Natural Extraction opens First Friday, May 1

Natural Extraction
a landscape of emerging artists

opening reception: Friday, May 1, 7 to 10pm

22 local artists draw inspiration from nature, distilling forms from the landscape to reorient themselves within the natural world. Although our species undeniably forms a part of a larger ecosystem, our relationship to this ecosystem grows ever more convoluted, as our constructed environments become considered an extension of nature itself.

Beginning in 2012, more than half the world’s population resided in cities. The romantic notion of unspoiled wilderness as a place of refuge and rejuvenation persists to this day. Yet our interpretations of landscape are inherently informed by our interpretations of urbanity; the boundaries between nature and man-made are confounded.

Cynthia Cao, co-curator
Annelise Hartley, co-curator
Shannon Belardi
Hung-Tsu Chen
Brian Estill
Kyoko Fischer
Amber Guerin
Jennifer Howell
Gloria Huet
Jaya King
Johanne Marion
Timothy McCaffrey
Kathleen McDonald
Kelly Otsuka
Joon Park
Carolyn Rowe
Ann Ryals
Kurt Salinas
Eric Shaffer
Jennifer Stombs
Robbie Sugg
Rob Toloy

On view through May 23.

The Ethics of Imagery: talk and closing of “Don’t Draw That”

Saturday, April 11, 5pm
The Ethics of Imagery with Angelica Muro and Joe Miller

Angelica Muro, Professor of art and media culture at CSU Monterey Bay, and Joe Miller, Lecturer in design and instructor of art and design ethics and professional practices at San José State University, define and discuss the ethics of imagery with a range of visual examples. Audience interaction will be encouraged.

Exhibition closing and art pick-up party follows until 7pm.
$2 donation, free for Works members and exhibit artists.

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Don’t Draw That: répondez s’il vous plaît, on view through April 11

Don’t Draw That: répondez s’il vous plaît

(Re)opening Reception: First Friday, April 3, 7pm-11pm
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Exhibition continues with new digital submissions from around the world: Qatar to Chicago, Hyderabad to Portland.

Local to international work in response to the murder of artists by terrorists in Paris, global attacks on freedom of expression, and the environment that fosters or fights aspects of these issues. The attacks and ensuing calls from many in reaction, including world leaders, for artists not to create provocative work on religion or other subjects that might offend—have spurred a wide range of responses from creative individuals and communities.

Works invited artists, cartoonists, designers, poets, etc., to submit work that responds to any aspect or point of view on these subjects: Do images incite hate and violence? Can images counter hate and violence? What should be the response of creative people to attacks on individuals or on freedom of expression itself? Are there other questions that should be posed?

Exhibition runs March 5 to April 11.
Digital image submissions will be accepted throughout the exhibit for projection:

CALL FOR ART Don’t Draw That: répondez s’il vous plaît


Don’t Draw That: répondez s’il vous plaît

Recent events—including the murder of artists by terrorists in Paris, and the calls from many in reaction, including from some world leaders, for artists not to create provocative work on religion or other subjects that might offend—have spurred a wide range of responses from creative individuals and communities.

Works invites artists, cartoonists, designers, poets, etc., to submit work that responds to any aspect or point of view on these subjects: Do images incite hate and violence? Can images counter hate and violence? What should be the response of creative people to attacks on individuals or on freedom of expression itself? Are there other questions that should be posed?

Open to all media, concrete to abstract statements, and local to international creators. No fees or membership required.

Drop-off days, all 2pm to 6pm:
Sunday, February 22
Friday, February 27
Saturday, February 28

If mailing or shipping, please make sure all items arrive by Friday, February 27.

Emailing work: Works will also print out poems, drawings, etc., submitted as letter or tabloid (8.5×11 or 11×17) PDFs emailed to by Saturday, February 28.

Exhibition opens First Friday March 6 at 7pm and will be on view through March 21.

Works/San José
365 South Market St.
San José, CA 95113

January events at Works:

Words Drawing Music, Thursday, January 8, 7-9pm
An evening of creative sharing with an open mic, drawing materials, and more, all free!
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New Music Night, Sunday, January 11
time and lineup to be announced

Well-RED, Wednesday, January 14, 7pm (doors open 6:30)
This month, the two most talked-about men in San José poetry: Roberto Tinoco Duran and “Mighty” Mike McGee!
Open mic follows, $2 donation, no one turned away. Join the Facebook event!

Flash Fiction Forum, Wednesday, January 21, 7pm (doors open 6:30)
A curated slate of fantastical stories. Visit for how to participate.
$2 donation, no one turned away.

12/13/14: the annual Benefit Auction!


Opening Reception: 6pm to 10pm, First Friday, December 5
Special Exhibition Hours: open every day, 2pm to 6pm, December 6 through 13
365 South Market Street, downtown San José (Market St. edge of the SJ Convention Center)

Saturday, December 13 with party starting at 5pm and Auction at 7pm!

preview the entire auction HERE!

see photo captions on Flickr for title, media, size, $ retail/$starting bid

Auction artists:
Jennifer Ahn
Barbara Allie
Fernando Amaro Jr (force129)
Nicole Frelier Andrews
Juan Carlos Araujo
Erica Atreya
Amy Beans
Linda Benenati
Lydia Rae Black
Deborah Blake
James Bonacci
Christine Bunz
Diane Cassidy
Antonio Castro
Jason Challas
Hung-Tsu Chen
D. Cichon
Sara Cole
Binh Danh
Jean Davis
James Dewrance
Alicia Dornadic
Kathryn Dunlevie
Syd Dunton
Carolann Espino
Kyoko Fischer
Tulio Flores
Francis Raphel Gayo
Mary Anne Gerhardt
Lucy Ghelfi

Doug Glovaski
Bill Gould
Karen Haas
Terry Hart
Jerry Heinen
Ed John
Katy Kindig
Sheila Xueya Ko (XUEYA)
Jon Kwak
Diane Levinson
Michael Levy
David Lippenberger
Alexis Lobato
Kimy Martinez
Mark Martinez

Darla Mckenna
Julie Meridian
Joe Miller
Kris Miller
Kate Moore
Lourdes Morante-Mieses
Thomas Morrow
Angelica Muro
Terayuth Ngamvilaipun
Kent Norton
Rita Norton
Gianfranco Paolozzi
Valerie L. Patten
James H. Pollard
Al Preciado
Francisco Ramirez
Christine Rasmussen
Steven Reece
Joe Bastida Rodriguez
Lynn Rogers
Jay Ruland
Ruby Rutledge
Ann Ryals
Tim Ryan
Gary Singh
Jean Skamra
Becca Smidt
Sam Smidt
Maggie So
Shana Sundstrom
Kevin Templeton
Jiradit Thurma (Jade)
Rachel Tirosh
Jim Vetter
Eric Victorino
Israel Villalobos
Alayne Yellum

The Public is Personal on view through November 15

Alexanna Alvarado, Karen Haas, and Alayne Yellum explore ways in which psychological and social relationships affect how individuals conduct themselves in public. This exhibition is the result of three San José artists having chosen to explore this issue in different media—photography and text, watercolor on paper, and oil paintings.

opening reception: First Friday, October 3, 7 to 11pm coinciding with South First Fridays art walk.

November First Friday: November 7, 7 to 11pm coinciding with the South First Fridays art walk to a range of SoFA art spaces.
on view through November 15


A Crack in the Earth on view through September 20

A Crack in the Earth
the 2014 Works member’s exhibition

Opening Reception: First Friday, September 5, 7pm-11pm

The annual salon of artist members of Works/San José is a broad survey of regional artists, from the most exhibited to those showing for the first time. Fifty artists are participating this year—see what’s happening and what is on the horizon from our area’s expansive community of artists and ideas!

Continues through September 20.

Visit Works’ booth at South First Street MRKT to have your photo taken for the exhibition title wall! all FREE!

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CALL for Art: YOU are the Next Exhibition!

You are invited to participate in the 2014 members’ exhibition at Works/San Jose! The exhibition, entitled A Crack in the Earth, will open with a reception on First Friday, September 5, from 7pm to 10pm. If you are not YET a member of Works, you can become one (or renew) when you bring in your piece. A Crack in the Earth will be non-juried and can be interpreted as you think appropriate.

Each member of Works is invited to place one work of art into the exhibition, your piece must be ready-to-hang (with any needed frame, wire, etc). 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 as space is tight. Please also provide a resume and artist statement. Your work may be for sale if you wish.

DROP OFF DAYS: Sunday, August 24, and Saturday, August 30, from noon to 4pm.

BRING WORK TO: 365 South Market Street (Market Street edge of SJ Convention Center building, just to the right of the parking garage entrance)

Download the CALL FOR ART here. Exhibition agreement form (coming here soon) can be completed when you deliver your work or can be downloaded in advance.

Closing and art pick-up party: A member-only (and any guests you like) brunch closing party with annual membership updates will be on Sunday,  September 21 from 11am to 1pm. Work will be available for pick-up at the closing party, and on Tuesday, September 23, from 5 to 7pm if you can’t attend the party.

Volunteers are needed for installation and gallery sitting—you can sign up to help when you deliver your work!

Flesh Frosting t-shirt exhibition through August 23

Opening Reception on Friday, August 1, from 7–11pm

The utilitarian t-shirt has long been a canvas for expression, identification, and promotion. Flesh Frosting, conceived by interdisciplinary artist Shaun Benak, seeks to bring together individuals of the diverse and sometimes divergent community of t-shirt artists and designers: skate/surf, hiphop/rap, indie, hipster, sci-fi, street art, etc., for an inclusive survey of contemporary printed t-shirts.

jurors: Shaun Benak, Bart Clanton, Tulio Flores, and Kimy Martinez.

prize and promotional sponsors: Cali Glob Mob Clothing, Gift 2 Gab, Go Der Magazine, Puff n’ Stuff, Streetlow Magazine, Supertech Geek, Tabletop Farms, and We Buy Gift Cards.

Also during this exhibition:

tango sundays!
sunday, august 10, 3pm 
free beginners tango class with bobby advani

flash fiction forum
wednesday, august 13, 7pm
$2 donation, no one turned away. find out more and submit your stories at:

words drawing music
thursday, august 14, 7 to 9pm
free night of open participation, from art making to open mic for music, poetry, etc. share your talents!

well-RED poetry reading
wednesday, august 20, 7pm
$2 donation, no one turned away. featured readers with open mic, visit for details

new music night
saturday, august 23, 7pm
free all-ages evening with local musicians and pick-up party for flesh frosting artists.