From the Editor
for May 1, 2022
The world is changing rapidly as we emerge from pandemic isolation.
The PRS ECO SCULPT exhibition at Radius Gallery in Santa Cruz has opened. The Sculpture of the Pacific Rim exhibition at the Commonwealth Club is drawing to its close, and curator Robert Melton will review PRS members' websites for a continuously evolving exhibition there. Read details below.
The PRS Events Committee's upcoming tour of the Oliver Ranch is approaching. The tour is always popular, and participation is limited, so early registration is advised. See details below.
The Board of Directors continues its search for a part-time Administrative Assistant. If you or someone you know might be interested, check out the description at this link!
Now more than ever, change the world with your art!
-- PRS Newsletter Volunteers
Welcome New PRS Members
Melanie Miguel of San Francisco, CA, creates figurative and abstract works in stone and sometimes in clay.
Paul Baker of San Francisco, CA (returning member), creates works that are often ephemeral, functional, interactive, kinetic, mechanical, and sonic, often including water and found objects. His creations have a twist, with a significant backstory behind each piece. His most recent pieces take the form of cameras.
Richard H. Alpert of Penngrove, CA (returning member), describes his art as "rooted in curiosity and the childlike act of playing with materials"
PRS Exhibitions Committee
The PRS exhibition ECO SCULPT opened April 20, 2022, at Radius Gallery in Santa Cruz, CA. Juried by Ann Hazels, Director of Radius Gallery, this environmentally-focused exhibition includes works in a variety of recycled, reclaimed, or repurposed forms and materials by the following artists:
Artists' talks and opening reception were Friday April 22, and an International Sculpture Day (#ISDay) panel discussion, "Art and the Environment", was on April 30, 2022. A First Friday reception is scheduled for 6-9 PM May 6; the exhibition continues through May 29, 2022.
Catherine Daley, "H2Owe", bronze
by Mary White
Radius Gallery is located in the Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River Street, Santa Cruz, CA. Gallery 125 and artist studios at the Tannery will be also be open for this event. Radius Gallery hours are 12-5 PM Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information about the exhibition and Radius Gallery, see www.radius.gallery; for more information about the First Friday event see: FirstFridaySantaCruz.com
SCULPTURE OF THE PACIFIC RIM
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!
On Sunday June 12, 2022, PRS has a fundraising tour of the Oliver Ranch. Don't miss this opportunity for this "must-see" tour. The Oliver Ranch has a two-year waitlist, and this popular tour will likely sell out.
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.
The Oliver Ranch has strict rules, including restrictions about transportation. This tour is for PRS members and their guests; registration is required. Watch for announcements with details about registration, donations, and transportation.
Sculptures at Oliver Ranch
The Communications Committee welcomes new committee member Lynne Todaro who is helping out with Social Media and as a liaison with the Exhibitions Committee.
The Communications Committee aims for high quality communication in the newsletter, website, social media, recruitment of new members, recruitment of sponsors in art-related business.
To help guide PRS programming, the PRS Communications Committee has been polling membership. The first poll was an overview about membership benefits (see results described in last month's newsletter). Follow-up polls are focusing on the individual benefits.
POLL ABOUT PRS EXHIBITIONS:
In the recent poll about PRS Exhibitions, thirty-four members rated several types of exhibitions, identifying this order of perceived importance:
Regarding a possible range of entry fees to cover costs of exhibitions, the largest number of respondents endorsed as acceptable a fee of $20.
Most respondents rated the need for an exhibition theme as only somewhat important or less important. High prestige venues were rated as important; smaller venues as somewhat important. About half of respondents indicated willingness to help as volunteers, but only when they have time.
POLL ABOUT PRS NEWSLETTER:
In the recent poll about the PRS Newsletter, twenty-nine members responded, rating the sections in this order of perceived importance:
When asked how members use the newsletter, most looked at it for their own interest; several added links to the newsletter in their lists of appearances in publications; several also emailed article links to their collectors.
Possible additional items for the newsletter were ranked as follows:
Thank you for responding to the polls; the information is helpful in guiding PRS's development! Subsequent polls will ask questions about the PRS website and PRS Events.
If you can volunteer skills in writing, editing, social media, photography, photo-editing, video, graphics, promotion, website development, or basic data management, the Communications Committee would love to hear from you! Just email questions and ideas to Chair Jane Ingram Allen at info@JaneIngramAllen.com
Member News: Corinne Whitaker
Corinne Whitaker, "Black Pearl", 2010, 20" x 17" x 18", 3D printed sculpture
Corinne Whitaker's digital sculptures, 3D printed sculptures, and digital paintings will be exhibited in a solo show titled Corinne Whitaker: Digital Mindscapes at the Monterey Museum of Art, May 5 - August 21, 2022. See: montereyart.org/upcoming-exhibitions/corinne-whitaker-digital-mindscapes/
Corinne Whitaker, "Angel's Flight", 19" x 16" x 16", frosted polyester on custom base
Corinne Whitaker, "Dervish", 52" x 20" x 11", 3D printed sculpture hand painted in 22 karat gold leaf
Member News: Susannah Israel
Susannah Israel, "The Naturalist" (detail view), 2016, 40" x 28" x 38", terracotta with engobes; photograph by Bill Harris
Susannah Israel’s work is featured in the exhibition Pervasive Innovation: 60 Years of Ceramic Sculpture in California, March 29 - May 28, 2022, at Carnegie Arts, Ferrari Gallery, Turlock, CA. This exhibition includes works by 16 artists who helped to create a thriving culture of experimentation and innovation in ceramics in Northern California. “Pervasive Innovation” provides an overview of the dynamic and creative ceramics scene in this region with work by artists from the late 1960s to the present. The exhibition is curated by Lisa McDermott, Director Carnegie Arts Center: www.CarnegieArtsTurlock.org/current, and www.SusannahIsrael.com.
Member News: Jane Ingram Allen
Jane Ingram Allen, "In Deep Water", 2022, photo by Timothy S. Allen
Jane Ingram Allen, "In Deep Water" (detail), 2022, at Sonoma Community Center, dimensions variable, 12 panels each about 15 feet x 21", two sided, hand papermaking, printmaking, dye, thread, photo by Timothy S. Allen
Jane Ingram Allen’s collaborative installation with printmaker Jami Taback titled “In Deep Water” is featured in ARTE MORBIDA, a print and online publication about contemporary fiber art published in Italian and English, based in Italy: www.artemorbida.com/in-deep-water-jane-ingram-allen-and-jami-taback/?lang=en. "In Deep Water" was exhibited in January-February 2022 at Sonoma Community Center Gallery, Sonoma, CA, and it is on view now through June 2022 at Rowan University's Discovery Hall, Glassboro, NJ. More information: JaneIngramAllen.wordpress.com
Paul Reiber, "Star Gazer", 2021, 30" x 5.5" x 5.5", California nutmeg wood
Paul Reiber, "Jacob", 2022, 9" x 8" x 8" California nutmeg wood
Paul Reiber’s sculpture “Stargazer” will be on view in the international juried exhibition Night Visions: Cultural Interpretations of the Night Sky at Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ, May 21 - August 27, 2022. More information: www.ccaflagstaff.org/current-exhibit and PaulReiberWoodcarver.com/about/
Member News: Jan Blythe
Jane Blythe, “Mellow yellow 2" floor sculpture, 2019, 34”x 34”x 17”, Deconstructed mop material
Jan Blythe, “If not now” floor sculpture, 2022, 8”x 8”x 57”, found globe , plastic, acrylic and rope
Jan Blythe’s floor sculpture “Mellow Yellow 2” is included in the PRS-sponsored juried group exhibition “EcoSculpt” at Radius Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA, April 20 - May 29, 2022. Juror for this exhibition was Ann Hazels, Radius Gallery Director. More information: www.radius.gallery/events-v1 and janblythe.com
Pamela Merory Dernham, "Surfaces and Depths #11", 2013, 25 1/2"H x 23"W, theater lighting gels, double-stick adhesive on paper
Pamela Merory Dernham’s works titled “Surfaces and Depths" are included in “The USA Exhibition” by Curator, Julienne Johnson, for “The 21st Japan International Art Exchange Exhibition”, Opening April 10, 2022, at The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan. For more information: PamelaMeroryDernham.com
Pamela Merory Dernham, "Surfaces and Depths #14", 2013, 20"H x 24"W, theater lighting gels, double-stick adhesive on paper
Front cover of Light on the Walls of Life: a tribute anthology to Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Richard Alpert, "Open the Bomb Bay Doors, Hal", in Light on the Walls of Life: a tribute anthology to Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Richard Alpert, "Open the Bomb Bay Doors, Hal", 2020, 3"H x 16"W x 6.5"L, steel wire, synthetic rubber, lead weight
Richard Alpert’s work "Open the Bomb Bay Doors, Hal", 2020, appears in the book, Light on the Walls of Life: a tribute anthology to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, published by Jambu Press, San Francisco, 2022. The book contains works by 74 diverse contributors of poetry, prose, and visual art responding to Ferlinghetti's poetry. See: www.StudioSaraswati.com/titles/lightonthewallsoflife
Brad Burkhart, "Last Call"
Brad Burkhart, "Circle of Life"
Brad Burkhart of Santa Cruz, CA, will exhibit his work this month at Silicon Valley Open Studios, joining 8 other artists at Site 118 located at 2234 Vineyard Court in Los Altos, CA. For details visit SVOS.org or see his online gallery: SVOS.org/product-category/sculpture/. Brad also offers a Sculpture of the Month email series in which he discusses the unique and insightful stories associated with his sculptures. In May, “Last Call”, pictured here, will be featured. To participate, join his email list at the bottom of any page on his website: www.burkhart-sculptor.com
Kathleen King, "Deep Water", 2022, 60"W x 90"H x 1"D, found fabric; photograph by Dana Davis.
"Inspired by loved ones who have faced traumatic medical situations like autoimmune conditions and organ failure.
Also, an apology to Mother Earth for the catastrophe that human over-consumption has caused our ecosystem. How can we heal?"
Kathleen King has a solo show titled An Event in the Form of Questions, May 6 – June 11, 2022, at Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th St., Oakland, CA. Her recent assemblages and sculptures are comprised of materials gathered from city streets and the waste stream. This work colligates discarded manufactured objects like plastic containers and metal frames with fragments of plastic, clothing and other detritus, referencing and re-arranging 20th and 21st century systems and ideas. More information at: MercuryTwenty.com and KathleenKing.carbonmade.com/an-event-in-the-form-of-questions
Kathleen King, "Anatomy of a Refusal", 2022, 21"W x 75"H x 20"D, metal shelving unit, found fabric
"There is still so much to refuse — a punk stance remains foundational. Refuse to please, to be reduced. Refuse the values of systemic power. Refuse to make sense, refuse a conclusion. What do we say?"
Leitha Thrall, "The Pain of Chains / The Need to Change", 10.25"H x 18.5"W x 9.5"D, bronze
Leitha Thrall’s bronze sculpture titled “The Pain of Chains / the Need to Change” is included in the juried group exhibition About Face, at Webster Arts, Webster Groves, MO, March 15 – April 30, 2022. Juror for the exhibition was Ali Cavanaugh.
For a video of the exhibition: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHmBmTAh9uQandt=9s
Leitha Thrall, "Baby Barely Born Bombarded by Bullets", 1994, 7"H x 7"W x 5.25"D, bronze
Leitha Thrall’s work is also included in Anti-War 2022: International Group Online Exhibition by Exhibizone, Toronto, Canada, February 28 – March 31, 2022. More information at these links:
Charles Stinson "Device for Determining Direction of Truthful Information Flow", 2019, 14" x 16" x 5.5", found objects
Charles Stinson "Device for Pursuing Multiple Simultaneous Lines of Inquiry", 2019, 11.5" x 17.5" x 4", found objects
Charles Stinson's works "Device for Determining Direction of Truthful Information Flow" and "Device for Pursuing Multiple Simultaneous Lines of Inquiry" are included in PRS's ECO SCULPT exhibition at Radius Gallery in Santa Cruz, CA; Juror: Ann Hazels, Director of Radius Gallery. See: CharlesStinson.com
MEMBERSHIP & PARTICIPATION
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Submit newsletter items: A call for news items goes out the 15th of each month.
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Communicate: Go to groups.google.com/g/pacificrimsculptors and request to join. You will then receive messages sent to our group email list (email@example.com ). 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.
Facebook: Sign up for the PRS Facebook page by visiting this link and clicking on the "Join Group" button. A PRS moderator will authorize your request, usually within 1-2 workdays. Then start posting!
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