PRS NEWSLETTER

October 1, 2020

Normal transforms into New Normal.


The ongoing pandemic is forcing changes, some bad, some good.

PRS is evolving to meet sculptors' needs in this 'new normal'.

From hardships come creative solutions: 

  • The Second Sunday Spotlights physical studio visits are now even better attended as virtual visits. Sure, we'll resume physical visits when safe, but the benefits of the virtual component will surely continue.
  • The same is true for exhibitions:  Along with the rest of the art world, PRS is making room for virtual exhibitions. 

And so, too, it seems time for the Newsletter to evolve, likely with a combination of resources and talents from the PRS site and the ISC's new website, which offers an array of social media tools.  

The Newsletter crew seeks volunteers to explore and create something new and exciting for PRS members and their followers.  If you like working with social media and a rich mix of text, photos, & video, send a message to Newsletter@PacificRimSculptors.org. We'd be happy to talk about possibilities.

Let's change the world with 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 Exhibitions@PacificRimSculptors.org.

Selected artists are Claudette Bleijenberg, Catherine Bohrman, Catherine Daley, Tara Daly, Margaritte Elliot, Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, Maru Hoeber, Stan Huncilman, Marilyn Kuksht, Kristin Lindseth, Oleg Lobykin, Judy Miller, Jann Nunn (image left), 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 


    SECOND SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT, SEPTEMBER 2020

    ERIC SAINT GEORGES

    On Sunday September 13, 2020, Second Sunday Spotlight host Eric Saint Georges welcomed PRS members and guests via Zoom for a virtual tour of his website and his drawing & sculpting studio in Los Gatos, CA.


    Eric Saint Georges has no use for a model's preconceived poses, which he finds unnatural. Instead, Eric instructs his models to move slowly and continuously until he likes a particular form or dynamic, then tells them to hold still. Quickly drawing and painting -- for no more than five minutes -- he creates 40 or so drawings in each of his sessions of two or more hours

    This brief pose format is critical for Eric's intention of capturing the raw and spontaneous emotional energies of life. Detailed completeness is unimportant, as is a narrative or story arc. What is important is a pose's feeling and dynamic presence.

    He creates abstracted figurative drawings in an expressive mix of charcoal, ink, and watercolor. 



    Eric similarly sculpts his figures quickly in water-based clay, sometimes additively pressing clay into forms and other times carving it away. He may fire the piece; or he may make a mold for later casting; sometimes he does both. He mostly cast in bronze until the COVID pandemic restricted access to his foundry; now he explores casting in cement



    In the video Spotlight visit, Eric showed images on his website (www.EricSaintGeorges.com), including the "Life is Short" series of tall slender female forms, some 6-feet or more in height. 


       


    Eric showed participants a time-lapse video demonstrating how he creates a detailed mold by applying liquid silicone rubber to the wet clay piece, then reinforces the flexible silicone with a rigid mother-mold of a fiber-reinforced, lightweight epoxy compound. His video also demonstrated his clever DIY rotational casting approach for creating a 1/4" thick hollow wax casting for lost-wax bronze casting. His molds are durable enough for him to cast limited edition waxes as well as cement castings. 

    Eric moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1994 and worked as an engineer until 2016, when he went full-time into the arts. Before the pandemic, he split his time among his Los Gatos studio, a local foundry, various life drawing and sculpture sessions in the Bay Area, and teaching at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, CA. During the pandemic, Eric has been experimenting with cement casting and teaching online.

    Eric also creates abstract drawings by preparing his black sumi ink & brush, then closing his eyes to execute dynamic primary brush strokes on paper. He then opens his eyes to add secondary brush strokes or splashes of another color. Although conveying some of the same sensibility as Japanese or Chinese calligraphy, he has studied neither. He does practice Aikido, however, and incorporates its flowing "body-wisdom" movements into painterly movements. 


       



    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.

    It's easy; our Events Committee takes care of details; just email:  Events@PacificRimSculptors.org

    UPCOMING SECOND SUNDAY SPOTLIGHTS 

    Registration is required!

    OCTOBER 2020 SPOTLIGHT


    Host:   STEVE DELLICARPINI


    When:  3:00 PM Sunday October 11, 2020




    The October Spotlight will visit Steve Dellicarpini, a recent graduate from San Jose State in Spatial Art. Steve blends his professional background of electrical and mechanical design into his work. He is obsessed with finding ways to combine dissimilar materials, so his pieces often feature a multitude of different media. Steve's style is strongly rooted in imaginative takes on natural observations and themes. His latest series takes the elements of time, exploration, and discovery and combines them into intriguing core samples from other worlds.




    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:  Events@PacificRimSculptors.org


    MEMBER NEWS

    THE DE YOUNG OPEN

    In celebration of the de Young museum’s 125th anniversary, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are hosting The de Young Open, a juried community art exhibition of submissions by artists who live in the nine Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. The de Young Open continues the museum’s long-standing tradition of engaging the local community and showcasing the talent of Bay Area artists, who will be able to offer their pieces for sale and retain 100 percent of the proceeds.

    Over 11,500 works of art were submitted, including painting, drawings, printmaking, digital art, photography, sculpture, fiber art and video. Headed by Timothy Anglin Burgard, Distinguished Senior Curator and Ednah Root Curator-in-Charge of American Art, the jury included Claudia Schmuckli, Curator of Contemporary Art and Programming, Karin Breuer, Curator in Charge of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, and Jill D'Alessandro, Curator in Charge of Costume and Textile Arts, at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, in addition to renowned Bay Area artists Enrique Chagoya, Mildred Howard, and Hung Liu. The jury selected 881 works by 763 artists. The artworks will be installed salon-style in the 12,000 square foot Herbst Special Exhibition Galleries. (See www.deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/de-young-open ). Among artists selected were PRS members Barbara Berk and Jason Bernhardt.


    BARBARA BERK

    Barbara Berk, “Lace Twelve: Oskar Schlemmer’s Dancer”, stainless steel wire, photo by Morgan Murphy


    Barbara M. Berk created “Lace Twelve: Oskar Schlemmer’s Dancer” with stainless steel wire. Using a 16th century Bobbin Lace stitch, Berk made a flat ribbon of lace, 3” wide x 15 feet long, which she then curled, looped and sewed together with wire into a 3-dimensional form. “Oskar Schlemmer’s Dancer” was suspended from the ceiling in the 2019 exhibition Bauhaus Centennial – Taking Shape: Bauhaus Fiber Art Exhibition at Art Ventures Gallery, Menlo Park, CA; it will be pedestal mounted for The de Young Open.


    JASON BERNHARDT

    Jason Bernhardt, "Secrets", 2018, stone, 12"H x 20"W x 10"D, photo by Jackie Link

    Jason Berhhardt's carved stone sculpture "Secrets" was selected for exhibition in The de Young Open.


    JEFF OWEN

         

    Jeff Owen, "Sea Horse" (image left) and "Porpoise" (image right), each 10' H 


    Jeff Owen received a commission from Lennar Homes to create five 10-foot tall marine themed sculptures for the Lennar Foster Square residential complex in Foster City, CA. This commission began in October 2019 and was completed in September 2020. See:  www.jeffowen.com/Commissions/ 


    JANE INGRAM ALLEN

      

    Jane Ingram Allen, "Stacks" (left), mixed media, handmade paper and string

    Jane Ingram Allen "Daily Scrolls" (right), mixed media, handmade paper, drawing, collage


    Jane Ingram Allen has two pieces in the exhibition Falling Open: On and Off the Page at Gallery Route One (www.galleryrouteone.org), Point Reyes Station, CA. Works by 19 artists were selected by curator Renee Owen; the exhibition features book art and book-related sculptures and installations reflecting current concerns, including the pandemic, the state of our environment, and social protests. The exhibition can be viewed online and in-person with gallery appointments until Oct. 25, 2020. Jane's handmade paper constructions pieces "Daily Scrolls" and "Stacks" are both suspended in space.


    LYNNE TODARO

            

    Lynne Todaro, "Ducks in a Row" (left), 6" x 6" x 2", mixed media; "iRobot" (middle), 6" x 6" x 3", assemblage; "Chopping Block", 6" x 6" x 2.5", wood with found objects

    Lynne Todaro created works for the renowned 50/50 exhibition at the Sanchez Art Center, Daly City, CA. The 12th Annual 50/50 Show is a fundraiser for the Sanchez Art Center. This year's juror Patricia Sweetow selected the 50 artists, who created their 50 artworks in 50 days. Each artist's work is presented in a grid, with grids by all 50 artists throughout the various galleries of the Sanchez Art Center. The exhibition ends 10/11/2020. See www.sanchezartcenter.org 


    ZAHAVA SHEREZ

        

    Zahava Sherez, "InBodied Light" (middle) "Woman #3" (left, detail), "Man #3" (right, detail), 2019, 31" x 7" x 7" and 39" x 7" x 7", resin and mixed media, photos by Phillip Cohen Photography, Oakland, CA.


    Zahava Sherez has works in the New York online exhibition The Spirit of Resilience, curated by RenĂ©e Phillip, founder of The Healing Power of Art and ArtistsZahava's work was awarded the Dr. Janet Jordan Special Recognition Art Award in Sculpture for her “InBodied Light”: Woman #3 and Man #3. The exhibition The Spirit of Resilience can be viewed through November 4, 2020. (See www.healing-power-of-art.org/the-spirit-of-resilience-exhibition/ and www.healing-power-of-art.org/the-spirit-of-resilience-special-awards/)


    MEMBERSHIP & PARTICIPATION

    WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

    Invite your sculptor colleagues to join and get one month free membership for each new member you recruit (cannot previously have been a member). Just ask the new member to mention your name while filling out the "How did you hear about us?" blank in the application form.  

    PARTICIPATE IN PRS

    Donate:  PRS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; for tax reporting: EIN # 81-0919806.

    Submit newsletter items: A call for news items goes out the 15th of each month. 

    Volunteer:  Participate in the Board of Directors (email info@PacificRimSculptors.org); help organize events (email Events@PacificRimSculptors.org); help mount exhibitions (email Exhibitions@PacificRimSculptors.org); help write for the newsletter (email Newsletter@PacificRimSculptors.org); help improve the website (email website@PacificRimSculptors.org); 

    Communicate:  Send messages to our group email  list (pacificrimsculptors@googlegroups.com ). Before they are posted, messages will be screened by a moderator to prevent spam and ensure appropriate use. The moderator may suggest editing changes or suggest alternate distribution (e.g., newsletter, or message from our Administrator). 

    Facebook:  Sign up for the PRS Facebook page by visiting this link and clicking on the "Join Group" button. A PRS moderator will authorize your request, usually within 1-2 work days. Then start posting! 

    YOUR AREA COORDINATORS

    • Our Area Coordinators help organize local group meetings of PRS members in order to create new shows & events. 
    • Connect with your Area Coordinators to suggest and to help plan shows & events in your area, or volunteer to become an Area Coordinator. 
    • Find your Area Coordinator on this web page

    MEMBERSHIP IN PRS & ISC

    • Members of Pacific Rim Sculptors receive a 20% discount when joining the International Sculpture Center, publishers of Sculpture magazine (ISC, www.sculpture.org). Just enter "PRS" as the Chapter Code. More information here.  
    • The online version of Sculpture magazine is now available at SculptureMagazine.Art, which includes archived issues.
    • Also check out the ISC Website Sculpture.org member resources; add photos of your works annually for review by collectors, gallerists, curators, and corporate buyers. 

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