Happy 2014 from Works!

Member Exhibition Closing Party and annual meeting
Friday, January 3, 7 to 9pm

A special gathering for members and friends of Works who would like to know more about the organization. There will be snacks, friends, fun, as well a a brief overview of where Works stands and what’s up for the year ahead. Bring your thoughts and questions. Artists in “Eat, Drink, Be Merry!” can pick up their work as well. Admission Free.

Flash Fiction Forum
Wednesday, January 8, 7pm

The Flash Fiction Forum features selected flash fiction writers whose work is chosen for reading aloud on the second Wednesday of every other month at Works/San José. Writers may submit work for consideration for future readings through the website: www.flashfictionforum.com. $2 donation requested, no one turned away.

Words Drawing Music
Thursday, January 9, 7 to 9pm

A fun, friendly environment where artists and others can enjoy inspirational poetry and music while exploring artistic creativity. we provide paper and drawing materials or feel free to bring your own (no paints please). An open mic is open to all! We invite all artists, poets, musicians, comedians, etc. Show your talents at Works! Admission Free.

Wednesday, January 15, 7pm

The poetry reading series collaboration with Poetry Center San José continues. $2 donation requested, no one turned away.

February exhibition OPEN CALL:
The Anti-Valentine Show

The Anti-Valentine Show returns with a wide range of artists (un)inspired by romance!
Exhibition open First Friday, February 7, 7 to 11pm
Art drop off dates:
Saturday and Sunday January 25 and 26, 2pm to 5pm
ALL artists invited but must be a work within the theme–more artist instructions to come.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry opens First Friday, December 6

Eat, Drink, Be Merry!

the 2013 Works members’ exhibition

opening reception: First Friday, December 6 from 7 to 11pm
on view through December 21, 2013

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. See what’s happening and what is on the horizon in our expansive community of artists and ideas. Eat, Drink, Be Merry coincides with “Around the Table” exhibitions and events.

installation in progress: Works opens November 1 with Outside Inside Out

Outside Inside Out

opening: First Friday, November 1, 2013, 7 to 11pm
during the South First Fridays art walk

Force129 and Niftyvee create a site specific installation with recent mixed media artwork that demonstrates the convergence, clash, and collaborative influences between contemporary and street art in and around their domestic environment.

On view through November 23.

during this exhibition:

Well-RED Reading Series
Wednesday, November 13, 7pm
doors open 6:30pm , $2 suggested donation, no one turned away
presented in collaboration with Poetry Center San José

Words Drawing Music
Thursday, november 14, 7 to 9pm
A fun, friendly environment where artists and others can enjoy inspirational poetry and music while exploring artistic creativity. we provide paper and drawing materials or feel free to bring your own (no paints please). An open mic is open to all! We invite all artists, poets, musicians, comedians, etc. Show your talents at Works! Admission Free.

also mark your calendar for Well-RED on Wednesday December 11, 2013, 7pm


Music, Poetry, and Creative Events at Works:

Haptic Synapses

Haptic Synapses
Saturday, September 28, 8:30pm
$5 general; Free for Works members and C2SV attendees
presented as part of the C2SV Music festival

Join the event on Facebook!

Haptic Synapses is a group of electronic musicians and artists based in the heart of Silicon Valley who join together to improvise long sets of music and visuals. Preparation is minimal, so what you see and hear is a realtime expression of their collective aesthetic. HS’ style bridges between techno and house, with elements of swing, abstract polyrhythms, generative algorithms, and patterns. HS are musicians, engineers, builders, makers, technicians who interpret the heartbeat of Silicon Valley.

Well-RED Reading Series
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 7:00pm, doors open 6:30
Featured poets: John Espinoza, Kirk Glazer
$2 suggested donation, no one turned away
presented in collaboration with Poetry Center San José

Flash Fiction Forum
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 7:00pm
The Flash Fiction Forum is a San Jose Event featuring selected flash fiction writers whose work is chosen for reading aloud at Works/San José. Generally, we convene every other month, the second Wednesday from 7 to 9pm. You can get more information and submit work through the website: www.flashfictionforum.com.


Words Drawing Music
Thursday, October 10, 7 to 9pm
A fun, friendly environment where artists and others can enjoy inspirational poetry and music while exploring artistic creativity. we provide paper and drawing materials or feel free to bring your own (no paints please). An open mic is open to all! We invite all artists, poets, musicians, comedians, etc. Show your talents at Works! Admission Free.

Those Who Bear Witness on view through October 12

Those Who Bear Witness

opening reception: Friday, September 6, 7 to 10pm
exhibition: September 6 through October 12, 2013
October First Friday Artwalk: Friday, October 4, 7 to 11pm

Each individual is gifted with a life that bears witness. Our lives, an archive of personal and collective memory, serve as a testimony to historic and current events. Exhibition curated by artist and sculptor Guy Pederson.

Guy Pederson
Haunting figurative sculptures that appear to interact with visitors and with each other.

Elisabeth Benjamin
Photographic details and landscapes that provide a context and environment for the sculptural forms.

Daniel Merchant
A large photographic triptych which includes a representation of the Berlin memorial to the Holocaust.

John Merchant:
An interactive conceptual “Tree of Life” where visitors are invited to bear witness.

At the Opening Reception: Wendy Cilman, cellist
Wendy Cilman is a cellist and an arts administrator. She teaches in her home in Oakland and in schools throughout the Bay Area. She has been called “An Ambassador of Cello” and loves sharing her passion for this beautiful instrument. In 2009 she created the Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival (BAYOF) which has raised over $80,000 for homeless youth and received critical acclaim. BAYOF is presented bi-annually by San Francisco Symphony.

Works’ Benefit Auction is August 17!

Make a bid for community art and performance!

exhibition: August 2 through 17
reception: First Friday August 2 from 6pm to 10pm
auction: Saturday, August 17 with final preview starting at 5pm and auction at 7pm

The artists have donated, now it’s your turn to bid in the South Bay’s most eclectic and accessible art auction! All proceeds support exhibition, performance, and education programs at Works/San José, your nonprofit, all volunteer, community art and performance center. Proxy bidding available. Auction admission is free, bidder registration is only $20, $10 members of Works.

Preview Auction art on flickr!

Join the event on Facebook!

an amazing array of art by:

Erica Atreya
Tracey Baca
Anthony Barbaria
Brande Barrett
Kat Bell
Helen Bellavor
Elisabeth Benjamin
Laura Callin Bennett
Lydia Rae Black
James A. Bonacci
William Bryant
Cathy Cambiano
Christopher Canote
Diane Cassidy
Antonio Castro
Manli Chao
D. Cichon
John Cloud
Leeonna Colter
Steve Cooley
Jesse Cupp
Binh Danh
Joseph Delappe
Kelly Detweiler
Kathryn Dunlevie
Syd Dunton
Helene Ehrlich
Christopher Elliman
Carolann Espino
Fernando/ force 129
Tulio Flores
Mary Anne Gerhardt
Lucy Ghelfi
Monica Gonzalez
Yolanda Guerra
Erin Goodwin-Guerrero
Andre Hart
Maia Jacobson
Ed John
Charlotte Kruk
John Kurtyka
Leslie Lambert
Oscar Lars
Katherine Levin-Lau
Bette Linderman
Kent Manske
Michael Martin
Kimy Martinez
Mark Martinez
Ken Matsumoto
Therese May
Tony May
Cody McCabe
Jason McHenry
Keith Melot
John Merchant
Joe Miller
Jesse N. Molina
Clayton Moraga
Lourdes Morante-Mieses
James Morgan
Angelica Muro
Terayuth Ngamvilaipun
Ron Orpitelli
Gianfranco Paolozzi
Guy Pederson
Anabella Piñon
James H. Pollard
Carmela Rizzuto
Carlos Rodriguez
Joe Bastida Rodriguez
Steven Rubalcaba
Ruby Rutledge
Aimeé Santos
Joe Saxe
Gaye Schye
Danielle Siembieda
Lisa Simons
Gary Singh
Jean Skamra
Maggie So
Shana Sundstrom
Lynne Todaro
Gary Tolomei
Timothy Tsun
Sieglinde Van Damme
Ana Villafane
Mireya Villanueva
Wanda Waldera
Michelle Waters
Nanette Wylde
Alayne Yellum
Ian Young

actor’sWORKSshop Tuesdays through August 9! free!

tuesdays, june 25 through august 6, 7pm

Actor’s WORKSshop will offer individual and group performance study as we work on monologues and scenes. You will learn basic theatre terminology, stage direction, and character and script analysis. Through various acting games you will learn voice control, listening skills, and improvisation for performance.

The workshop will meet on Tuesday evenings from June 25 to August 6, 2013. Performances of the resulting monologues and scenes will be presented at Works’ Words Drawing Music night, Thursday, August 9th.

Each participant will receive a dvd of their monologue, scene, and final performance.

Instructor: Kimy Martinez, BA in Theatre Performance at University of Portland, Oregon. Kimy has written and directed plays, music videos, and fictional shorts for the camera. She has appeared in several plays around the Bay Area.

Course fee: FREE for this pilot course! Open to participants 18 years of age and older.

For questions and to reserve a space, please call Kimy Martinez at 408.799.2674 or email actors@workssanjose.org

actorWORKSshop pdf flyer

Nerve | Path video installation opens June 7

Nerve | Path : Deconstructing Juncture

Video installation artists Shaun Benak and Sieglinde Van Damme employ large scale projection to investigate the visualization of thought, emotion, and voice. Both artists use line as a tool to visually map, recount, and unravel stories of past experience and internal forces.

opening reception: First Friday June 7, 7 to 10pm
on view through June 29


during this exhibition:

Words Drawing Music
Thursday, June 13, 7 to 9pm
A free evening of open creative participation, with sidewalk painting, drumming with john kurtyka, and your talents too. admission free.

Well-RED poetry reading
Wednesday, June 19, 7pm, doors open 6:30
with poets: Renee Schell, Ken Weisner, Kevin Shlosberg, and, Jasper Haze
presented in collaboration with Poetry Center San José
$2 donation, no one turned away

poets this week!: Kevin Coval Monday, Henry Leung Wednesday

Kevin Coval, Chicago slam poet
Monday, May 13, 7pm


presented in collaboration with Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley
doors open 6:30pm, $5 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

Kevin Coval, nationally acclaimed slam poet from Chicago, has toured extensively and appeared on national TV, including HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Author of American Library Association Book-of-the-Year finalist Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica. His latest book, Schtick, is a tale of Jewish assimilation and its discontents: a sweeping exposition on Jewish American culture in all its bawdy, contradictory, inventive glory.

join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/470645763014380/


Well-RED with feature Henry Leung
Wednesday, May 15, 7pm


presented in collaboration with Poetry Center San José
doors open 6:30pm, $2 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

Henry Leung will read from his new book Paradise Hunger. Open mic follows.

Up during these events and on view through May 25:
Pencils to Pixels: Art and Science for the Screen
Amazing experimental animation projects from 70 emerging artists from SJSU.

Pencils to Pixels on view through May 25

Pencils to Pixels: Art and Science for the Screen

opening reception: First Friday May 3, 7 to 10pm
exhibition on view: May 3 through May 25, 2013
Thursdays 12-4, Fridays 12-6, Saturdays 12-4

Experimental animation projects from 70 emerging artists. Producing art for the screen demands both technical and creative proficiency. From Pencils to Pixels is the product of this dynamic union. Included is preliminary work for film, games, and television, as well as an e-book project sponsored by Adobe, and a trailer for a newly released novel by Isabel Allende.

From Pencils to Pixels is planned and realized by BFA Animation/Illustration students and faculty from San José State University

Cody Gramstad

Cody Gramstad

next at Works: Nerve | Path : Deconstructing Juncture
multimedia installation by Sieglinde Van Damme and Shaun Benak
opens First Friday June 7, 7 to 10pm

Annual Benefit Auction exhibition opens First Friday August 2
Auction on Saturday, August 17—mark your calendar!