Arclight Repertory Theater Presents 'Zahsman Murders' Jan 14-29th!

The Zahsman Murders    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

Set in a New York police department where police are baffled by the identity of a serial killer, the show has a cast of six, one of whom is revealed at the end to be the man – or woman – they have been looking for. Suspenseful, fast-paced and edgy, the show will keep an audience guessing right up to the final showdown.

The Zahsman Murders is part of the ‘Sparklight Play Development Series’, created by Arclight to nurture and develop new Bay Area voices in the theatre.  Sparklight provides emerging playwrights with the opportunity to refine their scripts through initial readings, feedback from the actors, directors and designers, and through post-show discussions with the audience, which can often lead to lively and invaluable dialogues.

The show will be staged at WORKS/San Jose as part of a community partnership with Arclight. This deliberately intimate gallery setting will place the audience in the world of the play, where they will preside like members of a jury while motives and evidence are presented to them, clues are examined, and the murderer is finally exposed.  Multimedia elements will be used in lieu of exposition to acquaint the audience with the history of the Zahsman murders and engage them directly in the shadowy world inhabited by the serial killer.

January 14th – 29th, 2011

Thursdays – Saturdays 8pm

Sundays 2pm

WORKS/San Jose Art & Performing Art Center

451 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113 in downtown San Jose

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

(800) 838-3006

$25 general / $15 students & seniors (65+)

www.arclightrep.org

Works Members Exhibition 2010 'Ring in the New'

JOIN or RENEW NOW to participate!

call for art 2010 CLICK HERE

One extra day to bring your art: Monday, November 29, 3pm to 7pm

You are invited to participate in the 2010 Members’ exhibition at Works/San José, your community art and performance center. The exhibition, entitled Ring in the New, will open with a reception on First Friday, December 3 and close with a member party and annual meeting on First Friday January 7, both events from 7pm to 10pm.

Each member of Works is invited to place one work of art into the exhibition, your single piece must be ready-to-hang (framed/mounted with all hanging hardware). Space is limited for this popular exhibition and we must limit wall pieces to 24 inches in width by 24 inches in height; and sculptural pieces to 24 inches in width and depth. Please include instructions for pedestals, suspensions, or any other special display requests. please also provide a resume and artist statement.

All work must be hand-delivered to 451 South 1st Street on Thursday, November 18, noon to 4pm; or Friday November 19, noon to 6pm. or Saturdays, November 20 and 27, noon to 4pm. The exhibition entry form and exhibition agreement can be completed when you deliver your work or can be downloaded from this site soon. Performance artists who would like to present a work during one of the receptions must provide a description by 4pm november 27.

Volunteers are needed for installation and receptions—please sign up to help when you deliver your work!

Work will be available for pick-up on Saturday, January 8, from noon to 4pm.

Join or renew your membership now to take part in the south bay’s most inclusive and eclectic exhibition. Basic membership is just $35 per year, with dual membership at just $60. for greater rewards and acknowledgement on our donor wall, please support Works at $100 or above if you can.

If you have questions, please email gallery@workssanjose.org.

Thank you for your participation!

My Favorite Nightmares, opening Halloween 7-11pm!

My Favorite Nightmares

An Art Show curated By Lacey Bryant

Nightmares. As creepy or repulsive as they may be, they fascinate us. They linger in our minds long after we’ve woken, leaving us distracted by thoughts of otherworldly fears. It is often the strange things that play in our heads at night that inspire us to create upon waking. Sometimes these unsettling dreams are rearranged from the events of our daily lives; our brains p…utting them into a senseless order, helping us to see our thoughts from an inside out perspective. Other dreams seem to make no sense at all and yet perhaps it is this “otherness” that causes us to dwell, at times giving rise to an almost a manic need to recreate the scenes that dance across our sleeping eyes, if only to have some relief once the images have been transferred to the canvas.

When we celebrate the bizarre terrors which overtake us in our sleep we are able to see what base fears we share. This will be a show of real and imagined nightmares, monsters, things that go bump in the night or cause us to gasp awake. The reoccurring night terrors that we just can’t get enough of. An admission that we kind of like to be scared.

Reception on Halloween, October 31 7-11pm & November 5 8-11pm

The art will be on display from October 31-November 25.

451 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Gallery: 408-286-6800

Voicemail:408-300-6405

gallery@workssanjose.org

A Box of One Acts from Cardboard Box Theater on Aug 27th & 29th!

WHAT: The Cardboard Box Theatre Project presents its first-ever One Acts Festival this August — featuring new works by four Bay Area playwrights.

Adeline by Julie Jigour

It Ain’t Over Easy by Phi Le

Sex Ed by Molly Murphy

Migration by Chad Eschman

The four works present very different worlds, ranging from heightened realities to noir-style mysteries. They also feature both new and returning actors and directors.

Extending beyond previous CBTP productions, the works in A Box of One Acts offer not only comedic moments but also serious contemplations of relationships, personal obstacles, and the desire to evolve or change.

WHEN: Friday, August 27 – 8pm, 2010 (doors open at 7:30)

Sunday, August 29 – 7pm, 2010 (doors open at 6:30)

WHERE: Works/San Jose, 451 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

HOW MUCH: Pay-what-you-can at the door. Reserve tickets by emailing tickets@thecardboardbox.org

WHO: Brought to you by the Cardboard Box Theatre Project.

QUESTIONS: Write to Stephanie at gallery@workssanjose.org or see the Cardboard Box Theater Project Website, www.thecardboardbox.org for more information.

WordsPaintingMusic– Open Studio for you & friends!

Friday, August 20, 2010 from 6-10pm!

a wild one-night all-ages, everyone invited, collaboration of live painting, open mic poetry, and drum session—all happening in a simultaneous soup of creativity! drums, canvasses, drawing tables, and even some supplies provided! refreshments will be available. bring your still life materials to add, or any instruments, poems, etc, that you desire!

all donations and proceeds benefit works/san josé, your community art and performance center.

First Friday August 2010– Murals and Collaborations!

Opening August 6 from 8pm-late is “Murals of Silicon Valley”. Join us!

This exhibition organically grew out of WordsPaintingMusic and Left Coast Live, two events that provided community artists with a platform to express their creativity in a collaborate and larger format. While a mural usually is defined as an artwork that fits the contours of a building, wall, or structure, a mural can now also be defined in a wider context. The free standing boards and the wide range of interpretations from various artists on what constitutes a ‘mural’ are examples of that expansion.

As artists worked in the gallery, a sense of play and engaging collaboration evolved that does not exist in a solo studio environment. Artists, by the nature of the artistic process, are relegated to solitude, but most like to be social and so the various teams that formed around each board as the art was in process made for more engaging and unexpected results, as instant critiques and suggestions were given in a manner of good will and generosity.

Individual murals also known as ‘signature murals’ were added to the mix. Great signature artists like Emigdio Vasquez and John Pugh, were the inspiration for adding works by local artists such as Ben Alexy, Francesca Lovecchio, and Paul J. Gonzalez. These three are San José artists whose artwork serves as a counterpoint to the collaborative pieces in the exhibition.

San José has a rich array of murals. Photographer Reuben Rutledge photographed many of the murals hidden in and around Silicon Valley for this exhibition. Many reflect an historical and cultural perspective, like one of the at the Mexican Heritage Plaza or the one facilitated by MACLA at the corner of Sunset and Alum Rock in East San José. Others reflect a more contemporary view of modern life.

The artists in this exhibit put in a lot of hours, and Works is proud to show the great effort that went into these murals. Although Silicon Valley has many murals, there is room for more, and the most compelling reason to see more of this genre is not just because it is culturally enriching, but because it facilitates dialogue between communities and artists.

SJSU BFA Show "Out of State" at Works/San Jose

WORKS/ San Jose is holding its 1st Annual “Out of State” Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition this weekend. The show acknowledges the culmination of four years of comprehensive study by students in the undergraduate Pictorial Art program at San Jose State University. The exhibition features painting, drawing, printmaking, and mixed media, and includes works by: Ginger Burrell, Matthew Campbell, Jose Estrada, Gloria Gardner, Onna Hui, Minal Jeswani, Jeremiah Kille, Colin King-Bailey, Gabriela Lujan, Craig Anthony Mele, William Muir, Kristin Shinoda, Kate Stewart and Sebastian Vido

The show opens with a reception on May 28, 2010 from 7-9 p.m. at WORKS/San Jose and will be on view through June 12.

Benefit Auction Success!

The Board of Works would like to thank the artists who generously donated their work, the bidders who laid claim to new artwork, and all the volunteers that made Saturday a terrific event! Special recognition to Stephanie Battle for her amazing work in hanging the show and Joe Miller for his stylish auctioneering!

Auction preparation and giddiness.

Greetings! There is a lot of excitement in the gallery as we prepare for our benefit auction on Saturday night. Yes, this Saturday night, May 22nd! The final preview will be from 5-7, the mad bidding for fresh, hot art begins at 7 p.m. Why not arrive before 7 to find a parking place and get your bidder number and enjoy a final tour around the gallery before the competition heats up?

We’re working to get everything ready, which includes our complete online gallery, so in the meanwhile, enjoy a virtual visit with two very compelling Bay Area Artists, Tim Tsun and Lydia Rae Black!

An auction preview: more to come!

Double check your calendar to make sure you have saved the evening of May 22nd for the Benefit Art Auction! The reception will begin at 5 p.m. Bidding will be begin at 7 p.m.

This lovely watercolor by Dick Zunkel is just one of the many amazing pieces that will be offered at our auction that night. Did he capture some San Francisco fog to create those soft yet deep colors? Keep checking back in with this site as we’ll be posting additional photos of artwork that will be up for bid that night!

Mid-March Update

Please note that we have changed our Gallery Hours. We are now open:

Thursdays 12-4

Fridays 12-7

Saturdays 12-4

Currently in the Gallery:

Female Found

Female Found Mixed Media Contemporary Art, curated by Terenia Offenbacker, presents the work of eight women that create art together through weekly sessions for the past seven years. The materials used are common: paper, sand, metals, textiles, etc., but each artist works in a different creative way. Featured artists: Rosine Ferber, Ann Gordon, Camille Ball, Ricky Gumbrecht, Shuang Zhang, Sheryl Tealdi, Annette Legallet and Terenia Offenbacker.

This exhibit will be up until April 16th. Please note, the show will be briefly on hiatus March 25, 26, and 27 as Works will be hosting a presentation of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Coming up: A new adaptation from the Cardboard Box.

The Cardboard Box Theatre Project presents a seriously silly interpretation of Wilde’s delightfully absurd masterpiece. In this timelessly witty world where style, not substance, is the rule, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrief spend their days concocting alternate identities and fictional friends. But when the town and the country converge and romantic hijinks escalate, both men must discover how to be honestly Earnest.

March 26-27 at 8pm • March 28 at 7pm

$5 Student • $10 General

Tickets at the door or reserve by email:

tickets@thecardboardbox.org

(anti)Valentine's Auction a great success!

First Friday was a powerful display of San Jose’s vibrant art scene. Artists and bidders all crowded into Works/San Jose to see the (anti)Valentine’s Day Auction and exhibition! Bidders jumped at the chance to buy amorous (and not so amourous) artworks by over 65 artists from the South Bay! Some works created such a buzz that bidding wars ensued, all with peaceful endings. Works appreciates everyone’s help in keeping Works/San Jose as part of the downtown art scene!

To the winning bidders from Friday’s Auction!

Congratulations on your art purchase and thank you for your support of Works/San Jose and local artists! We will be calling the winners that were not present at the end of the night to let them know they won! Pick up hours for artwork will be:

February 11, Thursday 12-4pm,

February 12, Friday 12-7pm

February 13, Saturday 12-4pm.

Please contact us if you need special pick up times for your artwork. Thank you!

Show your art in Works’ first ever (anti)Valentine Exhibition and Auction!

Show your love for Works, your community art and performance center, by placing your art in our Valentine event opening First Friday February 5.

Also–attend the “My Bloody Valentine” dance at Works/San Jose on Saturday February 13, 2010 at 8pm! $5 dollar donation at the door!

How it Works:

We ask that artwork be accessible in size and price: please keep art within 12×12 inches for wall pieces or a 12×12 inch footprint for sculptural work. All work should be ready to hang or stand. Multiple pieces are acceptable.

Themes: What inspires you about Valentine’s Day: hearts and flowers, broken hearts and dead flowers? Works wants to show a full range of feelings about Valentine’s Day.

All artwork will be available for bid at the silent auction at a starting bid of 20 dollars with minimum bid increments of 5 dollars. Bidders who want to buy a piece outright must meet the “Buy It Now” (retail) price set by the artist—recommended between $50 and $300. Artists can elect to receive up to 50 percent of the purchase price or can donate all proceeds to Works. Artists whose artwork generates proceeds for Works at or above the basic membership price of $35 will be rewarded with a complimentary membership.

Please bring your artwork to Works, 451 South 1st Street, San José, CA 95113, on one of the following dates:

Thursday, January 28, 12-4 p.m.

Friday, January 29, 12-7 p.m.

Saturday, January 30, 12-4 p.m.

Please also provide:

Your Name

Your mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address

Title of Artwork

Description of piece (media, size, date)

“Buy It Now” price

Remember to join us on Friday, February 5th to see your art in the exhibition and take part in the Silent Auction!

For more information, please contact Works/San José at 408-256-6250 or gallery@workssanjose.org

Cardboard Box Theater presents "Season's Greetings" this weekend!

SeasonsGreetingsImageWHAT: A new holiday comedy about loving the ones who drive you crazy. You’re invited to an office holiday party at The Cardboard Box Paper Company, filled with manipulations, lies, and of course, holiday cheer.  It will be delightfully awkward.

WHEN: Saturday December 12 at 8 pm and Sunday December 13 at 7pm

WHERE: Works/San Jose, 451 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

HOW MUCH: Pay-what-you-can at the door. Reserve tickets by emailing tickets@thecardboardbox.org

WHO: Brought to you by the Cardboard Box Theatre Project. Directed by Greg Callaghan and written by Lauren Baines, Chad Eschman, Michael Heriford, and Julie Jigour.The Actors: Devin Bertsch, Rob Campbell, Chad Eschman, Kristen Gradwohl, Michael Heriford, Hayley Lovgren, Maren Lovgren, Kristin Schmitz, Joelle Strickland, and Rachel Wilde.

QUESTIONS: Write to Stephanie at gallery@workssanjose.org or see the Cardboard Box Theater Project Website, www.thecardboardbox.org

Works/San Jose says thanks to all participants and visitors to Noon2Noon!

On Saturday Afternoon at 12:01pm the exhausted participants of Noon2Noon-the 24 hour art marathon and fundraiser- were out of Works San Jose. We had just spent 24 hours of grueling, yet fruitful art making.

The First Friday December 4th Art Walk  visitors came to see our efforts. The entire evening was fun and full of memorable moments. Each booth was full of artists making art, selling art or teaching visitors how to make their own. The music that accompanied the visual arts was tight. Fontaine’s Muse created an amazing atmosphere and Haptic Synapses played an all too short set.  At least they hung around around to do some 1am noodling on the music box.

Our first annual Noon2Noon proved that the community is in support of the Arts in the Bay Area! We raised funds to keep up our programming including exhibitions, concerts, educational workshops and much much more! One new way to give to Works was a big success, Chip-In. Follow this link for a safe and easy way to donate to Works/San Jose!  We will leave the Chip-In open till the end of the month http://works.chipin.com/works-san-jose.

Here are the U-stream links to video and images from Noon2Noon:

beginning  noon2noon http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2711644

papercraft with the art inspector http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2713527

DC and the French http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2714531

bad beuys http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2715273

9:27 pm http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2715418

1:46 am http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2716581

finis http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2719363 (see 12:30 onward)

Once again, thank you for all your support of Works/San Jose. We wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season!

works/san jose presents 'noon2noon', a 24-hour art marathon: make art, buy art, support works

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Works/San Jose presents ‘noon2noon’–a 24 hour art marathon beginning at noon First Friday, December 4th and continuing until Saturday, December 5th. We are seeking teams or individual artists who will be sponsored during a lock-in to create art to sell in a benefit for works/san jose.

How do you get involved?

  1. SIGN-UP: Contact Stephanie Battle at Works/San Jose. Call (408)286-6800 or write to gallery@workssanjose.org. You can also sign up on Thursday between 12-7pm at Works/San Jose.
  2. ARTISTS/TEAMS: Drop off supplies and set up times are:  Thursday 12-7pm and Friday beginning at 12noon. Each team will be given a booth/area of the gallery that will include floor and wall space. Please bring art to display, preferably art for sale!
  3. PERFORMERS: Performance area will be set up day of event. Basic mic will be available. Contact Stephanie to find out more about time of sets.
  4. THIS IS A FUNDRAISER! We are asking each artist to commit to raising at least $25 for Works/San Jose! This can be done through sponsorship of a team or donating 50% of sales to Works/San Jose.
  5. WHAT IS IN IT FOR YOU? Over 1000 visitors on First Friday will get to see your artwork, network with some of the greatest artists in Silicon Valley, sell some artwork to people for the holidays, hang out in our VIP Artist Lounge with food, movies, and coffee!

This event will be streaming live online for those of you who are unable to join us on First Friday.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Battle our Gallery Coordinator at (408)286-6800

Trembling Soul, Shining Bright-Tim Cottengim Retrospective

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Works/San Jose is hosting Trembling Soul, Shining Bright–a 3-day retrospective of the art of Tim Cottengim, a downtown fixture, former Works Board Member and good friend to many. His work, spanning the last two decades, is filled with power, anguish, and fearless self-portraits. He will be missed and we invite to join us on November 20th for a reception 7-9pm, followed by a drum circle and open mic at 9pm.

Dates:

November 19, 12-7pm

November 20, 12-4pm

November 20, Reception at 7pm with Open Mic & Drum Circle at 9pm

November 21, 12-4pm

Where: 451 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Questions: Contact gallery@workssanjose.org or call (408)286-6800.

Members Exhibition Pick-up, November 14, 2009 from 12-4pm!

member09.jpgThe Works/San Jose Members Exhibition All for One was a tremendous success! Thank you to everyone who participated including the artists, board of directors, staff, and volunteers! We had a record 3000 visitors to the exhibition!

Artwork Pick-up for the Members Exhibition will officially take place Saturday November 14 between 12-4pm at 451 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. If you need to make arrangements to have someone else pick up your artwork or to make arrangements for an alternate pick-up time please call (408)286-6800 or email gallery@workssanjose.org.

Thanks again! Works doesn’t work without you!

Stephanie Battle

Art & Gallery Programming Coordinator

Works/San Jose

Works Members Opening had over 1200 visitors! Watch here….

http://www.ustream.tv/flash/video/2271664

The Works Members Exhibition All for One… opened on October 2, 2009 to an enthusiastic crowd during San Jose South First Friday Gallery Crawl! We counted over 1200 people who visited the gallery on this evening. The show will stay open until November 10, 2009. Be sure to be here next month for the Closing Reception on November 6, 2009!

"All for One…" Members Exhibition Opens October 2nd, 7pm-late!

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OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION—In the Main Gallery: All For One!… the 2009 Works Member Exhibition. Over 100 local and regional artists who have banded together to support your community art and performance center. No judge, no jury—from gentle to startling, a cross section of our community of artists.

In the P2 Installation Space: Failure, a mixed media installation by artist Lisa Noble.

When: Friday, October 2nd from 7pm-late!

Where: Works/San Jose, 451 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Questions? Contact gallery@workssanjose.org or call (408)286-6800

WORKS comedy night and member show news!

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BENEFIT COMEDY NIGHT

“Funny Women” comedy night with lesbian comedians Janine Brito and Natasha Muse. Friday, September 25, 7pm, at Works, 451 South 1st Street, $15 donationa benefit for Works/San Jose and the Billy de Frank Community Center. The related exhibit “That’s So Gay!” with work by Annie Sprinkle and 17 other artists ends Saturday. Works is open Thursday noon to 7pm; Friday and Saturday noon to 4pm

WORKS MEMBER MEETING

Saturday, September 26, 2pm

All members please attend the member meeting to make suggestions, listen, and find a way forward. Help Works to survive and thrive by getting involved. Deliver your art for the member exhibit at the same time if you like!

MEMBER ART EXHIBIT

For Artists who want to both help community art and show their work, Works’ member exhibit DEADLINE is this Saturday. Just become a member and place a piece in the exhibition.

Bring your art this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday!

Exhibition opens First Friday, October 2.

Download the exhibit form with details at www.workssanjose.org

NEW MUSIC NIGHT

Saturday, September 26, 7pm

Karen Mullally and indie band Deathat

$5 donation at the door

THAT'S SO GAY exhibit and comedy night benefit Billy De Frank Center and Works!

thatssogayOn View Now: THAT’S SO GAY!

September 17 to 26, 2009

“That’s So Gay” is a juried exhibition that both a funny and cutting response to the dire straits that individuals and organizations are experiencing in the current recession. The show is a humorous-light-hearted- comic look at survival in tough times. Laughter brings together community and community creates sustainability. Join Us for two great gay weeks of art, comedy and music.

Benefit Comedy Night: FUNNY WOMEN!

“Funny Women” comedy night with lesbian comedians Janine Brito and Natasha Muse

Friday, September 25, 7pm, at Works, 451 South 1st Street, $15 donation

a benefit for Works/San Jose and the Billy de Frank Community Center

exhibition artists:

John Agcaoili

Terry Berlier

Ed Clapp

Kimberly Cook

David Duckworth

Gene Erickson

Sean Gyshen Fennell

Jesse Harod

Patricia Hulin

Durga Krummer

Diane & Rick Malone

Sheila Malone

Rebecca Mason

Kim Navarre

Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens

Brian Tepper

Lynne Todaro

juried by:

Michele Rowe-Shields

David Duckworth

This exhibition and events presented by The South Bay Queer Arts Project (SBQAP) and Works/San Jose. All Proceeds benefit Works/San Jose and the Billy De Frank Community Center. The SBQAP’s mission is to create opportunities for Queer artists in the South Bay. The SBQAP is made up of queer artists, educators, non-profit professionals and activists who live and work in the South Bay.

haptic synapses august 2009

http://www.ustream.tv/flash/video/2055395

Haptic Synapses came through again with another performance with additional guests. Tonight’s show was particularly strange because right down the street was the san jose zombie walk and outdoor showing of Shaun of the Dead, so we had a relatively huge crowd of zombies hanging out inside and right outside the door, all night. Click above to check out some of the action!

Experience Polar Identity: August 7-September 11, 2009

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Global climate change has far reaching ramifications, and as a result the world as we know it will not be the world of 100 or perhaps even 10 years. Armed with an awareness of how our actions impact the environment, how will this affect our ideas about who we are? This was the question posed by CADRE New Media Lab at San Jose State University in an open call to artists earlier this summer.

From entries all over the world, six finalists were chosen. Leading artist Andrea Polli, seen at 01SJ 2008, will be exhibiting her work Sonic Antarctica We are also excited to feature the work Markers and 10,000-year journey by Xavier Cortada. Other works exploring the poles include Jerome Gueneau and Catherine Rannou, Phil Boissonnet, Andrea Juan, and Erika Blumenfeld. The jurors for the exhibit include surveillance artist Hasan Elaji, new media artist Robin Lasser and writer/curator Annick Bureaud.

Beginning August 7, Polar Identity can be experienced both online at SWITCH the online journal for art and technology, as well as at WORKS/San Jose. Throughout the event there will be public lectures and panels sponsored by ZERO1.

Exhibition details:

OPENING:

August 7, 2009, during South First Friday Art Walk, 7pm-11pm

Meet Artist Phil Boissonnet

WORKS/ SJ

451 south first street

san josé, ca 95113

www.workssanjose.org

Work and articles also exhibited virtually

SWITCH Journal for Art and Technology,

http://switch.sjsu.edu/v26/

CLOSING:

September 11, 2009, 7pm

Meet Artist Xavier Cortada

WORKS/San Jose

451 south first street

san josé, ca 95113

Workshops and Panels TBA

Further questions please contact:

Danielle Siembieda

dsiembieda@wildmail.com

WORKS/San Jose invites you to 'A Box of Strange' the encore performance of the Cardboard Box Theater Project July 25 and 26th!

WORKS/San Jose invites you to ‘A Box of Strange’ the encore performance of the Cardboard Box Theater Project July 25 and 26th! Reserve tickets by email, pay what you can at the door!

BoxofStrangeThe Cardboard Box Theater Project is a newly formed South Bay theater company founded by Santa Clara University Alumni, dedicated to presentation of new works and old works in new ways! The company features both SCU alumni and current students from the departments of Theater, Dance, Music, and English!

WHAT: A Box of Strange: a world populated by unique, odd, and engaging characters, including tree actors, lawn gnomes, and a breast-enhancing chorus. Production explores the line between reality and absurdity, asking the tough questions: What would happen if Shakespearean characters came together to discuss their sexual afflictions? How wrong can a first date go before lunacy sets in? And, who can resist the desire to turn a traditional dream ballet into a hip-hop/bollywood-inspired extravaganza?

WHERE: Works/San Jose, 451 South First Street, San Jose, 95113

WHEN: Sunday, July 25th and Sunday July 26th, 2009. Doors open at 7:30pm. Show begins at 8pm.

TICKETS: Reserve your tickets at this email address: tickets@thecardboardbox.org . Pay what you can at the door to support these two non-profits! No one will be turned away! Also Cardboard Box Theater Website for more details here.

MORE INFORMATION: See this link to the Cardboard Box Theater Project website at http://thecardboardbox.org/news+shows/Entries/2009/7/25_A_Box_of_Strange_Encore_Shows!.html

Haptic Synapses, july 2009

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Haptic Synapses played at WORKS/San José, july 15th, 2009. Here’s what it sounded like:

They’re still dialing in the broadcasting settings, but here’s the ustream recording…

http://www.ustream.tv/flash/video/1815284

They would love to recruit a person to help take photos and handle the video camera at their next live performance… if you’re interested, please contact steve@sc-fa.com

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Free Art Workshop Week! Drop-in welcome! July 14-18th, 2009, 2-4pm

workssanjose_march6ff JOIN US AT WORKS FOR A WEEK OF FREE WORKSHOPS FOR ALL AGES! DROP IN AND DO ART! ALL KIDS AGES FROM 1-99 INVITED!

TUESDAY JULY 14, 2-4pm, Come paint with artist Brande Barrett!

    WEDNESDAY JULY 15, 2-4pm, Create a ‘zine’ about yourself with Amy Anderson & Claire Tero!

THURSDAY JULY 16, 2-4pm, Experience sculpture with artist Alfred Preciado!

    FRIDAY JULY 17, 2-4pm, Mixed Media art with artist Anne Taylor!

SATURDAY JULY 18, 10-2pm, Everything goes! Art tables, games and worshops to chose from!

    QUESTIONS? Write Stephanie Battle, Gallery Coordinator at gallery@workssanjose.org or call (408)286-6800 or cellphone (520)245-7821!

WORKS presents 'remote/control' during the Subzero Festival on Friday June 5th at 6pm! It’s a diy, artistically bent, hi/lo-techno-mashup where street meets geek presented by ZER01 and South First Fridays.

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Join us for the opening of the exhibition ‘remote/control’ during the SubZERO Festival. The show consists of eight Bay Area artists including John Bruneau, Jason Challas, Joe DeLappe, Joseph Kohnke, Sheila Malone, James Morgan, Tom Riebold, and Shannon Wright. , who will utilize electronic reproductions, signals, and transmissions to reflect concepts of mass media production, representations of “self” in virtual spaces, and the illusion of control that personal electronic devices create in our world. The show was guest curated by Sheila Malone and Jason Challas.

Where: WORKS/San Jose 451 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

When: First Friday June 5, 2009, 6pm-11pm.

The Subzero Festival goes on until midnight!

What:The 2nd Annual SubZERO FESTIVAL takes place on South First Street between San Carlos and Reed streets. It’s a diy, artistically bent, hi/lo-techno-mashup where street meets geek presented by ZER01 and South First Fridays.

From 6pm ‘til midnight you’ll find two stages of entertainment plus 100 artists, performers, and musicians celebrating the indie creative spirit!

Have Questions or Want More information, write to or visit: gallery@workssanjose.org or visit the SubZero Website http://www.SubZEROfestival.com

sneak peek show tomorrow night: haptic synapses

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Tomorrow night (wednesday, may 27th, 2009) at 8pm. silicon valley’s own Haptic Synapses will be playing a sneak peek show in advance of their performance during the SubZERO street fair.  If you’re in the area and like beat-driven high tech soul, stop on by.  Haptic Synapses is a rotating participation electronic music group.  Their show is an improvised jam consisting of conventional and self-made electronic music equipment and software.  Chairs are available, but you may want to grab a spot by the speaker and dance your face off. More information is available at http://3rl.us/subzero/

The Examiner publishes glowing review of Cardboard Box Theater's "A Box of Strange" at Works/San Jose

img_0146-1Works/San Jose presented the premier performance of the new Cardboard Box Theater Company’s “A Box of Strange” to a crowded auditorium on Sunday, May 24th, 2009. ‘A Box of Strange’ was written and acted by the members of the new Silicon Valley based theater group. Laughter and smiles filled the space as the cast gave an energetic performance of original skit comedy. Works/San Jose congratulates all the members of the Cardboard Box Theater Project and anxiously awaits their next show! Read this glowing review by the Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/x-6827-San-Jose-Theater-Examiner~y2009m5d25-Local-Theatre-Brings-in-the-Crowds

Laugh with us as the Cardboard Box Theater Project Presents 'A Box of Strange'- Sunday May 24th, 7:30pm!

WORKS/San Jose invites you to ‘A Box of Strange’ the premier performance of the Cardboard Box Theater Project!

strangelogo_white_webWHO: The Cardboard Box Theater Project is a newly formed South Bay theater company founded by Santa Clara University Alumni, dedicated to presentation of new works and old works in new ways! The company features both SCU alumni and current students from the departments of Theater, Dance, Music, and English!

WHAT: A Box of Strange: a world populated by unique, odd, and engaging characters, including tree actors, lawn gnomes, and a breast-enhancing chorus. Production explores the line between reality and absurdity, asking the tough questions: What would happen if Shakespearean characters came together to discuss their sexual afflictions? How wrong can a first date go before lunacy sets in? And, who can resist the desire to turn a traditional dream ballet into a hip-hop/bollywood-inspired extravaganza?

WHERE: Works/San Jose, 451 South First Street, San Jose, 95113

WHEN: Sunday, May 24, 2009. Doors open at 7:30pm. Show begins at 8pm.

TICKETS: Pay what you can at the door to support these two non-profits! No one will be turned away!

MORE INFORMATION: See this link to the Cardboard Box Theater Project website at http://www.thecardboardbox.org/news/news.html

Welcomes Left Coast Live, a new premier Music Festival to Downtown SJ, May 11-15th!

works-band-picWorks/San Jose is proud to welcome the Left Coast Live music festival to the Downtown SOFFA arts district! Throughout the week of May 11-15th, the festival will flow through downtown’s cafe’s, restaurants, bars, and galleries, culminating on Friday May 15th evening with a live concert event that will showcase over 90 bands in 35 venues in and around San Jose’s downtown core! Buy 1 ticket for all events for $25 and get into all of the shows! To buy tickets and see all the associated events go to http://www.leftcoastlive.com/

WORKS/San Jose will be presenting a live concert on Friday May 15th starting at 8pm! See musicians Ben Brackett, Sandy Greenfield, and Pernikoff Brothers perform live! Admission to this concert is included with a Left Coast Live ticket! Go to our myspace page to see a list of all music events scheduled for WORKS/San Jose! See http://www.myspace.com/silvercityshovels

WHAT: Left Coast Live Festival in Downtown SJ

WHERE: 451 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

WHEN: Friday May 15, 2009, beginning at 8pm

HOW: Get tickets to the Left Coast Live Music festival from http://www.leftcoastlive.com/. The 400 block of South First Street will be closed off beginning at 4:00pm so think about taking the light rail or bus to these events!

QUESTIONS: If you have questions regarding WORKS/San Jose’s participation in Left Coast Live feel free to write to gallery@workssanjose.org or call (408)286-6800!

WORKS/San Jose and Tower Hill Design invite you to an Art & Design Party, Friday May 8th 7pm-late!

WORKS/San Jose invites you to an Art and Design Party!

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WHEN: Friday, May 8th, 2009, 7pm-late

WHERE: 451 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

WHAT: A night to celebrate art and music sponsored by the Tower Hill Design Company of San Jose! In the midst of the Beast Figurative exhibition, enjoy the music of acoustic music of Evin Wolverton, Chloe Fuller, Andy Kong, Jerry Donahee and more! Also enjoy the artwork of painter Emily Lounsbury, who will be displaying her artwork in the Paulette Peterson Gallery! This is the last night of the Beast Figurative exhibition, so be sure to see it before it is gone!

CONTACT: Questions? Contact gallery@workssanjose.org for more information.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Can’t wait to see you there!

Join us for South First Friday, May 1st from 7pm-late!

WORKS/San José is proud to invite you to the South First Friday Gallery Crawl. Come celebrate with the artists, poets and curators of the Beast Figurative exhibition. The weather is beautiful, the crowd is lively and the energy is amazing! Two local acoustic musicians will accompany the evening.

WHERE: 451 South First Street, San Jose, 95113

WHEN: Friday May 1st, 2009 from 7pm-late!

WHAT: Free gallery crawl with live music, food and drinks (for donations)!

Come! Enjoy a glass of wine or sparkling water! Support your local arts community!

POETRY JAM at WORKS/San José, Thank you poets!

A WONDERFUL NIGHT:

The poetry Jam at WORKS/San José was a complete success! Thank you to all the poets and attendees. We appreciate your support of WORKS and look forward to another event very soon! A special thanks to Chris Arcus for organizing such a great night!

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Join us at WORKS/San José for a Poetry Jam featuring eight bay area poets on Wednesday April 29th, 2009, 7-9pm! The poetry will take place in the midst of the Beast Figurative Exhibition. Come! Bring a friend! Meet artists and poets! Free event for all!

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BEAST FIGURATIVE–Opening APRIL 3, 2009, 7pm-late!

beastfigurative_exhibitionWorks/San José community and art and performance center presents:

Beast Figurative

An exhibition featuring a multitude of media from nine artists:

Rebecca Bauen, Mike Buscemi, Christopher Elliman, John Kurtyka, David Larimore, Francesca Lovecchio, Elizabeth Parashis, Carlos Perez, and Al Preciado

April 3 to May 9, 2009

Opening Reception, First Friday April 3, 7 to 9pm

Artists will also be in attendance on First Friday May 1, 7 to 9pm

Works

451 South 1st Street, San José, CA 95113

www.workssanjose.org

Beast Figurative is a show where artists will explore the animal element inside the figurative form: how the wild of the animal is inherent in our humanity, how it influences our lifestyle, how it is reflected in sports, politics, gender, religion, and mythology, and how we as working artists use this animal instinct and intuition to inform and visualize our emotional, psychological, and physical states.

The human figure is what ties this diverse group of artists together, but it is also the human condition, which will be portrayed in overt, sublime, and even abstract renditions.

In the context of this exhibition, “Beast” refers to that unfettered rage, heartbreak, sadness, joy, melancholy, and the powerful core that resides in each of us. It is the unbridled, unannounced, and intense creative inspiration that drives, fuels, and pushes our art to a creative zenith. Every artistic soul is a frozen sea—the beast resides beneath the surface.

Remnants–an Installation by photographer Margo Jones, March 22-28, 2009

When I came across a box of old photos in an antique store, I began to question photographys role as a transmitter of the events of our lives, and how these objects, that are at one time so meaningful, can become invaluable as soon as the memory is detached.

WORKS/San Jose is pleased to present Remnants a window installation by Bay Area Photographer Margo Jones.

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We all have pictures we cherish: ones that represent our childhood, our ancestors, our best times. These photos become valuable objects to us; they stand as proof for what we’ve accomplished and documents to pass on to future generations. When I came across a box of old photos in an antique store, I began to question photography’s role as a transmitter of the events of our lives, and how these objects, that are at one time so meaningful, can become invaluable as soon as the memory is detached. My work aims to explore the mnemonic value of familial photographs, and question the role photography plays in the formation of self. –Margo Jones, Remnants

"1 IN 3"-Exhibition Honoring One in Three Women Subjected to Violence

Join us for a Celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day! Four guest speakers open the exhibition on Saturday, Mar. 14, 2009, 6:00 to 9:00 pm to discuss the worldwide problem of one in every three women subject to violence: Ann Simonton, former top fashion model and now an international authority on the medias role in reinforcing violence against women;

Join us for a Celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day! Amnesty International San Jose Group 35 and Works/ San José community art and performance center, have teamed up to tell the stories of women facing and overcoming violence worldwide through the works of local and international artists.

Four guest speakers open the exhibition on Saturday, Mar. 14, 2009, 6:00 to 9:00 pm to discuss the worldwide problem of one in every three women subject to violence: Ann Simonton, former top fashion model and now an international authority on the media’s role in reinforcing violence against women; Amnesty International’s Elsie De Laere, who will share her role as a specialist on violence against women in Afghanistan with the organization; Artist Angel Daniels, who will discuss art as a medium for creating awareness about violence towards women, and Guest musician Marilee Buster.

WHAT: “1 IN 3”-Exhibition Honoring One in Three Women Subjected to Violence

WHEN:March 14-March 21, 2009; Opening Reception will be 6-9pm on Saturday March 14th! ($10 donation suggested)

WHERE: WORKS/San Jose at 451 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Gallery admission for opening night suggests a minimum donation of $10, and is free the rest of the week. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit: Cardea Center for Women, San Jose Peace and Justice Center, Kavosh Women’s Organization and the Santa Clara County Council of Churches.

some sounds we like » san jose techno jam session #1

Check out the results of the electronic music event that happened in the gallery last night!

Check out the results of the electronic music event that happened in the gallery last night!

some sounds we like » san jose techno jam session #1.

Join us for South First Friday–March 6, 2009, 7pm-late

Its Paulette Peterson Installation Space presents freshly created works from a YFAC (youth and family art connection) workshop led by local artist Nancy Ann Rice. and the hope that endures despite heartbreak and grief, to love, lose and love again.

Works/San José continues to exhibit the paintings of Christian Midjo and Tarmo Pasto in Through Scandinavian Eyes: A Look at the Midjo-Pasto Collection. Its Paulette Peterson Installation Space presents freshly created works from a YFAC (youth and family art connection) workshop led by local artist Nancy Ann Rice. The artist-in-residence installation entitled, sub specie aeternitatis, by artist and Works Board member, Brande Barrett, can be seen in the Market Street window. The installation deals with loss and loves lost; the uniquely human desire to love and be loved; and the hope that endures despite heartbreak and grief, to love, lose and love again. The night will also feature four acoustic performances from 7-9pm featuring Manigator, Kid Nothing, Dan Potthast, and Hanalei. The event is free and open to the public.

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YFAC Painting Workshop, February 21, 2009 –Photo by Cynthia Thomet

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San Jose Techno Jam Session #1 on February 25, 2009

Wednesday, february 25th, 8pm+, San Jose Techno Jam Session #1 : This will be a collaborative jam session that’s specifically beat driven the whole night. Maybe don’t try to bring your Synthi 100 (ok, we’d be impressed if you had one and brought it) but handheld electronic music sources, laptops, and handmade electronic musical instruments are all welcome.

Wednesday, february 25th, 8pm+, San Jose Techno Jam Session #1 :

This will be a collaborative jam session that’s specifically beat driven the whole night. The best kind of participation comes in the form of bringing parts of songs you can layer in alongside what other people are playing. Someone will always be laying down a kick drum all night, and we’ll post up the BPM at all times so we can focus on the jam. Small and weird instruments are welcome! Maybe don’t try to bring your Synthi 100 (ok, we’d be impressed if you had one and brought it) but handheld electronic music sources, laptops, and handmade electronic musical instruments are all welcome. Maybe bring a small mixer? See you there!

YFAC: Fun with Ephemera!

# # # Media Contact: Cynthia Thomet, pr@workssanjose.org, About YFAC (youth and family art connection): yfac fosters appreciation for and understanding of art by giving local children (ages 7 to 14) and their families new and different ways to express themselves through art in a no-mistakes environment that supports the application of creative problem-solving and risk-taking beyond the visual arts.

350Coming Saturday, February, 14, 2009, from 12 – 2 pm, Works/San Jose will host another Youth & Family Art Connection, called “Fun with Ephemera”.

“Ephemera is a beautiful word for those things that you manage to collect–like old tickets to your favorite show–and they make great media for art projects. Valentine’s day seemed to be a good day to explore how to incorporate ephemera into your art,” says local art teacher and Works Board member, Brande Barrett. “This fun family activity is free, where you can make and take your own fine art home with you.” Continue reading “YFAC: Fun with Ephemera!”

Through Scandinavian Eyes

For Immediate Release, January 31, 2009
Media Contact: Cynthia Thomet, pr@workssanjose.org
Works/San José Opens 2009 with a Look
“Through Scandinavian Eyes,”
Featuring the Works of Midjo & Pasto
Opens: First Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 at 7 pm
Continues during usual gallery hours through Sat. Mar. 7, 2009
January 31, 2009 – In its first exhibition for 2009, Works/San José will showcase […]

For Immediate Release, January 31, 2009
Media Contact: Cynthia Thomet, pr@workssanjose.org

Works/San José Opens 2009 with a Look
“Through Scandinavian Eyes,”
Featuring the Works of Midjo & Pasto
Opens: First Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 at 7 pm
Continues during usual gallery hours through Sat. Mar. 7, 2009

January 31, 2009 – In its first exhibition for 2009, Works/San José will showcase the talents of Christian Midjo and Tarmo Pasto in “Through Scandinavian Eyes: A Look at the Midjo-Pasto Collection,” launching Friday, Feb. 6, at 7 pm at 451 S. First Street, San Jose, Calif.

The collection belongs to San Jose radiologist Dr. Matthew Pasto, oldest son of Tarmo Pasto, who acquired his father’s paintings, as well as Midjo’s. Since then, Dr. Pasto and his wife, Karyn Shaffner-Pasto, have worked to find ways to share the talents of these artists while supporting philanthropic efforts.

Norwegian-born Christian Midjo graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in Denmark, and by 1909 had made his way to Ithaca, New York, where he was to become professor at Cornell University.

Tarmo Pasto was born in Pennsylvania to Finnish parents in 1906, but it was at Cornell University—during his pursuit of pursuit of his Ph.D. in the 1940s—that he first met Midjo. The relationship quickly grew from instructor-apprentice to a deep friendship and their works reflect an ongoing dialogue even across the country.

By the mid-40s, Pasto had moved to California, and by 1948, he had become a professor of art and psychology at Sacramento State College (known today as California State University at Sacramento). Midjo had by that time retired from Cornell and moved to California where Pasto had built a studio for him.

By 1961, Midjo made his way back to Norway where he eventually died in 1973 at the age of 93. Pasto remained a resident of Sacramento through 1986 during which time he enjoyed wide recognition for his growing knowledge in psychology. Author of “The Space-Frame Experience in Art,” (1964), Pasto died in 1986.

“Works/San José is pleased to share with the community the visual dialogue that took place between these two artists,” says Will Smith, volunteer-Treasurer on Works’ board.

The exhibition will continue through Saturday, Mar. 7. Gallery admission is free and open hours are: Thursdays 3 – 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays noon – 4 pm.

# # #

Works/San José is the San José community’s art and performance center—a non-profit creative laboratory dedicated to providing an environment where artists, audience, and ideas interact to expand the scope of cultural and artistic experience. Gallery hours are: Thursdays 3 – 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays noon – 4 pm. For more information or to find out how to volunteer, please visit: www.workssanjose.org.

Organizational update for february 2009

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Wow, lots of exciting developments are happening. We have a new gallery coordinator! Her name is Stephanie, and we’ll post more info about this addition to our team soon. That means we’ll be resuming normal gallery hours starting next week! We feel like we’re better positioned to get back on a good track. So, with that, join our mailing list if you’re not on it already.

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Through Scandinavian Eyes

For Immediate Release, January 31, 2009

Media Contact: Cynthia Thomet, pr@workssanjose.org

Works/San José Opens 2009 with a Look
“Through Scandinavian Eyes,”

Featuring the Works of Midjo & Pasto

Opens: First Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 at 7 pm

Continues during usual gallery hours through Sat. Mar. 7, 2009

January 31, 2009 – In its first exhibition for 2009, Works/San José will showcase […]

For Immediate Release, January 31, 2009

Media Contact: Cynthia Thomet, pr@workssanjose.org

Works/San José Opens 2009 with a Look
“Through Scandinavian Eyes,”

Featuring the Works of Midjo & Pasto

Opens: First Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 at 7 pm

Continues during usual gallery hours through Sat. Mar. 7, 2009

January 31, 2009 – In its first exhibition for 2009, Works/San José will showcase the talents of Christian Midjo and Tarmo Pasto in “Through Scandinavian Eyes: A Look at the Midjo-Pasto Collection,” launching Friday, Feb. 6, at 7 pm at 451 S. First Street, San Jose, Calif.

The collection belongs to San Jose radiologist Dr. Matthew Pasto, oldest son of Tarmo Pasto, who acquired his father’s paintings, as well as Midjo’s. Since then, Dr. Pasto and his wife, Karyn Shaffner-Pasto, have worked to find ways to share the talents of these artists while supporting philanthropic efforts.

Norwegian-born Christian Midjo graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in Denmark, and by 1909 had made his way to Ithaca, New York, where he was to become professor at Cornell University.

Tarmo Pasto was born in Pennsylvania to Finnish parents in 1906, but it was at Cornell University—during his pursuit of pursuit of his Ph.D. in the 1940s—that he first met Midjo. The relationship quickly grew from instructor-apprentice to a deep friendship and their works reflect an ongoing dialogue even across the country.

By the mid-40s, Pasto had moved to California, and by 1948, he had become a professor of art and psychology at Sacramento State College (known today as California State University at Sacramento). Midjo had by that time retired from Cornell and moved to California where Pasto had built a studio for him.

By 1961, Midjo made his way back to Norway where he eventually died in 1973 at the age of 93. Pasto remained a resident of Sacramento through 1986 during which time he enjoyed wide recognition for his growing knowledge in psychology. Author of “The Space-Frame Experience in Art,” (1964), Pasto died in 1986.

“Works/San José is pleased to share with the community the visual dialogue that took place between these two artists,” says Will Slade, volunteer-Treasurer on Works’ board.

The exhibition will continue through Saturday, Mar. 7. Gallery admission is free and open hours are: Thursdays 3 – 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays noon – 4 pm.

# # #

Works/San José is the San José community’s art and performance center—a non-profit creative laboratory dedicated to providing an environment where artists, audience, and ideas interact to expand the scope of cultural and artistic experience. Gallery hours are: Thursdays 3 – 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays noon – 4 pm. For more information or to find out how to volunteer, please visit: www.workssanjose.org.

YFAC is Back for 2009!

Youth & Family Art Connection Returns to Works Monthly: 2nd Saturdays!
•    January’s Featured Workshop: “Adventures in Texture”
WHEN: Saturday, January 10, 2009, 12 noon – 2 pm
WHERE: 451 S. First Street, San Jose, CA
On Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, youth will be able to explore texture through a hands-on art activity from 12 noon to 2 pm. […]

Youth & Family Art Connection Returns to Works Monthly: 2nd Saturdays!

•    January’s Featured Workshop: “Adventures in Texture”

WHEN: Saturday, January 10, 2009, 12 noon – 2 pm

WHERE: 451 S. First Street, San Jose, CA

On Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, youth will be able to explore texture through a hands-on art activity from 12 noon to 2 pm. Works/San José is bringing back YFAC—youth and family art connection—in 2009, to give youth and their families another reason to enjoy the arts on the second Saturday of each month. Workshop admission will be free, but donations to the program are gratefully accepted.

“Once you begin hunting for textures, you will never look at anything around you in quite the same way,” says local art teacher and newest Works Board member, Brande Barrett. “This fun family activity is free, where you can make and take your own fine art home with you.”

Thanks to Barrett, Works/San José is able to re-introduce one of the weekend programs preferred among San Jose’s younger artists and art appreciators.

Works/San José is the San José community’s art and performance center—a non-profit creative laboratory dedicated to providing an environment where artists, audience, and ideas interact to expand the scope of cultural and artistic experience. Gallery hours are: Thursdays 3 – 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays noon – 4 pm. For more information or to find out how to volunteer, please visit: www.workssanjose.org.

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Media Contact: Cynthia Thomet, pr@workssanjose.org, (808) 344-0958 cell

About YFAC (youth and family art connection):
yfac fosters appreciation for and understanding of art by giving local children (ages 7 to 14) and their families new and different ways to express themselves through art in a “no-mistakes” environment that supports the application of creative problem-solving and risk-taking beyond the visual arts. Free creative opportunities are provided at Works/ San Jose on the second Saturday of the month.

YFAC is Back with “Adventures in Texture”!

Explore texture through a hands-on art activity at Works/San Jose (451 S. First Street, San Jose). Led by local teacher, Brande Barrett, youth from ages 7-14 are encouraged to participate in this *free* fun-filled workshop.
“Once you begin hunting for textures, you will never look at anything around you in quite the same way,” says Barrett. […]

Explore texture through a hands-on art activity at Works/San Jose (451 S. First Street, San Jose). Led by local teacher, Brande Barrett, youth from ages 7-14 are encouraged to participate in this *free* fun-filled workshop.

“Once you begin hunting for textures, you will never look at anything around you in quite the same way,” says Barrett. “This fun, family activity is free where you can make and take your own fine art.”

WHAT: YFAC: “Adventures in Texture!”

WHEN: Saturday, December 13, 12 – 2 pm

WHERE: Works/ San Jose, 451 S. First Street, San Jose, CA

youth and family art connection (yfac) fosters appreciation for — and understanding of — art by giving local children (ages 7 to 14) and their families new and different ways to express themselves in a “no-mistakes” environment that supports the application of creative problem-solving and risk-taking beyond the visual arts. Free creative opportunities are provided at Works/ San Jose on the second Saturday of ever month.

Stay tuned for future YFAC activities!

December 2008 Board Meeting

The board of directors will be meeting at Works/San Jose on December 10th, 2008 at ~6:30pm in the gallery. If you are interested in volunteering for pretty much anything at Works, please join us so we can chat with you about the volunteer opportunities we have.

The board of directors will be meeting at Works/San Jose on December 10th, 2008 at ~6:30pm in the gallery. If you are interested in volunteering for pretty much anything at Works, please join us so we can chat with you about the volunteer opportunities we have. Thanks! Hope to see you there.

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December First Friday and AUCTION

460 Market Street – Yumiko Kayukawa, photographic exhibit, Rhys Sanchez, stencil exhibit Over on South Fourth Street (at San Fernando): KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth Street (street level of Fourth Street Garage) 7-9pm 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.

Join Us for South First Friday —

December 5th

7pm till late, all venues and events FREE.

Then take part in our art auction the next night, Saturday December 6th!

Works San Jose – 451 South First Street

This friday night, preview our exciting auction!

Preview the 2008 Benefit Auction featuring 100 established to emerging regional artists, including Binh Danh, Kathryn Dunlevie, Bill Gould, Karen Haas, Brenda Jamrus, Diane Levinson, Tony May, Stephanie Metz, Angelica Muro, Fanny Retsek, Glen Rogers, and 90 more!

Auction date is Sat., Dec. 6, with a final preview at 5 pm and bidding at 7 pm. Or stake your claim early, find your favorites online and get your bid on!

Fanny Retsek, continues to work on her on-going “printstallation” entitled Casualty. View her progress anytime on the Market Street-side window of the Works’ gallery location.

Continue reading “December First Friday and AUCTION”

Music performance night: November 29th, 2008, ~7pm

We have another live music night in the gallery coming up, the saturday after thanksgiving. Technorati Tags: music, of the sun, benjamin brackett, san jose, San Jos, sanjose, the violet club, twain harte, works, Works/San Jos, workssanjose

We have another live music night in the gallery coming up, the saturday after thanksgiving. That should be plenty enough time to recover from your food coma, so come out and listen to these fine musical acts:

  • twain harte
  • of the sun
  • the violet club
  • benjamin brackett

Showtime starts at around 7pm. That’s about it! Should be fun, come on out and hear some live music. All ages, free, $5 donation requested.

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Auction Sneak Peeks Exhibition Begins Nov. 20!

GALLERY HOURS Auction Sneak Peeks Exhibition: Nov. 20 – Dec. 4: Thursdays, 3 – 7 pm, Fridays & Saturdays, noon – 4 pm First Friday Auction Preview: Dec. 5 will be 7 pm till …

Works/San Jose - Auction 2008
Works/San Jose - Auction 2008

Works/San Jose’s Benefit Auction Returns!

With more than 100 pieces of art donated by scores of the area’s artists, Works/San Jose’s exhibition of auction pieces will launch on Thursday, Nov. 20. and culminate with its long-awaited benefit auction on Saturday, Dec. 6.

GALLERY HOURS

  • Auction Sneak Peeks Exhibition: Nov. 20 – Dec. 4: Thursdays, 3 – 7 pm, Fridays & Saturdays, noon – 4 pm
  • First Friday Auction Preview: Dec. 5 will be 7 pm till …
  • Benefit Auction: Saturday, Dec. 6, Last Preview at 5 pm, Bidding at 7 pm till …

Don’t Forget! Works’ current Artist in Residence, Fanny Retsek, continues to work on her on-going “printstallation” entitled “Casualty”. View her progress anytime on the Market Street-side window of the Works’ gallery location.

Works/San Jose Auction Returns!

Auction Supports Community Arts Scene, Raises Critical Funding for Volunteer Arts Organization!

Auction Sneak Peeks Exhibition: Nov. 20 – Dec. 6
First Friday Auction Preview: Dec. 5 at 7 pm
Auction Date: Saturday, Dec. 6, Last preview at 5 pm, Bidding at 7 pm

Works/San José ’s long-awaited auction will take place at on Saturday, Dec. […]

Auction Supports Community Arts Scene, Raises Critical Funding for Volunteer Arts Organization!

Works/San Jose Auction 2008

Works/San Jose Auction 2008

  • Auction Sneak Peeks Exhibition: Nov. 20 – Dec. 6
  • First Friday Auction Preview: Dec. 5 at 7 pm
  • Auction Date: Saturday, Dec. 6, Last preview at 5 pm, Bidding at 7 pm

Works/San José ’s long-awaited auction will take place at on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 451 South First St., San Jose, Calif. Bidding will begin promptly at 7 pm with the final preview at 5 pm.

With more than 100 pieces of art donated by scores of the area’s artists, exhibition of auction pieces will begin on Thursday, Nov. 20. As usual, admission is free, but bidder registration is $10 for Works members and $15 for others. (Proxy bidding will be available.)

“We’re encouraged by such a strong showing,” says Steve Cooley, President of Works’ volunteer board who spent countless hours developing an online database to store and feature auction items at www.workssanjose.org.

Works’ volunteer board members are looking forward to the event, which has historically represented a large part of the organization’s donor revenues. The organization hopes that some of the area’s coveted names will draw higher bids. By the same token, Works is also looking for adventurous art buyers who may end up with a solid investment from the area’s new or up-and-coming artists.

“Works/San José’s art auction has always been the South Bay’s most accessible. With regional artists everyone knows of to several you will be hearing about in the future–it’s definitely the most eclectic, and where the greatest deals are found. Some of the bidding will start in the two digits!” says long-time Works designer and current board member, Joe Miller.

Works/San José, which has in years past been the debut gallery for many Bay Area artists, is counting on members of the community to consider this fact when they appear at the auction.

“This holiday season, I hope people will remember that they’re not just buying art from a local artist, they are buying into a philanthropic share of the San Jose arts community. Over its 30 year history, Works/San José has not only helped define the arts in this community, but it has also helped artists challenge that definition and remain at the creative cutting edge,” continues Cooley.

Works/San José is the San José community’s art and performance center-a non-profit creative laboratory dedicated to providing an environment where artists, audience, and ideas interact to expand the scope of cultural and artistic experience.

Gallery hours are: Thursdays 3 – 7 pm, Fridays noon – 4 pm, and Saturdays noon – 4 pm. For more information or to find out how to volunteer, please visit: www.workssanjose.org.

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Media Contact: Cynthia Thomet, pr@workssanjose.org, (808) 344-0958 cell

South First Friday, November 6th 2008

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 South First Street between San Fernando &

Join Us for South First Friday —

November 7th!

7pm till late, all venues and events FREE!

Works San Jose – 451 South First Street

This friday night, Works/San Jose has a great lineup of FREE entertainment and activities going on.

Throughout the night, there will be live music from these performers:

  • Nate Kavanaugh (Cast Iron Songs)
  • Mike Hugenor (Shinobu/Hard Girls)
  • Sim Castro (The Albert Square)

Works/San Jose will continue its showcase the talents of local Intermediate and High School students in Hope & Fear. Come and see the artists of tomorrow as they learn to explore hope and fear through artistic expression. Also, Works’ current Artist in Residence.

Fanny Retsek, continues to work on her on-going “printstallation” entitled Casualty. View her progress anytime on the Market Street-side window of the Works’ gallery location.

Save the date: Benefit Art Auction, Saturday, December 6!

We will also be accepting artwork for our 2008 art auction. Click to see who’s participating so far! There’s still time to participate. If you are planning on bringing in a piece of art to donate during South First Friday, please download, print, and fill out the participation form from our website before you come in.

The following night at Works/San Jose (Saturday November 8th 6:00 pm+, all ages, $5 donation requested) is “SIDESCROLLER ]I[: Shmup Love“, a night of retro and not-retro video games.

Also happening on First Street:

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Jane Przybysz

Erin Goodwin-Guerrero writes: Hello Silicon Valley Art Community, Jane Przybysz, Director of San Jose’s Museum of Quilts and Textiles, was in a head-on collision in Napa this week end. Jane and her staff are saying that Jane’s fundraising efforts are going to be greatly curtailed as a result of this setback, so they would love people to send donations to the Museum of Quilts and Textiles, instead of flowers.

Erin Goodwin-Guerrero writes:

Hello Silicon Valley Art Community,

Jane Przybysz, Director of San Jose’s Museum of Quilts and Textiles,
was in a head-on collision in Napa this week end. A driver took a sudden left turn in front of her car, tried to correct at the last minute, and ended up hitting Jane and her husband directly. Their car is totaled, Mark has broken foot and Jane is in the hospital with three chipped vertebrae.

Today, Wednesday, Jane is being fitted for a back brace. Tomorrow she will be released to come back to San Jose.

Many people have asked ARTSHIFT where they can send flowers. Jane and her staff are saying that Jane’s fundraising efforts are going to be greatly curtailed as a result of this setback, so they would love people to send donations to the Museum of Quilts and Textiles, instead of flowers. This is an excellent idea, because, let’s face it, our arts institutions are usually cash-strapped and balancing precariously. In these economic times, some cash contributions to the Museum’s fundraising would be most welcome and lift everyone’s spirits!

As you come by the Museum of Quilts and textiles this First Friday, please leave a substantial contribution. Neither flowers nor art are cheap!

Thank you,
Erin Goodwin-Guerrero, Editor

<www.artshiftsanjose.com>

Best wishes for a speedy recovery for Jane and her husband! When you come down for first friday, please do stop by our neighbor, the Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and give generously if you can.

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2008 Art Auction participants list

Hey, we’ve created a webpage with the list of artists who have pledged a piece of art for our 2008 art auction! Technorati Tags: 2008, art, auction, san jose, san jose, San Jos, works, Works/San Jos, workssanjose

Hey, we’ve created a webpage with the list of artists who have pledged a piece of art for our 2008 art auction! Please go check it out, it’s looking like a fantastic show of support from our awesome community of artists. Until Saturday, November 8th at 4pm, there’s still time to join this amazing list! please email auction@workssanjose.org with your name, email, and phone number and we’ll get you into the program.

Click here for the event details

and Click here to download the auction participation form.

and THANK YOU! We’re very much looking forward to a great auction!

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2008 AUCTION FORMS

CLICK HERE TO READ UP ON THE DETAILS OF THIS EVENT Here they are! auction form 2008 in .doc format auction form 2008 in .pdf format CLICK HERE TO READ UP ON THE DETAILS OF THIS EVENT

CLICK HERE TO READ UP ON THE DETAILS OF THIS EVENT

Here they are! Please download, print, and fill out one of these documents. They are the same document, but in two flavors of formats.

auction form 2008 in .doc format
auction form 2008 in .pdf format

CLICK HERE TO READ UP ON THE DETAILS OF THIS EVENT

2008 Auction Info

Please find artist donation forms, instructions for sending a jpeg image of your work, and auction updates at: www.workssanjose.org Please deliver art to 451 South First Street in downtown San Jos on one of these 3 days: Thursday, November 6, 3 to 7pm, Friday, November 7, noon to 4pmor 8 to 10pm during South First Friday, or on Saturday, November 8, noon to 4pm.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PARTICIPATION FORM

At last: the Benefit Art Auction! You are the key to Works’ renewal!

Dear artist and friend of Works/San José:

For the first time in two years, Works, your community art and performance center, is asking for your art for the 2008 Benefit Auction! Works is right now working toward a stable home, rehiring its part time gallery coordinator, restarting music and performance nights, and accepting exhibition proposals for the new year in its current space as the guest of the property owners. This will be the most important auction ever for a south bay arts organization, and your commitment and most inspired artwork are needed now to move works into the future. Over the previous few auctions works has nearly doubled its revenue from this essential fundraising event. At this critical time, with your help, we can and must continue this trend.

PLEASE CONFIRM right away that you will contribute to this important event by sending an email to auction@workssanjose.org. Include the spelling of your name, email address, and phone number, so that we can include you in auction press releases and on our website as early as possible. Please find artist donation forms, instructions for sending a jpeg image of your work, and auction updates at: www.workssanjose.org

Please deliver art to 451 South First Street in downtown San José on one of these 3 days: Thursday, November 6, 3 to 7pm, Friday, November 7, noon to 4pm—or 8 to 10pm during South First Friday, or on Saturday, November 8, noon to 4pm. All work should be complete with frame, glass, etc. as appropriate, or otherwise ready to hang or display. You may retain a percentage of the sale of your work or donate the entire sale amount to works. As just one token of our appreciation, we offer you a free one year membership to Works/San José.

Exhibition: November 20 through December 6
Reception and Auction: December 6 starting at 5pm with auction at 7pm

We look forward to seeing both you and your work! All proceeds support exhibition, performance, and education programs at Works/San José, your nonprofit, volunteer-run, community art and performance center.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
The Board of Directors of Works/San José

P.S.: Please also pass this on to an artist whose work you would like to see in the Benefit Auction.

works/san josé is member supported, primarily funded by this single auction event and individual donations; and is also funded in part by the
city of san josé; and arts council silicon valley in partnership with the county of santa clara, and the california arts council.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PARTICIPATION FORM
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS ANNOUNCEMENT

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November 8th: SIDESCROLLER3 : SHMUP LOVE

it’s hard to believe, but it was a year ago that we did the last SIDESCROLLER event, so we’re WAY overdue. update: Technorati Tags: game, games, gaming, retro, san jose, San Jos, sanjose, sidescroller, works, Works/San Jos, workssanjose

Sidescroller3 Hires3

it’s hard to believe, but it was a year ago that we did the last SIDESCROLLER event, so we’re WAY overdue. 🙂 Come join us Saturnday, November 8th, from 6:00pm to midnight-ish for a night of retro and not-retro games in the genre of the futuristic side scrolling shooter. $5 donation is requested so we can help pay the rent and electricity bill at Works/San Jose. OMGWTF?! Sidescroller is t3h awesome!1!

update:
http://www.ustream.tv/flash/video/850965

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Board of directors meeting October 2008

The board of directors will be meeting at Works/San Jose tomorrow night at 6:30pm.

The board of directors will be meeting at Works/San Jose tomorrow night at 6:30pm. Please join us if you would like to observe or participate.

heart of chaos: Uproar 2008

To Enter: Download and complete the Entry form at http://www.heartofchaos.net/guidelines/Uproar2008_guidelines.pdf Entry Fee: $20.00 per artist for up to 3 submissions (includes free admission for the artist at the opening night party see http://www.heartofchaos.net/art-event-uproar-2008.html Submission Drop Offs: October 27 – November 1, 2008 from 4-10PM at South First Billiards, 420 South First Street, San Jose, 95113.

Our friend Jen from Heart of Chaos writes:

Official Call for Artists:
Heart of Chaos (http://www.heartofchaos.net) once again brings “UpRoar” to San Jose with it’s second annual exhibit at South First Billiards. Anything goes in this open themed exhibit juried by the attending reception audience. You remember last year, we are doing it up even BIGGER this year! So bring on the ART!

Theme: Open, anything goes! All mediums and forms of expression welcome.

To Enter: Download and complete the Entry form at

http://www.heartofchaos.net/guidelines/Uproar2008_guidelines.pdf

Entry Fee: $20.00 per artist for up to 3 submissions
(includes free admission for the artist at the opening night party see

http://www.heartofchaos.net/art-event-uproar-2008.html

Submission Drop Offs: October 27 – November 1, 2008 from 4-10PM at South First Billiards, 420 South First Street, San Jose, 95113. You must be 21+ to enter South First Billiards. Exhibit entry is open to artists under 21 please contact Freddie Vega at upbeat111@yahoo.com for special drop off arrangements if needed.

Opening Night Party: November 7th, 8pm-2am ($5 admission waived for exhibiting artist)

First Friday October 2008: Hopes/Fears

Hopes/Fears, Works/San Jose will showcase the talents of local Intermediate and High School students beginning First Friday, October 3, 2008 at 7 pm at 451 S. Technorati Tags: san jose, San Jos, works, Works/San Jos, workssanjose

In its new exhibition entitled “Students/Teachers; Hopes/Fears,” Works/San Jose will showcase the talents of local Intermediate and High School students beginning First Friday, October 3, 2008 at 7 pm at 451 S. First St., San Jose, Calif. Join us for a reception for the artists and their teachers on opening night.

Click here to read more about what’s going on for First Friday.

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San Jose Students & Teachers Explore Hopes & Fears at Works

New Exhibition Launches on First Friday, October 3 at 7 pm!
In its new exhibition entitled “Students/Teachers; Hopes/Fears,” Works/San Jose will showcase the talents of local Intermediate and High School students beginning First Friday, October 3, 2008 at 7 pm at 451 S. First St., San Jose, Calif. Works will hold a reception for the artists […]

Works/San Jose, 451 S. First St.

Works/San Jose, 451 S. First St.

New Exhibition Launches on First Friday, October 3 at 7 pm!

In its new exhibition entitled “Students/Teachers; Hopes/Fears,” Works/San Jose will showcase the talents of local Intermediate and High School students beginning First Friday, October 3, 2008 at 7 pm at 451 S. First St., San Jose, Calif. Works will hold a reception for the artists and their teachers on opening night.

“Students/Teachers; Hopes/Fears”

The installation explores hope and fear through the artistic lens of today’s and tomorrow’s artists expressing their views through a variety of media.

Conceived and coordinated by local art teacher Brande Barrett, the exhibition intends to provide a window to the depth of insight held by youth often marginalized in their schools and communities.

“With high-stakes testing and tight budgets, arts classes are the first to go, yet studies have shown time and again how the arts enhance children’s learning,” says Barrett.

Fanny Retsek

Fanny Retsek

“Casualty”

Works’ artist in residence, Fanny Retsek continues to work on her “printstallation” available for public viewing anytime on the Market Street-side window of the Works’ gallery location at 451 S. First Street, San Jose.

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About Works/San Jose

Works/San Jose is Silicon Valley’s community art and performance center—a non-profit creative laboratory dedicated to providing an environment where artists, audience, and ideas interact to expand the scope of cultural and artistic experience. To become a member or for more information, please visit: www.workssanjose.org.

Media Contact: Cynthia Thomet, (808) 344-0958, pr@workssanjose.org

Music at Works, Saturday September 20th, 2008

* The Albert Square (San Jose) * Phantom Float (San Francisco) * Pteradon, (San Jose) formerly known as “November Trials” is currently signed on to Campbell record label Asian Man Records.Click here to get all of the details!

The Albert Square and other indie rock bay area bands are performing this Saturday, 9/20 at Works/San Jose

* You Can Do It, Old Boy! (Livermore), formerly called the “Altamont Union”.
* The Albert Square (San Jose)
* Phantom Float (San Francisco)
* Pteradon, (San Jose) formerly known as “November Trials” is currently signed on to Campbell record label Asian Man Records.

Click here to get all of the details!

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Bay Area Bands Rock Out at Works/San Jose this Saturday!

The Albert Square and other indie rock bay area bands are performing this Saturday, 9/20 at Works/San Jose–”the” place for the South Bay community to experiment, exhibit and engage located at 451 South First Street. (The free event is expected to be the first of monthly musical performances. Donations are encouraged!)
WHO:

You Can Do It, Old […]

The Albert Square and other indie rock bay area bands are performing this Saturday, 9/20 at Works/San Jose–”the” place for the South Bay community to experiment, exhibit and engage located at 451 South First Street. (The free event is expected to be the first of monthly musical performances. Donations are encouraged!)

WHO:

WHERE: 451 S. First Street, San Jose, CA (just in case you missed it the first time around!)

SHOW DATE & TIME: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008 at 6:30 pm

(Oh, and you’ve probably noticed the flyers inaccurately call us “[CENSORED]“. We considered extreme measures for this flagrant act of careless creativity, but remembered that art only comes to those who “do”. Based on that rationale, the artists among us at Works/San Jose realized that “extreme measures” was likely a huge “don’t” and figured we’d simply ask promoters, performers and supporters to remember that their patronage at 451 S. First Street on Sat. Sept. 20 shows support for “Works/San Jose”.)

See you this weekend!

Member show art pickup this weekend

Hey, just a reminder that if you have a piece in the current Member Show “re:group”, you need to come in this weekend between 12pm and 4pm and pick up your artwork. Thanks very much for your participation!

Hey, just a reminder that if you have a piece in the current Member Show “re:group”, you need to come in this weekend between 12pm and 4pm and pick up your artwork. Thanks very much for your participation!

Vintage video vol. 1

Eric Predoehl wrote to us tonight: Subject: video from WORKS, circa 1985 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAQf3qOoctw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_D52jXq3Us This performance is from a special event produced by KFJC Radio and I.B.S.

Eric Predoehl wrote to us tonight:

Subject: video from WORKS, circa 1985

This performance is from a special event produced by KFJC Radio and I.B.S. at the Works Gallery in San Jose on November 22, 1985.

ERIC PREDOEHL
http://www.louielouie.net/blog/
http://www.rantical.com/blog/

So, for your instant gratification:

Thanks, Eric!

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September 2008 Board Meeting

The board of directors will be meeting at Works/San Jose on September 10th, 2008 at ~6:30pm in the gallery. Technorati Tags: art, development, opportunity, performance, san jose, San Jos, sanjose, volunteer, works, workssanjose

The board of directors will be meeting at Works/San Jose on September 10th, 2008 at ~6:30pm in the gallery. If you are interested in volunteering for pretty much anything at Works, please join us so we can chat with you about the volunteer opportunities we have. Thanks! Hope to see you there.

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Works Boasts a “Three-fer” Today, First Friday, Sept. 5

You can bet we were tickled to open The Mercury News today and see Sal Pizarro’s column about Works/ San Jose’s main designer and dedicated volunteer Board member, Joe Miller. We are honored that he will be opening his typography and poetry exhibition at Space 47 tonight, while Works inaugurates printmaker Fanny Retsek’s residency and […]

You can bet we were tickled to open The Mercury News today and see Sal Pizarro’s column about Works/ San Jose’s main designer and dedicated volunteer Board member, Joe Miller. We are honored that he will be opening his typography and poetry exhibition at Space 47 tonight, while Works inaugurates printmaker Fanny Retsek’s residency and showcases the musical talents of Benjamin Brackett.

Support your community artists tonight, First Friday, September 5, 2008 at:

Works/San Jose – 451 South First Street, 7 pm – ?

Studio 47 – 47 E. William Street, 7 pm – ?


South First Friday, September 2008

THIS FRIDAY NIGHT – Artist In Residence exhibit, Live Music, Members’ Exhibit Works/San Jose will showcase the talents of two local artists along with its ongoing member exhibition works re:group. Click here to sign up for our announcement list Technorati Tags: art, music, performance, san jose, San Jos, sanjose, southfirstfriday, works, Works/San Jos, workssanjose

THIS FRIDAY NIGHT – Artist In Residence exhibit, Live Music, Members’ Exhibit
Works/San Jose will showcase the talents of two local artists along with its ongoing member exhibition works re:group. Printmaker Fanny Retsek’s art giveaway special, called Keep this Slip for Reference and a don’t miss one-night-only Benjamin Brackett performance! 7pm till Late-o’clock.

Click here to read what else is going on this friday night on south first!

Click here to sign up for our announcement list

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Performance, Print & “works re:group”

Friday, Sept. 5 at 7 pm:
Fanny Retsek Inaugurates her Residency
& Benjamin Brackett Performs at Works
San Jose, August 28, 2008 – Works/San Jose will showcase the talents of two local artists on First Friday, September 5, 2008, from 7 – 9 pm along with its ongoing member exhibition “works re:group” at 451 S. First Street, San […]

Friday, Sept. 5 at 7 pm:
Fanny Retsek Inaugurates her Residency
& Benjamin Brackett Performs at Works

San Jose, August 28, 2008 – Works/San Jose will showcase the talents of two local artists on First Friday, September 5, 2008, from 7 – 9 pm along with its ongoing member exhibition “works re:group” at 451 S. First Street, San Jose, Calif. Visit Works to:

  • witness Printmaker Fanny Retsek,
  • check out Musician Benjamin Brackett in action, and
  • view the “works re:group” exhibition

All at this September’s First Friday event!

“Keep This Slip for Reference”

Printmaker Fanny Retsek will be Works’ “Artist in Residence” this fall, and inaugurating her residency with “Keep This Slip for Reference” an on-site print production art give-away on Friday, Sept. 5.

During the course of her residency, Retsek will work on an on-going “printstallation” entitled “Casualty,” which will show in the Market Street-side window of Works’ gallery location.

Currently, the Print Center Director and Master Printer at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Retsek works in all forms of print as well as drawing. Retsek’s work responds to the political issues spawned by our global consumer economy.

You can bet on this Brackett

Recording artist, musician and vocalist Benjamin Brackett will be performing a set at Works on Fri. Sept. 5 during its First Friday show. His latest album is entitled “Hear Ye, Hear Ye” (2007), which is available at record stores and also through his MySpace page.

Originally from Santa Cruz, Brackett once escaped Silicon Valley as (in his words) “computers and capitalists worked together to do away with every ranch and orchard left untouched by city boys and real estate developers.” He eventually wound his way back to the area through a cross country trip that also landed him in New Orleans and Nashville.

“works re:group”

Works’ current members’ exhibition, “works re:group,” showcases the art of more than 100 artists, which will continue to be on display through Saturday, Sept. 13. The unjuried format of the members’ exhibition has provided many aspiring community members their artistic debut setting Works/San Jose apart from art organizations in the area.

“works re:group,” launched on Aug. 1-a First Friday event that drew more than 800 visitors to the gallery than night, and opened Works’ doors to the community for the first time in 2008 at its 451 S. First Street location.

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Media Contact: Cynthia Thomet, pr@workssanjose.org, (808) 344-0958

About Works/San Jose

Works/San Jose is Silicon Valley’s community art and performance center-a non-profit creative laboratory dedicated to providing an environment where artists, audience, and ideas interact to expand the scope of cultural and artistic experience. To become a member or for more information, please visit: www.workssanjose.org.

want to gallery sit for us?

Here’s a zoomed in view of the part you need to know: You will then be presented with a form to sign up for the date you selected: Here’s a zoomed in view of the two fields you need to fill in.

Helping us keep our doors open is an excellent way to give something back to your community. It’s easy to do and can be a lot of fun. Click through to learn the details on how to sign up!

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Arts Council Silicon Valley – individual artist fellowships

The Arts Council is awarding one $4,000 fellowship to an individual artist for work in each of six categories: 2-Dimensional Visual Arts: photography, film, or video. Textiles 520 South First Street, San Jose Wednesday, September 10, 4:00pm at the Arts Council Silicon Valley Suite 200 Conference Room 1, 4 North Second Street, San Jose APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 14, 2008 For Guidelines and Application, go to http://www.artscouncil.org/grants/grants/forindividual/artist.asp Arts Council Silicon Valley offers Individual Artist Fellowships each year in six different categories.

The Arts Council is awarding one $4,000 fellowship to an individual artist for work in each of six categories:
2-Dimensional Visual Arts: photography, film, or video.
3-Dimensional Visual Arts: Sculpture (all media)
Literary Arts: Poetry
Music: Instrumental Performance
Dance: Choreography
Theatre: Stage direction
No specific project needs to be carried out with the funds awarded.

SAVE THE DATE
INFORMATIONAL WORKSHOPS on submitting a grant application will be held:
Tuesday, September 9, 6:15pm at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 South First Street, San Jose
Wednesday, September 10, 4:00pm at the Arts Council Silicon Valley
Suite 200 Conference Room 1, 4 North Second Street, San Jose

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 14, 2008
For Guidelines and Application, go to
http://www.artscouncil.org/grants/grants/forindividual/artist.asp

Arts Council Silicon Valley offers Individual Artist Fellowships each year in six different categories. Fellowships are funded by the California Arts Council, County of Santa Clara, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and Silicon Valley Art Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

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August 2008 Board Meeting

The board of directors will be meeting at Works/San Jose on August 14th, 2008 at ~6:00pm in the gallery. If you are interested in volunteering for pretty much anything at Works, please join us so we can chat with you about the volunteer opportunities we have.

The board of directors will be meeting at Works/San Jose on August 14th, 2008 at ~6:00pm in the gallery. If you are interested in volunteering for pretty much anything at Works, please join us so we can chat with you about the volunteer opportunities we have. Thanks! Hope to see you there.

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Members' Exhibit 2008 opening night photos

Even adjusting for people re-entering the gallery after leaving for a while, this is still a record high turnout for a members’ exhibit opening night. Join our Flickr pool here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/408969@N20/ Technorati Tags: san jose, San Jos, sanjose, works, Works/San Jos, workssanjose

We had an amazing opening! Thanks to everyone who participated! At the end of the night, we counted over 800 people having walked through the door. Even adjusting for people re-entering the gallery after leaving for a while, this is still a record high turnout for a members’ exhibit opening night. Thank you again! Please continue to bring your friends out to the gallery to see this amazing collection of community art.

Here are some photos from the opening. If you have more, email webmaster@workssanjose.org for instructions on how to make them available to be seen on our website.

Steve Cooley took these:

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Andrew Ho took these photos:

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Join our Flickr pool here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/408969@N20/

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Works/San Jose Members' Exhibit 2008 – re:group – opens this friday night!

460 Market Street – Yumiko Kayukawa, photographic exhibit 386 South First Street- Jeremiah Kille, mixed media exhibit Over on South Fourth Street (at San Fernando): 7-9pm KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth Street (street level of Fourth Street Garage) Featured Artists Reception: Into The Void – a cosmic/futuristic/pre-and-post-apocalyptic themed exhibit, featuring 60+ new paintings and ink renderings by Andy Gouveia and Pellet.

Join us for South FIRST FRIDAYS – AUG 1st!

8PM ’til LATE – ART WALK venues are open late & are free
The SoFA District is So. First Street between San Carlos and E. Reed streets

Works San Jose – 451 South First Street
After months of mostly darkness, a dedicated band of artists and patrons are excited to reopen Works with Works re: group, the 2008 member exhibition. This annual salon style show is the South Bay’s most inclusive and eclectic. Works is your community art and performance center and is completely volunteer-run, so come to see the exhibition and find out how you can participate!

Click through to read more about what else is going on this South First Friday night!
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Works/San Jose in the mercury news July 30, 2008

Page A4, July 30, 2008. Sal Pizarro covered our members’ exhibit show, which opens this friday in his “Around town” column. right next to “news of the weird”, possibly another good column for us to be under.

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Page A4, July 30, 2008. Sal Pizarro covered our members’ exhibit show, which opens this friday in his “Around town” column. http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_10039491 … right next to “news of the weird”, possibly another good column for us to be under. 😉

2008 Members' Exhibit – call for art due this week

*VOLUNTEERING* volunteers are needed on the below dates: Art hanging – after work is received and layed out: day 1: July 28, hanging art day 2: July 29, hanging art day 3: July 30, hanging art and lighting the show Gallery prep/ cleanup: Thursday July 31 Gallery sitting/ hours: Friday August 1 : 3-5 volunteers for the opening August 1 to September 13: volunteers to keep the gallery open to the public.

Deliver your art to Works:
STARTING TODAY, thursday, july 24, 6 to 8pm
friday and saturday, july 25 and 26, noon to 4pm

Click through for a reminder of the show details.
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“works re:group” is Works/San Jose’s First Installation in 2008

Friday, Aug. 1 at 7 pm
Reception Invites Community to Remember Past Works & Rebuild Future Works
Call to Community Artists for Art & Membership Support
San Jose, Calif., July 14-Works/San José (Works) is regrouping and reopening at 451 South First Street, San Jose, Calif., with a relaunch of its annual members’ exhibition on Fri., Aug. 1, 2008 […]

Friday, Aug. 1 at 7 pm
Reception Invites Community to Remember Past Works & Rebuild Future Works
Call to Community Artists for Art & Membership Support

San Jose, Calif., July 14-Works/San José (Works) is regrouping and reopening at 451 South First Street, San Jose, Calif., with a relaunch of its annual members’ exhibition on Fri., Aug. 1, 2008 at 7 pm till late. The exhibition will last six weeks, extending through Sat., Sept. 13.

Works announced the “works re: group” exhibition this week, calling for members to refresh their memberships, participate in the exhibition with one “ready-to-hang” piece of art, and support gallery initiatives with membership and volunteerism.

The “works re: group” event on Fri., Aug. 1, will include a gala reception and showcase the core of the nonprofit organization’s mission: to be a creative laboratory dedicated to providing an environment where artists, audience, and ideas interact to expand the scope of cultural and artistic experience. The community-based art organization moved to 451 S. First Street in early 2007-a move that came with unexpected real estate, regulatory and financial demands that prevented the organization from extending its mission to the community.

“We’re past the major hurdles that have been weighing the organization down, and now is a great time for the community to get involved,” says Steve Cooley, president of Works’ board. “Works is what you put into it. We hope people will renew their memberships and show a piece of art in our members’ exhibit.”

One such way includes a call to build support through membership with basic rates reduced to $25/ year. Works is also extending a call to volunteers, whose help is needed for the installation and also to gallery sit during the exhibition hours from August 1 through September 13. Interested volunteers are urged to email gallery@workssanjose.org to learn more.

“While a handful of people give very generously of their creativity and time, and overall individual donations are up-we’d also like to see a boost of monetary support,” continues Cooley.

The unjuried format of the annual members’ exhibition has provided many aspiring community members their artistic debut setting Works/San Jose apart from art organizations in the area.

For the installation beginning Aug. 1, members of Works are invited to place one work of art into the exhibition. Each single piece must be ready to hang (framed/mounted with all hanging hardware). Space is limited for this popular exhibition, and artwork requirements for exhibition are available at www.workssanjose.org.

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About Works/San Jose

Works/San Jose is Silicon Valley’s community art and performance center-a non-profit creative laboratory dedicated to providing an environment where artists, audience, and ideas interact to expand the scope of cultural and artistic experience. To become a member or for more information, please visit: www.workssanjose.org.

works’ art submission specs

Each member of Works is invited to place one work of art into the exhibition, as space is limited for this popular exhibition. Each single piece must be ready to hang (framed/mounted with all hanging hardware).

  • Wall pieces must be limited to 24 inches in width by 24 inches in height;
  • Sculptural pieces must be limited to 24 inches in width and depth. Please include instructions for pedestals, suspensions, or any other special display requests.
  • Performance artists, who would like to present a work during the reception, are asked to email Works (at gallery@workssanjose.org) by 4pm on July 26 to reserve space.

Works also requests a resume and artist statement to accompany submitted artwork. Exhibition entry form and exhibition agreement can be completed when you deliver your work or can be downloaded at www.workssanjose.org.

All work must be hand-delivered to 451 South 1st Street on Thursday, July 24, 6 – 8 pm, or Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26, noon to 4 pm. (No artwork can be accepted after 4 pm, July 26.)

At the end of the exhibition, pieces will be available for pick-up on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 – 14, from 4 – 6 pm.

Media Contact: Cynthia Thomet, (808) 344-0958, pr@workssanjose.org

Works re:group – Members' Exhibit 2008

a call for art to members of works (and those who might like to join or renew right away!) dear member and friend of works: works, your community art and performance center, is regrouping and reopeningand you are invited to participate in the 2008 works/san jos annual members exhibition.

a call for art to members of works
(and those who might like to join or renew right away!)

dear member and friend of works:

works, your community art and performance center, is regrouping and reopening—and you are invited to participate in the 2008 works/san josé annual members’ exhibition. the exhibition, entitled works re: group, will open august 1 and run to september 13 with a gala reception and annual meeting of membership on first friday, august 1 from 7pm until late.

each member of works is invited to place one work of art into the exhibition, your single piece must be ready-to-hang (framed/mounted with all hanging hardware). space is limited for this popular exhibition and we must limit wall pieces to 24 inches in width by 24 inches in height; and sculptural pieces to 24 inches in width and depth. please include instructions for pedestals, suspensions, or any other special display requests. please also provide a resume and artist statement.

all work must be hand-delivered to 451 south 1st street on thursday, july 24, 6 to 8pm, or friday and saturday, july 25 and 26, noon to 4pm. no work can be accepted after 4pm july 26. the exhibition entry form and exhibition agreement can be completed when you deliver your work or can be downloaded at workssanjose.org. volunteers are needed for installation and to gallery sit during the exhibition—please email now to ask how you can help!

performance artists who would like to present a work during the reception must email works by 4pm july 26 to reserve space.

work will be available for pick-up on saturday or sunday, september 13 or 14 from 4 to 6pm.

join or renew your membership today to take part in the south bay’s most inclusive and eclectic salon style exhibition. basic membership is just $25—a temporary reduction from the normal $35 per year. arts activist membership is $100 per year, with which you will receive a works t-shirt or mug, invitations to special events with artists and curators, and two free passes to one of our music or performance events.

if you have questions, please email gallery@workssanjose.org.

thank you for your participation!

Download and print the PDF to get started!

In the gallery: steve cooley

On display: “steve cooley : through the prism of San Jose” a temporary show in the windows of Works/San Jose while works is preparing for the upcoming member exhibit. My works on display are the result of riding the line between working with digital tools and techniques and the analog results.

On display: “steve cooley : through the prism of San Jose” a temporary show in the windows of Works/San Jose while works is preparing for the upcoming member exhibit.

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My major influences are Kandinsky, Picasso, Braque, circuit boards, and typography. I create digital works in addition to working with tradition mediums. I very much like the sensibilities of electronic art and music, but have been struggling with the issue of how to recognize their lack of scarcity. So, I continue to work in analog mediums until the world can figure out how to fully appreciate digital art without reservations. However, in many cases I will use digital tools for planning or sketching out concepts before going to the analog medium. My works on display are the result of riding the line between working with digital tools and techniques and the analog results.

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More on the Whitney Aiken installation

YOUTH DOCUMENTARY CENSORED In 01SJ Whitney Aiken, a lonely voice in the window of Works Gallery, by Erin Goodwin-Guerrero Space 47, a San Jose Gallery began a sociological investigation by mentoring a selected group of young people in the self-examination of behaviors on the internet.

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YOUTH DOCUMENTARY CENSORED In 01SJ

Whitney Aiken, a lonely voice in the window of Works Gallery,
by Erin Goodwin-Guerrero

Space 47, a San Jose Gallery began a sociological investigation by mentoring a selected group of young people in the self-examination of behaviors on the internet. Parents, schools and sociologists have become increasingly concerned over boundaries broken on the internet. What is the subtext of shameless engagement in topics, acts and revelations that in previous generations were considered to be private, personal, embarrassing or incriminating?

On such sites as Facebook, YouTube and Myspace, young people show themselves nude, in sexual postures, drunk and passed out and in many other ways that would have been anathema to their parents’ generation. Why does the current generation seems to have no need to maintain good face, avoid public shame, and conceal “issues”? Honesty, at times brutal, is embraced –perhaps as part of a youthful idealism, mixed with exhibitionism — that we all remember from our years under the age of thirty.

Whitney Aiken prepared The Biggest, Most Influential Thing that has Ever Happened to Me, as part of the Space 47 project. Daily, for six weeks, Aiken broadcast through word and pictures on the internet her grief over the death of her father, her mother’s breast cancer, and her own fears for inherited tendencies toward cancer.

Click to read the rest of the article.

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SubZero street faire 2008

Believe it or not, we’ve got some artwork on display for the street fair in Zero/One 2008. We still are looking for your help, so please leave a comment on this post if you’re interested in getting involved in the san jose art world.

Believe it or not, we’ve got some artwork on display for the street fair in Zero/One 2008.  We’re not dead yet, so drop by our gallery windows to see.

We still are looking for your help, so please leave a comment on this post if you’re interested in getting involved in the san jose art world.

Is Works Closing??

Some answers to questions about Works: Is Works closing? Works needs just about everyone right now: leaders, workers, organizers, and donors. Works needs basic members now more than everif you havent already, please join or renew to show that Works has community support.

Some answers to questions about Works:

Is Works closing? Why is Works dark?!

With no exhibition up and no events on the calendar, these are the questions we have heard most. Warned of our financial uncertainty and the threat of an impending move, guest curators and artists were delayed and then could not install in time when given the green light. The building contains all of Works’ property but no exhibition is up or scheduled.

Why did Works move there?

After the new owners of 30 North 3rd did not wish to negotiate a new lease with Works, we moved to 451 South 1st in an arrangement negotiated with the City of San José. The city wanted Works to move to the SoFA arts district and this location offered the lowest preparation costs of any of the area spaces at this size. Still, the move, temporary office space, storage, new lighting, construction, and cleanup cost Works about $30,000.

Isn’t the City of San José paying for the space?

The city approved a 3-year subsidy that would keep the remaining rent near the amount Works paid at the previous location. However, this did not include the substantial income Works received from studio rentals at 30 North 3rd. Works had to somehow make up this lost income with other revenue. With overall space between locations decreasing from around 8000 to 4500 square feet, studio space was not practical.

Over the past year, a few donors have given more than any individuals ever have to Works. But at the same time, the Board of mostly volunteer artists was inexperienced and often uncomfortable with fundraising. Membership revenue and grants fell short and the decision was made to move the benefit auction to Spring to avoid competition with the holidays. With the present uncertainty the auction has been delayed further, and would not be enough alone to sustain Works at the current location.

Is it just money?

Yes, Works needs money, but as much and more it needs people to reenergize it. It needs volunteers and Board members who will, as others have for 31 years, take the organization and remake it with new ideas and energy.

Works/San José is your community art and performance center. For years this sentence has started most descriptions of the organization. The meaning has now become more clear than ever—Works is just people. People like you and me who want there to be a home in San José for the experimental—the less established—the sometimes raw and unfiltered in art. Works is the only arts venue in the South Bay where programming is determined by community proposals—but nothing happens without individuals from the community pitching in.

How bad is it? What’s next?

Money has run out and several bills remain unpaid. Only a few remain on the Board of Directors, along with a couple more on the Executive Committee. A handful of dedicated volunteers have pledged support. The Board has enlisted the help of the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San José (RDA) to potentially exit our lease at 451 South 1st Street. Along with RDA we’re now awaiting a decision by a third party that will determine what happens next. There is not yet any new location for Works. Weeks ago RDA made a tentative proposal for another downtown space, but conflicting missions with the other tenant and space issues shelved this possibility.

What can I do to help?

Hey, that’s our question exactly. What can you do? Works needs just about everyone right now: leaders, workers, organizers, and donors. Works needs basic members now more than ever—if you haven’t already, please join or renew to show that Works has community support. We are grateful for the extraordinary support that Works has received from core volunteers and donors. But that list has to get longer for Works to survive.

Who should I contact?

You can email the entire Board directly:
works-board@somejunkwelike.com

Or you can contact the Board President, Steve Cooley:
president@workssanjose.org

Body of Works EBay Auction, Round 4

The 4th and final round of the EBay auctions from Body of Works is online now! Please go bid on some artwork to help us keep our doors open. Technorati Tags: bodyofworks, works, workssanjose

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The 4th and final round of the EBay auctions from Body of Works is online now! Please go bid on some artwork to help us keep our doors open.

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Children's art workshop December 2007

We’re sorry to announce the children’s art workshop originally scheduled for December 8th, 2007 has been cancelled.

We’re sorry to announce the children’s art workshop originally scheduled for December 8th, 2007 has been cancelled. Subscribe to our RSS feed to keep in touch with us for announcements on upcoming events for kids in 2008!

Volunteer at Works

* Helping run the bar or the front door at one of our special events like South First Friday or an opening night reception * Being an event coordinator for music and performances * Being our gallery programming coordinator * Being our volunteer coordinator * Being on the Board of Directors Contact us at volunteer@workssanjose.org to learn more!

Interested in getting more involved in the arts community? Works sure is looking for you! We have several kinds of ways for you to volunteer your time and skills. Some ways we need help are:

* Sitting in the gallery during our normal hours of operation.
* Helping run the bar or the front door at one of our special events like South First Friday or an opening night reception
* Being an event coordinator for music and performances
* Being our gallery programming coordinator
* Being our volunteer coordinator
* Being on the Board of Directors

Contact us at volunteer@workssanjose.org to learn more!

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South First Friday – December 2007

in august, 2007, a residency and workshop hosted by Silpakorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand, included San Jos State faculty artists Erin Goodwin-Guerrero, Tony May, and David Middlebrook, who were invited to participate as part of a larger exchange with several California universities.

Don’t let a little rain cheat you out of experiencing some awesome culture! Come on down to South First Friday at Works/San Jose this friday:

Opening Reception: California to Bangkok and Back: an ongoing artistic and cultural exchange of faculty artists. in august, 2007, a residency and workshop hosted by Silpakorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand, included San José State faculty artists Erin Goodwin-Guerrero, Tony May, and David Middlebrook, who were invited to participate as part of a larger exchange with several California universities. The artists were directed to address the theme of world environment, and the conclusion of the bangkok portion of the exchange was a major exhibition showing the results of this effort. The exhibition at Works/San José presents new work from the California portion of this ongoing exchange.

Opening in the Paulette Peterson installation space: Marina Shterenberg: video installation Infinite Desire explores relationships between organic and geometric symmetry, between the human body and euclidean space, and between physical and imagined environments.

On view: WORXX: twenty years of design by Joe Miller, a sampling of the dynamic, award winning, and sometimes controversial graphic design for Works/San José from 1987 to 2007.

Visit SouthFirstFridays.com for more info on what else is going on!

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California to Bangkok and Back

This exhibition at Works/San Jose represents the California portion of the ongoing exchange of Thai and California artists which was begun a number of years ago by art faculty from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly.) It includes work from all of the artists who have participated in the latest exchanges.

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Works/San Jose is pleased to announce – California to Bangkok and Back, its next exhibition, opening December 4th, 2007, and on view through January 19th, 2008.

In August, 2007, a three-week residency and workshop hosted by Silpakorn University in Bangkok Thailand, included three San Jose State University faculty artists who were invited to participate as part of a larger group of artists from several California Universities. The artists worked in Bangkok, alongside faculty artists from Thailand in the production of a major exhibition which opened in September 2007 at the Art Centre at Silpakorn University.

This exhibition at Works/San Jose represents the California portion of the ongoing exchange of Thai and California artists which was begun a number of years ago by art faculty from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly.) It includes work from all of the artists who have participated in the latest exchanges. Four of these Thai artists have just recently completed residencies at San Jose State and at Cal Poly.

Exhibit Preview: Dec 6th, 2007 – 6:30pm, Works/San Jose

Public Reception: Dec 7th, 2007 – 7:00pm, Works/San Jose

Click here for the entire press release and more photos

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California to Bangkok and Back

Works/San Jose Opens New Exhibition
California to Bangkok and Back: An Ongoing Artistic & Cultural Exchange of Faculty Artists.
San Jose, November 30, 2007 — Works/San Jose is pleased to announce – California to Bangkok and Back, its next exhibition, opening December 4th, 2007, and on view through January 19th, 2008 at 451 South First Street, San […]

Works/San Jose Opens New Exhibition
California to Bangkok and Back: An Ongoing Artistic & Cultural Exchange of Faculty Artists.

San Jose, November 30, 2007 — Works/San Jose is pleased to announce – California to Bangkok and Back, its next exhibition, opening December 4th, 2007, and on view through January 19th, 2008 at 451 South First Street, San Jose, Calif.


In August 2007, a three-week residency and workshop hosted by Silpakorn University in Bangkok Thailand, included three San Jose State University faculty artists who were invited to participate as part of a larger group of artists from several California Universities. The artists worked in Bangkok, alongside faculty artists from Thailand in the production of a major exhibition which opened in September 2007 at the Art Centre at Silpakorn University.

This exhibition at Works/San Jose represents the California portion of the ongoing exchange of Thai and California artists which was begun a number of years ago by art faculty from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly.) It includes work from all of the artists who have participated in the latest exchanges. Four of these Thai artists have just recently completed residencies at San Jose State and at Cal Poly.

Artists included are:
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
-Sky Bergman
-Tera Galanti
-George Jercich
-Michael Barton Miller

Cuesta College
-Tim Anderson

Loyola Marymount University
-Maggie Tennesen

Mahasarakham University
-Sakchai Uthitoe

San Jose State University
-Erin Goodwin-Guerrero
-Tony May
-David Middlebrook

Silpakorn University
-Pairoj Chamunee
-Thavorn Ko-Udomvit
-Vichoke Mukdamanee
-Sitthichai Pratchayaratikun
-Surasak Rodproabun
-Sone Simatrang
-Thongchai Srisukprasert
-Kamol Tassananchalee

Thaksin University
-Montri Sungmusikganon

Working in a wide variety of media, the artists have created an exhibit based on artistic and cultural exchange and addressing the theme of “world environment” as uniquely interpreted through the distinct minds and media of each of the nineteen artists. Works/San Jose is honored to be hosting the “exclusive, North American premiere” and engagement.

A Curatorial talk with Professors May, Middlebrook, and Goodwin-Guerrero will take place December 13th, 7:00pm at the Works/San Jose gallery located at 451 South First Street in San Jose. This discussion about the artists’ work and experiences in Thailand during the exchange is free and open to the public.
Exhibit Preview: Dec 6th, 2007 – 6:30pm, Works/San Jose
Public Reception: Dec 7th, 2007 – 7:00pm, Works/San Jose

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Susan Shoffstall
Works/San José
P: (408) 394-3347
susanshoffstall@yahoo.com

About Works/San José:
Works/San José is “the” place for the south bay community to experiment, exhibit, and engage. founded in 1977 by local artists, works “success is in the process” philosophy and unique range of opportunities allow artists, curators, and the community to take creative risks. works is an alternative non-profit art and performance center dedicated to providing a venue for artists, ideas, and images that expand the scope of cultural and artistic experience and challenge the boundaries of contemporary art.

works/san josé
451 south 1st street • san josé, california 95113• 408.286.6800
hours: t,w,f,sat 12pm – 4pm and th 12pm – 7pm
Copyright © 2003/2007 works/san josé. All rights reserved.

New Music and Performance Night – November 2007

Why not celebrate the newly arrived cold weather with a night out at Works/San Jose’s December edition of New Music and Performance night? Technorati Tags: new music and performance night, new music night, san jose, San Jos, works, workssanjose

Ah, back to real life after thanksgiving, huh? We had a nice break and hope you did too. Why not celebrate the newly arrived cold weather with a night out at Works/San Jose’s December edition of New Music and Performance night? We have two of the bay area’s finest performers coming in this Wednesday from 8pm to 10pm. From the south bay, we have El Otro Mundo’s El Gato #9, and from the north, we have Will Grant, a.k.a. Blue Fire! Doors open at 7pm, wednesday November 28, 2007. $5 for members, $10 for non-members. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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poetry first!

featured poets followed by an open mic First Tuesdays at Works, presented by Poetry Center San Jos with the San Jos State University Creative Writing Department free and open to the public this month’s featured poets: Peter Malae Elline Lipkin Nigel Funge read more about the poets at www.pcsj.org Technorati Tags: workssanjose, works

7:30pm tuesday, november 6

featured poets followed by an open mic
First Tuesdays at Works, presented by Poetry Center San José
with the San José State University Creative Writing Department
free and open to the public

this month’s featured poets:
Peter Malae
Elline Lipkin
Nigel Funge

read more about the poets at www.pcsj.org

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South First Friday – November 2007

Come on down to South First Friday at Works/San Jose this friday and experience this fine events: Opening Reception: WORXX: twenty years of design by joe miller A sampling of the dynamic, award winning, and sometimes controversial graphic design for Works/San Jos from 1987 to 2007.

Come on down to South First Friday at Works/San Jose this friday and experience this fine events:

Opening Reception: WORXX: twenty years of design by joe miller
A sampling of the dynamic, award winning, and sometimes controversial graphic design for Works/San José from 1987 to 2007. Installation in the front window and back community wall.

Live electronic music performances by Chlorophil and Derek Scott.

on view in the main exhibition space:
Feel the Difference: Cultural Branding Remix
Artists Jano Cortijo, Binh Danh, Ala Ebtekar, Amir H. Fallah, Juan Luna-Avin, and Angelica Muro remix the commercialization of culture and ethnicity.

on view in the Paulette Peterson Installation Space:
Chris Elliman An interactive installation on social stereotypes.

Visit SouthFirstFridays.com for more info on what else is going on!

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WORXX: twenty years of design by joe miller

A sampling of the dynamic, award winning, and sometimes controversial graphic design for Works/San Jos from 1987 to 2007. For more about Joe’s work in design and performance visit www.joemillersco.com Technorati Tags: joe miller, works, workssanjose



A sampling of the dynamic, award winning, and sometimes controversial graphic design for Works/San José from 1987 to 2007. An installation at the front window and the hall community space. Opening Reception: First Friday November 2, 8pm to 10pm. Exhibition continues through December 22. For more about Joe’s work in design and performance visit www.joemillersco.com

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Works/San Jose night at Aqui, Willow Glen – November 5

Do your part to support this community artist space by ordering cocktails and/or dinner between 4pm and 9pm Aqui will donate a portion of their sales to WORKS, if you bring in the attached flyer, or even mention Works when you are paying for your meal.

Monday, November 5 is Works/San Jose night at Aqui Cal-Mex on Lincoln Avenue. Do your part to support this community artist space by ordering cocktails and/or dinner between 4pm and 9pm – Aqui will donate a portion of their sales to WORKS, if you bring in the attached flyer, or even mention Works when you are paying for your meal.

It’s a win-win for us all-!

Best wishes-
Sarah Puckitt

Download and PRINT this PDF of the flyer!


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Curatorial Workshop – October 2007

getting it all together: submitting curatorial proposals october 20th 2007 at 10am suggested donation: $10 (to cover cost of handouts) this workshop will help you prepare a professional and cohesive exhibition proposal to submit to works/san jose and other galleries and museums.

getting it all together: submitting curatorial proposals
october 20th 2007 at 10am
suggested donation: $10 (to cover cost of handouts)

this workshop will help you prepare a professional and cohesive exhibition proposal to submit to works/san jose and other galleries and museums.
reservations: call 408-286-6800 or email gallery@workssanjose.org

SIDESCROLLER ][ : Art + Games + Techno + Beer

Thursday, October 11, 2007 @ ~7:30pm Come join us for a night of retro and not-retro games in the genre of the futuristic side scrolling shooter, accompanied by a dj mixed soundtrack to match.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007 @ ~7:30pm

Come join us for a night of retro and not-retro games in the genre of the futuristic side scrolling shooter, accompanied by a dj mixed soundtrack to match. $5 donation is requested so we can help pay the rent and electricity bill at Works/San Jose. $10 will get you a custom embroidered patch! OMGWTF?! Sidescroller is t3h awesome!1!

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Photos from New Music and Performance Night, september 2007

I have posted photos from last month’s event on my blog. Thanks very much to all who came out, and especially to Chachi Jones, QORSER, and Joe Miller! Technorati Tags: new music and performance night, san jose, works, workssanjose

I have posted photos from last month’s event on my blog. Thanks very much to all who came out, and especially to Chachi Jones, QORSER, and Joe Miller! Excellent performances by all.

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Body of Works Ebay auctions: Round 3!

We have just posted our third round of ebay auctions from our opening show, “Body of Works”. Body of Works Ebay auctions, Round 3 Technorati Tags: bodyofworks, ebay, works, workssanjose

We have just posted our third round of ebay auctions from our opening show, “Body of Works”. Please go see what’s up for auction and bid on a set today! All proceeds go towards helping Works pay the rent and keep the doors open!

Body of Works Ebay auctions, Round 3

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South First Friday—October 5, 2007

Opening Reception, 7pm till late: Feel the Difference: Cultural Branding Remix Artists Jano Cortijo, Binh Danh, Ala Ebtekar, Amir H. Paulette Peterson Installation Space rededication: Chris Elliman An interactive installation on social stereotypes.

Opening Reception, 7pm till late:

Feel the Difference: Cultural Branding Remix
Artists Jano Cortijo, Binh Danh, Ala Ebtekar, Amir H. Fallah, Juan Luna-Avin, and Angelica Muro remix the commercialization of culture and ethnicity.

Paulette Peterson Installation Space rededication:
Chris Elliman An interactive installation on social stereotypes.

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New Music and Performance Night, September 2007

– I’m super excited to present to you this Wednesday Night, September 26th @ 8pm the following performances: up first, electronic music from Chachi Jones cnet senior editor for digital audio Released two albums on the lunaticworks recording label Will be performing some experimental sounds created from home made circuit bent instruments mixed with old school techno generated by vintage analog synthesizers up second, spoken word performance from Joe Miller Wednesday is his 46th birthday and 20th anniversary as designer for works (thanks Joe!!) probably some adult content performance involves projected imagery and fire?

[steve] – I’m super excited to present to you this Wednesday Night, September 26th @ 8pm the following performances:

up first, electronic music from Chachi Jones

  • cnet senior editor for digital audio
  • Released two albums on the lunaticworks recording label
  • Will be performing some experimental sounds created from home made circuit bent instruments mixed with old school techno generated by vintage analog synthesizers

up second, spoken word performance from Joe Miller

  • Wednesday is his 46th birthday and 20th anniversary as designer for works (thanks Joe!!)
  • probably some adult content
  • performance involves projected imagery and fire? 🙂

up third, electronic music from QORSER

  • Prolific minimal house, techno, experimental electronic musician in the south bay
  • Internationally famous NetLabel musician out on:

Doors open at 7:30pm, strongly recommended donation of $5 for adults, $3 for students. No one turned away for lack of funds. Please give more if you can afford it, Works is in immediate jeopardy of losing our performance space. We need your help more than ever. Beer and Wine for 21 and up. Door proceeds go to the performers, bar proceeds go to help pay our insanely expensive rent, please BRING A FRIEND, and BUY TWO BEERS.

update1: Thanks to whomever posted the event to Squidlist! I tried to do that and.. they didn’t accept it.

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Special Meeting of Membership

As Works celebrates its 30th year, the membership is being called upon to help define the destiny of the organization. Special Meeting of Membership 6:30pm, Friday, September 21, 2007 Works/San Jose, 451 South 1st Street Light refreshments will be available.

As Works celebrates its 30th year, the membership is being called upon to help define the destiny of the organization. Over the past several months the Board of Directors has striven to restart the strong programming of Works after the high costs of relocation and repairs; and to meet the fiscal obligations inherent to running a downtown art center in the Bay Area’s largest city.

A crucial meeting has been called at which the Board will present recommendations for change and invite input from members. Works has overcome many obstacles in the past, but these new challenges cannot be met without a true community effort. Works needs you now. Bring your bright ideas and positive energy to this meeting and help craft the future of Works/San Jose.

Special Meeting of Membership
6:30pm, Friday, September 21, 2007
Works/San Jose, 451 South 1st Street

Light refreshments will be available.

works access : eXact-O

Join us on Thursday, September 20th, at 6:30pm in the gallery for the first public screening of “artist process” followed by a panel discussion with artists jesse houlding, marina shretenberg, charlene tan, and annie vought in conjunction with their show “eXact-O” current on display.

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Join us on Thursday, September 20th, at 6:30pm in the gallery for the first public screening of “artist process” followed by a panel discussion with artists jesse houlding, marina shretenberg, charlene tan, and annie vought in conjunction with their show “eXact-O” current on display. This event is free and open to the public.

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Body of Works Ebay auctions: Round 2!

We have just posted our second round of ebay auctions from our opening show, “Body of Works”. Body of Works Ebay auctions, Round 2 Technorati Tags: bodyofworks, ebay, works, workssanjose

We have just posted our second round of ebay auctions from our opening show, “Body of Works”. Please go see what’s up for auction and bid on a set today! All proceeds go towards helping Works pay the rent and keep the doors open!

Body of Works Ebay auctions, Round 2

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Photos from SIDESCROLLER

Friend and member of Works, Jono Kane, sent us the excellent photos he took from our first games+art+music event, SIDESCROLLER. Technorati Tags: sidescroller, works, workssanjose

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Friend and member of Works, Jono Kane, sent us the excellent photos he took from our first games+art+music event, SIDESCROLLER. Thanks Jono!

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First Friday – September 2007

Join us in the gallery on September 7th, 2007 for the following performances: 8pm TSAE Labs – improvised electronic music which includes ‘textures and soundscapes’, drones, and the occasional beat to keep things moving forward 9pm Noka – ambient, weird, space-like, 4/4 electo-wierdo, and generally psychedelic.

Join us in the gallery on September 7th, 2007 for the following performances:
8pm TSAE Labs – improvised electronic music which includes ‘textures and soundscapes’, drones, and the occasional beat to keep things moving forward
9pm Noka – ambient, weird, space-like, 4/4 electo-wierdo, and generally psychedelic.
On view: eXact-O! – The art of the precise cut.

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Waltz in to Works!

Thursday, August 30th, 7:30 – 11:00pm Come join us at Works/San Jose gallery to enjoy a night of dancing for a good cause! $10 donation to Works for admission Technorati Tags: dance, dancing, works, workssanjose

Thursday, August 30th, 7:30 – 11:00pm

Come join us at Works/San Jose gallery to enjoy a night of dancing for a good cause!

Waltz, polka, swing, cha-cha, tango, and more–all in a wonderful atmosphere, surrounded by contemporary art. See the current show, “Exact-o!” and celebrate all forms of art & creativity at this event.

Waltz lesson will be given at 7:30, open dancing at 8:00. Dances for all will be taught throughout the night.

$10 donation to Works for admission

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SIDESCROLLER – Aug. 29th

On August 29th @ 8pm, Come out and play some retro and not-retro scrolling arcade games while listening to a futuristic dj-mixed soundtrack at Works! We’re in need of some cash money, so please donate a few bucks and buy a beer.

sidescroller 8/29

On August 29th @ 8pm, Come out and play some retro and not-retro scrolling arcade games while listening to a futuristic dj-mixed soundtrack at Works! We’re in need of some cash money, so please donate a few bucks and buy a beer.

Please tell a friend about the event, too! 🙂 kthx.

Body Of Works Ebay auctions have begun!

The auction is on NOW for exciting work from the re-opening exhibition in april. Previews of art on auction right now can be seen here: http://sc-fa.com/works/bodyofworks/ Technorati Tags: art, auction, bodyofworks, ebay, works, workssanjose

Body of Works - Bid on our Ebay auctions now!

The auction is on NOW for exciting work from the re-opening exhibition in april. Over 200 well-known to unknown artists in 60+ sets of 16×16″ panels. Our first round has been listed, with more to follow soon. Previews of art on auction right now can be seen here:

http://sc-fa.com/works/bodyofworks/

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grantseeking basics for artists

7pm tuesday, august 21, 2007 @ Works/San Jose presented by the Foundation Center @ Works/San Jose; admission is free but please register: http://foundationcenter.org/sanfrancisco/indartsf Download this information in a PDF: Works Grant Seeking Basics for Artists Flyer Technorati Tags: grants, san jose, San Jos, works, workssanjose

7pm tuesday, august 21, 2007 @ Works/San Jose

presented by the Foundation Center @ Works/San Jose; free!

for individuals involved in the arts and looking to fund any type of arts-related project, such as to complete a project, mount an exhibition, put on a performance, or conduct research. participants will learn how to identify funders in the arts, explore fiscal sponsorship, and create a step-by-step plan to find funding for your needs as an individual grantseeker. this workshop is presented by the Foundation Center, the nation’s leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. admission is free but please register:

http://foundationcenter.org/sanfrancisco/indartsf

Download this information in a PDF: Works Grant Seeking Basics for Artists Flyer

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KQED gallery Crawl @ works

kqed’s gallery crawl @ works/san jos! each month kqed interactive visits a number of northern california art galleries to check out what’s up in the local art scene. Last month they paid a visit to Works/San Jose…

kqed’s gallery crawl @ works/san josé!

each month kqed interactive visits a number of northern california art galleries
to check out what’s up in the local art scene. Last month they paid a
visit to Works/San Jose…

Summer 2007 upcoming events

august 11th from noon to 2pm: children’s art workshop august 21st at 7pm: grantseeking basics for individuals in the arts august 23rd at 7pm: artist critique group see calendar page for more…

august 11th from noon to 2pm: children’s art workshop
august 21st at 7pm: grantseeking basics for individuals in the arts
august 23rd at 7pm: artist critique group
see calendar page for more…

 

happening every month at works . . .
children’s art classes – 2nd saturday of every month and always free
artist critique group – 4th thursday of every month
for more on going and up coming events and exhibitions – see our calendar

eXact-O

“eXact-O” curator: jesse houlding artists: jesse houlding, marina shretenberg, charlene tan, annie vought on view in the main gallery august 2nd through september 22nd august 2nd at 6pm – artists/curator exhibition tour august 3rd at 7pm – free public reception there is a transformation that takes place that is central to our various practices.

on view now through september 22nd…
“eXact-O”
curator: jesse houlding
artists: jesse houlding, marina shretenberg, charlene tan, annie vought
on view in the main gallery august 2nd through september 22nd

august 2nd at 6pm – artists/curator exhibition tour
august 3rd at 7pm – free public reception

there is a transformation that takes place that is central to our various practices. the act of cutting alters the materials into something unexpected, revealing hidden qualities and creating new possibilities. it is an essentially reductive act, emphasizing the structure that remains at the end of the process. in this accumulation of marks, in the reduction of the whole, there is an inherent understanding of the process that is clear to the viewer; an acknowledgement of the concentration involved, the evidence of the artists’ hand that imbues the work with a significance that stands in contrast with the simplicity of the material.

New music night – july 27th, 2007

We had an awesome first music and performance night at our new space on first street! Here’s a video I made of the performances we had from, in order of appearance, Dajis, Polly Moller, and Kioku.

We had an awesome first music and performance night at our new space on first street! Here’s a video I made of the performances we had from, in order of appearance, Dajis, Polly Moller, and Kioku.

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-5616396332700536255&hl=en

Kicking into high gear

So much change has happened for Works/San Jos in the last year. Along with a new physical location for the gallery, we’re continuing to modernize with a new website. Be sure to grab our RSS feed to plug into your RSS reader page or desktop app.

So much change has happened for Works/San José in the last year. Along with a new physical location for the gallery, we’re continuing to modernize with a new website.  Be sure to grab our RSS feed to plug into your RSS reader page or desktop app.