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Chroma Recap!

POSTED BY: ANNIE AMUNDSEN

Lisa Solomon and Christine Buckton Tillman in front of their freshly finished wall!

Lisa and Christine are all smiles after completing the install!

A fun time was had by all who attended the artist reception for Chroma. Artists Lisa Solomon and Christine Buckton Tillman were on hand to great family, friends and fans. This was also a happy celebration for the 20+ volunteers who glued every piece to the wall over the course of 3 days. Our own Alice Wu created a Chroma inspired food spread to add an extra dose of fun for the night.

If you didn't make it to the party, don't worry, Chroma is up through Sept. 6 at our gallery at 600 Divisadero Street in San Francisco. This installation is a must-see if you are in the area. Also, check out the hashtag #rdchroma for all the awesome pictures that our customers have taken the last few weeks. Original drawings and screen printed posters are also available for sale on our website. 

Guests enjoying the unique intricacies of Chroma 

Any angle of the wall makes for an excellent photo opportunity!

Chroma inspired merchandising

You can color code anything!

Guests meeting one of the artists, Christine

The successful installation in its entirety!

strange ways by Sara Diamond: Gallery Exhibition & Artist Reception

POSTED BY: GISELLE GYALZEN

Sara Diamond | strange ways

Rare Device is pleased to announce our March 2016 gallery exhibition strange ways, featuring new photographs by San Francisco-based artist Sara Diamond.

strange ways is a collection of photographs containing a mysterious intrigue of something found in the crossover between the everyday and the unexpected. In ordinary but overlooked scenes, the subject and framing hint at a narrative structure while withholding resolution. Though constructed to appear natural and spontaneous, the compositions deliberately eschew the context of a defined before and after. strange ways examines the dialogue between self and otherness.

Sara Diamond grew up in the limitless expanse of Los Angeles. She currently resides in San Francisco. She attended The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in Boston where she graduated with a BFA in 2010. Diamond primarily works in photography and mixed media. Her art has been featured at galleries and art spaces such as Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco; the Harvey Milk Center for Photography, San Francisco; the David Brower Center, Berkeley; The Museum of Craft and Folk Art gift shop, San Francisco; Samsøn Projects, Boston, and Google headquarters, Mountain View. Her work has been published in print and e-publications such as SF Weekly, LA Record, Boston’s Dig Magazine, Washington City Paper, and Feature Shoot.

Sara Diamond’s strange ways is on view at Rare Device from Friday, March 4 to Tuesday, March 29. Please join us for a reception for the artist on Friday, March 4 from 6pm-9pm at our Divisadero location (600 Divisadero Street). This reception is free and open to the public. You can RSVP on the Facebook event page here

Hwy 5 Gallery Exhibition and Opening Reception

POSTED BY: STEPH CANLAS

We are pleased to announce that our October gallery exhibition will be showcasing the recent work of long-time Rare Device artist, Jen Hewett. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, October 2, from 6pm-9pm at our Divisadero Store at 600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117.

Refreshments will be served. The show will be up from October 2 - 31, 2015.

Artist Statement:
Since moving to San Francisco from Los Angeles 20+ years ago, I’ve driven the stretch of Hwy 5 between LA and the Bay Area dozens of times. While others may find this trip, mostly on flat land through the industrial farmland of the Central Valley, boring, I find it a respite from my everyday life of phone calls and emails and social media. This body of work, textile collages made with my hand-printed fabric, is not meant to be a literal representation of any one place on Hwy 5, but a figurative depiction of a journey, and of the meditative quality of a well-loved (and oft-repeated) road trip.

About the Artist:
Jen Hewett is a self-taught printmaker and surface designer. Working out of her tiny (54 sq. ft.) studio in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset neighborhood, she creates work that combines the flatness of printmaking and the texture of textiles, and which is inspired by the diversity of California’s landscapes. 

When she’s not in her studio, she can be found riding San Francisco’s less-hilly streets on her bright pink bike, walking her energetic little dog Gus, teaching block printing classes to adults, or drinking a glass of sauvignon blanc at her local wine bar.

All photos provided by the artist.

Fortune Favors the Brave Launch Party and Book Signing

POSTED BY: STEPH CANLAS

We are extremely proud to host the San Francisco launch party of Fortune Favors the Brave: 100 Courageous Quotations by artist, illustrator, author, and Rare Device co-founder, Lisa Congdon! Lisa will be signing books on Friday, September 18 from 6-9pm at our Divisadero shop (600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco). Swing by, say hello, and celebrate with us! Food and refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there! RSVP here


About the book:
A treasure trove of inspiring quotations in the tradition of the bestselling Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, this new volume from beloved author and artist Lisa Congdon gathers rousing wisdom from history's great minds on how to be bold, stay strong, and take courage. Congdon lends her signature style of brilliant hand lettering to sage advice on such subjects as perseverance ("If you fell down yesterday, stand up today"--H.G. Wells), authenticity ("What should I be but just what I am?"--Edna St. Vincent Millay), and confronting fear ("Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced"--James Baldwin). Filled with uplifting reminders to seize the day, Fortune Favors the Brave demonstrates that when embarking on a new adventure, the right words of encouragement can be a priceless gift.


About the artist:
Portland, Oregon-based fine artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design & hand lettering. She works for clients around the world, exhibits her work in galleries around the country, and is the author of several books, including Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One. She keeps a daily blog about her life, work, and inspirations called Today is Going to be Awesome. You can see more of her work at www.lisacongdon.com.

Mis-Armed and Ready Opening Reception

POSTED BY: STEPH CANLAS

Thank you to all who came out to celebrate the opening of Mis-Armed and Ready last Friday! We had a fun time at the shop as friends and visitors supported the work of young artist and SF native, Noa Batle.

Noa’s collection of manipulated toy soldiers recognizes a humanness that is often overlooked, and acknowledges “the battle that soldiers fight off the battlefield”. If you missed the reception, don’t fret - Mis-Armed and Ready will be up at our Divisadero shop until September 1. You can also view all pieces here.

All photos taken by Derek Macario.