Gently by the Horns: New Work by Amy Ruppel and Lisa Congdon at Rare Device

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San Francisco design store and gallery, Rare Device, is proud to present Gently by the Horns: New Work by Amy Ruppel (http://www.amyruppel.com) and Lisa Congdon (http://www.lisacongdon.com). The work will occupy the Rare Device gallery November 6 - December 1, 2009. A reception for the artists will be held Friday, November 6 from 7 - 9 pm.

San Francisco design store and gallery, Rare Device, is proud to present Gently by the Horns: New Work by Amy Ruppel (http://www.amyruppel.com) and Lisa Congdon (http://www.lisacongdon.com). The work will occupy the Rare Device gallery November 6 - December 1, 2009. A reception for the artists will be held Friday, November 6 from 7 - 9 pm.

Artists and close friends Amy Ruppel and Lisa Congdon share many loves--and perhaps the greatest of those is their love for animals. Both Amy and Lisa have been painting animals for the majority of their respective art careers, and so when they decided to create a joint body of work, the subject matter became obvious. Gently by the Horns is an homage to a favorite animal group for both women: the cloven hoofed, horned, furry creatures that belong to the family Bovidae. Each artist chose 5 different Bovids to render in her own style, including the Yak, Duiker, Bongo and Chamois. The installation will also include horns and antlers from the collections of the artists and a fake fur chandelier created by the pair.

Amy Ruppel was born and raised in the Kettle Moraine woods of Wisconsin near the Mammoth Ice Age Center. She drew plants and comics, dug up fossils and went for endless forest walks before being chased back home by some territory-crazed animal; but the birds were always kind. Her love for nature and science led her to an art and illustration career and to the Pacific Northwest. Amy now works as an artist, illustrator and so-so gardener in beautiful & green Portland, Oregon.

Lisa Congdon was born and raised in both upstate New York and Northern California where her life-long love for trees and animals is now expressed most intensely through her paintings and drawings. Lisa spends most of her time making art in her studio in San Francisco with one hand and simultaneously playing fetch with her 10 pound Chihuahua, Wilfredo, with the other hand. She co-owns Rare Device, and this is the first showing of her own work in the gallery she normally curates with the art of other creative people.

Rare Device is a store and gallery that features functional experiments and original ideas in art, design, craft and fabrication. Owners Rena Tom and Lisa Congdon constantly seek out objects that are beautiful, evocative, well constructed and thoughtful. We are pleased to bring to our San Francisco store an ever-growing roster of local, national and international artists and designers for a truly "rare" experience. Rare Device (raredevice.net) is located at 1845 Market Street between Valencia and Guerrero Streets. Store/gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 7pm and Sunday noon to 6 pm.

Gently by the Horns: New Work by Amy Ruppel and Lisa Congdon

Exhibition dates: November 6 - December 1, 2009; reception date: November 6, 7-9 pm.

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