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Borsheim Art Newsletter:

6 October 2003

by Kelly Borsheim copyright 2003

[nude]
Rehearsal (detail)
bronze
by Kelly Borsheim
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    CONTENTS:
  1. National Arts & Humanities Month
  2. Express Yourself for a FREE gift!
  3. Calendar & Fireman's Fund-raiser Follow-up
  4. New Work
  5. The Value of Art (& Rocket Scientist vs. Rocket Engineer)
  6. Subscription Info.

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October is National Arts & Humanities Month

. . . and I would like to give you a free gift.

Express Yourself!

I often find myself listening to the opinions and stories of others. Honestly, it is my interaction with other people that gives me so many of my ideas for creating works of art. So you are an integral part of what I do and how I live. You are the one I am trying to connect with when I work.

As my interaction with you increases and my body of work grows, I find that my art is getting a stronger focus. It is such an exciting time! But I need some help in getting the word out. You won't believe this, but I lack for words. Would you please take some time out of your day to answer just 2 short questions for me? It is National Arts Month, so take a break from your busy day and express yourself!

This little survey is just two short questions about art - and there are no "wrong" answers! Once you have responded to the survey, you will receive a free gift because I appreciate your time. Click on the following link:

borsheimarts.com/survey3.htm

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Calendar & Fireman's Fund-raiser Follow-up

Please join me with model Phyll Fanolla this Saturday, October 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the art gallery at 1009 Main Street in Bastrop. I will be doing a demonstration of my painting techniques while Phyll poses beautifully.

Who knows? You could be in a film!
Something special is planned for Saturday, October 11. KLRU (Austin Public Television) has chosen Bastrop, Texas, for its pilot program - a film titled, "Our Town: Bastrop," which is scheduled to air in December. Citizens of Bastrop who are interested in video production will be filming what they love about Bastrop, including the Colorado River that runs through downtown and the arts.

All of this activity is part of the Bastrop Gallery's Featured Artist Exhibit for October.
Through October 30th:
"Art of the Human Form"
Paintings and sculpture by Kelly Borsheim
Featured Artist in October at the Bastrop Fine Art Gallery

Each Saturday in October (11, 18, and 25), I will be at the Bastrop Gallery from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. demonstrating how I create either paintings or sculpture.

[dancer painting]
Kelly & John Borsheim next to Kelly's window display after the art opening at the Bastrop Gallery in downtown historic Bastrop, Texas. Photo by Janice Senkosky, 4 October 2003.

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FREE TICKETS for Artists' Harvest:

This indoor, juried fine arts exhibit in Austin is scheduled this year for November 1 & 2. Contact me if you would like to save $5 per admission into the show. I have a limited number of tickets and will give them away until they are gone.

For more details about the fall shows, visit my exhibits page online at:
www.borsheimarts.com/exhibits.htm

PAST EVENT:

The "In the Line of Fire" Gala held at the Bastrop Opera House on September 25th was a roaring success. Over 25 artists donated work, many local businesses donated food, flowers, and time. About $14,000 was raised that evening to support various projects of the Bastrop Fire Department. One of these projects was to purchase the city's first public art - a monument to firemen. The bronze sculpture by Edd Hayes is titled "In the Line of Fire." Many thanks go to all of you who attended or lent your support in other ways.

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New Work:

Earlier this year, I met a young artist in a sculpture Open Studio. The next time I saw him was during an exhibit in which I had a few paintings on display. He had asked me then why I painted if I was a sculptor. At the time, I told him that painting supports my sculpting habit. I think of my paintings sometimes as tone drawings. Drawing enhances my observation and hand-eye coordination skills. Drawing helps me to understand form, and therefore is vital to my process of creating 3-dimensional art.

But then, this summer while I concentrated on sculpture alone, I discovered that I missed painting. Perhaps it was the drawing I missed, but when I realized I wanted to change the way I painted a little, I had to admit that I enjoy the painting process almost as much as sculpting. Although related, painting and sculpting allow me to explore common themes from different viewpoints, using different criteria in problem solving. So I guess I am destined to keep sculpting AND painting.

The new work that is ready to show you now (and is currently on display at the Bastrop Gallery on Main Street in Bastrop, Texas) is:

"Gemini" - the stone tells you what it wants to do with your ideas:
www.borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2003/gemini_sculpture.htm

"Rehearsal" - a bronze born of friendship:
www.borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2003/rehearsal.htm

My new direction in painting - large and a bit metallic:
www.borsheimarts.com/painting/gallery6.htm

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The Value of Art:

It seems that more often than is ideal, the discussion occurs of whether or not teaching art to children should be done on taxpayer's monies via the public school system. Since this is National Arts and Humanities Month, I would like to share my experiences with you from teaching sculpture to children. Art classes are where kids learn eye-hand coordination, observation, decision making, problem solving, and the expression of their individual voices. Note that art is defined as the development of skills.

I cannot tell you how many parents approached me after class and said that their child loved attending art class because it was the only one in which he or she got to make decisions. Self-esteem cannot be bestowed upon one person by another. Self-esteem comes from trying, sometimes failing, and then succeeding at one's own goals. All of the great things in this world happened because someone had a vision and followed through with it. Our pursuit of Art (whether creating or appreciating) teaches us how to shape a vision and gives us the skills and motivation to implement it. Now that is valuable!

Definitions (per my dictionary):
Art (noun): skill acquired by experience, study, or observation; a branch of learning; the conscious use of skill and creative imagination esp. in the production of aesthetic objects

Humanities (noun, pl.): the branches of learning (as philosophy, languages) that investigate human constructs and concerns as opposed to natural processes (as physics or chemistry)

Recently, while teaching sculptural anatomy (to adults), I mentioned the phrase "rocket scientist." (Sorry, I cannot remember the context.) I was delighted when one of my students pointed out (ever so politely) that the term "rocket science" is a contradiction of terms. He argued that science refers to the study and understanding of the natural world, while building rockets has more to do with design and manufacturing - in other words, engineering. Although science and engineering are closely related, he concluded, "The more accurate term would be 'rocket engineer'."

This was marvelous! We often take things for granted and do not even think about the way we express ourselves. (How many times have you sung the words to a song without realizing what you were actually saying?) It is wonderful when we discover an opportunity to take a step back and examine nuance in our statements. This is what got me in "dictionary mode" again. So here are some more definitions:

Science (noun): the state of knowing: knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding; knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws esp. as obtained and tested through scientific method; such knowledge concerned with the physical world and its phenomena: natural science

Engineering (noun): the application of science and mathematics by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to people in structures, machines, products, systems and processes

Engineer (noun): a person who carries through an enterprise by skillful or artful contrivance (Kelly's note: artful! See?)

So how do I explain this definition?
Rocketeer (noun): a scientist who specializes in rocketry

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If you enjoy Borsheim Art News, please forward it to friends and colleagues. It comes to you about 6 times a year from Austin, Texas-based artist Kelly Borsheim, sculptor and painter of marine life and the art of the human form.

In closing, please take a few hours to indulge in some activity that you would like to do to explore your own humanity - before the holiday activities abound. And please contact me if you would like to add a work of art to your surroundings. And thank you so much for your interest!

With kindest regards,
Kelly Borsheim
6 October 2003


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