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OCTOBER 1, 2019

From the Editor

Autumn arrives with its shorter, cooler days.

Several members will be attending the ISC conference in Portland; watch for news in the next newsletter (You can still attend; see ). If you are going, email Catherine Daley to let her know ( so she can coordinate gatherings of PRS members with members of other ISC chapters. 

Now let's change the world for better through our art!

Best regards,

PRS Newsletter Staff


PRS Area Coordinators diligently explore opportunities for events & exhibitions in their geographic areas. They truly appreciate your contributions of volunteer time & energy. Email your Area Coordinator to find out how you can help.

Humboldt County:

Lori Goodman, PRS Area Coordinator for Humboldt County, CA, reports new collaborations between the Redwood Art Association and the Humboldt Botanical Gardens for annual Sculpture In The Garden exhibitions. Located on the College of the Redwood campus, HBG is a beautiful 40-acre garden with near endless spaces for sculptures and site specific works. This year's exhibition, curated by PRS member Benjamin Funke, was invitation-only but Lori is working with HBG for an open competition in the future. This year's featured exhibiting PRS members are Marilyn Andrews, Becky Evans, and Lori Goodman (see images in Member News, below). Congratulations & thank you to Lori!

Carmel / Monterey County:

Corinne Whitaker is excited to announce long-range planning of three concomitant sculpture exhibitions in the Carmel area beginning April, 2021. The shows will be spearheaded by the distinguished Monetery Museum of Art, and joined by Monterey Peninsula College and Hartnell College. Each institution will have its own experienced and distinguished juror with extensive professional background in the field. The shows will stay up for at least one month, possibly more. Corinne wlll have more details for us in the January or February newsletter. Contact Corinne at giraffe@giraffe.comCongratulations & thank you to Corinne!


Marin County:

Peter Keresztury has organized an exhibition of works by Pacific Rim Sculptors at the October 18-20, 2019 Bioneers 30th annual conference at the Marin Center Fairgrounds in San Rafael (see Tickets are required to attend the conference, but the exhibition is open to the public.

Some space is still available if you want to participate. Send Peter photographs of some of your sculptures as soon as possible; include titles, dates, prices, & brief descriptions. Peter's email is

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. Security is on-site 24-hours, 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 for participation.

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 participant volunteers need to be available at the table on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; some payment may be possible.  Congratulations & thank you to Peter!


The PRS Events Committee (Leith Thrall, chair; Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, co-chair) schedules studio visits and similar activities, rotating among PRS's several areas. For more information or to schedule a Second Sunday visit to your studio email


Thank you to Catherine Merrill for hosting the September PRS Second Sunday Spotlight to her delightful, art-filled San Francisco home, studio and garden. 

Participants visited Catherine's downstairs ceramic studio, equipped with potters wheels and two kilns large enough to fire large sculptures & vases. 

Immediately adjacent is a figure drawing & sculpting studio, where Catherine hosts an on-going monthly small group of sculptors, who share model fees. 



Immediately outside the bright studio is Catherine's sunny garden, where attendees saw several of her outdoor sculptures, including Language of Flowers, plus wall pieces and platters mounted on the garden fence. 

Catherine's work celebrates the human figure, and is strongly influenced by her many years as a modern dancer, using the body as an instrument for expressing emotions and ideas. 


During the potluck Catherine showed and talked about several of her works, plus examples from her extensive collection of works by some of Cuba’s most prominent artists. 


So much is going on in October! Many PRS members will be attending the ISC conference in Portland, OR, and it is the month of Fall Open Studios. So instead of the usual Second Sunday studio visit, PRS members are invited to participate in any or all of the following:

  • October 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20: Santa Cruz County Open Studios with Preview Exhibits at Santa Cruz Art League October 1 - October 20, 2019. See details at
  • October 12 & 13:  Visit Open Studios at the Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco (see; 
  • October 12 & 13, 19 & 20: Sonoma County Art Trails 35th Annual Juried Open Studios at Sebastopol Center for the Arts.
  • October 18-20:  See the exhibition of works by PRS members at the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael at the Marin Center Fairgrounds. Visiting the exhibition is free and open to the public; attending the conference requires tickets. See for details, or email Peter Keresztury with questions (
  • October 19 & 20:  Visit Open Studios in the western & southern neighborhoods in San Francisco (see
  • October 26 & 27:  Visit Open Studios in San Francisco's Dogwatch, Potrero Hill, Mission, Castro, Noe Valley, Diamond Heights, and Bernal Heights neighborhoods (see

Volunteer to host a PRS Second Sunday Spotlight or find out more by sending an email to  Event Committee co-chairs Eileen Fitz-Faulkner and Leitha Thrall will be happy to talk with you.  


Forty-two PRS members submitted over 80 images to be considered for a PRS promotional brochure.

The quality of works impressed the panel of seven jurors, who found the selection process enormously challenging. The jurors recommended that the PRS Board approve preparation of multiple versions of the brochure so to present a wider view of the professional quality of PRS members' works. 

Congratulations to the selected artists:

Barry Beach, Jan Blythe, Walter BruszewskiCheryl CoonCatherine DaleyNatasha DikarevaSyd DuntonMarguerite ElliotAnnette GoodfriendLori B. GoodmanMaru HoeberJeff KeyOleg LobykinStephanie MetzTeddy MilderJann NunnMarina SmelikB. Stevens StraussCharles StinsonRuth Tabancay, and Myrna Tatar.


PDF copies of the brochures are available on the PRS website so you can print them or link to them in emails to your collectors (note these are designed to fold in thirds):

The PRS Board hopes to repeat this competition annually, so start planning your next submissions!

(Note:  A few submitted photographs did not meet the submission requirements or were of low visual quality, so could not be considered. It is worth hiring a skilled photographer to present your works with the professionalism they deserve. Your sculpture may be excellent, but poor photographs just don't communicate to jurors. And even if the jurors think the piece looks great, a low-resolution photograph quality may be unusable for printed reproduction. 

Check out discussions about photography in the PRS professional discussion forum.


Several PRS members will exhibit works at the 2019 Bioneers 30th annual conference at the Marin Center in San Rafael, from October 18-20, 2019 (see Participants include Marguerite Elliot (image above) and Eric St. Georges (image below), 

Michelle Echenique (image below),

Barry Beach (image below),

Peter Keresztury (image below),

Catherine Daley (image below),

Natasha Dikareva (image below),

Flavia Krasilchik (image below),

Zahava Sherez (image below),

and Eleas Kostis (image right),

In celebration of the San Pablo Art Gallery's many years of exhibits, fifty artists will be featured in the Gallery's final show, A Fond Farewellcurated by Anne Austin-Pineda. Included in the group show are PRS members Joe Slusky (image below)

and Marguerite Elliot (image above). The show opens on October 12 and continues through December 15, 2019. The opening reception is October 19, 2019. For more information at this link

The Arts Guild of Sonoma invited artists to express their dreams, desires, mysteries, symbols, creativity, and enlightenment for ALCHEMY, their third annual National Juried Exhibition. The aim of alchemy, to both imitate nature and transcend it, lies at the heart of artistic practices. Included in ALCHEMY, curated by Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture at SFMOMA Jenny Gheith, are PRS sculptors Barry Beach (image above) and Jan Blythe (image below). The show opens October 3, followed by the opening reception October 5, 2019. The show will run through November 3, 2019. For more information see .


Works by PRS members Syd Dunton (image above) and Eric St. Georges (image below) were selected by juror Kim Lordier, plein air pastel landscape artist, for the Los Gatos Art Association’s 2019 Members Fall Juried Show at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center. The show, open to both wall art and three-dimensional work, opens on October 11 with an artists’ reception on October 20, 2019. The show will run through December 9, 2019. 

Benjamin Funke (image above) and Jimmie Nord (image below) of Humboldt County, CA, will have work in the Humboldt State University Art Department Faculty and Staff Show at the Reese Bullen Gallery at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. The group show opened September 19 and continues through October 18, 2019. For more information see

Annette Goodfriend is a recipient of the 2019 Discovered Awards for Emerging Visual and Literary Artists of Sonoma County produced by Creative Sonoma and funded by Community Foundation Sonoma County and the NEA. Five visual and five literary artists were selected from a pool of applicants from all corners of the County. Annette’s work (images above and below) will be exhibited with the other winners at the Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, CA opening on November 22, 2019 and running until February 2, 2020. For more information see 

Jack Sewell’s series, "Dance Like Nobody is Watching", is featured in a solo show at the Morris Graves Museum of Art’s Anderson Gallery in Eureka, CA. The series is composed of life-size figures of young and old dancing people, rendered with bent and welded steel rods (images above & below). The exhibition opened with a reception on September 7 and continues through October 7, 2019.   

The Redwood Art Association in collaboration with the Humboldt Botanical Gardens featured the work of PRS members, Lori Goodman, (image above), Marilyn Andrews (image below), and Becky Evans (image at bottom). Humboldt Botanical Gardens graces 40 acres on the College of the Redwood campus with near endless spaces for sculptures and site-specific works. This year’s exibition, Sculpture In The Garden, was by invitation only, and curated by PRS member Benjamin Funke. For more information see Lori Goodman’s website:


Sunday September 22 was a gorgeous but bittersweet day with a memorial for long-time PRS member Patricia Bengtson-Jones, organized by Judith Blankman and Rene Dayan Whitehead, and hosted by early PRS member Kati Casida in her beautiful, art-filled home. Many early and long-time PRS members attended and enjoyed reconnecting with conversations over a potluck spread. 


Judith Blankman led the group in sharing memories, including a quote from Patricia: "It's not what you make, but why you wanted to make it." Patricia was fondly remembered as a member of the Breakfast Group, the Nordic Five, and The Farm Gallery. All recalled her distinctive laugh, her sense of humor, and her always generous, helpful, positive, and supportive nature. 

Attendees included long-time PRS participants Hawley Holmes and host Kati Casida (below left), Al Honig and Rene Dayan Whitehead (below right),


Gene Erickson and Roger Smith (below left), Susan Peterson and Leitha Thrall (below right).


Although Patricia is dearly missed, the influence of her caring nature lives on. 



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