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

Home Group Show Gallery Exhibition and Artist Reception


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 or 415-863-3969.

All images provided by the artists.

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.