The Borodino-California connection

There's no arguing Chip Fesko has waited a long time to show his artwork publicly -- in fact, he's been waiting for about three decades.

But after years of work and a growing collection of his art, the Borodino born and bred man had his first public art showing earlier this year in California, where he has resided since 1991.

"I've been painting for 30 years and initially tried to get a children's book published with my watercolors in the early 80's but it never happened," Fesko said. "In the past two years I was trying to get my 'bird' paintings shown in the Newport Beach area at various public spaces that show local art, but it wasn't until the Newport Beach Arts Foundation accepted my work that I got my first opportunity."

At 53, it was quite a surprise to finally have his artwork chosen for showing. Fesko had submitted his art more than a year before he a got the call from the arts foundation.

"I thought my work was in the rejection pile a long time ago, but they do get [hundreds] of submissions so they had a big backlog of work to chose from," he said.

His artwork was hung on display at Newport Beach City Hall from March through the end of May. Since that display, Fesko has had more opportunities to show -- and now sell -- his work.

"I was invited to show at the Newport Beach 'Art In The Park' in June, which is an outdoor art event at a local park," he said. "You get to sell your work and then 30 percent of your sale is donated back to the Newport Beach Arts Foundation. I sold my first piece and it was great fun."

While he doesn't currently have other shows lined up, he is steadily working to find more venues to display the watercolor paintings. He said he would love to be able to bring his work home for an opening.

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