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Borsheim Art Newsletter:

26 August 2005

by Kelly Borsheim copyright 2005

[religious art]

Painted Wood Statue
Basilica di San Domenico
Bologna, Italy
photo by Kelly Borsheim

    CONTENTS:
  1. After the Temptation
  2. Other New Art
  3. Events - Indianapolis, La Grange, & Austin
  4. Bologna & The Sea
  5. Book Quote Deadline
  6. Teaching & Open Studio
  7. Subscription Info.

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Dear Reader,

I hope your summer has been filled with family and friends - and perhaps a bit of travel. I have been preparing for the fall events (detailed below) and you are invited.

After the Temptation

I have always been fascinated with the Bible's story of Adam and Eve. There is so much humanity in it and so many questions left unanswered. One of my favorite mysteries in Genesis is this: God knows everything. He is all powerful. He is the creator of all things. God made Adam, and then Eve, with all of the same human traits that each of us today possesses. God also created the Garden of Eden. And plops down in it, with Man, the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (or as my Children's Bible says "Tree of Conscience"). Then God says, "Don't eat the fruit from the latter tree."

Ok, so what is that all about? God made Adam. (It is interesting that one definition of the word made is assured of success, especially since mankind was "made like his Maker.") God gave Adam the gift of curiosity and free will. Then He places in front of Adam the ultimate temptation. God already knows what will happen - what must inevitably happen. God set up Adam and Eve to fail. And when it does happen, God punishes them both, along with their offspring, banishing them from Paradise, in essence, away from Him. So now, we find the origin of the dysfunctional family.

The redeeming part of this story is the love story. Together Adam and Eve sinned. Together they were banished. Together they built a life outside of Paradise and created a family with all of its joys and sorrows. Together, through this story, they found a type of immortality. (What would have happened had they only eaten the fruit from the Tree of Life instead?)

My newest sculpture After the Temptation depicts this famous couple in the moments between eating the apple (and becoming aware of their nakedness) and covering their hips with fig leaves. Take a look here:
www.borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2005/temptation.htm

Note that Adam holds Eve in front of him. One of the things I find delightful in this story is that when God confronts Adam, asking, "Did you eat that forbidden fruit?" Adam not only blames Eve, but also tries to make his accuser share the responsibility. "It was that woman YOU made for me. She did it." (God must be impressed - or amused - by Adam's daring diplomacy, because you will notice that Adam does not share in Eve's punishment of pain during childbearing or in her new fear of serpents.)

Eve also passes the buck on to the serpent. How true is that? That our first response is to say, "Not me. I am not involved with the bad act. I did not WANT to displease you." That is a part of why this story has endured. I hope you enjoy my sculpture.

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Other Couples in Art:

I often get many requests - some specific, some not so much. Slowly, I am making my way towards some of them. So I hope you enjoy these other couple sculptures, making their debut at the Franklin Barry Gallery in Indianapolis soon:
www.borsheimarts.com/sculpture/couples.htm

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Events - Indianapolis, La Grange, & Austin:

You may have noticed a few changes to my Web site that I hope will help you find what you are looking for much faster. For example, on the home page, I have added a few links to help you discover the new artworks sooner, as well as adding a brief calendar of events. So here is what's going on in September:

Indianapolis:

Don Elliott of the Franklin Barry Gallery in Indianapolis is hosting an exhibit of my figurative paintings and sculpture from September 9-October 8. I will be in Indianapolis for several days and we will be doing a 3-day series of art events that you will enjoy. Call Don at 317.822.8455 if you would like an invitation to the "Meet the Artist Preview Party" Thursday night, September 8th.

Can't make that? Not to worry, Friday night is the town's fall gallery walk and definitely open to the public! The gallery staff and I will be at the gallery from 5-10 p.m. and then from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday will be really fun because I will be painting from live models - and you are invited to observe firsthand that live interactive experience.

La Grange, Texas:

I wish that I could be in two places at once because Lana and Joe of the Thompson * Mole Gallery in central Texas are hosting their annual "Thank you" art party. For a few hours on Saturday evening, September 10th, they and many of the gallery artists will share with their invited guests a "Taste of Tuscany" - foods and wines inspired by Italy - and you will be treated to a wonderful surprise promotion of art, including some door prizes.

La Grange is halfway between Austin and Houston and easy to find. Just call Lana or Joe at 979.968.3094 for your invitation - it really is that simple and they are so fun to be around!

Austin, Texas:

Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 29th, starting at 6 p.m. Michael and Wini Graziano of The Home Retreat in downtown Austin are hosting one of a series of entertaining and educational events that will benefit local charities. This event, titled "Art in Design" will feature conversations with painter Rick Loudermilk and me. Rick will talk about how to incorporate art into your living space, while I will give a presentation on how bronze sculpture is created, as well as compositional considerations for accenting your fine collectibles.

A portion of all sales on any home décor items in the store during 'Art in Design' will be donated to Caritas Austin, a non-profit organization that provides rent, utilities, food and support to Austin's people in need. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. For more information, call The Home Retreat at 512.391.0330

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Bologna & The Sea:

Once in a while I receive requests for more aquatic works and I just wanted to let you know that I still love the ocean and the life in it. I have several ideas for aquatic sculptures, but right now, I only have so many hours in the day. However, when I visited Bologna, Italy, last summer, I was thrilled by how much ocean-related art there was in that city (which is not located near the water). One fountain enchanted me enough to create two paintings on location. One of those I turned into a larger work. I hope you enjoy "Parco della Montagnola" and some of my snapshots of the city of Bologna:
www.borsheimarts.com/painting/2005/bologna.htm

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Book Quote Deadline:

Thank you again for the thoughtful, imaginative, and specific quotes that I have received for the book project about my first years as an artist. David Vaughan of Austin has generously offered to help me edit the book, so things are progressing well, considering my work schedule.

In order to make full use of the cold winter months, I had to create a deadline for receiving materials (September 30), so if you would still like to participate, please visit:
borsheimarts.com/book.htm

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Teaching & Open Studio:

Master sculptor Vasily Fedorouk, stone and tool supplier Myles Schachter, and I will again be hosting a stone carving workshop. Reserve your spot today. Details posted online at:
www.borsheimarts.com/workshop.htm

Also, although I won't be teaching this fall, I will be hosting an Open Studio for Artists beginning in October in Austin. Contact me if you would like to be on the mailing list for more information about this art-creating event.

In closing, I hope to see you soon and I enjoy your feedback. You may always check my Web site for the gallery nearest you:
borsheimarts.com/galleries.htm

Thank you for reading.
Peace,
Kelly Borsheim
26 August 2005


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