MARCH 1, 2020
March is still Winter, but California wildflowers think Spring started last month . . .
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PRS's very busy Exhibitions Committee forwards this message:
IMPORTANT: PRS members must access the free call-entry forms by starting at the link at the bottom of each show's prospectus (see Calls for Entry under the Members-only tab, or follow the link on the call announcement emails). From there you will be asked to log into your Submittable account. Do not start with your Submittable account: If you do, you will only find the non-members fee-based submission form, and that fee is not refundable!
The PRS Events Committee's Second Sunday Spotlight event for February was a fun and informative visit to the Peninsula Museum of Art (see details below).
It's not too early to start planning to attend the ISC Conference in Detroit -- always an exciting opportunity to expand your knowledge and connections. Learn more here.
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On Sunday March 8th PRS members and guests will gather in the South Bay to see In Touch, Stephanie Metz’s new exhibition premiering at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University, where two galleries are filled with Stephanie's irresistibly touchable sculptures. Later, we will visit Stephanie's studio to learn more about her work and enjoy refreshments and conversation.
Plan to arrive at the museum by 2:00 PM. Stephanie will talk about her works beginning at 2:30. At 3:30 we will travel to her studio to mingle a bit more. The Stephanie Metz Studio is part of The Alameda Artworks, located at 1068 The Alameda (at Race Street) in San Jose, CA. You can pull in to the parking lot / alley next to Recycle Bookstore, and follow the mural-painted alley to the big parking lot in the back. Stephanie's studio is located through the bright lime green door (The Green Door Annex) just off the parking lot. Additional parking is available throughout the neighborhood and along The Alameda.
Members love to see & hear about each others' work! Host in your home, studio, at a show or museum, or elsewhere. We rotate among areas to increase opportunities to participate. If OK with the host, attendees bring food and / or beverages, and the host need only provide cups and paper products.
On Sunday February 9th Ruth Waters hosted a visit by PRS members to the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame, CA, where there were four concurrent exhibitions -- The Work of Tor Archer: The Iconic Figure; Diane Komater's Wirely Thinking exhibition of wire portrait sculptures; Kamal Al Mansour's Art is the Weapon exhibition of mixed media assemblages; and Lynette Cooks' Tales of the City exhibition of photography.
Tor Archer (below), recipient of a solo show at the Museum for his stand-out work at the San Mateo County Fair, spoke with attendees about the inspirations and techniques used in creating his works. He described his experiences working with metal, stone, and other materials, and shared information about his methods and resources.
After Tor's presentation, attendees toured several artists' studios in the building, including the wood carving studio of Ruth Waters, who described her processes in working with heavy blocks of many types of wood. (After seeing Ruth's studio and work, PRS members were convinced never, ever to challenger her to arm-wrestle!).
PRS members also visited several other studios in the building, including that of wire sculptor Barbara Berk, who described the techniques and technology going into her work (image below), demonstrating her extensive knowledge of the many types of metals and their temperaments.
PRS member Stephanie Robison is President of the California Sculpture Symposium (CSS) and has again helped organized the upcoming California Sculptors Symposium this April 19-26, 2020, at Camp Ocean Pines, Cambria, CA. The always popular event welcomes educators, artists and students to an energetic, creative environment overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The event features lectures and demonstrations by premier sculptors, and provides hands-on opportunities in general to advanced sculpting techniques. Read about CSS and the CSS Symposium at this link.
One of the teachers at the Symposium will be PRS member Stephanie Metz, who will provide demonstrations of her needle felting process (image right), which you can also learn about at the March 8 Second Sunday Spotlight Event (above).
SculptureSite Gallery presents an exclusive sculpture exhibition, Life Vessels, featuring works spanning 20 years in wood and flax from Jeff Key’s Vessel Series (image below). 24 striking sculptures are included in the online exhibition: 10 floor pieces, 5 pedestal and 9 wall-hung. The online exhibition will be up until March 31, 2020. About 10 works will be on view during the Pop-Up show 2:00 to 6:00 PM March 1, 2020 in Glen Ellen, CA, where Jeff Key will be in attendance. The exhibition celebrates Sculpturesite Gallery’s 30th Anniversary. See more information and view the entire show at this link.
PAMELA MERORY DERNHAM
Pamela Merory Dernham has works in the exhibition MIGRATION at Vessel Gallery, Oakland, CA (image below). Pamela remarks that "Migration is as old as human time. We all have an attachment to migration somewhere in our histories. It is about finding a new and hopefully safer home after being or feeling driven from an old home, whether from political or religious persecution, or environmental upheaval, such as famine, floods, or earthquakes. This show marks the reopening of Vessel Gallery in the new home it has migrated to after a forced eviction from its old home. The opening was a great celebration with great attendance and palpable excitement. Congratulations to Lonnie Lee!" See more about Vessel Gallery at vessel-gallery.com
The College of the Redwoods Creative Arts Gallery, Eureka, CA, presents Fly the W, an exhibition of new works by PRS member Benjamin Funke, including abstract sculptures and large works on paper, all inspired by basketball (image below). The exhibition opened February 20, and continues through March 19, 2020. Read more and see Benjamin's works at this link: www.BenjaminFunke.com .
The exhibition Into the Unknown presents bronze sculpture and intaglio prints by Kristin Lindseth and mezzotints by Kristin's daughter, Karinna Gomez, at the Siskiyou Museum of Art, Dunsmuir, CA. March 14-May 2, 2020. The exhibition is curated by Lindsay Hanley.
In their joint exhibit, Kristin and Karinna explore the experience of setting off into the unknown in life whether through physical displacement or through venturing into the psychologically unknown. Lindseth's sculptures (image above and detail below) -- uprooted boat forms and empty homes left behind in parts of the world devastated by violent conflict (images above and below), and prints which address war and climate change as causes of human displacement --
-- are beautifully complimented by Karinna's darkly evocative prints, which hint of an afterworld (image below). See www.siskiyouartsmuseum.org for more information.
MEMBERSHIP & PARTICIPATION
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
Tor Archer of Berkeley, Alameda County, CA, was a member of Pacific Rim Sculptors many years ago and is rejoining. He creates somewhat abstracted, simplified figurative sculptures fabricated in copper wire, tubing, sheet and cast bronze elements. These sometime include elements reflecting the botanical world: twigs, vines, reeds, leaves. His wall pieces are influenced by his interest in old scrolls, manuscripts, books, and books of hours. Check out his website at www.TorArcher.com. (Tor was a focus of the February Second Sunday Spotlight.)
Barbara Berk of of Foster City, in San Mateo County, CA, has interests in abstract and working with fiber, metal (particularly stainless steel and phosphor bronze), and welding. She uses a Renaissance pattern to create flat ribbons of lace with stainless steel and phosphor bronze wire. She then curves, loops & twists the metal lace, then stitches it together with wire to establish a 3-dimensional form. These lace forms becomes free-standing, wall-mounted and suspended sculpture. Check out her website at www.BarbaraBerkDesigns.com .
Catherine Bohrman of Cloverdale, in Sonoma County, CA, has interests in abstract works created with digital techniques, metal, 3D printing, and stone. Catherine is from a family of artists; she studied mechanical engineering and art at Stanford University, then moved on to create her contemporary abstract sculptures that catch the eye and lead it across the piece. She started sculpting in stone but also works in plaster and cast bronze. Check out her website at www.CatherineBohrman.com.
Jacquelyn Giuffre of San Rafael, Marin County, CA, works in clay to create 3D and bas relief representational animal sculptures, which she casts in bronze. She has also done architectural sculpture and scientific illustration, and has volunteer interests in exhibition planning. Check out her website at www.JGiuffreSculpture.com.
Tina Maier of Pacifica, in San Mateo County, CA is interested in abstract and figurative works created with fabric, fiber, paper, found objects and metal. She creates cut-worked textile sculpture that combine upholstery fabrics, leather, paint, wire, found objects, thread, and unconventional textiles or materials. She has volunteer interests in both exhibition planning and event planning. Check out her website at www.TinaMaier.com.
Pamela Dixon of Benicia, CA in the East Bay is interested in abstract and figurative works in 3D and bas relief created in clay and found objects. She enjoys using a wide range of media and techniques -- "use whatever works" -- including construction, collage, sculpting and painting. Her volunteer interests include exhibition planning, hosting meetings in her area, plus communications and writing. Check out her website at www.PamDixon.net.
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