Archive for August 2008

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 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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About Works/San Jose

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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.
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.

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

For Guidelines and Application, go to

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. Thanks! Hope to see you there.

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Members’ Exhibit 2008 opening night photos

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 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:

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