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Borsheim Art Newsletter:

29 November 2002

by Kelly Borsheim copyright 2002

[dolphin]
Dolphin Play
Stone carving by Kelly Borsheim
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    CONTENTS:
  1. December Sale
  2. New Stone Carving
  3. I Don't Know Much About Art
  4. What Lies Ahead
  5. Subscription Info.

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December Sale:

During the month of December there will be a 12% SAVINGS on all available artworks (see regular prices on the Web site, http://www.borsheimarts.com)
  • Don't forget that if you already own a Borsheim artwork, you are eligible for the 10% Collector's Consideration - add that to the other sale prices and WOW! If you have not started your collection yet, now is a great time. Buy 2 or more original artworks and the Collector's Consideration will apply to the item(s) of greater value.
  • Gift Certificates Available, too!
  • Come by the studio to see current works in-progress. A deposit reserves the finished art for you. Or we can talk about commissioned work. (Odds are that I will be in the studio, but please call first just to make sure.)
  • Sale dates are December 1-31, 2002.

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The online store that offers Borsheim art images on goods such as ceramic mugs, tiles, and cotton shirts has been updated. Hurry - the sale on selected items is over on December 2nd.

For figurative art, please visit: www.cafeshops.com/buyart

For marine works, check out: www.cafeshops.com/marineart

These are cool items that are fun to share - perfect for office party gifts, stocking stuffers, or for a treat for you. I really enjoy the new tiles - use as coasters or remove the felt pads on the bottom and mount the tiles on the wall, perhaps imbedded with other tiles or trim in your home. Suggestions for new items or images are always welcome.

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New Stone Carving:

For the marine art lovers out there, the latest carving is titled "Dolphin Play" - created from a piece of alabaster from Utah: www.borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2002/dolphin2.htm

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I Don't Know Much About Art

Although it takes a lot of effort to travel and do art shows, I am usually energized by the direct feedback I get when people look at my artwork. On several occasions I have heard someone say, "I don't know much about art, but I like that." This comment tends to surprise me. Why do so many of us feel that we cannot trust our own judgment?

The truth is that I do not know much about art - history that is. So let me blunder through this theory that has come about by talking to people just like you: over a long period of time the public has been taught that the non-artist must be educated about art in order to "get it". As visual art moved away from the traditional methods of representing recognizable forms or objects, artists began to feel they had to explain their thought processes that led to the creation of specific works. The Artist's Statement evolved to take on a more important role in the visual art realm and, for many people, the text seemed to be an integral part of understanding the visual work. In some ways, visual artists forgot "what their job was" and began to use words to express ideas, much the way writers do. This may be the reason so many people think they must "know something about art" to be able to enjoy it. But you don't.

Building a collection is a personal journey. Perhaps you are like me - I started collecting art that I enjoyed. In the beginning, I did not really think about WHY I enjoyed it. It moved me at the time and I bought it. At some point in my own growth, however, I began to focus. The more I collected, the more I wanted to learn about my new passion. This was a slow process and started out with the simple question, "Why?" If my gut reaction to a work of art was, "YES!" I started to ask myself just what was it that pulled me in: the idea/emotion behind the piece, the light, composition of shapes, texture, subject matter, technique, color? I asked myself the opposite question about an artwork that did not appeal to me (those questions were much easier to answer). Although I could share with you my answers, they won't be the same as your own. There are no "correct" or "wrong" answers. Each of us is unique and each of us has a unique sense of aesthetics. Collecting is a journey of self-discovery. Each collection is one of a kind, just like its collector. My passion for the work I love to collect led me to seek out background information such as who the artist is and how he or she thinks. And that's why the Artist's Statement became of interest to me. It is a bonus, AFTER the art grabbed me.

So which is it? Educate or no? The fact is that art is communication between people. As a visual artist, it is my job to express my thoughts in a visual language, or in my case as a sculptor, visually and with the sense of touch. That expression becomes communication once another person "listens". As I strive to improve my skills and my voice, I hope that I am able to express myself clearly and intelligently so that my work will entice you to turn my expression into a conversation.

Perhaps when someone says, "I don't know much about art, but I like that," what they are really expressing is, "Hey, I am at the beginning of a journey!" That seems cause enough for a celebration, don't you think?

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What Lies Ahead - Goals:

I will be visiting California in the spring and I would like to increase my gallery representation in that area. I am open to suggestions on places I should visit during my stay (especially art galleries and studios), as well as getting to meet as many of you on the West Coast as I am able.

Also, it is my fondest desire to go to Italy in late 2003 or in 2004 to see all the truly wonderful art firsthand and study marble carving of the figure. I am particularly interested in carving flesh that looks soft and yielding. Again, any tips on where to go, what to see, with whom to study, or how to fund my trip are appreciated. I intend to stay for at least 6 weeks.

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Enjoy your holidays and I hope to be hearing from you during the month of December - at least!

With kindest regards,
Kelly Borsheim
29 November 2002

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