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by Kelly Borsheim copyright 9 February 2016

  1. Oberammergau, Germany
  2. Layaway Plan – Did you know of it?
  3. Teaching in Firenze – one month only
  4. Painting by Vasily Fedorouk
  5. Blog Highlights: Reginald Bronze Sculpture
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[Mural detail Oberammergau Germany]

Mural Detail
Oberammergau, Germany

Dear Art Lover,

Oberammergau, Germany, is the most mural-infested city that I have ever had the privilege to see. Recently, I was delighted to meet my brother Michael at the Munich airport. We picked up his car and drove to Kufstein, Austria. He was the keynote speaker at their university’s WinterCongress where he presented his research on behavioral real estate. I am a proud sis, but I digress. On our way to Kufstein, we stopped for an hour or two in Oberammergau.

Oberammergau is in Bavaria and is famous for its Passion Play [describing the life and death of Jesus Christ] that takes place every ten years. But they are also apparently well-known as wood carvers. We saw many shops with wood sculptures, as well as the famous cuckoo clocks. And lots of buildings are decorated with murals. I enjoyed the architectural ones the most. But they feature plenty of figures going about their lives, including a wood carver and his assistant at work. Other murals are religious in nature (Christian is all that I recognized).

My friend and mentor Vasily Fedorouk liked to state that the word ‘sculpture’ originally meant, “to remove material.” In other words, only wood and stone are the materials of true sculpture since they are a product of the subtractive method of creating 3-d artworks. It is hard work and when one makes a wrong cut, the design must be altered. It is difficult to criticize the efforts of another, and yet, I wanted to share with you the most frolicking crucifiction artwork that I have ever seen. He has risen and seems to be walking on water again, only a bit more happy about it. The sculpture is one of the wood carvings in a shop window in Oberammergau.

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I found the murals charming and of good effect overall for the town. It really is wonderful how people CAN live with art all around them. I am currently working on my second mural in Tuscany. This one will be much simpler: A false window with the mountain scene that is actually what one would see if there was a real window in the wall. You may follow the progress on my blog once the preparation work is done.

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[Stone Sculpture Lips with Tie]

Siblings Michael and Kelly
in Oberammergau, Germany, on Jan 27, 2016

[Frolicking Crucified Christ]

Frolicking Christ Wood Sculpture
in Oberammergau, Germany

[Mural Art Oberammergau]

Oberammergau, Germany, on Jan 27, 2016

[Oberammergau Murals, Germany]
Real lace curtains, but faux window trimmings

[Mural Art, Oberammergau, Germany]

[Mural Art Oberammergau]

Oberammergau, Germany, on Jan 27, 2016

[Oberammergau Murals, Germany]

[Mural Art, Oberammergau, Germany]

[Mural Art Oberammergau]

Our favorite mural job, the architectural designs, in Oberammergau, Germany, on Jan 27, 2016

[Oberammergau Murals, Germany]

[Mural Art, Oberammergau, Germany]

[Mural Art Oberammergau]

[Oberammergau Murals, Germany]

[Mural Art, Oberammergau, Germany]

[Oberammergau Murals, Germany]
Right: Cool wood high-relief sculpture and light post

[Mural Art, Oberammergau, Germany]

[Mural Art Oberammergau]
Just me clowning [elfing?] around at a hat shop display. Photo by Michael Seiler, my sweet youngest brother.

Layaway Plan – Did you know of it?

I recently discovered that a dear friend of mine and a collector (who would like more of my work) did not know about my Layaway Plan! I sell a lot of my art with this. It is all about what is best for you. YOU set the amount you wish to pay each month. YOU set the date of the payment. YOU receive NO finance charge. YOU receive the art once it is paid for at YOUR convenience. Need any more details? Visit my pricelist page: http://www.borsheimarts.com/pricelist.htm#layaway

As my landlord and I are still working to set up my studio in my new home, I continue the celebration of 15 years as a full-time artist. Wow… thank you for being a part of this adventure. Your support has been invaluable. I would like to celebrate by making it easier to buy some art that moves you. Here goes:
  • 15% off on all available sculptures. The pricelist is here:
  • 15% off on all available 2-D work, from paintings and drawings in any medium to giclée fine art reproductions.

  • If you buy two or more Borsheim Art Works
    before 15 February 2016,
    you will also receive
    a $50 framing gift certificate
    to use as you like. This is a
    Special Offer
    from Don Elliott at
    The Frame Shop/Franklin Barry Gallery in Indianapolis.

    Buy Art

    These offers end February 15, 2016. Prices you see on the Web site are BEFORE the 15% savings offer. Thank you for your interest!

[Stone Sculpture Lips with Tie]

Lips with Tie
Pecos sandstone + Texas limestone
14" h x 17" x 4"
© Kelly Borsheim

Teaching in Firenze – one month only

I often get requests to teach workshops or private lessons. The problem these days is often logistics. However, I have a student returning to Florence, Italy, to continue private painting lessons from about mid-March to mid-April. I no longer live in Firenze, so I will have time away from my own work to focus on other students. I can go to your home or workspace in Firenze and teach individuals or a group any available time [one day or many] during those calendar dates. Please contact me if you would like to arrange something. Thank you.

[Still Life Art Lessons]
Sitting On a Shelf
, 68 x 68 cm (27 x 27 in)
Original Oil Painting on linen
© 2014 Kelly Borsheim

[Original Painting Ephesus Turkey by sculptor Vasily Fedorouk]
Original Painting - Greek Pillars

© 2007 Vasily Fedorouk

Painting by Vasily Fedorouk

Vasily Fedorouk liked to travel, especially if he could combine it with making art. He also was fascinated by old cultures and the continuity of life. In fact, I remember clearly when we were in the mountains of Marble, Colorado, he showed me an article in National Geographic magazine. He said that he had read it five times and wanted to do more. It contained a lot of information about an ancient civilization in Ukraine and his English skills made the reading a challenge. He was impressed and excited by the art that had been dug up by archeologists and exclaimed, “Do you see how contemporary the designs are?!”

I share here one of the rare paintings Vasily did to records ideas of proportion and balance. This painting of Greek Pillars is from Ephesus, Turkey, is 16 x 20 inches. Painted in 2007 (two years before he died), this work has been in the family collection. Please visit the Web site and ask about availability.

See more of his art online at: http://vasilyfedorouk.com
There are a limited number of available works, but please inquire.

Recent Blog Topics: Reginald Bronze Sculpture

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Thank you for sharing this journey with me. Thank you for sharing this newsletter with your friends and colleagues. Thank you. Please let me know if you would like to commission an artwork.

Kelly Borsheim
9 February 2016

[Kelly Sculpts Reginald 2000]

Kelly sculpts Reginald in plastilina
Sculptfest 2000
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
Austin, Texas

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