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by Kelly Borsheim copyright 28 March 2016

    CONTENTS:
  • See you in Indy or Austin!
  • New Painting Collaboration: (Must Get) Back to Nature
  • Fine Art America : Art on Fun Stuff
  • Splash Stone Carvings by Vasily Fedorouk
  • Parco di Pinocchio – Collodi, Tuscany, Italy
  • Blog Highlights: Childhood in Casignano
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[Pinocchio Park is full of sculpture by Pietro Consagra]

Pinocchio Park is full of sculpture by Pietro Consagra, Collodi, Italy

Dear Art Lover,

Do you have plans for Monday May 15 and then Friday and Saturday, May 19 & 20, respectively? I hope not just yet . . . because I would love to see you if at all possible.

Monday, May 15, 2017, please stop by the Franklin Barry Gallery [aka The Frame Shop] in Indianapolis. I will be visiting the owner and my friend Don Elliott and Chuck the framer. We will be there all day, but I am afraid that I cannot stay much longer after closing time since I must be in Chicago before midnight.

The Frame Shop
617 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana
Telephone: (317) 822-8455
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Then down south in Austin, Texas, my friend Brenda Schild is hosting a wonderful art event of international artists. Her venue for this 2-evening art party is shown here, along with the invitation. I hope that you will join us. I am not sure if you may see in the horizontal image of the space, this is a high building with lots of windows and on the right, you may see that distinctive dome of the capitol building in downtown Austin. This should be a blast! Details:

Rue Artsier presents LiberArte
Friday, May 19, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where
615 W. 7th St., 8th Floor
Austin, Texas 78701
R.S.V.P. Brenda@rueartsier.com

Lists of artists:
Luis Rico- Mexico
Adrian Moraru- Moldova
Leandro Klapputh- Buenos Aires
Maria Fotaki- Greece
Denis Chernov- Moscow
Kelly Borsheim. Austin & Italia

It would be fun to reconnect with you if at all possible! Thank you.

[artist with gallery owner Don Elliott, Indianapolis]
Kelly with gallery ownner Don Elliott
The Franklin Barry Gallery / The Frame Shop
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

[LiberArte location Austin, Texas, skyrise views]
Best views of Austin, Texas, by air
Art event, May 19-20
Photo provided by Brenda Schild

[Serpents guard our myths and stories oil painting still life]

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New Painting Collaboration: (Must Get) Back to Nature

Two years ago, I was still living in Firenze, Italia. One of my colleagues and artist friends Jean-Antoine Norbert decided to leave Firenze and move to New York City, where he is painting even today. He left a lot of art supplies, some studio furniture and other helpful things with me, including a portrait sketch in oil he did as a study from life. He was experimenting, moving away from the more traditional dark green background with which we had both trained. He had put a bright red background in his painting.

I moved this and SO MUCH MORE (everyone teases me about the amount of stuff that I have) to my new home and like many other paintings, put it out where I would walk by it often until an idea came to my head about what to do with it. I admit that the idea of the model’s distant stare gave me is not particularly original. However, it is a sign of our times. Even where I live in the country, the older folks complain about how the younger ones sit together at tables all looking down at their phones, engaging with others far away instead of those physically present. This robotic way of living must stop or at least find a balance. We must return to Nature.

This painting is coming to Texas with me. I may ship it anywhere.

(Must Get) Back to Nature
21 x 16 inches
Mixed media
$1800
© 2014-2017 Collaboration of Jean-Antoine Norbert
And Kelly Borsheim

[technology vs. Nature mixed media painting art]

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Fine Art America : Art on Fun Stuff

This month, I would like to feature the tote bags with images of my art on them. There are even some custom features, in which you may zoom in or out, for example. You may buy them online from Fine Art America [FAA] here: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-kelly-borsheim.html

FAA writes, "Our tote bags are made from soft, durable, poly-poplin fabric and include a 1-inch black strap for easy carrying on your shoulder. All seams are double-stitched for added durability. Each tote bag is machine-washable in cold water and is printed on both sides using the same image. Ships within 2-3 business days."
And they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.

[tote bag with feature landscape art World Traveler Pinocchio]
Featured Art: Pinocchio as the World Traveler

[tote bag with feature landscape art Tuscan Vista]
Featured Art: Tuscan Vista

[Splash Original marble figure couple female legs sculpture Vasily Fedorouk]
Splash

27 x 5 x 6 inches, marble
© 2006 Vasily Fedorouk

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Vasily Fedorouk’s Stone Carvings:

"Splash" by my late great carving friend Vasily is one of the many marble carvings that I would buy myself if I could take it with me. It is a fun and contemporary design, and yet of a form that I believe will be considered beautiful in all time periods. It is a lovely vertical sculpture that would brighten any space. Blatant plea: Either buy this piece or buy some of mine so that ~I~ may buy this work of art! There, I wrote it.

Splash
27 x 5 x 6 inches, marble
© 2006 Vasily Fedorouk

I encourage you to visit his Web site and have a look around!

http://vasilyfedorouk.com
There are a limited number of available works, but please inquire.

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Parco di Pinocchio – Collodi, Tuscany, Italy

It is funny how many children's stories seem so political and full of lectures when listened to, read, or their films watched as an adult. I do not think I understood all of the points being made in many stories that were intended to keep me in line and become a decent person. Or maybe my memory is just that poor. hahah. In any event, I arrived in Tuscany so many years ago not remembering that this is the home of the famous Pinocchio, the wooden puppet who became the son of his maker, Geppetto, and later earns his way through redemption to become a real boy.

It is also easy to believe that I would never have though of Pinocchio as Italian the way that Disney dressed him in Lederhosen! [Disney also made the marionette a much less scary looking character.] However, when I stepped foot into Florence, there were so many Pinocchio toys and even shops, I was set straight!

The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883) by Italian writer Carlo Collodi [the pen name for Carlo Lorenzini]. Born and died in Florence, Carlo spent much of his early years in Collodi, the town of his mother's family. Collodi is perhaps an hour and a half by transport northwest of Florence.

Today in Collodi there is a Pinocchio Park... or in Italian Parco di Pinocchio. It was started in 1953 by the mayor of Pescia, the nearest large town to Collodi, as well as to my own home in the hills. There was a competion for architects and sculptors and I find myself pleased that art was always considered for this place from the get-go. In fact, the park is full of sculpture, as you will see in my images here.

It is also a playground, has labyrinth-like passages in the bushes, a puppet theatre (naturally), and even some rides in the air crossing the river!

I never in my childhood ~ or in fact, up until last summer ~ ever imagined that I might carve a sculpture of Pinocchio and have it finds its permanent home in a park in Collodi. Well, last December, several of my friends and my sculptures were transported from the Cava Nardini (Nardini Quarry) where we carved them (see that story here: http://www.borsheimarts.com/news/201609_ArtNews-RockTowersBronze-PinocchioStoneSculpture.htm).

I was told there there is a dedication ceremony on Sunday, April 9 in the park. But I have not yet been told what time or any other details. So, if you find yourself in Collodi . . .

Now, I would like to share with you some images of the kids' park and the installation of some of the sculptures, including mine. Thank you for checking it out!

[Pinocchio is Collodi public art]
One of the many murals/public paintings in Collodi

[entrance to Parco di Pinocchio]
The entrance to the Parco di Pinocchio

[Once upon a time a piece of wood Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
The sign reads in Italian, "Once upon a time . . .
~ A King! ~
No, boys and girls, you are mistaken.
There was once a piece of wood."

[Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
Donkey bronze sculpture
Pietro Consagra

[whale amphitheatre Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]

[Whale Amphitheatre Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
Let the kids perform!

[little theatre for children Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]

[playground Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]

[bronze sculpture fairy Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
Bronze Sculpture by Emilio Greco

[Bronze sculpture fairy Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
The Blue-Haired Fairy with Pinocchio (and bird)

[Once upon a time a piece of wood Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
Carabinieri (Italian Police) Sculpture by Pietro Consagra

[Talking Cricket Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
Talking Cricket bronze sculpture by Pietro Consagra

[great light in park Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]

[theater in park Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
Another little wooded theatre

[Fairy house Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
the blue fairy's house

[Fairy metal sculpture Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
metal sculpture of the fairy

[bronze sculpture crickets carrying casket Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]

[Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
I love this bronze sculpture
by Pietro Consagra
and its placement!

[bronze serpent sculpture Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
Steam comes out of his tail at times!

[bronze sculpture snake Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
Surprised by the steam since the park was closed.

[beautiful views from the park Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
great view of castle/palace in the distance

[views of castle Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
lovely river running next to the park

[eyes painted on river rocks]
This is not technically in the park, but across from the river that
borders one side of the park. It is not far from where my stone
carving is installed. I enjoyed the big pair of eyes painted
on so many of these river stones. Happy, happy!

Sculpture Installations 2016 December

[bench by Simone Azzurrini Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]

[sculpture installation Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
Installing the benches of the Carabinieri, stone sculpture by Silvio Viola

[bench by Simone Azzurrini Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
sculpture by Massimo Villani installation in park

[sculpture installation Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
Installing the rather heavy pietra serena stone on pre-prepared base in the ground

Installating Stone Sculpture by Kumiko Suzuki - 2016 December 13

[drilling holes and placing support rods in stone sculpture Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
The park personnel were responsible for installing our stone carvings.
Here you see a man drilling holes and placing support rods
[rebar] in stone sculpture. This not only secures the sculpture
from falling or hurting anyone, but also deters theft.

[sculpture installation Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]

[Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]

[sculpture installation Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
Installing the rather heavy pietra serena stone on pre-prepared base in the ground

[Kumiko with her stone carving Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
Bella artista Kumiko photobombs her sculpture photo!

[River next to Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
lovely place, Collodi

Installating Stone Sculpture by Kelly Borsheim - 2016 December 13

[entering area for flying Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
Entering the section of park to see my sculpture
the river is on the left

[stone sculpture awaits installation Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
My sculpture "Pinocchio flies on the dove" awaits installation

[map of sculpture and Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
Go to the point of the red arrow to see my stone sculpture "Pinocchio Flies on the Dove."

[close up Pinocchio with pilot goggles stone carving Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]

The pilot goggles were an "after design" decision, and therefore an added piece of stone. However, I was not there the days the guys decided they had time to drill the holes to attach the goggles... and subsequently, they are in the wrong place! I intended for them to rest of that famous wooden nose of Pinocchio. Boh!

[checking sculpture position before installing permanently Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]

I was, however, thrilled that I was invited to see the installation of my work. The sculptor who arranged all of this wanted to put the piece on a high base and face the bird and puppet towards a building, thinking that this showed off the best sides. I wanted the piece lower to the ground so kid's could see and touch (and hide the too-high goggle gap), and also point the bird between the trees. Why would a bird fly into a building? Here, I am checking the position before marking and mounting.

[moving stone carving Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
Safety first ALWAYS when moving and installing stone.

[River next to Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
But also, it is fun to watch the installation. Collodi Italy

[installing stone carving Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
and down he goes!

[awaiting cement layer Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
marked and awaiting cement for base

[playground and river at Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
the nearby kid's entertainment and river

[view from path Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
my sculpture on left, in background; view from the path coming from Kumiko's sculpture

These images were all taken on 13 December, except the one to the right here. Sculptor Silvio Viola took this of my stone sculpture of Pinocchio riding the dove on 14 December. He returned the next day with the other artists to oversea those installations. I assume that by now, at least, the park personnel have places dirt and hopefully flowers or something prettier around the base of my stone carving.

I had several problems with this composition, starting with a crack in the stone that made me redesign. But worse, perhaps, I changed my mind too many times for the pose of the piece. Once I saw the crack and gave up the original idea, I envisioned a bas- or maybe a high-relief. Later, I decided to work in the round. Even later, I kept changing the positiong of Pinocchio's legs and arms/hands. And also, I lost a decent-sized chunk off of the dove's face. This is not one of my better sculptures. Too many mistakes. But I learned a lot and I think it is a fun piece, nevertheless. I hope that others enjoy it as well, since he has found a home in the Park of Pinocchio!

P.S. While researching this article and the Italian art [pre-Disney] of the character of Pinocchio, I ran across a drawing of the wooden puppet by Carlo Chiostri. I asked my long-time Florentine friend and writer Jacopo Chiostri if there was any relation. He risponded that yes, "Carlo is the uncle of my [paternal] grandfather." What is that about six people away? Ah, Firenze!

[Permanent Collection My sculpture in Parco di Pinocchio Collodi Tuscany Italy]
After cement. Awaiting pretty finishings. Photo da Silvio Viola

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Follow-up: 2017 April 9 > Pinocchio Park Inaugurazione Dedication Ceremony Images

Added 26 April 2017

World traveler Pinocchio has his own kid’s park in the town of the famous story’s birthplace: Collodi, Italy, in Tuscany. My friend and colleague Kumiko Suzuki and I, along with several of our Italian carving friends, recently celebrated the permanent installation of our symposium sculptures from last summer into the Parco (Park) di Pinocchio. Sadly, I was in Texas during the inaugurazione (dedication, in this case) on 9 April. Kumiko took these images I share with you here.

I love how her Blue Fairy and the Snail was installed with flowers at the base and surrounded by greenery. She did a gorgeous work and it looks great, don’t ya think?

You may see more of her work online at: http://kumikosuzuki.simdif.com

See images of the park and more sculpture here: http://www.borsheimarts.com/news/201703_ArtNews-SculptureParcoDiPinocchioCollodiItaly.htm

[Kumiko Suzuki sculpture The Blue Fairy and the Snail Pinocchio Park in Collodi Italy Tuscany]
'The Blue Fairy and the Snail' stone carving by Florence, Italy-based sculptor Kumiko Suzuki; installed in the Pinocchio Park in Collodi, Tuscany

[Dedication of Permanently install sculpture Parco di Pinocchio, Collodi, Italy]
'Pinocchio Rides the Dove' by Kelly Borsheim - Art Reception

Kumiko also sent me this link for the video of the dedication ceremony. I have not yet seen it since I have limited time online where I am at the moment. Enjoy:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yqTgPqvthVM
COLLODI PARCO DI PINOCCHIO DOMENICA 9 aprile 2017 – YouTube

[more press newspaper article Pinocchio Park in Collodi Italy Tuscany]

[newspaper article about the Dedication of Permanently installed sculpture Parco di Pinocchio, Collodi, Italy]
More press in Italy as this newspaper announces the dedication of the six newly installed sculptures into the 'Parco di Pinocchio'

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Kelly Borsheim
29 March 2017

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