The Cross for The Road to Emmaus Sixth Installment

A few weeks ago, Terri and her husband Carlos traveled from Lubbock to Seguin.  They left with “Mary Magdalene at the Cross.”  Thus ending one chapter of the story “The Cross for The Road to Emmaus.”  Terri will present the sculpture for the first time in February 2012 to participants in the Road to Emmaus Retreat.  We will of course update this blog with the next chapter of the story.

Thank you, Terri for you are an inspiration and a blessing.  May God be with you and the wonderful Carlos.

Marika and Dennis

A Closer Look

Mary Magdalene at the Cross

Mary Magdalene at the Cross

Marika with Terri the guardian of the sculpture

Terri with Mary Magdalene at the Cross

Big crowd assembles for Moonlight, Roses in new Walnut Springs Park

The Seguin Daily News

By Darren Dunn

May 23, 2011

(Segun) — The first big public event to ever be held in the new Walnut Springs Park was a big success. The Seguin Main Street program held its annual Moonlight and Roses event in the new public space downtown located next to the Memorial Rose Garden.

Dozens of people brought lawn chairs and the beverages of their choice and enjoyed live jazz performed by both Mike McGrew and Shaakir in the park. The new linear park opens up a number of areas along Walnut Branch Creek.

Bob Pickett, chairman of the Seguin Main Street Advisory Board, said Friday’s event was one of the best he’s ever seen.

“This is absolutely fanstastic. This is the largest crowd that I have seen in a number of years,” said Pickett. “Everybody I think is in awe (of Walnut Springs Park). If they haven’t seen the park before and its completion, they are just marveling at it. We also want to thank all of the people who contributed the food. So it’s a great turnout, the music is great (and) it’s a great evening.”

The night began with the Main Street Advisory Board and the city of Seguin presenting the 2010 Downtowner of the Year Award. Pickett says the Giles family was honored for its commitment to a historic property in the heart of downtown Seguin.

“This year we recognized Tom Giles and his family. They own the Aumont Hotel downtown. They have done an awful lot of work on it, (and) a lot of improvements. They open it up for different events. They’ve got the restaurant going on (inside), and as well (residential) tenants. So we recognize them this year for what they did for the downtown,” said Pickett.

The Giles’ work on the Aumont includes installing sprinkler systems on all floors, constructing eight downtown living spaces, providing lease space for a new downtown restaurant and for making the ballroom and lobby available for special public and private events.

Several other awards were handed out during the event on Friday. Hepzibah Hoffman-Rogers, of Thunderpaws Canine Solutions, was honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award. Thunder Paws was recognized for helping to support the downtown, but also for helping with other pet-oriented programs in the area, including the creation of the new dog park inside of Max Starcke Park.

The Downtown Beautification Award for 2010 was presented to Tavie Erwin and the owners of Advanced Home Health Services. The new award was presented to honor Advanced Home Health Services for the work it has done inside and outside of its building located at the corner of South Austin and West Donegan streets.

The Main Street Advisory Board also recognized Jack and Patt Linden for their work keeping up the Memorial Rose Garden. The board also honored two former longtime members of the board. Audra Schulz and Gloria Kinz were honored for their many years of service on the board and for their committment to improve downtown Seguin.

Guadalupe County officials were also recognized during the event for their recent work in downtown Seguin, including the conversion of the 60,000 square foot Economy Furniture Building into the new Guadalupe County Justice Center.

Seguin sculptor gives lessons on the road

From the Seguin Gazette Enterprise

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:15 pm, Tue Apr 26, 2011.

Staff reports |

EL PASO – Sculptor Marika Bordes recently made presentations to university and high school students at the request of the University of Texas at El Paso.

“When Marika talks with students about how she creates her sculptures, they literally lean forward to get closer to her and learn from her as they are drawn in and captured by her passion,” said Dr. Richard Padilla, vice president for student affairs at UTEP. “The pictures of her in the presentation, a petite woman wielding a chainsaw, attacking large blocks of wood while making the first cuts in creating a sculpture, instantly challenge and inspire the students to see themselves in new ways.

“Marika is a great role model. Like the sculptures she creates, she is elegant in her simplicity, inspires others to see beyond boundaries, and she is always full of surprises,” Padilla said.

The university students learned about creativity, teaching methods, conceptual sculpture and the art of living.

Marika offered some advice for the future teachers of Texas children: “Along your path, as an artist, share ideas; as a teacher, encourage each creative spirit; as a creative person, continue to learn and appreciate life’s lessons.”

Riverside High School students from the Ysleta Independent School District and Chapin High School students from the El Paso Independent School District also heard presentations by Marika.

“As an artist, I am here today to open the doors to the art world, challenging you to enter it freely and without fear,” she told the students. “I also have the privilege to help demystify the art of making sculpture.”

Marika met Saturday afternoon, April 16, with more than 100 high school students participating in the Upward Bound program which provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.

The focus of the presentation was similar to the one for the high school classes, but it included an exhibit of Marika’s sculptures and tools.

Students came in small groups to the stage to view sculptures and ask questions about the art of sculpting, creativity and the business of art.

“When you take the next step on your journey, search for the unopened doors,” she told the students. “You have the keys. Do it with a clear and giving heart. Life is nothing but an offering.”

The presentations were made April 14-16 in El Paso.

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