When asked me to write an artist statement for the sculpture, I said yes without blinking an eye.My understanding was, I would go through the genesis of the sculpture in explaining the experience of my journey while carving the flesh of the wood.
The reality we foresee this day is difficult to explain because the work is based on a strong feeling of faith.From the conception to the finished artwork, I tried to capture a moment in its eternity.Theartist in me created something that she does not fully comprehend.The sculpture is the fruit of the changing seasons of my roots from soils of many cultures.It is also a strong belief in the divine rather than a proof in itself.I am just an instrument in His hands.This being said, I consider it is more important for the artwork to speak for itself without intervention or explanation.
Ideally, a two-way avenue of communication flows between the Creator and the viewer allowing his mind to wander in prayer.The visible is something different for everyone.While my explanation can be useful to the viewer for exploration and consideration, it can also limit or constrict the possible responses.
State of the Organization Address to the Seguin Art League at Texas Lutheran University on January 09, 2016 (duration: 16:30)
The State of the Organization Address
Fellow Art League Members,
Welcome to our State of the Organization Address and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to attend this gathering. We extend our gratitude to Tom Engler for his beautiful and inspiring music and to Mary Jo Langford for the insightful presentation on the arts in our community. Wow! What a great way to refresh and continue on the journey for this new year.
Connecting the arts and the community: this is our purpose.
What does the Seguin Art League do for the community?
Are we just a group of artists looking for a place to show and sell our art, or, are we a cultural beacon for the community?
Let’s look at the record.
In order to understand our involvement in the community, we need to take a look at the past. Since 1982, the art league has been moving and shaping the cultural landscape of Seguin by providing scholarships for local students, having exhibitions, hosting demonstrations and workshops, and actively participating in Seguin sponsored events such as, ArtsFest, Earth Day, Pecan Fest, Trade Days, and the Holiday and Fourth of July parades.
During 2015, as in other years, we organized art exhibitions for the public to enjoy. We had two exhibits just for students: one for elementary and middle schools and the other for high schools. The remaining exhibits included one for painting, another for photography, one all media, and a members only show.
In August, two of our members held a Summer Art Camp called “Super Heroes” for children of all ages, teaching a variety of media and techniques.
As part of our fundraising efforts, we held 3 silent auctions.
In December we hosted YuleFest the annual fine crafts sale at the coliseum,
To support the arts in Seguin, two of our members are on the advisory board of The Seguin Commission for the Arts.
Artists are not timid in their dreams. Innovation does not happen without creative minds injecting constructive possibilities and alternatives to the status quo. To advance the arts, we embarked on a fantastic journey. We needed to expand cultural horizons. We needed a home, we bought a building. We started a new journey.
With enthusiasm and grit members made the initial steps. Teams formed to clear and clean the building. The art league received an early boost from the Seguin Main Street Program’s Fix-it Facade and with local contractors the front of the building received a facelift. Members went to work hosting fundraisers, submitting grants, requesting estimates to repair or replace the old and leaky roof. A new member with an engineering background along with others began the work of hiring an engineering company to study the structural integrity of the building. With the study and the final report nearly complete, we will soon have cost estimates for the necessary repairs for the roof, walls and foundation. At the meeting next Saturday, you will hear a status report of the findings to date.
With the building, there is good news and there is bad news. The bad news is we have a building. The transformation of our home into a center for the arts calls out like a new-born for a colossal amount of tender loving care. No longer the art league of yesterday, we are new parents with responsibility to raise this child into adulthood. We must heed the clarion call for hard work and nurturing, endurance and resilience, intelligence and inspiration.
The good news is we have a building. What a gift it is, a blank canvas to write our legacy. Who better to nurture a building than artists whose purpose in life is to fill emptiness with beauty and perspective. What makes me burn with passion for this journey is you. This is a membership organization overflowing with goodwill, electrified energy, unbounded creativity and desire. The beauty of the Art League is that it is more than a building; it is you. Let us spread our creative wings. Each of us is a rich and vibrant tapestry of life with knowledge and wisdom. Our stories connect us to the past and the place where we stand today.
Have you seen the amazing, creative responses to the problems facing us? In order to receive hotel and occupancy tax funding, we needed to capture geographical data about visitors. We had them place their zip code on the back of raffle tickets. This was so clever, a city council member used it as an example for other organizations to follow. Look at how we created a water catchment system for the leaking roof, or found a way to raise money with leftover wood found in the building. By the way, the wooden christmas ornaments were just adorable and a success.
The renovation of the building may appear overwhelming, yet we are moving forward. We are improving our organizational capacity through a major revision of our Bylaws and Standing Rules. Efforts are under way for a strategic plan for the organization, a masterplan for the building, plans for improving community outreach and for development. I am not saying that we are not going to have our moments of: “Houston we have a problem” but we shall endure and thrive.
The destiny of our building, the Klein Opera House, is to be the locomotive that propels the Art League into its role as a cultural force/beacon in the community. This home of the arts is a promise for the future, a blank canvas that will enable people to tell their story, to share their talents and combine their passions. Our dream for this town of a grandiose space is to not only share our art but to welcome the works of artists from around the globe. We do this to let Seguin shine by connecting the arts with the community so that everyone feels a little bit taller and a little bit happier.
Great things happen when a community comes together for a common cause. Look at the economic development activities with all new businesses moving here. Three bond issues passed by an overwhelming majority of the citizens for education, knowledge and recreation. Texas Lutheran University opened a department of nursing, a sports stadium and there are plans for the Caroline M. Westin Performing Arts Center. A new boutique hotel restaurant is now open on the square. Seguin is in motion and entering a golden age and we are an important part of it. Our future is bright.
Now is the time, today is the day. We embark on our finest hour bound to the common cause. At this historic moment, everybody’s slice of genius must be unleashed and harnessed to turn the wheels of progress into a collective and sustainable solution for this endeavor. Each of us has the responsibility for the success or failure of this organization. We are here today to promise that we shall get to the promised land together. For this mission, failure is not an option.
May God bless us and May God bless the Seguin Art League and May God bless the most talented town in the Guadalupe Valley.
(Seguin) — A local artist has been recognized by one of the most prestigious groups in the nation. Sculptor Marika Bordes was named the recipient of the “Claude Parsons Memorial Award.”
The award was presented by the American Artists Professional League (AAPL) during its 86th Grand National Exhibition. The presentation was made by AAPL President Peter Rossi during the group’s annual meeting and awards reception held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.
Each year, the non-profit AAPL accepts a number of fine arts for consideration. The application alone, however, is competitive in that not everyone is allowed to participate in the contest.
Bordes, who received the award for her bronze sculpture entitled, “Mandela-Nelle” says she is appreciative to have been extended an award especially since this was her first attempt to enter the contest.
“The American Artist Professional League and the Salmagundi Club are two prestigious organizations and it is difficult to have your art accepted by the American Artist Professional League and have it exhibited at the Salmagundi Club. I was very excited to learn that Mandela-Nelle was accepted into the 86th Grand National Exhibition. I don’t know how many artists submitted applications but entries were from all 50 states as well as internationally,” said Bordes.
Each year, the organization hosts its Grand National Exhibition, a show that highlights major and emerging professional artists in oil, watercolor, pastel, sculpture, graphics and mixed media.
Bordes says on top of the national recognition, she is honored to have had her artwork exhibited in the show. She says only 29 sculptures were selected.
“It’s a woman. It’s kind of a girl and it’s an African American and she’s standing kind of walking very proud. She has a lot of pride in herself. That’s how I was picturing her when I was working on the piece,” said Bordes.
Bordes says the accomplishment is indeed one of her finest moments professionally.
“It is truly an honor to receive the Claude Parson’s memorial award particularly because of the professional stature of the judges. Along with the award certificate, the organizations sent an award plaque to affix to the base of the sculpture and a press release announcing that a Seguin artist from Texas is the recipient of the 2014 award and I think this is awesome and it filled me with joy,” said Bordes.
This year, the group highlights the achievements of 298 artists. The AAPL has devoted itself to the cause of fine arts in America since 1928.
Mr. Rick Roberts, Vice-President for Development and Alumni Relations
Comments by Marika:
Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the debut of The Flying Leaves.
Creativity flowers in the doing, in the experiencing of life, and in having community. Over 30,000 years ago, artists connected their communities by creating art on the walls of caves. Since, the methods of artists have changed while the impulse to connect has not. “The Flying Leaves,” are a perfect example.
In commissioning this Bas-relief wood sculpture, the TLU Development Office called upon the creativity of our community to make a statement out of a piece of American walnut.
As a great force of nature capable of spreading beauty and understanding, this piece of wood pictures the clear channel of spiritual communion between the university and the students. Thank you TLU for giving us the opportunity to connect with you through a state of creative grace and a sense of the sublime.
I would like to pay tribute to a friend Dr. Evelyn Streng who left us today. She was a constant inspiration in the making of the leaves. She did not handle mallet and chisels but truly she had a hand in fashioning the message of the sculpture. In September she told me that even if she is not present for the unveiling ceremony she will be there with us.
Having you here today is a truly humbling experience. So allow me to end now by thanking each and every one of you for celebrating the arts and for being part of this community.
The Flying Leaves American Walnut H 24″ W 108″ D 2″
Plaque for “Flying Leaves”
The TLU Development Office project begins with straight-forward design specifications of a tree and leaves for the artwork. From there, the idea flows into the realm of visual artistry. The rendezvous of ideas and art leads to a tree with a strong trunk deeply rooted to a rich landscape. Carrying the essence of the concept into a Bas-relief wood sculpture, a locally harvested American Walnut, gives birth to “The Flying Leaves”.
The symbolism behind the tree and the leaves is the interconnectivity between the university and its graduates.
The tree with its many limbs, represents Texas Lutheran University;
The flying leaves are the graduating students who after a period of learning boldly leave the university with the mission of “Live to Inspire”; and
The landscape is the journey ahead into the greater community.
The wisdom of the narrative resides in the harmonious cycle of this interconnectivity. The seeds of knowledge germinate, the leaves spread the news and the world becomes a better place.
Marika (Marie-Carmel Bordes) a Seguin artist, originally from the Caribbean Island of Haiti, is the official sculptor of “The Flying Leaves”. With a wonderful moment of celebration in mind, she leads the concept of the Bas-relief sculpture with the assistance of Howard E. Crunk, a TLU graduate in the arts, class of 2007. Together with mallet and chisels, they testify to the indelible legacy of the alma mater and the alumni.
This beautifully arranged art show is the proof that vision and talent are thriving in our Seguin community. Located at the Schuech Fine Arts Center, the show closes May 8. This display of art is an excellent occasion to realize what is being taught at the university in our town. Visit and experience that breath of fresh air from our next generation of artists.
Kyle Olson, Assistant Professor, The Department of Visual Arts, invited Marika Bordes and Dennis Martin to jury the Annual Student Art Show. What an honor! Thank you TLU for allowing us to be part of such an awesome venue. The students inspired us with their creativity, professional presentation of work, and diversity and depth of expression. Kudos must go to the teaching staff for unrelentingly bringing out, year after year, the best in their students. We are proud of you.
First place honors for 2D went to:
Emily Ullrich for “Peppers n’ Onions” an oil on canvas still life.
At the opening reception, Emily surprised us with the news that the painting was her first using oil. Bravo!
Physical presentationof the artwork: is of high standard.
Conception in the planning of the art piece: is clearly executed.
Mastery of the medium: is evident.
Rendering of the use of light: is well executed.
The WOW! factors: are lighting and texture.
Peppers n’ Onions
First place honors for 3D went to:
Cason Miller for “The Cyclops” a wood sculpture made from an old chair. Cason is planning a visit to Marika’s studio. We look forward to his visit.
Creativity: It stands out from the crowd.
The presentation of the subject is done in a way that it had not been done before.
Artistic design: There is a sense of balance.
The impact: Brings all the elements together to create a positive impact with recycled materials.
For the President’s 2014 Christmas Card, a committee selected the art of Mary Grace Riddle. Mary also has excellent paintings of dog portraits. Wait until you see Ms. Juliet, the dog with the pleading-for-goodies look in her eyes.
Texas Lutheran University
2014 Annual Student Art Show
Pushing the limits of the craft and creativity of art best describes the 2014 Annual Texas Lutheran University Student Art Show. The most important elements of the show are:
The jurors felt the artists followed many different avenues in medium and subject matter for the sheer joy of expression.
One senses the strong effort in the use of technique, lighting and composition in the creative process.
The jurors very much appreciated the creativity of vision found in the art.
We used the following criteria in jurying the show:
1. Creativity in:
subject, interpretation and vision;
2. Artistic design:
lines, sense of balance, and composition;
3. Knowledge of the medium:
technique and execution;
4. Presentation of the art form:
degree of excellence in presenting the artwork: and
Impact overall, and the WOW! Factor.
Nota bene emerging artists:
Our recommendation to each of you who entered the show is continue developing technique and creativity. Enjoy the world of art, its inspiration and your place in it.
May you have a creative life.
Marika Bordes and Dennis Martin
In the left column of this page are links to the Department of Visual Arts under “Art Organizations” and to Professor Kyle Olson and art student Mary Grace Riddle under “Artists”.
The Seguin Commission on the Arts honored Marika with the 2014 Arts Enrichment Award for her unwavering support and promotion of the arts. Mayor Don Keil made the announcement at the Texas Theater as part of the ArtsFest event, Pachanga del Arte, the annual fundraiser for the arts in Seguin.
She was awarded a special certificate and an enthusiastic round of applause.
In announcing the award, Mayor Keil noted that since Marika and her husband Dennis Martin chose to settle
Seguin Mayor Don Keil
in Seguin she has been at the forefront of public art in Seguin. She has spoken about the arts to local groups, exhibited her art work in shows throughout the community, contributed two commissioned sculptures to enhance the public art at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, and was a key participant in the first ArtsFest, working with children and adults to create a public art piece for Seguin.
She has taught wood carving classes, helping others discover their artistic talents and was a driving force behind the creation of the Seguin Commission on the Arts as well as the creation of the Bird Sculptures in Walnut Springs Park, raising funds, working with other artists, and creating sculptures that celebrate Seguin’s status as a bird sanctuary.
Her accomplishments are many and include raising over $10,000 in funds through art for disaster relief in Haiti, being featured in numerous publications and on Texas Country Reporter, and being showcased in a National Endowment for the Arts-funded Folklife project through the Institute of Texan Cultures.
Through the years and in spite of challenges, Marika has held on to her vision for Seguin to become known for the arts. He closed saying she is very deserving of being recognized as the Outstanding Contributor to the Arts for 2014.
Past recipients of the recognition include the Texas Theatre and Teatro de Artes de Juan Seguin.
Helen Stein, A Founding Member of the Seguin Art League
At this time of my life, I take great pleasure in creating art since my retirement from teaching in 2006. I have created a series of clay torsos that challenged me tremendously to deal with feelings; and the surface texture and imagery. My purpose is to evoke awareness of the subject. Bringing the viewer to feel and understand the particular situation depicted in the work of art is definitely a challenge. My bird sculptures are quite whimsical compared to the torsos, and are another avenue to express the human condition and the challenge of clay construction. I have also begun a series of slab constructed saints, again enjoying the process of clay and the individuality of each sculpture. The amazing human form has always intrigued me and it gives me great pleasure to share my work
Grace Glazed Clay
Native Honor Raku, Fired Clay
For more information about the art of Roger Betschler visit his Website. The link is in the left column under the heading Artists.
Three Shows One Exhibit:
Three Paths to Inspiration
Marika Bordes, Carrie Davenport, Roger Betschler
What Lies Beneath and Between
New Images of Italy
The Exhibit- Time and Place
February 6 – March 5, 2014
Reception February 7 from 5:00 -7:00pm
Art Gallery at the Old Bakery & Emporium
1006 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
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.
Felicia Frazar | Posted: Monday, April 2, 2012 9:09 pm
SEGUIN — The weekend that was dedicated to the arts in Seguin was a success.
Marvel Maddox, ArtsFest co-chair and Seguin Commission on the Arts member, said different area events drew in a number of participants.
“I was pleased with the outcome,” he said.
The weekend featured a variety of artists from sculptors, painters, photographers, musicians, dancers, poets, writers and more, Maddox said.
During the day on Saturday, Central Park was filled with people learning more about local artists while Trade Days was going on.
“Everything at the bandstand went well and attracted some crowds,” he said.
Central Park wasn’t the only place drawing attention.
“At the Texas Theater we had Seguin Has Talent which was tremendous,” he said. “There were 16 performances and we had a packed house.”
The night before, at Austin Street Live, the Harleys held a benefit concert for the Seguin Commission on the Arts, raising more than $500, Maddox said.
Saturday night, the Texas Theater was the stage for Arts in the Park.
The event was a fundraiser for the Bird Sculpture Sanctuary that will be going into Walnut Springs Park.
Dennis Martin said the event was well attended.
“There was a nice crowd and it was lively,” he said. “We had a good turnout from different members of the community, as well as great volunteers who helped out.”
There were a number of opportunities for guests to donate to the project including a live and silent auction, Martin said.
“We had some people sign up for the donor wall,” he said. “People who donated $250 or more get their name on a plaque and it is added to the wall.”
The highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the sculptures that will be displayed in the park, Martin said.
“When the curtain opened you heard ‘wow’ coming from the audience,” he said. “While we still have some work to do, we wanted people to get a preview and to see what kind of work is going into these sculptures.”
Planning the three-day event took a lot of time and volunteers, Maddox said.
“We had 20 people on the Commission For the Arts board who helped organize” he said. “We also had about 10 liaisons — from the school, Teatro and other organizations — that helped to organize the other activities. It took about 30 people total to plan out the event and we couldn’t have done it without any of them.”