WHO’S IN THE NEWS: NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2007

San Jose artist DEBORAH KENNEDY recently inaugrated her public art installation of six steel fence panels entitled Solar Sight in San Francisco, at the Sunnyside playground, Foerster and Melrose. The works are based on “coronal loops’ of electrified gasses that arc upfrom the surface of the sun. She was personally congratulated by Mayor Gavin Newsom, whom she found charming.

ARTSHIFT, SAN JOSE announces that it will celebrate its first year of publication with a ceremony that will be an annual event and which awards achievement in the visual arts, in Silicon Valley. Nominations for the awards will be received from the public, screened by an unafiliated committee of Artshift, San Jose, and final selections made by a juror from the professional arts community.

San Jose State graduate BINH DANH learned last September that he has been honored with a $25,000 Eureka Grant by the Fleishhaker Foundation. He is one of on twelve artist in the Bay Area to receive the grant in this three year cycle. All artists were nominated by a non-profit organization and the nominations were reviewed by an out-of-state panel.

Backwater Arts opened officially with a grand celebration in its Victorian farmhouse at 681 Quinn Avenue in san Jose on Saturday, December 1. Organizer SARA COLE presented the works of studio resident artists, KENNY BROWN, JULIE CARDENAS, JASON KING, COLIN KING-BAILEY, MIKE NICHOLS, MICHAEL OECHSLI, SHARONA OSHANA, LILIANA PANIGHETTI and ANN SHERMAN, along with SIDNEA DAMICO, JULIE JACOBSEN, SHELBY SMITH and JEANNE VADEBONCOEUR.

San Jose’s City College Gallery, whose profile has been low in recent years, is the site of an important autobiographical exhibiton by JUDY HURLEY, most of whose works address the subject of addiction. Nearly thirty years after beginning to address her alchoholism, drug and food additions, Hurley attempts to use her art form as a tool in aiding others with these struggles. She speaks at Valley Medical Center once a month. Her exhibiton will run until February 28, 2008. Hours are 12-5pm, Mon-Thu

KEN MATSUMOTO’s Art Object gallery was damaged by a deadly fire that destroyed the house next door on North Fifth Street. Matsumoto praises the San Jose Firefighters who efficiently removed all art work from harm’s way. This setback comes at the time that Matsumoto is evaluating the future options for survival of Art Object gallery, where he also maintains his own sculpture studio. The gallery will be open for celebration of the art in the face of adversity on First Friday, December 7, 2007.

Architect and curator WALTER BISCHOFF owns his own museum in Germany and operates two galleries in Europe, as well. He is less known here in San Jose where he provides a retreat for his European artists at a ranch he owns on Aborn Road. In his November-December exhibition at the Byrnes Institute in Stuttgart he shows twenty one works on paper by San Jose artist, ERIN GOODWIN-GUERRERO.

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