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.

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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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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)

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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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

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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