Marika’s Newest Sculptures

From Dream to Fairytale

From Dream to Fairytale

From Dream to Fairytale

From Dream to Fairytale (detail)

From Dream to Fairytale (detail)

“From Dream to Fairytale” is made from wood and tells the story of the birth of an angel.  The metal base is in the form of an octopus.  The overall dimensions are H56″ W25″ D20″.  Currently, the sculpture is on view at Marika’s gallery until early July.  

The Storm

The Storm

The Storm

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The Storm (detail)

Marika sculpted the aromatic sandalwood to create “The Storm.”  The base is metal in the form  of a tornado.  Sculpture and base are H50″ W12″ D32″.  Currently, the sculpture is on view at Marika’s gallery until early July.

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

Texas Folklife Festival

Seguin Daily News article, June 8, 2012:

Local sculptor to take part in Texas Folklife Festival

By Cindy Aguirre-Herrera

(Seguin) — The thousands of guests expected at this weekend’s Texan Cultures Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio will get a taste of art from Seguin.

Local sculptor Marika Bordes has been invited to demonstrate her art and wood sculpting during this year’s Folklife Festival of the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Bordes says she is honored to have been invited and looks forward to sharing her talent with others.

“It’s really a big opportunity for me to show to people what I am doing and what we are doing here in Seguin,” said Bordes.

Bordes says she always appreciates the opportunity to create in front of others. She says her objective this weekend will be to show the importance of art in any community.

“I will be giving demonstrations. I will be taking some accomplished sculptures you know that are finished to show them what it looks like and then fix them in order to give an idea of the process. I will bring pieces of wood and my chisel and give them a demonstration – show them exactly how it starts from the beginning to the end,” said Bordes.

Bordes is scheduled to begin her demonstration at 11 a.m. Saturday. She will continue her demonstrations through late afternoon. The 41st Texas Folklife Festival runs from Friday through Sunday at the Institute of Texan Cultures located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus at 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Gates are open Friday from 5 to 11 p.m., on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults in advance or $13 at the gate. Children ages 6-12 are $5 while children five and under are free. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased online at Texasfolklifefestival.org.

 

The Power of Language: Presentation to Alpha Mu Gamma Honor Society, Texas Lutheran University

Lately, I have come to understand that the value of any human being resides in his capacity to absorb and transform the elements received from the diverse schools of life. What a wonderful world!

 In the beginning was The Word,  and

The word was spread around the globe

In many languages

For the use of human beings.

Go and spread what you have learned,

For it will make humanity stand a little taller, and,

Your passage on planet earth

Will not be in vain

Honorees, Ladies and Gentlemen here present, it has been a pleasure to share  the insightful values of what we’ve all learned on our mother’s knee:

The power of language.

Briesemeister Middle School Students and Marika Go “One Day Without Shoes”

Click here to listen: Marika’s Presentation to Briesemeister Middle School Students, Seguin, TX

Today, I would like to take you to another world and share the journey with some of the children of other cultures who like you, this day, are walking barefoot.  Unlike you, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow and the following one, they will still be walking barefoot to school, because of their poverty.

 In many countries the child’s first pair of shoes is a gift longtime remembered and cherished.  It is a rite of passage.  I see that the purpose of your actions is to understand others. By doing this you are learning to see the world in a different way.  So as you help others through this rite of passage, you, yourself are also maturing.

Shoeless Students Make Statement at SISD

Seguin Gazette Felicia Frazar | Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:00 am

SEGUIN — A handful of junior high students walked around Briesemeister barefoot on Tuesday.

The seventh- and eighth-graders choose to walk around either barefoot or with only socks.

The students who are part of the Friends of Rachel clubs at the school joined the worldwide movement A Day Without Shoes, said club sponsor Mark Keddal.

“This was a student’s idea,” he said. “We were talking about character issues and bullying and things that people take for granted that might be perceived as cruel and we are trying to change the atmosphere. Part of our discussion was how we, as a small group, could to try to make an impact and somebody came up with the idea of participating in this Day Without Shoes for TOMS.”

TOMS is a shoe company that pledges to donate shoes to those without, according to its website.

“With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for one,” the website stated.

The children wanted to be a part of something bigger, Keddal said.

“This is a part of a world-wide effort to recognize that about a 1 billion people go shoeless, mostly children and there are a number of diseases that are caused by it,” he said. “There are a number of dangerous things that can happen being barefooted, other than disease.”

As part of the learning experience, the students got to spend their lunch time with local artist Marika Bordes, who talked about the country she is originally from and the poverty she saw in that country.

“I was born in Haiti,” she told the students. “And in my country the child’s first pair of shoes are a gift that is truly remembered and cherished. It is a right of passage. Here we are lucky. We take the use of shoes for granted.”

During her visit with the students, she praised their efforts to spread awareness.

“You are learning to see the world in a different way,” she said. “I think this is wonderful because it is not something of fashion. For you all to walk barefooted looked simple but why you are doing it is not. Just think of the many who don’t have the fortune to wear shoes. It is important for you to talk about it. This is not to make you feel guilty. You are lucky to have shoes but just think about the others that don’t.”

Keddal said the idea behind Tuesday’s movement was to raise awareness about those who barefoot — and not by choice.

“She is such a powerful presence and I figure if the kids remembered anything they would remember her,” he said. “She captivated them. I asked if she could come talk about a place where people lived without shoes.”

Hearing Bordes’ stories about Haiti and its people, those who live in poverty and the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake that shook the world, inspired a couple of the students.

One student said she wanted to sell bracelets to raise money to buy shoes for the countries who are without.

Another group wanted to know how they could donate items — clothing, shoes and other necessities — to Haiti.

© 2012 Seguin Gazette.

Marika Bordes and Team discuss Walnut Springs Park Bird Sculpture Sanctuary Project & Fundraiser

Meet the Sculptors and See the Bird Sculptures

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Central Park, Seguin , TX from 9:00 am until noon

The Texas Theater, 425 North Austin Street, Seguin, TX from 7:00 – 10:00pm

KWED Radio broadcast:

Please click here: KWED Broadcast_ Project to Fly during ArtsFest Fundraiser

Seguin Daily News article:

The Cross for The Road to Emmaus

 

 

From the beginning, the creation of the sculpture revolved around the question “Who is to hold the cross?”  We tend to see the death of Jesus through Michelangelo’s Pieta, the portrayal of  Mary, the mother, holding the lifeless body of her Son.  But in the reality of this journey, we are closer to the weaknesses of Mary Magdalene than to the holiness of the Mother of Jesus.


Off the Beaten Path

The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority of Texas 2011 Annual Report presents profiles of eight individuals in its ten-county district.  Barbara Elmore wrote about Marika who represents Guadalupe County.  Connie Rothe designed the annual report.