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The chalk will fly this Saturday

Julio Jimenez at the 2010 festival

The Luna Park (North 13th Street) Business Association’s annual Chalk Art Festival is coming up this Saturday, and rumor has it the event will be much expanded compared to past years. In addition to art on pavement, the event will feature food and art vendors. Aztec dance troupe Movimiento Cosmico will give their rhythmic and spiritual performance. Live music will be provided by Cuatro con Tres, a band that was very impressive at the Northside’s National Night Out event this year.

The chalk art itself will feature some returning chalk specialists like Wayne & Carol Renshaw and Julio Jimenez; as well as local art scene leader Lacey Bryant, recently featured in Content magazine. Well-known local muralists Paul J. Gonzalez and Katrina Loera are also expected to show their stuff.

I’ve seen my neighbor Katrina Loera and her husband Steve, along with other volunteers, putting in endless effort in the past year to bring this event together. From what I’ve heard from some of the volunteers it looks like it will pay off with a really strong roster of artists and an exciting array of other entertainment at this fun local event.

  • What: Luna Park Chalk Art Festival
  • When: Saturday, Sept 24, 2011. 10-4pm.
  • Where: Backesto Park, 13th and Jackson Streets, San Jose
  • How much: Free


Lots of people have been talking about SubZERO. I’ll just give a little peek at what went on.

One of the cool exhibits was a huge doll house, made mostly from cardboard boxes and other found materials. Each window had a different scene, each one a little more surreal than the last.

My neighbors from Luna Park Business Association was giving a preview of their upcoming Chalk Art Festival. Local sidewalk chalk impresarios Wayne and Cheryl Renshaw were on hand, leading a collaborative work. Luckily the rain held off until nearly midnight, so this piece didn’t get washed away.

The work of yarnbombers was also in evidence, with a totem pole of extinct species being one particularly striking example.

Several of the art booths were interactive, including one where visitors were photographed in front of a wall of art-graffiti.

Of course I also spent a little time at the beer tasting area, sponsored by Peter at the Better Beer Blog. The big winner there was the golden state ale from Uncommon Brewers. It was a bright, somewhat fruity ale that went well with the samosa choley I picked up from Tikka Bytes food truck for dinner. Unfortunately the spicy choley mostly blasted out my taste buds so I might not have gotten the most profound experience of the other beers I tasted.

Another experience worth mentioning is the fantastic Primary Structures show at the Quilt and Textile Museum. The knitted and crocheted artworks in this exhibit are by far the most psychedelic things I saw all night. The exhibit runs through August 7 and its well worth a trip to downtown on its own.

Naglee Park Open Studios this Saturday

If you’re looking for a little more sedate art and culture experience than Friday night’s SubZERO festival this weekend, there’s more to see on Sunday at the Naglee Park Open Studios event. More than two dozen artists from this downtown neighborhood will be showing their work, mostly in their own studios, and giving you a glance at how they do their thing. Of course, taking home a work of art is also an option.

The range of art to be shown includes everything from watercolors and oils to jewelry, leatherwork, fabric dolls, quilts, ceramics, photography and even woven baskets. The tour area is roughly 7 blocks north-south and 6 blocks east-west, so it would make a great day of walking around one of San Jose’s beautiful older neighborhoods, even if you aren’t there to make a purchase.

The event runs from 11 am to 5 pm on June 5th. Programs and maps can be picked up at House of Bagels or the Garage (both at the corner of S. 11th and San Carlos) on the morning of the tour. You can then follow your whim to visit the artists who interest you. There’s no charge to visit the studios.

(Edit: The event is on Sunday, not Saturday)

Image: Amsterdam Bakery Window, a watercolor by Margaret Washington. Used by permission.

Silicon Valley Open Studios 2011

The 25th annual Silicon Valley Open Studios event in which visitors are welcomed into artist’s studios and workspaces begins this weekend.

During this free event, you will view diverse one-of-a-kind works of art, including painting, mixed media, photography, sculpture, jewelry, calligraphy, ceramics, fiber arts, pottery, mosaics, metal work, glass, drawing, printmaking, watercolor, woodworking and more. You will be able to meet with the artists and purchase artworks directly.

Silicon Valley Open Studios is a non-juried event so it is more inclusive than many other public art events. Rather than have a committee judge what your see, you be the judge of what you like.

Silicon Valley artists open their studios to the public during the first three weekends in May by location. Please visit the artists/locations only on the appropriate weekend between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Weekend 1, May 7 – 8:
Atherton, Belmont, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, Woodside

Weekend 2, May 14 – 15:
East Palo Alto, Ladera, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Loyola, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Stanford, Sunnyvale

Weekend 3, May 21 – 22:
Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, San Jose, Saratoga

A list of all artists with icons depicting their specialty here.

Search artist by name/city/weekend/medium here.

Silicon Valley Open Studios
Saturday and Sunday, the first three weekends in May 2011
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Note: some artists may be in the studio more than one weekend, call ahead.

San Jose Museum of Art Lunchtime Lectures 4/6/11

Jehangir Sabavala - Marine Encounter

Jehangir Sabavala - Marine Encounter

The free Lunchtime Lecture series takes place on the first Wednesday of the month beginning at noon in the Charlotte Wendel Education Center.

Bring your lunch or purchase from the Museum’s Cafe.

This Wednesday (4/6/11) Santhi Kavuri-Bauer, who teaches modern and contemporary Asian art history at San Francisco State University, will look at modern Indian art from the 1900s to the 1980s in the context of Indian history, culture, and politics in her talk, “A Historical Survey of Indian Modern Art.”

Visit the exhibition Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern and Contemporary Art from India (for which regular Museum admission applies).

San Jose Museum of Art
Charlotte Wendel Education Center
110 South Market Street, San Jose

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

April 6, 2011 – A Historical Survey of Indian Modern Art
May 4, 2011 – Difference and the Politics of Identity in Contemporary Art

Lecture Admission: Free

San Jose Museum of Art Lunchtime Lectures

The free Lunchtime Lecture series takes place on the first Wednesday of the month beginning at noon in the Charlotte Wendel Education Center.

Bring your lunch or purchase from the Museum’s Cafe.

This Wednesday (1/5/11) artist and educator Griff Williams (owner of Gallery 16 and Urban Digital Color in San Francisco) explores the challenges of new media and digital art in his talk, “Yes, But Is It Art?: Artmaking in a Digital Age.”

San Jose Museum of Art
Charlotte Wendel Education Center
110 South Market Street, San Jose


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

January 5, 2011 – Yes, But Is It Art?: Artmaking in a Digital Age

February 2, 2011 – Race, Gender, and Sexual Identity in Contemporary Photography

March 2, 2011 – Understanding And Collecting Contemporary Indian Art

April 6, 2011 – A Historical Survey of Indian Modern Art

May 4, 2011 – Difference and the Politics of Identity in Contemporary Art

Willow Glen Lions Mixer at Chase Bank

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The Willow Glen Lions Club held its 2nd annual mixer, generously hosted by Chase Bank on Lincoln Avenue at Minnesota. Our service club was chartered just over a year ago but we have gotten quite a lot done in a short time.  Lions enjoyed meeting potential new club members who also want to give back to their community. We were all impressed when one of the bank managers ate a hot pepper from the snack tray in exchange for a $40 donation to Lions charities.

The bank building still displays its murals inside and sculptures and mosaics outside, despite recently changing hands. I wonder who the artist was? I was glad to see the murals in detail.

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Images Copyright 2010 by Katy Dickinson

ONE NIGHT STAND: Exhibit and Art Sale of Mills College MFA Students

Help support emerging artists from the Mills Studio Arts Program class of 2011!  Proceeds will be used towards the final MFA exhibition at the Mills College Art Museum opening April 30, 2011.

It will be a great day for purchasing art from up and coming artists and the best part is all artworks for sale will be priced under $50!!

Participating artists are: Alexa Alexander, Sholeh Asgary, Sohyung Choi, Hilary Galian, Sarah Hirneisen, Amy M. Ho, Emily Hoyt, David Johnson, Danielle Lawrence, Chelsea Pegram, David Sleeth & Alexander Treu.

Also on view will be artworks from the incoming first year graduate students.

One night only!! Friday, October 8th 6-10pm
Branch Gallery
455 17th St. Suite #301
1/2 block from 19th St. BART Station

Luna Park Chalk Art Festival

I’m just back from this free festival, still ongoing at Backesto Park (on N. 13th Street at Jackson). Aside from watching the artists at work, the entertainment highlight was a presentation by an Aztec dance troupe.

White Eagle dance

The chalk artworks should still be available to see for the remainder of the weekend.

01SJ reaches AbsoluteZERO

Art Ark Gallery at the AbsoluteZero street festival.

Last night’s AbsoluteZERO street festival was a fun and family-friendly introduction to the world of maker-art. It felt like a smaller (and tamer — this was not a clothing-optional event) version of Burning Man, brought to my own back yard.

The Art Ark Gallery let kids (of all ages) perform undersea adventures with shadow puppets. World of Wonder used repurposed overhead projectors to cast found objects as transient streetside artworks. In a couple of locations materials were available for visitors to create their own artworks.

Perhaps more interesting to adults, …the Garden Grows: Park Plaza created a tiny garden, amazingly realistic and full of enough flowers to frame a wedding photo, out of waste materials like plastic grocery bags and discarded phone books.

The SoFA galleries also opened up some fantastic exhibits. Fiber-art stuffed animals were delightful at MACLA. At the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, a photography exhibit explored the technological frontiers of the past, demonstrating a variety of once-cutting edge chemical photography techniques. A second ICA installation brought together wood and latex in a variety of kinematic sculptures, suggesting something between Gilligan’s Island and the 2008 Leonardo exhibit at the Tech Museum.

01SJ continues today with a Green Prix of sustainable transportation, films at the Empire Drive-In in South Hall, the continuation of Out of the Garage Into the World, also at South Hall, and even more.

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