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August 1, 2021

Please note the special message from the PRS Board of Directors immediately below.

Also note the Newsletter Volunteers discussed & decided with this issue to forefront new members to better introduce them to current membership.

Enjoy this issue; as always, we welcome your feedback & suggestions!

Now change the world with your art.

-- PRS Newsletter Volunteers


Dear Members,

Come join a fun team of artists helping make opportunities happen for PRS! We are a volunteer-run artist organization and help is needed. Working with PRS is an opportunity to plan exhibitions, to mentor young up-and-coming sculptors, & to help promote sculpture in the community. It is also a fun way to dialogue with successful sculptors, whose work is recognized in the art world.

We need to add new Board members to continue assisting our community run and develop.The following skills are in particularly needed:

        • marketing
        • communications
        • networking
        • fundraising
        • financial experience/bookkeeping

Please send me an email stating your interest or if you have questions to

Thank you for considering to assist!


Barry Beach

President, Board of Directors



Michele Collier, "Monument", 2020, 

21”H x 7”W x 9”D, clay

Michele Collier, "Dream Lover" 

16”H x 21”W x 17”D, clay

Michele Collier, of Oakland, CA, uses slab construction with paper clay to create abstract & figurative sculpture. She primarily non-glaze cold-surface finish solutions, including oxides, stains, paint, & others. Michele attended the Academy of Art University. She expresses interest in volunteering with PRS Exhibition Planning. Check out Michele’s website:


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


Curator: Robert Melton

The PRS Exhibitions Committee is delighted to announce that this long-awaited exhibition will open soon at the stunning and prestigious Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. As a part of the Commonwealth Club's July 8 re-opening celebration for its members, Marguerite Elliot, Jann Nunn, & Charles Stinson gave artist talks, which were well received & generated many questions & comments. 

Artists in the exhibition will install larger works 10 AM to 4 PM Wednesday September 8; smaller works will be installed 10 AM to 4 PM Thursday September 9. An opening reception is tentatively planned for 3 to 5:30 PM on Saturday October 2, 2021.  

The Exhibitions Committee is thrilled that additional future exhibitions are already in the works at this spectacular location; stay tuned for more news. Questions about this or future exhibitions?  Please email

Oceana Rain Stuart

Included in the exhibition are works by these artists (in alphabetical order):  Claudette Bleijenberg, Catherine Bohrman, Catherine Daley, Tara Daly, Margaritte Elliot (image above), Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, Maru Hoeber, Stan Huncilman, Marilyn Kuksht, Kristin Lindseth, Oleg Lobykin, Judy Miller, Jann Nunn (image above), Jeff Owen, Mickey Quinn, Christopher Sawyer, Charles Stinson, & Oceana Rain Stuart (images above).


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


July 11, 2021

Cheryl Coon

The July 2021 PRS Event Spotlight visited Cheryl Coon's studio in the Emeryville (CA) Artist Coop, a forty year old non-profit organization that offers affordable live-work studios for working artists. Visiting members enjoyed catching up -- this was the first in-person event since before the start of the COVID pandemic. Cheryl offered home-made kombucha and a tour of the studio and loft area -- complete with art & lots of orchids. 

Cheryl reports: 

We talked about my current work: a large installation about the experience of being isolated during the covid pandemic. The entire installation is about 12' high x 100' long, and consists of a variety of forms inspired by microscopy and biology. The forms are made with zip ties, aluminum and other industrial materials. They are abstractions of microscopic organisms such as pollen, viruses, bacteria, diatoms, plankton, etc. that have the power to affect our physical well-being. 

Cheryl continues: 

The main section on the wall was an homage to Ruth Asawa, who was interned for a year and a half in a WW-II Japanese internment camp. I often thought about her life and artwork during this year of social isolation during the covid pandemic. I did a short demo on Ruth Asawa's wire techniques.

. . . Another topic of discussion was my current installation at San Francisco's Nordstrom's on Market Street at 5th Street. This is a window installation of both black and white zip tie sculptures. The show is up through the end of September 2021, and is visible from the street 24/7.

Cheryl showed the visiting members other new works-in-progress being created for several upcoming shows at Gearbox Gallery, Oakland, CA; Curated by the Sea Art Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA; 35th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition at Bay Street Gallery, Emeryville, CA, and Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA.

Cheryl Coon

Cheryl Coon

Cheryl Coon

Cheryl Coon



Marguerite Elliot, "Where Have All the Birds Gone?", 2021,

180”H x 48”W x 48”D, steel, paint; photo by Stephanie Mohan

Marguerite Elliot, "Where Have All the Birds Gone?", detail

Marguerite Elliot reports "I was honored to be selected to install my new Sentinel sculpture, "Where Have All The Birds Gone?" in the Parkade in downtown Fairfax, CA. There are 2.9 billion fewer birds now than 50 years ago, due to habitat loss, use of pesticides, and other man-made causes." Marguerite goes on to quote from Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring“On the mornings that had once throbbed with the dawn chorus of robins, catbirds, doves, jays, wrens, and scores of other bird voices, there was now no sound…”  Read more about Marguerite's piece at this link. 

Marguerite continues: "I am thrilled to be included in the International Artist Residency in Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, County of Clare, Ireland. Artists come and work for weeks in the incredibly beautiful area on the Wild Atlantic Coast." The residency began 7/29/2021 and continues through 8/13/2021. Read more about the residency at this link


Jacquelyn Giuffre, "Edward", 2020, 

6”H x 5”W x 9”D, bronze; photo by Dana Davis

Jacquelyn Giuffre's sculptured portrait of baby rhinoceros, Edward, previously seen in this newsletter, was awarded the Pieter and Alfredo Montana Memorial Award for outstanding work in the 88th Annual National Sculpture Society show at Brookgreen Gardens, SC, and appeared in the July/August issue of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.


Annette Goodfriend "Pathogenic Bonbons and the Ravenous Vax Attack", 2020, 

installation; epoxy, resin, glass, paint; installation & detail views

Annette Goodfriend's solo installation "Pathogenic Bonbons and the Ravenous Vax Attack" at Neon Raspberry Art House, Occidental, CA, celebrates the extraordinary collaboration of scientists worldwide resulting in numerous excellent vaccines. The installation is a magical, surreal, and playful portrayal of the molecular battle, wherein the virus is vanquished. The exhibition continues through 9/6/2021. 



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