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From the Editor


for September 1, 2022

We have a short newsletter this month; it seems many have busy preparing for Burning Man! Perhaps next month we'll have a rich collection of images from our sculptor members enjoying adventures on the Playa!

Change the world with your art!

-- PRS Newsletter Volunteers

Welcome New Members

Elizabeth Burger of San Diego, CA, uses a variety of natural materials including clay, wood, bark, seed pods, seeds, handmade paper, algae, tumbleweed, bamboo, etc. to create forms that relate to the natural world.

  • Her website is 
  • Her volunteer interest areas include History of PRS, New member outreach, Exhibition Planning, and Event Planning.

Susan Zimmerman of El Cerrito, CA, creates works with fiber.

Committees' Activities



Art Inspired by Travel

Submissions for the PRS exhibition Art Inspired by Travel, at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco have been reviewed by juror & curator Robert Melton. More information will follow. The exhibition opens September 30, 2022, and will continue through February 17, 2023. An Opening Reception is planned for September 30, 4:30 - 8:30 PM.



The Communications Committee continues to meet monthly; the August meeting discussed the possibility of a regular PRS Podcast, an idea presented by Richard Alpert, who recently volunteered to work with the Communications Committee. If you are interested in the idea, would like to help with technical production and ideas for doing Podcasts, mail Richard at

Charles Stinson and Briona Hendren are reviewing ways to improve appearance and function of the PRS website galleries in order to better present members' works.  Members: Did you check out the new Sculpture Resources link on the website yet?  It is good to see that more PRS members are posting on Facebook and taking advantage of the PRS social media. Thanks to Lynn Todaro and Briona Hendren for continuing to work on Social Media. Jeff Key has collected some videos of past PRS events and will load them to Vimeo, where members will be able to view them. (Do you have video or audio recordings of PRS artists or events that merit saving in the PRS Archive? If so, email a description to We continue to work on improving the newsletter and welcome your feedback.

Jane Ingram Allen

Communications Committee Chair





PRS members are invited to tour the SFMOMA on the SECOND Thursdays of each month. If you want to roam the Museum with other PRS members, assemble at 4:30 PM on the second floor at the large stairway leading up to the third floor. This is informal; you are welcome to start earlier, or later, and perhaps check out other exhibitions nearby. Some may want to consider dining opportunities at SFMOMA or nearby. 


Is Social Media a mystery to you? Or do you use it but want to use it better to connect others to your art? Watch for an upcoming live Zoom event on Social Media for PRS members. 

Member News: Jim Wheeler

Jim Wheeler has a solo exhibition titled Following Nature at Artis Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. He is showing recent sculpture that continues to explore New Zealand's Native Forest botanical community, studying individual plant behavior in relation to the whole forest ecology, and providing examples of the structural details of the dinosaur era flora unique in the world. For more information:

Jim Wheeler, "Five Finger Wreath", 2022, bronze, 32 inches diameter x 13 inches deep,

formed from five fruiting bodies from Five Finger Tree.

Jim Wheeler, "Tempest", 2022, bronze, 83 inches high,

Storm battered leaf cluster showing how nature can withstand climate change.

Jim Wheeler, "Mangemange: An Unsung Hero", 2022, cast and fabricated bronze, 130 inches high,

Celebration of a very unusual fern capable of climbing to the crown of old forest tree tops

using single leaves over 100 feet long!

Member News: Jane Ingram Allen

Jane Ingram Allen at residency in Newnan, Georgia,

( in 2017,

photo by Timothy S. Allen

Jane Ingram Allen has been invited to speak at the International Conference on Opportunities for Artists in Boston, MA, Nov. 4-6, 2022.  Jane will lead two panels and review portfolios of attending artists at the 2022 TransCultural Exchange Conference "Create the Future". Jane will speak about her many residencies around the world and grants and other funding she has received for international art opportunities, including 3 Fulbright grants. Jane's presentations for the conference are on 2 panels she organized called "The Road Less Traveled - Lesser Known Opportunities for Artists". One panel will be about Funding and Grants, and another session will cover Residencies and Exhibition Opportunities. Jane will be speaking at this biennial conference for the third time, and highly recommends it for networking and meeting in person many artists, curators, administrators and others from around the world. The conference is held at various colleges and museums in Boston. For more information and to register for the conference, visit the website at 

Member News: Richard Alpert

Richard Alpert's video, "AVE variation #7", 2019 was included in an exhibition at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design (RMCAD), Denver, CO, on Saturday, 08-20-2022, with a reception at 5 PM. The exhibition was curated by Shokai Sinclair. "AVE #7" is part of a series of visual poems entitled "Variations on a Spanish Landscape." David Finkelstein in Film International, January 2021, says about Alpert’s work, “AVE #7 is a classic example of how an artist (with a poet's eye) can take ordinary experiences and help us to see in new ways." From more information about RMCAD, see

Richard Alpert, "AVE variation #7", 2019, video composition

Richard Alpert's 2019 5-minute video "AVE #7" is a part of a series of visual poems entitled "Variations on a Spanish Landscape." As the landscape speeds before us, it is transformed into abstract patterns, colors, and sounds. This film is a triptych in that the screen divides into three vertical panels showing the same journey with a time delay between the sections. The linear motion through the landscape gives way to a landscape rolled into a continuous circle. Hurtling through time and space aboard a bullet train in Spain, we observe a changing, dynamic landscape. Experience the video at this link: 

Richard Alpert, "AVE variation #2", 2019, video composition

Richard Alpert, "AVE variation #3", 2019, video composition


    • Jane Ingram Allen, copy editing
    • Charles Stinson, page layout
    • Jeff Key, photo editing
    • Lynne Todaro, social media
    • Briona Hendren, administrative assistant

    Membership & Participation


    Volunteer:  Apply to be on the Board of Directors (email; help organize events (email; help mount exhibitions (email; help with the newsletter and website (email

    Submit newsletter items: A call for news items goes out the 15th of each month. 

    Connect:  Invite your sculptor colleagues to join!

    Donate:  PRS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; for tax reporting: EIN # 81-0919806.

    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. 

    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! 

    Membership in PRS & ISC


    • Members of Pacific Rim Sculptors receive a 20% discount when joining the International Sculpture Center, publishers of Sculpture magazine (ISC, Just enter "PRS" as the Chapter Code.
    • The online version of Sculpture magazine is now available at SculptureMagazine.Art, which includes archived issues.
    • Also check out the ISC Website member resources; add photos of your works annually for review by collectors, gallerists, curators, and corporate buyers. 
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