From the Editor

PRS NEWSLETTER

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. 

  • Website: (not provided)
  • Volunteer interests: General



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

Contact:  Exhibitions@PacificRimSculptors.org




ECO SCULPT

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:

Tessie Barrera-Scharaga, Pamela Blotner, Jan Blythe, Glenn Carter, Cheryl Coon, Catherine Daley, Lynn Dau, Marguerite Elliot,  Mitra Fabian, Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, Sheila Ghidini, Peter Hiers, Alan Hopkins, Oleg Lobykin, Kirk McNeil, Clayton Moraga, Cheryl Moreno, Jann Nunn, Jeff Owen, Charles Stinson, Mary Tartaro, Rachel Tirosh, Lynne Todaro, Mary White, Emil Yanos.

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!

PRS Events Committee

Contact: Events@PacificRimSculptors.org

On Sunday June 12, 2022, PRS has a fundraising tour of the Oliver RanchDon'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. 

See: OliverRanchFoundation.org


Sculptures at Oliver Ranch

Communications Committee

Contact: Communications@PacificRimSculptors.org

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:

    1. Exhibitions of works by PRS members only, selected by distinguished jurors
    2. Exhibitions of works by PRS members and non-members, selected by distinguished jurors
    3. Exhibitions with at least one piece by each PRS member submitting works
    4. Juried Exhibitions of works by ISC Chapters
    5. More virtual (website) exhibitions
    6. A regular (e.g., monthly or quarterly) online exhibition highlighting works by one PRS member, selected by the Exhibitions Commitee

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:

    1. Exhibitions Committee section describing current shows and calls-for-entry
    2. Events Committee section describing recent & upcoming PRS events
    3. "Letter from the Editor" section
    4. Member News section with information about Members' exhibitions, publications, and awards
    5. Welcome New Members section

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:

    1. How-to articles
    2. Reports from members about Artist-in-Residences
    3. Informative links to ISC resources
    4. Rated as less important were links to ISC chapters or articles by arts writers.

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/currentand 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


Member News: Paul Reiber


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


    Member News: Pamela Merory Dernham

    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


    Member News: Richard Alpert

    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


    Member News: Brad Burkhart

    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


    Member News: Kathleen King


    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?"


    Member News: Leitha Thrall

      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:

      www.artweek.com/events/canada/art-online/toronto/anti-war-2022-international-group-exhibition-exhibizone# 

      www.exhibizone.com/anti-war-2022

        Member News: Charles Stinson


        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



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