PRS NEWSLETTER, JULY 2019
From the Editor
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PRS Newsletter Staff
AREA COORDINATOR NEWS
Peter Keresztury is seeking Pacific Rim Sculptors to exhibit their works at the October 18-20, 2019 Bioneers 30th annual conference at the Marin Center in San Rafael (see www.bioneers.org).
Attending will be over 3000 social, environmental, and scientific innovators, who will discuss break-through solutions inspired by nature and powered by human ingenuity.
Artists will install their sculptures Thursday, October 17, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, and de-install on Sunday, October 20, after 6:00 PM. The event will have 24-hour security, but artists need to insure their own works, if desired. Large sculptures are preferred. Artworks will be displayed outdoors in one area of the fairgrounds. Artists need to supply their own pedestals.
Each exhibiting sculptor will receive 2 free tickets to the conference, plus a payment (to be determined) for inclusion of their work.
Peter will work with the Bioneers to allow PRS a table and chairs to provide information and to handle all sales, of which the artists will receive 100%. Two PRS participants need to be available at the table on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; some payment may be possible.
If you'd like to participate, send Peter photographs of your sculptures as soon as possible, including titles, dates, prices, and brief descriptions. Peter's email is PeterKer@Pacbell.net.
The PRS Events Committee (Leith Thrall, chair; Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, co-chair) schedules studio visits and similar activities, rotating among PRS's several areas. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. for more information or to schedule a visit to your studio!
The June Second Sunday Spotlight took advantage of the East Bay Open Studios to visit multiple participating PRS members, including Kim Thoman
(see her website at www.kimthoman.com), whose works include steel wall sculptures & 3D printed sculptures (image left), in addition to works on paper and her "embellished paintings". Kim describes her work to visitors in the image below.
Lutz Hornsicher (images left & below; also see website at
www.lutzartdesign.com) exhibited & talked about his contemporary sculptures and abstract wall art, all created from reclaimed wood.
Carol Tarzier also participated, exhibiting her figurative sculptures (image right). (See more of Carol's work on her website at www.tarzier.com.)
Also participating in East Bay Open Studios was PRS member Barbara Stevens Strauss, who creates raku-fired ceramic vessels & sculptures. (See Barbara's website at www.bstevensart.com.)
(See the full listing of East Bay Open Studios artists at www.eastbayopenstudios.com .)
Peter Keresztury will be our next artist in the PRS Second Sunday Spotlight. Peter uses wind to move his art and has quite an array of kinetic wind sculptures that will be adorning his lawn on your arrival!
We will meet at Peter's home in Novato 2-5 PM on July 14, 2019. His house is only a few miles off the freeway exit. There is plenty of room to park in front of his house, but carpooling is encouraged. For address and additional details register at this link.
Please note that these events are pot-luck: Guests are responsible for bringing the feast, so bring a dish and / or beverage to contribute to the afternoon event. We look forward to seeing more of his work and gathering with all of you.
Volunteer to host a PRS Second Sunday Spotlight or find out more by sending an email to email@example.com. Event Committee co-chairs Eileen Fitz-Faulkner and Leitha Thrall will be happy to respond.
Jan Blythe was an Artist in Residence in June at the Conaro Art Institute in Limassol, Cyprus. As part of her residency Jan had a solo show at the Conaro Art Institute, featuring her wall sculptures and floor installations created from materials including domestic mops and clothes pegs (images below).
Catherine Daley will have sculpture (image below) in the Hood River, Oregon exhibition Hood River BIG ART Walking Tour Sculptures 2019-2021, juried by Kristen Godkin, president of Art of the Community. This group show includes the sculptures on loan from the selected artists, plus three permanent sculptures. The exhibition will continue through June 13, 2021. (For more information, see: https://art-of-community.com/sculptures.)
Catherine also has work (image below) in the exhibition Kinetics: Art in Motion at the Museum of Sonoma County. The show, juried by Debra Lehane and Stri Pencak continues through August 11, 2019.
The exhibition presents works by contemporary artists who explore kinetic art, and whose works explore a variety of styles and modes of movement: The motion can be generated through natural sources such as air currents, gravity, and light, or through interventions such as mechanical motors, electrical power, and human contact. The genre of Kinetic Art developed as an international movement in the early 20th Century by artists seeking ways to use real space, time, and movement, to explore new technologies, and to make social commentary. (See https://museumsc.org/kinetics/ for more information about kinetic art.)
Four of Corinne Whitaker's 3D printed digital sculptures are being presented by Ars Mathematica at a European symposium on 3D printed Sculpture in Paris in July 2019. The exhibited works include "Angel's Flight" (image above) & "Alien Incoming" (image below).
Emil Yanos will have works in the international exhibition Black-White and One Hint of Color at the Sebastapol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA, juried by Rik Olson and Sally Briggs. The exhibition presents artwork that are predominantly black and white, but contain a tiny element of another color to create surprise, whimsy, mystery, or even shock. The exhibition continues until July 28, 2019.(See details at sebarts.org/sca-events-2.)
Emil will also have works (images below) in the group exhibition Double Yellow, juried by Candace Loheed, at the Orangeland Gallery in San Francisco, CA, continuing until July 31, 2019. (For more information, see www.orangelandgallery.com/double-yellow)
Natasha Dikareva presented a solo sculpture exhibition, Evolution of Shell Dweller at Abrams Claghorn Gallery in Albany, CA from June 1 through June 30, 2019, with opening reception June 8, 2019. Natasha presented a gallery talk describing her origin tales and revealed techniques behind her work. The Evolution of Shell Dweller exhibit (images above & below) was a unique chance to see her work together, from the emergence of the first "Shell Dweller" to her latest hybrid sculptures of ceramic and glass. For details, see abramsclaghorn.com/exhibitions.
Marguerite Eliot is an Artist-in-Residence at Salem Art Works in Salem, NY from June 10 through July 17, 2019. Salem Art Works is a premiere sculpture residency on 120 acres of rural upstate New York, with opportunities for welding, aluminum and iron casting, glass blowing and glass casting, blacksmithing, mold making, and ceramics. (For more information, see: http://www.salemartworks.org/sculpture-park)
Works by Kathleen King (image below) and Kerry Vander are featured in the exhibition Duet: Kathleen King + Kerry Vander Meer at Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA through July 26, 2019. (See more information at Mercurytwenty.com)
Zahava Sherez is presenting a Sculpture and Mold-making Workshop in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico from July 29-August 3, 2019. The workshop participants will create a sculpture in clay; make a mold from it; cast the piece in resin/polymer, in synthetic stone, or in bronze; and then finish & patina the final piece. Painter & sculptor, Zahava Sherez maintains studios in California and Mexico. Her work expresses the full spectrum of the human experience: diversity, immigrations, wars and loss as well as spirituality, poetry, joy, and love. (See images below; for more information see www.zahavasherez.com, or watch her video at this link.)
Lynne Todaro has works in six venues simultaneously, including the 10 Year Anniversary of R. Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz (for details, see rblitzergallery.com); the SCRAP Artists Review Exhibition, featuring artists from Santa Cruz's Recycled Art Program (at two locations: Restore Santa Cruz Habitat for Humanity Store; and Felix Kulpa II (see www.felixkulpa.com); Ebb and Flow River Arts Festival at the Tannery Arts Center; Gallery 125 at the Tannery (see ebbandflowfest.org & facebook.com/gallery125.theTannery); Mirrors Member's Exhibit, Pajaro Valley Arts Council, Watsonville, CA (see pvarts.org); and Sculpture Is, In the Garden outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sierra Azul Nursery & Garden, Watsonville CA (see pvarts.org).
Works by early PRS member Marvin Lipofsky (1938-2016) (image below) are included in the special survey exhibition, California Studio Craft, featuring works from the Forrest L. Merrill collection. The exhibition will be in terminal 2, Departures Level, at the San Francisco International Airport. The collection and exhibition focus on the mid-20th century, when studio craft began to thrive in California. Working with materials including clay, fiber, wood, metal, and glass, studio craft makers pioneered new directions in their respective media. Included in this exhibition are works by many of the foundational makers who have created and redefined California studio craft over the past six decades, including Peter Voulkos (1924–2002), former PRS member Marvin Lipofsky (1938-2016), Robert Fritz (1920–86), June Schwarcz (1918–2015), Bob Stocksdale (1913–2003), and Kay Sekimachi (b. 1926). This exhibition is accessible to ticketed passengers through February 23, 2020. You can read more at this link.
Peter Selz, founding director of UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive from 1965 through 1973, died June 21, 2019 in Berkeley at age 100.
Selz, a Jewish-German immigrant who fled Nazi Germany for the United States in 1936, went on to become "one of the most distinguished scholars and curators of the postwar art scene," BAMPFA noted in a news release, establishing friendships with such influential artists as Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Sam Francis, and Christo.
Previously curator of the department of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, Selz accepted an invitation from the University of California in 1965 to become the founding director of the the University Art Museum, which later evolved into the Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive.
During his tenure, "Selz was intimately involved in shaping the institution literally from the ground up-from engaging the renowned architect Mario Ciampi to design the iconic modernist building to partnering with the film director and scholar Sheldon Renan to establish the Pacific Film Archive at the heart of the museum's program," BAMPFA said.
After stepping down as director in 1973, Selz continued to teach at UC Berkeley until retiring as an emeritus professor in 1988.
He was honored with a 100th birthday party at BAMPFA in April.
"Peter Selz was a remarkable individual whose contributions to BAMPFA, UC Berkeley, and the broader art world are too numerous to count," BAMPFA director and chief curator Lawrence Rinder said in a statement. "Over the course of his tenure as our founding director, Peter transformed BAMPFA from a modest university art collection into the internationally renowned art and film institution it is today."
Peter Selz was the invited juror for the 2015 exhibition Magic Carpet Ride, Pacific Rim Sculptors & The Greek Sculptors Group of Athens at Ekfrasi, at the Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery, Athens, Greece. The exhibition was organized by early PRS member, Katie Casida.
— The above information was abstracted largely from Bay City News, June 24, 2019, Wikipedia, & other sources.
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LINKS OF INTEREST
Chicago Sculpture International
Claudia Chapline Contemporary Art
Djerassi Resident Artists Program
International Sculpture Center
Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation