South First Fridays

free art walk in the SoFA district

Fri Apr 3 (full schedule below)
South First Street
Art Openings, Arts, Galleries, City Events, Music Festivals, Art Festivals


South First Fridays is an ecletic evening of arts a culture in downtown San Jose's SoFA district every first friday of the month, excluding January and July.

The art walk is self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring exhibitions and special performances.

During the summer months, the folks behind the art walk also produce special outdoor events that take place in conjunction with the art walk: SubZERO Festival (June) and Street Mrkts (August & September). These events are an effort to give local artists, bands and indie creative retailers the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work directly to the public.

All venues and outdoor summer events are FREE & open to the public.

New Exhibitions for November:

KALEID Gallery
88 S. 4th St.

Two new feature exhibitions by KALEID resident artists: Julie Bilyeu, and Mariya Milovidova

Scavengers and Cannibals new works by Julie Bilyeu

We are all Scavengers and Cannibals in some way or another. Some are self-inflicting cannibals by ignoring their own integrity, and others by openly having no compassion or integrity thus becoming metaphorical cannibals–eating their own to get ahead. Scavengers seem to be more on the benevolent side of the human condition, only eating the dead or discarded, never taking more than they need, living day to day. ~Julie Bilyeu

Julie Barrett Bilyeu was borne and raised in the bay area, a graduate of California State University Chico with a BA degree in Drawing and Ceramics (1999). Charcoal, Dry-Pastel, Graphite are her primary mediums with some exploration into mixed media and cutting edge hanging techniques.

People and Places wearable art by Mariya Milovidova
In her second feature exhibition at KALEID Gallery, Mariya Milovidova presents her wearable art collection entitled People and Places. This collection mainly consists of silk scarves and dresses recently shown during the Fashion Weeks in New York, Paris, and San Francisco. Mariya's collection was influenced by her latest experiences in the Bay Area art and fashion industries over the past year as well as her travels to Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York and Paris.

Mariya Milovidova was born in Odessa,the beautiful city in Ukraine by the Black Sea where she attended Greckov Art School studying the techniques of old school European masters. Currently she resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where she graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelors in Art & Textile Deign. Mariya specializes in one of a kind wearable art as well as traditional media such as drawing and painting on paper and canvas. She has participated in numerous fashion and art shows all over the Bay Area some of which include a De Young Museum Fashion Exhibit dedicated to Jean Paul Gautier and San Francisco Fashion Week. She currently works with private clients and boutiques.

Seeing Things Gallery
30 N. 3rd St.

Full Bellies And Empty Calories by Sean Boyles
First Friday, November 7th at Seeing Things Gallery Sean Boyles is having a solo show called Full Bellies And Empty Calories. This will be the last appearance of The Cyclorilla for awhile. His last home burned to the ground, so he tried to cheer himself up on ice creams, but it gave him countless brain freezes, brought on sugar highs, and sluggish lows resulting in food comas. Come to the show and see scenes from his heroic past, like the time he wrestled Steve Caballero's Cab Dragon, and gaze at the ice cold sugary treats that slowed him down.

Art Ark Gallery
1035 S. 6th St.

The More the Merrier V Salon-Style Art Exhibition
This year's show will feature the work of 50 bay area artists working in variety of mediums and styles. In the tradition of the French salon-stye exhibition design, participating artists are encouraged to install as much art as they can within their allocated space. The gallery will be packed with art to dazzle the eyes and stimulate the senses. The majority of artwork on display will be priced under $200 and art may be purchased directly off the walls on the evening of the art openings. Come to see the art, meet the artists, mingle with friends and family, listen to live music performed by Thomas Howell on violin and enjoy the food, fun and festive atmosphere!

Participating Artists: Amy Beans, Andy Wallace, Bob Rose, Carly Slade, Carmina Eliason, Cynthia Cao, Diana Nakano, Dotti Cichon, Elizabeth Patrician, Gilbert Gonzales, Hema Sukumar, Jackie Mast, Jamila Rufaro, Jennifer Alexander, Joey Agcopra, Jonathan Chi, Joseph Skowrinek, Judy Roberto, Karen McCann, Karin Taber, Kathleen McDonald, Kathy Kong, Kim Brown, Larry Harrell, Leah Jay, Liene Kikute, Lyssa Eustaquio, Maria Sherby, Marina Povalishina, Masha Schultz, Michael Bashista, Michael Perkin, Moira McDonald, Monica Gonzales, Monica Valdez, Nathan Cox, Pamela Mooney, Rita Poutivskaia, Roberto Fierro, Robin Dahlberg, Sandy Cipriotti, Shone Chacko, Sonia Garcia, Stacey Laskin, Stephanie Metz, Stephen Jacklyn, Thomas Morrow, Tim Walters, Travis Ng, Trudy Levy

The Citadel Art Gallery
199 Martha St.

Join Bay Area artists Sonya Kleshik and Kris Patton in their show at the Citadel Gallery, the opening will be on Friday, November 7 from 6-10pm, with refreshments served and tropical beats by DJ Mr. Fabbulus.

Theirs is an exploration of art as healing and self-expression. While art’s therapeutic power has long been known, it is often seen as a somber and even painful pursuit. This show celebrates the creative process not only as one of healing and empowerment, but also of joy, exploration and adventure. Once started, the creative process takes on a life of its own and it is this mystery that makes for an exciting creative journey. With subject matter ranging from still life to portraits to abstract, come enjoy the diverse play of color and form.

Sonya Kleshik's mission is to empower and connect people through art. Building on her experiences living and working domestically and abroad on human rights, development and conflict issues, in 2014 she heeded a pull back towards creativity after many years away. Returning to California, she embarked on a spiritual journey and rediscovered her passion for painting. Deeply convinced of art's ability to heal, Sonya now wishes to share this gift with others, ultimately combining art with issues of sustainability and spirituality, and bringing it to the field of international development.

Cafe Stritch
374 S. 1st St.

No Zen Intended solo exhibition by Kevin Tschaen
Art is non-representational, sometimes abstract, and very much musically influenced. My works on paper explore fluid, melting shapes juxtaposed with sharp and rigid brush strokes--much like the ebb and flow of jazz. Visions in spaces large and small, most of the work is purely gestural--a natural and raw flow from feeling to paper. With vivid colors that jump from the page and then continue to blend and layer, these pieces are alive and vibrating with energy and movement. Take it as you see it, feel it, dream it.

Circle-A Skateboard Shop
108 Paseo De San Antonio Walk

Landscapes, Dreamscapes and Girlscapes solo exhibition by Joseph Demaree
A collection of Plein Air Landscapes, Studio Dreamscapes, and Girls released and captured from Joseph’s imagination. This collection of oil paintings was created along off beat paths in Torrey Pines CA, Encinitas CA, Hollywood CA, San Jose CA, Ranchita CA and Portland OR. His paintings are full of dripping textures and vibrant colors. His love of surrealism and natural beauty continue to influence the dreamers perspective. Originally from San Jose CA and Schooled in the Bay Area (Willow Glen High, Lincoln High, SF Academy of Art) Demaree has continued to sharpen his artistic skills inside and outside of painting. His latest album “The Alternative Underground” with The Square Tires, is soon to be released on his own label Idiomism. Demaree is currently living in the Foothills of CA after another stint in Portland OR. He will be moving to Maui HI where he will be painting Plein Air Landscapes and continue his studio work as well as his musical endeavors.

Discover San Jose
150 S. 1st St.

Artist of the month: Tana Hart, Teezhandsuds
Tana Hart lives in the Santa Cruz mountains and started making soap about 14 years ago. While working as a private nanny for a family with two children in Los Gatos, she bought a melt and pour soap kit at the local craft store for the kids. Hooked on her new craft, she got a seller's permit and Teezhandsuds was born. She soon ventured out and started making all kinds of bath products and selling them on the weekends at local farmer's markets. Eventually, she quit her job and created a website. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, she pours 150-250 bars each week and has her products in several south bay stores, including Discover San Jose.

Live music by special guests: Samurai Gypsies
Back from the Jazz Festival by popular demand, this Passionate, High-energy, gypsy soul-fire acoustic ensemble takes listeners on an exotic scintillating journey of sensual grooves and wild crescendos you can’t help but move to. Their masterfully rich instrumentation is both complex and precise, gritty and hot. The Samurai Gypsies get their unforgettable sound from the band’s core string virtuosos, Gary Carpenter on guitar and Dany Cobo on violin. Taking music with African, flamenco, Latin, and jazz roots into some deliciously sexy and cerebral places.

Local food sampling by All Honey Apiary
Come and meet Peter Naranjo Jr., owner of All Honey Apiary. He has been a bee keeper since 2009. Together with his son Nicolo S Naranjo, they collect and harvest 100% raw honeys. "The Beautiful taste of Honey is Like Wine Tasting," Peter says. "Honeys come straight from the flowers which is what makes and gives each flavor its unique taste." Come and sample some of the raw mono-floral honeys that they offer, including Orange Blossom, Black Berry,Wild F

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