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Well, this is about inspiration, creativity, and vision; not my inspiration, creativity, and vision but that of Ms. Darcie Shultz, the Interim Manager of the Coleman Theatre. Because of her passion for the arts, she is allowing the lines of the visual and performing arts to intersect, merge, and form an artistic connection. This is about community. George Coleman built this magnificent theatre for his community. Darcie Shultz asked for a sculpture exhibit so that her community could have a visual arts experience in the home of the performing arts. Ms. Shultz thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness.
Creativity and community fascinate me. We imagine creativity happens in a vacuum to a select few. This is not the case. Inspiration, creativity, and vision, happen in community. Look closely at the Coleman Theatre Beautiful. I love how they included the word beautiful in the name. This is a place of beauty and delight. The architecture is Spanish Revival, the interior design is Louis XV and the organ is a Wurlitzer. What we see is the vision of a man who dug water wells for a living and the vision of a community who brought back a decaying building to its former glory.
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One is saying, money is not inspiring; another, creativity comes out of problems, and the third, we need a quest. So, where does this leave us? George Coleman built this theatre in a small town on Route 66 halfway between New York City and Los Angles.
- Did he find inspiration in money?
- Did the building rise up because of a problem or limitation?
- Was there a quest?
George Coleman and his brother made a fortune when they discovered lead and zinc north of town. Money allowed George to travel and enjoy vaudeville with its variety of entertainment: singing, dancing, comedy, juggling, and one-act plays. Mr. Coleman had a passion for vaudeville. They say it was his first love. I believe, it was this passion for vaudeville that aroused his inspiration to address a problem, a limitation. His workers and the people of the town could not easily experience vaudeville in 1929. His quest was to bring high-calibre acts to a world-class theatre in Miami.
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Time was allowed to take its toll on the theatre. The building structure fell into a state of disrepair. The original furnishings were gone, including the chandeliers and the Mighty Wurlitzer. Decay. Faith. Yes, there were those in the community with the vision of a restored Coleman Theatre Beautiful as the center of the community.
Miami’s Administrative Assistant, Sue Valliere had the vision to search for the lost Wurlitzer organ. After it was found, volunteers expended great time and energy in reconstructing it. There are many stories about what it took to bring second life to the theatre: reconstructing the chandeliers, finding the stained-glass medallions in such places as at garage sale and at a Tulsa restaurant, and the fund-raising effort of a “seat adoption” program. As Barbara Smith of The Friends of the Coleman said, “This journey has been one of faith.” And, may I add, it took a self-respecting community with a passion for excellence to undertake the quest.
Miami News Record
By: Jessica Graham email@example.com | Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014
MIAMI — Coleman Theater books bus tours to see Haitian wood sculptor.
Marika Bordes, from Seguin, Texas, brought 14 of her artistic wood carving pieces, which have been displayed in the grand ballroom on the top floor of the Coleman theater all week.
“It is an honor to have my art displayed in Miami,” Bordes said. “I am very happy to be here.”
Managing Director Darcie Shultz said when looking for artists to bring to Miami, Bordes stood out among the others.
Shultz said the Mid-America Arts Alliance website directed her to five state agencies which had rosters of artists who had been selected to represent their state for touring. The alliance provides grant support for programs like this one.
“So I went to the Texas Arts Council website and I went through almost every single artist in every genre and Marika just stood out to me,” Shultz said. “I thought, ‘this is really interesting.’”
She said she felt the walk-through gallery — displaying Bordes’ art — would add to the experience of the daily tours.
“I am excited to be here (at the Coleman Theater),” Marley Kuckhahn from Minnesota said. “The art is beautiful work.”
The Coleman Theater was one of the stops for a bus tour from Minnesota on its way to a mission convention in Dallas.
Bordes was born in Haiti and raised in Montreal, Canada. She said 17-years ago she met her mentor Francois Sanon, a Haitian artist, who works in the Afro-Caribbean tradition. Sanon, she said, helped her realize she had talent.
“My mentor saw it (talent) and I did not see it myself,” Bordes said. “You know when someone tells you that you are talented you don’t believe it.”
She said she gets her inspiration from daily living. One particular piece called “Carousel of Woman” represents the life of woman. She explained the piece in detail of how she carved each woman on a raft.
“The piece begins from youth and how the girl is thinking about her dresses,” Bordes said. “Then she jumps to motherhood where her world is devoted to kids and after one point in life some goes to religion and they cling to an icon, which is why I put the Virgin Mary.
“And at one point in our life there is this woman who is holding to the raft because she does not believe in anything in the world anymore. Maybe she has disappointment with kids, maybe religion but she is just holding to life without no faith at all. And then all of a sudden you have the smallest one (woman), she’s holding to nothing. It’s wisdom at that point.”
Bordes said every single piece she carves has a story. She described the feelings she had while carving “The Beggar.”
“In 2010 when my country went through that earthquake, I realized from day one to day two that a lot of people become beggar, so I started with that idea and what it did to me deeply to understand what beggar is, is the conversation I had with her (The Beggar),” Bordes said. “I tried to see the humiliation but I also try to see the hope.”
Bordes said she always uses woman as her subjects in her art work because woman are the “seed keepers and they direct the world.
The Coleman Theater hosted Bordes’ last viewing on Thursday but her sculptors can be seen on her website at https://marikasculptures.com/
The Little Prince as Inspiration at Bihl Haus Arts, San Antonio
All of us experience feelings of alienation and vulnerability during life’s transitions. During my childhood, my family sent me from the Caribbean Island of Haiti to Quebec, Canada. Here the Catholic nuns taught me. At age fourteen, living in a foreign land, I read The Little Prince for a class assignment. From the beginning, the Little Prince gave me strength, understanding and a vision. We formed a life-long bond.
Later in life, I turn to the noble childhood perspective of the Little Prince to walk the path of inspiration.
I understand, one must go back to a childlike mind to make things happen. So, when it came to carving my version of the Little Prince, the character was so embodied in my psyche and, like Michelangelo, I just carved away the excess of material to release him from a single piece of oak: my hero was born.
Be also aware that there is a deep connection between risk taking and creativity. One cannot repeat again and again the same pattern and expect a different result. We need to be challenged to crystalize the eternity of a moment.
Comment from the Bihl Haus
Only from the heart . ., which opens at Bihl Haus on May 16, features more than a dozen works by Haitian-born sculptor Marika Bordes. They combine influences from Marika’s early years with teacher Francois Sanon in Haiti, who works in the Afro-Caribben tradition, and contemporary art from her time in New York and Quebec. The resulting works in wood speak to the artist’s love of the material, understanding of the human form, and flawless skill with chisel and mallet. We’ll also be premiering the new catalog of Marika’s sculpture, which will be available for purchase.
The Bihl Haus Press Release
A little bit of Haiti in SA!
Exhibit of Elegant Wood Carvings by Haitian-Born
Sculptor MARIKA BORDES
Opens May 16th @ Bihl Haus Arts
WHAT: Only from the Heart. . .
WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday, May 16, 5:30-8:30 pm
WHERE: Bihl Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg Road (inside the gates of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments and across from the Tip Top Café)
WHO: Sculptor Marika Bordes
WHY: Bihl Haus Arts is pleased to present “Only from the Heart . . . “, an exhibit of more than a dozen works in wood by Haitian-born sculptor Marika Bordes. The centerpiece of the exhibit is “The Little Prince” (2014). This enchanting carving of a boy, his fox and the rose is inspired by the WWII French novella of the same name (which the artist can recite by heart in French) by author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The title of the exhibit draws on Marika’s favorite quotation from the book, wisdom passed to the little prince from the lonely fox he tamed: “One sees clearly only from the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
In this exhibit, we see with our hearts–the works are tender, romantic, sensitive—as well as with our eyes and with our minds—they are brilliantly conceived, flawlessly executed. Much like the French author who whittled down his original 30,000-word manuscript to less than half, Marika carved and chiseled an enormous 300-pound oak limb to reveal the essence of her own little prince. Crowned by curly locks and dressed in flowing cape and baggy pants, Marika’s boy dons forged metal boots that ground him firmly to the earth. To his chest he clutches a rose, his rose, his responsibility now because it, too, like the fox, has been tamed.
Other works in the exhibit are based in reverie, dreams transformed into chiseled and polished woods, some embellished with added materials— a bit of ebony, a semi-precious stone, forged elements. In Dream to Fairytale (2013), what was once a knobby root is now a dreamlike womb, the birthing place of a goddess. In other works, the human form is abstracted, elegant, long and lean, as in Grace (2010), a dancer-like apparition with ebony face and body of Bois d’Arc, a dense golden-orange wood native to Arkansas and parts of Texas. One theme that prevails in all of Marika’s work, however, is her love for the feel of the wood, the elegant twists of its branches, the subtle changes in its texture and tone.
“Only from the Heart. . . “ opens with a free public reception at Bihl Haus Arts on Friday, May 16, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, which also features authentic Haitian foods and live music. The exhibit continues through June 12, 2014. Related events include:
•Saturday, May 31, 2 pm: “The Little Prince as Inspiration,” an artist talk and sculpting demonstration by Marika Bordes, with a focus on The Little Prince (2014), created especially for this exhibit.
•Saturday, June 14, 2 pm: “Haiti Today,” a gallery talk by Artist Marika Bordes and Dr. Ruth Berggren, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics (UTHSCSA), who spent her childhood in Haiti and now heads a medical mission there.
About the Artist: Born on the Caribbean Island of Haiti amid towering trees, exotic flowers and mountains, then educated in a boarding school in Quebec, Canada, Marika (Marie Carmen) Bordes captured the best of two worlds. From 1996 to 2001, she studied with Haitian master wood sculptor Francois Sanon, who at first glance told her, “Madam, you can carve!” During this time, galleries exhibited her Afro-Caribbean-inspired work, she taught sculpting and Haiti National Television produced a documentary about her art.
From 2001 to 2005, Marika spent time in Montreal and New York City developing and expanding her artistic talents. In New York, she studied drawing at the Student Art League under Terence Coyle, worked with Sanon, and received awards in 2002 and 2003 at the Rencontre des Arts. Also while in New York, The Pen and Brush, an international membership organization founded over 100 years ago for women professionally active in the arts, awarded Marika first prize in the 2003 African-American Art Exhibition.
In 2005, Marika moved to Seguin, Texas, with husband Dennis Martin, where her studio is located today. Her efforts as an artist and arts activist have earned recognition. Peter Trippi, editor of Fine Art Connoisseur and juror of the San Antonio Art League and Museum’s 82nd Annual Artists Exhibition selected Marika for the Ann Griffith Ash Donor Award. Her sculpture The King and The Queen won honorable mention at the Texas Society of Sculptors competition at the Georgetown Public Library. For her community involvement, The Seguin Commission on the Arts awarded the artist the 2014 Arts Enrichment Award for outstanding contributions to and participation in the arts.
The Guadalupe Regional Medical Center: The Artist Wall
Sculptures by Marika and photographs by Dennis Martin are on display at the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center Artist Wall through December 2013. This is your opportunity to see sculptures that are on public view for the first and possibly the last time; they are on loan from private collections. Also, The Contortionist is on view for the first time. In addition to the Artist Wall, the medical center has two of Marika’s sculptures in their permanent collection. Maternitree is at the entrance to the Birthing Center and the Cross of St. Bridget is in the chapel. We hope you enjoy the exhibit.
The sculpture Irene won First Place 3D at the Inspire Art Center Gala: Inspire’s on Fire Paris Style. The juror was James Hendricks.
The event included the art competition, art demonstrations, music, a silent auction, food and art work from several Inspire community-based art projects including Alpha House. The following is from the Website of Inspire Fine Art Center: Mission- “To advocate and celebrate the arts as a force for education and healing across our diverse cultural communities.” You will find the link to the Inspire Website on the left side of this page under Art Organizations.
The Cry of Liberty is Marika’s newest sculpture. She began the sandalwood sculpture in Haiti many years ago and worked on it from time-to-time in a deliberate manner. The cry is against the slaveries that we and others impose on us. Bob Phillips and Texas Country Reporter featured the sculpture in the segment Marika Bordes: The Carousel of Life. The sculpture did take the trip to the 16th Annual Texas Country Reporter Festival in Waxahachie, TX. The sculpture is currently on exhibit at Gallery Nord until January 12, 2012.
11.11.11 Exhibit: An Auspicious Date
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This summer Marika completed two sculptures. The first sculpture displayed is Envolee (Flying) and the second is Irene. Envolee is made from black walnut and is now in a private collection in Montreal. Irene is made from cypress knee and was on exhibit at Gallery Nord in San Antonio and is currently displayed at the Hair Haus in Seguin.
Marika is currently working on Liberty. This piece will be on display at Gallery Nord from November 11 until january 12. Photos coming soon.