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!
Join the Facebook event!

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 flashfictionforum.com 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!

Join the event on Facebook!

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: flashfictionforum.com

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 pcsj.org for details

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

Design in Transit through June 21, SFDW event June 19

Design in Transit:
rebranding Silicon Valley public transportation

Opening Reception: First Friday, June 6, 7pm-11pm

SF Design Week Silicon Valley Night:
Thursday, June 19, 7 to 10pm
at Works/San Jose and Liquid Agency
Join the event on Facebook!

Seventeen SJSU advanced graphic design students developed 5 dramatic rebrand concepts for public transportation in Silicon Valley. See the design process through to comple and detailed proposals of these renamed and reimagined systems. This exhibition is presented as part of SF Design Week in collaboration with AIGA SF, the professional organization for design.

Design in Transit designers are Kendra Biggs, Brandon Boswell, Jordan Brady, Glenn Cardenas, Hoyin Chan, Kayla Clarot, Maya Ealey, Cindy Fu, Stefanie Galvan, Donghoh Han, Jonathan Heath, Michael Mirchandani, Tommy Pham, Rachel Poage, Kelsey Sutherland, Eloisa Tan, and Marya Yama.

Design in Transit runs through June 21

Working Parts: SJSU Animation/Illustration through May 24

Working Parts:
SJSU Animation/Illustration BFA 2014

Opening Reception: First Friday, May 2, 7pm-11pm

Presenting speculative animation and conceptual art from 57 up and coming artists who were challenged with the task of bringing eight collaborative projects to life. Featured is the preliminary work and production art for three video games done in conjunction with University of California, Santa Cruz’s M.S. Games and Playable Media program, and five short films sponsored by Adobe’s Imagination Labs reflecting on possible social and technological aspects of mankind’s future. Working Parts highlights the artists’ combined efforts as well as their individual artworks created for various film, game, and television prompts.

As always, opening night at Works is part of South First Fridays Art Walk. Working Parts continues through May 24.

Join the opening night event on Facebook

Shelter on view through April 25


Opening Reception: First Friday, April 4, 7pm-11pm

Twenty South Bay artists explore their views of shelter in a wide range of medium and installations. Curated by Alfred Preciado, the work takes a worldly yet often sublime view of the very universal concept of shelter, making political, cultural, issue oriented, poster-like, text, video, and other statements.

As always, the opening is part of South First Fridays Art Walk. Shelter continues through April 25 with special hours open throughout Silicon Valley Contemporary art fair hours.

Also during Shelter:
Words Drawing Music
Thursday, April 10, 7 to 9pm
A no-mistakes night of open creativity. drawing supplies provided or bring your own. Open mic provided for readers, musicians, etc. Free!

Well-RED Reading Series
Wednesday, April 16, 7pm (doors open 6:30pm)
Amy MacLennan and Kim Escamilla
$2 donation, no one turned away

Sexpartite In Nuance: bodypainting performances through March 22


Sexpartite In Nuance
a fine art bodypaint and installation mashup between Trina Merry and Theresa Because

with human canvases, video team, and installation crews

Friday, March 7, 7-10pm
Opening Reception
Join us for first Friday art walk and experience bodypaint first hand! Wear clothes you don’t care about and come play messy twister with us and a life-sized, anatomically correct operation board all involving bodypaint! Also see a special bodypaint performance where our art alive galleries will become a giant skull and create an infinity sign out of painted umbrellas all to the sultry tunes of Tom Waits!
Free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 8, 12-6pm
Trina and Theresa mash up to create a black and white living installation where two models will be camoflauged into the installation. This will definitely make you look twice and is a fun energetic work to see created live.
Free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 9, 2-5pm
Bodypaint workshop
Special exhibition reduced rate $75

Try out bodypaint yourself! We will be doing a step-by-step workshop where Trina will guide you from start to finish to create your very own bodypainting. Make sure to bring your cameras—this will be a fun memory to capture. Materials provided. Bring your own model. (if you are stumped on where to get models, try your significant other, Facebook, model mayhem or hire one of our experienced art alive gallery models for $100). Sign up by emailing trinamerry@gmail.com

Friday, March 14, 12-8pm
In this light, delicate re-interpretation of a living sculpture, Trina and Theresa combine bodypaint and paper cutouts to create a beautiful, highly detailed piece that will enchant you and leave you staring. Live opera with Giovanna Saldana from 7 to 8pm.
Free and open to the public

Saturday, March 15, 8am-10pm
Explore your inner self: witness a human sculpture coming to life as Trina creates a temple out of human bodies and come participate with Theresa as she makes a mandala live.
Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 20, 6-9pm
Performance art workshop
Special exhibition reduced rate $10

Come train alongside our awesome art alive gallery models and try out performance art for yourself. This is a great way to meet and connect with the art alive gallery team on a meaningful level.
Sign up by emailing trinamerry@gmail.com

Friday, March 21, 12-6pm
“Reflections” today we explore the concept of reflections. How do we see ourselves in others? How do we reflect our environments? How are we connected and reflected? Come see our beautiful living installation and performance art that delves deeper into the psyche. Enjoy a special collaboration with Santa Clara County Poet Laureate David Perez.
Free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 22
8am-6pm live painting, 7-10pm closing reception
“Objectified” Our role as humans living in an urban lifestyle seems to be following the trends of our peers, our community, and the media we are fed. Is this our job? We do have choices, right? Do the living spaces that surround us own us or do we own them? Our Objectified series poses these questions and allows viewers to come up with answers by creating a conversation within the self. What is all this stuff in my living space and why do I choose these material items? There seems to be a sort of cohesive relationship built between animate and inanimate objects in the home. We want to entice you to explore four powerful examples of common living spaces that will come alive through human models fashioned with body paint.

Come see the RV—first time exhibited in the Bay Area. And a brand new room created just for this special exhibitions closing reception. Enjoy a special tasting of themed foods inspired by the installations (suggested donation of $8 for the tasting, entry is free)
Free and open to the public.

Donate towards the cost of this extraordinary series:
If you’d like to make a tax deductible donation towards funding this exhibition and get your name on the exhibit on wall and in our video credits, please visit- http://www.gofundme.com/75lkyc?preview=1

Membership offer:
All people who join as new members of Works/San José during the month of March will receive a special signed 5”x7″ print from the “Objectified” series.

To learn more about Trina Merry: www.trinamerryartist.com
To learn more about Theresa Because: www.becausewhyart.com