Marika at the Coleman Theatre

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Entrance to downtown Miami, OK

Coleman Theatre Historical Marker

Coleman Theatre Historical Marker

The Coleman Theatre- exterior

The Coleman Theatre- exterior

The Vaudeville Stage

The Vaudeville Stage

The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ

The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ

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The Exhibit

The Exhibit

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Mandela-Nelle

Presentation

Presentation

Excerpt from Presentation

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.           

Presentation to Upward Bound Students

Presentation to Upward Bound Students

Excerpt from Presentation

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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Excerpt from Presentation

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.

Entrance to Miami, OK

Entrance to Miami, OK

 

The Coleman Theatre- Carving Passion

Theatre Poster

Theatre Poster

 Carving Passion

Miami News Record

Miami, OK

By: Jessica Graham jessica.graham@maiminewsrecord.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/

Coleman Theatre Marquee

Coleman Theatre Marquee

 

KLRN Interviews Marika

The KLRN Program Arts Interviews Marika about her exhibition, “Only from the Heart…” at Bihl Haus Arts

Producer/Videographer/Editor – Leigh Utecht

Duration of video 4:26 minutes

Bihl Haus Gallery Hours

Friday and Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm or

By appointment, 210-383.9723

Exhibition Closing Date

Saturday, July 12

Location

2803 Fredericksburg Road

(inside the gates of Primrose at Monitcello Park Senior Apartments)

San Antonio, TX

Haiti- Artist Dialogue at the Bihl Haus

Artist Dialogue at the Bihl Haus, June 14, 2014

“Haiti Yesterday – Haiti Today”  by Dr. Ruth Berggren, Professor of Medicine & Director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics (UTHSCSA) and Marika

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Thoughts on Haiti

Haiti is a country of artistic sensibility.   In everyday life, art buds, blooms and flourishes.  Creativity is woven in the fabric of our survival.  Despite the numerous inequalities of class which divide the nation in two, Haiti had its moments of glory and life was good for many. 

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One cannot change the past, nor predict the future but through out history, great changes have been wrought by the ingenuity of people coming together to help others in time of crisis.  The promotion of health and education is the kind of undertaking that raises us out of our dire situation. 

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Gallery Hours

Friday and Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm or

By appointment, 210-383.9723

Exhibition Closing Date

Saturday, July 12

Location

2803 Fredericksburg Road

(inside the gates of Primrose at Monitcello Park Senior Apartments)

San Antonio, TX

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The Little Prince as Inspiration

The Little Prince as Inspiration at Bihl Haus Arts, San Antonio 

Excerpts

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.

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Later in life, I turn to the noble childhood perspective of the Little Prince to walk the path of inspiration.

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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.

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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.

Marika sining the Haitian song she sung while carving "Grace."

Marika sining the Haitian song she sung while carving “Grace.”

The Little Prince with the Rose and the Fox

The Little Prince with the Rose and the Fox

 

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

 

Self-Publishing “Marika: The Path of a Sculptor”

We Dedicate This Post to our Friend Beverly Hoffmann

Last year, Abbott Press a division of Writer’s Digest published Beverly’s book “Cradled Dreams”.  To learn more about Beverly and her book, follow the link to her Website found in the left column under the heading “Artists”.

From the beginning , we knew self-publishing was the way for us but knew little of the process.  We learned by spending a tremendous amount of time on research, study, decision-making and execution.

What are the pros and cons of an online publisher, a traditional printer, of printing on a digital copier or a printing press?  What is the sales price of the book?  How do you obtain a copyright, an ISBN, a bar code?  What is the meaning of recto, verso, frontispiece, bastard title, blind folios?  What about the book cover?  How do you design the front cover, what information is on the spine, on the back cover?   What are the differences between a foreword, preface, and Introduction?   The internet provided most answers.

Acquiring knowledge is important as is the support of others.  A number of people provided materials, and technical assistance in the form of advice and professional services:

Poetry and writings:

Whitney R. Bishoff

Mary Jo Langford

Jack Linden

Kettly P. Mars

Mayor Betty Ann Matthies

Lynn E. Pfullmann

Michele Rumbaut

Audra Schulz

Zach Schwartz

Evelyn F. Streng

Photography:

Douglas Manger

Don Simpson

Bil Sullivan

Technical assistance:

Henri Armand

Rosemary Conte Martin

Barry Martin

During the final stage of the publishing process, Gretchen Stankey brought to the book critical artistic and technical skills in layout, design, and desktop publishing.  Mark Mayfield of Litho Press, Inc. of San Antonio gave us guidance on printing options and preparing the photographs and files for printing.  Finally, the book was printed on a $3M Heidelberg four-color printing press.

Then comes distribution, but we shall leave that for another post.

Thank you Beverly for asking “I noticed you as publisher.  How did you do that?”

Back Cover

Back Cover

The Book- Marika: The Path of a Sculptor

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Front Cover

About “Marika: The Path of a Sculptor”

Life overflows with inspiration.  This book contains inspiration found.  In childhood, we embark on the amazing journey of discovery to distant realms of imagination searching for our path.  “Marika: The Path of a Sculptor” is an invitation to persevere in your quest for your full potential of a more creative life.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to discover, through this book, the impeccable work of Marika. Let your eyes absorb the organic beauty of the grain that flows through the fabric of the wood.  The poetry and the writings of others add another dimension to the collection.  Let’s share their impressions in the unity of inspiration.

Where to Find the Book

The book is available at Bihl Haus Arts during Marika’s solo exhibition from May 16 to July 12.  The opening reception is Friday, May 16, 5:30-8:30pm with live music, rum punch, and authentic Haitian foods.  The location of Bihl Haus Arts is 2803 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, TX.  You can find the link to Bihl Haus Arts arts in the left-hand column under the heading “Arts Organizations”.

You may acquire the book through:

Hastings Bookstore, 1380 E. Court Street, Seguin, and

Amazon.  You can find the link to Amazon in the left-hand column under the heading “Marika Links”.

Book Details

Authors: Marika Bordes and Dennis Martin

Cover and Layout Design: Gretchen Stankey

Published by: Marika Sculptures LLC

Printed by: Litho Press, Inc., San Antonio, TX.  Contact: Mark Mayfield.

ISBN: 978-0-9960735-0-9

Pages: 128.

 

Bihl Haus Arts: Comments & Press Release

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.

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Grace

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.

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From Dream to Fairytale

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.   

Dancing with Mermaids (detail)

Dancing with Mermaids (detail)

Texas Lutheran University 2014 Annual Student Art Show

“Must See”

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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!

Jurors’ Comments:

Physical presentation of 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

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.

Juror’s Comments:

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.

The Cyclops

The Cyclops

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.

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Ms. Juliet

Jurors Statement

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:

  1. The jurors felt the artists followed many different avenues in medium and subject matter for the sheer joy of expression.
  2. One senses the strong effort in the use of technique, lighting and composition in the creative process.
  3. 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

5. Impact:

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”.