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by Kelly Borsheim copyright 8 September 2007

    CONTENTS:
  1. Encounter - New Stone Sculpture
  2. The Lookout Bronze Wall-hanging
  3. Fund raiser for the Wright House Wellness Center
  4. Summer Projects - Marble Restoration and Commissioned Portrait
  5. Hawaii
  6. Subscription Info.

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[diptych paintings bird of paradise]

"Birds of Paradise"
mixed media paintings - diptych
12" x 12" (each)
by Kelly Borsheim

Dear Art Lover,
[stone carving of manta rays contemporary art] Converging more than emerging elements seem to birth most of the ideas in my work. While in Italia last year, I could not stop thinking of this beautiful black marble with bursts of white star-shaped crystals that I had back on a stand in my studio in Texas. The stone was too busy for figurative work and my first thought was to carve a relatively simple round shape, such as a pear, to contrast with the angular patterns presented in the marble. But sometimes, a pear is just a pear . . .

Are you like me? I like to swim at night when it is warm out. After my underwater excursions, I enjoy watching stars while floating on my back, my ears submerged and hearing only peace. I feel small as I gaze at the Milky Way and watch for shooters and twinklers, but not small in a demeaning way. I begin to realize my potential contribution to the world as my body, my fears, any sadnesses start to dissolve in the water. At the same time, I feel so completely connected with everything. There is so much magic in stillness.

But in March, as I began to think of returning to my stones in Texas, I was no closer to an idea for carving this marble. In April, however, an image began to form. Maybe it was not just the stars in the stone and sky, or my seeking peace; maybe it was my impending trip to Hawaii to meet my nephew Ryan, who was born while I was working in Italy last fall. And my general intrigue with the life within the ocean. In any event, I visualized the quiet swoosh of the large manta rays as they swim upwards with open wings: such grace, such power, such simplicity of form.

While this newly completed stone carving is not large and therefore may not have the presence of a real life moment in the sea, Encounter was created to explore grace, connectivity, and form. And, of course, to show off the individual beauty of this black and white marble from Canada.

If you would like to preview this stone carving Encounter, please click here:
www.borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2007/mantaray.htm

If you would also like to add him to your private or public art collection, just contact the studio or call 512.303.3929 in Texas, USA. The studio can accept checks by mail, credit cards via PayPal and the Internet, or you may simply request a purchase plan. Only a small deposit to reserve your artwork and then you set your monthly payment amount and due date. No finance charges - really. See how easy it is to fill your life with original art?

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The Lookout Bronze Wall-hanging

[woman with flowing fabric contemporary art] Speaking of flowing and grace, I would like to show you a new bronze that is also one of a kind (seriously, no edition). I have wanted to work more with sculpting fabrics and playing with texture and composition with a figurative piece. So, making her debut at The Home Retreat in Austin, Texas, is The Lookout and she is, of course, about seeking.

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Fund Raiser for the Wright House Wellness Center

My friends Marc Brewster and Bart Loeser of Austin, Texas, are hosting an HIV fund raiser benefiting the Wright House Wellness Center on Saturday, Sept. 22nd.
They will be exhibiting some of my artwork there as part of the event.

"Also featured will be musician Omar Lopez and his 7-piece ensemble entertaining from 9-11, followed by one of the top entertainers from our recent RSVP Mediterranean cruise, Mark Alan Smith, a singer/impersonator with a show few will forget," says Bart.

You're Invited
Saturday, September 22, 2007
8:00 p.m. - Midnight
Experience A Spectacular Concert
Under the Stars at Las Casitas
Benefiting the
Wright House Wellness Center
(more about them at www.thewrighthouse.org)
at Las Casitas, 1103 Ridgecrest Drive in Westlake Highlands, Austin
$40 Donation pre-event
$50 at the Door
Checks to the "Wright House Wellness Center" can be sent to:
Bart Loeser, 1103 Ridgecrest Dr., Austin, Texas 78746
Snacks & Open Bar
Free Omar Lopez CD with each ticket pair
For more information, call Bart at 512.563.3845

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Summer Projects - Marble Restoration and Commissioned Portrait

Word of mouth in Austin, Texas, once again led an art collector to me for a stone restoration job. A 1931 marble carving by an Italian artist whose name looks like J. Curillon or Ainillon was damaged as the inherited artwork was transported to Texas from Las Vegas. This lovely sculpture depicts a mother holding hands with two children - one boy and one girl. The mother's head was broken off as another heavy object shifted during travel and landed atop the marble sculpture.

[marble restoration - decapitated head of woman] [marble restoration - decapitated head of woman] [marble restoration - sealing crack in neck of stone woman]

Above left: The original broken sculpture at the home site. Center: The crack in the neck is still evident after re-attaching the head. Because this is a solid white marble, there is little chance of totally hiding the crack. Marble has crystals and is translucent to some degree -- very difficult to match. Right: Some marble dust was obtained from the bottom of the sculpture (with the owner's permission, of course) so that the same material will be used to fill the crack. Here you see the white of the resulting powder solution (dust and "glue") as it is very generously applied to the crack and surrounding areas. The problem is that marble dust is not as translucent as unground marble, and like many bruised stones, is whiter than the original material.

[marble restoration - reattached head of woman] [marble restoration - finished restoration]

Above left and right: The neck has now been filed by hand using fine tools and sandpaper. While the crack is still visible, the effects have been greatly minimized. The sculpture was also cleaned thoroughly, but gently, and resealed for protection.

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Portrait Commission

While I was in Italia, one of my collectors in Indianapolis contacted me about doing a surprise portrait of his wife for their 9th anniversary. This was a fun commission for me because, in part, when I asked my client John to tell me if his wife Sara had light or dark eyes, his response was a very charming - and thorough - description of not only his wife's eyes, but her skin as well. Now this is a man who is in love with his wife.

We all had a lot of fun surprising Sara with her portrait at the Franklin Barry Gallery in Indianapolis this past July. John even called gallery owner Don Elliott and me at the gallery later to tell us how much Sara really loves her gift.

[art portrait commission] [art portrait commission]
Left: 27 May 2007 - My beginning 'disegno' drawn on my canvas with a sepia pencil.
Right: 26 June 2007 - Making corrections to the lower part of the painted image.

Finished Portrait Commission with Happy Art Collectors

[art portrait commission with art collectors]
Above: 25 July 2007 - The finished portrait with Don Elliott of the Franklin Barry Gallery in Indianapolis;
John and his surprised Sara, and the artist Kelly Borsheim. (Photo via Kelly's self-timer.)

When you get up to Indianapolis, I recommend (besides Don's gallery) that you visit Henry's on East Coffee Bistro. Down the street from Aesop's Tables Greek restaurant across the street from the Franklin Barry Gallery on Mass. Ave., Henry's also has good food and tasty beverages. While I am not a coffee drinker, I do enjoy their exotically flavored teas and homemade pastries. Robert and Harold were the guys who were so kind to me during my many visits for wireless connectivity in Indy. So stop by to say hello and enjoy some Indianapolis hospitality!

Henry's on East
627 North East Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202; Tel. 317.951.0335

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Hawai'i in August

During my mini-family reunion on the island of Oahu, I was invited to visit fellow carver Michael Weitzenhoff's studio in Kailua, Hawaii. Upon arrival, Michael presented me with a handmade necklace with the seed of a palm tree from Micronesia that had been cleverly carved into a sea turtle. What a generous gift with aloha! He carves many different kinds of stone and wood and enjoys using both materials together in his compositions of figures and Hawaiian themes.

The next day my family and I went snorkeling with turtles and then my brother Michael took this shot of me swimming with wild spinner dolphins. Many had young ones swimming beside them. This was an amazing experience!

[artist swimming with spinner dolphins Hawaii]
Photo by Dr. Michael J. Seiler, Hawaii

I hope you will look forward to more writings about my life in Italy. I am currently getting situated again and reconnecting with friends before I begin to paint and draw.

In closing, thank you for your continued interest. I enjoy your feedback and friendship.

Thank you for reading.
Peace,
Kelly Borsheim
8 September 2007


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