KALEID Galllery is proud to present: “Natural Conclusions” by Julie Meridian How does someone else see or respond to the same place? What is unique in each person’s perception and expression? How can we value an experience as it is presented and also be thoughtful about progressing beyond it? “Natural Conclusions” is a show of unexpected collaboration and second chances. Each painting was originally sourced from a local thrift store or flea market. Julie Meridian has chosen a portion of each to “complete” in her style, creating a study of contrasts in expressive power. Julie Meridian is a San José artist blending quiet realism with impressionist details to convey layers of meaning that reward a closer view. Through her paintings and illustrations she invokes the essence of people, places, and intangible presence. Artist Reception: March 2nd, 7pm–11pm Exhibition dates: March 2– March 30, 2018 part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS …
KALEID Gallery is proud to present: “Ethereal Sea” by Jeff Bramschreiber The idea for this series of paintings came to me early last year. I love the sea, and many of my “Two Buck Tuesday” (at KALEID) creations are related to the ocean in one way or another. Last year I was visiting Pajaro Dunes in Monterey a favorite place for recharging the gray cells, relaxing and getting re-focused and inspired. This visit though something was off; for the first time instead of a sense of calm and healing it felt like the coast needed my energy somehow. It really startled me, and then I started realizing that those exciting one on one encounters with wildlife at and in the sea were becoming far less frequent, that everyday a little more was lost. I got the idea that if I could capture those encounters using color in a way that…
Pintura Fresca a new series of portraits by Fernando "Force129" Amaro Jr. Mixed media character studies inspired from a mural I painted (in the SOFA District) of figments of my imagination that included the people and their pets from the neighborhood. Force129 is an artist & designer currently working & living in San Jose, CA.
My paintings pry and dissect nature and memory to develop an ideal wreckage. Cubism is God’s clutter, an omnidirectional view, facets at all angles. I perceive and slit my roses within their all-seeing entirety whereas my Miasma Series breaks down cubism into abstract form. A frenzy of emotion layered over, under, and through each other to emanate the foulness in beauty and bliss in suffocation. Omni is Latin for all and it is commonly used with words that would describe a god who is all-seeing, all-creating, and all-powerful. I believe it to define most artists as well.
“It has always seemed strange to me that we talk about finding intelligent life on other planets, when we have plenty of intelligent life forms right here on Earth that we should be focusing on saving. Nature and animals have been healing for me in this life, and the natural world is now under attack like never before. In response, I’m drawn to making art about all that is still beautiful in this world, and all that needs protection.” ~Michelle Waters
One definition of a charm is a verbal formula believed to have magical force. New paintings and assemblages by Jenifer Renzel explore the notion of a purely visual charm invoked by combining disparate images, parts, and mediums. If you are intrigued, confused, or disconcerted by a piece, the charm worked.
Painting is relaxing and meditative to me–it calms my mind and is a source of contentment & joy. This work is an expression of this experience and I wish it may spark some of that joy wherever this art will be. ~Nadja Martens
New works created in a host of media during a hyperactive hallucinogenic fever dream of creativity and imagination. Steven Borelli has been drawing since he was a fetus. The inside of his mother's womb is tattooed with the product of his blossoming visions. Today, between fever dreams and feeding his cat, Borelli is still an artist. Doing arty things. For art's sake.
KALEID Gallery is very proud to present "Art is Life and Only Life" 40 year retrospective of art work by resident gallery artist Gianfranco Paolozzi. Please join us on first Friday Aug. 4th at 7:30pm for a tour of the show led by Gianfranco and a live performance by the Paolozzi Tango Trio.
Gianfranco was born in a small Italian village in 1952. He has always been an artist and musician; he remembers drawing and creating art from as early as preschool and received his prized accordion at the age of 9 (which he continues to play while performing with his Paolozzi Tango Trio)