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Borsheim Art Newsletter:

by Kelly Borsheim copyright 14 October 2015

    CONTENTS:
  1. Invitation: October 22-26 London - Art NOW - Barge House
  2. The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, Winter Park, Florida
  3. Beauty of Form in Stone by Vasily Fedorouk
  4. Calendar: London October 22-26, 2015
  5. Blog Highlights: Sargent at The Met
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[representational sculpture and gardens at Polasek]

Florida is the caladium capitol of the world afterall...
Shown here in the gardens of the Polasek Sculpture Museum

Dear Art Lover,

Let us meet in London!

Art NOW - London!

The Artists Fair - London [Yes, in the UK!]
WHEN: OPENING Preview > Thursday October 22, from 4 - 8 p.m.

Exhibition Hours > Friday & Saturday, October 23 & 24, from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday October 25, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: BARGEHOUSE, OXO Tower Wharf, South Bank, London SE1 9PH
WHY? Featuring Kelly's pastels and charcoal drawings from Morocco

The Artists Fair London 2015 presents 50 emerging and recently established artists from 30 countries (random order): Japan, France, Denmark, Australia, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany, Israel, United Kingdom, Martinique, South Africa, USA, Kosovo, Netherlands, Catalonia, Spain, Poland, Belgium, Sweden, Turkey, Norway, India, Lithuania, Russia, Canada, Taiwan, Finland, Switzerland, Romania, Estonia.

Free entry for visitors.

The great location, steps from both the Hayward Gallery and Tate Modern, and the perfect time, following the Frieze Week, can find yourself, ideally, in the heart of an international, fresh and vibrant art scene.

Receive Priority FREE ticket(s) ... no waiting: http://www.art-now.net/pdf/ART%20NOW%20priority%20ticket.pdf

Feel free to contact us for any information by info@art-now.net
ART NOW The Artists Fair London: www.art-now.net

[Art Now The Artists Fair Bargehouse London - Passages Morocco Going Home]

[Art Now London - Passages Morocco Pastel Drawing]
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Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida

Years ago I was enchanted by a visit to the USA's oldest public sculpture garden: Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. What a beautiful place with incredible art! I clearly remember seeing a sculpture there that I recognized... well, sort of. Having exhibited for many years in the sculpture shows each August in Loveland, Colorado, I had seen a contemporary sculpture titled, "Self-made Man" [in later years, the female version appeared on the scene as well]. The sculpture at Brookgreen was clearly the original composition, but had a different title, something such as, "Man Carving his own Destiny." I remember feeling stunned that a contemporary artist would so blatantly recreate a work exhibited in such a famous garden, from an artist only "recently" dead. [What I mean by this comment is that the copyright in the US belongs to the original artist unless sold... for 70 years after the life of the artist is over.]

Zip forward to this summer. My friend and fellow stone carver Walter Arnold sent me a message recommending that while I was in central Florida, I should visit the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. My sister was surprised that she had not thought of it first! I had never heard of the place. However, I warmed to it immediately as the entrance showed off the work that I had admired in Brookgreen Gardens! Czech-American sculptor Albin Polasek lived from 1879 to 1965. This museum was his home and studio.

I invite you have a look at the images below. I also hope that you visit this place in the real world and hear the wonderful stories of his loves and his art career. Take a special note of this artist's crucifiction. It is the first time that I have ever seen this and I liked the reason why, which I explain in text closer to the image of the first one shown.

~ Kelly Borsheim, sculptor

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

I love this water fountain! The water forms the strings of the harp! Clever and lovely. This is one of the works made with only the artist's right hand. He suffered a paralyzing stroke in 1950.

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

The is the "Emily Fountain," created in 1961, the year Mr. Polasek married his second wife, Emily Muska Kubat. It is bronze. [The artist died in 1965; Emily was gone in 1988.]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

This aluminum sculpture is titled, "Victory of Moral Law" and was created by Polasek in 1957. This work was also done post the paralyzing stroke.

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

In 1956, the Hungarians revolted against the Comunist regime and were invaded by the Soviet Union. Per Polasek, the serpent represents Communism; the man on the horse, Democracy. Piercing the serpent will save the world.

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

This is Albin Polasek's version of Jesus on the Cross. He believed that Jesus was the Son of God and as such, knew what was his fate, or his role. Therefore, during his crucifixion, Jesus did not hang his head low, but instead looked up towards his father in acceptance and strength.

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

This composition of Polasek's crucifix is in several sizes and location throughout the museum and gardens. Later you shall see the small one in the artist's private chapel, as well as a large version in the garden.

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

These next four images (above, right, and the four below were taken inside the artist's private chapel. You may see drawings of his Twelve Stations of the Cross. The bronze bas reliefs of these designs is visible in the garden, and lower down this page.

I do not know why exactly, but I do not often go on tours in museums. However, the times that I have do so turn out mostly great. Docents can be a valuable resource for museums and visitors alike. I was especially enchanted with the knowledge and enthusiasm that our Polasek docent Denise Lucich. My sister and I arrived just as her tour was starting and it seemed rude to refuse the offer. She was amazing! Denise spoke with us after the tour and gave us even more history about the artist and his life and wives's lives. She had read just about everything she could find on related subjects. Denise even connected my sister to the gardner so that she would be able to receive some seeds from the garden's exotic plants! Brava! What a great experience she gave us.

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

Docent extraordinaire Denise Lucich.

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

Above, left, and again above that, you see Albin Polasek's Stations of the Cross in bronze tondi. I believe that these are the same designs that one sees in drawing in the artist's private chapel, shown earlier.

Above, right: I have always had a soft place in my heart for St. Francis. He is usually shown with birds. This bronze is actually one created by Ruth Sherwood. The work of art from 1922 is titled, "St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio." Ruth had been Mr. Polasek's student at the Art Institue of Chicago. In 1950, at age 71, once retired in Florida and after having a stroke, he married her. Sadly she died less than two years later.

[St. Frances Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

Interesting plant life was all around the Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, including the above hanging plant.

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

To the right is another sculpture by Ruth Sherwood. This one is in concrete, made in 1923, and titled, Boy With Bear.

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

Coming full circle to the museum entrance again and revisiting
favorite sculptures by Czech-American artist Albin Polasek.

[Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park Florida]

Learn more about this fabulous artist here: sculptor Albin Polasek

[Red fossil stone with Texas Rattlesnake Limestone Figure Sculpture]

Figure
Red Fossil marble with Texas Rattlesnake Limestone
© Vasily Fedorouk

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Beauty of Form in Stone: by Vasily Fedorouk

In this featured sculpture by my late friend Vasily, you may see a simplicity of line using patterned stones. The combination of red fossil stone and creme fossiled limestone entice the artist to show off the beauty of the rock with his clean lines that are full of sensuality.

If his sculpture interests you, please contact Vasily's family via his Web site at vasilyfedorouk.com

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[Merchant pastel painting drawing Morocco Passages]

The Merchant [detail]
Part of the "Passages - Morocco" series
pastel with charcoal
64 x 20 cm

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Calendar: London [Yes, the UK!]

  • London: October 22-25, 2015 The Artists Fair London http://www.art-now.net/

  • Private art lessons or art viewings by appointment, Italia [ongoing]

I would love to see you if possible.

[Artist Kelly Borsheim in London 2011 Feb]

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Peace,
Kelly Borsheim
14 October 2015


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Giambologna Il Colosso at Night; Pratolino, Italy

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