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by Kelly Borsheim copyright 25 November 2016

  1. La Raccolta e Il Regalo: The Harvest and the Gift
  2. La Raccolta delle Olive in Tuscany, Italy
  3. Staglieno Cemetery – a Followup
  4. Who We Are Marble Sculpture in Brazil by Vasily Fedorouk
  5. Blog Highlights: Harvests in Tuscany; Bronze Consulting
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[not enough baskets for the olive harvest-drying]

Trying to Dry the Olives a bit
Before the olive oil, Tuscany, Italy

[Night, promise, pastel, black paper, minimalism, glass art, painting]
Just ONE of the original artworks included
in La Raccolta e il Regalo art sale
[the part you see as black is JUST the paper showing]
A Night's Promise
24" x 18"
Pastel on black Firenze paper
© 2010 Kelly Borsheim

Dear Art Lover,

Italy has introduced me to a new love: the harvest time. Being outdoors, gathering the organically grown food on vines or trees, and spending time with people I enjoy are the real perks. Here in Tuscany now, we are in the middle of harvesting “green gold,” a nickname for the new olive oil. Continue reading below about this year’s harvest [what we have done thus far.]

La Raccolta e il Regalo is Italian for 'The Harvest and the Gift.' It describes my special November and December 2016 offer: If you buy one (or more) of the selected original artworks shown on this page (sculptures, drawings, and paintings), you will receive a gift certificate for 20% of the value of your art purchase (shipping not included) to use towards more art for you or someone important to you. For example, if you buy a large charcoal drawing for $1800 (most are framed), you will receive a gift certificate towards any other available Borsheim artwork, reproduction, books, note cards, etc. for the amount of $360 [1800 * .20].

You may also take advantage of the studio's LayAway Plan, but the first payment MUST be made before Dec. 31, 2016.

The offer expires end of year 2016. However, the gift certificate expires when the artist does.

The artworks shown online here: http://www.borsheimarts.com/SaleArt2016-LaRaccoltaeIlRegalo.htm are listed by their current location within the US. The weight and dimensions of the artwork(s) and the point of origin will help me give you a shipping quote. Please send inquiries directly to the studio here: http://www.borsheimarts.com/contact.htm

Click on each image on that page that interests you for more and larger views and information. Thank you for your collecting and sharing!

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La Raccolta delle Olive in Tuscany, Italy

Every November I have been in Italy since meeting Renato and Giuliana and their family in Casignano, outside of Florence, I have participated in the annual olive harvest, normally mid-November. I now live in the hills of Tuscany and do not travel often to Florence so much. This November, it was only a dinner and short visit with this family that I enjoy.

Near my home, friends and I helped my landlord and his brother with the harvest of some of their trees. The land here is steeper with terraces, much more than the sloping, gently rolling hills of my former harvest site. I did pick some olives, although this year I did not climb the trees as I love to do. However, this was the first time that I cooked lunch for the workers! This is not my forte and things did not go as planned, but the men were nice and my friend Kumiko had her fun calling me “Mam-ma!” in a voice which to me sounded as if she were imitating a baby saying her very first word. This made my landlord laugh. I was happy that I made for the dolci at the end of the meal my Aunt Carole’s recipe for zucchini bread and it was a big hit! [Thanks, AC!]

As they moved most of the nets to the next section of land, I went to the bottom of the hill to gather the olives from the first section into a pile and put them into the bags that the guys left for later. I discovered that many of the nets had holes in them and one of the burlap bags did. So, I returned to my house and brought back needle, thread, and scissors, and started sewing. This was really better for my injured knee, as I sat on the terraced ground to stitch. (I found out yesterday that the tibia bone was broken and the ligaments are having problems as well) My landlord’s dog Gregory was not much of a help. He rarely sits still and prefers to have me throw olive leaves at him for a game. If I leave him alone too long, he starts to chew on the nets to get my attention!

My landlord Nori told me that when he was a child doing the harvest with his grandfather, it took about a month for the family to pick all of the olives because everything was done by hand. Nori’s Aunt Geneveffa recently explained that in those days, they did not have nets for the ground. So, the men climbed up the trees to pick while the women remained on the ground to gather the olives that landed there. Today many Italians use a machine that has electronic fingers to shake the branches. There is an extended arm for this “hand” that allows a longer reach and believe me, at the end of the day, you are thoroughly tired. Each year, someone somewhere falls off of a tree during the harvest. Sadly, I know a woman in Chianti who fell “just wrong” and is now paralyzed from the waist down!

In any event, I hope that you enjoy my favorite images that I took of the beginning of the olive harvest this year. These images were taken from the 12th to the 16th, with the oil made on the 18th this month. It was right around the time of the SUPER MOON (in which the moon was physically closer to the Earth, making it look larger than most other times).

As my neighbor Paul said, “Once you know how much work really goes into this, there is no complaint on the price!” Green gold, indeed. Before I moved to Italy, I thought olive oil was yellow… it is, if it is old. Nori asked Paul to take an image of the oil from our pickings, which I include here. I had gone to the bronze-casting foundry and missed this visit to the frantoio [oil mill]. However, I still have neighbors to help and for some, the olive harvest continues through December… in the old days, even longer! Enjoy.

[olive harvest Tuscany Italy]
Olive Harvest in the trees of Italy

[roasted potatoe with rosemary and olive oil e spices-before oven]
Nori and Paolo's potatoes, with their rosemary, my oregano from my little potted plant, rose sea salt e freshly ground pepper, then lightly drizzled with olive oil. This image is before the one-hour-in-the-oven. So easy that even I did it!

[Harvesting Olives, la raccolta delle olive]
La Raccolta delle Olive, Tuscany, Italy

[Harvesting Olives, la raccolta delle olive]
La Raccolta delle Olive, Tuscany, Italy

[Harvesting Olives, la raccolta delle olive]
Even working in the near-dark!

[Harvesting Olives, Super Moon, la raccolta delle olive]
Super Moon rising, Tuscan Hills

[Harvesting Olives, la raccolta delle olive]
Note the nets covering other plants, and Gregory on hand!
Right: These brothers have been working this field for over 50 years.

[Harvesting Olives, net gathering]

[sewing nets while the dog takes a break]
Gregory pauses while I sew up holes.

[sorting leaves from olives]
Filtering leaves from olives

[Harvesting Olives, la raccolta delle olive]
The word this year seems to be that the olives are still not as good as before
the problem with the fly, but still better than what you buy in the stores.
Right: The new oil from the frantoio! Green gold. And Nori gave me some! whoot!
Photo by Paul Edwards

[Green gold olive oil at the frantoio]

Staglieno Cemetery – a Followup

Two of my more popular newsletters were about Staglieno, a cemetery in Genoa, Italy, that put the awe back into artwork. These sculptures are not just technically excellent, but the emotions portraying by our losses and our hopes are astoundingly re-created in stone and bronze in this magical place along the Italian coast.



But Staglieno needs our help. My friend and fellow stone carver Walter Arnold has spear-headed a non-profit organization American Friends of Italian Monumental Sculpture that works with the city of Genoa (Genova is the proper Italian name) to clean and restore one-by-one these sculptures that are available for everyone to see and appreciate.

Right now there is a special fund-raiser going on in which a matching donor will double what it is that we can raise. But as I write this, there are fewer than 15 days left in this special event. I have donated what I can. ANY amount you give will be put to good use in the cleaning of these marbles before the dirt and grime from over 100 years damages more.

Please go here and be of good cheer:

Thank you so much!

[marble carved thin as coins with incredible detail]
Detail of an astounding masterpiece in stone carving
at Staglieno Cemetery, Genova, Italia.

Vasily’s stone carving - Symposium Brazil:

I met the late Vasily Fedorouk in Marble, Colorado, at the gathering each summer of about 60 stone carvers in the mountains below the quarry for Colorado Yule Marble. Vasily was one of the very few sculptors doing figure work (vs. more abstract) and I was instantly amazed by how he carved. That was in 2001. The next summer, he introduced me to the world of symposiums. He went to Brazil for a 4-week symposium, but as he told me, “I finished in three weeks and went to the beach for the last week.”

This large marble sculpture reminds me so much of the typical quality and ideas in Vasily’s work. And I also remember his nickname from his younger years, “Ant.” He was not tall for a man, certainly by American standards, although he received this nickname in his native Ukraine. But he always accomplished a lot for his size and earned this name.

While this work is obviously not available, there are still a few smaller stone carvings and even paintings that ARE available. I just wanted to show you something of his international status and a work in a public collection that is really cool. There are more work-in-progress pics on that page, as well. I encourage you to visit his Web site and have a look around! http://www.vasilyfedorouk.com

Who We Are
10 feet tall Marble Sculpture
Bruske [or Brusque?], Brazil
copyright 2002 Vasily Fedorouk

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There are a limited number of available works, but please inquire.

[Original marble sculpture Brazil Vasily Fedorouk]
Marble sculpture in Brazil

© 2002 Vasily Fedorouk

[Original marble sculpture Brazil Vasily Fedorouk]
Marble sculpture in Brazil

© 2002 Vasily Fedorouk

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Kelly Borsheim
25 November 2016

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