Louise Leong Artist Reception and Gallery Exhibition


Louise Leong at Rare Device

Our April gallery show is up: Louise Leong's Rebus Shmebus opened on April Fool's Day with a fun reception with the artist in attendance and a potato chip bar for our guests. Rebus Shmebus is on view through May 2 at Rare Device Divisadero. Thank you all for coming!

Rebus Shmebus will be up until Tuesday, May 2 at Rare Device Divisadero (600 Divisadero Street). Leong's original artworks, created with acrylic pen markers on canvas, can be purchased online. We also have a selection of small prints and cards silkscreened by Louise Leong. For more information, contact Giselle Gyalzen at or call us at 415-863-3969.

Louise Leong with Kenny and Sanaa of Tiny Splendor

Rebus Shmebus!

Leong cites potato chip packaging as an artistic influence, so we offered a potato chip bar for the opening reception

Guests critiquing the potato chip selection 

Banana Slugs well-represented throughout the night!

Rebus Shmebus by Louise Leong: Gallery Exhibition & Artist Reception


Louise Leong, "Rebus Shmebus Cigarette Butt"
Acrylic marker on wood panel

Rare Device is pleased to announce our April 2016 gallery exhibition Rebus Shmebus, featuring new and recent drawings by Louise Leong. Louise Leong is a printmaker and illustrator based in Santa Cruz.

The Rebus Shmebus series, named for the drawings' resemblance to rebus pictogram puzzles, is an exercise in visual boggle. This series of marker drawings on panels is a slight departure from Leong's typical printmaking process. Initially approached as studies in abstraction, these new works remain true to the playful visual repertoire that Leong is known for, pulling familiar graphic symbols from her printed works. Familiar objects such as the cigarette butt and trash ball come together in an energetic landscape of bold, black flats and crisp-edged arrows. Inspired by graphics on potato chip packaging and Max Fleischer cartoons alike, Louise Leong’s bold, playful imagery and tongue-in-cheek humor have attracted audiences of all ages. The narrative of her imagery evokes a sense of collective affinity for mischief and mystery and attempts to grasp the everlasting joy from childhood adventure that escapes us as we age. Leong's visual arsenal of characters reveals a reverence for the mundane, with a healthy sprinkling of cartoon tropes and gags.

Louise Leong received a B.A. in Printmaking, Studio Arts from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2012. Leong is a member of the Printmakers at the Tannery (PATT) at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz. In addition to exhibiting at the Tannery, Leong has also participated in group shows at Lúpulo (Santa Cruz), Art Research Office at Sentinel Printers (Santa Cruz), Pajaro Valley Arts Council (Watsonville), Arbor Café (Oakland), and Museum of Art and History (Santa Cruz). This is Leong’s first solo show in San Francisco.

Louise Leong’s Rebus Shmebus is on view at Rare Device from Friday, April 1 to Wednesday, May 3. Please join us for a reception for the artist on Friday, April 1, 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 page here

strange ways by Sara Diamond: Gallery Exhibition & Artist Reception


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

Yellow Owl Workshop Holiday Pop-Up and Reception


Rare Device is very excited to host Yellow Owl Workshop for a two-month pop-up during the holiday season at our Divisadero location for the third year in a row! Yellow Owl Workshop founder, Christine Schmidt, and her team are going to transform our gallery space to carry their extensive collection of playful art kits, stamps, jewelry, stationery and prints along with all-new holiday products. If you’ve ever caught them at the shop the past two years, you know their pop-up is a great source of creative and colorful gifts for your loved ones!

The opening reception will also coincide with the upcoming Divisadero Art Walk on Thursday, November 12th from 6-9pm. Christine will be conducting free stamping activities, spotlighting Yellow Owl’s new series of stamps and neon chroma ink pads to get you ready for the holiday season. It will be an all-around exciting night on Divisadero Street with the rest of our neighbors, so be sure to stop by!

The Yellow Owl Workshop Pop-Up will be in the Rare Device gallery space at 600 Divisadero Street from November 9, 2015 through Jan 5, 2016.

Belle Calligraphy Kit Launch Party with Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls


Please join us for an artist reception celebrating the release of the Belle Calligraphy Kit by artist Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls and Chronicle Books. Maybelle will be at our Divisadero store at 600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco on Saturday, October 17th, from 2-4pm. She will be doing in-store demonstrations and will be creating personalized tags to tie on to your kit, have one written for yourself or one for each of your friends. A personalized tag will surely delight the recipient of a Belle Calligraphy Kit. Come hang out, witness some elegant hand-lettering in action, and celebrate with us! Refreshments will be provided.

About the Kit:
The covetable look of calligraphy is now well within reach for even the most novice practitioner. This ready-to-go-gift box tied up with string— includes all the materials and technical guidance needed to learn calligraphy in a modern style which embraces the beauty of each person’’s unique penmanship. Illustrated project ideas show that script, easy as it is, makes everything irresistible.

About the Artist:
Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls is an artist, calligrapher, and designer from Hawaii, who currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and works worldwide. She finds beauty in imperfection and draws her inspiration from 19th century Botanical engravings, alphabet specimens and hand painted signs.

She is best known for her distinct calligraphy style that can be found in numerous magazines including Sunset, Victoria, Better Homes and Gardens, Brides, and on the cover of Martha Stewart Weddings. 
Blogs that have featured her work include Besotted, Brooklyn Bride, Design Sponge, Oh Happy Day, Snippet & Ink, Sunday Suppers and Style Me Pretty. She has created work for many festive occasions including celebrity weddings. Belle Calligraphy is the first book that she has written and illustrated.

Maybelle teaches workshops in the following cities: Boston, Honolulu, Los Angeles Melbourne, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo.

All images provided by the artist.