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for June 1, 2022

PRS's Sculpture of the Pacific Rim exhibition at the Commonwealth Club continues for now; curator Robert Melton will review PRS members' websites for continuously evolving exhibitions there. 

The PRS Events Committee's tour of the Oliver Ranch is this June 12; registration is required.

The PRS Board hiring subcommittee is considering candidates for a part-time Administrative Assistant

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PRS Exhibitions Committee



EcoSculpt, sponsored by Pacific Rim Sculptors and curated by Ann Hazels at Radius Gallery, 1050 River St., Santa Cruz, was a tremendous success. Ann selected over 40 works by 25 sculptors demonstrating exceptional proficiency and processing (or reprocessing) of materials, environmental nostalgia, or a response to the climate crisis. This was the first-ever all sculpture exhibition at Radius Gallery. 

A big shout out to PRS member Lynne Todaro (below) for the work she put into making this show a reality. Thank you, Lynne and Ann!

The exhibition's panel discussion, "Art and the Environment", can be viewed at this link:

For more information and to view images of works in the Eco Sculpt Exhibition visit this link:

Sculpture of the Pacific Rim

PRS exhibition Sculpture of the Pacific Rim continues through July, 2022, at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, during regular office hours. Here’s the link for more info and to see the show virtually:


The exhibition's curator, Robert Melton, is now reviewing websites and associated materials submitted by Pacific Rim Sculptors for the next iteration of Sculpture of the Pacific Rim, for which Robert is interested is seeing artwork inspired by travel, as described below:

Art Inspired by Travel: How Has Travel Inspired you?

Traveling whether locally, nationally or internationally can be an inspirational, memorable, and life changing experience. What one sees, encounters and experiences when traveling can lead to a deeper appreciation about the beauty within our world. Moreover, it can also foster cultural awareness, understanding and tolerance among world cultures. Art can serve as a catalyst for all these personal experiences. This exhibition will showcase works that artists were inspired by during their travels. Art Inspired by travel can be interpreted literally, figuratively, conceptually, representationally, abstractly, imaginatively, virtually, structurally or site specific. 

So, in addition to the materials you may have already submitted for review, the Exhibition Committee will be sending out an additional call in June. Please keep an eye out for it! 

PRS Events Committee


On Sunday June 12, 2022, PRS members and their guests have the opportunity to tour the Oliver Ranch, a truly remarkable collection of outdoor sculptures in a picturesque 100-acre property in Sonoma County. There are 18 site-specific installations by 20 award-winning artists spanning 35 years. This is a one-of-a-kind outdoor museum that harmoniously blends with the surrounding environment, and the stories behind the pieces are fascinating.

The Oliver Ranch has restrictions on transportation. Registration is required. 


Sculptures at Oliver Ranch

Communications Committee


The Communications Committee recently distributed a poll to survey PRS members about our website. Please submit your responses by June 3, 2022. Results will be summarized in the July newsletter. 

The Committee is seeking volunteers with basic technical skills in video, audio, and social media. If you would like to find out more or volunteer your skills, email Chair Jane Ingram Allen at  

Member News: Susana Arias

Susana Arias, "Green Nests in Winter Trees", 2022, high fired ceramics, 75 x 14 x 14 inches.

"Trees", 3 ceramic sculptures by Susana Arias, are included in the Sculpture Is 2022 exhibition at Sierra Azul Gardens, 2660 E. Lake Avenue, Watsonville, California, organized by Pajaro Valley Arts: This annual outdoor sculpture exhibition is open for applications each year in March, and works are installed in May.  Contact the Pajaro Valley Arts to receive information at This year’s exhibition is on view June 1 - Oct. 31, 2022, and the opening reception is Thursday, June 7, 7-9pm. 

Susan Arias, "Red Trees with Green Leaves", 2022, high fired ceramics, 72 x 14 x 14 inches.

Susana Arias, "Orange Trees", 2022, high fired ceramics, 68 x 14 x 14 inches.  

Member News: Jeff Owen

Jeff Owen, "Monolith", 2020, steel and stainless steel, 74 x 12 x 12 inches.

Jeff Owen's sculpture "Monolith” was accepted and installed at the Pajaro Valley Arts (PVA) sculpture show "Sculpture IS 2022" at Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens in Watsonville, CA. Show runs from June 1 through October 31, 2022.  This sculpture is made from pieces of steel collected in the studio, pieced together as a tower, full of memories and time. There is one piece that is stainless steel and it will not rust, while the remainder of the piece is beautifully rusted.  For further information:

Member News: Mary Curtis Ratcliff

Mary Curtis Ratcliff, "Spirals", 2022, Pebeo on plexiglass, monofilament, 12x32x12 inches.

Mary Curtis Ratcliff is having a one-person show of new works, titled “Casting Shadows”, June 17 - July 23, 2022, at Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th St, Oakland, CA.  Gallery hours: Friday + Saturday 12 - 5pm.  Reception with artist talk: July 9th, 3 - 5pm. The exhibition is comprised of kinetic and wall-mounted sculptures, and features the circular form, a major fixture of Ratcliff’s work since the early 1970s. Many of the suspended works result from Ratcliff’s experimentation with colored shadow. Using Pebeo and alcohol ink, she is able to make work that casts shadow with a breadth of unrestrained color.  

For more info:

After 44 years, Mary Curtis Ratcliff’s sculpture “Amelia” made another appearance in connection with SFMOMA's Soap Box Derby held on Sunday, April 10, 2022.  This time, instead of hanging from the finish line as it did at the Soap Box Derby in 1978, the sculpture was displayed at KQED's “Night of Ideas”, held on May 17, 2022. This event centered on live journalism, performance, and community building for the Bay Area, and it also featured a sampling of SFMOMA’s Soapbox Derby cars created by local artists.  This sculpture by Ratcliff was on view at KQED Headquarters, “The Commons”, 2601 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA, until May 31, 2022.

Mary Curtis Ratcliff, "Amelia", 1976, satin, plastic, plexiglass, monofilament, 96 x 120 x 2 inches.

Member News: Catherine Daley

Catherine Daley, "Millefolium", 2022, 10 feet x 40 inches x 30 inches, stainless steel.

Catherine Daley was selected for the Big Art, Hood River Outdoor Sculpture Gallery, by the Art of Community committee and panel in Hood River, Oregon. The exhibition, runs from late June 2022 through May 2024.  An Otocast and map of the selected artworks is available. This is Catherine’s second consecutive time to be selected for the Hood River exhibit. In its sixth exhibit, the Art of Community BIG ART Walking Tour consists of up to 15 Sculptures on loan from artists around the country. Hood River, Oregon, has been identified as one of the top 40 most vibrant arts communities in the United States!  For more information: 

Catherine Daley, "Aurora Triad", 2020, 10 feet x 52" x 75", Stainless, aluminum 

Catherine Daley will show two kinetic sculptures, "Aurora Triad" and "Metamorphose", in a five-person exhibition, "Momentum", at Paradise Ridge Winery's Sculpture Grove in Santa Rosa, CA. The opening will be June 10, 2022, with a reception on Saturday, June 11, 2022, from 12-4 pm. The exhibition, sponsored by the Voigt Family Foundation and curated by PRS member Briona Hendren, will run from June 10, 2022, through May 2024. Link:

    Member News: Joseph Slusky

    Joseph Slusky, "Cuamba", 2020, Steel, acrylic and polyurethane paint, 17 x 27 x 22 inches, photo by George Post

    Joseph Slusky has two sculptures included in The Breakfast Group: Fresh Coffee and a Fresh Start  at Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Avenue, Tracy, CA, June 11 - July 30, 2022. Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11, 12 - 2pm, Gallery Talk / Breakfast Discussion: Saturday, July 9, 10:30am to 12:30pm.  This group show is curated by Jan Wurm with a total of 11 artist members of the Breakfast Group including:  Priscilla Birge, Donna Fenstermaker, John Friedman, Nancy Genn, Katie Hawkinson, Carol Ladewig, Loren Rehbock, Joseph Slusky, Kim Thomas, Sandy Walker, and Jan Wurm.  For more info: and

    Joseph Slusky, "Elongata", 2020, Steel, Acrylic and polyurethane Paint, 27 x 18 x 13 inches, photo by George Post

    Member News: Rene Owen

    Renee Owen is one of the Coordinators for “Pulp: Book & Paper Arts International Juried Exhibition” at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA. This exhibition will include paper sculptures, installations & book art related objects. There is an Open Call for Entries at: 

    Dates of Exhibition 7/30/22 - 9/4/22, submission deadline: 6/27/22, Opening Reception: 7/30/22, Online Artists' Talk: TBA, Jurors: Alicia Bailey & Helen Hiebert, Coordinators: PRS Member Renée Owen & Jenny-Lynn Hall. 

    Member News: Lynne Todaro, and others

    Invitation to "Sculpture Is", front listing participating artists

    "Sculpture Is", an exhibition presented by Pajaro Valley Arts, is now open at Sierra Azul Sculpture Garden in Watsonville, CA. Pacific Rim members are well represented in this juried show including Lynne Todaro, Cynthia Handel, Jeff Owen, and more. New members Kirk McNeill and Susanna Arias have art in the exhibit and also in the permanent collection there. 

    Invitation to "Sculpture Is", back (with directions to site)

    Lynne Todaro with new artwork "Back to the Garden 2", found objects and cast iron apple

    Member News: Ruth Tabancay

    Ruth Tabancay, "Bleached", 2022. 36 x 40 x 6 inches. Crochet, assemblage, yarn, plastic medical waste, polystyrene. Photo: Dana Davis

    Ruth Tabancay will exhibit work in A World Free of Plastic Imagined at Ruth's Table, 3160 21st Street, San Francisco, CA, June 9 – August 26, 2022. Reception, June 9, 6–8 pm. This group show, curated by Hanna Regev, calls attention to and expands our understanding of the issue of plastic pollution as seen by Bay Area artists. See:

    Ruth Tabancay, "Adapting to New Substrates 2.1", 2021. 32 x 42 x 2 inches. Hand embroidery on single-use plastics. Photo: Dana Davis


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