Gallery Coordinator:
Valerie Raps

Art Ark Gallery
1035 S. 6th St.
San Jose, CA 95112



Opening Reception:
Friday, Oct. 2nd
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Music by:
Aaron Lehr

Awards given at 8pm, winners must be present to claim prize

Gallery Hours:
by appointment only

In Participation with SoFF: South First Fridays




A mixed media exhibition featuring the artwork of thirty-five local artists

Opening Art Reception: Friday, October 2nd 6pm-9pm
With live music by: Aaron Lehr,
Awards given at 8pm, winners must be present to claim prize

Participating artists:
Aaron Lehr, Al Preciado, Aliza Abrams, Andrew Hedges, Antonio Castro, Audry Fitzgerald, Bob Rose, Carol Eder, Chris Bunz, Duncan Cook, Francesca Borgatta, Genevieve Hastings, Gerri Russell, Jackie Baxton, Joey Agcopra, John Hedges, Judy Roberto, Kelsey Eder, Lori Krein, Maria Sky, Marietta Jarra, Marlene Robbins, Marvin Garcia, Mokey, Nathan Cox, NIFTY, Renee Billingslea, Rich Fox, Rosa Cázares Gillin, Rosemarie Delson, Steve Davis, Thérèsa Merchant, Travis Ng, Valerie Raps, and Virginia Phelps

Gallery Hours: by appointment only

November - December 2015: The More the Merrier VI
6th Annual Salon-style Art Exhibition and Holiday Art Sale

ENTRY DEADLINE: Saturday October 3rd, 2015
Send 3-5 low-resolution images to:
Title subject line of email: More the Merrier – 2015
Exhibition fee: $25 per participating artist
(Fees are used to hire live musicians for art receptions and gallery preparators to help restore the gallery in between shows, to pay for advertisement in the Metro and for gallery improvements.)

ART INSTALLATION: Saturday, October 24th10am – 1pm
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 6th 6pm-9pm
ART REPLENISH: Saturday, November 21st 10am-11am
CLOSING RECEPTION: Friday, December 4th 6pm-9pm
DEINSTALLATION: Saturday, December 5th 12pm-2pm

WALL SPACE: Each artist will be given a 3.5ft - 4ft wide section of wall space to install as much work as they choose up to 9ft high. There are six 2.5ft wide spaces on the end of our three rolling walls that are reserved for artists who wish to display jewelry. These artists will be given a pedestal in addition to the 2.5ft wide wall space.

FLOOR SPACE: Artists who would like to exhibit sculpture will be allocated floor space in front of windows. Artists should plan on bringing their own pedestals. The gallery has white paint that artists are welcome to use to freshen up their pedestals, if need be. If you would like to paint your pedestals please let me know in advance so that we can arrange a time to paint them before art installation day.

ART INSTALLATION: Each artist is responsible for hanging their own work. Prepare your work in advance so that it is ready to hang! Install D-rings, eye screws, saw tooth hooks and/or wire on the back of your 2D work prior to arrival! Please bring all the tools and hardware you need to hang your work.  We encourage you to bring a friend (who is familiar with tools) to help you!

TOOLS: The gallery has some tools and hardware as back up, but certainly not enough for all the artists in this show, so artists need to come prepared to be self-sufficient. Recommend tools to bring: nails, hammer, screws, cordless drill, level, tape measure, blue painter’s tape for making and marking measurements on the wall (instead of using a pencil or pen) and a towel or blanket to lay on the floor to put your artwork on. Come dressed in work clothes, as you may need to do some minor touch up painting. Save your evening gowns and collared shirts for the art opening!
LADDERS: The gallery has: one step stool, a 6' ladder, an 8’ ladder, and a 14’ ladder that artists may use. If you want to install work higher than you can reach, we suggest you bring your own step stool or ladder, as they will be in high demand.
LABELS / PRICE TAGS: Artists are responsible for making their own title cards or price tags.
BUSINESS CARDS/ PROMOTIONAL CARDS: Each artist will be provided with a white envelope to mount within their designated exhibition space to put promotional postcards and/or business cards.

SALES: Art Ark Gallery does not take a percentage of sales. All sales must be negotiated directly between the artist & interested buyer. Therefore artists must be present at both the Opening Art Reception on Friday, Nov. 6th and the Closing Art Reception on Dec. 4th to represent and sell your work. Work is to be sold directly off the walls on the nights of the art receptions.

ART REPLENISH DAY: (Saturday, November 21st10am-11am)
This is a mid-month opportunity to add, replace or rearrange your display. You are also welcome to come early (5pm-6pm) on the day of the Closing Art Reception (Friday, Dec. 6th) to quickly add work to your wall. Please make sure you are done installing new work by 6pm when the art reception begins.

DE-INSTALLATION: (Saturday, December 5th 12pm-2pm)
Artists are required to remove all hardware from their wall (nails, screws, tacks etc.) NOTE: If artists live outside of the area, they are welcome to de-install their work after 9:15pm on the night of the Closing Reception. Please notify me if you intend to do this.

WAIVER FORM: Art Ark Gallery is not liable for damage or theft of art exhibited in the gallery. Nor is the gallery liable for bodily injury. Therefore, you and anyone helping you, will be asked to sign a release of liability form acknowledging your understanding of this policy. Good news is, that in the past nine years of our existence neither has occurred. (Knock on wood)

POSTCARDS: Each artist will be given approx. 25 postcards for personal distribution.

ART RECEPTIONS: The gallery provides live music and refreshments at all art receptions.

Thank you for your interest in exhibiting at Art Ark Gallery. If you have an additional questions please email.


Art Ark Gallery is located on the property of Art Ark Apartments, an Artisan Village in the heart of the Martha Gardens Arts District just six blocks south of San Jose State University. Since October 2006 Art Ark Gallery has been exhibiting the artwork of local artists in group shows of 20-40 artists. Art Ark Gallery’s mission is to provide a space where emerging artists and curators can explore exhibition design and gain exposure and experience while engaging the public. Art Ark Gallery is a participant of SoFA: South first Fridays Art Walk, a monthly event in downtown San Jose on South First Street. For more information and a list of participating galleries and other business see

The gallery hosts nine exhibitions per year and goes dormant in the months of January and July due to the major holidays. The Gallery hosts an annual salon-style holiday art exhibition called The More the Merrier, each year during the months of November through December, which has an open call for entries. The rest of the shows are curated by selected individuals who submitted a proposal for a group exhibition. The gallery accepts proposals continuously and looks for proposals with a cohesive theme and/or an interesting concept and has a minimum of 20 participating artists. There is no fee for submitting a proposal. There is an exhibition fee for participating artists. Fees are used to hire live musicians for art receptions and gallery preparators to help restore the gallery in between shows, and to pay for advertisement in the Metro newspaper and gallery improvements. Exhibitions run two weeks in length, with a week to install and a week to de-install and restore the gallery. Opening receptions are held always held on the first Friday of every month. The gallery provides live music and refreshments at all art receptions.

Exhibition Proposals should include a short description of the proposed theme or concept of the show, names of the participating artists with links to their website or examples of their artwork, and the name and contact information for the curator including a phone number. Also include the preferred dates of the art exhibition. The Gallery usually books out shows anywhere from 6 - 8 months in advance.

Waiver: Art Ark Gallery is not responsible for damage or theft of art exhibited in the gallery. Nor is the gallery liable for bodily injury. Therefore all participating artists and curators are required to sign a waiver form acknowledging their understanding of this policy.


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