050

12th & Taylor art show Oct 19th.

The 12 & Taylor Committee is proud to present:
Christopher Bauder, Will Clark, Bridget Dolfi, Sonia Sinton & Jasper Wong
Hor d'oeuvres and drinks
$5 suggested donation

Friday, October 19, 2007, 8pm-12am
@ 12 & Taylor
723 N. 12th St., San José

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ACGA Holiday Clay & Glass Exhibition & Sale

ACGA Holiday Clay & Glass Exhibition & Sale

Janet Fullmer Bajorek, Joe Battiato, Barbara Brown, Craig Easter, Susan Duhan Felix, Gerald & Kelly Hong, Will Johnson, Nina Koepcke, Diane Levinson, Rita Lewis, Janet Leong Malan, Jennifer Klein, Linda Mau, Carolyn Means, Lee Middleman, Pat Oyama, Paula Prekowitz, Kate de Renouard, Sylvia Rios, Tachina Rudman, Jan Schachter, Ericka Clark Shaw, Michiko Shimoda, Laurie Sylwester, Melissa Woodburn, Carol Wedemeyer, Fred Yokel, April Zilber

Opening Reception: Nov. 2nd, on going through Dec. 22, 2007

Art Object Gallery
592 North 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

2 from the Ark exhibit at Art Ark

2 from the Ark is an exhibit of paintings by Eileen Graham & (current KALEID artist) Lucy Liew

The Art Ark is the consummate example of the city of San Jose’s effort to support the art community. This October marks the first anniversary for the Art Ark, an affordable housing project in Martha Gardens. The Art Ark is within walking distance of the SJSU Foundry and near San Jose’s SoFA district. Liew and Graham both live and work at the Art Ark. This exhibit is the product of their working together and informing each other’s creative process.

Opening reception: Nov. 11, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Exhibition: Nov. 11 to Dec. 14, 2007
Closing reception: Dec. 14, 6 p.m. –- 9 p.m.

Art Ark Common House Gallery
1035 S. Sixth St. San Jose, CA 95112
by appointment: Graham (408) 888-4458 Liew (408) 835-2875

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Hally K Ono features Jeanette and Terenia

Golden Delicious by Jeanette Turkus

Current KALEID artist Jeanette Turkus' expressionistic paintings entitled Tastes of the World are currently on exhibit at the Hally K Ono Cafe along with Terenia Offenbacker's abstract paintings through November.

Hally K Ono Cafe
312 S 3rd St, San Jose, CA 95112

October 18, 2007

Donna Orme at Pacific Grove Art Center

Spiral , Cast Acrylic Monotype by Donna Orme

Monoprints, Etchings, Collages & New Cast Acrylic Monotypes by Santa Clara Artist and Printmaker Donna Orme
October 26-December 13, 2007, reception 10/26/07, 7-9 p.m.

Pacific Grove Art Center
568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 375-2208
Gallery Hours: Wed.-Sat. 12-5 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m.

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Backwater Arts

Former KALEID artist Sara Cole is working on an exciting new artists' live/work arts studio community called Backwater Arts.

Sara says: We are in the infant stages of developing a viable live/work arts studio community. We are beginning with one Victorian house on an industrial property near Senter and Tully (691 Quinn), and we have it in our multi-yeared plan to expand throughout the neighboring warehouses in order to create a viable arts community in San Jose.

We are currently developing our Victorian house into studios and an alternative space gallery. There is studio space available for move in on November 1st. Please email me if you are interested at sara[at]

Also, save the dates:
December 1st - Inaugural exhibition reception of a show highlighting the studio residents and several other local San Jose artists.

January 5th - exhibition reception Self-Referential, a group show of figurative work.
Both receptions start at 6 and go late.

November 1, 2007

Chris Eckert's Light Haiku

San Jose Public Art Program is unveiling their temporary art project, called Who's on First, What's on Second, along the light rails on South First & Second streets this month. Projects will rollout over the next year and vary in duration from a few weeks to two months.

The $300,000 budget will go towards 8 projects by artists: JD Beltran, Jon Brumit, Hector Dio Mendoza, Chris Eckert, Bill Fontana, Jordan Geiger, Helena Keefe, and the team of Chip Lord and Bruce Tomb. (Press release here.)

Chris Eckert, (Phantom Galleries 2004) was one of the few resident SJ artists invited to submit a proposal and was awarded the grant to actualize his idea, Light Haiku.

from Chris: Light Haiku is an exciting new public art project developed for downtown San Jose by visual artist Chris Eckert and recording artist/poet pc muñoz. One of eight public art projects selected by the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs for their new temporary art program Who’s on 1st/What’s on 2nd, Light Haiku enables compelling artistic expression through cutting-edge technology.

The project merges haiku, an ancient form of Japanese poetry, with sophisticated engineering and contemporary content. Eckert’s Light Cannon, a unique computer controlled spotlight designed and built specifically for Light Haiku, will “write” original poetry on an enormous 650 square foot luminescent screen in downtown San Jose nightly between 6:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.

The installation, located between first and second streets south of San Fernando Street, will run from December 1, 2007 through January 31, 2008. Featured poetry, anchored by muñoz who has contributed over two hundred haiku specifically for this installation, will include solicited submissions from guest poets around the world as well as local gradeschool children.

On November 17th, 2007 from 7-10 p.m., a one-night advance preview party for Light Haiku will be hosted by the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. Eckert’s light cannon will be temporarily installed and used to write haiku on a scaled down screen. muñoz will be performing live poetry readings in time with the light cannon while being improvisationaly accompanied by avant-garde cello legend Joan Jeanrenaud (longtime Kronos Quartet member) and hip-hop/funk drummer Kevin Carnes (known for his work with Broun Fellinis, George Clinton, and others). For more information or photographs, visit Congratulations Chris!!

November 6, 2007

Holiday Boutique at Commuknity

from Miss Charlotte: I will be participating in a Holiday Boutique/ breast cancer benefit this Friday night;!

Many of my wearable sculptures will be on display, along with plenty of smaller items, all for sale; handmade purses, lunchboxes, tin clutches, ceramic works, tooth-fairy pillows, bookmarks, etc.etc.........Please consider attending, the Breast Cancer cause is worthy AND you'll be supporting your local artists if you decide to make a purchase!!!!

November 9th, 7-10pm
1345 The Alameda
San Jose, Ca 95126
Admission - $35.00

I look forward to seeing you there. Feel free to spread the word and invite your friends!!! Cheers then.....until Friday.

Bye for now, miss charlotte kruk n' kempken

November 7, 2007

Congrats to Christine Benjamin

Christine Benjamin won 1st place for her painting "Another Day In The Big City" (pictured above) in the "Heart of Chaos: Uproar" group show at South First Billiards. People came and voted for their favorites at the reception on Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 which included more than 50 artists. The show will be up until Nov. 22nd.

South First Billiards
420 South 1st Street, Downtown San Jose

Christine will also have work in a large holiday group show called "Tiny" at Studio Gallery SF from Nov. 7th thru Dec. 23rd, with a reception on Nov. 10th from 4-8pm.

Studio Gallery
1718A Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Terenia and Nadia at Books Inc, Mt. View

Current Kaleid artist Nadia Vinogradova and Phantom Galleries artist Terenia Offenbacker will have a duel exhibit at Books, Inc in Mountain View entitled "Portraits." The exhibit runs from Thurs., Nov 8th thru the 30th.

Books, Inc
301 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA

November 15, 2007

Backwater Arts Inaugral Exhibit

BackWater Arts Studios and Gallery invites you to their inaugural exhibition and open house. BWA is a new arts organization attempting to bring community action and involvement to the San Jose art scene.

There will be 10 artists with open studios, a gallery full of art, live music by Cole Higgins, and great community.

BWA Studio Residents: Kenny Brown, Julie Cardenas, Sara Cole, Jason King, Colin King-Bailey, Mike Nicholls, Michael Oechsli, Sharona Oshana, Lillia Panighetti and Ann Sherman.

Featuring Local Artists: Sidnea Damico, Julie Jacobsen, Shelby Smith and Jeanne Vadeboncoeur

BackWater Arts Gallery
281 Quinn Ave, San Jose, CA 95112 (look for the beautiful Victorian house)
Exhibit & open house: Saturday, December 1, 6:00-10:00pm

November 26, 2007

Mary Medrano at the 2007 Florence Biennale

The above paintings will be shown at the Florence Biennale.

San Jose artist Mary Medrano was stunned when she got the invitation to one of the world’s most exclusive international art exhibitions, the Florence Biennale.

Only artists selected by an elite jury of some of the world’s top art authorities will be showing their work at this biennial event in Florence, Italy December 1-9, 2007. “I got a letter in the mail with the invitation,” said Medrano. “My first thought was to wonder who was writing me from Italy, and then when I read the invitation, I just couldn’t believe it.” She doesn’t know who submitted her name. Apparently, the judges looked at her paintings posted on her website ( and were impressed.

The three paintings she is showing at the Florence Biennale are particularly compelling. “Circle of Life” was painted after her mother’s death and honors the passage of her mother’s spirit, as well as her warm and gentle nature. “Content” shows two elderly friends, with the color and treatment providing a haunting reminder of the brevity of life. “Pearl Necklace” is a defiant and mysterious young woman who faces the viewer boldly with her orange dress and flaming hair.

The Florence Biennale is the largest exhibition of contemporary art in the world. Known officially as the “Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea,” the exhibition is expected to attract 40,000 viewers to the historical Fortezza da Basso. This is one of Florence’s most significant monuments and includes buildings that date back to the 16th century and Medici era.

Congratulations Mary!

November 30, 2007

Christine Benjamin in the Willow Glen Resident


Current KALEID artist Christine Benjamin is a feature story in the Willow Glen Resident newspaper this week. You can find it on pg. 26 if you pick one up, or you can read it here.

December 1, 2007

Too close for comfort


Many of you will recognize the above image as one of the main art halls of ArtObjects Gallery in Japantown.

Ken informed us on Nov. 28th: the artobjectgallery suffered major damage to much of its space last night due to a fire which totally destroyed the structure next door which was being used as a boarding house to as many as twelve men. all made it safely out but for one 27 year old who lost his life.

worth noting.... prior to fighting the fire in the gallery the fire fighters moved all the artwork from walls and pedestals to safe places. only after this was accomplished did they begin ripping down sheet rock from the ceiling and walls to expose the wood framing. it is a minor miracle that no artwork was lost or damaged as far as I can see. (There is more information on this in the Mercury News article here.)

We are saddened to hear about this tragedy. Ken and Joy will be open on First Friday December 7th from 7-9pm as they felt friends may want to come together and reminisce.

December 13, 2007

Pellet Mural Bash

PG's Kyle Perera (aka PELLET) has just finished a feature mural at Broken Door Espresso (formerly named emocha cafe) and they are celebrating the completed feat by having an artist reception and party with free drinks, music by Dear Rod Serling and additional exhibits by Francisco Cervantes III and Amanda Joy.

Friday Dec. 14th, 8pm 'til late
Broken Door Espresso
231 E. Santa Clara St. (directly across City Hall)
San Jose, CA

January 3, 2008

Self-Referential Reception Sat., Jan. 5th

Above image: Andy Gouveia, Down in Fall, mixed media, 24" x 20", 2007

Fellow (past and present) Phantom / KALEID artists Ema, Andy and Lucy are featured artists in this upcoming exhibit. We'll see you there!

BackWater Arts Gallery Presents: Self-Referential

This exhibition highlights how we, as artists, see ourselves both singularly and in context of a multi-fasceted shared experience of contemporary society. Works featured include: photography, ceramic sculpture, cast metal, lithographic prints, drawings and paintings.

Artists Featured include: Jason Adkins, Colin King-Bailey*, Kim Cook, Lucy Liew, Andy Gouveia, Sharona Oshana*, Julie Jacobson, Eugene Rodriguez, Erin Emiko Kawamata, Ema Sintmarian-Harris, Susan Komar

* studio resident of BackWater Arts

Reception: January 5th, 6-10pm
Show Dates: January 5th – February 9th
Gallery Hours: Thursdays 1-7, Fridays 12-5, Saturdays 12-4
Gallery Location: 681 Quinn Ave, San Jose

First Friday January 4th at KALEID

Join us for First Friday January 4th, 7-9pm, at the Holiday Gallery of Gifts for its only sale of the year! 60 artists are participating in this 20% off sale which ends Sat., Jan. 5th at 5pm.

Featuring music by Seabright – live instrumentation (drums, guitars, synthesizers) with computer looping and real-time arranging. A balance of the electronic and the organic is achieved through the use of improvisational experimentation crossing over into the post rock, shoegaze, psych, and ambient genres.

Located inside KALEID gallery
88 South Fourth Street
downtown San Jose, CA

For full First Friday gallery event listings, visit:

January 7, 2008

Figure Drawing sessions at Avenue 1

Avenue 1 is providing private figure drawing sessions with professional models from the guild on Wednesdays from 5pm to 8pm beginning this Wednesday, January 9th.
Cost is $30/session- Artists must provide their own supplies, this is an open workshop so no instruction.

Email Jin at or call 408.786.1066 for more information or to register.
114 E Santa Clara St, San Jose CA 95113

January 10, 2008

Geri McGilvray to exhibit at Triton Museum group show

Taking My Nap, Geri McGilvray

Current KALEID artist Geri McGilvray was asked to submit a work for a juried art show at the Triton Museum of Art. A painting of her beloved dog ?Sebelius? was accepted. This is a statewide painting competition and exhibition held once every two years.

The art reception for the exhibit is Friday, Jan. 18, from 7-9pm, the exhibit is on view through March 21, 2008.

Location: The Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, CA 95050. Museum phone: 408-247-3754.

January 18, 2008

First Friday February 1st at KALEID gallery

KALEID gallery enters its second year with over 60 artists and featured exhibits by Cindy Stokes and Wendy Lowengrub.

Artists' reception: Feb. 1, 2008, 7pm -9pm. Featuring Isoscelles a classic jazz paino trio with definite leanings toward Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock et alia, playing new and vintage standards.

Exhibit on view through Feb. 22, 2008

Abstract painter Wendy Lowengrub and photographer Cindy Stokes provides complimentary views of form and pattern of nature through their respective mediums.

Cindy Stokes, Burn II, Dynamic Form series, gelatin silver print, 2007. Dynamic Form book will also be available.

The black-and-white photographs in Dynamic Form reflect my visual attraction to pattern and form in both natural and manmade materials. This interest is intensified by some knowledge of the underlying physics and biology from my engineering and science background. Why naturally occurring structures so often wind up visually alluring remains a mystery. Some forms are clearly functional and display principles of efficiency, while others seem purely serendipitous, although that idea may simply reflect my lack of understanding. Emergent patterns reveal fortuitous combinations of geometry and chance; paradoxically, very similar patterns occur on widely differing scales and arise from surprisingly different phenomena. The forms seem universal while the media are irrelevant, left to our imagination. ~Cindy Stokes

Wendy Lowengrub, Glaciology, mixed media on canvas, 2007


The Glaciology exhibit is a series of paintings inspired by a trip to the Souther Patagonian Ice Fields in Chile and Argentina. Deep glacial crevasses and the undersides of icebergs that calve off glaciers reveal ice that is a beautiful, surreal and indescribably blue. This ice may be hundreds, if not thousands, of years old. The ice absorbs all the colors of the visible spectrum with the exception of blue, which it transmits. These paintings are about the search for this color and form. ~Wendy Lowengrub

January 20, 2008

Al Preciado at Willow Glen Books


Al Preciado will be reading from his Book of Yearnings and hosting an Open Mic afterwards on Monday Jan 21st at 7pm at Willow Glen Books.

Willow Glen Books
1338 LIncoln Ave.
Willow Glen, San Jose

Therese May at Gregory Kate Gallery


Therese May’s May Flower #3 (pictured above) will be on display at the Gregory Kate Gallery at 925 The Alameda # 101, San Jose until the end of January.

The exhibition features 20 different artists and their interpretation of the theme of LOVE. The gallery is encouraging you to visit and vote for your favorite artwork with cash prizes awarded to the winning artists.

For more information call 408-271-2626 or visit

More of Therese's fine work is available at KALEID gallery at 88 South Fourth St.

January 23, 2008

Thursday Gig February 7th

The monthly Thursday Gig's Art & the Spoken Word happens this month on February 7th and features the art and poetry of Al Preciado.

6pm-9pm, Potluck/BYOB, open mic follows reading
Winter location: Chris Arcus's house at 15272 Charmeran, San Jose, CA
for more info email: Elizabeth Parashis

February 6, 2008

Tuesday Exhibits at SJSU

Aimee Wright

Tuesday nights are a great way to see what San Jose University art students are up to. From 6-8pm student galleries are open in the Art Building, many are receptions with the artist present and refreshments served.

This coming Tuesday, February 12th Aimee Wright, a senior art student, will be having a reception and exhibition of her works in Gallery 3. If you can't make the reception, Gallery hours are Mon - Thurs, 10am - 4pm.

Art & Antiques Tasting Party

You're invited to an evening of champagne, caviar, chocolate and great art. Several local artists will be displaying and selling their work during this delightful gathering in Menlo Park.

Many Phantom & KALEID artists are participating including Julie Goodenough (fiber art & jewelry), Cindy Stokes (photography), Jen Norton (painter & illustrator), as well as Lise Poulson (fiber art), Christine Oliver (watercolor), and Thomas Flink (Swedish antiques).

Friday, February 8, 7:00PM to 9:30PM
For location info and to RSVP, email Julie

February 9, 2008

Graphic Storytelling as Activism


Graphic Storytelling as Activism
Euphrat Museum at Deanza College

Artists include: Seyed Alavi, Oliver Chin, Charisse Domingo and De-Bug, Sharon Hing, Keith Knight, Lingshan, America Meredith, Favianna Rodriguez, Shorty Fatz

Graphic Storytelling as Activism presents a variety of art forms, including cartoons, political posters, digital art, book art, and more to explore a range of imagery with an activist bent. It began with graphic storyteller Keith Knight, who sees comics and cartooning as a powerful tool for social change. They have been “communicating information, concepts, and ideas since the days of hieroglyphics. They can transcend language, class, and race. Knowing the tools and concepts of cartooning allows anyone to be a mass communicator… You don’t need a million dollars. Just a pen and a piece of paper.”

In this exhibition we took Knight’s ideas a bit farther, adding other tools to enable one to build communities through community-based arts, to address issues of the day, locally and globally, and to tell the personal story with the larger context, historically and culturally.

Exhibit dates February 11 - April 17, 2008
Thurs., Feb. 21st, 2:30pm Multi-media presentation in Classroom S-32 with an artists' reception to follow at 4pm at the Euphrat Museum.

deLINEated at Backwater Arts


Backwater Arts presents: delineated
Artists' reception February 16th, 6-10pm

From materials to process, this exhibition highlights a few Bay Area artists that have used the element of line in their work. These artists have experimented with insizing wax, carving wood, combining strips of parper and sowing organza in addition to traditional media, such as drawing, painting and photography.

Justin Amrhein, Sara Cole, Jason King, Norman Lee, Victoria May, Mike Oechsli, Fanny Retsek and Carla Turtirici.

Backwater Arts is also hosting a Collaging & Combining with Wax workshop on Sunday, March 2nd and Saturday March 8th. (clik "continue reading" for more info.)

681 Quinn Ave., San Jose

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February 12, 2008

Big Red Shiny 2 exhibit

“If you can’t make it good, make it big, if you can’t make it big, make it red.”
~ Audrey Flack (from Art and Soul)

Big Red Shiny 2
Art reception & awards ceremony Saturday, February 16th, 6-9pm

Art Ark Community Gallery
1035 South 6th Street, San Jose

For more info email Valerie Raps at or call 408-279-0844

Kathleen Sartain exhibit in Mt. View

The Bride, 12” x 19”, Stained glass and Millefiori

Kathleen Sartain will be exhibiting at the Mountain View Center for Performing Art's Bean Scene Café as part of the Los Altos Art Club exhibition program at various venues. Kathleen will be on view during the months of March and April, 2008.

Bean Scene Café
500 Castro Street, Mountain View
Email Kathleen for more information at

Broken Door Espresso art night


Broken Door Espresso will be hosting another art night featuring Alejandro A Oliva and A.Nat.Gee and live performances by Panthellion and Mr. Jameson.

Friday, February 15th from 8pm - late.
231 East Santa Clara, downtown San Jose (across from City Hall.)

February 16, 2008

KALEID's Andy Gouveia _ the next internet celeb?


In addition to being a great painter, Andy Gouevia is a great dancer as this video that's spreading across the net captures in How to Impress Girls Vol. 3: Dancing. You can watch the video here.

February 17, 2008

Ancient City exhibit in SF


Last December we posted a call for entries for Ancient City the art of urban transformation. The exhibit is on now featuring 15 artists from the region.

There will be an Artist Panel Discussion on Friday, Feb 22, 6-8pm and a Closing Party on Friday, Feb 29, 7-10pm.

The exhibition is located at The Hayes Valley Market Gallery, 580 Hayes Street (@Laguna), San Francisco, 94102

John Renzel at DiModa Salon


John Renzel is exhibiting over a dozen paintings collectively entitled Fictitious Portraits at the recently opened DiModa Salon in the WG. DiModa plans on rotating exhibits every three months with hosted artists receptions.

DiModa is located at 1060 Lincoln Ave., San Jose and is open Tuesday thru Friday, 10am-7pm and Saturday 9am-4pm.

February 21, 2008

Digital Analogy at SCU


Santa Clara University Department of Art and Art History presents: Digital Analogy

Photographs by: Marco Zecchin, Susan Honda Eady and Barbara Kossy

Exhibit dates: February 18 – March 14, 2008
Opening Reception: Feb 20 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Art Department Gallery
Bellomy Street at The Alameda
Gallery Hours 9-5 M-F

We Love Vinyl exhibit Feb. 22nd


On The Corner presents: We Love Music!

A 12x12 gallery featuring friends, customers, and local artists including Sean Boyles, Christine Benjamin, Steve Caballero, David Imlay, Mick Gray, Joe C. Fullerton, and more showing their appreciation for vinyl & music on a 12x12 record sleeve.

Friday, Feb. 22nd, 8pm-Midnight
On The Corner Music
530 E. Campbell Ave, downtown Campbell

Glory Boy Days at Cinequest

While in a SJSU screenwriting class, Paul Encinas conceived and wrote Glory Boy Days and it's showing at the Cinequest Film Festival on March 7th & 8th.

It looks amazing and there's alot of favorable reviews for it's story, cinematography and writing....from the Cinequest site: The pain and ecstasy of being young glow like ember in Glory Boy Days, one of the most extraordinary debuts at Cinequest.

On the day he turns twenty-one, Lando takes stock of his life so far and looks ahead at what the future holds for him. He may be worried about going to college and standing up to his stepfather, but to his friends finding a good party is the concern of the day...

Local friends and former classmates make up the cast and crew, and local hangouts make cameo appearances as well. Glory Boy Days debuted at Slamdance Film Festival, one of only 29 films selected out of 1200. Congratulations Paul and to everyone involved!

View trailer here, and buy tickets here.

February 23, 2008

Anne and Mark's Art Party


Anne Sconberg and Mark Henderson are hosting their second annual art party on March 1st and considering there are KALEID and Phantom Galleries artists in the show, you should go! But you do need an invite, so contact Sara Cole for all the details at

February 24, 2008

Getting your news in the Phantom Galleries' news

Due to several inquiries, it's probably a good time to let everyone that is receiving this newsletter know that you are welcome to send us your exhibit news, calls for entry and other happenings that you are either involved in or aware of that you want to pass onto the Phantom Galleries community....we'll do our best to pass it on.

The best way to let us know is to send us an email: info (at) or you can always just hit "reply" to the email newsletters you receive.

Creatures of Habit exhibit


Christine Benjamin has a new exhibit at Riga's European Bakery and Cafe going on now through March 20th. Come by for her artist's reception on Saturday, March 15th (12noon - 2pm) to see Christine and get acquainted with this great bakery.

Riga's Eropean Bakery and Cafe
1338 The Alameda (next to Starbucks)
San Jose

February 27, 2008

Tamara Alvarado Going Away Party Feb. 29th


We've had the utmost pleasure of working with Tamara Alvarado at MACLA for the past five years and we are sad to see her go. The good news is she will still be in town, and involved with the arts through her new position at 1st ACT.

Come share a toast to Tamara and her accomplishments at MACLA on Friday February 29th, 5pm - 7pm with District 3 Coucilman Sam Liccardo.
510 South First Street
Downtown San Jose
(408) 998-2808

First Friday March 7th KALEID Featured Exhibits

KALEID gallery presents featured exhibits by Michelle Waters and Gianfranco Paolozzi March 7th - 28th.

Artists' Reception First Friday March 7th, 7pm-9pm, music by DJ Overflo
This reception is part of the South First Fridays art walk and is free and open to the public.


Animal Insurrection by Michelle Waters
Michelle Waters paintings’ use sardonic humor to portray what might occur if animals were able to reclaim their despoiled habitat from industrial civilization. Scenes depicted include Arctic wildlife laying waste to a Hummer dealership, a mountain lion with an acetylene torch decommissioning a bulldozer and animals tearing down billboards for housing developments.

Michelle will also be participating in Yelling at Your Environment at Harrington Arts at 870 Market St., #1049, San Francisco, March 1st through mid April.


Roundels by Gianfranco Paolozzi
I was looking in the recycle container full of paper from flexo presses.
That's when I felt the passion again: round surfaces screaming to be used.
I looked at them changing on the floor of my studio.
I had to use my marks, my moments on the surfaces as a sign of me being there.
That's when the roundels were born.

KALEID gallery
88 South Fourth Street (@ San Fernando)
Downtown San Jose

February 29, 2008

Urge Congress to Support the Artists Deduction Bill

Artists are often, very often, asked to donate their time, talent and finished art products to help raise money for non-profit museums, institutions, galleries, community centers, etc, etc, etc.

As it stands now, artists are only allowed the actual price of their materials when giving to a 501c3. Collectors on the other hand, can write off the fair market value. We encourage you to support this bipartisan legislation that will allow fairness to artists donating their work.

Legislation Bill S. 548 or H.R.1524, would allow artists to take a fair-market value deduction for works given to and retained by nonprofit institutions. The U.S. tax system accords unequal treatment to creators and collectors who donate tangible works (e.g., paintings or manuscripts) to museums, libraries, educational or other collecting institutions. A collector may take a tax deduction for the fair-market value of the work, but creators may deduct only their "basis" value—essentially the cost of materials such as paint and canvas.

It takes just two minutes to support this here.

March 1, 2008

Marilyn Sears Bourbon at Gregory Kate Gallery


Gregory Kate Gallery presents the exhibit Girls Night Out by Marilyn Sears Bourbon.

The artist's reception is Friday, March 14th from 7-9pm.
The exhibit is on view March 5 through March 30, 2008.

Gregory Kate Gallery

925 The Alameda # 101
San Jose, CA 95126

March 6, 2008

Cindy Stokes at Modernbooks, Palo Alto


Participating KALEID gallery artist Cindy Stokes is in an upcoming juried exhibit at Modernbook in Palo Alto.

For the fourth consecutive year, Modernbook owners Bryan Yedinak and Mark Pinsukanjana have teamed up with photographer Brigitte Carnochan and the Stanford Continuing Studies Program to mount an exhibition by 18 emerging local photographers. The photographers, all juried into Continuing Studies Art 44 on the basis of an existing body of work, learn to prepare their work for gallery presentation. Carnochan, Yedinak and Pinsukanjana guide them through the business of exhibiting photography-editing, producing and displaying as well as editioning, pricing and marketing. Then the gallery owners hang-and sell-the photos.

18@modern: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photographers
March 7-April 3, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, March 7, 2008 7-10 pm (all are welcome!)
Modernbook Gallery, 494 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Gallery Hours: 11 am to 9 pm, daily

Portraits of the Artists of Art For Well Beings


Judy Gittelsohn sent us a note: If you couldn't make the opening, you can still view this extraordinary exhibition of portraits by the artists of Art For Well Beings on display now through the end of March. These pictures were painted during the recently completed series of classes by an amazing group of adults, kids, and young people with developmental disabilities.

The Emerson Art Gallery
2800 West Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA
Open by appointment - call (650) 776 - 8297.

March 9, 2008

Art demonstration by ink brush artist Yeh Fei Pai

The Chi, Yeh Fei Pai

This painting is the signature pose of the Yeh family single Celestial Horse composition - his imposing presence inspires awe as he soars through the sky with earth shaking power.

All paintings of the Yeh family’s Celestial Horses emphasize “Chi”, the General’s spiritual strength for righteousness and justice. It is an invigorating energy that travels from the horse’s eye to the mane to the tail. Every line, every stroke, every muscle, every hair is filled with this “Chi”. This is why it is so difficult to imitate the Yeh’s Celestial Horse. In order to reach this state, the painter must constantly purify his mind and cultivate his painting integrity.

Artist Yeh Fei Pai will present a demonstration of brushpainting on March 11th from 12-1pm (food will be provided.). Following this, the artist will be formally recognized in front of City Council.

City Hall, Room W-120
200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose.
For more information, contact District 4 Council office at 408-535-4904.

March 11, 2008

Eric Taggart-an ArtSeen Emerging Artist

In January we posted a call for entries for ArtSeen 3. ArtSeen received over 450 submissions to their blue-ribbon jury that included Los Angeles County Museum of Art Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Howard Fox. KALEID artist Eric Taggart was one of 35 artists chosen by the esteemed panel to participate in "this high profile event that gives art collectors and enthusiasts a chance to view, and bid on, an eye-popping selection of contemporary, enjoying the cuisine from some of LA's hottest restaurants and chefs."

The Opening Night Party and Preview is May 13th, with the work on view at selected downtown LA galleries from May 13th-16th and the Auction Gala will take place on May 17th. Proceeds to benefit AIDS Research Alliance.

Thursday Gig March 20

Ben Henderson at Brokendoor Espresso

Ben Henderson, an amazing singer/songwriter is performing live at Brokendoor Espresso on Friday, March 14th at 8pm.

Ben just released his new CD Dirty Birdies which is fantastic, it'll be a real treat to see Ben in this up close and intimate venue. Free and open to all ages. (Awesome flyer by Pellet.)

Brokendoor Espresso
231 E. Santa Clara (across from City Hall)
Downtown San Jose

March 12, 2008 workshop April 3rd


CaFÉ is a non profit website that helps artists and public art administrators centralize and organize their calls for entry. It's easy to register, and has lots of posts on public art calls all over the region.

There's a free workshop for artists to help you master the online application process thru CaFE:

Artists at all levels of professional development are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn how to use CaFÉ , the web-based application system that enables artists to apply online to multiple calls for entry through a central website, This application system is now being used by many public art programs in the Bay Area and nationwide.

CaFÉ staff will present a step-by-step introduction on how to use their application system, including how to set-up a new artist's profile and how to apply for a project or multiple projects.A professional photographer will provide guidance on how to take high-quality digital photographs and how to format digital images.

The workshop will also include brief presentations from Bay Area public art administrators on their current or upcoming public art opportunities.

Date: Thursday, April 3, 2008, 6:30-8:30 pm
Workshop Location: Alameda County Conference Center
125 12th Street (at the corner of Oak and 12th Streets), 4th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607-6467.

RSVP: This event is FREE but Space is limited to 100 attendees.
RSVP by March 31st to the Alameda County Arts Commission by e-mail at or call (510) 208-9646.

March 14, 2008

Stock up on art supplies March 20th at UA

University Art is having their One Day Super Sale on Thursday March 20th from 8am - 7pm. At least 30% off everything in the store, with discounts going as deep as 70%. This includes their stores in San Jose, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Sacramento.

Arts Appreciation Evening May 12th

You're all invited to the San Jose Arts Commission's 2008 Arts Appreciation Evening!
This event, in recognition of the San Jose Arts Community, will take place:
Monday, May 12, from 6-8 pm
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
560 South First Street, downtown San Jose.

Each year, the Commission hosts this gathering to recognize and honor the work of San Jose’s arts and cultural organizations and individual artists.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 28 to

March 29, 2008

Mariana Barnes solo exhibit at Elizabeth Norton gallery

Current Phantom Galleries and KALEID gallery artist Mariana Barnes has a solo exhibit coming up at the Elizabeth Norton Gallery in Palo Alto.

Mosaic Movement solo exhibit April 4 -April 30, 2008.
Reception: Friday, April 4, 2008, 6-9pm
At the prestigious Elizabeth Norton Gallery (located upstairs of the Pacific Art League,)
668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94301

April Featured Exhibits at KALEID

KALEID gallery presents featured exhibits by Gabe Ibarra and Jennifer Norton
April 4 thru 25th.

Artists' Reception First Friday April 4th, 7pm-9pm

This reception is part of the South First Fridays art walk and is free and open to the public.

Gabe Ibarra, Cherry Blossoms and Wheelbarrel, photograph

Near and Dear To Me "The Garden City and Coyote Valley"
Gabe Ibarra's photographic exhibit documents his immense hours of walking, discovering and rediscovering neighborhoods that have gone from orchards to a bustling city. A series of work 15 years in the making – do not rush the experience – savor it and rediscover your own neighborhood.

Jen Norton, Patriot Act, mixed media on paper

Bits and Pieces...Fragments of Clarity Revealed In Everyday Moments
Daughter. Sister. Wife. Mother. Teacher. Creator. Our lives are rich with meaning hidden in our shared everyday moments. Jen Norton's artwork celebrates those relationships that bring us deep joy.Norton's work will include both acrylic and watermedia paintings, using color, texture and pattern as vehicles of expression. Relationships, recognizing grace in small moments, and finding meaning in everyday events all become subject matter in Norton’s paintings

KALEID gallery
88 South Fourth Street (@ San Fernando)
Downtown San Jose
free and open to the public

April 3, 2008

Mother Exhibit at Gregory Kate Gallery

Nadia Vinogradova, Babushika

Gregory Kate Gallery's April exhibit is "Mother" with 25 artists participating, including some current KALEID gallery artists: Christine Benjamin, Gary Coleman, Therese May, Mary Medrano and Nadia Vinogradova.

There are artists' receptions on Friday, April 4th and April 18th from 7-9pm. They invite you to visit and vote for your favorite artwork and the three winners receive a cash prize. The exhibit runs through Sunday April 27th.

Gregory Kate Gallery
925 The Alameda, #101
San Jose 95126

April 8, 2008

Andy Gouveia at Broken Door Cafe


Good friend of KALEID and Phantom Galleries Andy Gouveia will unveil new work this Friday night, April 11th at Broken Door Espresso.

Pellet will also be on view and The Drugs will perform live.

Friday, April 11th - 8:00pm
Broken Door Espresso
231 East Santa Clara, downtown San Jose
(across the street from City Hall)

April 11, 2008

Black & Brown Spring Fashion Show "Extinction"


Anno Domini is hosting Black & Brown's Spring Fashion Show entitled "Extinction." B&B is a great asset to our creative community and their fashion shows are always professional and inspirational.

Saturday, April 12th
Doors open at 8pm, show at 9pm
$7 admission

Anno Domini gallery
366 South First Street, downtown San Jose

April 14, 2008

A Pear and A Yam by Judy Gittlesohn


Ohlone Valley Foods is pleased to host A Pear and A Yam, new paintings by Judy Gittlesohn. There will be an artist's reception on Wednesday, April 16th, 5:30-7:30pm.

Ohlone Valley Foods
2134 Old Middlefield Way, Suite J
Mountain View, Ca. 94040

April 16, 2008

Christine Benjamin at Blank Club & Good Kharma


Christine has a one night exhibit of newly painted skate decks on Tuesday, April 29th at 9pm at the Blank Club. Live music by RS2 Solid Sound!

The Blank Club
44 South Almaden Avenue, San Jose, CA 95113
21 and over with ID (make sure you bring your ID!)

Christine will also be exhibiting new paintings - Bots, Babes and Beasts at Good Kharma Restaurant on First Friday, May 2nd art reception 7 - 9 PM. Art show runs from Friday, May 2nd to Friday, May 30th

Good Karma Vegan Restaurant
37 South First Street (between Post and Santa Clara)
San Jose, CA 95113

Animal Portraits exhibit by Diana Hartman


Animal Portraits by Diana Hartman

Bean Scene Cafe will be displaying the art work of Diana Hartman, during the months of April and May. Diana says: The animal portraits attempt to demonstrate the human qualities an animal can possess. Each portrait conveys a certain character and emotion, that people can connect with. The work also contains vivid colors to project the warmth and intimacy found in nature.

Bean Scene Cafe
186 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale

Noel Huh exhibit at SJSU


Afflict is an exhibit of new works by SJSU student Noel Huh. The exhibit is on view April 21st thru 24th with an artist's reception on Tuesday April 22nd from 6-8pm.

Gallery 5 in the Art Building
at San Jose State Unversity

Underskatement Vol. 4 at A.D. gallery


Anno Domini is proud to be hosting the return of the Underskatement Film Festival Vol. 4 this Friday, April 18th.

Andreas Troif and David Franklin chose 24 of the best short films out of 75 submissions from as far away as South America, Europe and Australia. The works include documentary, experimental, animation and music videos shot on 16 mm, Super 8 and digital cameras. Besides the filmmaker being a skateboarder, the only other criteria was to keep the submissions under seven minutes long.

Friday, April 18th, 7:30pm
$5.00 admission at the door

Anno Domini
366 South First Street
downtown San Jose

April 20, 2008

Kushlani Hall demo at Saratoga Library


Free Art Demo at Saratoga Library by Kushlani Hall

KALEID gallery artist Kushlani Hall will demonstrate oil pastel painting April 21, 7.30pm.

Location: Saratoga Library, Community Room
13650 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, Ca., 95070-5099

Hall exhibits at Solo Gallery, Los Gatos and KALEID gallery, San Jose. A native of Sri Lanka her work reflects the essences of two cultures. Formerly working as a scientist she switched her career to art. She has also started a line of unique artistic fine jewelry. She has won awards for both paintings and jewelry.
Event sponsor for this demo is Saratoga Contemporary Artists.

April 21, 2008

Art Show this Friday at On the Corner Music


The annual Bead Bazaar sponsered by the Northern California Bead Society will be held on
Saturday, May 3, 2008 from 10am to 6pm at: Oakland Marriott City Center at 10th & Broadway in downtown Oakland.

This one day show features handmade beads including polymer clay, ceramic, glass, imported beads from around the world for sale. KALEID gallery artist: Deborah Anderson will be displaying her polymer clay beads for sale there.

Admission is $7.00 or go to the website: to print out a $2. off coupon. If you like beads, this is a show you will not want to miss!

San Jose Artist's Survey

I know many of you filled out the Zenk survey in 2005 regarding being an artist trying to live and work in San Jose. This survey, put out by the Center for Cultural Innovation (which is doing some really good work for individual artists) and the SJ Office of Cultural Affairs is needing your input once again...please take a few moments to fill out the survey and let's be hopeful some solid direction will come out of it to promote a sustainable artists' community.

The Creative Entrepreneur Project is an initiative of the City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA), working in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), that is exploring ways to support the creative work of individual artists who live or work in San José. The first step in this process is to conduct a survey of area artists through the San José Survey of Artists’ Resource Needs.

“Individual artists” are broadly defined to include all disciplines, whether commercial or nonprofit in nature. This would include not only visual artists, but theater artists, dancers and choreographers, musicians, writers, designers, photographers, filmmakers, performance artists, etc.

April 23, 2008

Cast Acrylic Monotype Demos by Donna Orme

Spiral II, cast acrylic monotype

Campbell Artists' Guild, Saturday, April 26, 2008, 1-3:30 p.m.
Campbell Library Community Room
77 Harrison Ave. & Civic Center Drive, Campbell, CA 95008

Also look for Donna Orme's demonstration on cast acrylic monotypes as well as demonstrations by 14 other artists at the Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, CA, Artfully Yours Gala event, Friday, May 2, 2008, 7-9 pm. Tickets: $150

April 26, 2008

Third Symposium on CA Arts & Healty Communities

California Lawyers for the Arts
in collaboration with Arts Council Silicon Valley and co-sponsors California Arts Advocates, 1st ACT SiliconValley, and The City of San Jose presents

The Third Symposium on California Arts and Healthy Communities

3 pm to 4:30 pm, Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Santa Clara County Office of Education, Board Room
1290 Rider Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131

California spends three cents per person from the State’s General Fund for the California Arts Council, less than any other U.S. state or territory. How are cities and counties addressing this gap in the California arts infrastructure? What strategies for local public and private philanthropy are being developed? This Symposium, highlighting the experience of Santa Clara County, will explore the value of the arts for youth development, economic development and the quality of life in our communities.

Speakers include Larry Stone, Santa Clara County Assessor and a founder of Arts Council Silicon Valley; Bruce Davis, Executive Director of Arts Council Silicon Valley; Connie Martinez, Executive Director of 1stAct Silicon Valley; Kim Walesh, Assistant Director of the San Jose Office of Economic Development; Ruth Tunstall-Grant, Member of the San Jose Arts Commission and Director of the Art Education Program at Children’s Shelter of Santa Clara County; and Mark Walker, Managing Director, Global Community Affairs at Applied Materials. Alma Robinson, Executive Director of California Lawyers for the Arts, will moderate the panel.

Admission is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Advance registration is available at: Please plan to arrive between 2:30 pm and 2:45 pm. A reception will follow at the conclusion of the program. For more information, please call (408) 998-2787 x 216 or send an e-mail to

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April 29, 2008

Mahar and Waters at Artist Xchange SF

Mary Ellen Mahar and Michelle Waters (KALEID past and present artists) are both in a group exhibit opening on Friday May 2nd (7-10pm) at the Artist Xchange Gallery in San Francisco. Music by Tiger Blood.

Artist Xchange Gallery
3169 16th Street, San Francisco

"Before" solo exhibit by Cindy Stokes


Cindy Stokes has a solo exhibition of her black and whitie photography series Before.

Cindy says: While visiting old homesteads and industrial sites, I wonder about the people who erected the buildings, fashioned the tools, and simply lived and worked daily at the sites. The commonplace markings and artifacts at these places feel like unintended artworks that retain something of the lives lived there before. My images from these structures represent memory and history etched in wood, cement and steel.

Center for the Performing Arts, main lobby
500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA
April 22 thru June 23, 2008. Lobby is open MWF, Noon -1pm and 1 hour before performances.

Cindy also reminds us all that Silicon Valley Open Studios is the first 3 weekends in May. For a full schedule, visit

Orphan Works Bill makes its way into Congress - ACT NOW to protect your ©!

Just a few days ago, both the U.S. House of Representative and the U.S. Senate introduced two versions of the Orphan Works bill. Both the Senate version, S.2913, and the House version, H.R.5889 are very similar in nature and closely mirror the Orphan Works Act of 2006.

Radio interview explaining the proposed bill:


Find your representative:

To get the attention of your representatives, you need to immediately do ALL FOUR of the following steps:

1. Call the representative and give the bill numbers and say I oppose this (You'll get someone who works for your representative and they will log your address and your pro/con feedback.)

2. email your representative

3. Overnight or priority mail a snail mail letter

4. Fax a letter

Get as many signatures as possible on the paper copies.

The original intent for the bill when first proposed was so that educational institutions and non-profit organizations could use copyrighted materials in print form without fear of lawsuit if, after searching for the copyright owners and not being able to locate the owner, the copyrighted materials were subsequently used. That was the original intent. Once the stock image companies, (and others that have to pay to use copyrighted images) got wind of this, however, they realized that with a few changes and added clauses, they could benefit from this, too. In other words, greed has gotten in the way of morals and reason. Those "benefactors" supporting the bill have everything to our expense.

Here is a sample letter you can edit and send to your local and/or state representatives and Senators. These letters work best when you make your point clear, do not curse, and make them aware that you live in their district or state and can vote for or against them.

Feel free to make this personal with your story on how the Orphan Works legislation will harm your income. Stories are incredibly powerful.

Faxes work better than e-mails, as e-mails are too easy to delete.

Congressman/Congresswoman/Senator (their name)
(their contact info)
Fax: (their fax number)

Re: The Orphan Works legislation Bill # (either H.R. 5889 or S. 2913 depending who you're writing)

Dear (their name),

My name is (your name) and I live in (your city, state). After reading about the Orphan Works bill, I am shocked and outraged that this could happen in our country.

This Orphan Works legislation, if passed, will severely impact my income and life as an artist. Not only will it give license for others to legally steal and use my work for free, it will be virtually impossible for me to afford the time and money to register my creations in all the potential new registries.

(your personal story if you wish. It should show hardship under the new bill)

I strongly urge you to vote AGAINST the Orphan Works bill and protect my rights, my copyrights, to all that I have and will create.

Thank you.


(your name)
(your address)

Original PG post April 11th - Mark Simon has a good article on the proposed Orphan Works legislation that will require artists to register every sketch, drawing, painting, word, photo, sculpture, design with a designated registry to protect their ownership of the work. This expensive and time consuming obligation will devastate the artist's livelihood and rights of their own work.

As it stands now, whatever you create and put in tangible form (on paper, canvas, photo, etc) is automatically protected copyright. You may stop anyone from using the image without your prior consent. This new law would reverse that automatic right.

Please read the article, and write to your congressman. The only parties that benefit from this legislation will be the registering body and the companies that take advantage of unprotected works (ad agencies, royalty stock art/photo companies, etc.)

As mentioned in the article, this will not go away...this will eventually pass if we don't stop it. Read it here.

April 30, 2008

KALEID Featured Exhibits First Friday May 2nd

KALEID gallery presents featured exhibits by photographer Josh Hires and assemblage artist Philo Northrup.

Artists' Reception First Friday May 2nd, 7-9pm
Music by Elevator Out

The Market 2.0 by Josh Hires

On the surface, The Market is a look at a single day in the life of the many street vendors in Bay-Area farmers markets. This collection of work is a culmination of Josh Hires’ targeted research and photography efforts over the past 2 years. Initially a BFA project at San Jose State University, the images strive to show us a dual purpose. Firstly, they showcase a cultural phenomenon that is rather unique within the scope of America’s agriculture scene. Second, and perhaps most importantly they address the larger question of “what is for dinner, and how do the varied answers to this question effect us as a society”.

Comprised of a series of 20x20 and larger Light Jet Prints, the show displays several aspects of our daily eating habits, but most specifically the habit of shopping at a local farmers market.

Josh Hires is a Bay Area photographer who has shown in venues from San Joaquin Valley’s Spectrum Photography Gallery to magazines and other Central Valley Publications.

Rampart by Philo Northrup

Philo Northrup has been working on his Rampart project since 2006. The term, rampart, means an imposing fortification or castle wall. Northrup's rampart consists of a series of large found-object assemblages, which, when displayed close together, form one giant construction that covers an entire side of a building.

The basic concept is to take the practice of assemblage - recombining disparate objects into a cohesive whole - to a grander scale so that the resulting piece is Monumental.

The individual components focus on color and texture using standard geometric shapes (see above image "Blue X"). Often the base objects are construction materials such as doors and windows.

The Kaleid Gallery will show a small version of Rampart, a larger version will be exhibited at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in 2009.

Northrup's artwork has been exhibited at numerous venues including the San Jose Museum of Art, USC Museum of Art, Triton Museum of Art, California Museum of Art, Venice ArtWalk, LACE Annualé and the Bayannale.

Most recently he had a solo show at the True World Gallery in Joshua Tree, CA. Northrup is best known for his ArtCars, which have appeared in articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, Artweek, LA Times, SF Chronicle, SF Weekly, San Jose Mercury News, Juztapoz and Wired.

This reception is part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk and is free and open to the public.

May 1, 2008

The Art Glass Farmer's Market May 2nd and 3rd


The San Jose Glass Artist Alliance (SJGAA) presents...

THE ART GLASS FARMER'S MARKET ~ Exhibit & Sale Featuring Exquisite Fine Art Glass Fruits, Vegetables, and More!

At the Circle of Palms Paseo in Downtown San Jose

May 2, 2008, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Preview & Sale)
May 3, 3008, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Exhibit & Sale)
Admission is FREE

Browse and shop for the "freshest" in fine art glass fruits, vegetables, flowers and more at the Art Glass Farmer's Market, May 2 - May 3, 2008 at the Circle of Palms Paseo (between the Fairmont Hotel and the San Jose Museum of Art) in downtown San Jose.

Presented by the newly formed San Jose Glass Artist Alliance (SJGAA), this unique exhibit and sale will feature a wide display of fine art glass pieces that permanently captures the many facets and beauty of the garden. Select from delectable hand blown glass fruits and vegetables and other nature-inspired glass art including flowers, cactus, eggs and more. Veteran glass collectors and art glass enthusiasts alike will be able to find something unique to add to their collections.

For more information on the Art Glass Farmer's Market and the SJGAA, visit the SJGAA website:, or call 408.745.7445.

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May 8, 2008

Fabrication Exhibition


Fabrications A new perspective in Mexican photography will open on Saturday, May 31st with work by Alex Oliva, Cintia Druan, David Corona Fernando, Montiel Klint, Juan Pablo Meneses, Paula Islas, Rogelio Septimo & Ricardo Sierra. Live performance by Panthelion.

You can also view the works here:

Saturday, May 31st, 6pm 'til late.
Art Art Common House Gallery
1035 South 6th Street
San Jose, CA

SJSU Jewelry / Metals Lab Open House


Come and see what is happening in the Jewelry/Metals Lab in the Department of Art and Design at San Jose State University.

We will be hosting an open house for those individuals interested in the type of work done at our facilities. There will be a media presentation, tour of the lab, metal casting demonstration and discussion of class offerings.

Thursday, May 15th, 2008 - ART BLDG. Rm. 210, 7pm - 9 p.m.
Campus map:

Swamp Thang at The Marina Restaurant

Swamp Thang exhibit at The Marina Restaurant in Alviso, CA will feature Ricardo Rodriguez, Mitsy Avila Ovalles, Fernando Amaro Jr., Adrian Avila, Roan Victer, M dot Strange, Tony Nguyen, Steve Caballero, Abe Menor, Doc, subPrime, Sean Boyles, and more. Music by DJ Cutso & DJ Ennui.

Saturday, May 24th, 7pm - 1am
The Marina 995 Elizabeth Street, Alviso, CA

Andy Gouveia & Pellet at Broken Door Espresso

Artists Andy Gouveia and Kyle of Pellet Factory will have new works at Broken Door Espresso this Friday. It'll also be your last chance to see Kyle's mural in the space as it's about to be redone by another artist soon.

Hooping by Rachel Radness and live music by The Meting Face Trio.

Friday, May 9th, 8pm 'til late.
Broken Door Espresso
231 E.Santa Clara Street (across from City Hall)
San Jose, CA

May 9, 2008

Thursday Gig - Art & Poetry with Open Mic

Featured Artists:
Howard Pugh: Abstract Photography
Al Preciado: Ceramic Architypal Sculptures
Collette Cooley: Beautiful painted rocks & other natural objects

Featured Poet:

Al Preciado

Reading begins 7:30 with Open Mic following
Pot luck BYOB

42 Central Ave., Los Gatos (call 408-410-2313 for directions)

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Silicon Valley Open Studios

Cicada by Shannon Amidon

With May well upon us, it's that time of year for the Silicon Valley Open Studios. As there are too many Phantom Galleries & KALEID artists participating to mention them all here, we encourage you to visit the Open Studios site to find the locations of their extensive guide so you can plot out your weekends of studio hopping!

Werner Glinka


Past KALEID artist Werner Glinka has been very busy with several exhibits - he writes to tell us:

My solo show Extra Ordinary Nature is on view at the Caldwell Gallery, 555 County Government Center Redwood City.
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm.
The exhibit is on view until June 30.

I also show some of my new work at the Flea St. Café on a permanent basis. The Flea St. Café serves great food by Jesse Cool. The restaurant is located at 3607 Alameda de las Pulgas in Menlo Park, CA 94025 Phone: 650.854.1226

You can always see my new work at the 1212 Gallery in Burlingame. The Gallery is located at 1212 Donnelly Ave in downtown Burlingame, right around the corner from Il Fornaio. Please stop by when you are in Burlingame and see what the gallery has to offer.

On a side note, Werner also just returned from a highly successful exhibit in Germany with a group he helped found called the German American Artists.

Seven member artists of GAA participated in the Königswinter Kunsttage 2008. The Kunsttage (Days of Art) are held annualy in Königswinter a City on the river Rhein in the heart of Germany. Königwinter is located close to Cologne the center of the current German art scene and the former German capitol Bonn. The reception with the artists was held on Saturday, March 8 at the Galerie im Margarethenhof.

Therese May receives Artist Fellowship award

Affirmation Quilt, Therese May

Congratulations to current KALEID artist Therese May on her Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award for 2008. In celebration of the recipients, award winners will exhibit their work at the Triton Museum of Art May 24 - July 6, 2008.

2008 Recipients:
Therese May- Visual Arts 3D
Flo Oy Wong- Visual Arts 3D
Katherine Aoki- Visualo Arts 2D
Rasika Kumar -Performing Arts/Dance
Henry Mollicone- Performing Arts/Music
Peter Malae- Literary Arts

Artists' Reception is May 29th from 6-8pm.
Triton Museum of Art
1505 Warburton Ave.
Santa Clara, CA.

May 14, 2008

MACLA's 10th Annual Latino Art Auction

Buy Your Tickets Now! MACLA's Auction Always Sells Out.
Call (408) 998-2808 to purchase tickets. Auction Tickets: $35

Saturday, May 17, 2008, Doors open at 6:00pm
Live Auction begins promptly at 7:30pm

Auction Exhibition: April 18-May 17, 2008

View the very best of contemporary Latino art from the Bay Area and beyond. Auction proceeds support MACLA's programs in the visual arts, performing & literary arts, youth arts education, and community development through the arts, which reach over 25,000 people annually.

“Buy it Now”: Select works will be available for sale to MACLA supporters at the opening reception up until Friday, May 16 at 6:00pm. The cost of purchasing a work in advance is the listed retail price plus an additional 50% of the retail price.

Visit MACLA's website for full list of participating artists.

May 20, 2008

A Taste of Art & Wine at the Lagoon

A Taste of Art & Wine at the Lagoon

Kendall Jackson Vineyards

Smooth Jazz by the Dean Chambers Project

This event is to promote and educate the community about collecting art and acquiring knowledge of wine tasting.

A fabulous silent auction featuring local artist who live and create in our communities; Craig Scoffone Photography, Rich Originals, Co. Fine Arts, Darryl Thompson Contemporary Paintings, Marjorie Albright Unique Gourd Art and Charles Lovelace Candle Artworks.

Catering by C'era Una Volta Ristorante

Friday, May 23, 2008, 7:00 pm -10:00 pm

Admission: $30.00, click here to buy tickets.

Community of Harbor Bay Isle
3195 Mecartney Road
Community Center
Alameda, CA 94502

SJSU BFA Graphic Design Exhibition


San Jose State University School of Art + Design Graphic Design Program invites you to:

26 characters - the 2008 BFA Graphic Design Exhibition

Receptions: 6 to 9pm Wednesday + Thursday, May 21 + 22
Gallery open: Noon to 6pm Thursday + Friday, May 22 + 23
Admission Free

Art Ark Gallery, 1035 South 6th Street, San Jose California

directions, portfolios, and downloads:

May 29, 2008

Art for Art in Santa Cruz

Art for Art is dedicated to providing support for Santa Cruz County's arts community as well as its artists by hosting exhibitions representing a cross-section of today’s contemporary art trends.

Their upcoming exhibit of 27 artists at The Mill Gallery will benefit the Tannery Art Center. The Mill Gallery has waived their commission and the exhibiting artists will be donating 20% of all sales to benefit the Tannery Art Center.

Art for Art Exhibition at The Mill Gallery
131 Front Street, Santa Cruz
June 7 & 8 from 11am to 6pm.

June 1, 2008

June Featured Exhibits at KALEID by Martha Castillo, Eric Taggart

KALEID gallery presents featured exhibits by clayprint monograph artist Martha Castillo and mixed media artist Eric Taggart.

Artists' Reception First Friday June 6th, 7-9pm
Exhibit on view through July 12, 2008.

This reception is part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS artwalk. It is free and open to the public.

Cities and Beyond by Martha Castillo
This collection includes work from two of Castillo's most recent series: “Cities I Have Known”, and “Beyond the Surface”. Mostly large, all abstract, expressive and lively, they capture her feelings about places and ideas.

I perceive life as many of layers of mood, color and texture, and am inspired by the visual evidence of ageing all around us. Those layers, built up over time, and worn down by use, generate the uneven patina of life’s experience. *Clayprinting allows me to be curious, to explore complex interplays of shape and color, surface and core.
The monoprints are textured and complex. I hope you will find them inviting.

*Clayprint-This innovative new technique invented by Pennsylvania Artist Mitch Lyons, is all about layers. The artist creates images by painting layers of white potters clay with pigment added, onto a slab of un-fired stoneware clay. The image is then transferred by hand to canvas, using a wooden brayer and other hand tools, generating a monotype. Every print is a unique, artist made, original.

Martha Castillo has studied with Mitch Lyons, the inventor of clayprinting, on numerous occasions. In addition to exhibiting her clayprints to a growing audience, Castillo teaches workshops in this exciting new medium.


If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you. by Eric Taggart

Eric Taggart is a self-taught artist who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. In undergraduate and graduate school, his focus of study was philosophy, religion and psychology. In 2003, he began to explore these same fields through artmaking in an effort to mend what was deconstructed through my formal education.

Taggart adds: I work in many mediums and tend to be drawn to objects and materials that already have history and narrative. Recent works have included whiteout, wire, tape and string - materials that are commonly associated with mending and repair.

Taggart engages religious, psychological and political themes through his mixed-media work which often includes found objects, personal family artifacts and common materials typically used for household mending and repair.

In the spring of this year, a blue ribbon jury of Los Angeles gallery owners and museum curators (most notably Howard Fox, Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art) selected Taggart as one of LA ArtSeen's 2008 Emerging Artists. His work was then hung in the company of works by such highly esteemed artists as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg at the corresponding benefit auction in Hollywood.

Eric has exhibited in San Jose, San Francisco, Mt. View, Los Angeles and San Diego. He has a BA in Philosophy and Theology from Point Loma Nazarene University and a MA in Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. He currently resides with his wife in Los Altos.

KALEID gallery
88 South Fourth Street, downtown San Jose

June 2, 2008

Thursday Gig's Art & The Spoken Word

Art & Poetry with Open Mic

Pot Luck at 6:30pm, BYOB (please bring a dish if you can--but if you can't, don't worry)
7:30 PM Art Presentation & Spoken Word Reading with Open Mic following

Featured Artists:
Elizabeth Parashis: Expressionist Figurative Paintings
Perry Westerlund: Naturalist Calligraphic/Patterned Drawings

Featured Poet:
Tresha Haefner: Playful poems with an incisive and at times ironic eye-that really move!

Thursday, June 19, 6:30pm-9:30pm
42 Central Ave., Los Gatos
Call for more info: 408/410-2313

June 4, 2008

Donna Orme, Therese May exhibit

Now, fabric, acrylic paint, buttons by Therese May

Ribbons, cast acrylic monotype by Donna Orme

Donna Orme & Therese May
Exhibit June 4-June 29, 2008
Reception: Friday, 6/13/08, 7-9 pm - Meet the artists and see how compatible our two very different styles blend together.

Gregory Kate Gallery
925 The Alameda #101, San Jose, CA 95126
Gallery Hours: Friday, 6-9 pm, Sat. & Sun. 11 am-6 pm

June 10, 2008

BrokenDoor Espresso exhibit Friday, June 13th


Broken Door Espresso presents photography and digital images by Nicolette Paloma and Brittany Rediger

New mural and paintings by KALEID artists Christine Benjamin and Michael Foley.
Music by Polyluv

Friday, June 13th 8Pm till Late

231 E Santa Clara St. (Downtown SJ across from City Hall)
San Jose, CA 95113

June 12, 2008

Phantom Galleries Redwood City Artists' Reception this Saturday, June 14th

Phantom Galleries Redwood City invites you to a celebration of its debut exhibition in downtown Redwood City. This is an excellent opportunity to experience an eclectic contemporary art exhibit, meet the artists, and enjoy music and refreshments in a casual social atmosphere.

Featured artists include:
Francie Allen
Martha Castillo
Rochelle Ford
Sarah Beth Goncarova
Sarah Ricchiuti
Oleg Lobykin
Woody Miller
Beth Mostovoy
Terenia Offenbacker
Michelle Reynolds
Joyce Savre
Julia Seelos
Cindy Stokes
April Vanderbilt

Artists' Reception: 7pm - 9pm.
Second Saturday, June 14, 2008

2115 Broadway & 2125 Broadway, downtown Redwood City (Map)

Live music by Panthelion
Hors d' oeuvres by Bangkok Bay Restaurant and cupcake desserts by Michelle Reynolds (while they last!)
Free and open to the public.

Phantom Galleries Redwood City is a project in which community artists come together to enliven vacant storefronts with colorful exhibits and installations to create a 24/7 fine art gallery viewable from the sidewalk. The project is produced by Two Fish Design in partnership with the Redwood City Redevelopment Agency. For more information, please call 408.271.5151 or

This reception is in collaboration with the Redwood City Second Saturday Artwalk which also features Gallery 2611, bazaar brazil, Redwood City Art Center, Art on Broadway and the Main Gallery.

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June 14, 2008

Washington Neighborhood Comm-UNITY Walk for Peace

Recently the Washington Neighborhood experienced senseless violence resulting in the loss of two lives and sending shockwaves of sadness and fear through the community.

On May 21st at 1:45pm, Lorenzo Torres and another man were shot, Lorenzo died from his wounds.

On May 23rd at 4:30pm, Vahid Hosseini was gunned down in the Bank of the West parking lot on his way back to the Willow Market that he and his wife ran for many years. Vahid later died from his wounds.

Both of these tragedies occured in broad daylight, within a short distance from our school, parks, youth centers, library and our most importantly, our homes.

Our community would like to invite you to an opportunity to demonstrate to our children, families and the city as a whole, that we stand for Peace, Dignity and Community.

Please join us!

In Community Spirit,
Autumn Gutierrez

Community leaders and local residents invite you to a Comm-UNITY Walk for Peace

Monday June 16, 2008, 6:00pm
In Front of Biblioteca Latinoamericana
921 S. First St., San Jose, CA 95110

Please join us in an effort to show our community's:Peace, Dignity & Unity in response to the recent senseless violence that’s happened in our neighborhood.

We will begin at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana, walk down Oak Street to Vine, then South of Vine to Willow, a stop at the Willow Market, then walk east to First Street, then back to the Biblioteca.

If you’d like to help make posters for the walk, we will meet at the Biblioteca Community Room at 4:00 pm.

We hope that you can join us. For more information, please contact Mark Lopez @ 408-483-8748 or email:

June 18, 2008

Lucy Liew site - specific artwork unveiled June 28th

The grand opening of the new Joyce Ellington Branch Library on June 28 will feature the dedication of two new, site-specific artworks.

Congratulations to current KALEID artist Lucy Liew who created artwork elements for the Children's area of the Library.

Inspired by the community's enduring connection to the elm trees that for many years had existed on the site, Liew's Trees of Knowledge are two "trees" built around columns of the building, rich with colorful images. She suggests that these "serve as a gateway to the world of imagination and learning that await the visitors to the Children's section of the library."

Liew's Metamorphosis - Transformation in the Woods is a painting in the form of butterfly wings (shown above upon installation). Positioned in the Storytelling Corner so that they will frame the storyteller, the imagery on the wings is intended to inspire positive themes for young readers.

Artist Masayuke Nagase's work Where The Tree Is Born, (depicted in the photo essay below) pays tribute to the Library's namesake, honored community member Joyce Ellington, as well as to the trees that formerly stood on the site. This exterior artwork, a granite sculpture in the form of a tree trunk, rises from a plaza filled with patterns of the shadows cast by tree branches. Low enough that it can be climbed or sat upon, the top surface of the sculpture contain rings of text referencing Joyce Ellington and area history. The sides have a bark-like texture that Nagase created using handprints collected from community members, including some of the students from the neighboring Grant Academy Elementary School.

The Joyce Ellington Branch Library Grand Opening
Saturday, June 28; the official program is from 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon.
491 Empire Street, San Jose, 95112.
Both artists will be present to discuss their work immediately following the program.

Ellie Brown's new book

Ellie Brown, who moved from San Jose to teach in South Korea, just sent us the news that she has published her book entitled Two Girls: My Sisters 1996-2006, a ten year art project in which Ellie dedicated herself to photographing her two sisters through their adolescence.

"Just as I began to establish my sisters as girls, pre-adolescence descended and absolutely changed the path of my project. On the surface I was still photographing my sisters but it was my approach that changed. I was fascinated and repulsed by new conversations of boys, makeup and weight. This led me to read any and every book I could find on the subject of adolescence and pre-adolescence. It also led me to seriously investigate my own pre-adolescent experiences, which were far less than stellar, in relation to theirs. In photographing Emily and Abby, I was also photographing how a girl becomes alien in her own body, how confidence may falter, how grooming rituals become of great importance, how relationships with friends and family change and most importantly, the quest for identity. When I photograph my sisters and when I photograph other girls I am primarily concerned with identity in our complicated media driven culture and how it manifests."

For more information or to purchase the book, please click here.

Midsummer Art Celebration June 21st

A Midsummer Art Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 21, from 10am - 6pm in the sculpture gardens of the Triton Museum of Art. Hundreds of local and regional artists working in all mediums will offer original works of art for sale.

Art demos, music and food will also be on hand. A percentage of all the proceeds from sales will benefit the art and education programs of the Triton Museum. Admission and parking is free.

Triton Museum of Art
1505 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA

Art on the Square begins this Friday, June 20th


Come for the art and stay for the music this Friday. The art show is from 5pm - 8:30pm, and the featured band is Freesound.

Redwood City is fast becoming the peninsula’s epicenter for the arts with new galleries and great places to hear live music. This summer Art on the Square returns to Courthouse Square. Premier Bay Area artists and artisans will exhibit their work in the heart of the beautifully renovated downtown.

Presented by the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and the Redwood City Redevelopment Agency, the four juried outdoor shows complement Music on the Square, the city’s popular Friday evening summer concert series.

Enjoy painting, sculpture, photography, glass, fiber, jewelry, ceramics and more by fantastic local artists. And, at each show there will be a drawing for gift certificates. Winners can “spend” their certificate in any artist's booth. Remember to fill out an entry form. Who knows, maybe you'll be one of the four lucky winners!

Art on the Square
Friday June 20, 5 - 8:30 pm
Courthouse Square
Redwood City, CA 94063
for full schedule, visit:

June 25, 2008

Creature Culture exhibit this Friday, June 27th

A studio and gallery space up for rent in Japantown

Two great spaces have become available within the Object Art gallery space-

STUDIO: 650 square foot loft space available for sublet in excellent San Jose Japantown neighborhood. Track lights, shared restroom, utilities included. $650/month

ALSO AVAILABLE: Gallery/studio/office - 1200 square feet with street front entrance. Track lighting, new paint and carpets, shared restroom facilities. $1250/month

Price negotiable for right person or group

For more information contact OR call 408.288.9305



Current Phantom Galleries and KALEID gallery artist Christine Benjamin (artwork above) will be in the MISCHIEF group art show in San Francisco which involves over 100 artists.

Reception: Saturday, July 19th, 4-8 pm
Exhibit dates: July 16th - August 10th

Studio Gallery
1718A Polk Street (between Washington and Clay)
San Francisco, CA 94109
Hours: Weds - Fri, 11am-8pm, Sat & Sun, 11am-6pm

June 30, 2008


Please note that there will not be a First Friday Artwalk for July due to the July Fourth holiday. We will return First Friday August 1st with featured exhibits at KALEID gallery by Kyle Perera (aka Pellet Factory) and Andy Gouveia.

July 2, 2008

Art on the Square July 18 & 19 in Redwood City

If you missed it in June, Art on the Square is back on July 18th & 19th from 5pm-8:30pm. Bay Area artists and artisans will exhibit their work in the heart of the beautifully renovated downtown. Redwood City is an epicenter for the arts with new galleries (including Phantom Galleries!) and great places to hear live music.

Presented by the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and the Redwood City Redevelopment Agency, the four juried outdoor shows complement Music on the Square, the city’s popular Friday evening summer concert series. ( July 18 with the Madison Blues Band and all day Saturday July 19 with the PAL Blues Festival,

See painting, sculpture, photography, glass, fiber, jewelry, ceramics and more by fantastic local artists. And, at each show there will be a drawing for gift certificates that can be "spent" in any artist's booth.

We're still accepting artist applications. Go to for a complete schedule of events or to download an application.

AfterWorks this Friday the Fourth

AfterWorks begins after the fireworks subside at 10pm this Friday the Fourth. Featuring: the music of David Knight and Benjamin Henderson; Live Animation by M dot Strange set to the music of Panthelion, David Knight and Steve Barry; Live Painting by Brittany Rediger and Joe Barajas; Hooping by Rachel Radness.

The Art Ark
1035 S. 6th Street, San Jose, CA
Doors: 10 p.m.
Admission: free

July 9, 2008

Thursday Gig July 17th - note new temp location

CA Lawyers for the Arts Survey request

California Lawyers for the Arts is conducting a statewide survey of individuals involved in the Arts to determine interest in e-learning as an option to expand access to educational programming statewide.

California Lawyers for the Arts seeks to develop greater awareness and involvement by the legal community to the needs and interests of artists and arts organizations; and provides educational programs and legal services, such as Legal Referral and Arts Arbitration and Mediation, to the arts community.

Currently, educational programs are in-person events hosted in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento metropolitan areas that seek to assist artist and arts organizations gain greater competency in handling their legal and business affairs by providing means of appropriate self-help though preventative education about best practices, rights and obligations; through the launch of an e-learning pilot program, C.L.A. hopes to reach artists and art organization in regions of California not currently supported by existing educational programs.

Your participation in this survey would be greatly appreciated!

You can participate through July 20, 2008 by clicking here or pasting this link in to your browser

It would be greatly appreciated if you would forward this request to your friends, colleagues, or members involved in creative endeavors.

Sara Cole's "Underneath" solo at Bryant Street Gallery

End/beginning 3, gouache, coffee, and graphite on paper, 24"x 24"

Sara Cole is having a solo exhibition entitled Underneath at Bryant Street Gallery in Palo Alto with an opening reception on Friday, July 11th at 6pm-8pm.

To preview the artwork, click here.

Bryant Street Gallery
532 Bryant Street, Palo Alto

Renegade Craft Fair this weekend in SF

A crazy collection of 200 DIYers are selling their wares this weekend in San Francisco at the Fort Mason Center, and it's free! The Renegade Craft Fair hosts events in NYC, Chicago and San Francisco.

July 12 & 13th, 11am - 7pm.
Fort Mason's Festival Pavillion.

San Jose's own TAIKO on SPARK this week

SPARK is a great weekly program that airs art, performance and culture segments each week on KQED. We're looking forward to this week's episode which features San Jose TAIKO, and Victor Cartagena, an artist that we became familiar with through MACLA years ago.

The episode will air several times over the next few days so check listings here.

Btw....if you want to see TAIKO for real, they'll be performing at the Obon Festival in Japantown this weekend, 4:30pm on July 12th and 3:30pm on July 13th.

San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 No. 5th Street (between Jackson & Taylor)
Japantown, San Jose
For a complete schedule, visit the Obon site here.

July 20, 2008

Art Peace: Darfur Awareness Sat. July 26th


ART PEACE: Darfur Awareness
Saturday, July 26th, 1pm-10pm

Art Ark Gallery
1035 South 6th Street
San Jose Ca,95112

The event July 26th is a day long concert and a celebration of artistic expression and peace. There will be a gallery full of peace inspiring art, and an outdoor presentation of the winners of the "Art Of Politics 2008" National Graphic Design Contest. There will also be interactive teach-ins about the situation in Darfur via Camp Darfur, an organization dedicated to ending genocide.

The art ark, an art living space with it's own gallery and outdoor amphitheater area, will be transformed into a festival, where people can write letters to congress, check out visual art, live painting, participate in art, and listen to some really great bay area bands and solo artists all day long.

At dusk, there will be a presentation of the documentary on Darfur called, "They Turned Our Desert Into Fire," under the open sky and a conversation with the film maker Mark Brecke, along with perspectives delivered by refugees from Sudan.

Entry is by donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All donations will go to help refugees from Darfur.

Pic nic encouraged!

The bands for the event include:

A Decent Animal
Case in Theory
RS2 Solid Sound
J Jonah and Timeless
Hans Keller Band
The Arcade Rebellion
The Stars Misplaced(solo)
Cast Iron Songs
G Willikers
Ghost Tree
Michael Medina

for more information check out

Kori & Anabella Exhibit this Friday, July 25th

Kori Thompson & Anabella Pinon will be exhibiting new works on Friday, July 25th at On the Corner Music from 8pm - late. Tunes by Nate Nothing & Dave Ma.

On the Corner Music
530 E. Campbell Ave.
Campbell, CA

Walls of Ashes at OmniCircus August 15th

Frank Garvey (pictured above) participated in Phantom Galleries during the subZERO Festival last June with paintings and beggar robot. Frank is about to unveil his Wall of Ashes installation at his OmniCircus space in San Francisco and you're invited!

Grand Opening Celebration for the WALL OF ASHES Installation! Join Frank Garvey plus other OmniCircus collaborators Friday August 15 at 7pm at OmniCircus.

Over 20 years in the making, Frank Garvey's WALL of ASHES is finally open for public viewing!

Garvey will discuss his surreal anthem to the urban night- a multimedia installation with paintings, sculptures, robots, music, photography, and video.

This installation will be open to the public most Saturday afternoons 12noon - 4pm, with special evening events TBA. OmniCircus DVDs, CDs and publications will be available for sale.

$5 suggested donation

The OmniCircus is located at 550 Natoma Street, between Mission and Howard and 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco's South of Market (SoMa) district. The door is on Russ Street. Please call 415-701-0686 for more information.

July 21, 2008

Good Hustle - Terribly Two!



These awesome guys and musicians are great contributors to the local art and music're invited to their birthday party this Friday night!

Good Hustle is celebrating two years by bringing it back to one of the first venues they performed at. The performance will be a treat for longtime Hus fans and newbies alike, including plenty of fresh new material and all the classics. Good Hustle will also be premiering The Medley of Failure, a very intense and brief look at the expansive hus-tory that never was.

Cupertino legends the Emerald Hill start off the evening, with DJ sets by Hidden Danger, Ohmaigawd and Big Bamboo closing the night off with pleasure.

Not to be missed, please join us!

FRIDAY JULY 25TH 9pm-2am
Britannia Arms Cupertino
1087 DeAnza Blvd.

$5 advance tix $7 at the door / 21 and up only

July 23, 2008

Art on the Square Friday August 1 in Downtown Redwood City

On Fri Aug 1 Bay Area artists and artisans will exhibit their work at beautifully renovated Courthouse Square in the heart of the downtown Redwood City.

Presented by the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and the Redwood City Redevelopment Agency, Art on the Square's juried outdoor shows complement Music on the Square, the city's popular Friday evening summer concert series.

See painting, sculpture, photography, glass, fiber, jewelry, ceramics and more by fantastic local artists. At each show there will be a drawing for gift certificates that can be "spent" in any artist's booth.

Enjoy the Friday evening art shows from 5 - 8:30 pm on:
- August 1 with Vegas style New Morty Show, and on
- September 19 with salsa rock band La Ventana, and all day Sept 20 at the first annual Redwood City Salsa Festival

Redwood City is an epicenter for the arts with new galleries (including Phantom Galleries!) and great places to hear live music.

We're still accepting artist applications for Sept 08. To download an application or to find a complete schedule of events, go to

Geri McGilvray at Woodside Library

Geri has new works at the Woodside Library, July through August 2008. at 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Geri is known for working in several art forms; oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media and sculpture. She has won over 50 awards and has received recognition in the Bay Area.

July 29, 2008

Into the Void - First Friday August 1st

Kaleid Gallery is proud to present Into the Void its first cosmic/futuristic/pre-and- post-apocalyptic themed exhibition, featuring new paintings and ink renderings by Andy Gouveia and Pellet. Inspired by science fiction paperback novels, old educational films, elementary school visits to the Exploratorium and anatomically incorrect illustrations of prehistoric beasts, Into the Void will include 60+ new art works that might just melt your face off and fry your brain, if viewed from the proper angle.

Artists' Reception: First Friday, August 1, 7pm - 9pm
Live Music by Benjamin Henderson

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth Street
Downtown San Jose

Gallery hours: Tuesday thru Friday, Noon - 7pm, Saturday, Noon - 5pm

August 9, 2008

"Black and White and Read All Over" Group Exhibit

You're invited to attend the artists' reception for "Black and White and Read All Over” a visual response to recent news by 16 artists at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library this Sunday, Aug. 10th from 2-4pm.

"Save" by Donna Orme

“Black and White and Read All Over” is a project of members of Allied Artists West, a Santa Clara Valley professional art organization. Sixteen artists chose the period February 29, 2008 through April 1, 2008 to scan local newspapers for relevant articles. The purpose is to demonstrate that current events are experienced in unique ways by different segments of the community. These articles serve as the inspiration for works produced by the individuals artists.

Exhibit on view thru August 31st.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library/SJSU
150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose

August 13, 2008

Spiele: Otl Aicher's Olympic Graphic Design Exhibition


Spiele: Otl Aicher's Olympic Graphic Design
An exhibition of graphic design by the office of Otl Aicher for the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Presentation by guest curator Joe Miller:
5pm Tuesday, August 26, in Art room 133
San José State University
Opening Reception follows at 6pm
Admission free.
Exhibit on view: August 26 to September 26, 2008

Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery
School of Art and Design, San José State University
9th and San Carlos Streets on the SJSU campus near downtown San José
Parking garage at 7th and San Salvador Streets

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-4pm
& Tuesday evening 6-7:30pm, and by appointment
gallery phone 408.924.4723

Otl Aicher (1922–1991) is a major figure in 20th century graphic design. Aicher’s comprehensive work for the 1972 Munich Olympics is the definitive example for today’s graphic identity and branding programs. The posters, tickets, books, brochures, uniforms, signage, and architectural graphics in this exhibit demonstrate the playful humanity and exuberance that simple elements of icon, type, color, and texture are capable of producing when in the mind and hands of a master designer. This major exhibition will include 50 posters as well as dozens of other objects from the 1972 Olympics and other identity projects by Büro Aicher.

exhibition preview:

August 16, 2008

STREET MRKT Sept 5th at A.D.

Thanks to Phantom / KALEID artist Pellet for the great poster!

Invitation from Anno Domini gallery: The final STREET MRKT of the season is September 5th. With our music coordinator extraordinare, Nate LeBlanc, we have a great final lineup scheduled. We still have artist vendor spaces available for cheap so if you want to sell your art wares to the First Friday crowd, email us at rEvolution [@]

August 17, 2008

SJ Artists' Town Hall Meeting

You are invited to attend the first-ever San Jose Artists' Town Hall taking place on Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at San Jose City Hall, located at 200 East Santa Clara Street in downtown San Jose. Artists of all disciplines are welcome, including individuals in the performing, literary, visual, media, design, and architectural fields.

The San Jose Artists' Town Hall is a convening of artists and creative entrepreneurs from around the Silicon Valley. It is being sponsored under the auspices of the Creative Entrepreneur Project (CEP), a joint initiative of the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs and the Center for Cultural Innovation that is investigating opportunities to make San Jose more "artist-friendly" place.

The San Jose Artists' Town Hall starts with a Plenary Session with introductory remarks by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and keynote featuring Richard Chuang, co-founder of animation giant PDI/DreamWorks and current CEP of PIC2. The findings of a recent survey of Silicon Valley Artists Resource Needs will also be presented by renowned research economist Ann Markusen of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota, joined by Cora Mirikitani, President and CEO of the Center for Cultural Innovation. The afternoon will offer opportunities for informal networking and information exchange with a variety of funders, arts service providers, and other key resources for artists in San Jose.

A complimentary light lunch will be provided. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited so you must register in advance at the online link provided below:

Free Online Registration - Click here.

August 19, 2008

Thursday Gig_August 21st

Thursday, Aug 21st, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Art & The Spoken Word
at "Got Art? Gallery"
24 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA

For more information on Thursday Gig please contact Elizabeth Parashis at: artpages[at] or 408 / 410-2313.

August 20, 2008

Art show at the Uptown featuring C. Benjamin, A.E. Gold

KALEID artist Christine Benjamin has a show with Ari Evan Gold at the Uptown in Oakland.

Opening reception: Friday, September 5th 2008
Doors open at 6 PM Live band at 9 PM
Live Oakland Glam Punk band - The Thrill Of It All
Free and open to the public, food, drinks, 2$ Pabst

The Uptown
1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

Kushlani Hall at Gallery Saratoga

KALEID Gallery artist Kushlani Hall has been accepted into Gallery Saratoga for both her encaustic paintings and jewelry. A native of Sri Lanka, her work reflects the essences of both western and eastern cultures.


Kushlani will also be an invited participant of the Gallery Saratoga Annual Garden Party 2008. More than 25 artists will be exhibiting acrylic paintings, ceramics, encaustic paintings, gourds, jewelry, oil paintings, photography, silk, watercolor and woodturnings.
Date/Time: Sunday August 24th, 11am to 4pm
Place: 19670 Farwell Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

For more info visit

August 21, 2008

San Jose Super Toy, Comic & Record Show

200 tables of vintage to modern toys and collectibles as well as artists/illustrators selling their work.

Michael Slack, painter of monsters
Dan Brereton, comic book writer and illustrator
R. Black, artist for rock concert posters
Skinner, as seen in Juxtapoz magazine
Emonic - Emo Gonzales influenced by skateboarding and comic books
Ben Walker illustrator with his new book "Portraits & Tales From Remington Ridge"

Saturday, September 6, 2008
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
344 Tully Road, San Jose, CA 95111

Early Bird 9 AM - 10:59 AM
General admission 11 AM - 4 PM

General Admission: $5.00
Kids Under 12: $2.50
Early Bird: $15.00
The Fairgrounds charges $8 for parking.

For more information about the show and more guests checkout our website here.

August 24, 2008

Cyn Stern solo exhibit at Twin Pines Art Center


Cyn Stern will be exhibiting ceramic and mixed-media ceramic art at the Twin Pines Art Center (Belmont Arts Council gallery) for the month of September. Cyn will be on location at the gallery on weekends.

There will be a closing reception on Sept. 27 in conjunction with a reception at the Peninsula Museum of Art.

Twin Pines Art Center
10 Twin Pines Lane
Belmont, CA

The gallery is open Wednesday thru Friday, Noon - 4pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 1pm - 4pm.

August 25, 2008

New Phantom Galleries murals on So. First Street

Six new beautiful paintings on 8' x 8' wood panels were installed over the weekend on an existing construction wall to make the walk down South First St. (btwn San Fernando & Post St.) a much more colorful experience!

Our sincere thanks to Pellet, Lacey Bryant, Lara Sophia, Christine Benjamin, Andy Gouveia and Michael Foley for this series of murals. Each artist has created thoughtful expressions of their experiences and, in some cases, concerns of a rapidly growing urban center. Next time you're downtown, take a stroll by the new exhibit on your way to dinner, the movies, or the galleries.

New Phantom Galleries murals located on South First Street near San Fernando

August 28, 2008

Joe MIller at 47 at space 47 at 1

47 at 47: joe miller at 47 at space 47 at 1

on view: september 5 through 27, 2008
opening reception: 7pm till late, friday, september 5
part of sofa's south first friday art walk.

an installation of new typographic works by joe miller feature delightfully abrasive to violently sentimental poetic excerpts rendered in unexpected materials—from fallout shelter signs to stolen paintings and family heirlooms. joe will also be available in the gallery from noon to 4pm each saturday during the exhibition to chat and to work on additional pieces. please come by to keep him company.

you are also invited to an exhibition closing party celebrating joe's 47th birthday, and space 47's first, on saturday, september 27 from 2 to 4pm (gallery open noon to 4).

space 47
47 east william street (bwn south 1st and south 2nd streets)
downtown san josé, california
gallery hours: thursday, friday, saturday, noon to 4pm

WTSHTF at On the Corner Music Aug. 29th

September 2, 2008

Lizabeth Eva Rossof at Milk and Honey Art Gallery

Double Blind by Lizabeth Eva Rossof will feature four new series by Rossof.
Milk and Honey Art Gallery
384 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941
4 - 7PM with Artist Talk, Q & A at 6PM.

Exhibit on view thru October 7th.

Art on the Square RWC Sept 19 & 20

See the work of premier Bay Area artists and artisans at Art on the Square in the heart of downtown Redwood City at beautifully renovated Courthouse Square. Presented by the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and the Redwood City Redevelopment Agency, the juried outdoor show complements Music on the Square, the city’s popular Friday evening summer concert series and The Redwood City Salsa Festival all day Saturday. Enjoy painting, sculpture, photography, glass, fiber, jewelry, ceramics and more by fantastic local artists. Enter the drawing for gift certificates that lucky winners can use to purchase a wonderful piece of art.

Don’t miss Art on the Square Friday evening Sept 19 from 5 - 8:30 pm with salsa rock band La Ventana, or Saturday Sept 20 from 11 am until 8 pm with the first annual Redwood City Salsa Festival.

Artists: We still have a few spots open. You can download an application from Contact us at if you have question

Local Color at Art Ark Sept. 20th


Gianfranco Paolozzi at Caffe Trieste


Now is Already Past by Gianfranco Paolozzi
Caffe Trieste, 315 South First Street
Artist's Reception First Friday, Sept. 5th, 8pm 'til late
in conjunction with South FIRST FRIDAYS artwalk

This new series of metallic works on canvas is a contemplation of being "present" for Gianfranco. "I start with a line. I start with a color. I start on one canvas. After the first canvas absorbs the initial lines the second canvas has marks, a continuation of what was present, now past, on the first canvas. The third and forth canvasses follow. All 4 white surfaces have marks. I'm here. I was there. All the lines become actions of the past. I continue to mark them and I continue to create the past of the present pleasures and pains".

Exhibit on view through September.

Featured Artists Rob Lehman and Terenia Offenbacker opens First Friday Sept. 5th

KALEID Gallery is pleased to present two new exhibits featuring artists Terenia Offenbacker and Rob Lehman.

We invite you to the artists' reception on First Friday, Sept. 5th from 7pm - 9pm.
This reception is part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS artwalk and is free and open to the public.

Exhibits on view through Sept. 26th.


Photo Landscape Adventures by photographer Rob Lehman

This showing brings to you a sampling of the photographs I have taken during recent years. My love for landscape and nature scenes has taken me throughout California, my home, and beyond. I first learned the basics of black and white photography at San Diego State University in 1975, and have become more and more driven toward those basic teachings in my pursuit to create images. I enjoy the "feel" and resolution of a large or medium format camera as opposed to a digital camera, and this is where I am most comfortable and confident.

Our world is continually changing. We are witnessing vanishing wild lands and landscapes that have been ruined by development and climatic changes in our ecosystems. I hope to record what I can with my camera, before some of our beautiful natural treasures are forever changed. -Rob Lehman


Retrospective from Collage to Oil Portraits by Terenia Offenbacker

Art is my ongoing search for methods of personal expression--art is the core of my being without which my life would be empty and void.

My creativity remained dormant for over 25 years following a life threatening car accident. Upon family urging to renew my relationship with art I enlisted in a collage course. Despite having no previous experience in collage, I felt it was a good means of reintroduction to art. Collage allowed me to express myself artistically while simultaneously rebuilding my confidence using brushes without the worry of producing fine lines.

My collage and mixed media work is based upon a search for varied textures and unique materials. It’s fun and surprising to see how they integrate. All materials utilized in my creations have been salvaged, it feels particularly good recycling while producing the images I love. - Terenia Offenbacker

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth Street, downtown San Jose

September 6, 2008

Amazing Paintings by Michele Troutman

Art For Well Beings presents paintings by Michele Troutman.

Paintings created over the past three years illustrate Michele’s marvelous journey. In 2005 at age 29, holding a brush for the first time, she began painting under the direction of Judy Gittelsohn and has leaped through learning curves that take most of us a life time. Michele demonstrates her ability to interpret the world with the touch of a poet.

A reception for the artist will be held on September 13, 2008 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Emerson Center Gallery - Art For Well Beings - 2800 West Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

Bonnie J. Smith at Alyis N Rose


A collection of Bonnie J. Smith"s fiber art work is at Alyis N Rose, 1686 Lafayette Road, Santa Clara. Title of exhibit is "Found Work". My art work is of a very personal nature and I have found that half way thru most projects I have to stop and take a break. I realized one day that I had accumulated a small body of work and that is why I called the exhibit "Found Work". This particular grouping has a connection to the earth.

Exhibit is on view through November.

Inklings at Double Punch SF

KALEID artists Mark Damrel, Andy Gouveia, and Pellet (aka Kyle Perera), along with Ryan De La Hoz (Deli), are all in a group show at Double Punch in San Francisco called Inklings.

Inklings is a group show that embodies the unique personality and characteristics that artists are able to give their ideas, simply by putting pen to paper. Inked pieces can create a broad range of feelings from the action of a comic panel to the intimacy and spontaneity of napkin sketch. Most great ideas start with a sketch, and sometimes the finest ones are completed not with canvas and paint, but with bristol board and a good pen. With the wide range of tools that technology has given artists over the years, Inklings is a nod to the old school; a reminder of the importance of foundations and remembering art’s roots.

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 13th, 2008 @ 7pm

Exhibit on view from September 13 - September 30th.

double punch
1821 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

September 10, 2008

Modern Superstitionist

The Modern Superstitionist Exhibition

Artwork that reveals the real things we possess and do to keep those mysterious unseen forces from creating chaos in our modern world.

Search deep and you will find no 13th floor in most buildings. If you happened to sneeze, why would a complete stranger offer to bless you?

Is there an unspoken, unseen power we keep at bay with our superstitionist behaviour? Do you follow it with a rabbits foot, or rebel against it and break a mirror?

Superstition, Real or Not? You Decide!

We will have a group of local artists, some old friends, some you may not have seen yet! There will be live music and spoken word.

Bring your friends and family to our home and come enjoy an evening of art, music and the discussions of the superstitionist!

Check out the website:

Deborah Barba
992 S. 8th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Gianfranco Paolozzi at Caffe Trieste Thurs., Sept. 11th


As many of you know, and may have already visited last First Friday, Gianfranco has an exhibition of a beautiful new series of works at Caffé Trieste on South First Street in downtown San Jose.

On Thursday, Sept. 11th, come join us as Gianfranco will share another one of his talents- accordion musician playing traditional Italian music at 7pm.

Caffé Trieste
315 South First Street, downtown San Jose

September 11, 2008

Luis Gutierrez at Art Object


The ArtObjectGallery announces the opening of a thought provoking new exhibit featuring Los Gatos artist Luis Gutierrez's most recent Wounded Warrior series of paintings titled "PTSD" (post traumatic stress disorder disorder). These powerful portraits reveal Luis's sense of what lies beneath the surface of those who are ordered into the hell that is war. Luis channels his frustration at the largely unseen, but heartbreaking real costs of war into expressive brush strokes and richly textured surfaces of these inner profiles.

Also on view is work by photographers Terri Garland and Deborah Mills Thackrey.

Reception for the artists on Friday, September 26 from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.
Exhibit on view thru November 12, 2008

Art Object Gallery
592 North Fifth Street, San Jose, CA 95112
Thursday-Saturday 12-4 and by appointment

September 12, 2008

Distinctive City Lecture Monday, Sept. 15th

The findings shouldn't be that big of a surprise, we've all known the challenges of being a San Jose resident artist and the results of the many studies that show the importance of artistic thinking and problem solving for successful business have been published, posted and quoted for the last few years. But now perhaps, with Dr. Markusen surveying the results and making recommendations, action can begin for a new era of arts and creativity in San Jose. See you there!

The Distinctive City Lecture - Dr. Ann Markusen, Director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

Monday, September 15 6:00-7:00 pm
San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo De San Antonio

Crafting the Distinctive City: San Jose hosts the most diversified "left brain" high tech economy in the world, but its "right brain" labor force is under-developed. Markusen will show how cities around the globe are creating portfolios of distinctive activities as a hedge against growing competition and how human and cultural capital is becoming central to this project. Artists and designers are under-represented in San Jose for the size of its workforce, yet they contribute directly to the local economy through the self-employed income they earn and by providing area employers with the visual, performance and writing skills that make their products successful. They also make cities more attractive places to live and work, helping to retain and attract other entrepreneurs and skilled workers. Savvy cities elsewhere invested strategically in artist live/work and studio buildings, artist's centers, designated arts districts, smaller scale and neighborhood artistic spaces, festivals, grants and technical assistance program to shore up and diversify their arts and cultural talent pool.

Professor Markusen is the author of numerous books and articles on artists, cities, and high-tech economic development. She has served as a Brookings Institution Economic Policy Fellow and a Fulbright Lecturer in Brazil and has consulted for the Clinton Administration, the World Bank and the OECD.

This lecture is part of the 2008 Great Cities Speakers Series.

September 14, 2008

Thursday Gig _ September 18th


THURSDAY GIG - Art & The Spoken Word
Thursday, Sept 18, 2008 6:30 - 9:30 pm

FEATURING - Artist: Al Preciado and Poet: Bea Garth

NEW LOCATION! Stone Griffin Gallery, 287 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA 95008

POTLUCK / BYOB - Also Bring Your Own Camper Chair. No (or few) chairs provided.

Begins 6:30 pm with Potluck and Music
Art Q & A begins 7:15 pm
Featured poetry reading begins 7:30 pm, Open Mic follows.

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September 15, 2008

Taste of Saratoga Sat., Sept 20th

Taste of Saratoga Fine Art & Wine Festival in downtown Saratoga on Big Basin Way.
Featuring fine art, craft vendors, entertainment, activities, food and wine.
Saturday, September 20, 2008, 10am - 6pm
No admission fee.

September 17, 2008

Flo Oy Wong "Raising the Voices" exhibition


Flo Oy Wong, Raising the Voices
a de Young Museum Satellite Exhibition
Saturday, October 11, 2008 - a Celebration of Flo Oy Wong's 70th Year
5-7pm: Artist Talk & Opening Reception
7pm: Perfomance of Noodle Women by Dance NAGANUMA in Tateuchi Hall

Exhibit on view thru November 26, 2008

Mohr Gallery
Community School of Music and Arts
230 San Antonio Circle
Mountain View, Ca
Gallery hrs: Mon - Fri, 9am - 7pm, Sat 9am - 3pm

Art on the Square & 1st Annual Salsa Festival

The final Art on the Square is this Saturday September 20th which coincides with the Redwood City First Annual Salsa Festival which includes salsa competions (the edible kind and the dance kind), four stages of music and fun family activities.

Saturday, September 20, 2008, 12-8pm
On Broadway between Middlefield and Hamilton
Downtown Redwood City

New Approaches to Printing your Digital Images workshops

Explore, experiment and develop new approaches to printing your digital images...

Join Lyn Bishop for an intensive playshop designed to take your digital images and photography beyond the standard inkjet print. Participants will work with their own completed digital imagery with the focus on outputting files to alternative surfaces such as acrylic skins, handmade paper, non-porous surfaces, and transfer film. Participants will complete several techniques in alternative digital fine art printmaking during the workshop with an emphesis on exploration, experimention and developing new approaches to printing their digital images.

* create monoprint transfers on paper and wood
* create dramatic luminescent prints using pearlescent undercoatings
* create flexible gel skins to use as alternative substraits
* create textured, fresco like surfaces
* print using Epson wide format printer using archival inks
* Use Golden products and precoats for surface prep

Locations and Details:
- The San Francisco Center for the Book
300 DeHaro Street, San Francisco, California
September 22-24, 2008 (Monday - Wednesday)
10am - 5pm
Contact Center the Book for pricing and registration at 415-565-0545.

- Plotter Pros
1068 The Alameda, Suite 100
San Jose, California
October 13-15, 2008 (Monday - Wednesday)
10am - 5pm
Class Fees: $300 plus $65 material fee
Contact Lyn for registration or questions (408.773.1363)

Mark Damrel at New Art 08

Current KALEID artist Mark Damrel will be exhibiting his work at Hotel Des Arts in San Francisco on September 17th. Dozens of emerging artists will be on display throughout the hotel and all work will be available for sale.

Hotel Des Arts
447 Bush (at Grant), SF
5:30pm - 9:30pm

September 23, 2008

Figure Drawing Sessions

Figure Drawing Sessions at Stone Griffin Gallery
287 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
408 410-2313

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, 7:00 - 9:00
Fee: $15

Turn North on the Corner of First & Campbell Ave. (Starbuck's is on that corner).
Enter the driveway across from Starbuck's on First St., park and enter from the back then go up the stairs.

Sessions are held the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month. If you'd like a reminder about upcoming session dates, email Elizabeth at:

Several tables are provided but bring your own easel in case there is no room.

No instruction. Come on over and have some fun!

MACLA presents Cabaret Unkempt


MACLA’s Performance Art Program presents Cabaret Unkempt
In residence from October 5 - 11

In their week long residency made possible with the support of the National Performance Network, Miami-based performance art duo Jennylin Duany and Elizabeth Doud kick things off by leading a series of community workshops related to performance and body-image at the Billy De Frank LBGT Community Center. Later in the week they perform Cabaret Unkempt, an irreverent and satirical theater piece which uses projected media, music, and poetry to explore Duany's Cuban-American background, her body, her self-image and her moving, often hilarious, experiences as a performer of "size" in a culture where size definitely matters. The work offers audiences a voyeur's pleasure of peeping into a world of sensual audacity to explore moments when all of us, regardless of size, must confront our body-trappings and face our deepest insecurities.

The performers ruminate on the bombastic expectations of control, body mass, plastic surgery and self acceptance in a world obsessed with body image. The work surveys the landscape of "unkempt women," and creates a cartography of her body's journey.

Workshops: Tuesday 10/7 and Wednesday 10/8, 4pm – 8pm
The group holds a two-day workshop to address the effects of body prejudice and its effects on society and individuals. The second meeting is intended to build upon the first. It is recommended that participants attend both sessions.
Admission: Free of charge
Location: The Billy de Frank LGBT Community Center
938 Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 293-3040

Performances: Friday 5/10 and Saturday 5/11
Doors: 7:30pm, Show: 8pm
For two nights in a row the duo performs Cabaret Unkempt, their full-length multi-disciplinary theater piece.
Admission: $7-10 at the door
Location: MACLA’s Castellano Playhouse
510 S. First Street, San Jose CA, 95113

For more information contact David – Literary and Performance Art Program Coordinator – – 831.332.1690

September 25, 2008

Christine Benjamin at FLEURISH and Sonya Paz Gallery

FLEURISH proudly presents local artist Christine Benjamin
Come and draw with Christine and take home your own character FUN for kids and adults! FREE stickers and coloring pages!

Saturday, September 27th 2008
12:00 noon - 3:00 PM

1331 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125

and Christine will also be in The Cosmic Art of Robots and Space which also features Tracy Cox, Doug Horne, Paul Loughridge, Sonya Paz and Shaunna Peterson. These 6 artists interpret Sci Fi in a variety of ways including painting and sculpture.


Opening reception Saturday, October 4th, 2008, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Exhibit on view thru Oct. 17th.

Sonya Paz Fine Art Gallery
1793 Lafayette Street, Suite 110, Santa Clara, CA 95050

Mariana Barnes at California Modern Art Gallery

Current KALEID artist Mariana Barnes has been accepted into the California Modern Art Gallery/ exhibition Reflections of the Bay.

The exhibit was juried by Alan Bamberger (art consultant and author, publisher of, DeWitt Cheng (artist, curator and co-editor of SF Art Magazine) and Inga Fischer (California Modern Gallery) and will benefit the Boys and Girls Club
of San Francisco Tenderloin Clubhouse.

Exhibition dates: Sept 25-Dec 2 2008

California Modern Art Gallery
1035 Market St., San Francisco, CA, 94103

September 27, 2008

The Changing World of Abstract Art by Lillé Mc Ghee-Queen

Over the Edge, Lillé Mc Ghee-Queen

Caffé Trieste presents: "The Changing World of Abstract Art!" - Lillé Mc Ghee-Queen, Artist

Artist's Reception: First Friday, OCTOBER 3, 2008 - 8pm 'til late

The Artist combines selected paintings from her 20th and 21st Century Abstract
Art Galleries -- "Mother, Nature & Art" (and) "Girlfriends Art Gallery." Each painting is
powerful and engaging, capturing a significant moment and message in history.

The Artist begins with a clear vision: a vivid image, a single brush stroke which ultimately creates texture and design. Splashes of vibrant colors bring 'life' to a blank canvas and intricately woven into visually striking images, (e.g., Hurricane Katrina, El Nino, Locked Up In Jail, Mount Saint Helen's Eruption, Girlfriends In Jamaica Waters, Global Warming, Silicon Valley 'On-Line', Mother Pregnant W/Child, Black & White Roots, Sand Storms), and more. The experiences are true, the title and story lines are real. The images are UNFORGETTABLE! Lillé will also have available her hand-strung & colorful "trendy" bracelets, her recent inspirational books as well as free copies of the Women's Connection Magazine.

Exhibit on view through October 25, 2008

This exhibit is in partnership with Phantom Galleries.

Caffé Trieste
315 S First St., San Jose

First Friday Oct. 3rd Featured Exhibits at KALEID

KALEID gallery presents October featured exhibits by Sarah Beth Gon?arova and Nadia Vinogradova, two exceptionally talented artists.

Artists' Reception: First Friday, October 3, 2008, 7-9pm
Free and open to the public
Baroque classical music by Anton Petrenko ( Viola) and Svetlana Terekhina ( Violin)


Sarah Beth Gon?arova's Swing Like Tarzan, Baby presents over 40 paintings and collages created from 2005 to last week. Shown will be highly textural pieces on plaster and on paper, her whimsical collages, as well as a collection of recent oil paintings.

Sarah Beth Gon?arova earned her BFA in sculpture and extended media from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts and a Master's degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland. She shows frequently in galleries throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and has exhibited in group shows in New York and in Europe. She has work in numerous private collections in the US and abroad. Her work features people, usually in pairs, who are connected by an unspoken tension.


Interpretation of Color features the dynamic paintings by Nadia Vinogradova "I would like to talk to you using a language of color. This language is elegant and naive, beautifull and confusing, bright and dim at the same time. It is not very easy to understand this language sometimes but it is intriguing always."

Nadia Vinogradova was born and raised in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia. Although she was at the top of her middle school art class, it was not until her late twenties that she realized that life has a tendency of rolling along, and if she really wanted to be an artist she had to do it now or it would really be too late. By that time she already had a Master's Degree in Physics, was getting ready to defend her Ph.D. thesis, and all that had made her smart enough to take a night class at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

After attending Toronto School of Art, Nadia took studied with artists Michail Petrenko and Anatoly Zaslavky, member of the International federation of Artist (IFA) in Russia. Nadia is a member of The Pacific Art League and The Atelier School of Classical Realism in Oakland.

Encouraged by a quick success at the student’s show in Toronto, Nadia has exhibited her works at several juried shows in Toronto, New York and the Bay area. Many of Nadia Vinogradova's works are now in private collections in Canada, the US and Russia.

KALEID gallery
88 South Fourth Street, downtown San Jose
Gallery Hrs: Tuesday thru Friday, Noon - 7pm, Saturday, Noon - 5pm

October 7, 2008

Day of the Dead group exhibit


Day of the Dead Group Art Show

Join us for a special art show celebrating the Day of the Dead holiday. The gallery will be filled with colorful paintings and sculpture. An altar will be filled with art and memories of loved ones who have passed. Please join us for the evening. Surround yourself with art. Remember those who have passed. Celebrate life with 13 local artists from your art community.

Participating Artists:
Judith Bell, Helen Bellaver, Christine Benjamin, Marianne Bickett, Barbara Jacque, Phyllis Jenkins, Katy Kindig, Paige Liu, Therese May, Mary Medrano, Jen Norton, Linda Roshon, Liz Weaver

Event date: Friday, October 17, 6-9 pm

Mary Medrano Gallery
305 E. Campbell Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008

TED Prize Winner James Nachtwey Unveils XDR-TB


Our sister chapter of Phantom Galleries in Los Angeles is collaborating with TED Prize to help distribute this important photography exhibition to raise awareness of XDR-TB.

TED Prize Winner James Nachtwey Unveils XDR-TB as Focus of Global Photography Wish Project

Award winning photojournalist, James Nachtwey, revealed today the disease XDR-TB as the subject of his TED Prize Wish photography slideshow project. Nachtwey is premiering the culmination of his year long wish project with an eight page spread in TIME magazine, a gathering of global activists and leaders, outdoor screenings around the world and on the Internet at in an effort to raise awareness about the disease.

The TED Prize is awarded annually to three exceptional individuals who each receive $100,000 and are granted one wish to change the world. In raising awareness about a XDR-TB, a virulent, mutated strain of traditional TB existent in 49 countries and responsible for over 20,000 preventable deaths each year, Nachtwey comments, "Photographers go to the extreme edges of human experience to show people what's going on. They aim their pictures at your best instincts: generosity, a sense of right and wrong, the ability and the willingness to identify with others, the refusal to accept the unacceptable."

Nachtwey's slideshow will be screened in public spaces in cities around the world including; New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Seoul, Hong Kong, and London, on all 7 continents and across the internet starting on October 3rd and continuing throughout the month. Paul Simon (Singer/Songwriter), Dr. Larry Brilliant (, Joanne Carter (RESULTS), Dr. Marcos Espinal (World Health Organization), Rajat Gupta (The Global Fund), and Winstone Zulu (Survivor/Activist) will all gather with Nachtwey in New York City for a special event this evening.

Joanne Carter, executive director of RESULTS USA, the medical advocacy group supporting the campaign says, "We hope that the visibility achieved by the global unveiling of these photos will underscore the danger of under funding and lack of global attention to TB programs, spur people around the world to demand action, and spur world leaders to act."

Using haunting images in a digital slideshow, this multimedia campaign will raise awareness about XDR-TB and launch a social action campaign with partnering organizations, RESULTS and Demos UK. The TED Prize produced James' wish project as part of a collaborative effort with partners BD, TIME, the Streaming Museum, and Phantom Galleries (Los Angeles).http://www.jamesnachtwey.com

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GAME OVER exhibit in SF

St[art]er Home exhibition


This looks like a great show in an unconventional space...Phantom Galleries/Kaleid artists Andy Gouveia, Eric Taggart and Pellet will be exhibiting murals/installations at the show.

Sezio Presents : St{art}er Home

A house in Downtown Mountain View will be torn down in late October. Leading up to a video documented demolition, a group of local artists will collaborate on murals and art installations inside the 850 sq.ft. of this single family home. An artist reception will be held Saturday, Oct. 11th from 6 to 10pm, featuring a live DJ and adult beverages. A traditional open house will be held Sunday, Oct. 12th from 1 to 6pm, including hors d'œuvres and live music...

668 Ehrhorn Ave., Mountain View, CA 94040 (map)

visit for more details or email

October 30, 2008

Dia de los Muertos Mugs

Artist Paul J. Gonzalez has created these cool hand sculpted and designed Dia de los Muertos mugs, there's even a "Frida" inspired mug! Contact Paul directly at: to get one, or a set.

New Phantom installations for Oct., Nov.

pictured: Aaron Shinault

Since 2001, Phantom Galleries has been creating exhibit opportunities for local artist in various vacant storefronts throughout the downtown core. Lately we've been centralized in the SoFA District and we've installed some new can see them through November.

455 South First Street- David Ciccerone, mixed media exhibit, Jai Tanju, Bigger Moments-excerpts from the with a camera from marc book.

460 Market Street - Yumiko Kayukawa, photographic exhibit, Rhys Sanchez, stencil exhibit

386 South First Street- GLevy, mixed media exhibit

388 South First Street - Aaron Shinault, urban inspired paintings

If you'd like to exhibit your work through the Phantom Galleries project, email us at info[at]

November 1, 2008

Four two-n-two Four Exhibit at Art Objects Nov. 15th

Art Objects Gallery invites you to the opening reception of Four two-n-two Four featuring Art of Democracy: Bread and Circus, paintings by satirical artist Mark Bryan (pictured above), Weapons of Mass Distraction, clay pots, bowls and sculpted collage by Mattie Leeds, Ajust your perceptions, motocycle sculpture by Michael Leeds and stone and glass by Ken Matsumoto in the Grotto.

Enjoy a wildly visible feast with Brassfield Estate Winery pouring, The Cook Club of San Francisco serving Japanese tapas, and live music.

Artist's Reception: November 15, 7-10pm

592 North Fifth Street, San Jose 95112

Michelle Waters in SPEAK OUT exhibition

Michelle Waters will be exhibiting 3 paintings, including the above Land of the Free.

Congratulations! to current participating KALEID artist Michelle Waters for her invited inclusion into a very impressive group show amongst the likes of Laurie Anderson, Sue Coe, Milton Glaser, Guerrilla Girls, Joel-Peter Witkin and many others.

The exhibit runs November 1 thru December 20th, so if you find yourself in Albuquerque be sure to check it out.

Speak Out - Art, Design & Politics
516 ARTS
516 Central Avenue SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

November 5, 2008

Gary Coleman at Pacific Grove Art Center

Gary Coleman has 27 paintings on display at the Pacific Grove Art Center through December 12th.

The show simply named Gary Coleman / Landscapes drew about 200 people to its opening reception on October 24th.

Pacific Grove Art Center
568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, CA
Oct. 24 - Dec. 11, 2008

November 13, 2008

Panchan opens this Friday, Nov. 14th


Artists' Reception this Friday, November 14th for Jennifer Ahn and Nancy Ahn's exhibit Panchan, a collection of various works at Empire Seven Studios from 8pm til late.

Empire Seven Studios
525 North 7th St.
San Jose

Exhibit on view through Nov. 30th (by appointment only - call 408-668-4434.)

Good Hustle at The Cellar this Friday, Nov. 14th

Good Hustle will be headlining at the Cellar (below the Agenda on South First) this Friday, Nov. 14th with two other bands we've been meaning to check out for some time: Ambience, and Case in Theory. Show starts at 8pm, costs just $5 and is 21+.

Benjamin from GH also announces the release of a 2nd edition of Dirty Birdies, (which I hear through the grapevine also includes live recordings from his performance at Anno Domini gallery) which will be available at Friday's show. OR, if you can't wait, you can download it for free directly from Good Hustle here.

November 16, 2008

TWO BUCK TUESDAYS at KALEID begins this Tuesday, November 18th!

The $2.00 sale begins at noon and culminates with a cool gathering that Eddie Flores, Pellet and Matthew Seigel has prepared for you.

From 6-8pm there will be four interesting speakers that will talk about their passions and ideas for 10 minutes each, with an opportunity afterwards to hang out and continue the conversation.

Local Artist & Photographer Sarah Taylor will be discussing her thoughts on art, community, and overall human curiosity.

Aspiring film director Franklin Pham will be speaking about how the relationships between the photographer, the camera, the photograph and the audience affect us all today.

Andrew Alvarez, Membership Associate of the San Jose Museum of Art will give an engaging presentation

Current KALEID artist Mariana Barnes will talk about her art. She is a self taught artist who has been painting for 20 years. Her unique and recognizable style has appeared in numerous Bay Area galleries and venues, including TV shows, one of which "Talk Art: Mosaic patterns of life" is currently showing in Manhattan,
New York.

Shannon Amidon
Mariana Barnes
Sandi Billingsley
Tessa Cavazos
Dotti Cichon
Mark Damrel
Cecilia Deck
Pia DiStephano
Eddie Flores
Michael Foley
Sarah Beth Goncarova
DonnaSue Jacobi
Kushlani Jayasinha Hall
Maneesha Khandekar
Joyce McEwen Crawford
Trina Merry
Woody Miller
Gianfranco Paolozzi
Al Preciado
Jen Renzel
Linda Ritter
San Jose Glass Artist Alliance – Janett Peace
Yelena Shabrova
Matthew B. Seigel
Rachel Tirosh
Michelle Waters

Join us for fun, crazy affordable art and wild conversation!

Tuesday, Nov. 18th, 6-8pm
Free and open to the public

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth Street (between Santa Clara & San Fernando)
Downtown San Jose

November 17, 2008

Thursday Gig_November 20th

November 18, 2008

Two Buck Tuesdays - thank you!

Thanks to everyone that participated in the first TWO BUCK TUESDAYS at KALEID. We'd especially like to thank the artists that created work for TBT, to the speakers who gave wonderful insightul presentations, and to all of those that attended the event.

We hope you'll join us for the next one on December 16th!

Eddie, Pellet, Matthew

Sarah Taylor - hula hoopin'

Photographer / Film Director Franklin Pham

Andrew Alvarez, SJMA Membership Associate

Artist Mariana Barnes

November 19, 2008

Andy Gouveia mural in progress

Andy Gouveia is currently working on a 14' x 100' mural on the side of a building at 83 South Second Street (facing the parking lot). We'll post more photos as it progresses as well as the finished mural along with some comments from Andy.

November 22, 2008

Art for Well Beings Reception

The Artists of Art for Well Beings invites you to an artists' reception and holiday party with dancing, singing and hors d'oeuvres on Sunday, November 30th from 3-5pm.

Art for Well Beings
Emerson Center
2800 West Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303

November 27, 2008

South FIRST FRIDAYS December 5th Highlights

Join us for the South FIRST FRIDAYS artwalk this Friday, December 5th. Begin at KALEID for a spectacular glass ornament installation, then head over to the SoFA District for Tamsinn Cowart's exhibit at Caffe Trieste featuring performers of the SJ Opera, Anno Domini hosts FRESH PRODUCE the 8th Annual affordable art exhibit by national and international urban artists (all priced $250 and under) and stop by the Phantom Galleries exhibit by Evergreen Valley College Advance Painting class for their sidewalk reception.

Visit for full schedule of participating galleries.

KALEID gallery - 7pm to 9pm Featured Artists' Reception: More than 30 glass artists from the San Jose Glass Artist Alliance (SJGAA) will exhibit their one-of-a-kind glass ornaments in a mammoth art installation at the 1st Annual Glass Ornament Show held at Kaleid Gallery. Hundreds of delicate, hand blown glass ornaments arrayed in every color, shape, and size will be available for purchase by the public. Ornaments are priced between $10-$75.

This opening night reception will feature holiday tunes sung by selected quartets and small groups from the internationally acclaimed Mission Valley Chorus and Bay Area Showcase.

At Caffé Trieste: Artist's Reception in the mezzanine gallery featuring work by Tamsinn Cowart. Tamsinn's work is autobiographical, using collage as the perfect medium to layer thoughts and images upon which to build her story.

Also featuring: Performers Alexandra Cowell, Soprano, Heather Curry, Mezzo-Soprano and Simona Snitkovskya, accompanist from Opera San José singing your favorite arias beginning at 8:30pm.

Phantom Galleries is a project that enlivens areas in the downtown core by presenting exhibitions by local artists in vacant storefronts.

Sidewalk Reception from 8pm - 10pm at 386 and 388 South First Street- Mixed media exhibition by Evergreen Valley College Advanced Painting students: John Barrick, Felisha Caruso, Emma Rose Laughlin, John Salomon and Monica Valdez, who have been working on developing unified bodies of work that expresses their personal visions.
Also on view: 455 South First Street- Switch[ed] by Anhony West Patane is a project about the duality between the printed material as we normally see it and as viewed when backlit.
460 Market Street - Yumiko Kayukawa, photographic exhibit, Rhys Sanchez, stencil exhibit

December 4, 2008

Kushlani Hall at Gallery Saratoga

Gallery Saratoga
14435-A Big Basin Way, Saratoga, California 95070
Tel: (408) 867-0458
Open: Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00AM-6:00PM

December 8, 2008

SVOS 2009 Artist Information Night

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in Silicon Valley Open Studios 2009, the Peninsula Arts Council is hosting an Artists Information Night at the Redwood Shores Public Library on Tues 12/9 from 7 - 8 pm.

Each year over the first three weekends in May hundreds of artists throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties open their studios to the public to show and sell their work. 2009 marks the 23rd anniversary of SVOS (Silicon Valley Open Studios). Whether you're an emerging or an established artist, there's room for you with SVOS. To learn how you can become part of this unique event join us for:

Silicon Valley Open Studios Artist Information Night
Hosted by the Peninsula Arts Council
Tuesday December 9, 2008, 7 - 8 pm
Redwood Shores Public Library
399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City, CA 94065

Good Hustle at Caffe Trieste this Saturday, Dec. 13th

We here at Good Hustle understand that the holidays are cold and pricey and often full of terrible music. In an effort to kill three birds with one show we proudly present to you.... A free performance of GOOD music in a warm place.

This Saturday Good Hustle will play an all acoustic set at Cafe Trieste in downtown San Jose for Free. This is an all ages event so please bring the youngsters and we will try to cut the swearing to about half. Joining us will be that smooth and spacey kid David "I just put out a new recording" Knight.

Happy Holidays - Ben/Good Hustle

Sat., Dec. 13th, 8pm
Caffe Trieste
315 South First Street
downtown San Jose

Gouveia Mural FINISHED!

Full view - click images to enlarge

Abundance is Constant by Andy Gouveia

left detail

center detail

right detail

About the mural Abundance is Constant: I've created a panoramic landscape that moves left to right through the history of the San Jose valley and its people. Starting at the left in the pre-colonial times, we see the bay marshes and abundent lands. The sky is filled waterfowl as the somke from an Ohlone village rises. Two Ohlone stand next to a mighty valley oak, a boat at their feet as they gaze towards the future. To the right we see the second section. A fruit tree blossoms in the foreground as a valley of orchards spreads out below rolling hills. In the skies above, white lines shape the characters of the Ohlone stories. Coyote, Eagle, Turtle, Hawk and Hummingbird dance behind the phases of the moon. Moving to the right, shadows painted from that location's existing trees will help create boundaries to transition to the final future section. In the rightmost area, a family looks out on the San Jose skyline. It is illuminated by the points of city light mimicking the stars overhead. And in the sky, circuitry swirls out from silicon valley's center, spreading innovation and technology to the world. The mural is symmetrical, drawing parallels and uniting the people of the valley's past, with those of its future. -A.G.

About the artist: Andy Gouveia is a California artist. He is inspired by nature and the writings of Joseph Campbell. He has been in painting shows throughout California and painted over ten murals along the west coast and one mural in Japan. He is inspired by the work of Paul Klee, Georgia O'Keefe, Barron Storey, the Group of Seven, Yoshitoshi, William Steig, Moebius and a whole host of musicians. He is working on a children's book and a graphic novel. He loves to dance, sing, eat, and have a good laugh.

The mural is located on the north side of 82 South Second Street (across from the Improv Comedy Club, facing the parking lot)

For more images of the mural in progress, click here.

December 11, 2008

Skip the mall this year!

We just want to remind everyone that there are amazing artworks and creative gifts for all your friends and family on your list by over 60 of your fellow artists at KALEID Gallery.

A great turnout and good times last Friday for the opening reception of the Spectacular Ornament Show. There's still a wide variety of wonderful ornaments you won't find anywhere else at really affordable prices (starting at $10.)

Just arrived: these great alarm clock(s) by Donny Foley-perfect for those "way too chipper" morning loving folks.

KALEID Gallery.
88 South Fourth Street
Downtown San Jose

Gallery hours: Tuesday thru Friday, Noon - 7pm, Saturday, Noon - 5pm

December 15, 2008

Two Buck Tuesdays - $2 art & 10min speaker series this Tuesday!

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that came out to the last was a great turnout and we look forward to seeing you at the next one on January 20th!

Kyle Pellet

Gianfranco Paolozzi

Melissa Jennifer Behravesh

Come out Tuesday, December 16 for a $2 art sale beginning at noon. That’s right - you can pick up original pieces of art from a number of amazing artists for only $2! Stick around though, because at 6PM there will be an eclectic group of artists, geniuses and oddballs from all walks of life talking on assorted topics in 10 minutes or less.

Opera singer Giovanna Hutchinson will be discussing the often considered (and often dreaded) notion of pursuing of a career in the arts.

Melissa Jennifer Behravesh, Associate Director of Smith Andersen Editions in Palo Alto, will, if we are lucky, explain why her incisors are in her sterling silver fine art jewelry.

Gianfranco Paolozzi - Circa 52 years in the so called "art making" from Italy to California in 10 minutes.

$2 art goes on sale at 12Noon - 8pm
Artist speakers (gathering and refreshments): 6pm - 8pm

Hosted by: Eddie Flores, Kyle Pellet & Matthew Seigal

Tuesday, December 16th, 6-8pm

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth Street, downtown San Jose
(btwn Santa Clara & San Fernando, next to Flames Restaurant)

December 29, 2008

2008 End Notes

As 2008 comes to a close, we'd like to express to everyone that makes Phantom Galleries and KALEID gallery relevant and successful a warm "thank you" for another great year together. We wish you and yours a very Happy New Year!

Please note that KALEID gallery will be closed on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. There is NO FIRST FRIDAY January artwalk, we will resume with February.

And the final note of 2008: If you are on Twitter (it's easy to sign up and it's free), you can now follow us- our user name is Phantomtweets....may 2009 be a year of inspiration, creativity and new possibilities!

January 2, 2009

Buscemi exhibit at Art Ark this Sat. Jan. 3rd

January 8, 2009

Momentum for Mental Health exhibit

A small exhibition featuring art by patients and clients of Momentum.

It is said that there are several well-known recognized famous fine artists of the past whom were very creative, talented and prolific, and were mentally ill, and enjoyed by everyone for many many years. Who knows, --- maybe we have talent artists here that can find recognition and acceptance through our show, and future shows.

The works will be for sale, and any appropriate donation you can make to these artists will be greatly appreciated.

Art is a great communicator, such that everyone can find relevance to it. It presents matters of question, and points to ponder, it presents feelings, and emotional issues in a visual way, and it can show events, and circumstances, and leaves itself open to

February 10, 2009, 2 - 5p.m.

Momentum For Mental Health
2001 The Alameda, San Jose, Ca. 95126

Jason Arnold _ 23 Paintings Exhibit

Jason's been working on this broad body of work for nearly a year now based on Medici era Rome. They are beautifully done in oils and have a satisfying tension of stoic gaze with gothic beauty.

23 Paintings by Jason Arnold
Artist's Reception: Weds., Jan. 14, 2009, 7pm
Fly Bar
762 Divisadero @ Fulton, San Francisco

RUST: German American Artists Exhibition at Sanchez Art Center

Eli Geiser, Screw, mixed media on rice paper, 18” x 18” x 3/4”, 2008

RUST: German American Artists

The Sanchez Art Center will host an exhibition of works by German American Artist from January 16 through February 21, 2009. A reception with the artists will be held on January 16, 2009.

Participating artists are: Ines Tancre, Inge Infante, Werner Glinka, Silke Henkel-Wallace, Natasha Juelicher, Bertolt Schmidt, Susanne Kaspar, Heike Seefeldt, Eli Geiser, Susannah Jackson and Anne Siems.

Sanchez Art Center
1220-B Linda Mar, Pacifica, CA 94044

Reception with the artists on Jan 16 from 7 to 9pm.
Exhibition dates: Jan 16 - Feb 21 2009

Creative Time Comics: A Graphic Record of the Here and Now


Creative Time is welcoming 2009 with Creative Time Comics, an online-only series of graphic works fusing comic art with current issues and popular culture. Each month, Creative Time will commission a new work, giving the world a chance to see itself through national and international artists' eyes.

Click here to see the first installment!

A scholarly look at Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel

San José Public Library will be hosting “Let’s Talk About It – Jewish Literature" with a selected theme of “Modern Marvels – Jewish Adventure in the Graphic Novel.”

The series will be led by scholar Victoria Harrison, PhD, San José State University’s Coordinator of Jewish Studies. She will be joined by guest lectures David Mesher, Dalia Sirkin and Mary Salzman.

The graphic novel, as a genre, has broad appeal to people of diverse cultural backgrounds.

The 2009 “Let’s Talk About It – Jewish Literature” series will be held on Sundays, beginning January 25th, at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.

January 25: A Contract With God: And Other Tenement Stories, by Will Eisner
February 22: Maus I/II, by Art Spiegelman
March 22: Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories, by Ben Katchor
April 26: The Quitter, by Harvey Pekar
May 31: The Rabbi's Cat, by Joann Sfar

For more information, click here.

January 11, 2009

Melt Yo' Face Off exhibtion at KALEID _ Jan. 16th

Kaleid Gallery and Pellet Factory are proud to present:

Melt Yo’ Face Off! - New Works on Paper
January 16, 2009-January 30, 2009

Reception: Friday, January 16, 2009, 8pm ‘til late (with live music by Panthelion)

Kaleid Gallery
88 South Fourth Street [street level of the 4th St. Garage]
San Jose, CA 95112

25 of the gnarliest artists from all over the country scheduled to be part of this show.

Here’s a list of artists involved:
Jesse Balmer
Randy Bastos
Francisco Cervantes
George Chen
Vice Cooler
Mark Damrel
Ryan de la Hoz
Mike DeForge
Liam Devowski
Gabriel Dieter
Danny Espinoza
Eddie Flores
Michael Foley
Yoko Furusho
Andy Gouveia
Ben Henderson
Wei Hwu
Evan Meister
Woody Miller
Greg Pizzoli
Matt Pugnetti
Brittany Rediger
Centa Schumacher
Matthew Seigel
Kate Stewart
Andrew St. Lawrence
Sara Taylor
Roan Victor
Amberlin Wu

This exhibit is cash and carry, so make sure to check it out sooner than later!
For more information, please visit, or contact exhibit curator: or call 408-947-1785.

January 18, 2009

TWO BUCK Tuesday January 20th!

We have a wonderful lineup for the January 20th TWO BUCK Tuesday speaker portion of the evening from 6-8pm:

TWO BUCK Tuesdays – $2 art sale and eclectic speaker series on the third Tuesday of every month.

Tues., January 20, 2009
free and open to the public

12noon – 8pm: $2 art all day (over 100 works to choose from!)

6pm-8pm: art related speaker series- 10mns each including:

Trina Merry paints on human canvas whilst Gio sings opera.

Christine Benjamin will be speaking about her art influences while creating a painting that her audience can get into literally!

Craig Parada will talk about how he converts found objects and garage detritus into useless and annoying electro-mechanical creations, and bring some to show.

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth Street
San Jose, CA 95112

January 22, 2009

TWO BUCK TUESDAYS - thank you!

Last Tuesday's TWO BUCK Tuesday was great fun- we want to thank the speakers and presenters for their time and creativity:

Christine Benjamin spoke about her interests and influences in her paintings while transforming Kyle Pellet into a robot.

Craig Prada talked about his found electronics art he creates from other people's discards.

Trina Merry painted human canvas whilst Giovanna Hutchison sang opera.

DJ Egnytion kept the energy going with great beats and rhythms.

Join us for the next TWO BUCK Tuesday February 17th!

If you're on Twitter, you can follow us to receive updates- our user name is Phantomtweets.

Stooges guitarist James Williamson at On The Corner Music this Friday

In celebration of the new issue of "Fretboard Journal" magazine (with a feature article written by Careless Hearts guitarist Derek See), guitarist James Williamson will be signing copies of this magazine along with the seminal Stooges records he played on (Raw Power, Metallic KO, Kill City). James Williamson is considered the 'father of punk rock guitar'; his aggressive, manic style as heard on "Raw Power" (1973) became the benchmark sound of British punk rock, adopted by the Sex Pistols and The Damned. On display will be many early photos of James and the Stooges never before published - seriously folks, this is a once in a lifetime get-together so DO NOT MISS IT!

DJs Derek See and Matt G will spinning punk & garage classics all night plus we'll have our usual drinks, snacks, and NO TAX on all LPs and CDs...

Friday, Jan. 23rd, 8pm-Midnight
On The Corner Music
530 E Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008
408-871-0305 for info/directions

USA needs a Secretary of Arts

Join us in urging President Obama to appoint a "Secretary of Arts" position in the U.S. Sign here:

10Ten Gallery opening

KALEID gallery artist Al Preciado is launching his home-base gallery called 10TEN Gallery with openings every last Friday of the month.

January 25, 2009

Therese May at Triton Museum

Participating KALEID artist Therese May will be having a solo exhibition of new works at the Triton Museum from Feb. 28 thru May 10th called "Riding the Horse".

Triton Museum of Art
1505 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA

SoFA Mural Projects - RFQ

Dear Artists-

We are part of a SoFA Identity sub-committee that's looking to have three murals done in SoFA (South First Street, between San Carlos & Reed Streets, downtown San Jose.)

This is a wonderful opportunity to have your work enliven the streets of SoFA and contribute to the unique pedestrian experience that's developing here.

Please Download RFQ here. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.

January 29, 2009

Dead Weight Cost Photography Exhibition

Persistence of death.

we live with that fact that they are dead.
and that we don't know them
we don't know what happened
we don't know the reasons, the causes.

I know how to say it in English
those pictures is tv news as I see it.
But I want to believe that every day is a second chance.

Reception: February 3, 2009, 6:00 PM
proceeds to benefit the Global Understanding Institute

Exhibit dates: February 2-5, 2009

San Jose State University Student Galleries
Art Building, Gallery 5
San Jose State University (SJSU)
San Jose, CA

Assemblage + Collage + Construction Exhibition in Santa Cruz

above artwork by Philo Northrup

Philo Northrup is an invited artist in the Assemblage + Collage + Construction show at the Santa Cruz Museum which opens this weekend and will continue through April 12, 2009.

The artist list is quite impressive and includes Bruce Conner, Jack DeVore, Ruth Boerefijn, Amy Sollins, Tobin Keller, Charlotte Kruk, Jack Howe and many others.

Many venues in Santa Cruz County are participating in this Assemblage + Collage + Construction theme, and Philo will have work in several of the locations.

Visit the The Assemblage + Collage + Construction website for full information.

Rivers of Chocolate at Mountain Winery Saratoga

The 13th Annual Rivers of Chocolate event to benefit the Youth Division of EHC LifeBuilders will be taking place on Sunday, April 26th, 2009 from 1pm to 5pm at the newly renovated Mountain Winery in Saratoga.

They will be hosting a record number of wineries, fine restaurants, chocolatiers and microbreweries this year. They'll also be having a live and silent auction, raffle and some wonderful entertainment lined up.

Visit for full schedule of events.

January 30, 2009

Joyce Savre at Gallery 9 Los Altos

Rhythm of the Fields, Joyce Savre

Painted Poems: Collage and Pastels by Joyce Savre

Reception: Friday, February 6, 5-8 pm
Exhibition dates: February 1-28th

Gallery 9
143 Main Street
Los Altos, CA

First Friday FEB 6th Featured Exhibits: Borelli, Miller

KALEID gallery is pleased to present featured exhibitions by Steven Borelli and Woody Miller for the month of February, 2009.

Steven Borelli, Right Brain Rebel

Steve Borelli will be showing new, large-size, limited edition, gicleé canvases of his black and white pen and ink work as well as using this opportunity to debut the first of his abstract oil paintings.

About Steve Borelli:
Steve Borelli has been drawing since he was a fetus. The inside of his mother's womb is tattooed with the nonsensical scribblings of his overactive imagination. Upon birth, greeted by a world that idolizes imitation, praises repetition, and disdains individuality, he vowed to always use his talent and creativity as weapons in the never ending battle with mediocrity, a battle he fights on many fronts: graphic design, drawing, photography, animation, and now, painting.

1,001 Nights New paintings and curiosities by Woody Miller.

Taking the 1,001 Nights as inspiration, these paintings are snippets of stories, or small views into a long journey. Paintings that reflect mythical forests, forbidden cities, talking birds and singing sirens lushly filled with color.

Based on the idea that life is a series of stories or events, each one lovely in it's own way, but combined make a powerful story together. There will be mixed media paintings along with handmade felt trinkets all full of color, shape, and textures inspired by children's book art, moonlit nights, exotic locales, Chagal, Alma-Tadema, orientalist paintings, Tin-Tin, music, and much more.

About Woody Miller:
Fueled by the soothing sounds of Bossa Nova, the hip-shaking kick of Bebop, and many mugs of hot Moroccan spiced tea, Woody’s art creates a world that is strangely familiar, yet mysteriously distant. His work draws inspiration from the exotic ancient days of Egypt, Persia and Morocco, to the swingin’, hip, relaxed jazz of the 50’s and 60’s.

Woody’s work has been telling whimsical narratives with a bent towards children’s art since his art school days at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. His work is often playful and colorful, while evoking strong atmospheric qualities.

Aritsts' Reception: First Friday February 6th, 7-9pm

This event is part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS artwalk and is free and open to the public.

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth Street, downtown San Jose

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday thru Friday, Noon - 7pm
Saturday Noon - 5pm
First Fridays til 9pm

February 1, 2009

Open Licensing 101 presented by CA Lawyers for the Arts

Open Licensing 101: How to Get the Most Out of Your Copyrights in the Informational Age

*To receive $10.00 off this program enter PHAN as the discount code.*

Thursday, February 5, 2009
Arts Council Silicon Valley
4 North Second Street, Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95113

An introduction to open licensing, followed by a question and answer session.

Presenters: Raghu Seshadri, Technology Transactions Associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Before attending law school, Raghu worked as a composer, writing and producing music for radio and television ads, television programming, music libraries, short films, and the Web.

Mike Linksvayer, Vice President of Creative Commons

Mike Linksvayer joined Creative Commons as CTO. Previously he co-founded Bitzi. He has over ten years' experience as an enterprise software, web, and multimedia developer and consultant and holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Registration: 6:30-7:00 pm
Presentation: 7:00-7:45 pm
Q&A: 7:45-8:30 pm

*Pre-registration for this program is required at

C.L.A. Members $11.00
Non-Members $20.00
(Free with purchase of membership!)

For more information, please contact
(408) 998-2787 ext. 216

Co-sponsored by Phantom Galleries.

We look forward to seeing you!

February 2, 2009

Thursday's Gig_February 19th

THURSDAY GIG'S Art & The Spoken Word presents

Artist Elizabeth Parashis
Poet John Kurtyka, Open Mic follows

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

This is a Pot Luck BYOB event. Donations of $1 would be appreciated

411 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
Email for more information

February 7, 2009

SLG Publishing Creator's Studio

SLG Publishing presents The Center for Comic Book Study. Throughout the year SLG will be holding workshops, panels, classes and seminars in its warehouse with the hope of helping aspiring comic book creators of all ages and experience levels to learn more about their chosen craft and get perspectives from working professionals.

Saturday, March 7th, 10am - 5pm the featured panels will include: Comics Econ 101, Imagining the Page and Conjuring the Page.
Cost: $15.00/Space is limited, advance registration is recommended.

SLG Pubishing
577 So. Market St., San Jose

February 12, 2009

Valentine's Day Art Party - Chocolate & Port Pot Luck !!!

Photographer Craig Scoffone invites you to an Art, Chocolate and Wine Pot Luck.

Craig will be hosting an art show featuring his stunning imagery of both the landscape and the nude.

In honor of Valentine's Day, bring a bottle of your favorite port or quarter pound of your favorite chocolate to share!

Craig will have his photographs for sale at discounted prices. There will be a fine art poster give away.

February 14th, 3-6pm
The Citadel
855 S. 5th St. #43
San Jose 95112

February 13, 2009

Christine Benjamin at Caffe Trieste

Come and check out new paintings by local artist Christine Benjamin at her reception "Real and Imagined Creatures" at Caffe Trieste on Friday, February 20th 2009 from 7PM to 10PM! Enjoy the art, coffee and live music by RS2 Solid Sound and Contain Her! All ages welcome!

Exhibit dates: Jan. 29th to March 2nd

Caffe Trieste
315 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Big Red Shiny III group exhibition

Art Ark Gallery presents BIG RED SHINY III a group exhibition of 40 artists

Artists Reception: Saturday, February 14th, 5-8 p.m.

Art Ark Gallery
1035 S. 6th St. S.J., CA 95112

February 14, 2009

Cindy Stokes photography exhibit February 18th

Curious Details by Cindy Stokes

This exhibit includes 63 black-and-white photographs that explore what I find curious and interesting about the world—both manmade and natural—when I look closely.

Palo Alto Research Center, 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304
Reception: February 18, 4:30-6 pm
Exhibition on view thru March 30
(contact Lisa Fahey, 650-812-4489, to arrange a visit anytime Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm)

Kate Stewart exhibition "Permeable"

Multi-talented artist Kate Stewart will present Permeable, an installation of resin, burnt paper & string.

Artist's Reception- Tues., Feb. 17th at 6:30pm
Exhibition dates - Feb. 16- 19, 2009

Gallery 8
San Jose State University Art Bldg. (map)

February 15, 2009


KALEID Gallery & the Two Buck Tue Crew presents:

TWO BUCK Tuesdays - February 17th.
an all day $2 art sale and eclectic speaker series on the third Tuesday of the month.

12noon - 8pm : $2 art all day

6pm -8pm : art related speaker series- 10mns each, featuring:

Fernando Amaro -Fernando Amaro will explore the fusion of graffitti art and fashion.

Kevin Park , "Less-than-perfect"
Less-than-perfect expression with less-than-perfect media for better-than-before results.
What you already know: I am rocket scientist from Caltech who doesn’t like technology.
What you may not know: I don’t know how to juggle.

and $2 portraits throughout the evening by Manny Silva
Locally grown illustrator Manny Silva, who’s clients include the Fillmore, Belle and Sebastian, Sufjan Stevens, and Old Navy, will be drawing portraits in the spirit of Adrian Tomine and sixties comics for two bucks a pop.

music by DJ Egnytion

To view pics of past TBT events, click here.

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth Street (street level of the 4th St. Garage)
downtown, San Jose

free and open to the public.

February 20, 2009

Momentum group show closing reception

"Momentum" a Group Show at Art Object Gallery

Silicon Valley Artists’ Collaborative’s Premier Event:

February 4th to 28th at Art Object Gallery, San Jose

Closing reception for the artists: Friday, February 27th, 5-9pm

Art Object Gallery
592 North 5th Street (at Jackson)
San Jose, CA, 95112

Howard Pugh at Gallery Ten10

Gallery Ten10 presents:

Howard Pugh - Abstract Photography
Roberto Duran - Spoken Screams
Al Preciado - Bus Stop Studio

Artists' Reception Friday, February 27, 6:30pm
with spoken word at 8pm, drum circle to follow

1010 East Taylor St., San Jose
for more info:

Trina Merry at Noise Pop & Shop

Trina Merry will be selling her LPs & Geisha Wine Boxes at the upcoming Noise Pop & Shop on February 28th at Verdi Club, San Francisco.

About the event: San Francisco’s Premiere Celebration of Independent Music, Film and Art since 1993. Join us for our ever-popular independent design fair - featuring over 40 Bay Area designers and artists selling the latest chic and unique clothing, jewelry, limited edition screen-printed posters, and other fun stuff all at affordable prices. There will be tasty snacks for sale as well as a full bar. And of course it wouldn’t be Noise Pop without some excellent music!

Trina has other shows coming up soon - visit her site here for all the info.

February 24, 2009

Art Auction this Friday, Feb. 27th

Art auction and show featuring art on record covers from 25 artists - all the art is affordably priced and sales benefit the American Heart Association.

Reception: Friday, February 27th 2009 8PM-12 Midnight
With Atomic DJ Basura spinning all night with Indie, 80’s, New Wave & More!
All ages welcome!

On The Corner Music
530 E Campbell Ave.
Campbell, CA

Sponsored by: Good Karma

February 25, 2009

Call for Artists Chicana/o Biennial

Call for Entries at MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana

Exhibition: June 5 - August 15, 2009

MACLA is pleased to announce its third Chicana/o Biennial, an exhibition and public forum conceived to take inventory of and invite reflection every two years on the continuously emergent energy, critical edge, and aesthetic interventions within contemporary Chicano art.

MACLA is looking to challenge the questions and concerns that are currently being brought forth in the contemporary art world. As such, this year's biennial takes a thematic approach by asking the following questions:

1) What are the pressing concerns at this moment in time (politics)
2) What does Chicana/o art look like today? (aesthetics)
3) How do artists engage the community? (activism & organizing)

We are looking for artwork that is politically charged and aesthetically innovative on many different levels and that addresses one or more of the above mentioned questions. We are also interested in work that depicts the intersection of art, technology and new media. We welcome proposals and projects from disciplines/genres/ activities that are not normally displayed in the gallery setting. All artwork must have been created within the last three years (2006 to 2009).

Looking to invert the dynamics of the art world biennial, this exhibition is a no-fee juried exhibition open to all artists who self identify as Chicana/o. This biennial is about contemporary art through the lens of the Chicano experience, as nuanced and varied as that might be. MACLA is interested in work that is both about identity politics and beyond. This exhibition is open to artists whose work deals with all issues and is created in all mediums.

Submit artwork and for more information go to (this is a free service)

Timeline: Deadline to submit work: Friday, March 20, 2009, 11:59 pm PST for online submission.

Jurors: Favianna Rodríguez, artist Eugene Rodríguez, artist and professor of Art at De Anza Community College and Alejandra Chaverri, MACLA's Associate Curator.

Questions: email to

February 26, 2009

Panthelion 1 Yr Anniversary Party this Friday, Feb. 27

Playing it fast and furious for the past year, Panthelion has established themselves as one of the best live performances to see in the region.

For the one year anniversary, a very special show is planned featuring animator M dot STRANGE, the classical string metal trio JUDGEMENT DAY from Oakland, and San Jose's own Case In Theory.

We'll see you there this Friday 2/27 @ 9pm

The Cellar (lower level of the Agenda Restaurant at So. First & San Salvador)
399 S. 1st St. San Jose Ca 95113
21+ venue / $5 at the door

March 3, 2009

Pellet, Vanesa O'Hanlon, Rameen Navid at Barefoot Coffee

March art at Barefoot Coffee will feature Pellet's larger work on cardboard in the back room as well as a photo cluster by Rameen Navid. The front room features paintings and screen prints by Vanessa O'Hanlon.

Artists' Reception: Saturday, March 7th, from 7pm to 9pm
includes live painting by Pellet and Kate Stewart

Barefoot Coffee
5237 Stevens Creek Blvd
Santa Clara

Barefoot is a 3rd wave cafe and roastery focused on sustainably growing, processing, and serving coffee, as well as nurturing culture in the Bay Area. Barefoot has won "best Coffee" in the Metro, Wave, and City Search reader polls for the past four years.

Flores, Kille First Friday March 6th at KALEID

KALEID Gallery is pleased to present two featured exhbitions by Eddie Flores and Jeremiah Kille for the month of March.

Artists' Reception First Friday March 6th, 7-9pm

This event is part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS artwalk. Free and open to the public

Suicide Noir: The Reduction of Eddie Flores an art exhibit in the medium of photography, illustration, and graphic design. It explores the human notion of love, in the context of self-reduction and negation, to arrive at a deeper and more meaningful place of light and possibility.

About the artist:
Eddie Flores comes to us from the Marianas Islands (Deep Pacific), with a background in illustration, painting, photography, digital media and spontaneous travel. His inspiration is derived from all things natural: including his relationship with the ocean, Eastern and Western philosophy, cheesy UFO abduction stories, street and bourgeoisie culture, lollipops, Courvoisier cognac, hopscotch, scotch, and long walks on the beach.

The Edge of Wonderment by Jeremiah Kille
Death is something that is eminent to all, yet we confront and interact with death in very different ways. Through culture, religion, upbringing and personality we each have a unique way of viewing or relating to death. I am fascinated with the extremes of individuals responses.

At the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the circus was a form of entertainment, that captivated peoples imaginations. Since then, people moved on to "the new craze", some other form of entertainment. The circus came to end. I chose to use the circus, as a catalyst to explore the idea of finality. Many of the images are of elephants after the crumble of the "Big Top", misplaced and without work or purpose.

About the artist:
Jeremiah Kille uses traditional mediums, as well as materials that are used to construct surfboards. Building surfboards is something he is connected to deeply-using different types of resins and pigments to express and explore my ideas, it is a natural progression in his image making.

Jeremiah lives in Santa Cruz where he builds surfboards and makes art. He is currently completing his BFA degree at San Jose State in Pictorial art.

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth Street, downtown San Jose

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday thru Friday, Noon - 7pm
Saturday Noon - 5pm
First Fridays til 9pm

Phantom Galleries at CINEQUEST Film Festival 19

Phantom Galleries is honored to be partnering with the 19th Annual CINEQUEST Film Festival by providing three artists to paint live all week during the festival.

Lacey Bryant, Drew Clark and Manny Silva can be seen through the windows of the Camera 12 Theater on the Paseo de San Antonio between South First & South Second streets.

Each artist is interpreting the theme of "Transform by CELEBRATION". There will be a public vote during the final days of the festival with prizes to be awarded the winner.

Stop by often to see the transformation and say "Hi" to your fellow artists!

Lacey Bryant

Drew Clark

Manny Silva

More photos will be added daily and can be seen here.

March 4, 2009

I'll Fly Away exhibition by Trina Merry

"I"ll Fly Away", is the debut solo exhibition by Trina Merry featuring affordable works of art, primarily on canvas & LP!

This is a friend & family-fun event on Sunday afternoon so feel free to bring your kids & friends to have lunch, play some games & check out snazzy new & never before exhibited art! The event is free and the art- highly affordable!

Monsieur Beans (Willow Glen) roasts their own coffee, has free wi-fi and even has an awesome Ms. Pac Man arcade game!

Show runs through the month of March.

Artist's Reception - Sunday, March 8, 2009, 1pm - 4pm

Monsieur Beans
1383 Lincoln Ave
San Jose, CA

SOULA Power Yoga Grand Opening Gala features Phantom Artists

Joyce McEwen Crawford

Carol Wilson

Phantom Galleries is pleased to be partnering with SOULA Power Yoga by providing them with artwork by Joyce McEwen Crawford and Carol Wilson for their grand opening benefit gala.

The March 6th event includes a ribbon cutting ceremony with San José City Councilmember Sam Liccardo and Abi Maghamfar, Deputy Executive Director, San Jose Redevelopment Agency, music performances by Universal Groove, and proceeds from the Benefit Raffle & Grand Opening Weekend classes will be donated to City Year.

Located on the Paseo de San Antonio between South First and Second Streets in San José, the Studio’s mission is to bring the transformative health benefits of Power Yoga to the South Bay area, and to be an active member of the San José downtown business, civic and cultural community. For more information, visit

March 10, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Blimey Fest at Scoffone Photography Studio

Craig Scoffone invites you to "an art, chocolate and port wine lovers *potluck featuring the stunning fine art photography of this internationally exhibited photographer. He will also have many amazing photographs for sale at discounted prices!"

Green chocolate chunks will be served in honor of St. Patrick's Day. *Bring a bottle of your favorite port or a 1/4lb of your favorite chocolate for all to share.

March 14th, 6-9pm
Citadel Photo Studio
855 South 5th Street, Studio #43
San Jose, CA

3 x 3: Three Artists-Three Installations

Philo Northrup is in a three person show at Cabrillo Gallery entitled 3x3: Three Artists-Three Installations. The opening reception is Thursday, March 12th, 4:30-7:30pm. Exhibition on view thru April 24, 2009.

This exhibition is part of a many venue assemblage exhibit entitled Assemblage + Collage + Construction Show currently on view thru April 12, 2009. There's a cover story of the Santa Cruz weekly newspaper which you can read here.

March 13, 2009

New Lara Sophia book

KALEID gallery artist Lara Sophia has published a book - a compilation of oil pastel drawing, acrylic paintings and marker drawings created by Lara between 2008-2009. You can preview and purchase the book here.

Thursday Gig _ March 19th

THURSDAY GIG presents: Art & the Spoken Word
Thursday, March 19, 2009, 6:30-9:00

Featured Artist: John Kurtyka
Featured Poet: Amy Meier

Potluck BYOB donations of $1 help offset plates etc. (come anyway if you cant donate or bring food :)

Stone Griffin Gallery
411 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell CA
2 doors up from the light rail tracks

Contact: Elizabeth Parashis
408/410-2313 /

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March 15, 2009


KALEID Gallery & the Two Buck Tues Crew presents:

TWO BUCK Tuesdays - March 17th. an all day $2 art sale and quirky speaker series on the third Tuesday of the month.

12noon - 8pm: $2 art all day

6pm -8pm: interesting people speaker series- 10mns each.

Featured Speakers:
Residing in California, Armo Movessian's work is a collaboration of typographic elements and exploration with graffiti structure and form. By looking at graffiti and typography, by studying their visual commonalities as lettering, much can be discovered and revealed.

Ben Henderson has been active in San Jose music and art for almost as long as he's been alive. Although best known for his musical projects, including Delta Activity, Good Hustle, and his eponymous solo project, Ben also works as graphic designer for the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. His recent work on the Registrar of Voters' mascot can be seen on mailers, billboards, and buses all over the county.

Christian Rotsko is head roaster at Barefoot Coffee Roasters, a San Jose based roastery dedicated to sustainability in all stages of coffee production. He's recently returned from Ethiopia, where he toured the farms and met the farmers with whom Barefoot has built relationships.

Before & After Speaker Series Entertainment:
Lacey Bryant will be demonstrating the traditional art of Ukranian Egg dying and making some not-so-traditional pictures on real eggs. Learn to make a picture on an egg that is very simple or wickedly complicated.

Gianfranco Paolozzi- accordion performance
“I first heard the sound of an accordion at the age of 5; I closed my eyes and it was all around me. That sound was stuck on my brain, on my skin, and in my heart. A Christmas present from my parents, my first and only accordion is the one gift I still embrace. Every note out in the air has a story; I am reminded of people I have lived with and the towns I have lived in. Today, I continue to play the red accordion and exude the sound of passion that I’d never want to lose.”

Two Buck Tues Crew:
Christine Benjamin
Lacey Bryant
Eddie Flores
Trina Merry
Kyle Pellet
Matt & Maria Seigel
Kate Stewart
Two Fish Design

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth Street (street level of the 4th St. Garage)
downtown, San Jose

free and open to the public.

Phantom Galleries & Cinequest Film Festival

We'd like to congratulate Lacey Bryant, Drew Clark and Manny Silva for the superb job they did painting live in the windows of Camera 12 for the week long CINEQUEST Film Festival 19.

The three artists, and their finished paintings evoking the theme of "TRANFORM: Celebrate", were presented to an audience of 1000 people at the closing gala. It was mentioned by many that they wish all three could win, but in the end, Lacey Bryant was awarded the Audience Choice award.

The paintings are on view til the end of March in the windows of Camera 12 if you'd like to see the finished paintings. To see the week in photos, click here.

Lacey Bryant

Drew Clark

Manny Silva

March 17, 2009

SWAN Day San Jose


The women of Alameda ArtWorks are proud to offer an open invitation to join the celebration of women in the arts of many disciplines in San Jose's first annual celebration of SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now!). This event is part of the second annual international SWAN Day celebration.

"Women artists are creating change in their communities and around the world. They are inspiring. They can touch our deepest emotions or take us on a journey to a distant place or time," said Martha Richards, the co-founder of SWAN Day. SWAN Day is an annual event taking place on the last Saturday of Women's History Month. The idea for SWAN Day grew out of a collaboration between Martha Richards of the Fund for Women Artists and Jan Lisa Huttner of Chicago's WITASWAN (Women in the Audiences Supporting Women Artists Now). This day of celebration will help people imagine what the world would be like if women's art and perspectives were fully integrated into all of our lives. The long term goal of SWAN Day is to inspire communities to recognize and support women artists as a basic element of civic planning. Since Silicon Valley has such an abundance of talented women in the arts, it is appropriate that these women have now come together in recognition of SWAN Day.

All are welcome to attend the Alameda ArtWorks' Networking Day as part of SWAN Day festivities; included in the planned events are live musical performances, open artists studios with work available for sale, an art exhibit of over 30 women artists, live poetry readings, two informative panels of speakers including Jane Przybysz, Ph.D, Executive Director of the Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and a special apperance by noted author DR. Kate Evans. The morning panel of speakers will forcus on Women and the Business of Art while the afternoon panel will focus on Women and the Spirit of Art. Break out sessions will follow each panel of speakers to provide attendees with ample time for conversation and networking.

SWAN Day San Jose at the Alameda ArtWorks takes place on March 28th, 2009 from 10 am until 5 pm and is located at 1068 The Alameda in San Jose.

For more information on SWAN Day, visit

Artist's Studio Inventory Sale

Seriously reduced prices on paintings, prints, sculpture, photography and ceramics by over 30 artists at Art Object Gallery for one week only.

Reception: Saturday, March 21, 6-9pm
Sale continues through March 28th.

Art Object Gallery
529 North Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112

March 18, 2009

TWO BUCK TUESDAYS - thank you!

KALEID Gallery and the Two Buck Tues Crew would like to thank all the participants below and all of you that came out to enjoy it! See you next time, April 21st!

Featured Speakers:

Residing in California, Armo Movessian's work is a collaboration of typographic elements and exploration with graffiti structure and form. By looking at graffiti and typography, by studying their visual commonalities as lettering, much can be discovered and revealed.

Ben Henderson has been active in San Jose music and art for almost as long as he's been alive. Although best known for his musical projects, including Delta Activity, Good Hustle, and his eponymous solo project, Ben also works as graphic designer for the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. His recent work on the Registrar of Voters' mascot can be seen on mailers, billboards, and buses all over the county.

Christian Rotsko is head roaster at Barefoot Coffee Roasters, a San Jose based roastery dedicated to sustainability in all stages of coffee production. He's recently returned from Ethiopia, where he toured the farms and met the farmers with whom Barefoot has built relationships.

Before & After Speaker Series Entertainment:

Lacey Bryant demonstrated the traditional art of Ukranian Egg dying.

Gianfranco Paolozzi- played accordion for us.

More photos here.

If you would like to participate in selling your art at Two Buck Tuesdays, email us at for details.

March 19, 2009

Poetry Evening at Medrano Gallery

Come out and support two local poets, Mark Heinlein and Judith Sutton this Friday, March 20 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Mary Medrano Gallery.

Mark Heinlein’s work cuts to the emotional bone of our daily activities. From eating leftover kung pao chicken, flocking Christmas trees, grocery shopping, to contemplating the magnitude of war and the inevitable struggles with mortality, to the fine caresses of lovers, Mark’s work finds beauty and humanity in the mundane aspects of our lives. A finalist for the 2008 Edwin Markham Poetry Prize, his work has been performed live on the radio, and he has read his poems at the Cinequest Festival and at bars, galleries, bedrooms and bookstores throughout Northern California.

Judith Sutton is a poet and teacher at Saratoga High School. She was recently awarded by the Mayor of Saratoga - and her students just published a letterpress book on Mutanabi Street, an ancient bookstall bombed in Baghdad.

There will also be live music in the courtyard by the very soulful, Kaila D'Sa.

Mary Medrano
305 E. Campbell Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008
(between Central and First in the Courtyard Galleria)

March 27, 2009

How We See It exhibit at Art Ark

Flo Oy Wong's DEconstruct/REconstruct Workshop

Following the success of Flo Oy Wong’s doll-making workshop, which had a transformative effect on everyone who participated, the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center is proud to present the second workshop in our INSPIRE/ASPIRE series: DEconstruct/REconstruct.

Find your creativity through the process of tearing something apart and then making something new out of it. Come join artist Flo Oy Wong for an evening of DEconstructing objects such as cloth rice sacks, small boxes, paper clips, nails, and utensils, etc. and REconstructing them in a new configuration. There will also some body movement and deep breathing exercises to DEconstruct and REconstruct your creativity and imagination.

Wednesday, April 15, 6:30-9 PM
Somarts Cultural Center, 2nd Floor Studio
934 Brannan Street, between 8th and 9th Sts., San Francisco

Sliding scale: $25 - $50
RSVP by April 8th to

March 28, 2009

HOAXMONSTERS at KALEID Gallery April 2009

KALEID Gallery presents HOAXMONSTER: an investigation into hoaxes, myths, monsters, and mystery by Kate Stewart and Trina Merry

Why do some people believe hoaxes, even after they've been debunked? Why do stories of monsters persist for centuries? By turns playful, grotesque, glib and profound, Trina Merry and Kate Stewart use paint, ink, and things they found at the scene to explore the anatomy of a hoax and why we love to be lied to.

Artists' Reception: First Friday, April 3rd, 7pm-9pm
This event is part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS artwalk. Free and open to the public.

Live music by: The Complications (7:30pm), Eric Ostrom (8:30pm)

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth Street
downtown San Jose

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday thru Friday, Noon - 7pm
Saturday Noon - 5pm
First Fridays til 9pm

April 1, 2009

Crochet Workshops at Sandpiper Community Center

Julie Goodenough has two crochet classes coming up this month at Sandpiper Community Center in Redwood Shores.

Crochet a Beaded Necklace, Mon, April 20th

Pre-registration required at and click on Online Registration

NOTE: This class fills very quickly so pre-register now to ensure you get in.

Crochet a Beaded Necklace, Course #21.260
1 Monday, 4/20/09, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Skill level A: no crochet experience needed
$33 ($26 seniors, 60+) class fee, $25 materials fee

Appearances can be deceiving. A necklace that looks like an intricately beaded web is crocheted in the most basic stitch, the chain. Whether you're an absolute beginner or an experienced crocheter, you can create this elegant piece of jewelry that's perfect for holiday gift giving! Some crochet experience is helpful, but not essential.

Materials fee covers kit that includes everything you need to make your necklace: beads, beading board, thread, clasp, and pattern. Bring a size "C" (2.5 mm) and "E" (3.5 mm) hooks and scissors.


Crochet 3 - The Sweater starts on Mon, April 27th

Pre-registration required. Go to and click on Online Registration

PLEASE register early so that I can order enough books for the entire class.

Crochet 3 - The Sweater, Course #21.261
6 Mondays, 7:15 - 9:15 pm, 4/27/09 - 6/8/09 (no class Mon 5/25)
Fees: $75 class ($57 seniors, 60+), $15 materials fee
Skill level C: able to crochet even rows/rounds of basic stitches and read patterns.

You can design a sweater yourself! During the first half of the course you’ll design and crochet a raglan sleeve sweater. In the last half you’ll crochet a sweater from the pattern of your choice. Discover just how easy it is as you go through the design process step by step, mastering the fundamentals of sweater construction along the way.

Bring smooth worsted weight yarn, crochet hooks size “H” (5.0 mm) through “K” (6.5 mm), scissors, a tape measure, pen/pencil, & notebook. $15 materials fee payable to instructor at first class covers book for class, crochet gauge, and handouts.

Donald Neff in Nomadas Del Arte exhibit

Donald Neff is an invited participant of N?madas Del Arte, a group exhibition of two hundred of the best Nomad artists working en plein air.

The paintings were completed in six Southwestern states: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah, and includes works by renowned artists Albert Handell, Anita Louise West, Guido Frick, Stephanie Birdsall, Brent Cotton, and Carol Swinney.

Southwest Gallery
4500 Sigma Rd.
Dallas, TX 75244

Woody Miller exhibit at Barefoot Coffee

Woody's exhibition will include mixed media paintings and other trinkets, both large and small. Lot's of stories, mysteries, and whimsical fantastical scenes collide with guitar playing animals and if you're lucky, a monkey in a fez.

Opening Reception Saturday, April 4 from 8-10pm.
Exhibition on view through the month of April.

Barefoot Coffee Roasters
5237 Stevens Creek Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Elliman Open Studio / Aids-Lifecycle Fundraiser

on friday, may 1, i shall depart on a 2000 mile bicycle ride that concludes at the mexican border. along the way, from san francisco to los angeles, may 31 - june 6, i will join the 8th annual 'aids-lifecycle' fundraiser ride. to raise the required $3,000+ (per cyclist) for the s.f. aids foundation, i have created four new works of art.

to make these pieces more accessible, i am offering signed and numbered giclée prints. on the weekend of saturday and sunday, april 4 and 5, 2009, from 1-5 p.m., i will be hosting (with food and beverages) an open studio where the original paintings along with sample giclées will be displayed for viewing.

if you can't make the open studio but generously want to make a direct donation to the foundation in my name, please visit: - hit donate and type in (name) christopher elliman.

best thoughts to all-
christopher elliman

the thought farm (warehouse with water tower and smoke stack)
190 martha street (between so. 5th and 6th)
san jose, ca 95112 (enter through breezeway and park in courtyard)

South FIRST FRIDAYS artwalk April 3rd!

Join us for the South FIRST FRIDAYS monthly artwalk this Friday night, April 3rd!

Start off at 7pm at KALEID Gallery for Hoaxmonsters: an investigation into hoaxes, myths, monsters and mystery by Kate Stewart and Trina Merry. Live music by The Complications (7:30pm), Eric Ostrom (8:30pm).

Then catch a pedicab and ride over to the SoFA District for TEN venues of art and culture- 8pm 'til late and all free!

Highlights include: GIRL POWER: an all-female arts showcase featuring Christine Benjamin, Lara Sophia, Murphy Adams, and Lacey Bryant with belly dancing by the Tribal Moon troupe at So. First Billiards (21+ venue).

Debut solo exhibit What I Thought I Saw. What I Think I See. by Megan Diddie at Anno Domini with live music by Lemon Sun (los angeles), Pariah Veil (portland.)

Beast Figurative--the wild of the animal is inherent in our humanity. every artistic soul is a frozen sea--the beast resides beneath the surface-- highlighting the work of nine Bay Area artists including Rebecca Bauen, Christopher Elliman, John Kurtyka, David Larimore, Francesca Lovecchio, Elizabeth Parashis, Carlos Perez and Al Preciado at WORKS gallery.

And R. Mike Micklich's FUTURAMIC SERIES (fuel-injected dream machines, built for flights of fancy) fine art car photography exhibition with live music by Opera San José at Caffe Trieste.

For full listing of exhibitions and events, please visit or call 408-271-5155.

April 5, 2009

Honeybear Prints exhibition in Redwood City

Redwood City photographer Beth Mostovoy is pleased to announce an exhibit of her work for the month of April at the Main Street Coffee Roasting Company aptly entitled: “Italy & France – Hold the Grease”

The show features 15 framed pieces from various journeys through Italy and France. So, while you are sipping your latte and savoring your freshly prepared and always delicious food, you can imagine what is behind the remarkable doors and windows of Italy, watch a sunset in Venice, or explore the farmers market in Provence.

Main Street Coffee Roasting Company, Ltd.
150 Elm Street
Redwood City, CA 94063-1909
(650) 368-3430

Paintographs at Black & Brown

Paintographs exhibition at Black & Brown Clothing - a collaboration between photographer Abe Menor and painter Sean Boyles. On view thru May 10th.

A few photos here.

Black & Brown Clothing
1225 West San Carlos St
San Jose, CA 95125

April 10, 2009

BABA Artists' Book exhibition at MLK Library

Conversations – An exhibition of artists’ books by members of the Bay Area Book Artists

In this exhibition, twenty-two members of Bay Area Book Artists (BABA) respond to the theme of "conversations" in a variety of artists' books. Conversations are part of the river of language in whose moving current we wade--and sometimes stumble into deep water-- as we interact with lovers, acquaintances, friends, strangers, and enemies.

BABA is a group of independent artists bound together by a passion for the book arts.
For more information, please visit:

Exhibition dates: April 4- May 16, 2009

Martin Luther King Jr. Library
150 E. San Fernando St.
2nd Floor at top of escalator
San José, CA 95112
Admission to exhibition and all events are free.
More event info here.
For library hours, click here.

Hoaxmonsters & Orphee film screening

Just posted some photos of the HOAXMONSTERS exhibition by Trina Merry, Kate Stewart at KALEID gallery (on view thru April) here.

Save the date: on April 17th, Trina & Kate will be screening the Jean Cocteau classic film ORPHEE at KALEID at 7pm, free admission. More info coming soon.

April 14, 2009

ORPHEE Film Screening at KALEID gallery

HOAXMONSTER exhibition artists Trina Merry & Kate Stewart present a film screening of Jean Cocteau's classic ORPHEE.

Orphee is a poet who becomes obsessed with Death (the Princess). They fall in love. Orphee’s wife, Eurydice, is killed by the Princess’ henchmen and Orphee goes after her into the Underworld. Although they have become dangerously entangled, the Princess sends Orphee back out of the Underworld, to carry on his life with Eurydice. 1949.

Screening is one night only Friday, April 17th at 7pm
Free admission, please bring your own chair or pillow to sit on if you can.

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth Street
downtown San Jose (@ San Fernando, next to Flames.)

The Peninsula Arts Council presentsArts Forum 2.0

Arts Forum 2.0 features an exciting panel of arts leaders including: Keynote Speaker John Anagnostou, Fox Theatres; Panelists Susan Moeller, Redwood City Redevelopment Agency; Jeff Trabucco, Artsopolis; Sagesse Graham, The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement; and Julie Ulmer, California Arts Alliance.

Arts Forum 2.0 will bring together community leaders, policy makers, artists, and arts organizations to:

- Make San Mateo County a Destination for the Arts, Parks and Culture
- Increase the Positive Economic Impact of the Arts
- Create An Action Plan

Bring your ideas and creativity to the Peninsula Arts Council’s Arts Forum 2.0. Join local artists and arts organizations as well as the general public for an exciting day developing a plan to make San Mateo County a destination for the arts, parks, and culture.

Saturday, April 25, 2009
10 am – 2 pm
The Little Fox Theatre
2209 Broadway, Downtown Redwood City
Cost: $10 (includes breakfast and lunch)

For more information or to register
Call 650.591.2101 or visit

April 24, 2009

Girl Power! Girls in Mercury News

Congratulations to Murphy Adams, Christine Benjamin, Lacey Bryant and Lara Sophia (all KALEID gallery artists by the way) for their feature write up in the Mercury News last week for their Girl Power! group exhibit (which is on view thru May 31st at South First Billiards).

Read the article here.

2 SJSU Exhibits at Art Ark in May

17 artists will be in the San Jose State University 2008-09 Pictorial BFA Exhibition held at Art Ark from April 27th - May 8th with an opening reception on Friday, May 1st from 6-9pm.

Gallery open by appointment, contact for more info.

Also at the Art Art from May 16th - 21st the graduating class of the San Jose State University Graphic Design BFA program exhibits their final work with receptions on Friday, May 15th and Saturday, May 16th from 6-9pm. Visit their website here for more information.

Art Ark
1035 South 6th Street
San Jose, CA

Jason Chi exhibit at Art Object Gallery thru May

"Introduction: Jason Chi (with gallery artists)"

This solo exhibit at the Art Object Gallery will be the first on the West Coast of Jason Chi's delicately rendered abstract paintings and drawings which reflect his interest in the intimate play of light, non-linear organic forms, the logic of liquid geometry, and an architectural essence of freedom. His interior and exterior response to world travels is visible in the complex and delicate layering in his works.

Jason has shown extensively on the East Coast as well as in Taiwan represented in both solo and group exhibitions. (visit Jason's official website here.)

Also showing with Chi are gallery artists: Ken Matsumoto, Luis Gutierrez, Reid Winfrey, Terry Kreiter, Darrell Phelps, Terri Garland, Sara Cole, Diane Kreiter, Rachael Lazo, Don Fritz, Joe Saxe, Randy Shiroma, Herbert Nouwens, Jaap Bongers, Louis Basel, Michelle Gregor, and Mark Bryan.

A reception for the artists will be held on May 15, Friday, at 7PM.

Admission is free and is open to the public now through May.

Art Object Gallery
592 N. 5th St.
San Jose, CA 95112


April 25, 2009

Two Buck Tuesdays April 21st - thank you!

Thanks to everyone that came out to the April 21st Two Buck Tuesday! We'd also like to thank all the incredibly interesting and quirky guests below!

Two Buck Tuesdays at KALEID April 21st

As with all Two Buck Tuesdays - $2 art all day!

Two Buck Tuesdays at KALEID April 21st

Eric Taggart spoke about The Art of the Art Trade: How artists end up with art collections they could never afford.

Two Buck Tuesday at KALEID April 21st

Christina Deptula presented Mutual Social Networking: Fun entrepreneurial business models for aspiring artists.

Two Buck Tuesday at KALEID April 21st

Ceramicist Ben Shutz demonstrated throwing clay to make a vase.

Two Buck Tuesdays at KALEID April 21st

Sam Brown and friends provided smooth jazz before and after the speaker series.

We invite you to the next one - third Tuesday, May 19th!
$2 art all day starting at noon
Interesting, quirky speaker series 6pm-8pm

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth Street (street level of the 4th St. Garage)
downtown, San Jose

free and open to the public.

April 27, 2009

Silicon Valley Open Studios 2009

Every year, during the first three weekends in May, more than 300 Silicon Valley artists open their studios to the public. This free event lets you discover some exciting new artistic talent, or get up close and personal with some of your favorite artists.

Visit the studios of your choice between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday on the weekends shown below.

Weekend One, May 2nd - 3rd
East Palo Alto, Ladera, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Loyola, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara Sunnyvale

Weekend Two, May 9 - 10th
Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, San Jose, Saratoga

Weekend Three, May 16 - 17th
Atherton, Belmont, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, Woodside

Visit for more information.

STREET MRKT 2009 kicks off MAY 1st!

Anno Domini presents

STREET MRKT an indie DIY urban fair

on South First Street, between San Carlos & San Salvador
in the SoFA District, downtown San Jose

FIRST FRIDAY May 1st, 7pm - 10pm

Kick off the 2009 season of STREET MRKT with a free outdoor concert featuring the best live music and most creative artist vendors in San Jose! It's all part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS monthly artwalk. All SoFA District art venues are free and open to the public from 8pm 'til late.

On the Stage: GOOD HUSTLE (San Jose), LINKS (Los Angeles), The FEROCIOUS FEW (San Francisco)

Indie Artists/Creatives: Barefoot Coffee Bar • Beyond Wonderland • Charcoal Addict • Dive! • Divine Orchard Clothing • Sarah Beth Goncarova • Henna Tattoos by Evelyn • Pellet Factory • Mahoney Perkins • Al Preciado • Quite Contrary Productions Inc. • Linda Ritter • San Jose Glass Artists Alliance • SJFixed • James William Moore Photography • Slave Labor Graphics

- First Friday JUNE (SubZERO Festival)
- First Friday AUGUST (San Jose Jazz Festival JAZZ BEYOND Stage)
- First Friday SEPTEMBER (Final one of the summer!)

"All Hail the Progenitors of Culture!"

For more information, please contact:

Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design
366 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113 408.271.5155

ARMOgedon, Michael Foley Feature Exhibits for May 2009

KALEID Gallery presents two new feature exhibitions for the month of May.

Alta Modern Graffiti by ARMOgedon 2057 - Residing in California Armo’s work is a collaboration of typographic elements and exploration with graffiti structure and form. By looking at graffiti and typography by studying their visual commonalities as lettering, much can be discovered and revealed. As graffiti matures and diversifies, more and more of it's aesthetics filters into graphic design, and it has gained acceptance in popular culture at large, now comfortably accepted as a contemporary mode of communication.

Now You've Really Made a Mess by Michael Foley - This Exhibit is one of pure chance. How people can truly make a difference, for better or worse and how sometimes, just sometimes, it's full of irony. A show for the fellow rejects. For those who seem to never quite fit in anywhere. These works celebrate the success and failures of life experienced so far.

Featured Artists' Reception: First Friday, May 1st, 7pm-9pm

This event is part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS artwalk in downtown San Jose. Free and open to the public.

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth Street
downtown San Jose

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday thru Friday, Noon - 7pm
Saturday Noon - 5pm
First Fridays til 9pm

May 11, 2009

Craig Scoffone at Aspect Gallery

Craig Scoffone's figurative photography is part of the Nude & Erotic Show at the Aspect Gallery in San Francisco.

Artists' Reception: Friday, May 15th, 6-9:30pm

Aspect Gallery
731 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

A note from MACLA regarding arts funding

Join MACLA and members of the San Jose Arts Alliance* to make a visual statement in support of Arts Funding at the San Jose City Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at 7pm.

As you may know, the City of San Jose is currently projecting an $84 million budget deficit for FY09-10. As such, we need to show a strong presence in order to ensure the arts are a priority in the City Budget.

We need you to join us at the evening session of the Tuesday, May 12 San Jose City Council meeting. Our goal is to mobilize as many artists, community members and supporters of San Jose arts organizations to attend the Public Hearing on the Proposed Operating & Capital Budget for FY09-10.

(At the May 7 Budget Study Session, District 3 Councilmember Sam Liccardo, who is also the Arts Commission Liaison proposed that the City figures out a way to backfill the arts grants for art organizations, like MACLA and the San Jose Arts Alliance. Other council members supported this proposal.)

As a follow up we need to show a major presence at the May 12, 7pm session Council Meeting.
- Wear a black shirt
- We will provide a sticker with a red letter A that says "Support SJ Arts."
- If you really want to speak you can, but the main goal is to have a visual representation for the City Council regarding the number of constituents who support the arts.
- Our message is simple - the Arts add value to our city and we are requesting that the City backfills the declining TOT (Transient Occupancy Tax, i.e. Hotel Tax) to ensure our grants at the current levels.

The San Jose City Council Meeting takes place:
Council Chambers
San Jose City Hall
200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Click here to view the May 12th Agenda, the budget is item 3.4.

Thank you in advance for your support of a flourishing, healthy and multicultural arts community in San Jose!

Best wishes,

Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez
MACLA, Executive Director

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Bill Gould Design 2009 Art Reception

Bill Gould Design's annual art reception is this Thursday, May 14th from 4-8pm.

Featured artists include: Wayne Jiang, Charlotte Kruk, Katherine Levin-Lau, Eugene Rodriguez, and Lucy Traeger. Live music by Jimmy Dewrance Blues Band.

Bill Gould Design
394-A Umbarger Road
San Jose, CA 95111

May 15, 2009

Phantom Galleries Redwood City Artists' Reception this Sunday

artwork by Selena, 6th grade, Selby Lane School

Join us in celebrating the creativity and artistry of students in Redwood City School District as student drawings, paintings, collage artwork from each of the district’s 15 schools is displayed in the storefronts at the corner of Broadway and Jefferson Street in downtown Redwood City, from May 11 through the end of June.

An artists’ reception will be held on Sun., May 17, from 3:30-5:30, in the space at 2107 Broadway to honor these student artists. Family, teachers, and friends are invited to join the celebration. (MAP)

The event includes musical performances by Corpus Callosum, live painting by Lacey Bryant and Pellet Factory as well as food and refreshments.

The Phantom Galleries project brings together community artists to enliven vacant storefronts and alternative spaces with vibrant art exhibitions and murals.

The project is produced by Two Fish Design in partnership with the Redwood City Redevelopment Agency. For more information, please call 408-271-5151 or email info[at]

May 18, 2009


KALEID Gallery & the Two Buck Tuesday Crew presents:

TWO BUCK Tuesdays - May 19, 2009

an all day $2 art sale and quirky speaker series (6-8pm) on the third Tuesday of the month.

12noon - 8pm : $2 art all day

6pm -8pm : interesting people speaker series- 10mns each, with additional performances and demos before and after the speakers.


David Ramsey will cater this evening's event and speak about creativity in cooking

Blaise Rosenthal: American Painter. Talks about a piece from his series “An Initial Approach to Knowing Everything," a body of work in which he has explored the nature of free will and the conflict of good & evil. He’ll discuss his pursuit of contextualizing himself and the human condition as well as his process of combining classicist considerations and contemporary dialogue.

Carolina Harris, owner of “Beyond Wonderland," will talk about how to get an Etsy shop started and give advice on participating in DIY fairs and events.

Before / after speaker series performance by:

Cello Joe – The wildest beatboxing celloist in the west will be performing before and after the speaker series before heading to Utah on the “Shake Your Peace Utapia Now! Tour”.

and workshop demo by:

Beyond Wonderland (Bazaar BizarreVendor) will do a workshop on creating textile fortune cookies. FREE!

To see past Two Buck Tuesday events, click HERE.

Two Buck Tues Crew:
Christine Benjamin
Lacey Bryant
Eddie Flores
Maria Inocencio
Trina Merry
Kyle Pellet
Matthew Seigel
Kate Stewart
Two Fish Design

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth Street (@San Fernando/next to Flames Restaurant)
Downtown San Jose

Free & open to the public!

Mariana Barnes at Center for Performing Arts Mt. View

Mariana Barnes' Mosaic Movement a solo exhibition of acrylic paintings at the Center for Performing Arts Mountain View.

Exhibition dates: April 21 - June 22, 2009

500 Casto Street, Mt. View, CA 94039

Lobby is open on Mon., Weds & Fri. from 12pm-1pm and one hour prior to every public performance.
May also be accessed during Cafe open hours.

Joe Claus' "Let Go" project on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Andrew H. by Joe Claus

Joe Claus and his new portrait project Let Go: photographs of talented people in Silicon Valley who’ve been dumped by local businesses is a feature story on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (some of which was shot on location at KALEID gallery)

from the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer website:

At the end of last year, Joe Claus was working at a small electronics company in Silicon Valley doing photography, marketing and design. And then he got laid off. "I was pissed," he said. But there was an unforeseen upside to his loss. No longer stuck behind a desk all day, he devoted more time to his photography.

Claus has turned the personal conflict of unemployment into the basis of his artistic practice, photographing people who have lost jobs in the recession. He asks them to close their eyes as he gets closer to them, saying it "brings down a barrier" between subject and viewer.

To see the full story and video segment, click HERE.

To view more portraits from this series, visit:

And if you have been laid off and would like to participate in this ongoing project, email Joe at: joe.claus[at]

May 30, 2009

RHYTHMS opens June 5th at KALEID gallery

Featured Artists' Reception for RHYTHMS - exhibitions by Joe Decker, Valerie Runningwolf

Desert Rhythms by Joe Decker - Joe's newest body of photographic work exposes a vibrant beat within the details of desert sand dunes.

Spirit Rhythms by Valerie Runningwolf - mixed-media art that reflects the traditional and contemporary ideas inner peace and awakens the spirit.

Featured Artists' Reception: First Friday June 5th, 7pm-9pm

This event is part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS artwalk in downtown San Jose. Free and open to the public.

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth Street
downtown San Jose

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday thru Friday, Noon - 7pm
Saturday Noon - 5pm
First Fridays til 9pm

June 1, 2009

Rochelle Ford on Jelly Theory

Jelly Theory, a monthly interview series where creative individuals define entrepreneurship, has a lengthy interview with Rochelle Ford, a self taught metal sculptor that uses an oxyacetylene welding torch to fuse recycled metals and other discarded materials into bold objects of strength and beauty. Read the full interview here.

3 Exhibits at SUN Gallery Hayward

SUN Gallery, Hayward Area Forum of the Arts is hosting: 3 Exhibits: Bay Area Collage/Beast Figurative No.2/Retro

This exhibit highlights the wide diversity of approaches to collage practiced by Bay Area artists including several KALEID artists: Terenia Offenbacher, Gianfranco Paolozzi, Al Preciado, as well as: Elizabeth Chavoor, Rebecca Peters, Landkee, Robert Magginetti, Richard Stutting, Darla McKenna

Also exhibiting is an exhibition of figurative work by South Bay figurative artists including Mike Buscemi, Rebecca Bauen, John Kurtyka, David Larimore, Francesca Lovecchio, Elizabeth Parashis, & Carlos Perez

Retro is an exhibition of solo work by Al Preciado highlighting his artistic career.

Curated by Robert Magginetti of Tranquility Base and 10Ten Gallery

Exhibition dates: June 3, 2009 — July 3, 2009

Reception: Saturday June 13, 6:00-9:00pm
1015 "E" Street
Hayward, CA 94541
For more info and directions, click here.

Gianfranco Paolozzi at Mezzanine Gallery at Hotel Triton


Now Is Already Past Mixed Media Journals by Gianfranco Paolozzi

With an understanding of the ephemeral nature of life and a compulsion to explore the possibilities within each moment in time, each canvas becomes a journal - a "permanent" record that speaks to both being in each moment and the interrelationship of one moment to the next using marks instead of words.

Artists' Reception: Wednesday June 17th, 5-7pm
Exhibit on view thru July 15, 2009

Mezzanine Gallery at Hotel Triton
342 Grant Ave (at Bush)
San Francisco, CA
gallery hours: 24/7

Exhibition produced by McKinley Art Solutions.

June 2, 2009

David Larimore exhibition at Art Ark

David Larimore Statue of Liberty Play to Win the Game!

Opening Reception: Friday, June 5th, 5-10pm
Closing Reception: Friday, July 3rd, 5-10pm
Musical Performance at 8pm.

ART ARK GALLERY 1035 South 6th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Private showings by appointment: Contact David Larimore glistzen[at]

SubZERO Festival returns June 5, 2009!

Presented by ZERO1 and South FIRST FRIDAYS

Kick off summer with the 2nd Annual SubZERO Festival, a diy, artistically bent, hi/lo-techno-mashup where street meets geek. From 6pm ‘til midnight between San Carlos and Reed Street, you’ll find two stages of entertainment plus 100 artists, performers, and musicians celebrating the indie creative spirit. Test-drive a custom low-rider bike, try your hands at stop motion, bear witness to urban yarn-bombing, travel back to the future for a nineties-look at cyber fashion, watch a little subversive TV and listen up for spontaneous acts of percussion.

And be sure to check out the SoFA galleries with shows to complement the revelries outside. Participating galleries include: Anno Domini, MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, and WORKS/San José. For full gallery exhibition schedule, visit:

Participating artists, musicians, performers and indie vendors:
Pilar Aguero, Jared Aizawa, ARMOgedon 2057, Thomas Asmuth, Barefoot Coffee Roasting, Baron Zen, John Behrens, JD Beltran and Scott Minneman, Beyond Wonderland, Black & Brown Clothing, Blue Planet Run Foundation, Christina Braun, Michael Brown, Lacey Bryant, Jason Challis, Jason Chayabyab, Nicole Camarillo, Charcoal Addict, Chcknfsh, John Cloud, CONTENT Magazine, Steve Cooley, Cukui Apparel, Endika Currier (Panthelion), Dave Dexter, Dive!, DeathMatch (organics vs electronics), Divine Orchid Clothing, DJ Cutso (Bangerz), DJs Raj Pall and Kyle Boeker, Steve Durie, Jessica Eastburn, El Muertorider (John Jota Leaños, Shawn Levvon Nash and Artemio Rodríguez), el PeepShow, Keith Bunnell, Evolution Control Committee, Michael Foley, Force 129 Art & Design, Free the Robots, DJs Goldynchyld and Teeko, Sarah Beth Goncarova, Good Hustle, Andy Gouveia, Michela-Rivera Gravage, Lydia Greer, Fabiola Hanna, Drew Clark, Haptic Snaptics, Margaretha Anne Haughwout, Heart of Chaos, Andrew Hedges, Henna Tattoos by Evelyn, ICA Rejection Dunk Tank, ICA T-shirt Boutique & Emporium, IR pens, James Moore Photography, Jim Dandy's, Charles Johnson (aka QORSER), M dot Strange, Marnia Johnston, Jono Kane (aka Noka), Judgement Day, Michele Langos, John Leanos, Montalvo's Youth Action Coalition, Necessary Voodoo, Opera San Jose, Rachelle-Ann Palacios, Joel Patrick, Pellet, Mahoney Perkins, Nelda Perez, Al Preciado, Quite Contrary Productions Inc., Nora Raggio, Kedar Reddy, Mark Resch, Linda Ritter, Dina Ropele, Ruffin Raw Visions, San Jose Glass Artist Alliance, Derek Scott (aka the Rhythmist), San Jose Yarn Bombers, SHARE San Jose, Tristan Shone, Shorty Fatz, Silicon Valley De-Bug, SJFixed, Slave Labor Graphics, STREET SWAG Photo Booth, Corinne Okada Takara

Date/Time: Friday June 5th, 6pm - midnight
Location: South First Street, from San Carlos to Reed streets
downtown San Jose

For full SubZERO line up and schedule visit:

Follow Twitter updates at: @subzerofestival (hashtag #subzero09 )

Bring your camera and upload your best photos of the night to:


South First FRIDAYS is an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose's SoFA district, between San Carlos and East Reed Streets. The FIRST FRIDAYS artwalk takes place every first Friday of the month from 8pm 'til late. It is free and open to the public.

Participating venues include: Anno Domini, Caffé Trieste, KALEID, MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana), Phantom Galleries, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery, South First Billiards & Lounge, Space 47, and Works San Jose. Visit for more information.

About ZER01
ZER01 is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire creativity at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture. One of the primary enterprises of ZER01 is the 01SJ Biennial, a multi-disciplinary, multi-venue event of visual and performing arts, the moving image, public art, and interactive digital media. ZER01 also produces year-round signature programming leading to the 01SJ Biennial that serves to educate and cultivate audiences, build partnerships, and maintain visibility for the organization through lecture series, artist salons, workshops, and family-oriented special events. To find out more about ZER01, visit:

June 12, 2009

Last Fridays at Gallery Ten10

Gallery Ten10 presents visual artist Gianfranco Paolozzi and spoken word by John Kurtyka on June 26th from 6:30-10pm. Events include open mic and drum circle.

Save the dates now for future exhibits at Ten10 by other KALEID gallery artists including: Lacey Bryant (July 31), Eddie Flores (Aug. 28), Michael Foley (Oct. 30) and John Kurtyka (Nov. 27).

50/50 Show at Sanchez Art Center

artwork by Andrew Leone

The 50/50 Show is an ambitious project of 67 artists that created an artwork a day for 50 days which results in 3,350 works of art.

Artists' Reception is Friday, July 24th, 7-9pm
Exhibit on view through August 29th.

Sanchez Art Center
1220-B Linda Mar Boulevard
Pacifica, CA 94044

Kelly Detweiller's "Marking Time" at Triton Museum


(from the Triton Museum website) Kelly Detweiler’s work is varied in content and in media. The connection to his ceramic past is echoed in subject matter such as vases and vessels throughout the work. The floral and landscape imagery often refer back to his childhood in Colorado and to his extensive travels as an adult. Aside from the obvious influences of his teachers such as Clayton Bailey, Mel Ramos, Raymond Saunders, and Kenji Nanao, the work of many European painters informs his work. Picasso and the cubists, Balthus, Bosch, Bocklin, Beckmann and many more can be seen in various pieces. The overriding sense of the work is a fun loving and optimistic approach to making art and experiencing the world around us. Detweiler is currently chair of the Department of Art at Santa Clara University.

Exhibit on view through July 12, 2009

Triton Museum of Art
1505 Warburton Ave.
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone: (408) 247-3754

June 14, 2009

$2 Art Sale this Tuesday at KALEID Gallery

above $2 artwork by Pellet

KALEID Gallery & the Two Buck Tuesday Crew presents:


An all day $2 art sale and quirky speaker series (6-8pm) on the third Tuesday of the month.

12noon - 8pm: $2 art all day

6pm -8pm: interesting people speaker series- 10mns each, with additional performances and demos before and after the speakers.


Lacey Bryant will share some of the most unique pieces from her 10 years in the making Pez Collection. From a 1950's Pez gun that shoots the sugary pellets at you to the promotional collaboration between Pez and a drug company, Lacey's ecclectic knowledge on all things Pez will amuse and astound you.

Elise Lippin – A mandala meditation using two of her latest works as meditation focal points. “Mandala” is a Sanskrit word meaning “having essence” or “circle-circumference.”

Reuben Rutledge – PhD candidate at California Institute of Integral Studies and Madison Who’s Who Member of the year and Hall of Fame, delivers an anthological anthropology of traditional cannibal tribes and their historic emergence.

David Perez has led spoken-word workshops, organized Junot Diaz's recent reading, founded the San Jose Poetry Slam at MACLA, and unassumingly done an incredible amount to support San Jose spoken word. Known as a thoughtful and engaging poets, he's currently finishing a Master's degree in writing. David will talk about what makes spoken word unique and important, and lead us in a writing exercise.

Also featuring delicious cupcakes and homemade chai courtesy of Tony at Good Karma Vegetarian Restaurant.

Before / after speaker series performance by:

Clayton Morales - with a background in classical/romantic guitar, Clayton has recently decided to pursue music full time fitting in best with the modern acoustic scene. Often being compared to Jack Johnson, Clayton’s warm soothing vocals will wrap you in a cocoon of smooth sultry woo….

To see past Two Buck Tuesday events, visit:

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth Street (@San Fernando/next to Flames Restaurant)
Downtown San Jose

Free & open to the public!

Join us !

June 22, 2009

Color Quartet at Gallery House Palo Alto

(clockwise from top left)
Kevyn Warnock : oil
Martha Castillo : clayprint
Trevlyn Williams : watercolor
Midori McCabe : mixed media

Reception to meet the artists- Friday, July 10, 6-8 pm.
live music by guitarist Robert Holland

Gallery House
320 California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306 (enter thru Printers Cafe)

Blaise Rosenthal at Felix Kulpa Gallery, Santa Cruz

KALEID Gallery artist Blaise Rosenthal will have a solo exhibition entitled Learning How to Swim, new paintings and drawings at the Felix Kulpa Gallery and Sculpture Garden.

Artist's Reception is Friday July 3rd, 6-9pm
Exhibit on view through July 26th.

Felix Kulpa
107 Elm Street
Santa Cruz, CA

Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 12:00pm to 6:00pm

June 23, 2009

"Birds & Bees, Fur, Feathers & Fins -- Animals Real or Imaginary" in Palo Alto

The June exhibition at Pacific Art League of Palo Alto is "Birds & Bees, Fur, Feathers & Fins -- Animals Real or Imaginary" and includes two KALEID artists Terenia Offenbacker and Mariana Barnes. The exhibition was juried by Ruth Waters, Chair of the Peninsula Art Museum in Belmont. 57 works selected from 159 entries may be viewed at Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, 668 Ramona Street, thru July 6.

The deadline is July 1 to enter "Figures & Faces," an international show to be juried by George Rivera of the Triton Museum of Art. 650-321-3891.

Two great art events this Friday, June 26th

This Friday, June 26th start off at 6:30pm at Gallery Ten10 for the solo exhibition by Gianfranco Paolozzi (with open mic and drum circle) located at 1010 East Taylor, San Jose.

Then head over to the Studio Warming Party for Trina Merry & Celeste Young
Free All-Ages Show @ The Citadel Art Studios featuring music by: Corpus Callosum, DeatHat, Travis Oberg (Saltwater Merchants)

Free BBQ starts @ 6pm & at sunset, the bats fly out of the roof!

Citadel Art Studios
855 5th ave. San Jose, CA (by Martha St.)
Studio #301
San Jose

July 2, 2009

Closing/Opening Receptions at Art Art in July

Art Ark announces two events this month:

Closing Reception Friday, July 3rd, 5-10pm for David Larimore's Statue of Liberty Play To Win The Game! exhibition.

artwork left: Crystal Kamoroff, artwork right: Jacquelline Cooper

Opening Reception Saturday, July 11th, 6-9pm for The Shape of Desire, recent works by Crystal Kamoroff and Jacquelline Cooper. Exhibit on view through August 8th.

1035 South 6th Street
San Jose, CA 95112

AXIS Luxury Condominiums call for art

AXIS Condominiums in downtown San Jose is seeking artwork by local artists for their sales offices available immediately.

There's plenty of space (for hanging work as well as sculpture) to accommodate several pieces by several artists. There is no honorarium for exhibition but works may be for sale with no commission imposed by AXIS.

If you are interested, email 3-5 jpg images (400 pixels wide at 72dpi) and your full contact info to Carrie Newbery,

AXIS San Jose
38 N. Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: 408.297.9888

Todd Schorr Party & Panel Discussion


Surreal Night at the San Jose Museum of Art is an impressive mid-career retrospective of Todd Schorr's contribution to the "Pop Surrealism" scene (of which the likes of Camille Rose Garcia, Mark Ryden and Gary Baseman are members.)

On Thursday, July 16th, 7-10pm you can meet Todd and attend a panel discussion (7:30pm). This Hi-Fructose sponsored event also includes a book signing, sounds by Streetlight Records and specialty cocktails.

Free to members, $8 for non-members.

San Jose Museum of Art
110 South Market Street
San Jose, CA

REMINDER: No First Friday Art Walk July 3rd

Just a friendly reminder that there is no First Friday art walk July 3rd in downtown San Jose. Most galleries are open during regular gallery hours (Anno Domini is closed during July). Please visit for exhibit schedules.

The art walk will resume First Friday August 7th along with Anno Domini's STREET MRKT with over 30 artists and creative vendors. STREET MRKT will be host to the Jazz Beyond stage in collaboration with the San Jose Jazz Festival featuring two great acts: Midival Punditz with Karsh Kale, and Panthelion!

Save the Date for the HOMEGROWN Exhibit on Friday July 10th, 7-9pm at KALEID Gallery featuring the budding talents of over 25 San Jose artists!

We hope you and yours are enjoying the Fourth of July holiday!

July 6, 2009

Thursday Gig _ July 16th

THURSDAY GIG'S Art & The Spoken Word presents

Artist Lynn Dau
Poet Lu Pettus
Open Mic follows

Thursday, July 16, 2009, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Featured Artist: Lynn Dau
Lynn Dau is an emerging artist living and creating in Los Altos, California. She lives with her husband and two children. She has a degree in behavioral sciences and law. As a lawyer she worked as a public defender and practiced private criminal defense attorney. After the birth of her second child she decided to pursue her true passion and study art. She is primarily a sculptor working in clay and bronze, but has recently discovered the joy of drawing and also produces two dimensional works.

Featured Poet: Lou Pettus
Storypoet. Spiritually touching folk poetry weaves through talisman tales. Graduating from SJSU in 1991 with a major in English and a minor split between sociology and religious studies, Lu was and is fascinated by the social function of mythology and folklore - how stories, beliefs and practices reflect and reinforce cultural values and attitudes.

411 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell

This is a Pot Luck BYOB, Soft Drinks, Water event
Donations of $1 would be appreciated, if you can't bring food or donate, come anyway

Contact Info: Elizabeth Parashis

Fine Art Paired With Fine Wine

Photographer Lisa Amato has a selection of her photography on exhibit at the new art gallery at Sarah’s Vineyard in Gilroy.

Sarah’s Vineyard is the area's premier Pinot Noir and Chardonnay winery located in the rolling hills just east of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Lisa Amato is a self-taught photographer whose view of the world is reflected through her images. From abstract & architectural to vast landscapes & intricate close-ups, her hope is to inspire everyone who views her work to look for beauty in everything that surrounds us.

Artists Reception: Saturday July 18th, 11am-5pm

Sarah’s Vineyard
4005 Hecker Pass Highway
Gilroy, California, 95020

HOMEGROWN Exhibit at KALEID July 10th

KALEID Gallery presents Home Grown A group exhibit showcasing a variety of new and upcoming San Jose artists.

Artists' Reception: Friday, July 10th, 7-9pm
Live music by by David Knight and Steve Barry
Free and open to the public.

Exhibit on view through July 25th.

Participating Artists:

Alex Salceanu
Ben Henderson
Brittany Rediger
Brooke Dabalos
Cherri Rediger
Chris Kisela
Danny Hellevig
Darryl Yu
Emmanuel Mendoza
Emmanuel Silva Luna
Jeff Ramirez
Jenevie Gonzalez
Jessica Antonio
Joe Barajas
Judith Garcia
Kyle Pellet
Martin Merino
Micheal Lowell
Nora Schwaller
Samantha Fotovat
Sara Beckton
Sara Taylor
Sharona Oshana
Syrus Fotovat
Tim Walker
Wei Hwu
Zack Thiesen