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Borsheim Art News ~ Gemini and Sculpture in USA, THANK YOU!

Borsheim Art News ~ Gemini Female Empowerment Sculpture, USA Art Scene, and THANK YOU!

by Kelly Borsheim

4 July 2019


CONTENTS of Kelly Borsheim's Art News:

* Art Party: The Peninsula at Heritage Point, Norfolk, VA, USA
* We Are the Seeds Facebook Post: Honored Gemini
* Vasily Fedorouk: Birth of Beauty
* USA trip: 6-week summary
* Youtube, Instagram, and FineArtAmerica
* Blog Highlights: Selling Stone
* Subscription Info.


Dear Art Lover,

     Happy 4th of July, whether or not it is a holiday for you! I would like to introduce you to a new venue in the USA for my art: The Peninsula at Heritage Point in Norfolk, Virginia. The waterfront home resting on two acres and my art can be seen there by appointment only, just contact me.

The Peninsula Art Exhibit Norfolk Virginia
The Peninsula Event and Art Exhibit


Party at The Peninsula at Heritage Point with Kelly's Art Norfolk Virginia
Party at The Peninsula at Heritage Point with Kelly's Art

Original Painting by Kelly Borsheim, available at The Peninsula Norfolk Virginia
Original Painting by Kelly Borsheim, available at The Peninsula, Norfolk, Virginia


Other venues to see AND BUY my art in person:

Stephen's Lake House, Hickory, North Carolina [USA]:
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/26036021

The Palms of Sanford, central Florida [USA]:
https://www.facebook.com/thepalmsofsanford/

and in Italia: La Pieve in Castelvecchio in Valleriana, Tuscany.
https://www.facebook.com/ristorantepublapieve/
If you would like to know more about this area that I call a paradise, please visit the site that I made in English to help visitors:

http://pleinairvalleriana.blogspot.com/

     We have a ton of summer activities here, despite my not having any time to update the site. Still, you can see where to stay and get an idea of the landscape here.


Gemini listed as Female Empowerment Sculpture

     Imagine my surprise when Austin-based Ruth Glendinning tagged me in a post on Facebook recently that featured my bronze sculpture GEMINI in a selection of "prehistoric" sculptures celebrating the real-life forms of the female body.

     One in the edition ships from Norfolk, Virginia, and another from Boerne, Texas. She is number 11 in the image of iconic sculptures of the feminine form.

We Are The Seeds Facebook Post Primitive Sculptures of the Female Form Gemini Number 11
We Are The Seeds Facebook Post Primitive Sculptures of the Female Form

     The original post by a group called "We Are the Seeds" was flattering, with its intent to allow women to be as we are instead of how we are taught we should be, shape-wise. But to have several friends RECOGNIZE my work out of context really moved me. Thank you!

Here is the image and here is the text. Click on the link to read all of the interesting comments. https://www.facebook.com/wearetheseeds/photos/a.2016020531962961/2362597813971896/


We Are the Seeds

19 giugno alle ore 03:48 ·

     A reminder to any woman who looks at her body and finds it flawed: these are prehistoric carvings of goddesses. These represent the epitome of feminine beauty to those we seek to emulate when we go on "paleo" diets. Not a flat tummy, thigh gap, or gravity-defying breast among them.

     These are bodies that are unique to their owners, and contain stories of desire, creation, hardship, and perseverance. These are bodies that are ready to hold you as you cry. These are bodies that worked every day to provide nourishment, resources and guidance to their communities while also caring for the next generation. They supported one another in their labor, holding one another's babies while they worked crafting tools, collecting water & singing songs to teach the young about the goddesses they so closely resembled.

     And these carvings weren't found in just one area. They've been discovered nearly everywhere humanity has settled and thrived. Which means there was a time when womanhood, in all her power and capacity, was revered not as merely a sexual novelty or shunned as sinful temptation, but seen as a source of inspiration to create, to connect, and to find courage.

     Today, our patriarchal society reveres conformity in women over all. It demands that women strive to achieve and maintain a form that resembles an untested girl. Our bodies must look perpetually untouched, unspoiled, a blank slate for a man to claim and use and write his own story upon. Instead of worshiping women as they are, we scrutinize and discard them as never good enough. And the more we strive to conform, the more we give up control of our bodies.

     So have comfort, women: with each fat roll and jiggle you gain as you move forward in time, you come closer to resembling the goddess as she originally appeared in the hearts of humanity. She lives in you and longs to be seen and revered as she was before.

And you deserve to be worshiped.

Repost-- Alaura Weaver


https://www.facebook.com/wearetheseeds/photos/a.2016020531962961/2362597813971896/


Vasily Fedorouk: Birth of Beauty

Original Marble Sculpture by Vasily Fedorouk

Birth of Beauty
43 x 13 x 10 inches
Marble
copyright 2000 Vasily Fedorouk

     I find this marble carving by Vasily intriguing. This half-life size sculpture contains one of the signature poses of my mentor and friend's work, that of the figure looking up towards the heavens. The woman is flanked by two men on either side, with their backs to her, as if in protection and watchfulness. One man is bearded while the other is beardless. I presume that each one represents a different quality of human abilities, perhaps experience vs, new eyes?

Birth of Beauty Marble Figure Sculpture by Vasily Fedorouk

Birth of Beauty, Marble, ships from Chicago


     I called his wife to see if she remembers any story of Vasily's inspiration, but at the moment all she can recall is that the Greek myths were the inspiration.

     I found that sometimes Aphrodite is referred to as the goddess watching over sailors. Perhaps these two men represent generations of men of the sea? However, the male figures look more scholarly to me than men who use their hands and bodies to navigate potentially dangerous waters.

     Do you have any thoughts on this marvelous piece of art? Please send them to me, I would love to read them.  And visit the site and contact either Dilbara, Vasily's wife, or me, if you are interested in collecting any of his available works.

http://www.vasilyfedorouk.com/MarbleSculpture.htm
[Next month marks the 10th anniversary of Vasily's tragic death.]


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USA trip: 6-week summary

     If I missed you during my recent travels to the US, I apologize. I tried to see as many friends and family as I could. I would like to name a few people who really helped me during this last long trip:

     Alex and Amber Babcock, John Borsheim, Jim and Stephanie Ayers, Heather Leiterman, Herb Long, Don Elliott and Chuck, and Michael Seiler, plus every other member of my immediate family, as well as my parents, and the lovely staff, judge, and art collectors at a new event for me: Sculpture at the River Market in Little Rock, Arkansas.

     A lot more people helped me, but those named hosted me for days and/or helped in moving my art during shows. Here are a few highlights of this trip, including winning BEST OF SHOW, the only award given out at the Little Rock event. Pelican Lips won this prize and in the process found a home in Arkansas! Two other works were sold there.  It was humbling and thrilling how well people responded to my work, thanks!

In Sanford, Florida, my nephew August helped me clean the Gymnast before adding more stone sealer to protect the marble.
In Sanford, Florida, my nephew August helped me clean the Gymnast before adding more stone sealer to protect the marble.

news190704f_Alex and Amber Babcock hosted the Art Event [with my large wall-haning bronze "Ten" at The Palms of Sanford, Florida
Alex and Amber Babcock hosted the Art Event [with my large wall-haning bronze "Ten"] at The Palms of Sanford, Florida, in early April 2019.

We had a great turnout of appreciative lovers of art in Sanford, Florida. Here with my Gymnast marble carving.
We had a great turnout of appreciative lovers of art in Sanford, Florida. Here with my Gymnast marble carving.

Book Signing 190814 Art Event The Palms Of Sanford Florida
SOLD OUT of the books on hand! Book Signing at The Palms of Sanford, Florida. "My Life as a Street Painter in Florence, Italy" is available online on Amazon.

Patina is applied to bronze by John Borsheim in Texas
Patina is applied to bronze by John Borsheim in Texas
    
Finishing Kickstarter project from 2015 after my bronze foundry failed me
Finishing Kickstarter project from 2015 after my bronze foundry failed me

 SculptFest in Round Rock, Texas. This lovely woman, Marla Ripperda, changed my life with her encouraging me to teach anatomy to sculptors.
SculptFest in Round Rock, Texas. This lovely woman, Marla Ripperda, changed my life with her encouraging me to teach anatomy to sculptors.

Returning to my roots at SculptFest, here with sculptor Mark Yale Harris, we took our first stone carving class together. What a sweetheart he is!
Returning to my roots at SculptFest, here with sculptor Mark Yale Harris, we took our first stone carving class together. What a sweetheart he is!

April 28 SculptFest: Herb Long sketched Kelly as we waited for the Post-show Packout Dinner to Arrive.
April 28 SculptFest: Herb Long sketched Kelly as we waited for the Post-show Packout Dinner to Arrive.

My Round Rock Hostess Heather Leiterman [from Sculpture in the South show in Summerville, South Carolina, years before] and Herb were a huge help during and after SculptFest. Dinner was my treat. Lovely times!
My Round Rock Hostess Heather Leiterman [from Sculpture in the South show in Summerville, South Carolina, years before] and Herb were a huge help during and after SculptFest. Dinner was my treat. Lovely times!


Sculpture at the River Market, Little Rock, Ark.

Sculpture River Market Little Rock Arkansas My Sculpture Booth

May 3-5, 2019 New Show for me: Sculpture at the River Market, Little Rock, Arkansas... lovely people! All set up before private party grand opening, Pelican Lips forefront!


Wow, so surprised on my return! Best of Show ~ Pelican Lips Marble WON!
Wow, so surprised on my return! Best of Show ~ Pelican Lips Marble WON!

Yay! The judge and her sister were excited to meet me and were so enthusiastic!
Yay! The judge and her sister were excited to meet me and were so enthusiastic!

My marble "Encounter" is her second favorite sculpture, so we posed before the Manta Rays of marble.
My marble "Encounter" is her second favorite sculpture, so we posed before the Manta Rays of marble.

Adam Schultz, a damned fine artist, friend, and amazing husband to...
Adam Schultz, a damned fine artist, friend, and amazing husband to...

... this amazing bringer of light, friend, sculptor, and lovely woman, Lorri Acott.

... this amazing bringer of light, friend, sculptor, and lovely woman, Lorri Acott.

So many friends and great artists here! I forgot how much fun are these gatherings!
... this amazing bringer of light, friend, sculptor, and lovely woman. So many friends here!

 

Collectors Susan and Steve Holt loved the mathematics in the stone carving, "Möbius Mouth," now a part of their home.C01754
Collectors Susan and Steve Holt loved the mathematics in the stone carving,
"Möbius Mouth," now a part of their home.

     Then Onward to Indianapolis, Cincinnati, then Norfolk, Virginia; moving most of my art from Texas and Indy...

Brother Michael and I unloaded my rented truck full of art, Norfolk, Virginia 9 May
Brother Michael and I unloaded my rented truck full of art, Norfolk, Virginia 9 May

It felt so good to return my Penske Rental in good shape and on time, thanks to my little brother's help!
It felt so good to return my Penske Rental in good shape and on time, thanks to my little brother's help! Between us, we have a pair of good legs [and one not so...;-)].

     
The rest of the trip was family time, VA, then North Carolina to share time with some aunts and brothers, shared my Dad's birthday with him, shown here on a suspended bridge in South Carolina, and then a return to Florida to fly home to Italy. Six whirlwind, exhausting, exhilarating, productive and successful weeks!
     The rest of the trip was family time, Virginia; then North Carolina to share time with some aunts, brothers, a niece, and friends; shared time with my Dad and Peggy, for his birthday with him, shown here together on a suspended bridge in South Carolina; and then a return to Florida so Mom could take me to the airport to fly home to Italy. Six whirlwind, exhausting, exhilarating, productive and successful weeks! THANK YOU!


You are so necessary for the culture you desire.

 

     There are many ways to support the art that you enjoy seeing and touching. Here are a few suggestions:

* My Patreon page is here: https://www.patreon.com/KellyBorsheim
Even $1 a month does a lot.

Become a Patron of Art

* Fine Art America [FAA], my art on a variety of products. If you do not see your favorite image, please ask me and I will upload the one you want so that you may order whatever you like.
https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-kelly-borsheim.html

* Watch, like, subscribe, and share my art-making videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/kellyborsheim/videos

* Follow me and share my posts on Facebook and Instagram. I have two pages on Facebook, one professional and one more social. Connect as you wish.
https://www.facebook.com/kelly.borsheim

* Sculptors and students: Buy my uncut stone that exists in central Texas: I have a variety of rocks that I hate to part with, but it is more difficult to work in two countries and much of it I must allow other carvers to turn into lovely art.

* Oh, and the obvious: BUY art when you can; BUY when something moves you. Or just BUY art and hang it over your couch. It is the choices we make that show off our personalities and it is a joy to create your surroundings to your own liking.


Peace,

Kelly Borsheim

Go ahead... collect some ART!

Go ahead... collect some ART!

 

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