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Borsheim Art Newsletter:

March 2001

by Kelly Borsheim

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    CONTENTS:
  1. News: Selling Out
  2. Special Offer & New Works
  3. Exhibits
  4. Sponsor
  5. Subscription Info.

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NEWS: Selling Out

When I was about 5 years old, I decided I wanted to run away from home. So I packed my suitcase with the things I needed. Actually, I only remember packing a small cat statue I loved. (See the importance of sculpture?)

Walking out was easier than expected (my mom was playing along with me for a while). I vividly remember just standing still, outside in the snow in Germany, my arms at my sides and holding my suitcase. It was surprisingly quiet and peaceful and I wondered, "What now?" I do not know exactly how long I stood out there, letting the cold creep in. All kinds of thoughts went through my head, such as the fact that I had not yet learned to speak German. I could not even decide which way to turn.

Perhaps my young mind thought that I would not be able to leave and so my plans had not progressed to the part that happened after I HAD left. But at some point, I turned around and walked back up the stairs to my family's apartment (much to my mother's relief).

One of the lessons I learned that evening was that there was no point in leaving the life I had unless I knew where I wanted to go. I took that to heart and, for many years now, have been creating sculpture and paintings while maintaining my own business selling beeswax and working other jobs as needed. I have exhibited and sold artworks along the way, continued my education, and tried to build up my mailing list (thank you!). I had a clear plan in mind - to become a full-time artist. Finally, I "left". In January 2001, I sold my Internet-based business, Lumina Candles & Art, to my friends Gary and Laurie and am now pursuing my dream all the way. I could not have taken this leap without your support and encouragement.
Thank you.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Deadline Extended to April 7, 2001

Sea Turtles have existed on Earth since before the age of the dinosaurs. They are a part of our past and remind us of another time. Now, all sea turtles are endangered. Born on beaches around the world, baby sea turtles are left alone by the parents to make a mad dash during the night to the open seas with hundreds of other vulnerable siblings. It is estimated that only 1 or 2 out of 100 hatchlings will survive the first year.

Most of their lives are spent in the ocean and sea turtles are well adapted to their water environment. Compared to their land counterparts, the shells of sea turtles are lighter and more streamlined. They have flippers for limbs, which make sea turtles efficient and graceful swimmers. Adult turtles tend to feed on sea grass and algae pastures.

The Sculpture Sea Turtles I

I chose to use bronze for the turtles and kelp because that medium allows one to have thin parts that extend away from the center of the work in a way that stone and clay do not. I was hoping to portray flowing kelp and express the freedom that turtles must feel as they gracefully swim among the plant life in the ocean. For the base, I looked for a stone that suggested the ocean floor with a simple texture that would compliment the detail in the bodies of the turtles. Limestone seemed the perfect choice.

Sea Turtles I has gotten so many compliments that although I still want to keep the original bronze and stone sculpture, I have decided to make the piece into a limited edition of 30 (besides my artist's proof). Each piece in the edition will include a hand-carved limestone base.

The original is currently at the foundry. Two in the new edition have already been sold. The introductory price of $1260.00 will be offered until April 7th (that's a 10% discount). To view the original sculpture and learn more about sea turtles, please visit: www.borsheimarts.com/sculpture/1997/turtles.htm
You may order by e-mail, phone, or standard mail.

NEW WORKS:

I have been getting ready for a couple of exhibits of figurative art and images of some of the new paintings are posted on the Web at:
www.borsheimarts.com/painting/2001.htm

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EXHIBITS: You are invited!

March 31, 2001 - 7 p.m.
"Salinas Spring Gala"
Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring Street (downtown)
Bastrop, Texas
hosted by Bastrop Association for the Arts

April 9-27
Reception: Thurs. April 12, 6-9 p.m.
"Go Figure VI: Au Naturel"
ACA Gallery in the Guadalupe Arts Building, 1705 Guadalupe
Austin, Texas
hosted by the Artists' Coalition of Austin
Will exhibit: Figurative oil paintings

For a listing of past and future art exhibits, please visit:
www.borsheimarts.com/exhibits.htm

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SPONSOR

I hired an excellent writer, Karin Marie, to create text for my upcoming marine sculpture brochure. Karin is very easy to work with and does a professional job. She is a member of the Writers Congress, based in Austin, Texas.

Writers Congress is a cooperative of highly experienced writers and editors who undertake editorial, advertising/marketing, technical, or business-related projects on a contract basis. The staff is a diversified group with advanced skills in a wide range of areas. Visit their Web site at www.writerscongress.com to see what projects these specialists can complete for you.

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Support the studio by purchasing books, music, or software via:
www.borsheimarts.com/books/store.htm

Kelly's sculptures, paintings, and notecards may be purchased directly from her. See below for Kelly's contact information.


THANK YOU.

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 is a question you would like answered in this newsletter or a topic discussed, please just drop me a line.
Yours truly,
Kelly Borsheim
21 March 2001


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