From the Editor
for July 1, 2022
The PRS Events Committee's tour of the Oliver Ranch unfortunately had to be cancelled; refunds have been authorized. If you registered and paid for tickets but have not received your refund, please email Treasurer@PacificrimSculptors.org.
Be sure to read about PRS's new administrative assistant!
Now more than ever, change the world with your art!
-- PRS Newsletter Volunteers
From the President
Please welcome PRS's first paid staff, Briona Hendren, who is officially an administrative assistant but will be assisting in numerous ways to keep the organization running. Briona is a sculptor and longtime member of PRS so you may have already met her or seen her name. Briona, we are so happy to have you join the team!
PRS Board of Directors
“I am excited to be diving into the administrative needs of our organization. As you all have seen from an accidental email blast last week, I’ve been learning the processes of how our operations work! I am looking forward to updating our website including our members' pages, enhancing our social media presence, and providing more resources to our members. If you have ideas to elevate our website, social media, and membership please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org."
PRS Exhibitions Committee
Sculpture of the Pacific Rim
The PRS exhibition Sculpture of the Pacific Rim at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco will end in July, 2022. Exhibition curator Robert Melton is reviewing PRS members' websites and previously submitted materials for the next iteration of Sculpture of the Pacific Rim. The next exhibition will showcase artworks inspired by travel -- interpreted literally, figuratively, conceptually, representationally, abstractly, imaginatively, virtually, structurally, or site specific. Watch for messages from the Exhibitions Committee!
With great sadness we learned of the passing of PRS member Ruth Waters at age 88.
In addition to creating striking wood sculpture using hand tools, Ruth was a tireless community builder, always promoting sculpture and sculptors at the Peninsula Museum of Art, which she founded, and which in 2018 hosted the exhibition Sculpture Now: Works by Pacific Rim Sculptors, curated by Brigitte Micmacker of Sculpturesite Gallery (see this link).
Ruth worked tirelessly to support the arts: When the Peninsula Museum lost its building lease, Ruth investigated alternate venues and secured space at the The Shops at Tanforan, space 204, Burlingame, CA, for artists' work spaces and for exhibitions.
Read Ruth's own words ("Growing an Art Museum") as founder and former Executive Director of the Peninsula Museum of Art. Read the San Mateo Journal description of Ruth's life at this link. Also see Ruth's website, RuthWatersSculptor.com.
As those who knew her might expect, Ruth was playing tennis, installing artwork, and sculpting up until the very end. She is greatly missed.
Thank you to those who responded to the recent poll about the PRS website; your observations about what is most valued and your suggestions for improvement will help to guide our ongoing efforts to make the website more attractive for visitors and to better serve PRS members.
Member News: Jane Ingram Allen
Jane Ingram Allen was selected for the new Art Surround program of Creative Sonoma (www.creativesonoma.org/artsurround/) that partners artists with businesses and organizations in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County to create public art sculptures and installations. Jane will receive a grant of $1000 to $10,000 to create one or more public art installations in Santa Rosa or Sonoma County, CA, from June to December 2022. These images show some of Jane’s recent public art installations in Northern California.
Jane Ingram Allen, "California Petals", 2020, 8' x 8' x 3', installation of handmade paper, dye, thread, seeds for wildflowers, text and photos,
installation in vacant downtown storefront in Santa Rosa, CA, photo by Timothy S. Allen
Jane Ingram Allen, "Guns into Flowers", 2021, 5' x 5' x 1', installation of handmade paper, dye, seeds for wildflowers, soil, boards,
installed at Yolo Arts, Woodside, CA, photo by Timothy S. Allen
Member News: Susannah Israel
Susannah Israel, "Voices of Fire" (choir of 7 singers), 2022, 13" x 20" x 8", terracotta.
Susannah Israel’s sculpture "Voices of Fire" was accepted for the exhibition I Figure: Contemporary Figurative Art, July 23 – August 28, 2022, at Arts Benicia, Commanding Officer’s Quarters, 1 Commandant Lane, Benicia, CA 94510 (https://artsbenicia.org/i-figure/). The opening reception for the exhibition is July 23, 4-6 pm. Juror, Randall Sexton says this about the theme: "No other subject commands more attention from artists than the human figure. It’s in our nature to examine our nature.”
Susannah Israel, "Voices of Fire" (detail of soloist), 2022, 13" x 4" x 5", terracotta.
Susannah Israel, "Voices of Fire "(detail of Soprano), 2022, 12.5" x 4" x 5", terracotta.
Member News: Vaughn Babcock
Vaughn Babcock, "Paula", 2020, 6" x 11 3/8" x 6", bronze and gold leaf
Recent new member Vaughn Babcock shares some images of his works. He has shown works in the Lora Schlesinger Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, CA, which unfortunately closed permanently during the COVID pandemic. View more of Vaughn's works at his website, www.whitehotbronze.com
Vaughn Babcock, "Colossus", 2020, 12 5/8" x 8 3/4" x 19 1/2", bronze and gold leaf
Cynthia Handel’s sculpture Blue Swan is on view June 1 – Oct. 28, 2022, at Sierra Azul Nursery and Sculpture Garden (www.Sierrazul.com), 2660 E. Lake Ave. (Hwy. 152), Watsonville, CA.95076 (831-728-2532), open 10am to 5pm daily. For more about Cynthia’s work: www.cynthishandel.com
Cynthia Handel, "Blue Swan" (loaded in truck), 2019, 8' x 4' x4', steel
Member News: Joe Bologna
Joe Bologna's steel birds, detail view
Joe Bologna has recently completed a public art installation in downtown Lafayette, CA. He positioned 33 brightly colored steel birds in four clusters along the perimeter of The Mill, a new townhouse development. The project is at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Brown Avenue, across from the former site of Lafayette’s historic Forge Guild (of metal workers), and more recently, the Lafayette Art Gallery, where Joe curated its sculpture garden. Joe first tested the popularity of his steel birds by installing them overhead in downtown Walnut Creek several years ago.
Joe Bologna's steel birds, installation view
Brad Burkhart, "Maneki-Neko Oracle Mother", 2019, 14" x 19" x 4", high-fired clay relief
During July, Brad Burkhart’s artwork will appear in Local Visions, the 2022 Pajaro Valley Arts members' exhibition in Watsonville, CA. Visitors can experience Pajaro Valley's artistic culture while exploring the beautifully preserved, Victorian style building housing the PVA gallery. See https://pvarts.org/event/members-exhibit-local-visionsopening-reception/
Read more about Brad’s work “Maneki-Neko Oracle Mother” in the June edition of his "Sculpture of the Month" newsletter series here: https://bit.ly/SOM-June22. Subscribe for future editions and other news on his website: https://burkhart-sculptor.com.
Paul Rieber, "Little Man", 2022, 20" x 10" x 4", carved oak wood
Paul Reiber’s work is in an exhibition titled The Art of Wood, at Highlight Gallery (thehighlightgallery.com), 10480 Kasten St., Mendocino, CA 95460, July 8 - August 2, 2022. This exhibition features works by 15 members of the Mendocino Coast Furnituremakers, a juried membership group. For more on Paul’s work see http://paulreiberwoodcarver.com
Lynne Todaro, "Tres", 2021, 18" x7" x 2", bronze relief sculpture
Lynne Todaro’s work was accepted into Emergence, a juried exhibition of metal art at the new Santa Cruz Gallery RREVV, 1349 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. The exhibition is July 1-29, 2022; gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays 11-6, and Sundays 11-5. See www.rrevv.com
Marguerite Elliot, "Where Have All the Birds Gone", 2021, 180" x 48" x 48",
powder coated steel, 23K gold leaf
Marguerite Elliot’s sculpture "Where Have All the Birds Gone" was selected for the Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Park Exhibition, Newport Beach, CA, June 25, 2022, to June 1, 2024. The sculptures selected for public vote were chosen by the City Arts Commission, curatorial panel members May Sun, freelance artist and professor at the California Institute of the Arts with a permanent collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and Brian Peterson, muralist, along with representatives from ArtsOC. See www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/library-services/cultural-arts/sculpture-in-civic-center-park-exhibition
Marguerite Elliot, "Where Have All the Birds Gone", 2021, 180" x 48" x 48",
powder coated steel, 23K gold leaf, photo by Stephanie Moran
Marguerite Elliot, "Flidais: Protector of The Forests and All Wild Things", 2021, 108" x 36" x 36",
powder coat steel, 23K gold leaf, wire, photo by Stephanie Mohan
Also, Marguerite Elliot is a featured invited artist in The Wild Side: California Women Celebrate the Untamed, Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art (NCWCA) juried exhibition at Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA, June 18-August, 2022. The exhibition is juried by Elizabeth Addison and curated by Cynthia Brannvall. We all have a wild side, whether we stride boldly there or keep it under the radar. Women, traditionally, have been taught to keep their “wildness” under wraps - raucous, adventurous, risk-taking, bold and brave, sometimes licentious, or living outside traditional moral codes. The Wild Side celebrates the untamed. See www.arc-sf.com/the-wild-side.html and www.margueriteelliot.com
One of the great benefits of ISC membership is having access to the “Opportunities” section. I have used the Opportunities listed in SCULPTURE for many years.
When I first joined ISC in the 1990s, “Opportunities” were in an insert called “Insider”, a section only put into the magazines for ISC members.
The “Insider” listed members’ exhibitions, awards, and publications as well as opportunities for sculptors such as Calls for Artists, Residencies, and Grants.
I found a great opportunity for my first international artist-in-residency in the “Insider”: it was a small classified ad for an artist-in-residency at the Duntog Foundation, Baguio City in the Philippines. The ad called for an artist who used papermaking and fiber arts for sculpture and offered a 1-month residency.
I wrote a brief application letter and sent it with my resume and a few photos of my work with handmade paper art installations that used weaving and textile techniques. I was surprised to receive a letter in the mail a few weeks later offering me the residency and also offering first-class air travel for me and my husband, along with accommodations, meals, and an opportunity to do large outdoor installations and learn about new papermaking fibers and techniques.
It seemed too good to be true. After checking it out through other friends in the handmade paper community, I decided to go. For this January 1996 residency I left New York State with 3 feet of snow on the ground and arrived in the Philippines to tropical weather. I made two large outdoor installations at the Duntog Foundation hilltop garden in Baguio City and explored using pineapple fiber, abaca (a type of banana), cogon grass and other plants to make handmade paper, as well as learning much about the culture and history of the Philippines. (See images below)
This great experience was the start of many international residencies for me, including three Fulbright awards (two in Taiwan and one in Turkey) and other residency grants around the world (Japan, Nepal, Brazil, Tanzania, Thailand, China, and Bali in Indonesia). Other international and local residencies followed.
In 2021 I did an international artist-in-residency program with Haus zur Glocke Art Center, Steckborn, Switzerland, that became a virtual residence because the global Covid pandemic prevented travel Switzerland. I created an art installation in my Santa Rosa, CA studio and shared my process with the Swiss community via Zoom meetings, and I sent “Living Quilt for Steckborn” via mail with installation instructions for volunteers and staff in a Steckborn, Switzerland, city park. I participated via Zoom in the installation early one April morning. I received many photos from people in Steckborn showing the handmade paper quilt with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp as it transformed over time and bloomed with colorful wildflowers throughout the summer and fall.
My first international residency in the Philippines also resulted in my writing a report for SCULPTURE magazine about my residency at the Duntog Foundation. Since then I have continued to write articles and reviews for SCULPTURE as well as for other art magazines.
It’s amazing what getting that first opportunity through the ISC can lead to!
Jane Ingram Allen
ISC members can check out the Opportunities in the International Sculpture Center website. The listings include sculpture-related public art projects, juried exhibitions, residencies, awards, grants, fellowships, studio rentals, studio exchanges, and much more.
Just sign in to the website (www.sculpture.org) and select "Opportunities" from the Quick-links drop-down menu. There you can search by keywords, city, country, and a number of categories. Enjoy exploring, and may you find opportunities that open doors to even more exciting opportunities!
Jane Ingram Allen, "Spiral Shelter", 1996, 7' x 6' x 6', mixed media sculpture with bamboo,
handmade paper, sisal twine, dye, photo by Timothy S. Allen
Jane Ingram Allen making paper at Duntog Foundation, 1996, photo by Timothy S. Allen
Jane Ingram Allen, "Living Quilt for Steckborn", 2021, 8' x 10' x 1', installation of handmade paper
with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp, dye, thread, soil, boards,
photo courtesy of Haus zur Glocke, Steckborn, Switzerland
Jane Ingram Allen, "Living Quilt for Steckborn" (blooming in August 2021), 2021, 8' x 10' x 1',
installation of handmade paper with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp, dye, thread, soil, boards,
photo courtesy of Haus zur Glocke, Steckborn, Switzerland
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