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PRS NEWS -- April 2024

From the President

Happy Spring! I hope you’re well and have time to create. Please consider joining our board. We need more member involvement as we currently have three vacant positions. And - we will have another one later this year.

Working on the board is rewarding. It’s great to watch and plan how the organization is going along. It’s lovely working with fellow sculptors, and it’s fun! We only have board meetings about three or four times annually, and you can join via Zoom.

Thank you for considering. Please reach out to me if I can answer any questions -

Barry Beach

President, PRS Board of Trustees

A few of the PRS Board hard at work before joining with PRS members at the SFMOMA, 2023.

Photo by PRS Board President Barry Beach 

Reminders to PRS members: 


To the PRS member community,

On behalf of the PRS organization, we want to encourage your help and involvement in one of our committees! It takes a village effort to find curators and exhibiting spaces, as well as orchestrating member meetups, other field trips, and more. Bigger things can happen when we bring our collective minds together!

Please consider joining one (or all if your ambitious!) of our three committees Exhibitions, Events and Communications.

See below for more information about what our committees are up to.

Briona Hendren

Operations Manger, PRS


We have a lot on the horizon and we can use your help! Please join one of our monthly meetings, held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm. The next meeting will be help on Wednesday, May 1st.

For the Zoom link to our monthly meetings and for other information please email us at


International Sculpture Day (IS Day) is right around the corner! Saturday, April 27th to be exact. Be sure to register your event, open studio, etc on the ISC website,, to list your event. *Remember* The ability to list events is a part of your ISC  membership. Utilize it!

If you don't have anything in particular planned for IS Day yet, PRS is collaborating with the Museum of Sonoma County to do an event in congruent with the A Question of Balance exhibition of PRS member work. (Keep scrolling for more information on this exhibition).

Join us in creating a stronger community! Volunteer on the Events Committee and help us connect our PRS community to each other again after years of separation during COVID. We need assistance setting up field trips, meet ups, studio visits and more! Send us an email


We are happy to announce that our Operations Manger, Briona Hendren, is stepping in as the Chair for the Communications Committee. If you are interested in supporting with our monthly newsletters, social media, and other member communication efforts please contact us at We will begin hosting monthly meetings again soon. 



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

  • Saturday, April 13th with Leitha Thrall, Barbara M. Berk, Ruth Santee
  • Saturday, May 11th with Moto Ohtake, Vickie Jo Sowell, Priyanka Rana

International Sculpture Day at the Museum of Sonoma County - Saturday, April 27th 1-5pm

@1pm - Metal casting demonstration by Briona Hendren

@2pm - Thermal Steel Cutting and Welding by Charles Splady and Alexander Yoshikawa

+ other programming by MSC including a new exhibition entitled On tap: Sonoma County and the Beer Revolution and special guest Tara Nurin, author of A Woman's Place Is in the Brewhouse

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

Photo of Leitha Thrall next to her sculpture at MSC. She will be apart of the artist cohort talking on

Saturday, April 13th. Photo by Briona Hendren

Photo of viewers Catherine Daley's sculpture at MSC during her artist talk presentation from

February 10th. Photo by Briona Hendren


ZAhava Sherez

Zahava Sherez is excited to annouce her acceptance to the Eutopia Artist Residency, "Spring in Greek Nature" in Toxotes, Greece this coming Spring! This is a 3-week residency is in northern Greece in the small village of Toxotes, located near the Nestos river.

Her residency begins May 10 and runs thru May 31, 2024, where she will be developing the second phase of her InBodied Light project.

For more information about this residency:

ZaHaVa Sherez, InBodied Light

Photo of Eutopia Artist Residency

Susannah Israel

Susannah Israel is an invited artist to be in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helea, Montana this coming April 2024. The Invited Visiting Artist in Residence is a short term curated partnership between an established artist and The Bray. The Visiting Artist is provided a private studio space, in proximity to The Bray Resident Artists, to realize and conceive new work and projects while engaging in shared on-site resources and a lively creative atmosphere.

This isn't Susannah's first time being invited to this residency! Her first AIR at Archie Bray was in the Summer 2002. She was also Writer in Residence there in 2011, and now will return for the third time in April 2024.

"I will spend the time creating a three-part site-specific sculpture that will be permanently installed on the grounds. This is a tremendous honor! I'm planning to make a piece called "We are the body/the boat/and the water" about love and loss, creative community, and my (so far) seven decade journey." -Susannah Israel

Big Congratulations to you Susannah!

For more information about this residency and the visiting artists:

Susannah Israel, Scribe, a landform piece showing the technique used

Archie Bray

Susannah Israel, Tea at Archie Bray, sited piece from 2002 to present.

Additionally, Susannah is in the exhibition entitled "MANE & TAIL". It is an exhibition of painting, sculpture and photography by Devynn Barnes, Susannah Israel and Charles Lee.

"Horses are incredibly massive and strong animals and yet we don’t fear them. We revere them, trust them, confide in them and have depended on them for centuries." ~ Charles Lee, Curator

Exhibition Dates: April 4– May 4, 2024

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 2024

Location: Minnesota Street Project: Casemore Gallery - 1275 Minnesota Street San Francisco, CA 94107

For more information:

Susannah Israel, Soaring Horse

Susannah Israel, Soaring Horse - detail

Paul Reiber

Paul Reiber is apart of the upcoming exhibition entitled Deep Roots, Spreading Branches Fine Woodworking of Krenov School. Curated by Chelsee Boehm, the Curator of Collections and Exhibits for the Grace Hudson Museum, this show will be comprised of works done by graduates from the Krenov School of Fine Woodworking and the exploration of the history of the school.

The opening reception will be held on April 6, 2024.

Exhibition Dates: 3/30/24 -8/18/24 

Location: Grace Hudson Museum, The Sun House, & The Wild Gardens - 431 South Main Street Ukiah, CA 95482

For more information:

Paul Reiber, Glyph II

JERRY ROSS BARRISH, Richard Alpert, Barry Beach, Jeff Key, & JAN BLYTHE

PRS members Jerry Ross Barrish, Richard Alpert, Barry Beach, Jeff Key, and Jan Blythe are showing together in the exhibition entitled In Flux: Recalibrating The Unknown at the Museum of Northern California Art. This is an exhibition of 170+ SFAI artists, curated by Jeremy P. H. Morgan. The exhibition showcases individual and collaborative works that explore the unknown, including the video Earshot by PRS member Richard H. Alpert.

This show runs from March 21 to May 12, 2024, at MONCA, with an opening reception on March 22, 5:00 - 8:00 PM. 

Location: Museum of Northern California Art -  900 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926

Jerry Ross Barrish, 

For more information:

Jerry Ross Barrish, Really Down, 2023

Berry Beach, Accumulations Column 1

Cheryl Coon

Cheryl Coon is in the exhibition Materiality curated by Beverly Rayner at the Cabrillo Gallery, Cabrillo College Aptos, CA.  The three artists, Cheryl Coon, Ben Hunt, and Robert Ortbalin this exhibition all use unusual materials, or work with materials in unusual ways. This shows runs from March 11 - April 12, 2024

The Closing Reception & Artist Talk for the show will be held on Saturday, April 13, from 2-5p.

For more information:

Cheryl Coon, Symbiosis (detail) 

Jerry Ross Barrish

Jerry Ross Barrish is in the exhibition entitled You Made That With Plastic? Turning Trash into Treasures at Gualala Arts in Gualala, CA. This is a curated group show of 15+ artists all creating work with upcycled plastic.

From Curators Paula Haymond & Mirka Knaster:

"The artists invited to show in this exhibit have created interesting, playful, beautiful, and powerful objects by upcycling plastic found on our beaches as well as in our homes and workplaces, restaurants and cafés. Their creativity will demonstrate what’s possible when we make the effort to keep plastic off our streets and roads and out of waterways and oceans, garbage cans and landfills."

Exhibition Dates: April12, 2024 - May 5, 2024

For more information:

Jerry Ross Barrish, Puppy Dog, 1990

Mary Curtis Ratcliff

Mary Curtis Ratcliff's solo exhibition, Aviary, hosted at the Mercury 20 Gallery in Oakland,CA, features work created over the past 50 years and includes bas relief, drawing, painting, collage, kinetic sculpture, and photo transfer — all united by wonder and reverence for winged creatures. 

For more information:

Exhibition Dates: March 29 - May 4 2024

Reception: Saturday April 6, 3 - 6pm with an Artist Talk at 3:30 - 4pm

Location: Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

Mary Curtis, Nightbird 

Mary Curtis Ratcliff, Feather Hoop

Natasha Dikareva

Natasha Dikareva's solo exhibition, Through Sorrow Into Light, at the Art Center Sarasota, delves into the depths of our shared human struggle.

Like guardians of a shattered realm, these sculptures remain standing among the wreckage, punctured with holes that speak of both vulnerability and resilience. Within their melancholy, there is a quiet whisper of hope - a call to embrace empathy, love, and light. They remind us that even in our darkest hours, there exists a path toward enlightenment.

For more information:

Exhibition Dates: March 14- April 20, 2024

Location: Art Center Sarasota,  707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34236

Flyer for Through Sorrow Into Light

Natasha Dikareva, Under Silent Sky

Natasha Dikareva, Quest for Balance



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