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June 1, 2020

Cautiously re-emerging into a new normal of a familiar world;

can we make it better, sustainable? 

From the Editor

Our resilient volunteers are smartly changing how Pacific Rim Sculptors works during this pandemic: The popular Second Sunday Spotlight events have become more popular than ever now with Zoom-based participation, which allows remote members to attend & even host visits to their studios -- without a commute.

Check out the description below, join in the fun, & volunteer to host or to help out; just send an email to

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

Best regards,

Your PRS Newsletter Staff


PRS Board Member Jeff Key brings this item to your attention: 

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation & The Center for Cultural Innovation have set up an East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts. The grants are open to artists in Alameda and Contra Costa County. The grants will go directly to artists, teaching artists, culture bearers, and nonprofit arts workers from historically underserved communities who are especially financially vulnerable due to the economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount for the one-time grants is $2000. The funds are unrestricted and can be used in any way that alleviates financial hardship. The deadline for applying is June 5. If you don’t live in Alameda or Contra Costa counties, please pass this information on to any artist friends who live in the eligible counties. See complete information at this link. 

PRS EXHIBITIONS COMMITTEE:  Changes due to COVID-19 pandemic

Sculpture of the Pacific Rim

Curated by Robert Melton for the San Francisco building of the Commonwealth Club California

The exhibition opening is tentatively rescheduled to July 13, 2020, with an artists' reception 6-8 pm Friday, July 17, 2020. View the artists' images of their included artworks in this Virtual Exhibition, or send questions about specific works to

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

Submit works to BEAUTY or TRUTH 

There is still time to submit works for BEAUTY or TRUTH at Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA, with juror Chandra Cerrito. The tentative 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 & Art Walk: Friday August 14, 5-8pm
    • 2nd reception: Friday September 11, 5-8pm
    • Artists pick up art: Sunday September 19, 10am–2pm


On Sunday May 10, 2020, Lori Goodman of Eureka in Humboldt County, CA, graciously stepped in on short notice to give an overview of her various bodies of work when our previously scheduled Second Sunday Spotlight artist had a network failure.

Via Zoom, Lori greeted nearly twenty members from all over the Bay Area (image below). She showed some small & medium-sized works in her home (image above right). 

Lori showed photos of her larger works & installations (images below; see more larger works on her website, The images below are from her Repeats II series.


The piece below is from her Journeys series, inspired by observations in her travels.

Then with smart phone in hand Lori took the group on a virtual walk outside to her paper making studio, where she described her processes & showed the various devices, equipment & materials that she uses. 

Her impressive studio space & worktable allow Lori to create giant sheets of handmade paper using kōzo plant bark (Broussonetia papyrifera, the paper mulberry tree) & various other fibers. By varying her preparation of the pulp, she achieves a wide range of textures.  

Lori also showed her large assortment of paper pigmenting materials, including cochineal (image left), which is produced by scale insects on certain cactus pads.  

Then Lori demonstrated how she sometimes builds armature forms of bamboo, reed, cotoneaster, or other materials, then adds translucent handmade paper "skins" over the forms, bonded with methyl cellulose, which she sometimes pigments. 

Several participants commented that they liked the experience of seeing work by colleagues who live some distance away, observing that the video meeting format overcomes the barrier of physical distance. 

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


Watch for your invitations for Zoom meetings & RSVP -- registration is required


Host: Sean O'Donnell

When: 2:00 PM Sunday June 14, 2020

Sean O’Donnell will host the next Second Sunday Spotlight. Sean’s elegantly fanciful sculptures celebrate the dents, dings and patinas inherent in the found objects he uses for his palette. His works give new life and meaning to common objects and offer a glimpse into the blemished beauty of everyday detritus.  Sean will welcome us to his studio apartment in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood to see works being readied for an upcoming exhibit.  We’ll then descend a floor below to see his art studio, hear of his creative process and the varied sources for his found object treasures.


JULY 2020 SPOTLIGHT (Note: This event had to be rescheduled to the date below))

Host: Cynthia Handel

When: 2:00 PM Sunday July 12, 2020

We will visit PRS Member Cynthia Handel in Livingston, Montana, where she works predominantly in metals, casting her own bronze, iron & aluminum. Cynthia uses organic & urban imagery in her work. Also a fire dancer & creator of performance pieces, Cynthia previously taught sculpture at San Jose State & was an assistant professor at LSU, & California State Stanislaus in Turlock, CA. 

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



Host: Lynn Dau

When: 2:00 PM Sunday August 9, 2020

The August Spotlight will visit Lynn Dau, a San Jose State University lecturer in beginning sculpture, who creates contemporary freestanding or wall piece assemblages using found objects or replicas of found objects cast in bronze, aluminum, or concrete. 



When: 2:00 PM Sunday September 13, 2020

The September Spotlight will visit Eric Saint Georges, who teaches sculpture and figure drawing at Pacific Art League in Palo Alto. Eric creates abstracted figurative works in clay, bronze, stone, & wood

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:



Jacquelyn Giuffre's sculpture "Lucy" (image below) is in the group exhibition All Creatures Great and Small at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts in Healdsburg, CA, which continues through July 5, 2020 (see

Jacquelyn Giuffre, "Lucy", 2019, 8" x 15" x 6", bronze; photo by Dana Davis

Jacquelyn's sculpture "Murphy Twist and Shout" (image below) is in the 2020 Annual Member Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists at the Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradel, NJ (see 

Jacquelyn Giuffre, "Murphy Twist and Shout", 2019, 5.5" x 7" x 4.5", bronze; photo by Dana Davis


Michelle Echenique's was offered a two-week residency in June at the Wildforest Sanctuary Artist in Residence program in Annapolis in Sonoma County, CA. For information about the program, see

Michelle Echenique, "Tree Rings"

Michelle Echenique, "Travelers (detail)"


Kathleen King's sculpture "Found Out" was in Mercury 20 Gallery's first exhibition in a new series of two-week installations made specifically for the gallery's front window. Begun in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, these exhibitions can be safely viewed from outside the gallery, on the sidewalk or in ones car.  

Kathleen's "Found Out" was influenced by sources from Constructivism to Arte Povera to African-American quilts. Kathleen transform cast-off urban materials into sculptures, assemblages, & installations. King's visual vocabulary connects the once valued but now discarded materials with the precarities currently encountered in personal, social & political contexts. The works draw attention to how we make our social environments & how we are -- in turn -- made by them. 

Kathleen King, "Found Out", 2020, dimensions variable, found objects


Joseph Slusky's sculpture "Calliope" is part of the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Calliope installation at the Berkeley Marina Plaza, Berkeley, CA. The piece was restored in 2004 and again in 2015. See more of Joseph's works at

Joseph Slusky, "Calliope", 1980, 138" x 252" x 192", steel & acrylic lacquer paint



Judy Salinsky of San Marcos, CA, in the San Diego area is an art instructor of drawing & painting at UC Irvine. Judy paints & creates 3D & bas relief sculptures, cast in metal or resin or ceramic. Her subject matter has been marine life, but during the pandemic she has been working on sculptures of male ballet dancers. Her volunteer interest areas include hosting meetings in her area & exhibition planning. See her website at

Stephen Whisler of Napa, CA, uses a wide range of media & processes -- metal, wood, fiber, 2D printing, 3D printing, video, & more -- to create abstract, ephemeral, sculptural, interactive, & sometimes performative works. His volunteer interest area is exhibition planning. See his website at

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