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PRS NEWS -- January 2024

From the President

Hi Everyone!

I hope 2024 is a healthy and happy year for you, despite the challenges in the world. We, artists, have a way of finding inspiration in the every day and refreshing our point of view.

We are proud about the two PRS member exhibitions that opened in Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz. Be sure to check them out!

To our new and existing members-  please consider joining the amazing group of member volunteers in the stellar communications committee who organize our newsletter. OR - help the amazing exhibitions committee continue to find and organize exhibitions. Many hands make little work - and working with artists is joyful work.

I look forward to seeing you in the gallery or a studio soon!

Barry Beach

President, PRS Board of Trustees

Reminders to PRS members: 



Exhibitions is delighted to announce 46 artists out of 79 were selected to showcase their artwork in "A Question of Balance" at the Museum of Sonoma County (MSC). Please celebrate PRS and attend the reception, 5-7 pm, Saturday, January 27. The museum will offer free entry and kick off Lunar New Year with a special program, 1-3 pm. MSC is located at 425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. (707) 579-1500.

Congratulations to the participating artists!

Don Ajello, Richard Alpert, Susan Amorde, Jerry Barrish, Barry Beach, Barbara M. Berk, Jan Blythe, Nancy Brown, Jay Capela, Cheryl Coon, Sena Clara Creston, Catherine Daley, Lynn Dau, Rene Dayan Whitehead, Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, Rebecca Fox, Sheila Ghidini, Annette Goodfriend, Jane Grimm, Briona Hendren, Stan Huncilman, Rachel Karklin, Peter Keresztury, Jeff Key, Kathleen King, Terry Kreiter, Magels Landet, Oleg Lobykin, Jann Nunn, Moto Ohtake, Ucki Ood, Jeff Owen, Renee Owen, John Pashilk, Priyanka Rana, Ruth Santee, Rose Sellery, Vickie Jo S0well, Charles Splady, Richard Starks, Kline Swonger, Leitha Thrall, Laura Van Duren, Mary White, and Alexander Yoshikawa

For more information:

Next up "She/They: Pacific Rim Sculptors"! This exhibition showcases a wide range of art by 27 contemporary sculptors who identify as women, including non-binary and transgender artists working in various sculpture media. These artists present a variety of themes, approaches, traditional and innovative techniques at Santa Cruz Art League.

Reception: First Friday, February 2, 6-8pm.

Artist Talk: February 10, 2024, Saturday, 1:30 – 3:00 pm.

Location: Santa Cruz Art League - 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Congratulations to the participating women/womxn/persons of Pac Rim!

Heidi Alonzo, Susan Amode, Barbara M Berk, Jan Blythe, Catherine Bohrman, Catherine Daley, Lynn Dau, Marguerite Elliot, Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, Jane Grimm, Briona Hendren, Marilynn Host, Kathleen King, Pamela Merory Dernham, Stephanie Metz, Margaret Michel, Rosy Penhallow, Courtney Scruggs, Rose Sellery, Lucy Snow, Barbara Stevens Strauss, Gudrun Thomspon, Leitha Thrall, Lynne Todaro, Colleen Wilcox, Tori Wilson, Susan Zimmerman

For more information:

We look forward to seeing you all at the opening receptions!


Catherine Daley
Exhibitions Committee Chair


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Mary Curtis Ratcliff

Mary Curtis Ratcliff is in the exhibition COUPLET PAIR REBUS: The Principle of Cause and Effect in Art at the University Museum and Art Gallery located in the University of Hong Kong. This exhibition explores the interplay of causality in art in multiple ways. From poem to poem, COUPLET presents itself as a place for reading, as a space of resonances. PAIR is dedicated to balance and symmetry. Here, pairs of artworks form a three-dimensional equilibrium. REBUS presents itself as a space of associations, forming a network of content-related references.

For more information:

Location: The University Museum and Art Gallery at the University of Hong Kong

Exhibition Dates: 27 Oct 2023 - 18 Feb 2024

Mary Curtis Ratcliff, Koi

Jane Ingram Allen

Jane Ingram Allen's review of the Pacita Abad exhibition at SFMOMA is featured in the FanFare Blog of FiberArt Now for January 2024.

See the link at:

Pacita Abad, European Mask, 1990

Pacita Abad, Exhibition Overview

Susannah Israel

Susannah Israel is delighted to announce Fahrenheit 2024 at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA). This exhibition originally, launched in 2018, has received overwhelming responses. AMOCA continues to feature artists contributing to the contemporary ceramic arts. 

For more information: 

Exhibition dates: January 20–September 8, 2024

Opening Reception: January 20, 2024, 4–6 PM

Susannah Israel, Tree Crown 

Susannah Israel, Tree Crown (side view)

Kristen Lindseth

Kristin Lindseth was in an invitation-only curated exhibition Facing Home at the Euphrat Museum of Art in Cupertino, CA.  This exhibition explores the who, what and where that gives us a sense of home or refuge and honors the passing of loved ones central to the concept of home. The show was built around the mythical town San Ardo which I created in the wake of the Lightning strike fires of August 2020. The buildings are wood multimedia with lights and sound. Also included are works byTessie Barrera, Edith Argabrite, Nimah Gobir, Lydia Sanchez and RoxanaVega. The exhibition ran from November 1, 2023 to1 December 27, 2023

Kristin Lindseth, Blue Moon Pool Hall

Kristin Lindseth, Midnight Diner (kitchen view)

Kristin Lindseth, Midnight Diner (at night) 

Marguerite Elliot

Marguerite Elliot is in the online exhibition Kinship With Birds in Flight and Plight juried by Jane Kim. This curation of works highlights the challenges facing birds, and either celebrates conservation successes or signals the need for urgent interventions. The exhibition is on view from October 15 ,2023-February 29,2024.

Link to the exhibition:

Marguerite Elliot, Medusa Tree II

Marguerite Elliot, Medusa Tree II (detail)

Additionally, three sculptures from Marguerite Elliot’s Sentinels: Protectors of Wild and Beautiful Places are installed in Holden Garden on the Pitzer College campus from Augusts 28, 2023 – May 17, 2024. This series gestures to the precarious interface between technology and the environment. Inspired by yet distinct from the ubiquitous cell phone towers that populate our contemporary landscape, Elliot’s sculptures stand watch as they broadcast a warning of the climate crisis.

For more information:

Marguerite Elliot, Fire Sentinel

Marguerite Elliot, California Sentinel

Marguerite Elliot, Earth Sentinel 

Rene Dayan Whitehead

Rene Dayan Whitehead was selected to participate in the group show Illuminating Perspectives: Exploring Light in Innovative Art  at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts in Sebastopol, CA. This exhibition, juried by Georgie Friedman, is a art exhibition dedicated to pushing the boundaries of artistic interpretation and challenging conventional notions of light across various mediums - painting, drawing, video, digital, film, projection, photography, sculptural and experiential.

Exhibition Dates: January 27-May 26, 2024

Artist Reception: Sat Jan. 27, 2004 3-5 pm

Rene Dayan Whitehead, Illumination 

Rene Dayan Whitehead, Illumination (side view)

Jane Grimm

Jane Grimm has a solo show of ceramic sculptures entitled Convergence at The Drawing Room, 210 Clement Street, San Francisco. The ceramic sculpture is a selection of work made between 1996 and 2023. The curator is Renee DeCarlo. The show runs from January 19-February 18. Gallery Hours, Wednesday-Sunday, 11-7. Artist Talk and Opening Reception to be announced.

For more information:

Jane Grimm, Gyrations

Jane Grimm, Untitled

Jane Grimm, Syncopation

Barbara Berk, Jan Blythe & Jane Grimm

Barbara Berk, Jan Blythe and Jane Grimm are three of a number of artists representing Pacific Rim Sculptors in both member-only exhibitions currently; A Question of Balance at the Museum of Sonoma County and She/They:Pacific Rim Sculptors at the Santa Cruz Art League. (Please refer back to the Exhibitions Committee Update section at the top of this newsletter for more information on each exhibition and to see the full list of members exhibiting in each).

A Question of Balance:

Barbara Berk, 7 Open Spirals

Jan Blythe, Step Up

Jane Grimm, Duet V

She/They: Pacific Rim Sculptors

Barbara Berk, Sea Currents

Jan Blythe, Lamentation

Jane Grimm, Duet VII



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