Miss CHARLOTTE KRUK, San Jose’s celebrated designer of exotic gowns made of candy wrappers – for perfect size 4 bodies – announces a new wearable sculpture in her series of garments made from Godiva chocolate packaging. Vernon Davis, tight end for the 49ers, commissioned Kruk to design the suit jacket he will model during or after the 49ers game on Sunday, October 28, on CBS – Channel 5.

EVERETT TAASEVIGEN, recently moved to Houston, Texas, tells us that he will be showing his photographs from the march to Free the Jena Six , in a Houston exhibition entitled Voices Breaking Boundaries.

The City of San Jose’s Public Art Program announces Who‚Äôs on 1st/ What‚Äôs on 2nd (www.w1w2.org), a series of temporary multi-media artworks‚Äîby San Francisco Bay Area artists‚Äîalong San Jose‚Äôs main downtown public transit corridor on South First and Second Streets. The first three projects to debut include JD Beltran‚Äôs Video Mirrors, Hector Dio Mendoza‚Äôs Citizen Tree and Bill Fontana‚Äôs The Bells of Trinity. Other artists to participate are Jon Brumit, Chris Eckert, Jordan Geiger, Helena Keefe, and the team of Chip Lord and Bruce Tomb. The project is part of 1stAct’s vision for Big Deals and Small Wonders in San Jose, and is sponsored by a broad coalition that includes the Redevelopement Agency, the Valley Transit Authority, the Downtown Association and others. ‚ÄúVital, great cities must continue to evolve and enliven creative environments for both economic and cultural growth. Who‚Äôs on 1st/What‚Äôs on 2nd does just that by providing stimulating, thought-provoking spaces and sensations that further distinguish the region‚Äôs artistic and creative milieu,‚Äù says CONNIE MARTINEZ, Creative Director of 1stAct . For complete project descriptions, schedules of dates and locations go to <www.w1w2.org.>

SHAYNA HIRSHFIELD of the Public Art Program in the Office of Cultural Affairs announces an important Introduction to Public Art Workshop. The full-day Workshop will be held on November 17 at the new Edenvale Library in San Jos√© , and will feature a wealth of information as well as two local public artists. Local artists should not miss this! San Jose will be commissioning a large number of new public art works in the next few years, in conjunction with downtown development, 1stAct’s vision for redesigning and enlivening the downtown. and the Public Art Office’s own broad-based vision for Public Art entitled Downtown Next.
Contact: Shayna H. Hirshfield, MPP, MSW
City of San José РOffice of Cultural Affairs
phone: (408) 277-5144 ext. 31
fax: (408) 277-3160

JOSH RUSSELL of the Arts Council Silicon Valley announces that it has restructured its very popular Artist Fellowship grants program to engage a broader segment of the artist community. The Arts Council is now awarding up to a $4,000 fellowship in each of six different categories to recognize established professional working artists and to enable them to continue to pursue their creative work. Artists who live in Santa Clara County or in an adjoining county showing impact in Santa Clara County are eligible to apply. The categories in which grants will be made are • Visual Arts /2-dimensional: painting, drawing, printmaking, mural • Visual Arts /3-dimensional: textile, installation • Literary Arts: memoir & novel • Performing Arts /Music: composition • Performing Arts /Dance: dance performance and • Performing Arts /Theatre: theatre performance

A workshop that enables interested artists to apply will be held on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:15 at the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art and on Wednesday, November 14 at
4:00pm at the Arts Council’s office in Suite 200. Contact: Audrey Wong, the Arts Council’s Grants Program Manager, at <awong@artscouncil.org> or (408) 998-2787 x214.

JULIE JACOBSON, recent SJSU graduate announces her sculpture to be placed in the North entrance windows and store center of Bloomingdales in the Stanford Shopping Center. This is part of a new program that features the work of fine artists in store display windows and throughout the store. For more information about the program, contact
Rick Chung, Visual Director at 312-259-1412 or Linette Leong, Public Relations Manager at 650-463-2167.

San Jose State’s Professor RUDY RUCKER from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciencean irrepressible satirical author is showing his paintings from November 9 – 11, at Live Worms Gallery on Grant Avenue in San Francisco in connection with the publication of his latest novel, Postsingular.

San Jose’s PERNILLA ANDERSON announces her exhibition of “I’m wishing you a rainy summer” at the Green House Cafe in San Francisco, on Friday, October 19th, 2007.

San Jose artist KAREN HAAS, shows her paintings in the exhibition Embodied, at the Los Medanos College Art Gallery fro october 3 to November 2, in Pittsburg, California.

San Jose State BFA graduate, TONY BELLAVER, invites visitors to his open studio in the Noonan Building, Pier 70, Room 204 – at the end of 20th Street off Third, in San Francisco on Saturday and Sunday, the 27th and 28th of October, from 11:00 to 5:00.

RANDALL SHIROMA, San Jose sculptor, who once maintained his studio in the Citadel complex in Martha Gardens, announces his upcoming exhibition at the Stremmel Gallery in Reno Nevada, Opening on October 25, and running through November 17.

SARA COLE, painter and recent SJSU MFA graduate, announces opportunites for artists to become involved in a fascinating new venture. In an old Victorian with beautiful gardens, in the quiet industrial neighborhood close to the Costco on Senter Road, artist’s studios are opening up. In this BACKWATER ARTISTS’ community, there will be a community garden, community space in the complex and quarterly exhibitions. The possibilities for this area to become a magnet for future galleries and/or live/work units look good to ARTSHIFT, San Jose. And if nothing else, the opportunity to be in a community of working artists that provides incentive to keep the wheels greased in your own work, show and sell art in a lovely setting, and be there when the curators come around… it’s a great deal! Applications being accepted right now! Sara Cole <allegedartist@yahoo.com>

SJSU BFA graduate, RICHARD GODINEZ, who went on to receive his MFA at Stanford University, has recently accepted a full time appointment to the art faculty of Diablo Valley College in the new San Ramon Campus.

GERI WITTIG, artist, stalwart Cadre supporter and former Board member of Works Gallery, received her MFA at SJSU. She has recently learned that she will be sent to India, for several weeks in Bangalore, by her long-time employer Adobe Systems, after which she plans to spend more weeks exploring the country and indulging in personal adventure.

Santa Clara University’s Art Professor, RENEE BILLINGSLEA will be showing new work along with “new gallery artists” showing in the Redwood City Gallery, Michael Rosenthal Contemporary Art, in October.

At the Oakland Museum, on Sunday, October 21, 12 – 5 pm, the 14th Annual Community Celebration for Days of the Dead opens and includes altars by several artists with roots in Silicon Valley: CURTIS FUKUDA, LISSA JONES, SAMUEL and MATHEW RODRIGUEZ, ABRAHAM ORTEGA, ELIZABETH GOMEZ and LISA RAMIREZ. The exhibiton’s title is Ancient Roots/Urban Journeys, and was curated by MACLA’s ANJEE HELSTRUP-ALVAREZ.

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