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by Kelly Borsheim copyright 20 November 2017

  • The Palms of Sanford: New Exhibition Space
  • Moving Heavy Sculpture ~ Gymnast
  • Vasily Fedorouk: Sun
  • Art Workshop in Tuscany: May 2018
  • Fine Art America : prints on metal!
  • Blog Highlights: Gustavo Aceves Horse Sculpture and More!
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[Stargazer marble sculpture]

Marble sculpture, Stargazer
by Kelly Borsheim

Dear Art Lover,
Life should be enjoyed and variety is its spice. I would like to show you a new venue for a couple of my marble carvings. The Palms of Sanford is a private historic home near 25th St. & Upsala Rd., Sanford, Florida 32771, not far from Orlando.

While the house did not totally escape the recent wrath of Hurricane Irma, the current homeowners Alexander and Amber Babcock are not allowing the delayed repairs to stop them from making the most of their lives, finding and creating joy where they can. And thanks to their wonderful protective measures, my marble sculptures Stargazer and the Gymnast have survived beautifully the brunt of this storm.

I will let Alex tell you more about this charming place:

The Palms, a Victorian-style home in Sanford, Florida, boasts more than 140 years of history. Created for Henry L. DeForest, one of Sanfordís founders, the home features a striking entry through a gingerbread-adorned wrap-around porch. A 250-foot brick driveway meanders through the gardens of this boldly styled estate, shaded by towering oaks and camphor trees. DeForestís home, built in 1876, served as the heart of a Swedish immigrant operation tending thousands of citrus trees.

My two marble carvings will be on exhibit at The Palms for a while, and although this is a private home, you may make an appointment for viewing. The Babcocks also host many fun events there; the trick or treating at Halloween is to die for! Another example: They just hosted a special tea party with the title, "ParTEA like its 1899." Invited female guests dressed for the period, sipping their teas and dining on scones and finger sandwiches while seated at a long antique wooden table with tall-backed chairs. Handsome men in sharp suits served the ladies, while an antique phonograph, complete with bell horn, added to the background ambiance. And it was all outside, surrounded by the luscious greenery and gorgeous post-hurricane Florida weather!

The Babcocks have also been known to host small weddings on the grounds [maximum about 50 guests, I think]. The gardens are beautiful and the family is learning more about the history as they restore parts of this historic home. We hope that you will visit!

And visit their Facebook page here:

[Historic homeowners dress as ghostly founders]
Current home owners Alexander and Amber Babcock dress as the now ghostly original homesteaders Henry L. and Anna DeForest
at The Palms, Florida, during the annual Halloween Party.

[marble carving Gymnast looking for a new home with an art collector] [marble carving Gymnast looking for a new home with an art collector] [marble carving Gymnast looking for a new home with an art collector]
Gymnast, marble carving by Kelly Borsheim, in the new exhibition space "The Palms of Sanford" in central Florida.

[marble carving Stargazer looking for a new home with an art collector] [marble carving Stargazer looking for a new home with an art collector]
Stargazer, marble carving by Kelly Borsheim, even got the cat to look up. They are both in the new exhibition space at The Palms of Sanford in central Florida.

[marble carving Stargazer looking for a new home with an art collector]

The Palms of Sanford, central Florida

Where really cool things happen!

[Drone Photo by Reg Garner used with permission, The Palms of Sanford, Florida, aerial view with Stargazer stone carving seen on the grounds]
Drone Photo by Reg Garner, used with permission. The Palms of Sanford, Florida: aerial view with Stargazer stone carving seen on the grounds

[Future Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly, The Palms of Sanford, Florida]
Future Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

[Tropical Plants, The Palms of Sanford, Florida]
Tropical plants abound

[Moving heavy sculpture - forklift in Texas]

[Moving heavy sculpture - forklift in Texas]

The Gymnast is being de-installed from her exhibition in Boerne, Texas, and moved later in April 2017 to her new exhibition space in central Florida.

[Moving heavy sculpture - forklift in Texas]

[Moving heavy sculpture - forklift in Texas]

Moving Heavy Sculpture - the Gymnast

Lifting something forty pounds is enough of a challenge for some people. How about moving something closer to one THOUSAND pounds? Or even 200 pounds? Like most things, it is better to think before acting and to have a good plan.

While this article is not the way to learn exactly how to move large or heavy sculptures, for each different shape and weight distribution carries its own concerns, I can point out a few things for you to note.
  • Keep new or at least CLEAN wide straps dedicated to moving art. Any dirt or imperfections in the straps may scratch the surface of the art, whether stone, bronze, or some other material.
  • Make sure that you use FLAT, WIDE straps... as with your hands and skin, thin straps cut at times when pulled tight.
  • The straps wrap DIRECTLY around the sculpture. Do not think that putting a blanket around the art will protect it from scratches. In the event that something slips, the straps will stay on the blanket, as the blanket falls away from the art, dropping the art!
  • It seems best to have ONE person call the shots. Others may ask a question, bring an idea to the conversation, or point out something that no one else has noticed, but work as a team with one leader. "Too many cooks spoil the broth." And too many different opinions on which way to move may destroy a work of art or hurt someone.
  • DO think about the shape and WHERE the majority of the weight lies within the sculpture.
  • DO think about all of the parts as you change the position of the sculpture, especially moving it from horizontal to vertical, especially if you are moving the art in or out of any container [including a van].
  • DO understand the physics of a HEAVY body in motion. Once the weight reaches its tipping point, the sculpture may bob or move in ways and directions MUCH faster than it did up to that point. Know your stuff!
  • DO keep your fingers safe by making sure they are not under the art or the supports without safeties in place. And make sure everyone knows when the piece is moved to protect themselves accordingly. [I refer here to the "heads up" warning of moving heavy objects.]
  • DO always communicate and anticipate problems. Look out for the safety of all of the helpers and on-lookers, as well as the art. I cannot stress this enough.

In the three images to the left, you may see Gilbert [the driver], John, and I loading up my Gymnast from her former exhibition space in Boerne, Texas, into a van that I rented in April 2017. Note that John is the one running the show. He guides Gilbert how to move the forklift and forks. He chose to put the end-loops of the wide straps onto the same fork to keep the sculpture from flipping while suspended in mid-air.

In this case, the Gymnast was lifted off of her high pedestal and lowered onto a small palette on the ground. Palettes are great not only so that a forklift has something to grab onto without touching the art, but also to have open space for threading the straps through safely, securing the art to the pallet. The crate had a clean blanket laid on it in such a way that once the Gymnast was laid down on the crate, the blanket could be wrapped around the sculpture while still leaving access to TIGHTLY secure the straps around the art onto the pallet.

Just remember... the blanket only stays over the art when it is part of a package [art, blanket, pallet]. When it is time to lift the sculpture to her new destination, the blanket will not travel with her.

Now, this van I rented [a Ford, if memory serves] from Longhorn Rentals in Austin, Texas, was fantastic! Lots of tie-downs places along the floor, sides and even at the top. Great design for its intended uses. John even strapped my antique fainting couch to the ceiling ABOVE all of the other things he packed full in this van before I drove to Florida. I had a full load of my marble sculptures and personal belongings that various members of my family where to receive. Note: The wrapped sculptures WERE strapped down to the van itself... they would not shift during transit. You NEVER want the heavy stuff to do that! They were the first loaded and the last unloaded.

The point that I really want to make about any vehicle you load heavy art into, whether full or not, is to put the heaviest objects INSIDE of the two wheel axels. We usually place the heaviest or most valuable large pieces right up against the seat backs. It is a position slightly inside of the front axel. If the van is braked quickly, the seat keeps the art from roaring forward. The front seats are usually WELL-secured to the van, so they are sturdy. Pack things with a good awareness of motion and energy and force. Driving is imperfect, at best. You do not want things flying around destroying you and others in the process, in the event of a suddent stop [or start, or curves, or . . . ]

Unloading Heavy Sculpture - The Gymnast Arrives in Florida

[Marble carving Gymnast unloading heavy sculpture Florida]
April 2007: We used TWO heavy PVC tubes for moving the sculpture on its pallet while it was inside of the van. The rental van also had a wonderful padding carpet, brand new, and we were conscious not to destroy this. One tube stays perpendicular to the object. The front one may be rotated to turn the piece while in movement.

[Marble carving Gymnast unloading heavy sculpture Florida]
The first task was to rotate the sculpture 180 degrees. Her heavy end [the bottom] was against the driver's seat, facing the front of the van. After much discussion, we decided that the Gymnast should come out the back door, not the side, and definitely base first.

[Marble carving Gymnast unloading heavy sculpture Florida]

Above: This image just makes me laugh. With my bad knee, I was not able to bend down to place the tubes as the men lifted one end of the pallet. This might be a good place to note that we did not have access to a forklift here or the job would have been much easier.
Right: Note the plywood in the foreground. We decided to swing the Gymnast pallet over on top of this, so the plywood against plywood would allows some sliding... the pallet wood panel was not about to slide on that rubber-like carpet in the van (what the carpet is designed to do). That, and Isaac is telling me to come over and hold onto the opposite end of the pallet/sculpture while they move the heavy end in the direction of the back door.

[Marble carving Gymnast unloading heavy sculpture Florida]

[Marble carving Gymnast unloading heavy sculpture Florida]

Above: We all talk about what we will do BEFORE anything is done, making sure that each of us understands what will and/or could happen.
Right: Things are pulling together slowly, just the way I like it. We made a pedestal for the sculpture using some treated 6x6 pieces of lumber, stacked criss-cross until we reached a good viewing height. It worked well that the top was slightly lower than the rear bumper of the van.

[Marble carving Gymnast unloading heavy sculpture Florida]

[Marble carving Gymnast unloading heavy sculpture Florida]

[Marble carving Gymnast unloading heavy sculpture Florida]

[Marble carving Gymnast unloading heavy sculpture Florida]

[Marble carving Gymnast unloading heavy sculpture Florida]

The science is that at a certain point of pulling the sculpture OUT of the van, the weight of the marble will cause the piece to fall faster and even tip her upright and make her move dangerously fast. If this happens, and she is not far enough out of the van, it is likely that her feet at the other end will either snap off or be seriously damaged as they bang into the top of the door frame.
Left: Calculating the slide and spacing. Note the extra 6x6 is placed above the bumper to support the weight of the marble while she slides down the board. The pallet is no longer underneath her; only the single plywood and a blanket [although the sculpture is strapped to the van without including the blanket].
Above: You cannot see it in this image, but there are actually three ratchet straps going around the bottom of the sculpture, strapping her to the van. We oh-so-slowly let out a little strap on one end, then the other... until we got her to a point in which we had wiggled her outside of the van enough that she could be lowered onto the base and rotated vertical again without hitting the door frame of the van. At this point, she was more horizontal than inclined. This kept her from wanting to continue falling.

[Marble carving Gymnast unloading heavy sculpture Florida]
The strap that Isaac is pulling is attached to a hook inside the van, although here it looks attached to the door. He is our safety net from the sculpture tipping up, since there are still other straps holding the heavy sculpture as she continues her slow slide out of the van.

[Marble carving Gymnast unloading heavy sculpture Florida]
The twins wrapped a clean wide strap higher up the sculpture, around the torso, in this case. Then we removed the three straps supporting the weight of the base. In this way, we continued her slow descent to rest on the top of her new pedestal. Everything moved slowly and safely. It was a thing of beauty!

[Marble carving Gymnast unloading heavy sculpture Florida]
The happy team: Isaac, Alex, Amber, and Kelly [and the Gymnast]!

[Abstract granite Sun sculpture]

Sun, an Original Granite Sculpture by Vasily Fedorouk

I find the symmetry and beautiful lines in this well-designed and carved granite sculpture soothing. Looking at this work of art gives me a feeling of serenity and peace, as if all is right with the world and that the sun will always return. What do you feel when you look at Sun by Vasilyís hand?

Contact Vasily's wife Dilbara directly if you would like to make Sun yours. I encourage you to visit his Web site and have a look around!
http://www.vasilyfedorouk.com, Tel. Tel. (001) 630-677-4995; E-mail: contact@vasilyfedorouk.com

24 x 16 x 4 inches
copyright 2005 Vasily Fedorouk

Art Workshop in Tuscany: May 2018

It seems easy to find painting workshops in Tuscany. While I have taught painting before, I wanted to offer something a little unlikely to find. So, I have decided to offer a workshop on Bas-relief Sculpture.

[Relief Sculpture Florence Italy]I never saw the appeal to bas-relief until I took a workshop with Eugene Daub in 2000. He laughed when I told him that I thought relief sculpture was just "puffy painting." I meant that as an insult, but to be fair, I had not actually seen MUCH relief sculpture. Eugene not only taught me that relief sculpture is instead compressed form, but also showed me that it was a great way for a sculptor to combine the skills, challenges, and benefits of painters to tell a story with dimension: Figures in whole environments are one example.

And then in 2004, I came to Florence, Italy, for the first time. I saw how the Gates of Paradise bronze door panels were a brilliant mixture of bas- [low]-relief and high relief sculpture, sometimes even full sculpture in the round on a wall! Wow, this added depth, as well as story-telling to an artist's bag of tricks.

So, I am still brainstorming this workshop, but my concern is to be able to have you take your work home with you on the plane, or train, after the workshop is over, in the same way that your taking home a wet painting must be figured out ahead of time.

I would also like to enhance your experience of working with me in Tuscany by seeing some wonderful and inspiring works of art. In that sense, I would like to include in the workshop a day in Firenze [Florence] to look at quality examples of relief sculpture before we get started on our projects. I may also include an optional trip to Staglieno Cemetery in Genova, Italy, to see the amazing sculpture there. Talk about mind-blowing good!

I am thinking of five days in late May 2018 because I live up in the hills of Valleriana, Tuscany, about 1.5 hours NW of Florence, and one never knows how cold the winter may be. We would meet up in Firenze and look at art, and I will point out examples of art concepts that we will work on during the workshop in the hills. If you would like to know more about the workshop location, please visit my newsletter about Castelvecchio in Valleriana, Tuscany, Italy.

I would love your opinion on any or all aspects of this idea, and your preferred dates. Thank you.

[view of Castelvecchio with Stiappa back left and Pontito back right, Valleriana Tuscany Italy]

This is the location of the art workshop/retreat. Castelvecchio is the main village in the center of this image. Stiappa is in the background on the left, with Pontito in the background, right.

These are three of the ten "castled" villages in Valleriana, Tuscany, Italy. Pescia is the closest town on the train and bus stations, but we also have [limited] bus service to the hills. But I will get you where you need to go. Let's talk!

Fine Art America : prints on metal!

I have been really enjoying licensing my art on the FAA products online:: 30 day guarantee.. pillows, shower curtains, prints on metal, etc. During my Kickstarter campaign in 2015, the prints on metal were some of the awards and upon the success of that project, I ordered some and hand-delivered them to supporters. I was pleased with how happy people were with them: A good quality product and fast service! They arrive ready to hang, so easy!

Go Shopping!

If you see an image on my site, my blog, or even my Facebook pages that you would like to own as a print or notecard or pillow or anything FAA offers, please contact me and I will upload the image for you. I do not earn much off of licensing, but you know, every bit helps me to continue making art. The best part is that you get to enjoy the art images in a way that makes you happy. Win-win.


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20 November 2017

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