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for April 1, 2022

Spring arrived with promises of renewal. PRS continues to grow its membership and expand its programming.

The Board of Directors wants to hire a part-time Administrative Assistant. If you or someone you know might be interested, check out the description at this link!

Change the world with your art.

-- PRS Newsletter Volunteers

Welcome New PRS Members

Susana Arias of Santa Cruz, CA, describes her ceramic sculptures as primitive contemporary pieces that explore man’s attempt to control nature in an entropic world.

Tessie Barrera-Scharaga of San Jose, CA, trained at Mills College in Oakland, and at SJSU, San Jose, CA. She is a teaching artist at Community School of Music and Art, Triton Museum, Euphrates Museum, and San Jose Museum. She creates interdisciplinary mixed-media Installations using found objects, paper, fabric, wood, clay, steel, and soundtracks. She uses a variety of approaches to create the different elements of her installations, including welding, sewing, carpentry, and potter’s wheel.

    • Website: 
    • Volunteer interests: New Member Outreach, and Exhibition Planning

Brad Burkhart of Santa Cruz, CA, trained at Kalamazoo College, Santa Cruz, CA. He works in ceramics, creating high-fire clay reliefs. 

Kirk McNeill of Santa Cruz, CA, is interested in welding and creates metal and mechanical public pieces. 

Cheryl Moreno of Aptos, CA, trained at Art Center College of Design, Santa Cruz. She creates small abstract and non-representational bas relief sculptures from found object and organic materials. 

Ann Schnake of Berkeley, CA, trained at UC Berkeley and California College of the Arts. She is a social practice and visual artist who builds installations and sculptural works with a range of processes and using a wide spectrum of materials from conventional to unusual (currently exploring indigo, cotton, salt, sugar, silver, and gold in reference to capital and ecologic disaster). Her visual and performative works are exhibited locally and internationally in traditional art venues and also in unexpected locations. She also is ringleader of creative collective endeavors, including Dream Farm Commons, MobileInTent, Odd Sunday Dinners, and more. Although not primarily an educator she has directed public art programs, mentored young artists and students for decades, and periodically teaches individual classes at CCA and other arts forums. 

Returning member Virginia Stearns of San Francisco, CA, trained at Vermont College. She is the EcoArt Project Director, Mission Creek, San Francisco. She uses a variety of media including wood, fabric, photography and mixed media to sculpt oversized ‘compost critters’ and marine invertebrates in velvets and satins, to create wood and photographic portrayals of trees, and to create mixed media altars honoring extinct life forms. 

Lee Tavrow of Los Altos, CA, trained at MIT. He creates abstract, figurative, and kinetic works — often life-size or larger full human forms and busts — using found objects, wood, and stone. 

Mary White of Berkeley, CA, trained at California College of the Arts with a BFA in ceramics and an MFA in glass. She creates Eco art and forms relating to environmental issues using ceramics, found objects, glass, light, mechanical forms, welded metal, water, drawing, photography, and film. She has served as Head of San Jose State University Glass Area in Spatial Arts, San Jose, CA, and as co-Head of the Glass Area at the Crucible, Oakland, CA. She was a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland. 

PRS Exhibitions Committee


The PRS exhibition Eco Sculpt at Radius Gallery in Santa Cruz, CA, opens soon. Juried by Ann Hazels, Director of Radius Gallery, the exhibition celebrates the following three events (all events are at Radius Gallery):

    • Artists’ Talk and Reception  6:00-8:00 PM Friday April 22, 2022. Exhibiting artists speak about their works in the show.
    • International Sculpture Day panel discussion "Art and the Environment" 2:00 PM Sunday April 30, 2022
    • First Friday Evening Reception, 6:00-9:00 PM Friday May 6, 2022


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!

PRS Events Committee

On Sunday June 12, 2022 PRS has a fundraising tour of the Oliver RanchFor the uninitiated, this immersive experience is a "must-see" 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.

This is a popular tour and will likely sell out.

The Oliver Ranch has strict rules, including restrictions about transportation. Registration is required. Watch for announcements with details about registration, donations, and transportation. 

Sculptures at Oliver Ranch

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is polling members to help guide PRS programming. The first poll asked members to identify the membership benefits they value most. PRS's Exhibitions ranked first, Newsletter second, Website third, and Events fourth.

Follow-up polls are going out to identify what members want most in each of these areas. The new poll about Exhibitions is now collecting ratings. Polls about the Newsletter and the Website will soon follow. Thank you to all members responding to the polls; the responses have been great and are very helpful.

The Communications Committee has its focus on the following areas, and we need member volunteers to help in each:

    • Social Media Management
    • Website Design and Management
    • Photo, Video and Audio Production and Editing
    • Writing and Editing — including promotional materials for attracting new members, promotion of exhibitions & events, newsletter, history of PRS, and other opportunities for publicizing PRS's activities and members.

If these fit your skills and interests, and you would like to volunteer with the Communications Committee, email Jane Ingram Allen at  

ISC News

The International Sculpture Center's most anticipated event of the year returns on Saturday, April 30th: International Sculpture Day (IS-Day)! Join the global sculpture community when you register your event and use #ISDAY on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube to draw attention to your event. Suggested types of in-person and virtual events include demonstrations, exhibitions, iron pours, open studios, panels, workshops and more!

Member News: Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown, approaching "Semaphore" on West Juana Boulevard from the San Leandro BART station

Nancy Brown received a grant for her outdoor public art installation “Semaphore”, which creates an unexpected oasis of color, movement and beauty in downtown San Leandro. The installation includes thousands of vivid utility marker flags, which reference visual communication, material culture, and the making of meaning. Conceived early in the pandemic as safe way to enjoy art, these outdoor flag installations have become a way to engage the community and explore perception. Viewers share their experience of the work with the artist, when she is on-site mid-day every Wednesday, or 24/7 via a QR code visible at the site. "Semaphore" was recently featured on the cover of the San Leandro Times. The project was funded by a San Leandro Arts Commission Arts & Culture Grant, San Leandro, California. The installation continues through 06/30/2022. See:

Nancy Brown, "Semaphore" detail view

Member News: Jeff Key

Jeff Key, "Vessel #89 -- Counterpulse", 2020, 30"H x 28"W x 15"D, wood and flax

Jeff Key has works in the 2022 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition at the Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA. The group exhibition, juried by Jeff Nathanson, Executive Director and Art Curator for the Museum of Sonoma County, opens 04/08/2022 and continues through 05/15/2022. See:

Jeff Key, "Vessel #12 -- Belly of the Beast", 2010, 50"H x 21"W x 17"D, wood and flax

Jeff also has works in Contemporary Botanicalsan exhibit that celebrates Spring by showcasing an artistic garden of varied approaches to, interpretations of, and expressions through, our relationship with plants. The group exhibition is at Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA, and was juried by Vanessa Indies, Director of Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco. The exhibition opens 04/01/2022 and continues through 05/21/2022See:

Member News: Joseph Slusky

Joseph Slusky, “Calliope’”, 1982, 138”H x 252”W x 192”D, steel and polyaspartic industrial paint.

This is the Fortieth Anniversary (1982 - 2022) of Joseph Slusky's large sculpture "Calliope" at the Berkeley Marina Plaza, Berkeley, CA. See 

Member News: Marina Smelik

Marina Smelik, "Dispersion in Convergence", 2021, 20"H x 17"W x 17"D, stone

Marina Smelik has works in the 61st Stockton Art League Juried Exhibition at the Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA. Originally conceived in 1951 to recognize, promote and reward excellence in Northern California art, the exhibition has since grown to be a national juried competition exhibiting 2D and 3D artworks at the Haggin Museum, and is a major fundraiser for the Stockton Art League, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which provides art education and development of the visual arts for all ages in Stockton and San Joaquin County. Juror for the exhibition was Ann M. Jastrab (Executive Director at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California), Cuong Nguyen (professional painter and art teacher based in San Jose, California), and Ruth Santee (California based artist, curator, gallerist and tenured professor). The exhibition opens 04/07/2022 and continues through 05/15/2022. See:

    Member News: Paul Reiber

    Paul Reiber, “Jacob", 2022, 9"H x 8"W x 8"D, California Nutmeg

    Paul Reiber, “Stargazer", 2021, 30"H x 5.5"W x 5.5"D, California Nutmeg

    Paul Reiber has works in the exhibition NightVisions 2022, an international juried art exhibition that seeks to explore and celebrate our deep connections with the night at Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, AZ. The exhibition is in honor of the legacy of Flagstaff astronomers Carolyn S. Shoemaker and Eugene Shoemaker. The group exhibition, juried by David Levy, Joseph McShane, Paula Jean Rice, and Jerrel Singer, opens 05/21/2022 and continues through 08/27/2022.

    Member News: Susannah Israel

    Susannah Israel, “Homage", front and right views, 20"H x 21"W x 18"D, terracotta

    Susannah Israel has works in The HOME Exhibit, a group exhibition at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts which, after twenty years of serving the community on Plaza Street, has relocated to its new home at 334 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA. This transition inspired the show's idea of exploring the concept of home, reflecting on change, and longing for stability. The juror for the exhibition was Paul Mahder, Fine Art Photographer and Director of Paul Mahder Gallery in Healdsburg, which represents local and international artists in all media. Paul Mahder is also Director of The 222 Performing Arts Center in Healdsburg. The exhibition opens 03/25/2022 and continues through 05/01/2022. See:

    Member News: Jane Ingram Allen

    Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback “In Deep Water", 2022, 360"H x 240"W x 12"D, mixed media installation of hand papermaking, printmaking, thread
    Interior views above; exterior view below
    Photograph courtesy of Rowan University, School of Earth and Environment

    The public art installation "In Deep Water" by Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback is now on display in the lobby of Discovery Hall at the School of Earth and Environment, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, continuing through June 3, 2022. The installation concerns water and the climate crisis. See: and

    Member News: Karl Hauser

    Karl Hauser, "C A U T I O N !", 2021, 14"H x 12"W x 8"D, ceramic, styrofoam, resin

    Karl Hauser, "BalloonMan", 2016, 20"H x 14"W x 6"D, ceramic, copper wire, resin

    Karl Hauser has works in the group exhibition Modern Craft at the Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN. The exhibition continues through 06/03/2022. See:



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    Communicate:  Go to and request to join. You will then receive messages sent to our group email  list ( ). A moderator screens for spam to ensure appropriate use. As a member of the group you can easily send announcements or questions to the group. 

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