State of the Organization Address

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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,

Distinguished Guests,

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.

Thank you.

 

The Path of a Sculptor- Presentation

IMG_7606“Marika: The Path of a Sculptor”
Presentations, Readings and Book Signing

The Seguin Public Library
Thursday, May 29

Presentations by:
Dennis Martin
Marika

Readings by:
Gretchen Stankey
Whitney Bischoff
Lynn Pfullmann
Marika

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Presentation by Marika:

Greetings to you and welcome to “The Path of a Sculptor”.

I want to thank Jackie Gross and the library staff for allowing us the use of the conference room and for publicizing this event.  We deeply appreciate your kindness.  Thank you Jackie.

It is not a coincidence that a book discussion about art and literature is taking place here where these two topics have always had a symbiotic relationship.  A library is a rich source of inspiration.  Our city has its roots in many facets of its history and our public library is a sparkling ribbon of life in our community.  This institution is:

  • A comforting place for the youth and adults to quench their thirst for knowledge,
  • A witness of our evolution, and
  • The cradle to our culture.

This book is the fruit of 16 years of experience and a source of shared inspiration in constant evolution.  It symbolizes the power of working together with respect in a diverse community. It takes us on a journey: mine and yours.  On Page 42 it stipulates:

  • MY LIFE ripens by receiving nourishment from soils of many cultures.  The sculpture “I Am What I Am” is the fruit of the changing seasons of my roots.

We wrote this book with the hope that it will fuel your personal growth and creativity.  At this step of my journey, sculpture is an outlet for my creativity.  What is yours?

Let us listen to Gretchen Stankey who will read one of the message contained in this book. Then, Whitney R. Bishoff who was inspired by The Beggar wrote a poem for the book and Lynn E. Pfullmann who gave flight to her creativity through writing and sculpting. She will read “What it felt like to sculpt”.

Please enjoy them while keeping in mind the next steps for your full potential. Thank you for your presence and I will be signing “The Path of a Sculptor” afterward.

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Marika, Gretchen Stankey, Whitney Bischoff, Lynn Pfullmann

 

The 2014 Arts Enrichment Award

The Seguin Commission on the Arts

2014 Arts Enrichment Award

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Steve Tschoepe Announcing the Award Winner

Steve Tschoepe Announcing the Award Winner

Barbara Weyland Cheering

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

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.

IMG_6501Her 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.

 

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Helen Stein, A Founding Member of the Seguin Art League

Helen Stein, A Founding Member of the Seguin Art League

Seguin ArtsFest 2014

Seguin ArtsFest 2014

Seguin Daily News Article & Invitation

From: The Seguin Daily News:

February 17th, 2014

(Seguin) — ArtsFest will make its return this weekend to Seguin. The Fourth Annual ArtsFest will be held Saturday at the renovated Texas Theatre. The event will highlight a festive day of artistic activities including a 5K color fun run, local artists on exhibit, a student art competition, poetry readings, a kids’ talent show, pet art show, a silent auction, and La Pachanga del Arte which is an evening of live entertainment, wine and mead tastings, awards and silent auction winners – all to benefit the next public art installation along Walnut Springs Park in downtown Seguin.

Events will kick off with The Color Me Nutty 5K Fun Run in Max Starcke Park East at 10 a.m. Participants will enjoy the fun of being “splashed” with different paint colors at different stations along the run, each emerging as a unique work of art. Registration is available online at www.athleteguild.com or at the local GNC Store.

Local poets and those who appreciate poetry are invited to gather at the Texas Theatre at 11 a.m. for “A Celebration of Poetry.” A roster of readers will share poems they have written along with selections from their favorite authors. There is no charge to attend.

A Kids’ Talent Show will follow at 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded. They include include a bike, tablets, and backpacks filled with school supplies. Kids will be competing in one of three different age groups: ages 5-8, ages 9-12, and ages 13-17. Video auditions are required and there is no fee to enter. Registration forms are available at www.visitseguin.com or at the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce office.

Seguin is also invited to paint up their pet or gussy up their pup in its finest frock for the event’s newest event — the Pet Art Poochanga! Registration begins at 4 p.m. that day. The Poochanga itself will kick off at 5 p.m. from the stage in the Texas Theatre. Participating pets can be registered any time prior to the event at Thunderpaws or on site the day of the event, with a $10 suggested donation.

The evening ticketed event, La Pachanga del Arte, begins at 7 p.m. with music by Spanish classical guitarist Mara Benitez, Spanish “tapas” hors d’oeuvres served by colorfully costumed performers, wine and mead tasting from Seguin’s local Blue Lotus Winery, and a silent auction featuring art and arts activities. Winners of the student art contest and silent auction will be announced and the evening will close out with a performance featuring Mexican folklore dancing, Conjunto and mariachi music. Teatro de Artes de Juan Seguin will present Fiesta Noche en Seguin featuring professional performers and Mariachi Los Herraderos. Tickets to the evening event are $20 and can be purchased at Gift & Gourmet or at the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce.

Serving as sponsors of this year’s ArtsFest are The Seguin Commission on the Arts, Seguin Main Street Program, Seguin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Alligator Dental, Seguin’s Wellness Task Force and Guadalupe Regional Medical Center. A list of events can be found at www.seguinarts.com or www.visitseguin.com.

The link to the Seguin Commission on the Arts is in the left column under the heading ARTS ORGANIZATIONS.

ArtsFest 2014 Invitation

ArtsFest 2014 Invitation

The Guadalupe Regional Medical Center: The Artist Wall

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 GRMC Artist Wall

The GRMC Artist Wall

The Artists’ Talk Stage

The Artists’ Talk Stage
Saturday, March 23
The Aumont Hotel Ballroom
301 N. Austin Street, Seguin
Interviews
Helen Stein, Painting and Quilting, 9:30 am
 Dr. Kellen McIntyre & Linda Manson , Arts and Healing, 10:30 am
Brandi Midkiff, Romance Novels, 11:30 am
Howard Crunk, Painting and Sculpture, 12:30 pm
Mike Hallmark, Saddles and Leatherwork, 1:30 pm
Eithne Goetz, Violin and the Mid-Texas Symphony, 2:30 pm
Mike Saenz, Writing, Editing, Directing Films, 3:30 pm
Interviewers
Fanny Harkins, Jack Linden, Hope Pees, Marika Bordes, Tom Engler, Robin Bisha, Rebecca Clark, Kristen Langford,
Shelby Docker, Stephanie McCabe,
Dennis Martin
Have a conversation with a romance novelist, a saddle maker, a violinist, painters and a writer-director for the film industry.  Discover how the arts improve the health of seniors.  Join us Saturday, March 23rd at the Aumont Hotel 301 N. Austin St for the Artists’ Talk Stage.  This is a free ArtsFest event with interviews beginning at 9:30 am.  I hope you are able to join us!  Thank you.Dennis Martin
Event Organizer

For the schedule of other ArtsFest events, see below for the links to the Seguin Commission on the Arts and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Seguin Commission on the Arts: http://seguinarts.com/
The Seguin Conventions and Visitors Bureau: http://www.visitseguin.com/

Seguin Walnut Springs Bird Sculpture Sanctuary Unveling

Marika and her team of sculptors are pleased to let you know that the City of Seguin has announced the unveiling of the Seguin Walnut Springs Park Bird Sculpture Sanctuary.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 4:30pm

Walnut Springs Park

317 West Court Street

Seguin, TX 78155

Please join us at this City of Seguin event and meet the eight bird sculptures.

The Sculptors: Marika Bordes, Barry Duncan, jimmy Schmidt, Howard Crunk

The Hawk

The Owl

The Three Herons

The Roadrunner II