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Borsheim Art Newsletter:

8 February 2005

by Kelly Borsheim copyright 2005

[grandpa]

Grandpa George with Grandma
(young)

    CONTENTS:
  1. Art in the Spa Continues
  2. Bird
  3. I am You
  4. Free Passes to Artexpo New York
  5. Opportunity for you - Stone Carving with Ukrainian Master
  6. Dedication
  7. Subscription Info.

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Dear Reader,

The Art in the Spa event featuring my figurative creations in stone, bronze, and paint continues through the Valentine holiday at Steven's Todd's Spa at the Ranch. I would be honored to see you and your friends there. There's a limited time, VERY SWEET offer going on right now - free spa gifts with purchase of art. For more information, visit:

borsheimarts.com/exhibits.htm

Reception is this Thursday, Feb. 10, from 5 - 7:30 p.m.

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Bird:

I just love deadlines! I used the spa event to help me finish a small stone carving that I have been working on in the evenings to unwind. It is a beautiful piece of semi-transparent Italian alabaster that I saved from my "Swan" sculpture many years ago. And then I joined it with a piece of forest green chlorite from Canada. I think this is one of the spa employees's favorite works:
borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2005/bird.htm

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I Am You:

As with my sculpture "Together and Alone", I was flattered to have someone recognize the idea in this next artwork, even though he was expecting to see a different idea. One day I was working at the Austin Sculpture Center for two different private modeling sessions. While I was creating a portrait of the model Eric, another artist dropped by and was looking at my other work-in-progress, titled "I am You". Since he has had formal art school training (and I am often curious about what my own studies have missed), I asked for his opinion. I got the impression he was uncomfortable with my request, so I kept sculpting, avoiding eye contact and hoping he would say what he really thought. After some hesitation he reluctantly observed, "Well, it is a bit odd that the couple's stance is so formal, yet their touch is so personal."

I could have kissed him.

It is often the simple things that astonish me. And I am continually intrigued by how friendships develop - why between two people and not two others? Perhaps analyzing this too much would change the spontaneity of that first meeting. However, I wanted to celebrate that feeling - when it does happen - of an instant joyous, and in many ways intimate connection with a stranger.

I am You will make its debut as a bronze at the International Artexpo New York on March 3 - 6. The first casting in the edition of 45, which is still at the foundry as I write, is already sold. The collector has been kind enough to let me hold onto it and take orders from it while in New York.

However, you may also take advantage of the pre-casting special offer that runs through February 28. And, if you act by February 20, you may get an even greater value by adding in the spa special offer. Details and images of the clay prior to bronze casting are online at:

borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2004/I_Am_You.htm

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Free Passes to Artexpo New York:

If you plan to attend this huge art event in New York in early March and would enjoy seeing all of the art as my guest, please contact me. Artexpo sent me 100 FREE public passes ($15 value each; good for Saturday, March 5 and Sunday March 6) as well as 100 trade passes ($25 value each; good for trade-only days, March 3 & 4). Trade must pre-register to attend.

Don't be shy - I do not know many people in New York and would enjoy helping you attend. I will be leaving Texas early to visit family along the way and to see the Christo and Jeanne Claude temporary art installation "The Gates" in Central Park. I would be happy to mail you as many passes as you desire, but would need to do so before February 22.

My booth is in the SOLO section -- number S135.

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Opportunity for you - Stone Carving with Ukrainian Master

My hero and favorite living sculptor and teacher is Vasily Fedorouk. He works magic with all kinds of stone, although he is renowned for his work with hard stones such as granite and basalt. For a long time now, we have talked about doing some art project together, although in all fairness this talk started off with my calling him and saying, "I want to apply for a large sculpture commission that I have little experience with. If I win the bid, may I hire you to help me pull it off in a professional manner?" I can still hear his Ukrainian-accented response, "Absolutely."

So when Vasily called me recently to tell me he was thinking of coming to Texas for the Sculptor's Dominion exhibit, we began some serious talk. I am thrilled to announce that Vasily will lead a 9-day stone carving art workshop at my home studio in Central Texas. The dates are Saturday, March 26 through Sunday, April 3 (before we exhibit at the Dominion). Besides the entire 9-day workshop, smaller "buffet-style" class options will be available to fit your needs and schedule.

I have also invited stone and tool supplier Myles Mountain of 2Sculpt in Kansas to teach how to safely use tools, loan demos to students, and supply artists as needed.

Sculptors at all levels are welcome to participate - with free camping onsite. Details are online at:

borsheimarts.com/workshop.htm

If you are interested, please sign up early. These wonderful instructors are traveling a good distance to be here and I would like to make sure we have plenty of materials for all participating artists. There is a 10% savings for those who register before March 10.

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Dedication

With heavy heart, I dedicate this newsletter to my grandfather George Andrew Seiler, who died unexpectedly on February 3 in Florida, after recently celebrating his 83rd birthday. Grandpa had been a WWII Navy veteran, an inventor for 3M Corp. in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a volunteer probation officer for juvenile court. He also raised AKC registered Labrador retrievers. When my brothers and I were growing up, Grandpa and Grandma hosted almost all of the family get-togethers every summer at their home on the lake. He also taught me the pure pleasure of eating Minnesota corn right off the stalk and amused me with the stories he would tell to get it. In his latter years, our conversations were peppered with religion and politics and other interesting topics involving human behavior.

In closing, I wish you all a loving and fun Valentine's Day 2005.

Thank you for reading.
Peace,
Kelly Borsheim
8 February 2005


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