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PRS NEWS -- April 1, 2023

Interior view of Ann Hamilton's double-helix tower at the Oliver Ranch; photo by Charles Stinson

From PRS Newsletter Volunteers

The upcoming tour of environmental sculptures at Oliver Ranch is an opportunity not to be missed, and registration is sharply limited; register now at this link. The above image from inside the amazing tower was taken at a prior PRS visit to the Oliver Ranch.

Your PRS Newsletter Volunteers

Reminders to PRS members: 



The PRS Exhibitions Committee is planning the following exhibition opportunities:


  • Juried exhibition at the Sausalito Center for the Arts, proposed for October-November


  • Juried exhibition at the Museum of Sonoma County, proposed for January-May.
  • Juried exhibition at the Santa Cruz Art League, date TBD
  • Juried exhibition at Curated By The Sea, date TBD

In addition, PRS members have been selected through our website to show artworks at the following venues for Spring 2023: The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, The Pepperwood Preserve in Santa Rosa, and The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa. 



The Communications Committee made up of Chair, Jane Ingram Allen, Jeff Key, Charles Stinson, Lynne Todaro and Richard Alpert and Briona Hendren continues to meet via Zoom, usually on the last Monday of the month at 10:30 am.  The committee welcomes participation from other PRS members: please contact Jane at if you would like to help with the newsletter, website, social media and other ways the group members communicate with each other and with the world.  We are considering starting a Podcast for interview with sculptors; thanks to Richard Alpert for initiating this, and we look forward to hearing the sample interview he has in progress.  We need people to volunteer to help with the Podcasts.  We are also looking for people to help with social media posts and writing articles for the newsletter about sculpture and things of interest to members. The next meeting of the Communications Committee will be April 24 at 10:30 am.  Please contact Jane if you would like to get the Zoom invitation to attend. 

Thank you to all, 

Jane Ingram Allen

Communications Committee Chair


PRS members are encouraged to tour SFMOMA on the second Thursday of each month. If you want to meet other PRS members, we suggest you gather at 4:30 PM on the second floor at the large stairway leading up to the third floor. This is a recurring, informal event; you are welcome to start earlier, or later, and perhaps to check out other nearby exhibitions or dining opportunities. 



Is social media a mystery to you, or do you want to use it better to promote your art? Watch for an upcoming live Zoom event on Social Media for PRS members. 


susannah israel

Susannah Israel will be the Inaugural Artist in Residence at Oregon Coast School of Art, in April 2023. She will spend the month next to the Umpqua River in Gardiner, Oregon, exploring and making work in response to her surroundings. Of particular interest to the artist is the stark contrast between her home in post-industrial east Oakland and the small community of Gardner (population 50), which she expects will offer new direction and ideas for her work. Director Emily Free Wilson and Susannah Israel met at Archie Bray in the summer of 2002 and have maintained ties across decades. They will celebrate being back in the studio together with a free workshop "Wild & Free" offered to the community April 15-16th. The workshop will emphasize collaboration and creative exchange. For more information:

Left, Emily Free Wilson; right, Susannah Israel.

Poster for the OCSA workshop "WIld & Free" April 15 - 16 2023

Susannah Israel demonstrating her art in SF

Emily Free Wilson at the OCSA studio


Sheila Ghidini will have a solo exhibit of drawings and sculpture titled What Is Not and That Which Is at Pastine Projects, San Francisco, CA, April 7-May 6, 2023.  The show includes a series of sculptural wall works which utilize found furniture and chairs as their material. In this case, found chairs are reconfigured, with their real and illusionary cast shadows drawn on the wall. Thread and map pins extend the forms.  For more information: 

Sheila Ghidini, "Incantation", 2023, found chair reconfigured with

graphite and chalk drawn illusionary and real cast shadows

on the wall, 32 x 38 x 6 inches.

Sheila Ghidini, "Transparency of Shadows", 2023, reconfigured

found wood chair with graphite and chalk drawn cast shadows,

38 x 12 x 7 inches

Sheila Ghidini, "White Spaces", 2022, sculpture constructed of

found wood furniture on casters, 62 x 12 x 10 inches


Rick Crawford will participate in “Le Grand Atelier”, the French international artists’ collaboration event which is supported by AFTAB, the French association of woodturners, and held in the charming 16th century village of Aiguines. It runs from June 25 to July 2, 2023, and this will be Rick’s third time participating there, and his eleventh time overall worldwide. Watch the "Chorus" video on their website. Rick says, “I felt very honored when I was asked to narrate it. These events will make an impact on your future art.”  See the link at:

Rick Crawford, in design discussion with some of the artists.

Photo by AFTAB.

Rick Crawford, discussing project design with a paper maker. Photo by AFTAB.

Rick Crawford, group photo of 2017 participants. Photo by AFTAB.

jane ingram allen

Jane Ingram Allen received an Educator Grant from the Surface Design Association to help with making new equipment for teaching workshops in papermaking art, and in particular to make a large size papermaking mold and deckle for teaching her workshops at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, August 5-6, 2023, in Oregon. The papermaking equipment will be constructed by Jane to fit into a normal car so she can use it for other workshops teaching how to make really BIG handmade paper. For more information about Jane’s papermaking art workshops and her artworks: and

Making Big Paper at Jane Ingram Allen EXTREME Papermaking

Workshop in May 2022, photo by Timothy S. Allen.

EXTREME Papermaking workshop with Jane Ingram Allen

in April 2022, photo by Timothy S. Allen.

zahava sherez

Zahava Sherez is having a solo show titled Luz InCorporada / InBodied Light to kick off a world tour for her "InBodied Light" project, with fifty sculptures carrying the message of unity, equality, human rights, and compassion. Zahava has been officially invited by the Cuban government to have a 6-week exhibit in the Museum of Colonial Art across the street from Havana’s main cathedral in the center of the old town. The exhibition is curated by Lisset Alonso Compte, Havana and Rodrigo Arciniega, Mexico City. Opening reception is May 19, 2023; artist talk is May 25, 2023.  For more information:

Zahava Sherez, "InBodied Light", image of official poster and banner traveling with the exhibit.

Bronze, resin, pigments, mixed media, light; 2-7 feet tall.

Zahava Sherez, "Being 13", 2021, Resin, pigments, mixed media, light;

22 x 3 x 3 inches; photo: Carlos Diaz Corona, Guadalajara, MX.

Zahava Sherez, "Being 2", 2018, Resin, pigments, mixed media, light;

24 x 3 x 3 inches; photo: Phil Cohen, Oakland, CA

Zahava Sherez did a live interview online about her work “InBodied Light” with Felipe Zurita Quintana, Marketing Director, Charter for Compassion, on February 23, 2023. The interview begins at minute 9:37 on this link:

charles H. stinson

Two of Charles Stinson's bronze sculptures will be in the show Third Generation: The Bay Area Figurative Movement Today, co-curated by Susan R. Kirshenbaum and Catherine Merrill. The curators state,

The Bay Area Figurative Movement never died and continues to thrive. San Francisco Bay Area artists and models founded the Models Guild in 1946, and it’s no wonder that we still have such a healthy, lively community, chock-full of dedicated talent. Some of us even flourished during COVID and sheltering-in-place, as we continued drawing, painting, and sculpting on Zoom sessions around the world. What does our figurative community look like? We are artists and models; teachers and students; our styles are anywhere from classical to pop; our techniques are everything from digital to hand-ground pigments; and our community encompasses the very experienced and the relatively new to exhibiting. This exhibition explores a full range of styles and approaches combined with skill and craft. 

Also in the show are works by Joseph Abbati, Jane Fisher, Madelyn Covey, Susan R. Kirshenbaum, Catherine Merrill, Diane Olivier, Fernando Reyes, Randall Sexton, and May Shei. The exhibition opens April 4 and continues through 26, 2023, at The San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Opening Reception is 2-4 PM Saturday, April 8, 2023. More information: 

Charles H. Stinson, "Pleurant #1", 2023, cast bronze, 7 x 12 x 7 inches 

Charles H. Stinson, "Ganda Bherundasana", 1999, cast bronze, 15 x 15 x 7.5 inches

Charles adds, "Remember what you were doing when the Covid shutdown was announced? I had just finished installing pieces in the Mission College Vargus Gallery show Bamboo & Haiku, curated by Dotti Cichone. The opening reception was cancelled and gallery doors were locked with the pieces inside for a year. A new article describes the show and photos from the exhibition are at this link, including my "Device for Splitting Particles", which is featured as the header image."


  • Jane Ingram Allen, copy editing

  • Charles Stinson, page layout

  • Jeff Key, photo editing



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