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December 1, 2020

A Time for Gratitude


Today, December 1, is Giving Tuesday. If you are able, please consider a donation of any amount to Pacific Rim Sculptors. Just click "Donate" to begin.

Your donations support PRS operating costs & exhibitions, and this year also will provide new or renewal memberships -- no questions asked -- for sculptors currently suffering financial hardships due to the COVID pandemic or other causes. 

If you need this support when your membership renewal is due (or joining new), just send a brief email note to with subject heading "Waiver Request". 

We change the world with art,

Your PRS Newsletter Staff


Upcoming:  BEAUTY or TRUTH 

Great news! The PRS Exhibitions Committee received an email from the venue organizer confirming that we are back on for our BEAUTY or TRUTH exhibition at Art Works Downtown in San Rafael this spring! Tentative dates are April 23 through June 4, 2021 for the juried exhibition, with celebration of IS Day on Saturday April 24, so the dates are perfect for us! The entry deadline date is expected to be March 14, 2021. Stay tuned for more details and additional dates. 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.

Ongoing:  Sculpture of the Pacific Rim 

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

The online exhibition continues even though the physical exhibition continues to be delayed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. View and share this link to the Virtual Exhibition. Send questions about the exhibition or specific works to

Selected artists are Claudette Bleijenberg, Catherine Bohrman (image above), Catherine Daley, Tara Daly, Margaritte Elliot, 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.

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    Marguerite Elliot, "Platform 3", 2019, powder-coated steel, paint, 23K gold leaf, 144"H x 36"W x 24"D, in Tehran, Iran

    Marguerite Elliot 

    Marguerite Elliot's "Platform 3" was selected for inclusion in the exhibition Emotional Numbness: The impact of war on the human psyche and ecosystems. The exhibition focuses on the impact of war on ecosystems & the inhabitants of war zones. Recent escalating tensions between Iran and the United States have increased anxiety about potential war between them. Thus, the exhibition's goal is to create a platform to share, meet, and discuss across borders by exhibiting art that addresses related themes, in the belief that art has the ability to affect perceptions, develop meaningful dialogues, and bring awareness about critical issues to the public. The exhibition features the anthropocene epoch, emphasizing the impact of war all around the world, regardless of geographical boundaries. The artists in this exhibit respond to personal experiences of war directly, through memories inherited from their families, or through environmental research. The works reference the many impacts and challenges of war: displacement, immigration, racial injustice, historical mistakes, numbing of the human psyche, & the invisible enemy that is COVID-19. Exhibition jurors were Atefeh Khas (Iran) & Minoosh Zomorodinia (USA). The exhibition continues through 01/31/2021. See:

    Marguerite also was invited to be an Artist in Residence at the Buffalo Creek Art Center's Residency in Gardnerville, NV, from September through October 2020. See:

    Marguerite Elliot, "Nevada Sentinel: The ground upon which we stand"


    Pam Dixon, "Asmati Primitif", 2020, ceramic bisque & underglaze, cold processed paper collage with Krylon acrylic archival cover, 16"H x 16"W x 2.5"D; photo by Michael Van Auken

    Pam Dixon 

    Pam Dixon has works in the exhibition Get the Message: Words & Images, juried by DeWitt Cheng at Arts Benicia in Benicia, CA. The exhibition continues through December 31, 2020.  See:

    Pam Dixon, "Asmati Primitif", detail


    Jerry Barrish, "Schwitters' Cafe (and Jerry Barrish)", 2008, assembled found objects, 66"H x 108"W x 72"D (dimensions variable); photo by Tanya Lin

    Jerry Barrish 

    Jerry Barrish is the focus of an online mini-course of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Francisco State University.

    Meet makers and the artist of the documentary "Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish -- Art, Politics, & Dyslexia."

    A fifth generation San Franciscan, Jerry Barrish was the product of an environment with little appreciation for the arts. His hardworking parents were boxing enthusiasts vaguely connected to the mob. It was these connections that got him started in the bail bonds business. Then he broke the mold, stepping-up to become the bailout guy for 1960’s protestors. Inspired by the times, he changed course in mid-life launching himself as a sculptor and filmmaker. Film director, William Farley, producer Janis Plotkin will join Barrish in a post-screening conversation moderated by film critic & writer Michael Fox of KQED. The event takes place December 8, 2020 from 1:30-4:00 PM. Advance registration is required, and participants are encouraged to view the film (link will be provided) prior to the event. See:

    Jerry Barrish in his 25th Street Studio in San Francisco, CA (1992-2018), photograph by Nancy Russell

    Jerry Barrish, "Plastic Man", 2014, assembled found objects, 25"H x 22"W x 12"D (dimensions variable); photo by Wilfred J. Jones


    Jan Blythe, "Sister/Sister", 2009, oak wood & mirror, 44-1/2"H x 30"W x 9"D

    Jan Blythe 

    Jan Blythe has works in the National juried exhibition Fragments at Arc Gallery in San Francisco, CA, juried by Jen Tough of Jen Tough Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, & continuing through December 19, 2020.  


    Barry Beach, Coating & Covering series, bubble wrap, rope, bubble packaging, & adhesive mounted on wood

    Barry Beach 

    Barry Beach’s works (above & below) are included in the online exhibition "The Red Wood" at Red Wood is an ongoing virtual exhibition that looks at our current landscape through the lens of the wildfires, and more broadly, the Anthropocene. The term landscape is used here literally and figuratively; while some artists directly reference the fires, others take stock of this moment in a more historical or holistic sense. One major current of this exhibition is the use of the uncanny to address the surreality of our New Normal. Other artists face the moment through fragmentation, transformation and meditation. The exhibition will unfold on this website and our Instagram account View submission guidelines. The Red Wood is founded & curated by Julia Westerbeke.


    Barry Beach, Accumulation & Excavation series, glue over tracing paper & reclaimed wood mounted on plywood


    Barry Beach, Coating and Covering series [ash], ash and condensation on paper



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