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Borsheim Art Newsletter:

11 December 2003

by Kelly Borsheim copyright 2003

[nude]
Chest Piece
bronze with purple patina
by Kelly Borsheim
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    CONTENTS:
  1. Borsheim Artworks Now Represented in Taos
  2. Art Featured on Television Again!
  3. . . . And in the Movies
  4. Colors to Liven Up the Winter
  5. Cafepress goodies
  6. Teaching anatomy in January (last time?)
  7. Time to hibernate
  8. Subscription Info.

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Borsheim Artworks Now Represented in Taos:

I can only hope to tell you how excited I am after a successful trip to Taos, New Mexico. My sculpture in now being represented by Walden Fine Art gallery in that wonderfully famous art town. So for those of you who enjoy skiing on the mountains during the Taos winter, please go by Walden Fine Art right in the center of town at 106 A Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Say hello to owner Victoria Walden and her staff, and by all means look at and touch my sculptures there. You might even arrange to take home a work or two! Walden Fine Art may be reached by phone at: (505) 758-4575 and honestly, you can visit them anytime of the year.

I enjoyed my November trip to the Taos and Santa Fe areas of New Mexico and would like to share a few snapshots of my trip and a sketch. I am a bit embarrassed to say that I used a disposable camera for these snapshots, since my good camera had infrared film loaded in it. The charcoal sketch was done while I sat in the driver's seat of my van one morning in Hyde Park in Santa Fe, where I spent a night camping out. I had trouble starting the engine in the freezing temperatures and I cannot stand to wait idle.

[taos] [Santa Fe]

[Santa Fe Church] [Santa Fe clouds]

[charcoal sketch of trees] [Hyde Park Road Santa Fe]

And do not forget other locations that sell Borsheim artworks:
Museo Gilardi, Forte dei Marmi, Lucca, Italy
Bastrop Gallery, Main Street, Bastrop, Texas
The Crucible Gallery, Norman, Oklahoma
Belle Arte Gallery, West Hollywood, California

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Art Featured on Television Again!

This has been a good year for publicity for Borsheim Arts Studio. This month will see my fourth time on television this year! The first time was last winter when I was among a group of people trying to stop our government from expelling a family of Iranian-born artists who had been living in Austin, Texas, for over 8 years. (Ironically, they had to leave Iran because the father's caricatures were a bit critical of his government.) Our government's action was totally a knee-jerk reaction to the September 11th attacks. I was shown on the NBC Channel 36 news saying, "It is not enough to keep out the bad. We must also embrace the good."

The second time was when Fox 7 news came out to my studio at 4:30 in the morning (!) back in April to interview me live for 4 two-minute segments that aired at 30-minute intervals throughout the hours-long news program. We spoke about the lost wax bronze casting process, stone carving, drawing, painting, and bas relief sculpture. My work was shown throughout the studio and as examples during the interview.

Then in late October, I was interviewed to help promote a local arts exhibit. Featured on the air were two works, "Together and Alone" and "The Little Mermaid." That interview may still be viewed online at the News 8 Austin Web site. Click on the link below:
www.news8austin.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=88106.

Coming up is my fourth appearance this year. KLRU (PBS), Austin's Public Television Station, has created a pilot program to feature local amateur videographers filming what they love best about the communities in which they live. Bastrop, Texas, was chosen for this first episode and the 30-minute film is titled "Our Town: Bastrop." Bastropian Joyce Barrett was one of the 15 volunteer filmmakers. She chose to cover the art scene. Joyce was also a featured speaker in the film, with her art segment closing out the special program. I was one of the artists she filmed. Those who saw the preview recently told me that I am shown both carving marble in my outdoor studio, as well as painting a portrait as a demo at the Bastrop Gallery on Main Street.

The broadcast on KLRU (Channel 18 in Austin) is scheduled for Thursday, December 18th at 7 p.m., with encore presentations Friday, December 19 at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 21 at 5:30 p.m. The show will also be run again in January. Also, according to a KLRU spokesperson: Tom Spencer, host of the program titled "Austin Now", will be covering the story behind the story - the making of OUR TOWN: BASTROP. Austin Now's coverage of Bastrop will aire January 16 (repeating on Jan. 18).

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. . . And in the Movies:

In the summer of 2002, I joined a handful of artists to create a bunch of life drawings for props in a movie filmed in Austin by director Scott Rice. Scott just sent out this note:

Hi folks! "The Anatomy Lesson" is FINALLY complete. These won't be the last Austin screenings, but if you want to see it now, come on down! Both screenings are free and open to the public.

If you have already seen the movie, this version is over 2 minutes shorter than the last, has a final sound design, original musical score, final mix, final color correction, and a secret NEW TITLE.

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 9:30 pm
Studio 4D, Fourth Floor of CMB Building at the College of Communications
(Big brown building on corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keaton in Austin, Texas)
Note: we screen at the end of a program of graduate films that goes from 7 pm to 10 pm; the 9:30 time is an estimate.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 7-8:30 pm
The Hideout (617 Congress between 6th and 7th in Austin)
Sponsored by Digital Filmmaking Resources Group
Note: My film "Pillowfight" (4 min.) and an excerpt from "The Adventures of Mad Matt" (5 min.) will also screen as a part of a Q/A that will be taped for cable access.

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Colors to Liven Up the Winter:

For a while now, my aesthetic taste has been moving away from the rather common patina that the bronze foundrymen call "Cowboy Brown" and moving into lighter and often stone-like patinas on my metal sculptures. My smarter half, John Borsheim, is my moldmaker, sometimes metal worker, base man, and lately, my patina creator. A mechanical engineer by trade, he has been studying and experimenting with many different chemical combinations to add color and interest to my bronze sculptures. He is one of the few people I trust to work on my art because he is very detail-oriented and demanding. And he has learned to read me pretty well. It also helps that since we work at home, I am always close by to give comments and suggestions on the patinas as they develop.

Anyway, John and I have been having some fun on this last batch of bronzes we cast of the wall-hanging artwork "Chest Piece." Besides the rich patinas you can see, I have enjoyed hunting down just the right stone to pair with each chemically colored bronze. These beautiful bronze and stone combination works look great in a small, intimate space.
And they are priced to sell!

Curious? You may see them by clicking here.

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Cafepress Goodies:

Speaking of priced to sell, I have teamed up with Cafepress to offer images of my art on affordable small items, including ceramic mugs, tiles, baseball jerseys (I love their ¾-length sleeves), tote bags, and boxes. These are art gifts under $20.

Since the winter holidays tend to overwhelm many of us, why not reward yourself with something fun just for you? You may order directly online and have items shipped to you (or a friend) and you have a 30-day money back guarantee.

At anytime you may visit my Cafepress stores via my Web site by clicking on the "Online Store" link. But here are a few direct connections:

My original store: www.cafeshops.com/buyart which offers several goodies including a small Alderwood box with a tile lid that carries the "sketch of Arnica" on it.

www.cafeshops.com/marineart which offers the popular tote bag with "That's Amoré!" (moray eel sculpture) and "Lips" (stone carving) or the sea turtles ceramic mug. Perhaps you would also enjoy the translucent swan sculpture pictured on a tile. That is available at marine store # 4: www.cafeshops.com/marineart4.

I also take requests - just let me know what artwork you would like on what item and I will design it for you and contact you when it becomes available.

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Teaching Anatomy:

My January classes may be the last time I teach at the Austin Sculpture Center. The school's lease with the City of Austin expires in August 2004 and so far the city does not want to renew. As of this writing, the school board has found no other suitable and affordable location and may be without a home by August. The way my spring and summer schedule is shaping up, I may not be home long enough to teach a class after April. Anyway, starting in mid-January, I will teach 2 sculpture classes - one with the male model, one with the female. For more information, please visit:
www.borsheimarts.com/anatomyclass.htm.

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Time to Hibernate:

Oh, it is almost the calendar end of another year. 2003 has been a busy year for me and I need some time to rejuvenate before the spring brings new opportunities. I have so many half-finished projects that I am dying to tell you about once I complete them. So I wish you a happy winter season, enjoy the solstice, and take some time out to just sit and think (or maybe just sit). In the meantime, I will buckle down and I promise not to start too many new pieces of art before I wrap up some current works-in-progress. Thank you for traveling this journey with me. Peace to you and your cherished ones.

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If you enjoy Borsheim Art News, please send address of this Web page to your friends and colleagues. It comes to you about 6 times a year from Cedar Creek, Texas-based artist Kelly Borsheim, sculptor and painter of marine life and the art of the human form.

With kindest regards,
Kelly Borsheim
11 December 2003


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