Gallery Coordinator:
Valerie Raps

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



Opening Reception:
Friday, June 3rd.
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Closing Reception:
Friday, August 5th.
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Gallery Hours:
By appointment

In Participation with SoFF: South First Fridays




(Friday, June 3rd. - Friday, August 5th 2016)


Wildlife Beyond Borders, a photographic exhibit by nine artists showing their passion for protecting the world's animals, will open with over 100 images.

The images show animals in their natural state. The nine artists have spent years photographing animals in many parts of the world to express their deep conviction that animals need to be protected against the onslaught of human activity. The animals are in danger. The images in the exhibition are not only great photographs but also communicate that we need to act to protect them.

Unless we act, many of these animals will cease to exist and our children, or our children’s children, will never experience the awe of seeing an elephant in the forest or a crane in migration. By portraying horses, polar bears, harp seals, swans, songbirds, African cats, sharks, other marine animals and more, Wildlife Beyond Borders seeks to use the images to encourage us all to act.

The exhibit started September 2015 at the PhotoCentral Gallery in Hayward, has since traveled to Palo Alto, and been seen by over 3,000 people. A set of new images will be on display at the Art Ark Gallery, showing never seen before: fish eagles, chimpanzees, an underwater mix of “wildlife and landscape”, one of the 15 remaining species of cranes in the world, dreamscape scenes with horses, and the bond between humans and Indian elephants.

The exhibit has an audio/video feature, known as augmented reality. The viewer points their smartphone at an image and hears the artist deliver a message about their work, their passion, and how they felt when they photographed their subjects. This feature is free to all visitors.

All images are for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting various organizations protecting wildlife.

Private guided tours of the exhibit can be organized upon request. Please submit inquiries to the curator, Oliver Klink at For additional information on events, gallery opening hours, go to

Also announcing a change in leadership. Gallery Coordinator, Valerie Raps will be leaving Art Ark Gallery this June, after ten years of service. This is her last curatorial role at Art Ark Gallery. Her successor is local artist and SJSU alumni, Genevieve Hastings.

Opening Reception: Friday, June 3rd. 6 - 9 pm

Artist Talk:

Thursday, June 23rd. 10:30 am - 2 pm

Saturday, July 16th. 2 - 4 pm

Closing Reception: Friday, August 5th. 6 - 9 pm

Book for Sale: Wildlife Beyond Borders Limited Edition (

Participating Artists:
Oliver Klink (Los Gatos), Susan Carnahan (Menlo Park), Mary Aiu (Fairfield), Mike Miller (Portola Valley), Marian Davidson (Portola Valley), Wendy Hannum (San Rafael), Robin V. Robinson (Carmel), Bruce Finocchio (Castro Valley), Jim Codington (Sonoma)

Oliver Klink, Wildlife Beyond Borders Curator


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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