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Borsheim Art Newsletter:

8 May 2002

by Kelly Borsheim copyright 2002

[Zac]
Zac with biscuit
on this head
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[Seguin]
Kelly meets Zac
15 February 1987

[bonding; getting scent]
Zac getting Kelly's scent overnight -- his first night in his new home
22 February 1987

[yellow lab]
Zac and Kelly
25 February 1987

[Rocking Chair]
Zac in Martindale, Texas
1 March 1987

[yellow lab]
Zac's 1st Vet visit
10 March 1987

[Padre]
Zac and gulls at Padre Island, Texas
14 April 1987

[travel companion]
Zac wants to go to Mexico with Kelly
(he didn't); 26 June 1987

[diving dog]
Zac ready to go scuba diving
July 1987

[with Jason]
Zac with Jason
5-mile Dam, Blanco River
San Marcos
28 November 1987

[canoeing dog]
Canoeing on the Colorado River, Bastrop
26 May 1990

[tubing with Joe]
Tubing the San Marcos River with Joe
10 June 1990


    CONTENTS:
  1. Dedication
  2. Spontaneity
  3. Sculpture in the South
  4. New Bronzes
  5. Teaching
  6. Subscription Info.

[Zac]
Zac and Kelly, 12 February 1994

This newsletter is dedicated to my beloved Zac, who has been my sweetest and most constant companion for over 15 years. Zac was born in Seguin, Texas, on 12 January 1987. He traveled with me all over the United States and even played with me in the tide pools of Vancouver Island in Canada. Zac died here at home on Saturday afternoon, April 13th, 2002.

Since we did not speak the same language, he taught me to understand better how we communicate with our bodies. Yes, sometimes he demanded attention with strong, persistent nudges - adamant that I would "hear" him, but I learned to understand his needs and desires by watching him move. I got pretty good at recognizing the nuance of meaning in the tilt of his head, a shift in posture, a change of expression. I learned to see the decisions he was making. These skills he taught me have helped me to become a better artist and, I suspect, a better person.

He brought so much joy to my life and I hope that these images will give you some idea of our lives together. Thank you for sharing this tribute to Zac with me.

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SPONTANEITY

In an online discussion some weeks back, a photojournalist shared that he tries to teach his students to "shoot with intent." The response often was, "Doesn't that get in the way of spontaneity?"

An interesting question. In a generation that expects instant gratification, has spontaneity come to mean only random surprises (from "a momentary impulse")? As a lover of the nuance in words, I decided to review my understanding of the word "spontaneous". Some definitions my dictionary gave are:
  1. proceeding from natural feeling or native tendency without external constraint
  2. controlled or directed internally: SELF-ACTING
  3. developing without apparent external influence, force, cause, or treatment
  4. not apparently contrived or manipulated: NATURAL

Although a topic for further discussion, what I found interesting in the definition is WHERE the energy or action comes from and the implied importance of perception. Spontaneity is not APPARENTLY influenced or pre-conceived. Spontaneity is purely internal. "Without external influences" implies that spontaneity is unique for each individual. APPARENTLY, the search for spontaneity is the search for self.

Spontaneity = naturalness. This is why artists value seeing the world in a childlike manner. It is discovery without preconceptions. It is pure joy. And it is not random.

Intent comes from the "act of stretching out". Again, notice the direction. To "shoot with intent" probably means to reach for what is uniquely and purely our own. Intent is a tool, not an obstacle, to seek spontaneity.

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SCULPTURE IN THE SOUTH

Please join me in Summerville, South Carolina, for the Sculpture in the South exhibit on May 18-19, in Azalea Park. I have also been invited to give a talk on the art of carving stone during the show at 2 p.m. on Sunday, the 19th.

I am working diligently to finish a new stone carving of a dolphin out of Utah alabaster and hope to bring the finished work to the exhibit. The citizens of Summerville and the organizers of the show have treated me very well, so please come to Summerville the weekend of May 18-19 and enjoy some of that famous Southern hospitality and lots of wonderful sculpture.

For more information, please visit:
borsheimarts.com/exhibits.htm

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NEW BRONZES:

Together and Alone is back from the foundry now and will debut at the Sculpture in the South exhibit announced above. The bronze looks wonderful - even the foundry owner asked me how I managed to reach in to sculpt the woman's hands. If you would like to preview the bronze online, please click on the link below:
borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2001/alone.htm

Also, Torsione is a new male figure that is being cast into bronze VERY soon. Often inspired by dance, I loved the challenge of sculpting this figure with a wonderful twist in the torso, while taking advantage of the bronze medium's ability to show off extended limbs in a figure. The pre-casting discount offer described on my Web site ends on May 14, 2002, so act quickly - a one-third deposit reserves your bronze! By the way, "Torsione" means "twist" in Italian. I enjoyed the similarity of that word to the English "torso."
borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2002/torsione.htm

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TEACHING:

Since I have such a busy exhibition schedule this summer, the course in Sculptural Anatomy that I teach at the Austin Sculpture Center will be taught as a 4-day workshop in this summer's session. Dates are Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Cost will be $140 plus text and materials.

If you would like to receive the course schedule, please contact Shirley Kivell, director of the Austin Sculpture Center, at 512-371-7606 or e-mail asc@tsos.org .

If you would like more information about my class or the materials needed, please visit:
borsheimarts.com/class.htm

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I hope this newsletter finds you and yours happy and healthy. Thank you for reading.

With kindest regards,
Kelly Borsheim
8 May 2002

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[Zac with swans]
Zac with swans
June 1989

[funny dog]
Zac, San Marcos River
March 1988

[swans and a dog]
Zac with swans, San Marcos River
June 1989

[Zac with Jeremy]
Zac with Jeremy
8 June 1991

[dog swimming with swan]
Zac, San Marcos River
March 1988

[Monarch Pass, Colorado]
Kelly teaches Zac about snow; Monarch Pass, Colorado
14 June 1988

[Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado]
Zac overlooks Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado
14 June 1988

[Salt Flats, Utah]
A different white in the landscape -- stretching for miles
Salt Flats, Utah; 16 June 1988

[Crater Lake, Oregon]
Back to snow -- Crater Lake, Oregon
20 June 1988

[Silver Falls, Oregon]

From my friend Beverly: One funny thing that I remember is that he [Zac] and I were both scared to walk a wet log crossing a river, that you just so easily tip toed across. I think that we had to practically carry a whimpering Zac across that log. As I am writing this, I find that I am laughing and crying at the same time.
Silver Falls, Oregon; 8 July 1988

[Mt. Rainier Park, Washington]
Zac and John atop a fallen log
Mt. Rainier Park, Washington; 23 July 1988

[John and Zac on swing]
Zac with John,
relaxing on the porch swing
11 September 1993

[Texas wildflowers and Zac]
Zac at home with the Texas wildflowers; April 1993

[puppy dog with emus]
John and Zac say hello to our neighbor's emus
November 1997

[Zac wants to trampoline]
Zac with Shawn and Kate; Trampoline anyone?
24 April 1994

[Zac in construction]
Zac helps John with plumbing on Kelly's new studio
Cedar Creek, Texas; 20 May 1995

[studio windows and the dog]
Zac inspects the new windows in Kelly's studio
28 June 1995

[Christmas]
Zac with Shawn (left) and Derek
26 December 1999 (photo by Michelle Borsheim)

[1st day new home]
Zac's first day in his new life with Kelly
Fire hydrant toy was a gift from Kelly's roommate Linda
22 February 1987

If you think this is a lot of images --
I have more (trust me)!

(In fact, just look at other pages on the site
for starters.)

[Sebring, Florida]
Zac poses with John, Amber, and Danielle
Beach in Sebring, Florida; May 2000

[Inks Lake State Park]
John and Zac check to see if Kelly is following or not
Inks Lake State Park, Texas; 15 September 1996

[fixing the brakes]
Zac -- always where the action is.
This time he is "helping" John fix the brakes on my van
prior to my trip to MARBLE/marble Symposium in Colorado.
26 July 2001


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