Friday, May 22, 2015

We're Off to See the [Bronze] Wizard!



Dear Art Lover,

     I am actually trying to meet a painting deadline before I must pack up all of my things, leave my flat, and prepare for the next stage of the adventure.  So, please forgive my lack of posting… I have lots more of Italia that I want to show you.  However, for now, please enjoy a few snapshots I took when I went to visit my new friend Camila on her last day (this trip) in Firenze.

     They had some sort of festival going on May 8, so the Loggia in Piazza della Signoria and also the statue of Neptune were lit up with colors.  Plus we experienced another gorgeous sky that evening.

Florence, Italy  Lights Natural and Real

Florence, Italy  Lights Natural and Real

Florence, Italy  Lights Natural and Real

Florence, Italy  Lights Natural and Real

Florence, Italy  Lights Natural and Real

Kickstarter campaign update for “Casting Call:  I’m Melting!  Melting!  . . . Into Bronze.”

     I am delighted to announce that most of my wax sculptures have now safely made it to the bronze casting foundry in Texas so the work can be started! [My part in the wax work had already been done.]

This is all due to the generosity of time and driving by John Borsheim and fellow sculptor Marla Ripperda, people I have known and loved for decades. John packed up the sculptures and brought them to Austin, met with Marla, and Marla took them to the foundry a couple of hours away. I feel very grateful for their help since it has turned out that my travels around the US once I leave Italy in a couple of weeks make it so that I will not arrive in central Texas until mid-late July.

     YAY! You have made the casting commence! Thank you so much!

Peace,

Kelly         

P.S. If you have not sent me your mailing address or your choice of specific Reward yet, please do so. I will be ordering the prints and books in about a week.

Sculptors Marla Ripperda, Bill Barnett and Kelly Borsheim pour molten bronze in Austin, Texas
Sculpture Instructors and colleagues at the
Elisabet Ney Sculpture Conservatory in Austin, Texas
[L-R:]  Marla Ripperda, Bill Barnett, and Kelly Borsheim pour molten bronze to make art
copyright 2002 Borsheim Arts Studio
http://BorsheimArts.com

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hi-Res Scan Baptistry Florence Italy



Dear Art Lover,
     In my quest to find a hi-res scanner (without rollers contacting the art) for all of the professional painters in Firenze, I found this little gem! 
     The film is amazing and I can guarantee that I never saw the underground part of the Baptistry for the price of my ticket some time ago.  This is so cool: 

 http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/making_the_past_present_with_light_warmth_and_a_high_tech_gaze
 
     Most people know that the Baptistry and even the famous Duomo (Cathedral) of Florence, Italy, were built upon Roman ruins.  Why not? So many other places in and out of Italy have Roman pasts!  I found this video truly incredible.

     Anyway, my search for a Cruse Scanner here in Italia whose use is available to professional contemporary artists continues.  I went to an Open Studio this morning for the Palazzo dei Pittori [Palace of the Painters], which is almost never open to the public, according to my Florentine sister who went with me.  We spoke to a man about some scanning, so I have a new contact.  Sadly, thus far  my search turned up a Cruse in Pisa, but it is only allowed for restoration work… and usually of dead artists.  Boh!  How can this be so hard in Italia to find?

Anyway, the big news now:

Happy birthday, DAD! 

Peace, 

Kelly Borsheim, artista


Friday, May 15, 2015

New Painting Weeping Willow Trees Live Model



Dear Art Lover,
     I have done a fair amount of paintings from live models while in the studio with a bunch of other artists.  Here in Florence, most of us tend toward similar styles (unlike my more fun experiences in Open Studios in Austin, Texas, in which anything goes!).  Maybe it is my being a tree-hugger that makes me want to turn these exercises into something someone might want, but in any event, I have been propping up some of the works and thinking about them.

     This painting of Magda sitting on a wooden bench seemed like a great one with which to start.  Her pose already gives the viewer a curiosity about where she is looking.  I have been longing for more trees in my life.  And maybe for times of innocence or less knowledge of what horrible things people are doing to the world and each other.  I have great memories of visiting my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in St. Paul, Minnesota.  And I especially loved the huge weeping willow in the lakeside lawn of my paternal grandparents.  Oh, what times we had in that house, in that yard, and in that lake!

    So, please indulge me with my sweet little painting.  It brings me comfort and wonder and memories of beautiful times.  I hope you can take away something positive from Reflections of a Studio Model as well.

oil painting weeping willow trees reflection live model turtle




Reflections of a Studio Model
60 x 50 cm  oil on canvas
Copyright 2015 Kelly Borsheim
Available, please ask.

     She is presented here in my latest newsletter about the great Artemisia Gentileschi:

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art auction raise money against domestic violence Florence, Italy
 
     Related to her story is one for my next art event.  I want to give something back to the Renaissance City for some of the many changes in my life since I first came to touch a Michelangelo in 2004.
You are invited!
Enjoy the party, meet artists, si mangia bene!
Aperitivo (buffet) free to attend
All artworks start bids at 100 euro
Firenze, Italy
drawings donated by Kelly Borsheim
plus many other artist donations

Sunday 17 May 2015
Bidding starts at 17:30 (5:30 p.m.)
Casa Torricelli

Via Manzoni 2 [near Piazza Beccaria], Florence [Firenze, Italia]

Fine print:
There are a LOT of artworks to auction off!
ArtemisiA in collaboration with Le Giubbe Rosse [the artist's café in Piazza della Repubblica]

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Calendar:


  • Through 15 May, Cincinnati, Ohio: exhibit of two of my drawings in Manifest Gallery's DRAWN 2015. Be quick! Not much time left. 
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  • In June I will be in Florida and South Carolina. If you want to get together, please contact me.
  • In early July, I will be in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Chicago, St. Paul, and before that in North Carolina with family.
  • In late July, August, and early September, I will be working to carve stone and create bronze sculpture in Austin, Texas.
  • October 22-25 finds me at The Artists Fair, at the Bargehouse in London [Yes, England]:

www.theartistsfair.com

I would love to see you if possible.

Artist painter sculptor KellyThank you,
Kelly

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Closing 15 May Manifest Gallery DRAWN


Dear Art Lover,
     Only two days left in Manifest Gallery’s toughly juried exhibition, DRAWN 2015.  Thirty six works by 27 artists were chosen out of  1188 entries from 394 artists.  I am thrilled to announce that TWO of my Nitram charcoal and pastel drawing made it into this special event.  I hope that you may be able to see the exhibit.  

DRAWN 2015 dates:
17 April : opening
15 May : Final Day of Exhibition 

Manifest Gallery
2727 Woodburn Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
www.manifestgallery.org

Manifest Gallery Cincinnati Ohio DRAWN art exhibition Nitram Charcoal


You may see my contributions to the exhibition [besides this detail in their promo pic] in my previous post here:

Thank you so much for your interest in the arts! 
Artist at Manifest Gallery Ohio

Kelly

P.S.  Happy happy birthday, Sweet Aunt Christine!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Artemisia Gentileschi Women and Violence



Susanna and the Elders by Artemisia Gentileschi violence and women
Susanna and the Elders by Artemisia G.
Dear Art Lover,
     I finally finished my May newsletter.  I have a habit of expanding it as I research the topic and then have to edit myself.  Everything is connected you know.  I am sure that you have or you know of that type of person who can enter a library looking for one thing… find something semi-related that is also interesting and then look up from sitting on the floor in the aisle and realize that not only have hours pouring over texts gone by, but they drifted into subjects not on topic!  This is also why I rarely trust anyone who would claim to know everything on any given topic!

So, without further ado, here is the link to the newsletter [with images] about the female painter from Rome who beat the odds of her time… and maybe even of our times, Artemisia Gentileschi:

     Related to her story is one for my next art event.  I want to give something back to the Renaissance City for some of the many changes in my life since I first came to touch a Michelangelo in 2004.
Invitation to Art Auction Fund Raiser for ArtemisiA Battered Women Shelter Florence, Italy
You are invited!
Enjoy the party, meet artists, si mangia bene!
Aperitivo (buffet) free to attend
All artworks start bids at 100 euro
Firenze, Italy
drawings donated by Kelly Borsheim
plus many other artist donations

Sunday 17 May 2015
Bidding starts at 17:30 (5:30 p.m.)
Casa Torricelli

Via Manzoni 2 [near Piazza Beccaria], Florence [Firenze, Italia]

Fine print:
There are a LOT of artworks to auction off!
ArtemisiA in collaboration with Le Giubbe Rosse [the artist's café in Piazza della Repubblica]

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Calendar:


  • Through 15 May, Cincinnati, Ohio: exhibit of two of my drawings in Manifest Gallery's DRAWN 2015. Be quick! Not much time left.

  • In June I will be in Florida and South Carolina. If you want to get together, please contact me.
  • In early July, I will be in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Chicago, St. Paul, and before that in North Carolina with family.
  • In late July, August, and early September, I will be working to carve stone and create bronze sculpture in Austin, Texas.
  • October 22-25 finds me at The Artists Fair, at the Bargehouse in London [Yes, England]: www.theartistsfair.com

Artist Kelly Borsheim 
I would love to see you if possible.
Thank you,
Kelly

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