March 11, 2017

Vote for Your Favorite "Elevate" Painting

It's VOTING TIME! Click HERE to vote for your favorite Cinequest x Phantom Galleries #Elevate painting.

Brandon Anderton, Fernando Amaro, Jr and Julie Meridian will be painting live & finishing up their #Elevate paintings at the Cinequest Closing Party this Sunday night (at the Hyatt Hotel from 9pm–midnight) where the winner will be announced.

We're very proud of all three artists and their amazing work and very thankful to Cinequest for including us in their world-class festival!

Brandon Anderton

Last update before the final day tomorrow and still got tons of work to be done!

I've really enjoyed creating around the theme "Elevate"! It's given me a chance to reexamine how I look at things and began once again to take for granted.

Fernando Amaro, Jr (Force 129)

Illustrating my vision of California Theatre film festival attendants full of color & life after the films.

Julie Meridian

When I thought of "elevate" it made me think about how everyone is in a different place...and how no matter where each person is they have something to contribute. As I'm painting these gestures what started as solitary expressions has grown, and I've been noticing more of the connections between them. I've had a chance to see a few of these films too and learn how these tiny slices of expression fit into those larger stories.

March 1, 2017

Cinequest x Phantom Galleries Painting Contest 2017

We are so excited to have these super talented artists participate in this year's Cinequest Film & VR Festival x Phantom Galleries Painting Contest!

Brandon Anderton, Julie Meridian and Fernando Amaro, Jr. will all be creating their painting on the "Elevate" theme from their studios with daily progress pics and thoughts about their process over the next two weeks. Final voting will occur at the Cinequest Closing Party on March 12th.

Keep up with their progress on our Phantom Galleries Facebook page or on Instagram.

Fernando Amaro, Jr.
Hello my name is Fernando Force 129 Amaro Jr currently living & working in San Jose CA as a full-time artist & designer I like to work in mixed media in the studio. My work can be seen at KALEID Gallery.

Brandon Anderton
I'm both humbled and excited to be a part of this years live painting event for Cinequest 2017. Be sure to follow my friends #force129 and #juliemeridian as we will post daily updates of our progress of our creations from our studios centered around the theme "Elevate"

Julie Meridian
Julie Meridian is drawn to the hidden natures of things and the ways context can shift perception and behavior. She explores these through both art and design, seeking out the small truths whose presence can inspire serendipitous connections. Through painting and illustration she captures what is unique – to remix it or to hold it in isolation to gain fresh perspective. She has recently exhibited paintings at Works/SanJosé and KALEID Gallery.

South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk March 3rd

Friday, March 3rd from 7pm to 11pm
Free & open to the public.

This Friday's Art Walk SJ features several new exhibits by extremely talented local artists curated by Phantom Galleries in alternative art spaces and our sister gallery KALEID Gallery. Stop by and see a great show and meet the artists!

The Tiger in the Room new paintings by Mike Borja at KALEID Gallery

Mike Borja takes a creative journey through different mediums of art; come see his new works and explore his visual creations. Beware, you may run into a tiger...

Mike Borja is a creative from San Jose, CA, a part of the Dream Daringly Execute Fearlessly art studio (aka DDEF) and a KALEID resident artist since 2010. The subject matter of Borja's artwork spans from tigers to fishes, cartoons, electric sockets, mandalas, and dreams.

Skunk-Truck & Lucy new works by Donny Foley at KALEID Gallery

This March KALEID Gallery presents: Skunk-Truck & Lucy. This whimsical show features Donny Foley’s latest series of large scale Word Paintings. Each painting depicts a single story, but together they create one giant story; the tale of Skunk-Truck & Lucy.

Word Paintings seamlessly combines two of Foley’s favorite forms of creative narrative: story telling and painting. The creation of each piece starts with a painted focal point. Then, the background is formed by hand lettering a story of which the entire painting is based upon. When viewed from a distance a Word Painting is meant to convey a cheery anecdote, but on closer inspection the viewer can see the complex nature of a seemingly simplistic image.

Live music during the reception by Freddie Vega, and Avery Palmer (7pm–11pm).

KALEID Gallery
88 So. 4th St.,

Carbon Hand Print. A collection of charcoal drawings on paper by Jeffrey Hemming at The Studio.

These works are a result of spending many hours outdoors in the western landscape hiking, skiing, and showshoeing. I use charcoal for both its speed and flexibility. Achromatic works focus the effort on value, composition, and texture. My most inspirational times are usually spent outdoors. For me, these drawings are serve as a record of places traveled and time well spent.

The Studio Climbing Gym
396 So. 1st St.

Aesthetic Meditations paintings and beach art by Brandon Anderton at Phantom Galleries at The Pierce

Also on view: Washed Away a documentary short by KTF Films (also known for Batkid Begins) featuring Brandon Anderton and his work will screen throughout the evening from 7pm–11pm (on the hour) during the March 3rd art walk.

Music provided by: J. Swizza

The Pierce Apartments
2 Pierce Ave.

Sticker Critters Occupy SoFA by Darius B'Alexander at Caffe Frascati

Darius B'Alexander is the Sticker Critters creator. He is known to strike a conversation with just about anyone he meet in any day or anywhere, then surprise them with on the spot just specially created Sticker Critter by the end of the conversation. His multitude, one-of-a-kind creations will be on display and available for adoption for a small minimal fee. Come by Caffe Frascati and adopt one, two, or as many as you want.

Caffe Frascati
315 So.1st St.

Mine and Yours by Lydia Rae Black at Phantom Galleries at Pho69 Restaurant

The things which we curate out of our lives are also a source of constant inspiration for my works. The discarding of objects is undoubtedly necessary, but I am drawn to the process by which we eliminate things from our lives when we once found them needful or beautiful. We indentify through the things that we own, and by them, define ourselves and our lives. I commemorate the things that were once wanted, and through that process, recall the people that we once were. Curated by Robert Ragazza.

PHO 69 Restaurant
321 So. 1st St.

For full Art Walk lineup; please visit:

New paintings by Alice Lo at 488 Cafe

Phantom Galleries presents "Retrace" by Alice Lo at 488 Cafe

My inspiration is coming from the beautiful landscape in California. I am always amazed by the ever changing and always stunning cloudscape in the sky. I also love to find and capture disappearing nostalgic places and signs in the Silicon Valley.

Exhibit on view through March 30, 2017.

488 Cafe
488 S Almaden Blvd (ground floor of PWC/Oracle building)
San Jose, CA 95113
Hours: Monday–Sunday 7:30am–4pm

January 19, 2017

Rare Appearance by Legendary Animator Ron Campbell at KALEID Gallery

Ron Campbell, director of the 1960's Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series and animator of the Beatles film Yellow Submarine will make a rare personal appearance at KALEID Gallery, 88 South Fourth Street, in downtown San Jose, CA, Friday, January 20th through Sunday, January 22nd. Ron will showcase his original Beatles cartoon paintings created specially for the show and create new Beatles pop art paintings at the exhibit. Ron will also feature other artwork based on his 50-year career in cartoons including Scooby Doo, Rugrats, Smurfs, Flintstones, Jetsons and more.

The exhibit is free admission and all works are available for purchase. Ron Campbell will be offering for sale original cartoon paintings of the Beatles both in their ABC Cartoon and Yellow Submarine roles as well as various other works from his 50-year career in animation including Scooby Doo, Smurfs, Rugrats and more.

Ron Campbell was the director of the legendary Saturday morning Beatles Cartoon series that aired on ABC from September 25, 1965 through April 20, 1969 and animator on the Beatles film Yellow Submarine.

The Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series received monstrous ratings in its time slot-.a 67 share! It continually fueled new music to the young kids of America as they followed the bouncing drumstick to each Beatles tune. Campbell also wrote the forward to the definitive book on the Beatles cartoon series Beatletoons, Yellow Submarine, recently celebrating its 48th anniversary, has become a permanent fixture in pop culture, defining the psychedelic 60s for generations to come. In his book, Up Periscope, Yellow Submarine Producer Al Brodax gives Ron Campbell a great deal of credit for saving the movie and tying it all together at the last minute.

Campbell has also been involved with some of the most beloved cartoons including, Scooby Doo, Winnie The Pooh, Krazy Kat, George of the Jungle, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, the Smurfs, Goof Troop, Rugrats, Ed, Edd & Eddy Yogi Bear and dozens more. Campbell's former studio was awarded a Peabody and an Emmy for his work in children's television. Since retiring after a 50-year career, he has been painting subjects always based on the animated cartoons he has helped bring to the screen. With particular emphasis on The Beatles, he shows his Cartoon Pop Art in galleries worldwide.

Pizarro: Beatles' animator Ron Campbell brings art show to San Jose in the Mercury News

Cartoonist Behind 'Yellow Submarine' at KALEID in the Metro News Weekly

Ron Campbell Event Dates / Times:
Friday January 20th Noon-7pm
Saturday January 21st Noon-7pm
Sunday January 22nd Noon-4pm
Free Admission & great for all ages.

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

July 12, 2016




Presented by Gutfreund Cornett Art and
KALEID Gallery, San Jose, California

Artists reception: July 16, 2016, 4:30 - 7 p.m. with Artists' talks at 5pm. Free and open to the public.

Exhibition dates: July 5 -30, 2016

Envision, conceive of, imagine . . . In this turbulent time of political changes, women's rights, social, racial, gender and economic inequality, global conflicts, cultural instability, reproductive choice/health care issues, and environmental challenges of overconsumption and resource scarcity - how do we effect positive change through art? How do we listen, speak our minds, include, and act in collaboration or alone across generational differences, races, identities and cultures, to build our future, locally and globally?

VISION seeks to bring self-identified women artists into dialogue, retracing an account of the past manifesting in the present, to address major social themes, to define and bring forth what is important to themselves, their families, their communities, our nation and the world at large with art that either reflects on past injustices or focuses on a vision for a more positive, empowering future.

Gutfreund Cornett Art and ask self-identified women artists to respond to and take an active role in this conversation, to create an exhibition in all mediums and genres, art that ranges from literal to poetic, abstract to representational, and psychological, to social and political commentary, art that represents the prismatic, collective vision for our future, that inspires communities and provides a framework for true innovation in our time.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION JURORS: Suzanne Gray/Seager Gray Gallery, and Michelle Nye/SFMOMA Artists Gallery

Three works by each juror will be chosen from the approximately thirty-five installed works pieces to receive Special Recognition and these artists will receive an exhibition catalog. These pieces will be highlighted within the gallery, in the print and online galleries, at the top of the Gutfreund Cornett Art online gallery and on the website.


Diyar Al Jazzi, Tara Booth, Nellien Brewer, Sara Cole, Spooky Boobs Collective, Katherine Collins, Lynn Dau, Emily Dvorin, Beth Fein, Lindsay Garcia, Yolanda Guerra, J Howard, Blond Jenny, Jennifer Jones, Joanna L. Kao, Marky Kauffmann, Eileen Kressel, Beth Lakamp, Mido Lee, Rebecca Levine, Kathryn McDonnell, Victoria Helena Mihatovic, Beverly Mills, Sarah Nguyen, Min Kim Park, Amy Pleasant, Michele Poindexter, Remedios Rapoport, Cherie Redlinger, Caren Helene Rudman, Sondra Schwetman, SPOOKY BOOBS COLLECTIVE, Nastassja Swift, Cynthia Tom, Natalie Waldburger, Ruth Waters, Corinne Whitaker, Janice Whiting, and Tina Ybarra


In order to accommodate as many viewpoints as possible and expand the conversation beyond the physical limitations of the museum, additional works were selected to be shown in a looped slideshow in the gallery:

Salma Arastu, Lynn Arnold, Joanne Beaule Ruggles, Andrea Borsuk, Andrea Broyles, Carolyn Cohen, Linda King Ferguson, Anitra Frazier, Sara Friedlander, Sara Gallo, Caryl Gaubatz, Linda Gleitz, Tricia Grame, Georgie Humphries, Uma Rani Iyli, Shabnam Mottaghi, Olivia Jane, Kathryn Jill Johnson, Thuy Linh Kang, Kristin Kempa, Sameh Khalatbari, J. L. King, Epiphany Knedler, Susan Kraft, Biljana Kroll, Krista Machovina, Stela Mandel, Juliet Mevi, Jennifer Mondfrans, Jelisa Peterson, Sara Petitt, Lorena Pugh, Trix Rosen, Gerri Russell, Pallavi Sharma, Marlene Siff, Sean Sterzer, Elka Stevens, Kim Tepe, Diana Tremaine, and Jennifer Weigel with Laurel Luckey


Gutfreund Cornett Art is a curatorial partnership that specializes in creating exhibitions in venues around the U.S. on themes of "art as activism" to stimulate dialog, raise consciousness and create social change. Karen Gutfreund and Sherri Cornett are Curator/Exhibition Directors, Arts Administrators and practicing artists. Gutfreund has worked in the Painting & Sculpture Department for MoMA, the Andre Emmerick Gallery, The Knoll Group, the John Berggruen Gallery, Arc Gallery and the Pacific Art League. With degrees in Fine Arts and Art History, she is a consultant to galleries and for private and corporate collections. Over the past six years, Gutfreund has focused on creating exhibitions for women artists that travel around the country. Sherri Cornett, with degrees in political science and art, has a long history of advocacy, activism and campaign work around issues of human rights, women's rights, environment, education and the arts, in board leadership, as an employee and as a volunteer. She focuses on socially-engaged projects in her own art and the projects she directs. Cornett has created international exhibition opportunities for women artists as Director of the Women's Caucus for Art's Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art, an art-based cultural exchange in China, and as Co-Director ofWomen + Body, an exhibition in South Korea.

About UNITEWOMEN.ORG seeks to equip and empower women to use their strengths, talents, and skills to further their participation as equal, valued voices in their communities, speaking out about the inequity of women's experiences as citizens in their communities, their nations, and the world. Its mission is to change the social and cultural conversation to bring about awareness of the benefits and the necessity of inclusion, providing a collective voice for women in all processes that affect their lives. Its objective is to cultivate the edification of society on these issues in order to make effective change that will improve the lives of women. Achieving these goals allows them to effectively empower women and girls to be equal, active participants in society, as well as in the political realm of our countries. A country cannot reach its highest potential until the voices of all citizens are acknowledged and manifested in a way that will positively impact the evolution of humanity.

View works online:

Contact: Sherri Cornett and/or Karen Gutfreund

KALEIDlogo_160 88 South Fourth Street (@ San Fernando) San Jose, CA 95112 408-947-1785Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, noon -7pm Free admission

Find Beauty in the Streets of San Jose This Summer

Find Beauty in the Streets of San Jose This Summer via KQED Arts.

Some San Jose street art history featuring Shepard Fairey (aka Obey Giant), a myriad of interesting and vibrant murals by talented local artists, and ArtMap SJ to show you the way.

March 10, 2016

Vote for Your Favorite Cinequest "Unite" Painting

Miguel Machuca

Jenifer J. Renzel

UPDATE: Congratulations to Miguel Machuca on winning the audience vote!

And that's a wrap!

We here at Phantom Galleries are very proud of Jenifer J. Renzel and Miguel Machuca for their excellent finished works of art completed over the last 8 days of Cinequest Film Festival. NOW is the time to cast your final votes for your favorite. Both artists will be present at the Cinequest Awards Ceremony on Saturday where the winner will be announced. (A tie would be more than fine by us!!)

Vote for your favorite:

The polling site will close Friday night March 11th.

Cinequest Awards Ceremony Event Info here.

Final Performances of Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time

Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design presents:

A Tribute to Olivier Messiaen and "The Quartet for the End of Time."

Quartet new paintings by Barron Storey
End of Time concert by Cellista and the Juxtapositions Chamber Ensemble

On January 15, 1941 French composer Olivier Messiaen premiered his seminal work "Quartet for the End of Time" within the confines of Stalag VIII-A, a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp in Silesian Germany. The ensemble (clarinet, violin, cello, and piano) played upon broken instruments in front of an audience comprised of his fellow prisoners and prison guards in the brutal cold.

Opening on February 5th, 75 years after this premiere performance, Anno Domini Gallery presents a Messiaen-inspired exhibition of new paintings by renown artist Barron Storey entitled "Quartet" and live performances entitled "End of Time" by Cellista (Freya Seeburger) and her Juxtapositions Chamber Ensemble.

"Messiaen's 'Quartet for the End of Time' has always moved me. The composer's concepts of musical structure have influenced my own music for many years. It was, then, a delightful surprise to hear of Freya Seeburger performing the piece and an amazing example of synchronicity to be invited to accompany the performance with my artwork. The Quartet is not just an admired masterpiece to me, it is my favorite string quartet in classical repertoire, one that consistently brings me to tears. The pure beauty and the profound contrasts, hearing the songs of birds as the composer notated them in the cold forest adjacent to a Nazi concentration camp, the crashing fury of the sixth and seventh movements and the spiritual elevation of the final violin in the eighth, ascending to an eternity beyond time-this is music for the soul, written by a daring, innovative and fearless man of genius, composed and premiered by captive musicians before an audience of prisoners. Come listen!" ~ Barron Storey

This presentation at Anno Domini is a small immersive theater event building on Cellista's work in storytelling and interweaves San Jose's narrative into a piece, showing the immediacy of the Quartet to San Jose's past, present and future. Performing the Quartet is the Juxtapositions Chamber Ensemble: violinist Ishtar Hernandez, cellist Freya Seeburger (Cellista), clarinetist James Pytko and pianist Naomi Stine. Barron Storey will also be in attendance at the performances drawing insitu on his metamorphic temporary mural dedicated to Messiaen and his fellow prisoners of war.

End of Time concert dates and times:
February 20 8pm-9:30pm / Sold Out
March 12 8pm-9:30pm
March 13 2pm-3:30pm
(Tckets may be available at the door, but be advised that proper seating is limited. We encourage you to purchase tickets online in advance. No one turned away for lack of funds.)

Barron Storey exhibition dates: February 5-April 16, 2016
Exhibition admission free & open to the public during gallery hours Tuesday-Friday Noon-7pm, Saturday Noon-5pm.

Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design
366 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

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TWO BUCK Tuesday March 15th

Join us this Tuesday for another evening of live art, entertainment, quirky people and of course $2 art!

This month's featured artist Jason McHenry will working with the public on how to create original paintings like those on exhibit in his One Thousand Thousand project.

"The finished pieces that I show from the One Thousand Thousand project are always secondary to me. It's the process of creating them is what matters the most and it's what I've found to be most valuable aspect to have come from doing that work for over 20 years. The best I feel I can do with regard to the project comes when I see other people trying their hand at this little artistic parlor trick [so to speak] and they are amazed by the results of their own hand.

I can guarantee the people that participate will have fun and I'll make sure they go home with a finished piece or two too. I have the supplies and everything they need. Just show up with an open and emptied mind." -Jason McHenry

TWO BUCK Tuesday is 7pm10pm and is free and open to all ages, so bring the family out to KALEID Gallery for a memorable creative night.

KALEID Gallery
88 S. 4th St.
San Jose, Ca 95112

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