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PRS NEWS -- July 1, 2023

From PRS Newsletter Volunteers

  • Don’t forget! The PRS Member Potluck Barbecue is on Saturday, July 8, 2023, starting at 1 PM. This event is hosted by PRS Board Member Charles Gadeken at The Box Shop, 952 Hudson Ave., San Francisco. All active members recently received an email with complete information about this exciting event. Please RSVP by emailing us at
  • Faculty members: encourage your students to apply for PRS student membership and to explore its benefits!
  • New members: Reminder to register for your International Sculpture Center (ISC) membership at Concurrent membership is required to maintain PRS membership, as we are a chapter of ISC. Enter "PRS" as the Chapter Code for a 20% discount.

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NEWS from the ISC regarding an upcoming exhibition opportunity

ISC Artist Exhibition

For the first time ever, you can now be a part of potentially three exhibitions: in Sculpture magazine (March/April’24), on ISC Artsy Online Member Show (Fall’2024) and an in-person exhibition scheduled for 2024 as well. Preferred options for ISC chapter members. Pacific Rim Sculptors is an affiliated ISC Chapter, and PRS members receive special rates for this exhibition opportunity.

Learn More:

Reminders to PRS members: 



The PRS Exhibitions Committee has been hard at wok coordinating two shows for 2024. Please stay tuned for two call-for-entry exhibitiions in September 2023. More details will be available in the next newsletter.

Interested in Exhibitions? Our Exhibitions Committee meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. Please email us if you would like to be an active member involved in showcasing members’ best artworks that surprise, impress, resonate, and educate the viewer and community! Our current committee/advisory members: Catherine Daley (Chair) Marguerite Elliot (Committee Vice Chair) Barry Beach, Charles Gadeken, Jann Nunn, Jane Ingram Allen, Briona Hendren, Lynne Todaro.

Catherine Daley

Exhibitions Committee Chair


The Communications Committee had its monthly meeting on Monday, June 26, 2023, via Zoom to discuss the newsletter, website, social media and other ideas for increasing communication between PRS Members and increasing Pacific Rim Sculptors’ communication with the public.

Anyone interested in volunteering for Communications should contact Chair, Jane Ingram Allen ( Thank you to all Communications Committee members: Jeff Key, Charles Stinson, Lynne Todaro, and Richard Alpert and to Briona Taylor, PRS Administrative Assistant.

Jane Ingram Allen

Communications Committee Chair


Oliver Ranch Follow-up!

Our fund-raising tour of Oliver Ranch was a complete hit: we raised $3,000 for PRS! PRS members and guests had the perfect blue-sky day to tour the Geyserville site which is home to over 18 remarkable site-specific installations. Our guests included new PRS members who were delighted to meet in person as well as board members and art enthusiasts. Here is a link of the artists:

Interested in volunteering on the Events Committee? Help us connect our PRS community to each other again after years of separation. We need assistance setting up in field trips, meet ups, studio visits and more! Send us an email

PRS members at Oliver Ranch, walking inside of Ann Hamilton's "The Tower", 2003-2007,

a cast concrete tower performance space. Photo by Catherine Daley.


Susana Arias

Susana Arias is exhibiting her ceramic sculptures, the Sailmaker Series, in the exhibition titled Passages that also includes paintings, the Pentimento Series, by Barbara Downs. The exhibition is on view at Curated by the Sea in Santa Cruz, California, June 24 - August 19, 2023.

Opening reception June 24th, 4-6pm. First Friday receptions July 7th 6-8pm & August 4th 6-8pm.

For more information:

Christopher Dworin

Christopher Dworin’s sculpture, Umi no Sennyo (“Sea Nymph”), has been juried into the group Fine Arts Exhibition at the Marin County Fair. The Fair will be open to the public June 30 through July 4 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Each year the Fine Arts Exhibition shows an excellent selection of very interesting work by painters, sculptors, potters and other artists. And, the rest of the fair is fun for everyone with a wide variety of booths and rides. Come see!

Christopher Dworin, Umi no Sennyo (“Sea Nymph”), 2023,

ceramic sculpture, approx. 22” H x 8” D.

Christopher Dworin, Umi no Sennyo (“Sea Nymph”), other view.

Susannah Israel

Susannah Israel will be an Artist in Residence in July at Cider Creek Collective in Albion, CA. Cider Creek hosts a rotating cast of short-term Resident Artists and 4-5 long-term artists annually. Renowned artists Jess Thompson and Nick Schwartz previously hosted Resident Artists, visitors, and students at Flynn Creek Pottery for many years. About the move to move to their new home, a 160-year-old coastal Victorian homestead, Jess says “Flynn Creek Pottery nurtured idealism, creativity, and growth for a lot of people, so it’s fitting that we now give our family of creative people a place to grow.” Susannah Israel looks forward to the opportunity for deep conversations on art and life and the exciting opportunity to fire new work in the anagama kilns at Cider Creek. Cider Creek Collective is at 36525 Albion Ridge F Rd, P.O.Box 869, Albion, CA 95410

Susannah Israel, Shoreline, Sculpture by Susannah Israel.

 Susannah Israel, Wood-fired work at Cider Creek,

photo by Jess Thompson.

Jacquelyn Giuffre

Jacquelyn Giuffre has work on exhibition at the Fine Art Show of Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA, June 30-July 4, 2023.

 Jacquelyn Giuffre, Lucy, Bronze giant anteater, 8 x 15 x 6 inches, photo by Dana Davis.

Barry Beach

Barry Beach has work in “Slice: A Juried Exhibition of Regional Art” that includes works by California contemporary artists at Pence Gallery, 212 D Street, Davis, CA. Juror for the exhibition is Kelly Lindner, Curator for the University Galleries, California State University, Sacramento, CA. Dates of the exhibition are July 11-Aug. 20, 2023. Gallery hours are 11:30 am - 5 pm (closed Mondays).

Opening reception is Friday, July 14, 6-9 pm. For more info:

Barry Beach, Accumulation #6, 2022, reclaimed woods,

PVC and acrylic, 36 x 32 x 36 inches 

Jane Ingram Allen

Jane Ingram Allen received a Surface Design Association Educator Grant for 2023. The Educator Grant is based on artistic and technical merit, and the potential for personal scholarship and research. Jane's grant project is to design and build a large papermaking mold and deckle that can be used in the hand papermaking workshops and classes she teaches at various locations. This summer she will again be teaching at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, OR (, and she will be able to take the new large papermaking mold to use in the class. Her husband Timothy S. Allen came up with the idea of making a foldable hinged mold so that it can fit in an ordinary car behind the front seat, and then easily be opened out to its 7 feet x 3 feet size to make really big sheets of handmade paper.

7 feet x 3 feet sheet of handmade paper drying, made by participants in Jane Ingram Allen's,

June 4, 2023, EXTREME Papermaking Workshop; photo by Timothy S. Allen.

Barbara M. Berk

Barbara M. Berk’s sculptures titled "Petite French Knot" and “Vertigo” are exhibited in “Urban Oasis”, a group exhibition at Gallery House in Palo Alto, CA, from July 1 - August 27, 2023. The Second Friday reception is scheduled for July 14, 2023, 5 – 7pm. "Petite French Knot" is created with bobbin lace made by hand using multiple strands of stainless steel wire. "Vertigo" is woven by hand using Soumak, an ancient rug-weaving technique with bronze wire.

For more information:

Barbara M. Berk, Vertigo, 2015, phosphor bronze woven by hand,

9 x 8 x 5 inches, pedestal-supported, photo by Mark Kitaoka.

Barbara M. Berk, Vertigo (other view), 2015, phosphor bronze woven by hand;

9 x 8 x 5 inches, pedestal-supported, photo by Mark Kitaoka.

Barbara M. Berk, Petite French Knot, 2017, stainless steel bobbin lace made by hand,

15 x 21 x 5.5 inches, wall-mounted, photo by Morgan Murphy .

Natasha Dikarev

Natasha Dikarev is exhibiting her work in an exhibition titled Wishing You Blue Skies from June 28 – July 30, 2023, at Seacoast Artist Association Gallery, 230 Water Street, Exeter, NY. About the exhibition she says, “This exhibition is an homage to the incredible resilience of my fellow Ukrainians and a tribute to the power of compassion during difficult times. Through my art, I hope to not only shed light on the ongoing war in Ukraine but also to highlight the strength and beauty that persist amid the turmoil.”

Doug Cain

Doug Cain is exhibiting his work in an exhibition titled Experiential Portraits in the Post-Digital Age. For the first time a new form of 3-D portraits will be shown that are interactive and multi-sensory in a solo show by D.D. Cain. These sculptures, installations, and wall hangings integrate multiple sensory materials and devices that reflect the subject's life and identity. These new portrait mediums also provide new content and meaning beyond the boundaries of a visual portrayal. Art reception is July 12, 2023, at Public Wonder Gallery, 1895 Union St. San Francisco.

For more info:

Doug Cain, David Deporis, Oakland, CA 2017, 2022, Mixed media: wood, found objects,

video projector, vinyl fabric, paper and leaf handouts, aromas, 6 x 7 x 6 feet.

Doug Cain, Chain of Thought, 2021, Ceramic, pewter paint, chain, lock, simulated gunpowder

aroma oil, various hardware, 12 x 18 x 40 inches.

Doug Cain, Bleeding Country Self Portrait, 2020-2022, wood, turntable, aroma diffuser,

paint, ink, oil pastels, markers, various hardware, 3 x 40 x 40 inches.

Jeff Key,  Briona Hendren  and  Barry Beach

PRS Board member Jeff Key, PRS Administrative Assistant Briona Hendren and PRS Board President Barry Beach have been selected for the group show "Laws of Nature" at the Petaluma Arts Center in Petaluma, CA. This exhibition is curated by Vicky Kumpfer, Art Consultant, former Visual Arts Manager, Arts Council of Sonoma County. Exhibitions Dates July 20-Sept 9, 2023.

Opening Reception: July 20th, 5:30-7:30pm

Conversation with the Artists moderated by Steven Oliver (of Oliver Ranch) on August 24, 7-9pm. Tickets $15. 

"Our world seeks perfect harmony, for which all organisms adapt, mutate, metamorphose and find balance."

Jeff Key, Vessel #52 - Stride, Wood, 58" x 27" x 46", Floor Piece from the Vessel Series.

Jeff Key, Vessel #90 -  Pending,Wood, 50" x 24" x 12",

2020, Floor Piece from the Vessel Series.

Briona Hendren, Double Veiled Horns, steel and paint, 11' x 3.5 ' x 3.5', 2017,

Studio view from artist residency at Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, Canada.


  • Jane Ingram Allen, copy editing

  • Charles Stinson & Briona Hendren, page layout

  • Jeff Key, photo editing



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