March 18, 2019

TWO BUCK Tuesday at KALEID Gallery March 19th

Join us for the monthly artists + community creative get together. Draw, paint, chat with artists, view the feature exhibitions plus amazing work by 70 resident artists all on site with $2 art available ONLY at TWO BUCK. Free admission and all ages welcome.

This month features artists Jeff Bramschreiber, Jemal Diamond, Joe Mandrick, Alfred Preciado and Mark Martinez all onsite creating new works and available to chat about their process.

The life drawing session model is Aleena Saha - "a futurist stuck in the suburbs" - hosted by Matthew Heimgartner.

There's two excellent solo exhibitions in the feature gallery to check out: "Things Unspoken" by Matthew Heimgartner and "Pollinators" by Rose Margaret.

HAEZ ONE will be performing live music from his recent album "San Hopeless" (cassettes will be available).

Tuesday March 19th, 7pm–10pm
Free admission, all ages welcome.

KALEID gallery
88 S. 4th St.
downtown San Jose
free street parking after 6pm

"Unexpected" Winner Announced at Cinequest Closing Night

Congratulations to Gianfranco Paolozzi, Harumo Sato and Rose Margaret on their moment in the spotlight at a packed house at the Cinequest grand Closing Night. Rose was presented with an award for her wining "Unexpected" painting and all the artists were recognized with a standing ovation.

The paintings are quite remarkable and available for purchase if you'd like to acquire one of them. Please email us at info[at]phantomgalleries[dot]com for pricing info.


“Its Center Everywhere & Circumference Nowhere” by Rose Margaret
“The ouroboros serves as a halo on the angel of Eternity. With its gaze turned to us, I am reminded of the elusive place between being awake and falling asleep— those strange and beautiful few seconds when reality bends just as the mind slips into unconsciousness. Our human parts can look so unexpectedly alien, can’t they? “

Rose Margaret
is a painter, wood-burner, caregiver, composting enthusiast, student of permaculture, and muncher of plants. She does her best to support Mother Nature's wellness on a daily basis.


“Over the River of Tears.” by Harumo Sato
“This piece is dedicated to people who suffered from a big earthquake in Japan 8 years ago, called 311 earthquake.

The final day of the live painting was March 10th (in Japan it’s March 11th), and it’s the day when the earthquake happened. Nobody could predict this “once-in-a-1000 years” level’s earthquake. It was a unforgettable disaster, but it also unexpectedly became a turning point when I really started focusing into making art as a practice of pray. “

Harumo Sato is a California based Japanese visual artist who graduated from University at Buffalo in 2015. In questioning our busy and highly industrialized daily lives, she translates old mythological analogy and allegory imagery into modern, colorful, and unique visual images. She has a strong interest in pattern design which has traveled through many cultures and contexts over the centuries. With the various colorful materials like screen prints, Japanese watercolor, sumi ink, and acrylic she seeks visual pleasure and vivacious energy to open the viewer's mind.


“Journal: March 7–10 2019” by Gianfranco Paolozzi
“The dripping of the colors, the rotation of the easel, and the presence of the people around me created the unexpected work.”

Gianfranco Paolozzi is as much a conceptual artist as he is a painter. Each painting is considered a memory journal....the painting evolves over time, just as our memories seem to. The "finished" date of the paintings are a date of abandonment rather than completion.

A very special Thank You to the entire Cinequest family for their support of these artists and Phantom Galleries each year.

March 14, 2019

Recognition of Live Painters at Cinequest Closing Night Event

The Cinequest x Phantom Galleries Live Painting Event featuring Rose Margaret Gianfranco Paolozzi and Harumo Sato was a blast and they created incredible paintings inspired by this year's Cinequest theme "The Unexpected."

The paintings are currently on view in the lobby of the California Theatre this week. The artists will be in attendance and recognized at the grand Closing Night of the festival screening of Terry Gilman's "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" on Sunday March 17th at 6pm. We hope you'll join us and get a chance to attend this great event.

Cinequest Closing Night info here.

Cinequest Film Festival at The California Theatre
345 S 1st St.
San Jose, CA 95113

March 6, 2019

Cinequest X Phantom Galleries Live Painting Event

Join Cinequest and Phantom Galleries as three local artists paint live to the festival theme of "The Unexpected"! Watch as these artists paint their masterpieces on site in the California Theatre in the VR Cinema on the 3rd Floor) from March 7 - 10th (10am–7pm each day). You can participate by voting for your favorite.

Gianfranco Paolozzi is as much a conceptual artist as he is a painter. Each painting is considered a memory journal....the painting evolves over time, just as our memories seem to. The "finished" date of the paintings are a date of abandonment rather than completion.

Rose Margaret is a painter, wood-burner, caregiver, composting enthusiast, student of permaculture, and muncher of plants. She does her best to support Mother Nature's wellness on a daily basis.

Harumo Sato is a California based Japanese visual artist who graduated from University at Buffalo in 2015. In questioning our busy and highly industrialized daily lives, she translates old mythological analogy and allegory imagery into modern, colorful, and unique visual images. She has a strong interest in pattern design which has traveled through many cultures and contexts over the centuries. With the various colorful materials like screen prints, Japanese watercolor, sumi ink, and acrylic she seeks visual pleasure and vivacious energy to open the viewer's mind. (Photo credit: Arabela Espinoza)

For more information on this year's Cinequest Film Festival, please visit: https://cinequest.org.

For more information about Phantom Galleries and its artists; please email us at info[at]phantomgallereis[dot]com

February 27, 2019

First Friday March 1st ArtWalkSJ at KALEID Gallery

KALEID Gallery is proud to present two new feature exhibitions by gallery resident artists Matty Heimgartner, and Rose Margaret for the month of March.

"Things Unsaid” by Matty Heimgartner

"Things Unsaid" is a visual narrative about the anxieties that we suppress by overconsumption of alcohol and drugs. It is a nostalgic tribute to the life that I lived, with watercolor and ink illustrations capturing feelings that I had and scenarios that I saw. Each painting is its own story, but together, they represent a lifestyle. Things Unsaid is a combination of biographical and autobiographical scenarios and situations, with hand-written text inside the paintings to speak the words that my anxious mind could not.

I started taking party drugs at eighteen years old and became dependent on alcohol at nineteen. Anytime that I had to deal with something even remotely stressful, I would drink until I no longer cared, or more so, remembered. Getting kicked out of my childhood home, flunking out of college, break-ups and identity struggles were some of the heavier triggers that I was eager to forget. It got to the point that some of my friends knew I would not remember the night before, so they would call or text me with a recap. At twenty-two, I recognized that I had a problem. I quit drinking for nearly three months, but as I felt “healed,” I resumed drinking. By twenty-three, it was out of control again. One week after my twenty-sixth birthday, I realized that no one could help me but myself. My body has been alcohol-free since May 2017. Every day is a new page, but for now, I am enjoying the chapter that I am in.

Matty Heimgartner is a twenty-seven-year-old San Jose native with undergraduate degrees in English and Art. For many years, Matty considered himself a writer who also enjoyed drawing. In 2017, that changed. He held his first solo Art show as a student at San Jose State University. His show, The Life of Antinda, featured eight one-page short stories and seven related illustrations about a character that he has been developing since he was seven years old. Since then, four of Matty’s short stories have been published with Defiant Scribe Literary Magazine and he has shown his artwork in San Jose and Oakland. Matty has been a resident Artist at KALEID Gallery since February 2018 and is currently extending The Life of Antinda into a full-length novel.

“Pollinators” by Rose Margaret

I pay tribute to the Earthlings that keep us in balance—the beings who pollinate food, ideas, and abundance.
May these artworks be a prayer for us to re-unify our fragmented ecosystem.
May we act in Truth, and bloom. ~Rose Margaret


Join us for the artists' receptions on First Friday March 1st 7pm–11pm featuring live music by Mariposa, and Ian-Carl. Free and all ages. Part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS ArtWalkSJ.

KALEID Gallery
88 S. 4th St.
downtown San Jose
Free street parking after 6pm, $5 parking in the garage above the gallery.

Flowing Phases by Brittni Paul at 488 Cafe

Phantom Galleries is proud to present:

"Flowing Phases" by Brittni Paul at 488 Cafe (ground floor of the PwC/ORACLE building) in downtown San Jose.

San Jose artist Brittni Paul's debut solo exhibition “Flowing Phases" is Inspired b her love of flora, fauna and all things made of stardust. Her work is magical-realism with deep attention to details. Stop by Cafe 488, grab some lunch and enjoy Brittni's exhibition anytime Monday – Friday 7:30am–2:30pm.

488 Cafe.
488 Almaden Blvd.
downtown San Jose

January 31, 2019

San Jose Journals by Gianfranco Paolozzi opens First Friday Feb. 1st Art Walk SJ

Phantom Galleries is proud to present “San Jose Journals” by Gianfranco Paolozzi at The Pierce Lobby Gallery.

Join us for the artist reception on First Friday Feb. 1st from 7pm–11pm with performances by the Paolozzi Tango Trio.

Gianfranco’s works are considered “journals” because they are never finished until they are sold. In this way, Paolozzi’s work is ever-evolving… until it is yours; once you have it, it is completely evolved…or…back in the studio they go where they continue to be added to or edited.

The works also have no “correct” top, bottom or sides when it comes to hanging the work. Paolozzi designed the frame with hardware so the collector can hang a piece in any orientation they’d like. Use your imagination.

Phantom Galleries at The Pierce Apartments
2 Pierce Ave. (at the corner of Market St. in SoFA District)
Free admission and all ages.
For full schedule of #ArtWalkSJ exhibitions please visit www.southfirstfridays.com

First Friday Feb. 1st Art Walk SJ at KALEID Gallery

Join us this First Friday Feb. 1st for the aritsts' receptions of two new feature exhibitions by resident artists Steven Reece, and Amy Steinberg.

Dreamscapes new work by Steven Reece

A collection of endangered species portraits and surrealist landscapes inspired by architectural and environmental elements that survive from fragments of forgotten dreams.

Artist Steven Reece creates compositions in multiple mediums often incorporating critically endangered species from all over the world. Mediums of presented works include pyrography, oil, acrylic, giclee print, and mixed media.


Missives in Symbols by Amy Steinberg

A collection of paintings about the state of being and communicating to the world through personal symbols. Amy uses her own visual language to paint short missives from a dictionary of symbols she has created to express her inner thoughts.


Artists' Reception: Friday February 1st 7pm–11pm
Free admission, part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk SJ
Exhibition Dates: February 1–22, 2019

KALEID Gallery
88 So. 4th St., downtown San Jose
408-947-1785 • info@KALEIDGallery.com
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday 12–7pm. Free admission.

October 29, 2018

Symbiosis by Monica Valdez Artist Reception Nov. 2nd


Phantom Galleries is proud to present:

Symbiosis by Monica Valdez

Artist's reception: first Friday Nov. 2nd, 7pm–11pm
with music by Peter Benjamin Fowler.
Part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS ArtWalkSJ

Symbiosis is a series of paintings inspired by botanical form resemblances combined with man-made structures that are experienced on a daily basis. In this body of work, I create a symbiotic relationship between these organic compounds and structures by harmoniously intertwining both. The viewer may experience a sense of tranquility and a moment of contemplation as a result of the varying gradients that intertwine opposites.

Monica Valdez is a San Jose based artist, who merges screen-printing and painting to create her own distinct style. Her work is inspired by waterfalls and plant life juxtaposed with man-made structures in which she creates a co-mingling between the two distinct forms. She is a San Jose State University graduate and has shown in several galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and Beacon, NY.

Exhibition dates: November 2–January 12, 2019

The Pierce Apartments Lobby Gallery
2 Pierce Ave. (at Market St.)
downtown San Jose.

New Feature Exhbitions Opening First Friday Nov. 2nd at KALEID Gallery

KALEID Gallery is proud to present two new feature exhibitions by resident artists Katie C. Gutierrez, and Gianfranco Paolozzi for the month of November 2018.

Please join us for these artists' receptions on first Friday November 2nd 7pm–11pm with music by Mark Camp.

The Regeneration Show by Katie C. Gutierrez

It is okay to re-work your work.

"The Regeneration Show" is about my way of growing as an artist through experimentation and risk and building upon lessons learned over time by reworking previously finished paintings. It has been liberating to let go of– and potentially destroy– pieces that seemed complete and precious at one time but later felt amateur, stagnant, and unremarkable to me. In their previous lives, most of them have hung in galleries, some have been part of large exhibitions, and a few were the result of testing a new technique or material and things just never went any farther than that (and I probably would have otherwise thrown away). Their evolution is the result of many years of learning what not to do while embracing what could actually be possible if I allow myself to experiment with different materials, meanings, marks, forms, and failures. It was important to me that hints of their former selves were still visible through the many translucent layers of wax not only because they would simply have more depth and be more visually interesting, but they would also remind me of my own personal and artistic progress.

Texture, depth, and color (or lack of) are very important aspects of my work, and my paintings and prints are typically created from a combination of encaustic paint and medium, paper, fabric, cold wax, ink, shellac, bronze powder, mica, watercolor, and acrylic. My experience has been a mix of learning how to do things properly while simultaneously experimenting in practices that would most likely result in epic failure – and as a huge fan of the “happy accident,” something I have learned not to worry about. I love the meditative and sensory experience of working with wax. It allows me to incorporate the “messy, yet graphic” feeling that I have always been attracted to in art that I like into the art that I make.

The Roundels That Become Journals new work by Gianfranco Paolozzi

I was looking in the recycle container full of paper from flexo printing presses.
That's when I felt the passion again; round surfaces screaming to be used.
I looked at them; changing on the floor of my studio.
I had to use my marks; my moments on the surfaces as a sign of me being there.
That's when the roundels were born.
These days I consider the Roundels “memory journals”....they evolve over time, just as our memories seem to.
The "finished" date of the Roundels are a date of abandonment rather than completion.

Gianfranco was born in a small Italian village in 1952, he was always an artist and musician. He remembers creating art and drawing pieces from as early as preschool, he got his prized accordion at the age of 9. As a young man in the 60s, he sold 2 oil on canvas paintings to pay for a vacation around Italy with friends and then he experimented with photographs. After his Italian military duty, he followed the love of his life to America in 1972, married her and had 3 children. The 80s was a full of shows around Silicon Valley. Also in the 80s was his first piece of the collagements series with photographs on plexiglass. The 90s brought solo shows. In the 2000s he really began to expand his presence in San Jose's illustrious art and music scene. Presently he has officially switched the title of all pieces of art, past and present, to "Journal" because they are forever evolving until they are sold. He formed the Paolozzi Tango Trio that plays all over Silicon Valley with Gianfranco on the Accordion and the composer, Nancy on the Piano, and Griff on the Violin and Viola.

Artists' reception: first Friday November 2nd 7pm–11pm with music by Mark Camp.
Part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS ArtWalkSJ

Exhibition dates: November 2–24, 2018

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

Gallery hours: Tuesdays –Saturdays 12pm–7pm & first Fridays til 11pm.
Free admission.

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