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August 1, 2020

Summer's peak arrives for you to enjoy as long as it lasts.

From Your Newsletter Staff:

A record-breaking 30 PRS members & guests signed up for the latest Zoom-based Second Sunday Spotlight event. Join in next time to discover why these virtual studio visits are becoming so popular (Hints:  Socialize and see art with no mask or commute).

ISC has opened its new website with many new features. Make sure your membership is up current, login soon, & update your profile to connect with sculptors & sculpture collectors around the world.

And similar to PRS, ISC also now has active Zoom projects, including regular ARTSlams & Pecha Kucha sessions. Read about them below

We change the world with our art! 

Best regards,

Your PRS Newsletter Staff

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 physical exhibition continues to be delayed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, view and share the Virtual Exhibition. Send questions about the exhibition or specific works to

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

Upcoming:  BEAUTY or TRUTH 

The Pacific Rim Sculptors exhibition BEAUTY or TRUTH at Art Works Downtown in San Rafael, CA will be Friday April 23, 2021 - Friday June 11, 2021. Juror will be Chandra Cerrito. The entry deadline date is March 14, 2021. NOTE:  If you previously submitted images, you will need to resubmit between January 1- March 14, 2021. We are sorry for this inconvenience. Please see the full prospectus at this link 


    On Sunday July 12, 2020, Second Sunday Spotlight host Cynthia Handel welcomed PRS members and guests via Zoom for a virtual tour of her studio in Montana. A long-term member of PRS, she moved to Montana several years ago but has continued to maintain a presence and interest in PRS, so the ability to reconnect with Zoom was especially exciting.  

    Cynthia showed images of prior works inspired by the characteristics of organic and industrial objects' materials and forms. Cynthia has over 35 years experience as a performance artist, and often uses her sculptures in the performances (image below).

    Cynthia gave a virtual tour inside her large studio building, a 3-vehicle garage filled with tools and works in progress, and also toured the outside with spectacular views of the Montana landscape.

    Her material palette ranges widely to include found objects and constructed objects of aluminum, steel, cast iron, stone, wood, bees wax, fabric, and collected natural artifacts such as seed pods, shells, and bones. 

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic she curated with Coral Lambert the online exhibition I5OLATION: A Portfolio of 50 Drawings x 50 Women Sculptors during COVID-19. 

    The two curators realized that due to the pandemic, many sculptors were prevented from working in collaboration with others and consequently had turned to drawings of various methods, including pen, pencil, watercolor, mixed media, and collage.  

    The online exhibition (including works by PRS members Lynne Todaro, Jann Nunn, and former member Ann Webercan be viewed at, where viewers can also purchase limited edition prints. (Follow the exhibition on Instagram at i5olation_sculptorsdrawings.)

    Cynthia comes from a family of makers in Alabama and Tennessee, and notes that her mother also assembled extensive collections of ceramic, china, and glass objects.

    She enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with PRS members and the San Francisco Bay Area, saying the she is often challenged by men in her area who disbelieve that a woman can actually weld, cast, and finish large, heavy metal sculptures. Follow Cynthia on Instagram at HandelCynthia. (If possible, a video recording of this Second Sunday Spotlight will be made available.)

    Attend Second Sunday Spotlights to see and hear colleagues describe their work.  

    Host a Second Sunday Spotlight to share your works and hear comments by other artists.



    Registration is required!


    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

    PRS 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:

    ISC ZOOMS: Pecha Kucha & ARTSlams

    In July the International Sculpture Center began an exciting series of Zoom-based interactions based on the popular "pecha kucha" presentation model, and also following the ISC's own ARTSlam peer presentations & critiques.  

    PRS members Barry Beach and Kim Thoman joined Gail Folwell in doing Zoom-based ARTSlam presentations on July 30. 

    Barry Beach presented and described the inspirations and continuing evolution of his many-layered works (images below).


    Kim Thoman presented her works that combine paintings with sculptures of shaped and welded metal (images below). Her more recent sculptures combine welded and shaped metal with colorful 3D printed forms (image below right). 


    Watch for announcements of upcoming ISC Pecha Kucha and ARTSlam presentations and join in the experience!



    Catherine Daley is one of the featured artists in the Museum of Sonoma County's unGala event, celebrating their 35th year. The Art Auction "includes over 30 stunning works by renowned artists, many of whom have exhibited at the Museum of Sonoma County. Enjoy the satisfaction of acquiring new works for your collection while knowing your purchase is supporting both the artists and the Museum. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, August 29 at 7:00pm (PDT) for our live online event!" See more information at this link. Image left is Catherine's "Quercus II"


    Natasha Dikareva has works in the national juried exhibition Visions in Clay at LH Horton Jr. Gallery in Stockton, CA. A Virtual Reception is on September 3, 2020 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Award recipients have been selected by the juror and will be announced at the reception. A Virtual Artist Talk with Nancy Selvin will be on September 17, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. See more information at this link. Images are of Natasha's "Cloudman".



    A Zoom interview with Pam Dixon and Sarah Beserra is featured in the Arts Benicia website. In "A Conversation with Pam Dixon" Pam talks about her personal art collection and influences on her work. You can see the interview at this link. Image above is of Pam's "Big Heads", "Man Figure", and "Horse" on steel stands.  Image below includes Pam's "Make Your Own Miracle (Wave)", and other works.



    Marguerite Elliot and her works are featured in the article "Fairfax Sculptor's Works on Display in Fairfax Parkade" in the July 5, 2020 Marin Independent Journal. The award-winning sculptor’s “Fairfax Sentinel: Eco-Warrior” is on display in the town’s main square. It was praised by Fairfax Mayor Renée Goddard: “Your installation could not have been more timely and more well placed. I was standing at the Coffee Roastery looking out at our empty town and feeling that initial shock of the Shelter in Place order when I saw you putting the Sentinel in the Parkade. It was as if it were created to keep look out and remind us to have hope. We speak often of the healing power of art. Art reminds us to look below the surface and find the light in times of darkness. The Sentinel is that beacon in the Center of town that has stayed steady as life around us feels chaotic. I am constantly reminded that these dynamic times are transformative, just as the power of art is a steady guide forward.” Image right is of Marguerite's "Sentinals" at night.



    Jacquelyn Giuffre's bronze sculpture "Murphy Twist and Shout" (image above) is included in the Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition at the Hiram Blauveld Museum in Oradell, NJ.  Jacquelyn's sculpture "Lucy the Anteater" (image below right) received the Best of Show award in the exhibition Paws, Claws, Wings and Scales at the Joe Center for the Arts in St. Joe, FL. (Both photographs are by Dana Davis). See more of Jacquelyn's sculptures at 


    Jeff Key's wood and flax  sculpture, “Vessel #82—On/Off" (image below), was awarded a Special Merit Award for an online exhibition in celebration of the Light, Space & Time Gallery's 10th Anniversary. The Palm Springs, CA, gallery received over 2000 entries from 34 different countries around the world, as well as from 41 different states and the District of Columbia. See more about the exhibition at this link.


    Joseph Slusky calls attention to the magazine Works & Conversation, a collection of in-depth inteviews with artists from all walks of life. It's a project of ServiceSpace, a fully volunteer-run effort that aims to empower gift-economy efforts. Carrying no advertising, making the entire interviews available on-line without charge, ours is a humble effort to "be the change we wish to see in the world." See the Works & Conversations website at and see previews of issue #38 with information about Joe & his works at this link



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