South First Fridays Art Walk

For awhile now ever since I’ve moved to San Jose, I’ve always wanted to check out the First Friday out here. I haven’t been to a First Friday in a long time back in Boston. Essentially what First Friday is is where local artists display their artwork open to the general public. There’s usually beer and wine served at these events. I like how the First Friday here is more outdoors than indoors of a gallery like how Boston was. Also, this past weekend there’s a festival called SubZero festival in collaboration of First Friday so the event last night was bigger than previous ones from what I’ve been told. There were a few stages with different bands and artists performing. There were a few food trucks, but none really appealed to me. It was pretty cool and very lively. It was nice walking around and making more use of my DSLR. I got to do a bit of networking when I was checking out this one display of a local magazine called Content. I spoke with the girl that deals with marketing for that magazine. It was really interesting how it’s all local writers, photographers, models and designers that collaborate to develop a great piece of print. It was great speaking with someone that is as passionate as myself about print design, which unfortunately is dying to the digital world. We exchanged contact information and at that moment I thought “dammit I should’ve brought my business cards!” haha. I didn’t think I’d end up talking to anyone since I was roaming around by myself.

After checking out the artwork and whatnot, I ran into the group of people I went to the Skrillex concert with. I haven’t seen them in awhile and they’re really chill, fun people. We ended up going bar hopping, which was fun. The guys were really sweet and kept buying me drinks, which I really appreciated but definitely wasn’t necessary on their end. Went to a cool kinda dive bar in downtown that’s semi new. Lots of great beer selection. After that first spot we ended up at really shady bars lol. It was an interesting night, but I had a lot of fun. One of the guys was really sweet and walked with me to my car while the others headed in another direction to their car. I got home at practically 3AM and another guy in the group texted me to make sure I got home okay. They’re such sweet people. Hopefully I’ll be able to hang out with that group more often.

Anyways, I’m gonna try to go to First Fridays more often when I can. It’s so far one of my favorite local events to check out and I believe First Fridays is a nationwide event.


De Young Art Museum

Finally got to check out the De Young Museum with some new friends. I’ve heard good things about this museum. There was an exhibit that my friends had planned to check out since it’s last day is January 20th. They were nice enough to invite me and I definitely took advantage of getting out of San Jose for the day. When we arrived there was a misleading sign saying the exhibit sold out. So glad it wasn’t. They were doing 15 minute rotations so that disclaimer wasn’t posted on the sign at all. Luckily we managed to get to the last rotation for the exhibit. We had a good chunk of time to kill so we decided to just walk around the museum since it was my first time there. Saw a couple of cool things, but their permanent collection didn’t fascinate me. I was told this museum had great exhibitions, but their permanent collection was blah.

Anyways, after lingering around for a bit we finally got in line for the exhibit. Total bummer that we weren’t allowed to take any photos. I was looking forward to giving my DSLR some more action but I had to put it away. I’m sure I could’ve taken pictures with my phone but it was way too crowded. The exhibit displayed work by this artist named David Hockney. I think his work is amazing. As you walk through the exhibit you notice the different mediums he works with. It ranged from watercolor, oil paints, and then iPad drawings and video. It was really interesting with the iPad drawings that he’s done. If you look at a piece of his work from far away it looked like a painting using actual paints…not an iPad. Very interesting stuff especially after viewing his sketch books in the displays. I think it’s really innovative for what he’s created since we’re such a digital era with everything.

So glad I went 🙂

Samurais & etc.

It’s been very long over due with posting these pics up. Prior to my move, I wanted to check out the MFA because of their samurai exhibit, which was ending sometime early August. Not many people know this about me, but I absolutely love Asian art, so I was very excited about this exhibit. A bunch of my friends got to check it out already, which was a bummer for me. Either way I would’ve gone with or without friends, but I thought it would be much more enjoyable with some company. Luckily one of my close friends didn’t check it out yet so we all got together and had some museum fun. The samurai exhibit itself was semi-disappointing. Beautiful collection, but so damn small! lol. I was hoping to see some swords or something, but what I saw was good enough for me. Regardless, it was pretty dope! The MFA opened up a new wing which was under construction for awhile so it was nice to check that out. It seems like there were some new collections which was never there before …or maybe it was there and I wasn’t as observant lol. I wish I didn’t sell my DSLR so I could’ve taken better photos. Ugh!!! I definitely miss going to this museum since it was close to the college that I had attended and it made me reminiscent of my art school days. I remember walking over there to meet with my professor and have class there. Walking to the museum was at least 15-20 minute walk and I love walking by Fenway Park. I really enjoyed those days.

Anyways, enjoy the photos! 🙂 Perhaps maybe my next trip to the museum (or general outtings) I’ll have another DSLR again! 😀