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Borsheim Art Newsletter:

20 March 2003

by Kelly Borsheim copyright 2003

[AIDS]
elle (detail)
oil painting
by Kelly Borsheim
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    CONTENTS:
  1. New Work - Happy New Year!
  2. Art and AIDS
  3. Museums and Galleries (Eugène Carrière)
  4. Exhibits
  5. ArtBiz features Kelly's Tips
  6. Sculpting the Human Form
  7. Dedication
  8. Subscription Info.

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New Work - Happy New Year!

I celebrate the New Year on the first day of Spring, a more logical time for this rejuvenating holiday. I love the variety of greens and other colors that are starting to emerge. My spirits are lifted hearing in the skies the migration of geese heading north and watching the robins scurrying amongst all the oak leaves on the grounds around my wooded home studio. All the little birdies are singing, despite the current world events.

I have spent the colder part of the Texas winter finishing older works and starting new ones. Here is a sampling:

My spring celebration of green can be seen in the newly completed "Green Venus", a combination of two stones - Utah alabaster and Texas limestone. www.borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2003/greenvenus.htm

Another sculpture is a relief bronze mounted on marble and hung on a wall. It is a sweet work titled, "Chest Piece". It may be viewed online at: www.borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2003/malechest.htm

"Adam" is a carving from a hard Canadian marble called Shunaya. When my dealer in West Hollywood, California, called asking for my next male nude sculpture for her client last November, I showed her what I had, plus this carving as a work in-progress. She said, "Finish that one for me - we love it!" So, although the sculpture is now in California, you may still preview it at: www.borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2003/adam.htm

It is fun to paint by the warmth of a fire, and so this winter I was able to finish some oils that I had set aside for times that stone carving was not probable and my clays and waxes were too cold to easily work. Some of these paintings are included in galleries 4 & 5. www.borsheimarts.com/painting/gallery5.htm
www.borsheimarts.com/painting/gallery4.htm

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Art and AIDS:

The following is a copy of my response to a letter from Canadian artist Robert Genn about erotic art that he sent to his online artist's community on Valentine's Day.

I was invited and recently donated a painting to each of two fundraisers for AIDS organizations. One upcoming event is titled Arterotica [was held March 1 in Austin, Texas]. Yesterday a media person called and asked two questions: How do you feel about being included in an erotic art show? Why did you wish to participate in an AIDS fundraiser? Honestly, I did it to expose my work to an audience that might appreciate it. But the questions got me thinking. I don't particularly see the majority of my work as erotic, but I also feel it is for the viewer to decide, since what is erotic is, like taste in art, subjective. Why AIDS? AIDS disturbs me because of the way it is transmitted. As social creatures, we need to touch each other. Ostracism is a powerful punishment. AIDS is transmitted via the most personal ways we touch one another, whether it be sexually or through the acts of giving birth and sharing blood. To stop it, we need to deny ourselves in some ways. The very actions that link us to each other are what this disease thrives on. And there was my connection with how I approach my art and how my work relates to eroticism and perhaps even AIDS: Touch.

In the March issue of Art Business News, I learned that Herb Ritts, a wonderful and well-known photographer, died of complications from AIDS on December 26, 2002. He is one of the artists whose black and white images made a real impact on me and it is sad that the world lost him at the young age of 50.

If you would like to read the full communiqué from Robert Genn and some other artists' responses, please visit: www.painterskeys.com/clickbacks/eroart.html

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Museums and Galleries:

On Wednesday, March 5th, my artist friend Theresa Bayer and I went to Houston for the day. We were researching galleries and we also wanted to draw for several hours at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In particular, I was desperate to see "Mother's Kiss", an oil painting by my new favorite artist, Eugène Carrière (1849-1906). His painting is part of the exhibition "Old Masters, Impressionists, and Moderns: Masterpieces from the State Pushkin Museum, Moscow."

I had driven a carload of art lovers to see this collection in January and was mesmerized by this painting. As I walked into one of the rooms near the end of the exhibit, I was completely moved by a warm brown tonal triangular composition that I first took to be upswept clouds. This was indeed inspiring, but can you imagine my joy when I began to distinguish the faces in this wonderful gem? I could not get the work out of my mind - such is the power of art that connects. Although the exhibit has since moved on to Atlanta, you may see an image of my little sketch below:

[charcoal sketch]
Charcoal Sketch "After EC"
by Kelly Borsheim
Photography is such a wonderful tool for bringing a fresh eye to a work of art. I knew that I had not captured a likeness in the middle figure's face and that the mother's arm was out of proportion, but this was a good exercise and a most enjoyable experience.

Researching galleries is always an interesting experience. For me, I don't just want to see what kind of work a gallery offers its collectors; I also want to experience firsthand how I am treated while I am there. On the same block in Houston that day, Theresa and I experienced a wide variety of receptions. One woman actually called someone AFTER we arrived and spoke loudly into the phone the entire time we were there (without greeting us in any way). After we thoroughly examined each artwork, we waved politely as we walked out while she watched us and kept on talking, not even acknowledging our greeting. But in another gallery nearby, a man greeted us warmly and gave us a fair amount of information about each artist whose work we viewed in his gallery. What a warm and exciting experience!

Gallery shopping is hard work, but when a good match is found, great things happen. I would love your help. If you would like to see my work in your area, please visit your local galleries and ask for me by name. Tell them about my work and even give them my Web site address. Or just send me the information about the gallery and the name of the person to contact, if possible. Thank you!

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Exhibits:

Spring in Texas is so lovely and art shows are a natural for this time. I have 4 different exhibits going on in April and May. For opening reception, dates, and location, please visit:
www.borsheimarts.com/exhibits.htm

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ArtBiz features Kelly's Tips:

Colorado-based art business coach Alyson Stanfield has featured my Web site and newsletter-writing tips for artists in her newest publication 'Effective E-Newsletters & Mailing Lists' Check it out at:
www.artbizcoach.com/biztools/newsmail.html
Don't forget to sign up for her free e-newsletter with all kinds of business tips for artists.

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Sculpting the Human Form:

The anatomy class I teach at the Austin Sculpture Center will be only in April this spring - twice a week for 4 weeks. Course description: Using plastelina with a wire armature, students will sculpt the human figure using a live model as a reference. Emphasis is on how to see and how to create what you see. Anatomy, proportion, and manipulating both to express an idea will be discussed. While demonstrations and lectures are a part of the course outline, the majority of each class is spent sculpting. Students of all levels are welcome. Visit: www.borsheimarts.com/class.htm for materials list (materials not included). Female model
APRIL 7-APRIL 30 (MON & WED - 4 WEEKS) 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. For more information on this workshop, contact the Austin Sculpture Center at 512.371.7606 or visit:
www.tsos.org/learntosculpt.htm

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This newsletter is dedicated to my sister Amber who has lifted my spirits these last several days while she is visiting from Florida and to our Uncle David Hackl, who lost his battle with cancer on March 15th in St. Paul, Minnesota. David was a kind person who helped many people during their times of struggles and joys. He put a lot of energy into acknowledging the fun and caring activities of others, such as in the many newsletters he wrote. He is a dear man and he is missed already by so many who needed and loved him.

I hope you will celebrate the new year by spending time with the ones you love and perhaps even visiting an art museum or gallery.

With kindest regards,
Kelly Borsheim
20 March 2003

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