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October 2000

by Kelly Borsheim

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About a year ago, a fellow sculptor and friend visited my booth in the middle of a 2-day show and then invited me to dinner. I was thrilled by the prospect since I do not often go out socially and this person has always been willing to share information about art and the business of art with me (and other artists). She even gave me a sculpture-related job when she knew I could use some cash.

So you can imagine my dismay when she announced, "Kelly, if you want to make a living as an artist, you need to stop doing the figurative work. You are strongest on the marine animals and people do not buy nudes."

My friend was not saying this from malice, but I still felt the words crushing my spirit. That was a long night for me, but of course, I could not stop sculpting or painting the figure. (The follow-up to this story is that the next day, two of my figurative nudes sold at the show. It was an encouraging sign . . . ) Instead of doing what I was told, I discovered a new routine in the year 2000: I now spend more time working on the figure and studying anatomy.

It was that same show in which another artist I had met the year before approached me in a rush and exclaimed, "Kelly, you HAVE to read Michelangelo's biography, "The Agony and the Ecstasy", by Irving Stone.

Michelangelo! How could this be bad advice? So I smiled and waved a thank you as he disappeared into the crowd. What a book! Reading this book and revisiting my books with images of the great sculptor's stone carvings has helped me to focus and has increased my understanding of the human body.
So many inspirational and educational passages I have not been able to make myself finish the last 20 pages because I do not want it to be over!

Books can be such a remarkable source of inspiration and education and I often find myself lurking in bookstores. I have been blessed by the friends who have given or loaned me books that seem to appear at just the time I was ready for them.

Buy YOUR copy of Michelangelo's biography via:



Exhibiting art is always fun (since that is a large part of my social life) and I get the chance to "get out more" twice in October:

Sculpt*fest is a one day festival featuring works by over 40 Texas artists, many of whom demonstrate their techniques, at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum in Austin, Texas (USA). I will only be exhibiting my marine and figurative sculptures at this show, with the bronze "Sharon" in the Silent Auction. Note the date change: Sculpt*fest 2000 = Sunday, October 15th, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission = FREE

The following weekend I will be exhibiting my figurative paintings and sculpture at Artists' Harvest. This show is an indoor 2-day show also held in Austin. Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission: $5.00 per person, unless you request some tickets from me (all of those who are on my print newsletter list will be receiving 2 passes very soon). If you would like some tickets (or would like to receive the print newsletter, please just send me your mailing address with the request.

On Thursday night, October 19, I will be a panelist for "Marketing Your Art on the Internet," hosted by the Austin Visual Arts Association (AVAA). For details, please contact AVAA at avaa@texas.net or 512-457-0075.

Saturday, November 25th: the 9th Annual Harvest Art Fest Exhibit in Bastrop, Texas will feature my figurative paintings.

For details about all events, please visit:


I try to post images of new work as often as I can and wanted to alert you to a few new pieces:
  1. Paintings:
  2. Sculpture:


To see the newest artworks even before they are finished, please visit:
Current projects include
  1. a marine sculpture in Utah alabaster, "Puffer".
    I hope to have this work done by Sculpt*fest 2000.
  2. a figurative sculpture, "Reginald".


Kelly's sculptures and paintings may be purchased directly from her, or from Teeks Gallery "on the Square" in Wimberley, Texas. Teeks may be reached at (512) 847-8868. See below for Kelly's contact information.


This is the last art e-newsletter of the year 2000. As an emerging artist, I still have a "day job". Mine happens to be running my own business selling beeswax candle-making supplies from my Web site. Typically this time of year is busy for candle makers and I usually find I have no time to create art.

Please let me take this opportunity to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. It is important that we spend time with others not everyone has family or a warm place to share during the holidays and this time seems to emphasize the aloneness so many of us feel.

Thank you for your interest, support, and patronage. If for some reason you would prefer to unsubscribe from this newsletter, just respond to this message with your wishes. If there's a question you would like answered in this newsletter or a topic "discussed", please just drop me a line.

Yours truly,
Kelly Borsheim

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