From the President
I hope 2024 is going well for you. I’m already noticing the longer days and excited for two PRS exhibitions already at Museum of Sonoma County and She/They at the Santa Cruz Art League. Our exhibitions committee has worked overtime to make this happen! Big thank you to Catherine Daley and Lynn Todaro for their shepherding these amazing exhibitions.
A new year brings new opportunities to help PRS. We have three board positions to fill and always need help getting our newsletter out and networking to develop exhibition opportunities. Please reach out to the new Exhibitions Committee chair Dave Kwinter (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Briona Hendren about the Communications Committee (email@example.com). Board members help plan where our organization is headed and steps to get there - and it’s a great way to network.
Please reach out to me if you have questions or would like to speak - firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to seeing you at a PRS exhibition soon!
President, PRS Board of Trustees
Installation view of A Question of Balance, photo by Barry Beach
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The opening reception of "A Question of Balance" at the Museum of Sonoma County (MSC) at the end of last month was more than anything we could have asked for. At one point, there so many attendees that you could hardly see the art in the museum! A big thank you to the Exhibitions Committee for coordinating this amazing exhibition, participating artists for making the show so diverse and everyone who came to show support. we appreciate all of you!
In case you missed the reception the museum will be releasing a number of dates released for events including artist talks, and even sculpture demos on International Sculpture Day!
Info about the exhibition: “A Question of Balance: Selected Works from Pacific Rim Sculptors.” Artworks for the exhibition were selected by jurors Jeff Nathanson (MSC) and Kate Eilertsen (Di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art). Artists used their own interpretations in materials, techniques, subject matter, or a combination of concepts to address the theme of balance. The resulting exhibition features 45 sculptors representing a diverse range of approaches, techniques, and materials. Included are sculptural works in metal, wood, stone, mixed media, and installation in sizes ranging from nine inches to over 12 feet in height!
Join us for the Second Saturday Artist Talks
Exhibition dates: January 27- May 26, 2024
Location: Museum of Sonoma County - 425 7th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
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
A few selected works:
Richard Alpert, Suess Rain
Jan Blythe, Step Up
Jerry Ross Barrish, The Juggler
SHE/THEY: Pacific Rim Sculptors
Last Friday, Feb 2nd, the Santa Cruz Art League hosted a First Friday Opening Reception event for the PRS exhibition of She/They. More than 150 attendees came to show support!
Info about the exhibition: She/They: Pacific Rim Sculptors showcases a wide range of contemporary sculptors who identify as women, including non-binary and transgender artists working in various sculpture media. These sculptors present a variety of themes and approaches and traditional and innovative techniques.
Be sure to join us for the artist talk this Saturday, February 10th 1:30-3pm.
Exhibition Dates: January 18- February 24, 2024
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
Lynne Todaro with her sculpture at the opening reception of She/They, photo by Barry Beach
View of the opening reception, photo by Barry Beach
PRS members at the opening reception, photo curtesy of the Santa Cruz Art League
Susan Amorde with her sculpture at the opening reception, photo curtesy of the Santa Cruz Art League
A solo show of Jerry Ross Barrish features 23 assemblage sculptures created from found materials curated by Cheryl Coon opened at Mission Community College, Vargas Art Gallery, Santa Clara CA.
Exhibition Dates: Jan 29 - Mar 7, 2024
Opening Reception: Wed Feb 14, 1-3 pm
Jerry Ross Barrish, Yellow Parasol
Jerry Ross Barrish, Spring Fever
Jerry Ross Barrish, Big Party Animal
Catherine Merrill & Charles Stinson
PRS members Catherine Merrill and Charles Stinson have works in the exhibition "Third Generation: The Bay Area Figurative Movement Today", at the Sausalito Center for the Arts, in Sausalito, CA. Curated by Susan Kirshenbaum and Catherine Merrill, the exhibition includes 2D and 3D figurative works by 18 Bay Area artists.
Opening reception is 2-5 PM Saturday January 20
Closing Party is 3-6 PM Sunday January 28
Photo of Catherine Merrill next to sculptures, photo by Charles Stinson
Photo of Charles Stinson next to sculpture
Jan Blythe's work is included in the group show Bay Area Arts & Crafts Exhibition celebrating Fine Crafts and Fine Art from a select group of Bay Area artists. This exhibition is held at the Sausalito Center For The Arts in Sausalito, CA. Opening reception is Saturday, February 24, 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Exhibition Dates: Feb 15-March 15, 2024
Closing Reception: Friday March 15 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm
For more information: www.sausaliticenterforthearts.org/arts-crafts
Jan Blythe, Mellow Yellow
Sculptures By Joseph Slusky is a mini Sculptural Retrospective of works done by PRS member Joesph Slusky from 1969 to 2023 on display in the College of Environmental Design in Library Wurster Hall 2nd floor at UC Berkeley. The exhibition runs from January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2024
For more information: https://ced.berkeley.edu/resources/library
Joseph Slusky, Rake's Progress, 1972
Joseph Slusky, Walking W's, 1975
Dave Kwinter will be a guest artist showing eleven of his assemblage sculptures at the Main Street Arts Gallery. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday from 11-4 and Sunday from 10-2, and on the first Friday of each month from 6-9 pm.
The exhibition runs March 1 - April 28, 2024. Reception: Friday, March 1, 6-9 pm.
For more information: https://www.mainstreetarts.net/
Location: Main Street Arts Gallery - 613 Main Street, Martinez, CA 94553.
David Kwinter, Basket Man
David Kwinter, Ding-a-ling
David Kwinter, Corks
J Livingston was showcased in the OHCA Annual Members' Show 2024 at the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, CA. This curated exhibition comprised of102 small-format pieces representing the diversity of work by OHCA artist members: primarily photography, painting, other 2D work, a few small sculptures and ceramic pieces, and one video. The exhibition ran from Dec 22, 2023 - Jan 25, 2024
For more information:
J Livingston, Clouds Altas (still)
Ruth Geos had a recent publication in the online arts magazine, Hyperallergic, in their recurring feature, A View from the Easel, featuring artist’s studios and their descriptions of their individual process and perspective within the studio image.
Visit this link to read more:
Ruth Geos - studio view
Kline Swonger has two exhibitions on the horizon. She is in a solo exhibition, Everything Dissolves, opening at the Kruglak Gallery in. Oceanside, CA. Everything Dissolves is a collection of sculptures and installations that explore ideas of dissolution. Created from a state of curiosity around what happens when the boundaries between things dissolve and when internal and external landscapes converge. An artist talk with reception will be held on Feb 21st 11:30am-2pm. With another reception being held on Feb 24th 12-2pm.
Exhibition Dates: February 6- March 1, 2024
Location: Kruglak Gallery - 1 Bernard Dr, Oceanside, CA 92056
Kline Swonger, Everything Dissolves
The next exhibition Kline is apart of is a group exhibition entitled ORDER/DISORDER: Belonging to Nature at the La Jolla Historical Society. This exhibition brings together five artists from California and Tijuana that explore the beauty and complexities of our natural environment highlighting coastal habitats with specific work being created about La Jolla. The opening reception is on Friday, February 9th 6:30-7:30pm.
Exhibition Dates: February 10- May 26, 2024
Location: La Jolla Historical Society - 780 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
Kline Swonger, Order/Disorder
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