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June 1, 2021

The PRS Events Committee's May Second Sunday Spotlight event featured Kim Thoman. The upcoming Second Sunday Spotlight event will visit the studio of Barry Beach.

The PRS Exhibitions Committee has great news about the Sculpture of the Pacific Rim exhibition at the Commonwealth Club; read below.

Welcome new student member Toni Crook of Roseville, CA, who creates realist & abstract figurative works with clay, ceramic, plaster, resin, metal, waxes & patinas; check out her website:

Enjoy your Summer, & don't forget:  Change the world with your art!

-- PRS Newsletter Volunteers


Jann Nunn & Catherine Daley, PRS Exhibitions Committee Co-chairs


Art Works Downtown on Fourth Street in downtown San Rafael, CA

Barbara Berk, “Lace Eleven - A Pair of French Knots”, 2019, 34”H x 36”W x 6”D, phosphor bronze

Juror Chandra Cerrito selected works by the following artists (in alphabetical order):

Barry Beach, Barbara Berk (image above), Jan Blythe, Cheryl Coon, Catherine Daley, Tara Daly, Lynn Dau, Rene Dayan-Whitehead, Marguerite Elliot, Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, Jacquelyn Giuffre, Annette Goodfriend, Jane Grimm, Karl Hauser, Maru Hoeber, Rachel Karklin, Jeff Key, Oleg Lobykin, Judy Miller, Jann Nunn, Joseph Slusky, Marina Smelik, Charles Stinson, B Stevens Strauss, Lynne Todaro, & Emil Yanos.

Sculptures by these twenty-six PRS sculptors will be exhibited from April 23 through June 11, 2021 at Art Works Downtown, Marin County's premier non-profit art center, located on Fourth Street in downtown San Rafael, CA. The exhibition coincided with International Sculpture Day (Saturday April 24th) & will be both on-site & online. Receptions are planned for 5-8 PM on May 14 & June 11. (The gallery is open to limited numbers of safely masked visitors.) View the virtual exhibition at this link

Sculpture of the Pacific Rim 

Curated by Robert Melton, the exhibition was originally planned for physical exhibition in the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. View and share this link to the Virtual Exhibition

Charles Stinson, “Ife Buddha”, 2004, 19”H x 17”W x 14”D, bronze

Included are works by these artists (in alphabetical order):  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, Jeff Owen, Mickey Quinn, Christopher Sawyer, Charles Stinson (image above), & Oceana Rain Stuart.

Unfortunately, the pandemic prevented installation of the physical exhibition, which then became an extended virtual exhibition. However, a recent meeting of the PRS Exhibitions Committee, show curator, & Commonwealth Club leadership made post-pandemic plans.

The image above, taken in the beautiful rooftop garden of San Francisco's Commonwealth Club, includes (L-R) curator Robert Melton, Alex Hernandez (Commonwealth Club, back to camera), & PRS Exhibitions Committee members Jann Nunn, Marguerite Elliot, & Catherine Daley (not pictured, Charles Stinson), who made plans for the exhibition to be installed as a real-life exhibition welcoming back visitors to the Commonwealth Club -- a spectacular venue for sculpture exhibitions. Watch for coming announcements of the exhibition reception!

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    Eileen Fitz-Faulkner & Catherine Daley, PRS Events Committee Co-chairs

    The Second Sunday Spotlight slots for 2021 are filling fast, so contact soon to showcase your artwork, demonstrate a technique, or offer a studio tour (virtual for now; physical visits will resume when safe). Don't worry about technical details: Committee members will assist you with Zoom & guide you every step of the way so that your event is well received! Email



    May 9, 2021

    For May 9, 2021, the Event Spotlight was on Kim Thoman, who says, "The basis for my art is a belief that duality exists in everything. I am aware of the presence of opposing forces in the world around me such as intellect and intuition, male and female, stillness and movement,  body and soul, light and dark, organized and chaotic, and of course life and death."

    Kim continues: "My artwork aims to bring the duality of contrasting energy forces into balance. My desire is to present opposite sides of any truth in order to see the real picture. In addition to the philosophical concerns in my work, natural elements emerge that are symbols for my own growth." 


    Kim's recent works incorporate 3D color printed forms, often suspended, as in the image above. This curvilinear, feminine shape evolved from her drawings in sketchbooks (below). Using digital techniques, she "wraps" the form with a "skin" derived from her graphics and paintings.

    Kim described technical details of the 3D color printing process, which uses colored medium to selectively fuse layers of powder, which is then stabilized by infusing with a liquid medium (below). 

    The Events Committee plans to make available videos of this and other studio visits. Watch for announcements.


    Visit the Studio of Barry Beach

    3:00 PM Sunday June 13, 2021

    Barry Beach, "Accumulations & Excavations #3 (drawers)"

    For June 13, 2021, the Events Committee will have a virtual visit to the studio of Barry Beach, who states, "I explore the intersection of the human and natural worlds - the 'human landscape' - through transforming materials. Deconstruction, reconstruction, accumulation, covering, coating, and exposing are part of my material transformation process. Recent work explores accumulation, topography, cycles of waste and renewal, and mark-making."

    Watch for the event announcement: This will be a Zoom-based visit & advanced registration is required. 

    Host a Zoom-based virtual visit to your studio:

    Show your website, works in progress, demonstrate a technique,

    or just talk about art.




    PRS member Cheryl Coon is the new curator for the Vargas Gallery at Mission College, Santa Clara, CA. Cheryl received BAs in Art & French from Humboldt State, and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She studied art history at the Université de Paris XIII, Panthéon-Sorbonne. She has held curatorial positions at the San Francisco Art Commission, curating exhibitions in SF City Hall, City Site, and the SFAC Gallery. She served as the Program Manager for the San Mateo County Art Commission’s ArtShare, curating exhibitions in the San Mateo County Government Center galleries. She was the Program Director for the Sanchez Art Center. She received fellowships for residencies at the Villa Montalvo Art Center, in Saratoga, the Vermont Studio Center, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in Woodside, and the Pouch Cove Residency in Newfoundland, Canada. She taught courses in Museum and Gallery studies, most recently at DeAnza College, and published articles in Ceramics Art and Perception, Sculpture Review, Art Papers, and Neue Keramik - Die Keramikzeitschrift fur Europa. In 2021 she took over the curatorial position for the Mission College Vargas Gallery after PRS member Lynne Todaro retired.  

    Cheryl's first exhibition for Mission College Vargas Gallery is #art #activism, featuring works by artists Jenny Balisle, Kristine Mays, Maria de Los Angeles (image below), Priscilla Otani, & Robin Bernstein. Cheryl says the artists in this exhibition "... observe contemporary events and use art, writing and social media to bring awareness to issues that they are passionate about." The Mission College Gallery continues to be closed to the public for the remainder of 2021, so this is a virtual exhibition, which you can view at this link

    Maria de los Angeles, “La Tortilla Dress", 2021, 68”H x 48”W x 48”D, paper, paint

    Photo by Ryan Bonilla, 2021


    Rachel Karklin “Awakening Masha", 2021, 16”H x 15”W x 12”D, resin & concrete

    As the featured artist in the exhibition Without a Plan in the Spirit of the Material, Rachel Karklin will show works in several media at Kaleid Gallery in San Jose, CA. The show demonstrates how material itself affects the creative process of the artist and manifests itself in the final work of art. The exhibition continues through July 17. 2021. See more at this link

    Rachel Karklin “The Glory of the Past", 2016, 10”H x 7”W x 6”D, bronze

    Rachel Karklin “Inside-out", 2015, 13”H x 16”W x 6”D, concrete & steel 



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