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Rare Device 10th Anniversary Party

POSTED BY: GISELLE GYALZEN
This year marks Rare Device's 10th Anniversary, celebrating 10 years in business.

Please join us for an evening of celebration, with colorful cocktails, delicious bites by Bi-Rite, cookies and cake by Little Bee Baking, live musical entertainment by Uni the Ukelele Player, face-painting, and tarot card readings to propel you into the future.

We are delighted to host a Lip Color Bar by Elizabeth Street Cosmetics with creator Kelly Crispen, and a Rare Device exclusive lipstick shade called Divisadero. We will also be giving away signed and editioned Lisa Congdon for Rare Device posters, free with a $50 purchase while supplies last. Flowers by Ampersand SF.

We look forward to seeing you at Rare Device at 600 Divisadero Street, Friday, February 19, 6-9PM! RSVP here!

Valentine's Pop-up and Trunk Show with Colleen Mauer Designs and Ampersand Flowers

POSTED BY: GISELLE GYALZEN

Valentine's Trunk Show and Pop-Up Shop

 

Rare Device invites all to a Valentine’s Day Pop-Up & Trunkshow with Colleen Mauer Designs and Ampersand Flower Shop.

CMD jewelry is a beloved favorite at Rare Device, and we are pleased to host a one-day-only trunkshow. Customers will have the opportunity to meet designer Colleen, and enjoy refreshments while shopping. This evening event showcases CMD’s brand new Rose Gold Collection, along with a wide selection of rings, earrings, necklaces, and cuffs not normally stocked at the shop, and a Ring Bar. The designer will be available to personally help Rare Device guests select pieces from her collection that are beautiful, versatile and timeless.

A selection of Ampersand bouquets specially created for Rare Device will also be available for purchase while supplies last.

Please join us for the Valentine’s Pop-Up & Trunk Show with Colleen Mauer Designs and Ampersand on Thursday, February 11 from 5pm-9pm at our Divisadero location (600 Divisadero Street). This event is free and open to the public.

CMD is a jewelry design company founded by industrial designer Colleen Mauer in 2005. Each piece in the CMD collection is handcrafted by a small team of jewelry artisans in Colleen’s storefront and studio on Valencia Street in the Mission District of San Francisco. Colleen designs using texture, color, sounds and tones as tools to transform simple materials into unique pieces of jewelry. Colleen’s work celebrates simple geometries and organic forms, accented by her signature wire-wrapped detailing. CMD jewelry can complement any look, from everyday to modern and chic. Racked, San Francisco Chronicle, NBC Bay Area, DesignMilk, and more have all highlighted the designer’s work. Colleen Mauer Designs was named Best Local Designer in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Best of the Bay 2010 Readers Poll.

Ampersand is a design studio and flower shop located in the Mission District in a distinctive blue mini-barn on Albion Street. Opened by partners Benjamin and Emerson in the Fall of 2014, Ampersand offers California-grown, custom, unique, and community oriented floral creations for weddings, weekly accounts, deliveries, and Monday pick-me ups alike. Since setting up shop, Ampersand has been lauded by 7x7, Apartment Therapy, Racked, Refinery 29, Spotted SF, Vogue, Martha Stewart, and more.

Home Show Reception

POSTED BY: STEPH CANLAS

A great turnout made for a truly happy gathering at our mid-month reception for the Home Show last Friday at Rare Device Divisadero! Not only was it a packed shop all night, it also happened to be SF Beer Week, and our friends across the street at Mojo Bicycle Cafe generously gave any reception-goers a discount on a drink, extending the celebration outside our doors. It was a fun night, and we thank you all for coming out to support the work of current and former employees of Rare Device.

Speaking as an employee of Rare Device myself, it has been a great pleasure to work at a shop whose mission is to cultivate relationships between artists and the greater community; while we provide our customers access to well designed and carefully crafted products, we also very much desire to provide both aspiring and veteran artists a place to showcase their work. Our team also consists of wonderful people who are deeply interested in art, and the Home Show was a great chance to share what we do when we aren’t working the storefront. Again, thank you all for coming out and supporting us and Rare Device!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the work, the Home Show will be up for a little longer, until Tuesday, February 2nd. You can also view all pieces here. All photos provided by our Community Events Coordinator, Alice Wu, and all photos of pieces provided by the artists.

A few of the artists (from left to right): Adrina Goglanian, Steph Canlas, Chamisa Kellogg, and Annie Amundsen

A packed shop!
 

Artist, Derek Macario, with guest!

The crowd was bustling throughout the night.

Guests taking a closer look at the work.

A detail of "Comfy Buns" by Jen Boonyalug

A detail of "California: Home 01" by Rachel T Robertson

 

A detail of "Please Come In" by Lexi Martinez (aka Likely Lexi)
 
The Home Show will be up until Tuesday, February 2nd at Rare Device Divisadero (600 Divisadero Street). For more information, contact: Giselle Gyalzen at info@raredevice.net or 415-863-3969.

SNAKE by Linda Fahey: Gallery Exhibition and Opening Reception

POSTED BY: STEPH CANLAS
 
“There are over 3000+ species of snakes; not all are beautiful. Royal pythons are a popular pet snake species -- docile, shy and sensitive. The viper -- energetic, fast, and many times deadly. I have a deep fascination with the animal and the beauty and elegance of how they move.” – Linda Fahey


Rare Device is pleased to announce our February 2016 gallery exhibition SNAKE, featuring new ceramic sculptures by Pacifica-based artist Linda Fahey. These pieces explore the beauty of this familiar and potent animal form. The hand-built, wall-mounted sculptures are rendered in porcelain, black clay, and stoneware. Their surfaces are decorated with glaze, gold luster, and Delft-style patterns.



About SNAKE: Linda has always been captivated by snakes -- the shape of their head, eyes, and body, and how they move. She has handled live snakes, and amassed hundreds of photographic references. Additional sources of inspiration and study include the 18th century engravings of Albertus Seba, and contemporary photographs of snakes by Mark Laita. Linda’s installation SNAKE prompts viewers to confront the prejudices, fears and notions conjured by these enigmatic creatures and devise their own stories.

Some process images of Linda's pieces.


About the Artist: Linda Fahey trained in graphic design and illustration at the Academy of Art and San Francisco Art Institute. In the 1990s, she worked in the corporate world; what was intended to be a short stint lasted nearly 20 years. During this time, she pursued her art career and also spent over a decade learning the trade of custom tile design and fabrication, installing everything from art pieces, kitchens, and bathrooms to swimming pools. This led Linda to a full-time focus on hand-building and exclusively working with clay by 2006. She furthered her education, studying with master ceramicists Sharon Virtue and Tiffany Schmierer. With the growing success of her functional wares line, Linda became a full-time artist and left the corporate sector in 2012, the same year she launched a collaborative partnership with Anthropologie and began making her ceramic work more widely available through production.

In 2014 Linda opened YONDER in Pacifica. YONDER is a boutique lifestyle shop featuring Linda Fahey Ceramics, the work of other ceramic artists, and goods from local, national and international artists; YONDER is also home to Linda’s ceramic production studio.

Linda Fahey's SNAKE is on view at Rare Device from Friday, February 5 to Wednesday, March 2. Please join us for a reception for the artist on Friday, February 5 from 6pm-9pm at our Divisadero location (600 Divisadero Street). This reception is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

All images provided by the artist.

Home Group Show Gallery Exhibition and Artist Reception

POSTED BY: STEPH CANLAS

We are very excited to announce that for the first gallery exhibition of 2016 in our gallery space, we will be showcasing the work of some of our very own! The Home Show will feature nine current and recent members of the Rare Device family, all artists of different mediums and backgrounds coming together to explore and share each of their individual takes on the meaning of the word “home”.

The Home show will run from Friday, January 8th to Tuesday, February 2nd with an Artist Reception on Friday, January 22nd from 6pm-9pm at our Divisadero location (600 Divisadero Street). The reception is open to the public. Drinks and refreshments will be served.

Artist Statement: We chose “HOME” because of how relative the term could be. Whether it refers to a building structure, a collection of everyday items, personal belongings, or an abstract feeling independent of location, the idea of “HOME” is something that resonates deeply for each of us.

Mixed media piece by Derek Macario


Process image by Rachel T. Robertson


About the Artists:
Joan Karissa Gallego is a printmaker and illustrator. She creates art inspired by the culture, surroundings, and architecture of the city. Her work illustrates the fragility of places, memories, and personal moments. She is especially interested in discovering and exploring beauty in the ordinary. 

Steph Canlas is an illustrator, graphic designer, coffee enthusiast, and proud SF native. When she's not making snarky comics or designing stickers and patches, she can be found enjoying a cup of coffee whilst pondering the poetic everyday scenes of city life. 

Jen Boonyalug is a printmaker who also dabbles in other areas of arts and crafts. She was born in California, but lived most of her childhood life in Thailand. While adapting to the cultural shocks during her childhood and teenage years, she found comfort surrounding herself with animals. She draws inspirations from nature and all things fluffy and cute. Jen currently shares a roof over her head with two evil bunnies.

Rachel T. Robertson is an artist with equal passion for both fine art and craft. Her work runs the gamut from mixed media collage to richly textured fiber jewelry. In between these you might find delicate illustrations, knit scarves, macramé wall hangings or hand-painted greeting card editions. She works primarily with fiber, thread, yarn, paper, ink, pencil, acrylics watercolors and assorted ephemera.

Derek Macario is an artist working primarily in digital and analog photography. His work observes public environments and social and personal relationships that happen in various urban settings. His 2015 released photo zine, No Longer Eventual, further explores relationships of people and public space in San Francisco. Aside from photography, he also paints and draws non-figurative compositions that focus on color, forms, and texture.

Annie Amundsen is a landscape designer turned letterpress printer with a background in painting, printmaking and, farther back, of following her mom around in the garden.

Lexi Martinez is an illustrator and installation artist. Her work showcases her love for pattern, color gradients, organic shapes, and detailed line work. She primarily works with ink and marker- but also experiments  with felt, embroidery, paper, and paint. 

Adrina Goglanian is a printmaker and graphic artist that is propelled by color. Whether she prints on fabric or paper, her prints delve into how different colors can have interesting conversations with one another when squished into a confined space. Her work, often times abstract, explores the relationships between pattern and texture and what that does to one's emotional state.

Chamisa Kellogg is a fine artist and illustrator with a degree in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her visual stories are inspired by myths, fairy tales, the natural world, and the nebulous line between reality and imagination. She works mostly in pen and ink, watercolor, and cut paper. She has recently begun new explorations into three-dimensional shadow boxes, constructed of her ink and watercolor paintings. When she’s not glued to her work table, Chamisa enjoys baking pies and playing musical instruments.

 Process image by Lexi Martinez


Process image by Jen Boonyalug

The Home show will be on view from January 8th through February 2nd at Rare Device Divisadero, with an artist reception on January 22nd from 6-9pm. Rare Device Divisadero is located at 600 Divisadero Street in San Francisco, CA. For more information, contact: Giselle Gyalzen at info@raredevice.net or 415-863-3969.

All images provided by the artists.