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for March 1, 2022

In these times we are beset with storms, but remember Spring also promises transformation and renewal.

Change the world with your art.

-- PRS Newsletter Volunteers

From the President

Barry Beach

“Many hands make light work” - this proverb was in my thoughts these past weeks as we voted in four new members to our board, increasing the number of members to 10 for the first time. I am excited to work beside and learn from these incredible artists: 

I am so thankful to welcome these PRS members to the Board as they are willing to donate their time to push forward the sculpture community. 

Everyone’s help is needed to ensure PRS continues to grow and thrive as a member-run nonprofit organization. All members can contribute by volunteering, including applying to join the Board. Later this spring, you will receive a member poll asking you to rank the benefits PRS membership offers. Our organization can only offer what our members volunteer to support.

Resilience is a quality of artists. Yet, the pandemic has made it difficult to maintain community, as gatherings in galleries were either prohibited or replaced by virtual events. That is yet another reason I hope you will apply to share your work in the upcoming in-person PRS exhibition Eco-Sculpt, with the theme based on its opening around Earth Day April 22. Here is the link for PRS members to submit works before the deadline of 3/15/2022.

I wish you creative resilience and safe journeys until next time.


Barry Beach

PRS Exhibitions Committee

Co-chairs: Catherine Daley and Jann Nunn


The call-for-entry for the PRS exhibition Eco Sculpt is live and submission deadline is 11:59 pm Tuesday March 15, 2022

PRS members enter with this link. Non-members can enter with this link

The exhibition will be at Radius Gallery in Santa Cruz, CA. Important dates for this exhibition are below:

    • Sunday, April 3, 2022 -- Artists notified of Juror's selections
    • Wednesday, April 13, 6-8 PM & Thursday, April 14, 9-12 noon -- Artists deliver & install art
    • April 20 - May 29, 2022 -- Exhibition is open for viewing
    • Friday, April 22, 6-8 PM -- Earth Day Artist reception and gallery talk
    • Saturday, April 30, 2 PM -- International Sculpture Day & panel discussion: “Art and the Environment”
    • Friday May 6th, 6-9 PM -- First Friday Event
    • Monday May 30th – June 1st -- De-installation
    • Reception, International Sculpture Day, additional reception dates to be determined


The PRS and Commonwealth Club exhibition Sculpture of the Pacific Rim, will conclude in May 2022. Curator Robert Melton, will continue to review PRS members' websites for on-going exhibition. He will identify these sites via the PRS website, so make sure your website listing and image content is up to date to take advantage of this unique, member-only opportunity!

Oceana Rain Stewart's sculptures in Sculpture of the Pacific Rim, at the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco

PRS Events Committee

Chair: Catherine Daley

Save the date: Sunday June 12, 2022 PRS have a fundraising tour of the Oliver Ranch!

For the uninitiated, this immersive experience is a "must-see"; for the returnee, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity as the Oliver Ranch has a two-year waitlist. (See:

Located in the heart of Sonoma County, the Oliver Ranch is a picturesque 100-acre property, home to 18 remarkable site-specific installations by 20 award-winning artists spanning 35 years. Together these artists have transformed the ranch into a unique, one-of-a-kind outdoor museum that is harmonious with the surrounding environment.

Please note: At this time group size is limited to 30, and arrival will be by 2-3 passenger vans or 5-6 cars. This tour has been popular in the past, so will likely sell out quickly.

The option to carpool from nearby Park & Ride is still available, as that is where we will be meeting the docents who will lead us to Oliver Ranch. 

Watch for announcements with details about registration, donations and transportation. 

Sculptures at Oliver Ranch

Communications Committee

Chair: Jane Ingram Allen

The Communications Committee is looking at ways to improve the Newsletter, website, and social media communications, and more. Volunteers with technology, writing, editing, photography, and video skills are needed. The Committee is discussing ideas for improving the Pacific Rim Sculptors website and the possibility of producing a yearly digital magazine highlighting the best of Pacific Rim Sculptors’ works of the year.

The Committee thought it appropriate for this announcement to include the image below of Charles Stinson's sculpture "Device for Detecting Direction of Truthful Information Flow". 

Charles Stinson's "Device for Detecting Direction of Truthful Information Flow", 2020, found objects

Member News: Marilynn Host

Marilynn Host, "Revelation", 2022, 12"H x 12"W x 3"D, encaustic / mixed media with found objects

Marilynn Host has works in the exhibition 2022 Greater Bay Area Open, a fine art exhibition of 2D and 3D artworks presented by the Los Gatos Art Association in partnership with the exhibition venue, NUMU, New Museum of Los Gatos, CA.  The theme is "Listen, Learn, Change, Grow”. Marilynn’s piece "Revelation" won the Third Place Award in Mixed Media. Juror of the exhibition is Preston Metcalf, Executive Director, Triton Museum of Art and Julie Ericsson, Art curator, NUMU. The exhibition ends 03/12/2022. 

Member News: Lynne Todaro

Lynne Todaro, "After Dinner", 2021, 5”H x 8”W x 6”D, brass, copper, wood, paper

Lynne Todaro has works in the exhibition This Is Now, a Tri-Gallery exhibition of work by members of Visual Artists Network at Curated By the Sea, Santa Cruz, CA. Curated by Melissa Kreisa, the exhibition opens 03/04/2022 and continues through 4/10/2022. See:

Lynne Todaro, "Vice", 2021, 18”H x 24”W x 3”D, brass, copper, wood, paper

Member News: Marina Smelik

Marina Smelik, "How not to get lost in this Reality", 2020, 17"H x 15"W x 12"D, ceramic

Marina Smelik has a solo exhibition, Marina Smelik Exhibition at the San Mateo City Hall, San Mateo, CA. Marina states, "I always associate myself with a part of nature. There is nothing more beautiful and unique than the living world around us. At the same time, it is very vulnerable and fragile and it is our task to preserve it for future generations. Man is also a part of the living world and must live in harmony with nature. My works are metaphorical. I urge all people to think about problems of ecology and preserve this unique world for years to come.” The exhibition opens 3/3/2022 and continues through 4/26/2022. 

Marina Smelik, "Time to Fly", 2021, 18"H x 11"W x 7"D, ceramic

Marina Smelik, "Timeless Evolution", 2021, 16"H x 15"W x 11"D, ceramic

Member News: Joseph Slusky

Joseph Slusky, “Helios’”, 2002, 288”H x 138”W x 87.6”D, steel and polysiloxane paint.

Joseph Slusky celebrates the twentieth anniversary (2002 - 2022) of the installation of his commissioned sculpture “Helios” at the Bayer Corporation West Berkeley Plaza, Berkeley, CA. See:

Member News: Mary Curtis Ratcliff

Mary Curtis Ratcliff, cover for Mercury 20 at XV; photograph by Kathleen King

Mary Curtis Ratcliff’s work appeared in the catalog Mercury 20 Gallery at XV: 15 Years of Art and Community, designed by Leah Virsik and published on the occasion of the gallery's fifteenth anniversary, the book includes an essay by Bay Area writer, curator, and educator Glen Helfand. Twenty-three current member artists are featured in the 124-page catalog along with a timeline documenting the gallery's 15-year history. See:

Mary Curtis Ratcliff, cover for Mercury 20 at XV; photograph by Kathleen King

Mary Curtis Ratcliff’s works also appear in the 2021 book Bay Area Women Artists's Legacy Project: The Seventies, which documents activities and art of 23 Bay Area Artists active during the 1970s – a decade of great social and cultural change. The book includes an introductory essay and overview of the decade by art critic, Maria Porges. See:

    Member News: Jacquelyn Giuffre

    Jacquelyn Giuffre, “Lucy (the giant anteater", bronze; photograph by Dana Davis

    Jacquelyn Giuffre’s works appear in the National Sculpture Society, California Division collaborative show at the Bonita Museum Cultural Center, Chula Vista, CA. The exhibition continues through 03/18/2022. Jacquelyn received a third place award for her sculpture “Lucy”, a portrait of a resident giant anteater at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. See:

    Jacquelyn Giuffre, “Lucy (the giant anteater", bronze; photograph by Dana Davis

    Member News: Rachel Karklin

    Rachel Karklin, “Awakening", 16"H x 15"W x 12"D, cast resin, concrete, stains, paint

    Rachel Karklin received an Honorable Mention award in sculpture at the Greater Bay Area Open (GBAO) exhibition with the theme “Listen, Learn, Change, Grow”. The exhibition was juried by Preston Metcalf, Executive Director of Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara and Julie Ericsson, Art Curator at NUMU, New Museum Los Gatos. 

    Rachel states, “This work derives from my fascination with different materials. A woman is evolving on the top of the mountain. Part of her still belongs to the mountain (in concrete), the other part (resin) is slowly wakening up. She may get up and walk away any time. She is miraculous!” The Greater Bay Area Open is a fine art juried art competition and exhibition presented by the Los Gatos Art Association in partnership with NUMU, New Museum Los Gatos, and held in Los Gatos, CA. The exhibition continues through 03/12/2022. See:

    Rachel Karklin, “Awakening", detail view, 16"H x 15"W x 12"D, cast resin, concrete, stains, paint

    Member News: Susannah Israel

    Susannah Israel, “Eel River, South Fork Bridge", 2014, 38"H x 25"W x 22"D, wood-fired stoneware

    Susannah Israel has works in the group exhibition Human Faces and Figures 2022 at Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA. The exhibition is of figurative and abstract works showing the human face and body by artists spanning the globe. See:



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