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.














Helen Stein, A Founding Member of the Seguin Art League

Helen Stein, A Founding Member of the Seguin Art League

The Artists’ Talk Stage

The Artists’ Talk Stage
Saturday, March 23
The Aumont Hotel Ballroom
301 N. Austin Street, Seguin
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
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:
The Seguin Conventions and Visitors Bureau:

Artists: Carrie Davenport – Helen Stein – Dottie Bowden – Ann Leithead

Art for the Park Art Auction

The Artists and Their Art

Carrie Davenport:

Biographical information-

What this artist does with a subject is a personal response and an exhilarating experience.  Exact representation has never been an absolute but instead, she lets a state of feeling determine the approach she wants to take.  She has exhibited her work in a variety of galleries, taught classes and workshops in oil painting, and her work can be seen in private and commercial collections.  She is currently showing at The Oakwood Art League Gallery in Seguin and The New Braunfels Art League Gallery, where she has been a recipient of numerous awards, both there and elsewhere.

Carrie’s story about her painting “In the Woods”-

I was visiting friends that lived up the mountain from Colorado Springs.  When I got up the first morning, I stepped out on their deck and this was the view that greeted me in one direction, Pikes Peak in another.  Awe-inspiring country.

Carrie’s Art-

In the Woods

Oil 20” x 26” plus frame

Spring Garden

Oil 24” x 30” plus frame

“A formal garden putting on its best.”

The Back Fence

Watercolor 24” x 30” plus frame

“A leaf tenaciously hangs on into the crisp, cold winter.”

Helen Stein:

Biographical information-

Helen Stein moved to Seguin in 1956.  She was a charter member of the Seguin Art League with Dr. Henry Moore and Dr. Elmer Peterson of Texas lutheran College.  She helped to organize the One Seguin art League and is now a member of the Seguin Oakwood Art League.  Helen studied art at Mary Hardin Baylor College and Texas Lutheran College under Dr. Peterson and received watercolor instruction from Mary Hetherington.  She has volunteered at Jefferson Elementary teaching art to third graders and has given private lessons in oil.  Along with painting, her hobbies include quilting.  Helen has a quilt displayed in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

Helen’s story about her painting-

In addition to suing a paintbrush, Helen crumbled plastic wrap into a ball and used it to apply some of the watercolor.

Helen’s Art-

Fantasy Flowers


Dottie Bowden:

Biographical information-

Dottie Bowden started painting in 1970.  She had her first lessons under Faye Sitton of   Liberty, Texas.  Since that time, she had studied under such artists as  E. Frost Andrews, Dick Turner, Carol Gibson Sayle, and   Dalhart Windberg.  Dottie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Texas State University and her Master’s Degree from the same University.  She is a Charter Member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and of the Deer Park Art League, as well as being a member of the Seguin Oakwood Art League and the San Antonio River Art Group.

Dottie’s story about her painting-

Dottie grew up in the City of Deer Park (Houston) area, and Deer Park, like Seguin, is a bird sanctuary.  Dottie has loved and painted coastal birds since her childhood.

Dottie’s Art-



Ann Leithead:

Biographical information-

I’m a native Texan who, by luck, lived in many places-and finally found the ideal home in Seguin.  Since my approach to art is “I wonder what would happen if…” I can rarely replicate what I have produced.  Sometimes that makes me sad.  My three children enjoy art and share that joy with their children and with my husband and me.  Some of our happiest times are when we are creating things together.  I have enjoyed learning how to do many, many things, but for the last few years clay and especially Raku has been what I have found fascinating.

Ann’s Art-






Turquoise Lace