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PRS NEWS -- August 8, 2023

From the PRS Board President

"Thank you everyone who was able to make it out to our first member event since pre-pandemic! It was wonderful to see such a large turn out to connect with many of our members, some familiar, some new in such an incredible art space in San Francisco. Additionally, a big thank you is owed to Charles Gadeken and The Box Shop for hosting this event. It's amazing to see what happens when creative minded people come together in a singular space. We are hoping to make PRS member meetup events a quarterly affair in various locations to continue build our community! Look out for announcements about the next one.

Until then, Keep creating!"

Barry Beach

PRS Board President 

Group photo from the PRS barbecue outside of The Box Shop 

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  • We welcome all the Member News this month about exciting exhibitions of Pacific Rim Sculptor’s works. If you missed the opportunity to submit this month look out for the next Call for News in your email about the 15th of each month.
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The PRS Exhibitions Committee is delighted to announce that the Santa Cruz Art League will be showcasing the sculptures of PRS Women in a juried exhibition, titled She/Her: Pacific Rim Sculptors in January 2024. Stay tuned for the Call for Entry at the beginning of September 2023. Santa Cruz Art League is located at 526 Broadway in Santa Cruz, CA. For more info about the Santa Cruz Art League:

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 PRS Communications Committee continues its work on the Newsletter, website, social media and other ways of increasing communications for PRS members. Members of the committee are meeting to discuss perhaps reviving studio visits with members and making videos of them for posting with a link from the PRS website. Please contact the Communications Committee if you would be interested in helping with this idea: Other ideas are being discussed to increase communications, and watch for more information in upcoming newsletters. 

Jane Ingram Allen

Communications Committee Chair


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 field trips, meet ups, studio visits and more! Send us an email


Zahava Sherez

Zahava Sherez has work in the 2023 London Art Biennale, on view July 26-30, 2023, at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, on King’s Road, London, UK. Opening reception, by invitation only, was on July 26th, 2023. This is a major international juried show that occurs every two years in London.

ZaHaVa Sherez, We the Light 3, InBodied Light project, 2022,

Mixed media: resin, bronze, steel, pigments, 71 x 43 x 37 inches,

photo by Carlos Diaz, Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX.

ZaHaVa Sherez, We the Light 3, detail.

Rick Crawford

Rick Crawford’s work is in the exhibition titled From the Crucible of Gaia: Forged with Flame. In this group show three Pacific Northwest sculptors exhibit their work in the beautifully designed and crafted Saffron Fields Vineyard tasting room, located near Yamhill, in Oregon's Willamette Valley. The exhibition runs from August 1-September 30, 2023, with an opening reception on August 12.

For more info:

Elizabeth Burger

Elizabeth Burger’s work is included in the 31st Annual Juried Exhibition at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla/San Diego, CA. The exhibition is on view in the Clayes Gallery, the Athenaeum, from July 15 – September 9, 2023. 25 artists were selected out of 300 applicants. A variety of paintings, photos and sculpture were selected by juror Isabel Casso, Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

For more info:

Elizabeth Burger, Abandoned, 2013, Abaca and flax fibers,

encaustic and photographs, 37 x 31 inches

Catherine Daley

Catherine Daley has 3 sculptures featured in the group exhibition titled Anticipating Abstract Expressionism at Calabi Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA. The opening reception was on Saturday, August 5, 3-7 pm. Exhibition Dates: August 3-September 30, 2023. The exhibition includes works by 9 other artists and a selection of new inventory, both contemporary and vintage. Calabi Gallery is located at 456 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.

For more info:

Catherine Daley, Ex Matris, 2009, Bronze, 14 x 23 x 24 inches. 

Catherine Daley, Quercus illuminosa II, 2021, Plexiglass, Photography, Stainless, Ultra-chrome powder coat;

6 x 5 x 4 feet.  Quercus illuminosa, or Oak (tree) of Illumination, utilizes light and photography as critical elements

with mirrored elements reflecting the surroundings and the viewer. 

Catherine Daley, Wood in Flight: Reclaimed and Transformed from Pepperwood Preserve, 2018,

Granite, Bronze, Charred Wood, 16.5 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Salvaged bark from a burned oak tree on Pepperwood Preserve

was transformed and renewed into bronze.medical plastic waste, polystyrene, canvas, pins. Dimensions variable.

Cheryl Coon

Cheryl Coon has work in the group exhibition titled Laws of Nature: Sculpture, curated by Vicky Kumpfer. About the exhibition the curator states, “There are fundamental truths called natural laws through which everyone and everything is governed. They are the laws of attraction, polarity, rhythm, relativity and cause and effect. With these truths, our world seeks perfect harmony for which all organisms adapt and find balance. This exhibition aligns with these concepts not only because sculpture abides by these laws but can conceptually express these natural phenomena.”

For more info:

Cheryl Coon, Cyclotella Atomus, 2022, nylon white zip ties, steel, 18 x 18 x 18 inches.

Susana Arias

Susana Arias has work in the group exhibition titled Out of the Fire at Pajaro Valley Arts, Watsonville, CA, August 9 to September 24, 2023. Opening reception is August 13, 2-4 pm. The exhibition contains art created or altered by fire, including blacksmithing, steel fabrication, anagama/sawdust/raku fired ceramics, different jewelry techniques, cast/blown glass, encaustic, and more.

For more info:

Ruth Tabancay

Ruth Tabancay has a solo exhibition titled (un)Natural Order at Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland, CA. The work in the exhibition illustrates natural earth systems impacted by interactions with human or other species. Dates for the exhibition are July 28 to September 2, 2023. Gallery hours are Fri-Sat, 12 noon – 5 pm. Opening Reception is Sunday, August 13, 4-6 pm.

For more info:

Ruth Tabancay, Bleached 2.0, 2023. Crochet, assemblage with yarn, household and

medical plastic waste, polystyrene, canvas, pins. Dimensions variable.

Ruth Tabancay also has work in the exhibition titled Things on Things on Things: Variations on Still Life. This is an exhibition of works that echo the traditional still life with a contemporary take, once, twice, or thrice removed from tradition. The group show, curated by Kija Lucas, is at CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies), 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA. Dates are June 19 – Sept. 15, 2023. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 am - 4 pm. Opening reception is Saturday, July 29, 1 - 4 pm.

For more info:

Ruth Tabancay, Adapting to New Substrates 4.0, 2023, Hand embroidery on various single use plastics,

embroidered fungal structures, larvae, and bacteria digesting plastic, 48 x 48 inches (approx).

Lynne Todaro

Lynne Todaro has work included in the exhibition titled Out of the Fire, a multi-media exhibit of art that uses fire as a transformative tool in the making of the work. The exhibition is at Pajaro Valley Arts, 37 Sudden St., Watsonville, CA, August 9th- September 24, 2023. Reception is Sunday, August 13, 2-4 pm. The show was juried by Jamie Abbott, Wendy Aiken, Peter Vizzusi and Lynda Watson. PRS members Lynne Todaro, Susanna Arias, Brad Burkhart and Cynthia Siegel are among those chosen for the exhibit, curated by Susana Arias and Judy Stabile.

For more info:

Lynne Todaro, Out of the Fire, postcard for the show.

Lynne Todaro, Yes, I've Been A Bit Angry Lately, Welded screws and other found objects, 45 x 15 x 15 inches.

Lynne Todaro, Hard To Handle, Cast Iron, 15 x 12 x 12 inches.

Barbara Berk

Barbara Berk’s work is included in the juried exhibition titled International Fiber Arts XI, a collaboration between the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (SCA) and the Surface Design Association. This biannual juried exhibition presents a “distinct approach to innovative and traditional fiber techniques, and contemporary concepts for the use of traditional and unusual materials.” Juried by fiber artists Judith Content and Ann Johnston, the group show includes both 2-D and 3-D art. Dates for the exhibition are July 29 – Sept. 10, 2023, at the SCA in Sebastopol, CA. For more info:

Barbara Berk, Petite French Knot, 2019, Wall-mounted sculpture, Phosphor Bronze - bobbin lace, 17.5 x 18.5 x 4.5 inches.

Berk made a square of bobbin lace by hand, using Renaissance stitches with 16 long strands of twisted wire. 

Petite French Knot - detail 1, photo by Morgan Murphy.

Petite French Knot - detail 2, photo by Morgan Murphy.

Jane Ingram Allen

Jane Ingram Allen has a solo exhibition titled Papermaking Around the World, at Mountain View Performing Arts Center Lobby, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA, August 15 – Oct. 2, 2023. This exhibition includes a selection of works Allen has made at artist-in-residencies in countries around the world including Taiwan, Japan, Costa Rica, Tanzania, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil and the USA. Exhibit hours are Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 12 p.m. - 1 pm, and one hour prior to every public performance.

For more information:

Tanzania Site Map, 2010, mixed media with handmade paper from plants of Tanzania, acrylic paint, thread,items collected in Tanzania,

created during residency at Warm Heart Art Tanzania, Arusha, Tanzania, 36 x 34 x 1 inches, photo by Timothy S. Allen.

Taiwan Site Map - Cash Receipts, 2004, mixed media with handmade paper from plants of Taiwan,

acrylic paint, thread, items collected in Taipei, Taiwan, created during Fulbright Scholar Award artist-in-residency

at Suho Memorial Paper Culture Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, 72 x 36 x 1 inches, photo by Timothy S. Allen.

Bali Site Map, 2010, mixed media with handmade paper from plants of Bali, acrylic paint, thread,

items collected in Bali, Indonesia, created during artist-in-residency at Bali Purnati Center for the Arts, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia,

45 x 74 x 1 inches, photo by Timothy S. Allen.

Barry Beach

Barry Beach has work in the exhibition titled The Next Big Thing ’23. This Juried group exhibition at Studio Channel Islands, Ventura, CA runs August 5-September 30, 2023. Opening reception is August 5. The show is curated by Shana Nys Dambrot, Arts Editor for the L.A. Weekly.

For more info:

Barry Beach, from the Accumulations series, 2022, reclaimed wood and glue, 46 x 14 x 12 inches.

Jeff Key

Jeff Key’s work is included in the group exhibition titled Laws of Nature: Sculpture at the Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma, CA. The show is curated by Vicky Kumpfer, Art Consultant, former Visual Arts Manager, Arts Council of Sonoma County. About the exhibition: "Our world seeks perfect harmony, for which all organisms adapt, mutate, metamorphose and find balance." The show opened on July 20 and closes on September 9, 2023. Conversation with the Artists moderated by Steven Oliver on August 24, 7-9pm.

For more info:

Vessel #52—Stride, 2014, Wood, 55 x 49 x 28 inches.

"Vessel #90—Pending", 2020, Wood, 50 x 24 x 12 inches.


  • Jane Ingram Allen, copy editing

  • Charles Stinson & Briona Hendren, page layout

  • Jeff Key, photo editing



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