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!”

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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.

Sidescroller][ Hires

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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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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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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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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