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by Kelly Borsheim copyright 12 April 2015

  1. Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati DRAWN exhibition
  2. Casting Call: I'm Melting! Melting! . . . Into Bronze Kickstarter SUCCESS!
  3. New Work in Pastel: Guggenheim Blue
  4. Artemisi - 17 May Florence, Italy: Helping a Battered Women's Shelter
  5. More Drawings
  6. Blog Highlights: Easter in Florence and Serbia
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[drawing of hands Nitram Charcoal]

Detail of "Entwined," a drawing in Nitram charcoal
and white and black pastels by Kelly Borsheim

Dear Art Lover,

How was your recent holiday [Easter / Pasqua and Passover]? I hope it was a celebration of life and living and love. Between teaching, taxes, and travel planning, I have not had much time to finish current works-in-progress. However, I wanted to say thank you and also share some exciting news.

DRAWN 2015 dates:
17 April : Opening Reception [sadly, I will not be able to attend, but a party is a party!]
15 May : Final Day of Exhibition

Manifest Gallery
2727 Woodburn Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

Can you imagine my delight when not one, but TWO of my drawings were accepted into this event? I hope that you can attend. Images of art are one thing, but seeing the pieces live is a complete other.

Here is part of the e-mail I received not too long ago:

"Congratulations! I'm very pleased to notify you that your work has been selected for inclusion in our 2nd Annual DRAWN exhibition.

Thank you so much for participating in this process and for your patience! Our jury for this extremely competitive exhibit resulted in the final selection including 36 works by 27 artists. We received a total of 1188 entries from 394 artists. As was the case with last year's DRAWN, this was again one of the most difficult exhibits in our eleven-year history to finalize. We always have more excellent works than we can fit into the space allotted, but in the case of Drawn it was dramatic. Even though we increased the gallery space by 50% this year (adding a third room devoted to the exhibit) our number of submissions increased by about that much too. This proves our goal to make this exhibit an 'all-Manifest' project (taking all five gallery spaces) justified. So next year, for our third Drawn, we will almost surely do just that.

As I think you know we design the exhibit to-scale before making the final decision so we can be sure how things fit, how they relate in space, and how the flow works through multiple galleries. It's a truly painstaking process.

Your exhibit is planned to be presented in our North Gallery, Central Gallery, and Parallel Space (our entire 'north wing')."

See more selected drawings by Kelly later in this newsletter.

[Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati Ohio exhibition layout jury art]

From Manifest Gallery's Facebook post:

"This is what our exhibition layout plan looks like before we make final notifications to the artists. We design every exhibit like this, to scale, in order to have a reasonably sure sense for how the works will fit into the space allocated to each exhibit, and how they will relate one to the next. This also allows us to plan the flow from work to work, room to room, and exhibit to exhibit through all five galleries.

Often enough this is exactly how the exhibits turn out. Sometimes, though, things come in larger or smaller, or framed differently than expected, and so we do some refining on the fly with the actual works in place.

We put this effort into every exhibit because at Manifest we believe the exhibit itself needs to be as good of a work of design and planning as the works are which it contains."

Note: Kelly's drawings are hung together vertically in the very top left.

DRAWN 2015 dates again:
17 April :
Opening Reception [sadly, I will not be able to attend, but a party is a party!]
15 May : Final Day of Exhibition

Kelly's Drawing Selected by Jury for Exhibition:

[Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati Ohio charcoal drawing art]
Écorché -- The Archer
64 x 46 cm (25" x 18")
charcoal / carboncino
Firenze-brand paper
© Kelly Borsheim

[Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati Ohio charcoal drawing art]
Portrait of Niccolò da Uzzano (After Donatello)
64 x 46 cm (25" x 18")
charcoal with pastel / carboncino con pastelli
grey Roma-brand paper
© Kelly Borsheim

[Artist Kelly Borsheim happy]
photo by Alessio Salvestrini, Firenze

Casting Call: I'm Melting! Melting! . . . Into Bronze Kickstarter SUCCESS!

A heartfelt thank you: 36 individuals made pledges to help save my wax sculptures in Texas. Innumerable others shared my posts on social media with their friends and family. Word of mouth is the best way for any artist to survive and your enthusiasm is truly appreciated!

The results:

  • $11,570 pledged [meeting the goal of $11,500 US]
  • 100% funded [a slow, yet building momentum until the nail-biting end!]
  • 36 backers

The project: www.kickstarter.com/projects/borsheimarts/casting-call-im-melting-melting-into-bronze/description

Rewards will start going out while I am still in Italy this May. I am so looking forward to casting those wax sculptures into bronze. And thank you for my Florentine friend Alessio Salvestrini. He and I were taking photos of each other (as he lay on the floor shooting up at me) during my "going away aperitivo" back in December here in Florence. Then he did some sort of magic to enhance what looks to me now like a victory celebration image.

Stay tuned as waxes will make their way to the bronze casting foundry . . . and again, thank you.


[Casting Call: I’m Melting . . . Melting! Into Bronze crowd funding kickstarter SUCCESS]

Casting Call: I'm Melting! Melting! Into Bronze
Top left, then clockwise: Photo from 2002, friends and fellow sculpture teachers at the Elisabet Ney Sculpture Conservatory, Marla Ripperda, Bill Barnett, and Kelly Borsheim pour molten bronze into a ceramic shell mold in Austin, Texas. Warrior Spirit [man and bird, detail]. Shield, another large wall or gate-hanging bronze sculpture.

New Work in Pastel: Guggenheim Blue + Calendar

New work! [right]:
Guggenheim Blue
22 x 33 cm (9 x 13 inches) pastel on paper
copyright 2015 Kelly Borsheim


  • 17 April - 15 May: Two Drawings in Manifest Gallery's exhibit "DRAWN 2015"
  • 17 May 2015: Apparently bella Italia's dark secret is that some Italian lovers are actually violent abusers, as in even murderers. I will be just one of many artists donating works of art for auction to support Artemisi Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Florence. If you happen to find yourself in the Renaissance City in mid-May and would like to attend this event, please let me know.

[new pastel drawing Guggenheim Blue, Spain]

New work!: Guggenheim Blue, 22 x 33 cm (9 x 13 inches) pastel on paper, © Kelly Borsheim

More Drawings

Here are a few selected drawings. Each image is a link to a different page on this site that features even more drawings. I hope you find something that appeals to you.

[Charles Bargue sculpture horse drawing]

Parthenon Horse after Charles Bargue
pencil/graphite drawing 2007
Approx. 8.5" x 11" © Kelly Borsheim

[Enough charcoal drawing]

Enough, 64 x 23 cm (25 x 9")
charcoal with pastel / carboncino con pastelli
grey Roma-brand paper © Kelly Borsheim

[pencil figure drawing art]
graphite/pencil drawing on Canson paper 2007
25 cm figure from live model © Kelly Borsheim

[male figure pastel and charcoal drawing art]
Il Dono ("The Gift")
65 x 46 cm (25.5 x 18+ inches)
charcoal with pastel / carboncino con pastelli
brown Roma-brand paper © Kelly Borsheim

[standing male figure drawing art from life]
Joshua with a Cane
carbon pencil drawing from life
43 x 17 cm (17" x 7")
BFK Rieves white paper © Kelly Borsheim

[pencil portrait drawing art]
2 x 2 inches - pencil on creme paper
[from life] © Kelly Borsheim

[charcoal portrait drawing art from life]
Portrait of Inga
charcoal drawing from life
© Kelly Borsheim

Recent Blog Topics: Belgrade and Easter

Ok, I fess up. I have let my blog writing slip a bit because I just cannot do everything all the time. [Enough drama for ya?] But I hope you will enjoy these topics if you have not seen them before.

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This will be a year of traveling and a lot of activity. I would love to share the fun with you, so let me know where you will be in 2015, please.

I hope that you are also taking advantage of good times with long-time and new friends.

Thank you for sharing this journey with me. Thank you for sharing this newsletter with your friends and colleagues. And certainly, thank you for supporting my work by adding some of it to your collection.

Kelly Borsheim
12 April 2015

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by Kelly Borsheim

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