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Borsheim Art Newsletter:

14 June 2006

by Kelly Borsheim copyright 2006

[figurative art]

The Little Mermaid, bronze
with newly framed Sketch of Shane
Indianapolis Gallery
photo & art by Kelly Borsheim

    CONTENTS:
  1. Holes in Sculpture
  2. New Art - Lips Series
  3. Indy Review
  4. Eugène Carrière Follow-up
  5. Removing Cellulite from Pelican Lips - This Thursday!
  6. Web Class Offered 23-24 June
  7. Subscription Info.

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Dear Reader,

I love to put holes in my sculptures - bronze and stone. I like the way the opening allows the light to travel to parts of the sculpture that might not otherwise be highlighted, such as the space between the man's arms and his body in Together and Alone.

[holes in art] The slow process of sculpting tends to give one an overabundance of time to think. And one day in April while working with a piece of a very hard green marble from Canada, my thoughts began to drift. I was quickly running out of daylight and yet, I felt desperate to see the light from that first opening. As I stood there allowing the tool to dig ever so slowly and wondering why I have not yet bought myself a diamond core drill, I thought, why am I so intent to push this? (Or was I simply content to carve now that the temperature had dropped from an April record of 100 degrees F.?)

I heard Jim Morrison's haunting voice urging me to just "break on through to the other side." It was getting darker. My mind wandered again as I worked more from touch than sight.

I often hear sculptors say, "put a hole in it and it will sell" What's that all about? Why the yearning for holes in stone? Is it a sexual desire - perhaps we seek to reach the inner glory of our partner? Is it power we want - if I can penetrate you, then I must be the master? Maybe it was my show deadline that pushed me. Does my pondering of the comment have more to do with today's artists' apparent uneasiness with the idea of art and money in the same sentence? See? Too much time and trash in my mind. But maybe it really was just the light I sought as I carved furiously in the dark. In the end, Nature humbled me. I did not reach that day's goal, but at least I knew where to start the next morning!

Two days later, I saw the light. And the subtle effect was everything I had hoped for. Now all I had to do was widen and shape this opening.

Click here if you would like to see the beauty this green marble finally allowed me to extract.

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New Art - Lips Series:

Besides Fish Lips described above, I have finished several stone carvings in my "Lips Series" currently on display at the Franklin Barry Gallery in Indianapolis. These include:
Lips of Life (If this one does not find a new home in two years, I will gladly keep her.)

www.borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2006/lipsoflife.htm

For the mathematically appreciative (is that a valid phrase?):
Mobius Mouth
www.borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2006/mobius.htm

And For the Wild in You:
Zebra Lips
www.borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2006/zebra.htm

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Indy Review:

I feel so fortunate to be working with Don Elliott at the Franklin Barry Gallery. He recently doubled his gallery space - and then allowed me to fill it with fine art for my exhibit there in May. And the people I have met in Indy are very friendly and supportive.

[art exhibit Indianapolis] [art exhibit Indianapolis]

Above: Expressions 2006 Art exhibit featuring Kelly Borsheim's figurative paintings and sculpture
Franklin Barry Gallery, Indianapolis.

Among other things, I had created a small series of "minis" - paintings on boards that are either 4x4 or 4x6 inches. One series includes various images inspired by my trip to Italy in 2004. The other series is the "Sky Series" - male bodies and clouds. Upon arriving in Indy this May, I was delighted with how Don and his assistant Chuck have framed these little gems.

Their creative framing gave me a new view of my own work - and I absolutely love it! Those guys had better watch out - I might be sending them all of my framing work. Here is a sneak preview of some of these artworks that are not otherwise on my Web site:

[Sky Series Art] [Sky Series Art]

Above: Sky Series Borsheim Paintings framed at Franklin Barry Gallery, Indianapolis.

Mini Paintings of Italy:

[Sky Series Art] [Sky Series Art]

[Sky Series Art] [Sky Series Art]

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Eugène Carrière Follow-up:

In April I told you about the 100-year anniversary celebration of the work of my favorite painter Eugène Carrière. Well, after visiting Indianapolis and Chicago, I headed south to Decatur, Illinois, for this one-of-a-kind event. I could not have had a better experience!

Mr. Carrière's works are exquisite and Dr. Nikos Vlachos has done an amazing job at assembling quite a collection in a relatively short period of time. He is the mastermind behind this show that will be in Decatur through the 30th of June before traveling to Tokyo and Paris. The President of the Society of Friends of Eugène Carrière is the lovely Sylvie Le Gratiet. She and her husband Christian came from France so Sylvie could speak at the opening reception.

As you know, the Internet has made the world smaller and Sylvie has been one of my Internet friends since I posted my little sketch of the French painter's "Mother's Kiss." Well, we met in person at this reception and Sylvie immediately introduced me to her husband and to the collector! And I received an invitation to visit his home.

I realize that I am biased, but how wonderful it is to wake up in a home filled with individually chosen original art. I am delighted to share with you (with permission) an image I took of Sylvie and Nick discussing one of Mr. Carrière's works that is still in Nick's home. How thrilling to hear the two of them converse on the history of this French painter's life. According to Sylvie, the famous sculptor Rodin named Eugène Carrière as the godfather of "The Thinker" bronze.

[art history discussion]

And visit:
www.decaturmagazine.com/arts_eugene_carriere.htm
to find out more about this intriguing and rare exhibit. Hurry - it leaves North America after 30 June!

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Removing Cellulite from Pelican Lips - This Thursday!

Still with me? I hope you can join me in celebrating the 1-year anniversary of The Home Retreat in the 2nd Street District in downtown Austin, Texas. During the evening festivities, I will be demonstrating how I polish stone. Oops - did I just remove some of the mystery behind the phrase "Removing Cellulite from Pelican Lips"? Well, you will just have to come down and see for yourself what this is all about.

THIS Thursday night (15 June), 6-9 p.m.
The Home Retreat
249 W. 2nd Street (2nd & Lavaca)
[park FREE in City Hall's parking garage, enter via Lavaca St., between 2nd and 1st/Cesar Chavez]
Austin, Texas 78701
Tel. 512.391.0330
Owners: Wini & Michael Graziano

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Web Class Offered (23-24 June):

Be the Master of your Own Domain. I am teaching a class on how to create your own Web site. Details online at:
www.borsheimarts.com/webclass.htm

Hurry, registration deadline is 20 June 2006.

Enjoy the summer (or winter as the case may be). I will continue to create new works up until I go to Italy this fall for about seven months.

In closing, I hope to hear from 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
14 June 2006


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