Phantom Galleries is proud to present: Symbiosis by Monica Valdez Artist's reception: first Friday Nov. 2nd, 7pm–11pm with music by Peter Benjamin Fowler. Part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS ArtWalkSJ Symbiosis is a series of paintings inspired by ...

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Symbiosis by Monica Valdez Artist Reception Nov. 2nd

Phantom Galleries is proud to present:

Symbiosis by Monica Valdez

Artist's reception: first Friday Nov. 2nd, 7pm–11pm
with music by Peter Benjamin Fowler.
Part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS ArtWalkSJ

Symbiosis is a series of paintings inspired by botanical form resemblances combined with man-made structures that are experienced on a daily basis. In this body of work, I create a symbiotic relationship between these organic compounds and structures by harmoniously intertwining both. The viewer may experience a sense of tranquility and a moment of contemplation as a result of the varying gradients that intertwine opposites.

Monica Valdez is a San Jose based artist, who merges screen-printing and painting to create her own distinct style. Her work is inspired by waterfalls and plant life juxtaposed with man-made structures in which she creates a co-mingling between the two distinct forms. She is a San Jose State University graduate and has shown in several galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and Beacon, NY.

Exhibition dates: November 2–January 12, 2019

The Pierce Apartments Lobby Gallery
2 Pierce Ave. (at Market St.)
downtown San Jose.


New Feature Exhbitions Opening First Friday Nov. 2nd at KALEID Gallery

KALEID Gallery is proud to present two new feature exhibitions by resident artists Katie C. Gutierrez, and Gianfranco Paolozzi for the month of November 2018.

Please join us for these artists' receptions on first Friday November 2nd 7pm–11pm with music by Mark Camp.

The Regeneration Show by Katie C. Gutierrez

It is okay to re-work your work.

"The Regeneration Show" is about my way of growing as an artist through experimentation and risk and building upon lessons learned over time by reworking previously finished paintings. It has been liberating to let go of– and potentially destroy– pieces that seemed complete and precious at one time but later felt amateur, stagnant, and unremarkable to me. In their previous lives, most of them have hung in galleries, some have been part of large exhibitions, and a few were the result of testing a new technique or material and things just never went any farther than that (and I probably would have otherwise thrown away). Their evolution is the result of many years of learning what not to do while embracing what could actually be possible if I allow myself to experiment with different materials, meanings, marks, forms, and failures. It was important to me that hints of their former selves were still visible through the many translucent layers of wax not only because they would simply have more depth and be more visually interesting, but they would also remind me of my own personal and artistic progress.

Texture, depth, and color (or lack of) are very important aspects of my work, and my paintings and prints are typically created from a combination of encaustic paint and medium, paper, fabric, cold wax, ink, shellac, bronze powder, mica, watercolor, and acrylic. My experience has been a mix of learning how to do things properly while simultaneously experimenting in practices that would most likely result in epic failure – and as a huge fan of the “happy accident,” something I have learned not to worry about. I love the meditative and sensory experience of working with wax. It allows me to incorporate the “messy, yet graphic” feeling that I have always been attracted to in art that I like into the art that I make.

The Roundels That Become Journals new work by Gianfranco Paolozzi

I was looking in the recycle container full of paper from flexo printing presses.
That's when I felt the passion again; round surfaces screaming to be used.
I looked at them; changing on the floor of my studio.
I had to use my marks; my moments on the surfaces as a sign of me being there.
That's when the roundels were born.
These days I consider the Roundels “memory journals”....they evolve over time, just as our memories seem to.
The "finished" date of the Roundels are a date of abandonment rather than completion.

Gianfranco was born in a small Italian village in 1952, he was always an artist and musician. He remembers creating art and drawing pieces from as early as preschool, he got his prized accordion at the age of 9. As a young man in the 60s, he sold 2 oil on canvas paintings to pay for a vacation around Italy with friends and then he experimented with photographs. After his Italian military duty, he followed the love of his life to America in 1972, married her and had 3 children. The 80s was a full of shows around Silicon Valley. Also in the 80s was his first piece of the collagements series with photographs on plexiglass. The 90s brought solo shows. In the 2000s he really began to expand his presence in San Jose's illustrious art and music scene. Presently he has officially switched the title of all pieces of art, past and present, to "Journal" because they are forever evolving until they are sold. He formed the Paolozzi Tango Trio that plays all over Silicon Valley with Gianfranco on the Accordion and the composer, Nancy on the Piano, and Griff on the Violin and Viola.

Artists' reception: first Friday November 2nd 7pm–11pm with music by Mark Camp.
Part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS ArtWalkSJ

Exhibition dates: November 2–24, 2018

KALEID Gallery
88 S. 4th St.
downtown San Jose

Gallery hours: Tuesdays –Saturdays 12pm–7pm & first Fridays til 11pm.
Free admission.


No ArtWalk Reminder and An Invitation to a Mural Unveiling Party

REMINDER: There's no South First Fridays Art Walk this Friday January 5th due to a holiday break. The art walk will return first Friday February 2nd.

In the meantime; get your art fix with us at Sara's new mural unveiling party!

Phantom Galleries is proud to present a new mural by Sara Tomasello entitled "Resonate" at Sofa Market in the SoFA District downtown San Jose.

Join us in celebrating the completion of Sara's on-site painting which evokes the energetic fluidity of the creative spirit and the poetic balance of feminine & masculine; art & music and the love of community commissioned by the amazing folks at SoFA Market.

RESONATE mural unveiling party on Friday JAN. 12th from 6pm to 9pm:
• 7pm: a few words from the artist
• Great music by EOM Sessions
• A tandem exhibition of Sara's canvas works will also be featured
• Happy hour prices at the The Fountainhead Bar when you mention Sara.
• Several delicious eateries on site for dinner with friends and family.
• Free admission & great for all ages.

Contact Phantom Galleries with any questions at

SoFA Market is located at:
387 S First St., San Jose, CA 95113


Airy Kurktchi Exhibit at 488 Cafe Downtown San Jose

Phantom Galleries is proud to present a new series of paintings by Erica "Airy" Kurktchi at 488 Cafe in downtown San Jose.

Airy Kurktchi combines her passions for color, the cosmos and the art of the pour to create her “space-scape” paintings. Viewing Airy’s paintings gives you the spectacle of the astral close up and as you move across the painting; the colors change and move with you.

This exhibit is currently on view during regular cafe hours through February 28, 2018.

488 Cafe
488 Almaden Blvd. (ground floor of the PWC/Oracle building)
San Jose, CA 95113

Cafe Hours: Monday - Friday
Breakfast - 7:30-10 am
Lunch - 11:00am-2:00pm
Snacks and coffee until 4:00pm


HARK! Sale at KALEID Continues thru Jan. 13th

KALEID Gallery's HARK! annual holiday show and sale continues through January 13th. There's still many works of art by our resident artists as well as invited artists from our broader community that have made their work very affordable and accessible for the holiday season. Treat yourself to an original art work by a favorite artist or discover someone new.

KALEID is open Tuesday–Saturday 12pm–7pm and is always free admission.

KALEID Gallery
88 S. 4th St.
San Jose, CA


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