Artists: Carrie Davenport – Helen Stein – Dottie Bowden – Ann Leithead

Art for the Park Art Auction

The Artists and Their Art

Carrie Davenport:

Biographical information-

What this artist does with a subject is a personal response and an exhilarating experience.  Exact representation has never been an absolute but instead, she lets a state of feeling determine the approach she wants to take.  She has exhibited her work in a variety of galleries, taught classes and workshops in oil painting, and her work can be seen in private and commercial collections.  She is currently showing at The Oakwood Art League Gallery in Seguin and The New Braunfels Art League Gallery, where she has been a recipient of numerous awards, both there and elsewhere.

Carrie’s story about her painting “In the Woods”-

I was visiting friends that lived up the mountain from Colorado Springs.  When I got up the first morning, I stepped out on their deck and this was the view that greeted me in one direction, Pikes Peak in another.  Awe-inspiring country.

Carrie’s Art-

In the Woods

Oil 20” x 26” plus frame

Spring Garden

Oil 24” x 30” plus frame

“A formal garden putting on its best.”

The Back Fence

Watercolor 24” x 30” plus frame

“A leaf tenaciously hangs on into the crisp, cold winter.”

Helen Stein:

Biographical information-

Helen Stein moved to Seguin in 1956.  She was a charter member of the Seguin Art League with Dr. Henry Moore and Dr. Elmer Peterson of Texas lutheran College.  She helped to organize the One Seguin art League and is now a member of the Seguin Oakwood Art League.  Helen studied art at Mary Hardin Baylor College and Texas Lutheran College under Dr. Peterson and received watercolor instruction from Mary Hetherington.  She has volunteered at Jefferson Elementary teaching art to third graders and has given private lessons in oil.  Along with painting, her hobbies include quilting.  Helen has a quilt displayed in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

Helen’s story about her painting-

In addition to suing a paintbrush, Helen crumbled plastic wrap into a ball and used it to apply some of the watercolor.

Helen’s Art-

Fantasy Flowers

Watercolor

Dottie Bowden:

Biographical information-

Dottie Bowden started painting in 1970.  She had her first lessons under Faye Sitton of   Liberty, Texas.  Since that time, she had studied under such artists as  E. Frost Andrews, Dick Turner, Carol Gibson Sayle, and   Dalhart Windberg.  Dottie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Texas State University and her Master’s Degree from the same University.  She is a Charter Member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and of the Deer Park Art League, as well as being a member of the Seguin Oakwood Art League and the San Antonio River Art Group.

Dottie’s story about her painting-

Dottie grew up in the City of Deer Park (Houston) area, and Deer Park, like Seguin, is a bird sanctuary.  Dottie has loved and painted coastal birds since her childhood.

Dottie’s Art-

Egret

Oil 

Ann Leithead:

Biographical information-

I’m a native Texan who, by luck, lived in many places-and finally found the ideal home in Seguin.  Since my approach to art is “I wonder what would happen if…” I can rarely replicate what I have produced.  Sometimes that makes me sad.  My three children enjoy art and share that joy with their children and with my husband and me.  Some of our happiest times are when we are creating things together.  I have enjoyed learning how to do many, many things, but for the last few years clay and especially Raku has been what I have found fascinating.

Ann’s Art-

Strings

Raku

Spirals

Raku


Bowl

Turquoise Lace

Urn

Raku

Artists Scheduled for “Art for the Park” Silent Auction

Becker's Lavender by Kris Kelson

Carrie Davenport

Marika Bordes

James Franklin Schmidt

Ann Leithead

Helen Stein

Elisabeth Montgomery

Dottie Bowden

Kris Kelson

Donna Maske

Robin Walker

Roger Betschler

Nancy Russell

Howard Crunk

Beverly Cobb

Matt Chase

Luling Icehouse Pottery: Charley & Holly Pritchard

Bil Sullivan

ART FOR THE PARK

ART FOR THE PARK

AN EVENING OF JAZZ AND ART 

SUPPORTING THE WALNUT SPRINGS PARK BIRD SCULPTURE SANCTUARY

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012 

7 to 10 PM

AT THE TEXAS THEATRE, FEATURING 

LIVE JAZZ 

SILENT  & LIVE AUCTIONS OF LOCAL ART

OILS, WATERCOLORS, SCULPTURE, FIBER ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, POTTERY,  AND MORE!

UNVEILING OF SANCTUARY  SCULPTURES 

TICKETS:  $25 PER PERSON IN ADVANCE

AVAILABLE AT GIFT & GOURMET, KEEPERS, AND KAREN McMILLAN REALTORS 

$30 AT THE DOOR (SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE)

Ticket Price includes 1 Drink (Wine or Beer) and light refreshments

including a dessert bar, coffee and  non-alcoholic beverages

For more information, please see:  http://marikaarts.wordpress 

AN ARTSFEST 2012 EVENT, SPONSORED BY SEGUIN COMMISSION ON THE ARTS 

Art in the Park- Join Us for an Evening of Art, Music and Refreshments

On Saturday evening, March 31 at 7PM  at the Texas Theater there will be live and silent art auctions from some exceptional local artists to raise funds for the Seguin Commission on the Arts and the Walnut Springs Bird Sculpture Sanctuary.  Some of the birds that are destined for the park will be on display and people will have the opportunity to donate to the bird sculpture project.   The centerpiece of the sculpture sanctuary, the Red-Tailed Hawk will be unveiled.  Light refreshments will be served and a jazz combo from Houston will provide entertainment.   Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, first come first served.  Ticket price includes 1 glass of wine or beer. Prior to the event tickets are available at Gift & Gourmet.

Follow the blog for updates and photos of art work.

Auction draws art lovers to support Haiti

By Felicia Frazar
The Gazette-Enterprise

Published February 16, 2010

Area art connoisseurs opened their hearts and their wallets to honor a local sculptor and her country.

In the wake of the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated the country of Haiti — and in honor of local artist Marika Bordes’ Haitian roots — the Seguin Oakwood Art League decided to host an art auction benefit on Saturday at the Silver Center.

Artists from the area and beyond brought in some of their collected pieces or their own works of art to be sold through a live or silent auction, said Jeanne Palmer, Seguin Oakwood Art League president.

“We got donations from artists from San Antonio to Austin and a majority of the donations were from artist in the Seguin Area,” Palmer said. “People were just really outpouring. They just really embraced what we were doing.”

Along with the auctions, donation jars were placed throughout the room to generate more funds for the cause.

“Some people don’t really want to bring something else home, but they want to donate,” she said. “A little less than $500 came from the jars.”

All three forms of collection brought in nearly $10,000 to be distributed to three organizations — American Red Cross, Save The Children and Doctors Without Borders, Palmer said.

“The total funds that we have in our hand is $9,747, with the incoming funds it’s going to be over $9,800. It would not surprise me if we hit that $10,000 by the time all of the funds are in,” she said. “The majority of the funds are going to Red Cross, then Doctors Without Borders and then to Save The Children.”

Purchasers were given the opportunity to choose which charity their donation would benefit, said Dennis Martin.

“We were trying to come up with three organizations that everyone knows about and Save the Children and Doctors Without Borders both have offices in Haiti and I am sure the American Red Cross has one, as well,” he said.

Martha Swanson, artist, said she came out to support the cause and had donated some artwork to be sold.

“I think it’s a good thing,” she said. “We need to take any possible opportunity to help these people.”

Nearly 100 works were donated to the fundraiser. Twenty of them were designated to be sold in the live auction, but a couple of surprises were added — one only moments before the auction and the second in the middle, Palmer said.

“Edmund [Kuempel] gave us a Texas chair from the senate and then we had someone who brought a gift certificate for 10 hours of instruction from Marika and then donated it back,” she said.

Of the pieces auctioned off were two of Bordes’ sculptures and a teaching session with Bordes that brought in about $4,000.

Overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for her homeland, Bordes addressed the audience with a “thank you” note from her sister-in-law and a Haitian Creole song “Mèci Bon Dié.”

“It means, ‘Thank you, Oh Lord.’ I thanked the Lord like the people of my country would do,” she said. “I just wanted to be connected with my people and thank the Lord with everybody.”

Haitians may have never heard of Seguin, Texas, but through the tragedy they are feeling a connection to the area residents, Bordes said.

“Right now a small town they have never heard about — I have been sending them all of the papers for them — has been doing so much and they know that we are with them,” she said. “I think with that fundraiser it would help some smiles to come back on my peoples’ faces, like all of the fundraisers. It’s very neat and very moving of what is going on in this little community.”

Main Street Artists Supporting Haiti Fundraiser

Seguin Daily News Monday, February 15, 2010

Main Street artists supporting Haiti fundraiser

By Mary Jo Filip, Main Street Program Director

(Seguin) — Sometimes, things that seem very remote and far away from our own personal reality hit home in an unusual way. The Seguin Main Street Program has had the benefit of having Marika Bordes serve on the board for the past several years. As an artist, Marika was instrumental in moving one of the Main Street Advisory Board goals forward during the past year: the development of an Arts Commission in Seguin. She and her husband, Dennis Martin, are also friends of Seguin’s efforts to preserve and tell the story of its rich history, having renovated their home and received approval for placement of a Texas Historical Marker on the property.

So, when disaster struck Haiti, Seguin was struck by just how close to home Haiti seemed since Marika is from Haiti. Her artist friends wanted to show how much they value her and agreed to host an Art Auction to benefit Haiti. The Seguin Oakwood Art League contacted members and artist friends from surrounding communities including San Antonio, Austin and Staples and organized the Haiti Benefit Art Auction which is being held on Saturday, February 13 at the Silver Center located at 510 E. Court Street. There is a reception with refreshments from 5-6 p.m. and Texas State Representative Edmund Kuempel will then serve as auctioneer for the event.

Art from the MJC Gallery located downtown will be included in the auction. Photographer Matt Chase is donating two photographs taken in Central Park. One features the bandstand and fountain and one the statue of Juan Seguin. Both are framed and ready to be hung. Kris Kelso, also with MJC Gallery, has donated a colorful painting of a girl in traditional Mexican dance wear. Other art that has been displayed by members of the Seguin Oakwood Art League in the downtown vacant window “Phantom Galleries” is also being donated for the auction.

A crowning jewel of the auction will be a wood sculpture created by our Haitian-born Main Street friend, Marika Bordes.

All proceeds will go to Save the Children, Doctors without Borders, or The American Red Cross.


Haiti Disaster Relief Art Auction

From the Seguin Daily News

Haitian artist speaks out on earthquake catastrophe; Local group rallies behind colleague to host fine art auction

Award-winning wood sculptor Marika Bordes, of Seguin, (right) shows off one of her 30 art pieces currently on display at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center in Austin. The native from Haiti is currently accepting the donation of fine art pieces for Saturday’s Haiti Benefit Art Auction in Seguin at the Silver Center. The event, hosted by the Seguin Oakwood Art League, will include guest auctioneer and State Representative Edmund Kuempel and a champagne reception that will begin at 5 p.m. Pictured alongside Bordes is Bernadette Pfeiffer, director of the art museum in Austin.


By Cindy Aguirre-Herrera(Seguin) — The art found nestled in every corner of Haiti is how Marika Bordes attributes much of her exposure and appreciation for her creative skill in wood carving. Following last month’s catastrophic earthquake, Bordes says she can’t help but spend much of her days returning to the memories of her native land where she spent most of her childhood. Bordes, who hails from Port-au-Prince, says the devastation left behind is a feeling too “heavy to carry.”

“I’ve been able to enter in contact with some family and friends. It is sad, very sad. Fortunately for me, I don’t have anybody very near that has lost their life. When I say anybody – any family – but I have a lot of friends that are not present. When I talked to my little cousin, she told me that my cousin was in the kitchen cooking when she heard a noise because from what I heard the earthquake comes with kind of a noise and she says let me go on the porch to see what’s going on, and 15 seconds later, her three-story house was collapsing. When Dennis, my husband, heard about the earthquake, he says, ‘I’m sure that your cousin’s house won’t fall because it was really well-built and heavy built.’ When I heard that, I was devastated and (understood) that everything crumbled,” said Bordes.

Aafter attending a board school in Quebec, Canada, Bordes says she appreciates the opportunity to have returned to Haiti after years of living elsewhere. In addition to her many childhood memories, Bordes says many of her memories are also recent. She spent nearly 12 years, up until 2001, in Haiti.

Bordes says she can’t help but imagine her country now as many of her child and adult memories have been physically erased.

“Every single building I knew since my early age has been either shaken or swallowed. Even the churches that were considered so strong kneeled down to the ground leaving an after taste of an apocalyptic vision of the end of the world. Whether you’re rich or poor, the churches are always open. You go there to pray, you go there sometimes to just be there. Poor people when the sun is too hot over their head, they sit down in church. When you have some kind of doctor’s appointment,you go there just to find support from the silence of the church and each and every church that I used to go, they are no more. Our heads are filled with dead people and yet every day the numbers keep going up feeding the emptiness in my heart. Port-au-Prince, my childhood home, has become a tent city housing tens of thousands of homeless,” said Bordes.

Despite its current ruins, Bordes says it’s the memories of her native land that she will carry in her heart forever. She says it was while in Haiti and at the age of 49 that she was told by fine wood sculpture Francois Sanon that she possessed the potential to be an artist. From 1996 to 2001, Bordes studied under his guidance which ultimately led her to her success winning numerous prestigious art contests in Montreal, Canada and New York City. Her wood sculptures, which many are said to describe her introspection on her own femineity, are also currently on display at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center in Austin.

It’s Bordes talent and membership in the Seguin Oakwood Art League which has inspired this weekend’s Haiti Benefit Art Auction at the Silver Center. According to Bordes, fine art is being accepted from any artist willing to donate a piece to help raise money for the Haitian Disaster Relief Fund. The event will include a champagne reception at 5 p.m. followed by the live auction from 6 to 8 p.m. with guest auctioneer State Representative Edmund Kuempel.

Bordes says she puts out the plea to all artists and collectors and says she’ll be accepting the art pieces at her studio this Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m.

“It’s all artists who want to give a piece of art. I would say it’s not necessarily artists. You might have a piece of art that you want to donate for the occasion. It will be welcomed. It will be well-received,” said Bordes.

The fine art can be dropped off at her studio.  Bordes says this latest effort by her art friends and art community has inspired her even more and has made her appreciate her decision to finally call Seguin home.

“A number of phone calls, people coming to me and to my husband asking how we were doing and how my family are in Haiti – it’s been very touching, and I’m very happy that I’ve been strong enough to say that. That’s the first time I say it without crying. I also want to thank President Obama for immediate and full response to this disaster. this touched us and touched us deeply,” said Bordes.

Proceeds raised from the live and silent auction will support disaster relief in Haiti through Save the Children, Doctors without Borders or the American Red Cross.

“Those purchasing art will select one of the three organizations they want to receive their donation. As a Citizen of Haiti, I simply stand before you today to ask for your help in the relief efforts. The truth remains that are people are dying. We cannot let it slip away – from a current event to a past tragedy. Our actions can help to heal the scars the earthquake left in the country and in our psyches. Our actions can do miracles,” said Bordes.

Events leading up to this weekend’s Haitian Disaster Relief Art Auction can be followed at www.seguinartleague.blogspot.com.