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May 1, 2020

A new normal begins to take shape;

as we create our pandemic & post-pandemic lives. 

From the Editor

How are you creatively coping with this unprecedented event?

PRS volunteers have been adapting & changing how our organization works. Note especially:

  • The Exhibitions Committee celebrated IS-Day by creating a virtual gallery for the exhibition Sculpture of the Pacific Rim while the physical installation at the Commonwealth Club San Francisco is being rescheduled.
  • We've got an exciting new Zoom-based format for the popular Second Sunday Spotlights; check out the description below, join in the fun, & volunteer to host or to help by emailing
  • Our website continues to improve with recent updates & simplifications. Help by sending your suggestions or volunteer interests to
  • Are you, like several artists, using Zoom teleconferencing in collaborative projects in response to the pandemic? Send a description to 
  • Do you have time to volunteer your skills & interests?  PRS is especially looking for volunteers with skills in bookkeeping, website management, writing, Zoom conferencing, & grant-writing; send an email to 

Be safe, be well, be brave, & let's change the world for better with our art!

Best regards,

Your PRS Newsletter Staff


Sculpture of the Pacific Rim

Congratulations to the following artists, whose works were selected by juror Robert Melton for inclusion in the exhibition Sculpture of the Pacific Rim at the Commonwealth Club SF:  

Claudette Bleijenberg, Catherine Bohrman, Catherine Daley, Tara Daly, Margaritte Elliot, Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, Maru Hoeber, Stan Huncilman, Marilyn Kuksht, Kristin Lindseth, Oleg Lobykin (image left), Judy Miller, Jann Nunn, Jeff Owen, Mickey Quinn, Christopher Sawyer, Charles Stinson, & Oceana Rain Stuart.

Due to the pandemic, installation of the exhibition in the Commonwealth Club is tentatively rescheduled to July 13, 2020, and the exhibition will continue through January 15, 2021. An artists' reception is tentatively planned for 6-8 pm Friday, July 17, 2020.

While waiting for the physical exhibition to open, enjoy this virtual gallery exhibition.

Inquiries about specific works can be directed to


Submissions continue for BEAUTY or TRUTH at Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA, with juror Chandra Cerrito, which will open August 7 and continue to September 18, 2020.

The new schedule is below:

    • Entries due: Wednesday July 7, 11:59pm
    • Notification of artists: Saturday July 25
    • Artists deliver artworks: Saturday August 1, 1-4pm
    • Exhibition opens: Friday August 7
    • 1st reception and Art Walk: Friday August 14, 5-8pm
    • 2nd reception: Friday September 11, 5-8pm
    • Artists pick up art: Sunday September 19, 10am–2pm

PRS EVENTS COMMITTEE: Spotlight Studio Visits via ZOOM 

Host: Cynthia Handel

When: 2:00 PM Sunday May 10, 2020

Watch for your invitation & RSVP soon!

PRS's Events Committee is responding to pandemic restrictions with use of Zoom to safely continue the popular Spotlight visits to members' studios, and is considering other ways the technology might promote & sustain our interests in art & needs for social interaction.

In demonstration of distance-erasing benefit of video conferencing, PRS's next Spotlight Studio Visit will reach far to Montana, where long time member Cynthia Handel will be our next host. Cynthia works predominantly in metals, casting her own bronze, iron & aluminum. She is also a fire dancer & makes performance pieces. She uses organic & urban imagery in her work.   Cynthia previously taught at sculpture at San Jose State & was an assistant professor at LSU, & California State Stanislaus in Turlock, CA. She is currently living in  Livingston, Montana. 

Cynthia works in wide-ranging media and scale, and will share views of her works & insights about her processes (images above & below). 


The Events Committee welcomes your ideas & participation!  

Do you have ideas or want to do Zoom-based portfolio reviews? discussion groups? happy hour chats? 

Send an email to the Events Committee at:


On Sunday April 12, 2020, Natasha Dikareva graciously hosted PRS's first ever virtual Second Sunday Spotlight studio visit. 

Using the Zoom app, Natasha greeted a dozen or more members from all over the Bay Area, including Barbara Berk, Catherine Daley, Pamela Dixon, Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, Peter & Deborah Keresztury, Ellen Leo, Elizabeth Medrano, Leslie Smith, Charles Stinson, Myrna Tatar, Leitha Thrall, & Len Zeoli. 


Participants viewed images of Natasha's works as she described the development of her artwork & style, beginning with her training in Ukraine and continuing through her prolific work in her efficient San Francisco studio. Participants marveled at her fanciful, elegantly sculpted & glazed ceramic sculptures and asked questions about her processes. 


Later, Natasha gave a virtual "walking tour" of her studio, showing her production spaces, newly completed works, works in progress, & even the inspiring view from her windows.   


After the virtual studio visit, several participants talked about the experience, commenting that Zoom worked remarkably well in this period of necessary social distancing. One benefit was the ease of using digital media, such as showing photographs of ones work or ones sculpting processes. Another benefit was that physical distance was no longer a barrier to attendance. A drawback, of course, was that we could not share a potluck meal or beverages.

So maybe -- just maybe -- when restrictions are no longer necessary, we can combine teleconferencing and real-life visits so our widespread membership can enjoy meeting & learning more about each other & our art!

Volunteer to host an event or share ideas with the Events Committee -- Email:



Marguerite Elliot has works in the regional juried exhibition The Ground Upon Which We Stand, sponsored by the Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art, a nonprofit. Organized by Abrams Claghorn Gallery, Albany, CA, & juried by Elizabeth Addison & Robert Abrams, the exhibition offers messages to & from Planet Earth through the artists’ examinations & responses to nature, environmental pressures, & society. The artworks engage on many levels – wonder, worry, hopefulness, activism. Read more at the following link: 

Marguerite Elliot, "Falling Leaves Diptych" 2020, 48" x 24" x 1.5", steel, variegated gold leaf, copper powder; image above, detail view below

Marguerite also was invited to install one of her Sentinel sculptures at Fairfax Parkade in downtown Fairfax, CA. Installation went smoothly; a reception will be held when stay-in-place restrictions are lifted. See more of Marguerite's work at 

Marguerite Elliot, "California Sentinel: Eco-Warrior", 132" x 36" x 24", steel, coated paint, 23kt gold leaf; photo by Stephanie Mohan


Barbara Berk was the April "Featured Member of the Month" for the Metal Arts Guild San Francisco website. 

Barbara Berk, working

Metal Arts Guild San Francisco is an independent, non-profit, educational organization of people who are skilled, interested, or share in the production and exhibition of metals. Founded in 1951, the Guild's mission is to foster community, provide education, and promote Bay Area metal artists and jewelers.

Barbara Berk, "Lace Nine: Sea Currents", 15" x 24" x 18", phosphor bronze, bobbin lace, pedestal supported, photo by Morgan Murphy

The interview features Barbara as a metal artist, rather than as lace-maker or weaver or sculptor, & highlights the materials with which she works, rather than her techniques. Read more at this link:

Barbara Berk, detail view of suspended sculpture "Lace Four: No Loose Ends", phosphor bronze, bobbin lace


Catherine Daley has works in Blasted Art Gallery's virtual exhibition Flattening the Curve in Sonoma County, curated by Chris Beards & Bill Shelley. The exhibition's focus is on creative reflections and responses to the Sonoma County stay-at-home order for COVID-19. “It’s important for artists to keep working, even in times of crisis,” commented Bill Shelley, co-founder of Blasted Art Gallery. “. . .  We think it will be a positive thing for artists to be able to share what they are working on during this time.” The exhibition continues through June 17, 2020. Read more at

Catherine Daley, "Millefolium", 2020, 12" x 12" x 0.5", stainless steel

Catherine Daley, "Ripple Reflection", 2020, 6.5" x 8.5"

Catherine Daley, "Pear Blossom", 2020, 10.75" x 18.5", haiku & photograph

Catherine also has works in the exhibition Favorite Things at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA. This virtual non-juried, intergenerational online show for all ages opened with a Zoom reception from 1- 4 PM on Saturday April 25, 2020, and continues to May 31, 2020. The exhibition asked for original artwork featuring a favorite thing:  object, person, animal, food, team, color, etc. Read more at 

Catherine Daley, "Organic Coffee Being", 2020, 10" x 13"


In their joint art exhibit Displacement: Into the Unknown curated by Lindsay Hanley at the Siskiyou Arts Museum, Dunsmuir, CA, mother & daughter artists Kristin Lindseth (sculptures and intaglio printmaking) & Karinna Gomez(mezzotints & intaglio) explore the experience of setting off into theunknown in life, whether through physical displacement or throughventuring into the unknown psychologically. While Lindseth's sculptures respond to the global refugee crisis, Gomez's prints spring from the experience of moving to the far North where she encountered the spare Alaskan landcape & polar light conditions. The exhibitions continues to June 2, 2020. Read more at 

Kristin Lindseth, "Abandoned Village" 2018, 42" x 16" x 16", bronze

Kristin Lindseth, "Arrival" 2019, 38" x 40" x 17", bronze

Kristin Lindseth, exhibition poster



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