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PRS NEWS -- September 1, 2023

From PRS Newsletter Volunteers

Fall seems off to a great start with so many new exhibitions and activities; it looks like a record number of news items submitted by PRS Members this month! The Newsletter Volunteers are always excited to get a first look at your news and images, and congratulations to all of you who have news in this September PRS Newsletter. We hope to see more from members, new and old, for next month. Look for the email on Sept 15 calling for News for the October Newsletter.

We would also like to start featuring any miscellaneous news items from members that do not fit into the categories of Exhibitions, Publications or Grants & Awards. If you have something else you would like to let your fellow sculptors know about, just send it in through Submittable using the present Exhibitions form, and Jane will reach out to you if more details are needed. This miscellaneous news item could be any of the following: a new product for sculptors you discovered, a new technique you are exploring, a new series of work, a new or remodeled studio, a new grant or residency available or anything else related to sculpture that you think would be of interest to our members.

Thanks, and hope to hear from you!

Your PRS Newsletter Team
Jane Ingram Allen, Editor
Jeff Key, Image Editing
Briona Hendren, Layout

Reminders to PRS members: 



The PRS Exhibitions Committee is delighted to announce that the Santa Cruz Art League will be showcasing sculptures of PRS in a juried exhibition, titled She/Her: Pacific Rim Sculptors. The show will open January 19 and close on February 24, 2024. Stay tuned for the Call for Entry on September 4, 2023. Santa Cruz Art League is located at 526 Broadway in Santa Cruz, CA. For more info about the Santa Cruz Art League:

Exhibitions is also delighted to announce another juried call for art, this one at the Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, CA, scheduled for January 27, 2024 - May 26, 2024. The exhibition will be titled A Question of Balance, and the call will go out on September 25, 2023. Stay tuned for more details!

Please join our Exhibitions Committee on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm! Be 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, Briona Hendren, Lynne Todaro.

Catherine Daley

Exhibitions Committee Chair


The Communications Committee welcomes all PRS members to attend our Zoom meetings to discuss the newsletter, website and other ways of communicating more with our members. Join us for our next meeting via Zoom on Monday, Sept. 25, at 10AM. Contact Jane by email: or to receive an invitation link to join the meeting. We are considering several new ways to get more members involved in Pacific Rim Sculptors. Thanks to all of our current Communications Committee members: Jane Ingram Allen, Jeff Key, Charles Stinson, Lynne Todaro and Richard Alpert, with help from Briona Hendren, Administrative Assistant and Catherine Daley, Exhibitions Chair.

Jane Igram 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


Rachel Karklin

Rachel Karklin’s work is included in the exhibition titled Mixing it up with Mixed Media, a group exhibition juried by Susan Press, at the Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA. The exhibition is on display from August 11-September 15, 2023, and open to the public during gallery hours.

For more info:

Rachel Karklin, Honoring Egon Schiele; 2021; concrete, resin, stains; 24 x 10 x 7 inches.

Rachel Karklin, Honoring Egon Schiele (detail); 2021; concrete, resin, stains; 24 x 10 x 7 inches.

Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown has an outdoor installation titled Melt now on view at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, CA. Set on the hillside below O'Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, a cascade of white marker flags melts into a sea of blue, a reminder of what we can expect as our climate is transformed. Conceived during the snowiest winter on record in the Sierra Nevada, MELT was born during the hottest summer recorded on Earth. The work is on view thru the end of October. There is an Artist Talk on October 3, 5:30 pm, at O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, California 94941.

Nancy Brown, MELT; 2023; Utility marker flags; 10 x 60-116 x 140 inches.

Richard Alpert

Richard Alpert has work included in the Sausalito Center for the Arts Sculpture Exhibition. The exhibition contains works by notable Bay Area sculptors working in various 3-dimensional styles and materials. Sausalito Center for The Arts (SCA) is located at 750 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965. Exhibition runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 8, 2023. Reception is Sept. 16, 6-8 pm. This group show was curated by Shiva Pakdel, Executive Director of SCA. For more info:

Richard Alpert, Seuss' Rain; 2022; Steel, Steel Wire, Synthetic Rubber, Lead; 65 x 25 x 15 inches.

Richard Alpert, Radial; 2023; Synthetic Rubber, Steel Wire; 2 x 13 x 13 inches.

Richard Alpert, Mars Attack; 2023; Brass, Synthetic rubber, Glass, Lead; 5.5 x 7 x 3.5 inches.

Zahava Sherez

Zahava Sherez’s work is included in the exhibition titled New Realism / Altered Reality, at Gallery 23 NY, 821 Washington St., New York, NY. The show opens August 16, 2023. This juried group show includes work inspired by a personal representation of what is true and real.

Zahava Sherez, We the Light 2, InBodied Light Project; 2021;

bronze, resin, mixed media; 75 x 22 x 28 inches;

photo by Carlos Diaz Corona Photography, Guadalajara, MX.

Zahava Sherez, We the Light 2, InBodied Light Project; 2021; 75 x 22 x 28 inches,

bronze, resin, mixed media; photo by Carlos Diaz Corona Photography, Guadalajara, MX.

Zahava Sherez, Being 13, InBodied Light Project; 2021; resin and mixed media;

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

Zahava Sherez’s work is also featured in the recently published London Art Biennale 2023 Catalogue. The London Art Biennale Team compiled a comprehensive catalogue/book that includes 400 artists from 80 countries.

Zahava Sherez, We the Light 3, InBodied Light Project; 2022; resin, bronze, mixed media;

71 x 43 x 37 inches; photo by Carlos Diaz Corona Photography, Guadalajara, MX.

Zahava Sherez, We the Light 3, InBodied Light Project; 2022; resin, bronze, mixed media;

71 x 43 x 37 inches; photo by Carlos Diaz Corona Photography, Guadalajara, MX.

Zahava Sherez also has a solo exhibition titled Luz InCorporada / InBodied Light, 2018-2023, at El Centro Cultural Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexico City, MX. The opening is on Sept. 30, 2023, and the show is curated by Rodrigo Arciniega, Gestor Cultural, Mexico City, MX.

Zahava Sherez, Official Banner Image, InBodied Light Project, including over 30 sculptures

ranging from 2-7 feet tall made out of resin, bronze, mixed media.

Zahava Sherez, Being 8, InBodied Light Project; 2021; resin, bronze, mixed media;

79 x 16 x 12 inches; photo by Carlos Diaz Corona Photography, Guadalajara, MX.

Zahava Sherez, Beings 5 & 6, InBodied Light Project, 2021; resin and mixed media; Being 6,

42 x 7 x 7 inches; Being 5, 39 x 7 x 7 inches; photo by Carlos Diaz Corona Photography, Guadalajara, MX

Joseph Slusky

Joseph Slusky is having an exhibition and drawing jam sessions at 2121 Art Space, 2121 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (415-504-2501). The exhibition is titled Impulse to Draw: Joseph Slusky & Chip Sullivan, and runs from Sept. 9 – Oct. 7, 2023.

Opening Reception is Saturday, Sept. 9, 4-6 pm. Gallery Hours are Friday & Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.

Drawing Jam Sessions with Joe & Chip: Session 1 - Breakout - Sat. Sept. 9, 2 - 4pm Session 2 - Form & Fantasy - Sat. Sept. 23, 2 - 4pm. Session Fees: $40 general admittance / $20 students.

Register online at

Joseph Slusky, Elongata; 2022; Steel & Acrylic Lacquer Paint; 27 x 18 x 13 inches; photo by George Post.

Joseph Slusky, Chip Sullivan; Bursting Out; 2018; Watercolor, Pen & ink; 11 x 18 inches.

Barry Beach

Barry Beach’s work is included in the Group Exhibition at Sausalito Center for the Arts titled Mastery of the Craft: Bay Area Sculptors. The exhibition dates are Sept. 15 – October 8, 2023. The Sausalito Center for the Arts is at 750 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965. The opening is Sat., Sept. 16, 6-8 pm.

For more info:

Barry Beach, Inside/Outside; 2023; reclaimed wood; 34 x 34 x 11 inches.

Rick Crawford

Rick Crawford’s work was selected for publication in The North Coast Squid, a literary magazine produced by the Hoffman Center for the arts in Manzanita, Oregon. This is the 9th edition, which will be published in November 2023. Rick says, “I am honored to have an image of Port-Hole Slab Series #32 selected as art for the publication.”

For more info:

Rick Crawford, Port-Hole Slab Series #32; 2023; repurposed Douglas fir historic timber, carved, patina; 16 x 8 x 3.5 inches.

Lynne Todaro

Lynne Todaro is participating in the Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour 2023. Along with 300 + artists across Santa Cruz County, Lynne will open her studio to the public during this annual event. Lynne’s studio will be open the 2nd and 3rd weekends of October (14th, 15th, and 21st, 22nd), 11am-5 pm. at the Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River St., Studio 126, in Santa Cruz.

Lynne says, “I’d love to see some PRS folks at my work space!”

Open Studios Santa Cruz County 2023 takes place the first 3 weekends of October. Several PRS Artists are among those who will be opening their work spaces to the public. Those in the South County are open Oct. 7th and 8th, North County 14th and 15th., with optional all county weekend Oct. 21st and 22nd. Studios will open 11 am - 5 pm. PRS artists participating include: Lynne Todaro, Cynthia Siegel, Susanna Arias, and Cheryl Moreno. Come and visit your fellow PRS members!

Find maps and details at:

Lynne Todaro with her work "Day and Night", recycled metal sculpture.

view of Lynne Todaro’s studio wall.

Susannah Israel

Susannah Israel’s work is included in FIGURATIVE SCULPTORS, International Sculpture Center’s Sculptor's Portfolio during September and October 2023. ISC Professional Members working with the figure are being featured in this online Portfolio. The featured image for Susannah’s work is "Little Pink Diva," a contemporary reinterpretation of ancient court figures.

The sculpture was shown in the 2008 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale at the Yingge Ceramics Museum, and it is held in the permanent collection of the museum.

For more info:

Susannah Israel, Little Pink Diva, ceramic sculpture.

Catherine Daley

Catherine Daley has work in the group show Stars & Stripes: A Show on the American Flag, at Hammerfriar Gallery, 132 Mill St., Suite 101, Healdsburg, CA 95448. The “Stars & Stripes” show has been extended July 5 - September 2, 2023. PRS Member Catherine Daley and 13 other local artists, display works in a range of mediums that engage with the American Flag, inspiring and challenging us to think about timely social strengths and issues. For more info:

Catherine Daley, America's Cup: Red, White and Blue Inside (or Spilled Milk); 2023, Bronze, enamel paint;

6 x 9 x 5 inches; a commentary ranging from noting the proliferation of plastics as a RED cup, a jab at billionaire

Larry Ellison's America's Cup entry into sailing and the political forum as a Trump supporter,

and a nod at the old adage of "It's no use crying over spilled milk."

Catherine Daley,  State of the Union AKA American Drive-by; Reclaimed glass (with protective films), shot with a 22-caliber handgun,

wood framing, flag, rat urine, coke, chain, carabiner; 41 inches x 6 feet (excluding suspension elements);

the artwork provides a "window" into the shattered state of our country and gun violence.

Barbara Berk

Barbara Berk has work in the exhibition titled Finding the Form: Bay Area Sculpture, an invitational group show

at the new Sausalito Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, featuring 30 Bay Area artists. The show runs September 15 - October 8, 2023, and the Opening Reception is Saturday, September 16, 2023, 6 - 8pm.

For more info:

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

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

Barbara Berk, Petite French Knot (detail), photo by Morgan Murphy.

Doug Cain

Doug Cain had a solo show of experiential portraits at Public Wonder Gallery, a pop-up in San Francisco, CA, July 12-30, 2023.

These portraits were interactive and multi-sensory using mixed media to produce sound, action, touch, and often smell that add new dimensions of artistic content. The visitor was not a passive beholder but an active participant having a haptic, intimate experience with the portraits to expand perceptions beyond solely visual portrayal.

For more info:

Doug Cain, Beat Me Up, 2023, Mixed media, 96 x 20 x 20 inches.

Doug Cain, Neuroplastic Portrait Platform; 2023; Mixed media face, video camera and projector,

drone, mindwave reader headset, iPhone, plastic dome, netting; 72 x 84 x 72 inches.

Doug Cain, Sit Down Sad Chair: Portrait of CG; 2023; Mirror frame, chair, wire, pins, wool roving,

megaphone, broken plates, rose petals, rosewater scent, beeswax scent; 84 x 72 x 64 inches.

Jeff Owen

Jeff Owen has a solo exhibition titled Happenstance at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, CA. The show includes a selection of large and small sculptures of found and collected metal. Jeff says about the exhibition, “Announcing a personally humbling exhibition of my sculpture.” The show runs from Sept. 2, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024, and is on view in the Rotunda Gallery, Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, CA 95050. Hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 11 to 4. Artists Reception is Sept. 9, 2-4 pm.

For more info:

Marina Smelik

Marina Smelik has work included in the exhibition titled Abstraction 2023, an abstract-themed, all media, juried show at Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301. The exhibition runs September 8 - 26, 2023, and the juror is Stella Zhang.

For more info:

Pair, 2023, Bronze, 10 x 10 x 6 inches.

Marina Smelik also has a solo exhibition titled Movement in Stone at The Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, San Ramon Community Center, 12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, CA 94583. Dates of the exhibition are September 1 - 29, 2023.

For more info:

Blushing Fantasy, 2022, Stone, 18 x 13 x 7inches.

Tangled Emotions, 2021, Stone, 16 x 9 x 8 inches.

Locked in the Endless Cycle of Time, 2022, Stone, 21 x14 x 7 inches.

Rene Dayan-Whitehead

Rene Dayan-Whitehead is participating in Art Trails - Open Studios, September 30-October 1 and October 7-8, 2023. Join Rene at Studio #14. Open 10am to 5pm. See for maps and more information. Preview shows are at Corrick's - Gallery One, Santa Rosa, CA, and Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA.

Rene’s work is also featured at Graton Gallery Collaborative Art Showcase, Graton, CA, in conjunction with Sebastopol Center for the Arts and Art Trails, from August 10 to September 17, 2023.

Rene also has work in the juried exhibition at Sausalito Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, titled Finding the Form – Bay Area Sculpture. The exhibition runs Friday, September 15 – Sunday, October 8, 2023.

For more information: and

Rene Dayan-Whitehead, The Wish, Italian Alabaster on Granite Base, 20.5" x 13" x 5".

What does it mean to wish... A desire to change, to acquire to become?

I wish, does it mean for more, for luck, for love? To wish is a powerful concept,

myth is made of this, tales are told, so be wise when you say "I wish"

Rene Dayan-Whitehead, Tango, Alabaster on Onyx Base, 23" x 13" x 8".

The Tango is the dance of seduction, power, grace, surprise, love, flirtation.

It is freedom, danger, a place to push limits and to fall in love. Shall we Tango?

Rene Dayan-Whitehead, Heliotrope,Orange Alabaster on Steatied Base, 20" x 18" x 8"

The Heliotrope turns to face the sun, uses the warmth and rays to grow and move.

The light illuminates lights the stone as if there is a sun inside of it, perhaps turning inward



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