The Flying Leaves at Texas Lutheran University

The Unveiling Ceremony

“The Flying Leaves”

Texas Lutheran University

Student Alumni Center
November 14, 2014

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Dr. Stuart Dorsey President, TLU

Dr. Stuart Dorsey
President, TLU

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Mr. Rick Roberts, Vice-President for Development and Alumni Relations

 

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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.

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The Flying Leaves American Walnut H 24" W 108" D 2"

The Flying Leaves
American Walnut
H 24″ W 108″ D 2″

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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.

The artists

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.

Dennis Martin and Marika Bordes

New Venue for the Arts

The Court Street Coffee Shop

A welcoming and friendly place

While enjoying good food and drink, sit back and treat yourself to the artistic offerings of visual and performing artists at the newest venue for the arts in Seguin, the Court Street Coffee Shop.

Bennett & Hines

Bennett & Hines

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Paintings, photography, and sculptures add to the homey ambiance of the coffee shop.  Some of the artists represented are Michael Bednarski, Cathy Cordes, Matt Chase and Howard Crunk.  Next to the theater poster of Marika’s show in Miami, Ok, you  will see two of her sculptures and the book “Marika: The Path of a Sculptor”.

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For the performing arts, Thursday evenings is time for music.  A list of recent performers include Bennett & Hines, Andy Cottrell, and Shand Walton & Manzy Lowry.  Stay tuned.  There are plans for musical entertainment at the pet-friendly patio in the back courtyard.  There are whisperings of having poetry readings, one act plays, and a puppet show for children young and old!

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Thank you, Court Street Coffee Shop for promoting the arts in Seguin!

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The Court Street Coffee Shop

111 West Court Street

Seguin, TX 78155

830.379.7711

Open 6:00am to 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday

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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

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:

Artists: Bil Sullivan – Nancy Russell – Howard Crunk – Jimmy Schmidt – Marika Bordes

Art for the Park Art Auction

The Artists and Their Art

Bil Sullivan:

Biographical information-

A shutterbug for over 20 years, Bil specializes in wedding & event photography, professional videography, and contemporary family portraiture.  A member of the Professional Photographer’s Association (PPA), the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Seguin Oakwood Arts League, Bil has been accredited by the New York Institute of Photography and Olan Mills Professional Photographer Program.  Bil Sullivan lives in Seguin, Texas.

Bil’s story about his photograph “Mushrooms in Sepia”-

I took the photo during the rainy summer of 2006.  These mushrooms were just about three inches high, growing out of a rotted tree stump at the Moore House.  I had two objectives while photographing them: one, to shoot from underneath to exaggerate their height, and two, to blur the background to emphasis the subject.

Bil’s Art-

Mushrooms in Sepia

20” x 24” matted print on museum glass

Bil’s story about his photograph “Raven at Birdbath”-

The raven in the birdbath was photographed in 2007 on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol.  Using a 200-mm zoom lens, I braced myself against a nearby tree and shot dozens of frames for this photo.  My objective was to capture this fellow’s personality, his enjoying the moment, and as well as “blowing out” the background.

Bil’s Art-

Raven at Birdbath

16” x 20” matted print on museum glass

Nancy Russell:

Biographical information-

My goal is to create watercolor paintings that have meaning to a person; such as a depiction of their home, favorite historic site, building, or Texas scene.  I enjoy re-creating the past by working from old black and white photographs.  I of course add color, and my interpretation of what the scene could have been like at the time the photograph was taken.  I also paint from my own photographs of present-day sites, homes, and buildings; old as well as new.

My Texas roots run deep; several of my ancestors arrived in Texas in the 1850s and helped tame and settle the wild Texas lands near San Marcos, Texas .  A few roads and a lake are named after these ancestors, and several of the old homesteads still stand today.

My paintings are not typically “loose and flowing” like many watercolor works.  I tend to include much detail, which probably is connected to my early career as a cartographer (map maker) where complete accuracy was a must.  I was involved with the lost art of creating maps by hand, unlike the computer-generated maps of today.  My paintings are completely hand drawn, and hand painted with no “help” from a computer or projector. I can paint from a photo that is provided, or, even better, I love to research a site, “hunt down” a vintage photo, or take my own working photo of anything of interest to you

Additional information and photos are coming.


Howard Crunk:

Biographical information-

People began to recognized my artistic talents at an early age. Instead of focusing solely on the lessons of the day in pre-kindergarden, I would spend most of my time drawing and sketching throughout the day. Never satisfied with my work even at an early age, I would throw most of them away.  After recognizing my talent a pre-kindergarden teacher would retrieve the drawings from the waste basket to show to others. My parents sent me to study watercolor at the age of six. Throughout my early schooling, the quality of my work bloomed and matured. As my artistic talents grew I added sculpture to my palette along with painting and drawing.  At St. Philip’s College, I deepened my knowledge in design, painting, and sculpting in wood and stone. I studied painting under the tutelage of Brian Lipscomb in off campus classes he offered at his studio. Taking my passion for the arts to the next level, I entered Texas Lutheran University to gain my BA in Fine Arts.

My creativity and technical knowledge evolved. My love of painting added new dimensions with a focus on oil painting. The most important lesson from my time at TLU is the deeper respect and appreciation for art outside of my own area of expertise and interests. That for me opened up new avenues of discovery of not only art but of myself as an artist. Since receiving my Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts in August 2007, I continue to deepen my skills by broadening my creativity through computer generated art and illustration.

 Howard’s story about his painting-

The Masai are some of the most beautiful and intriguing people you could ever meet.  Coming from a society of warriors, the rite of passage for males from childhood to adulthood included killing a lion.  I found myself compelled to creat this painting and a sculpture of a Masai warrior.

Howard’s Art-

Masai Warrior

Oil

Additional information and photos are coming.

James Franklin Schmidt:

Information and photos are coming.

Marika Bordes:

Biographical information-

Marika, (Marie-Carmel Bordes), spent her first years on the Caribbean island of Haiti and then attended the Sacred Heart Boarding School in Quebec, Canada.  The Sisters nurtured her artistic talents in piano, singing, and the arts.  Not until 1996 did Marika focus her creativity.

While having a sculpture made by Francois Sanon, a master in fine wood sculpture, he realized Marika had potential as an artist.  From 1996 to 2001, she studied under Sanon’s guidance.  During this time, galleries exhibited her work, she taught sculpting and Haiti National Television produced a documentary about her art.  From 2001 to 2005, Marika received a number of awards including, fourth place in 2002 and 2003 at the Rencontre des Arts in Quebec.  In New York City, The Pen and Brush, an international membership organization 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.  Here Marika’s art and her life as an artist flourishes.  The Seguin Main Street Program appoints her to the Advisory Board and through her efforts and others, Seguin now has an arts commission.  For the new maternity wing, The Guadalupe Regional Medical Center commissions a sculpture.  Texas Country Reporter, accepting less than 1% of story ideas, broadcasts the story of Marika and Seguin to a viewership of 1.4 million.  Marika and her students have a three-month exhibition at The Seguin Heritage Museum and a one-month exhibit at the reopening of the Stephen and Mary Birch Texas Theater.  In 2012, the Seguin City Council approves Marika’s proposal for the Walnut Springs Park Bird Sculpture Sanctuary project.

Marika’s story about her sculpture-

Alice from Wonderland

I started this sculpture with one thought in my mind:

Once upon a time …

The sculpture evolved in exactly how I anticipated it:

A young woman of yesteryear in her naivete, glory and seriousness.

 Marika’s Art
Alice in Wonderland
Mahogany

Marika’s story about her sculpture-

Feeding the Hungry…

Isn’t  it what we are here for?

For love brought you here

And love will take care of you.

Feeding the Hungry
Mesquite 

The Walnut Springs Park Bird Sculpture Sanctuary

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 (Click here to hear the KWED 1580 Seguin AM radio broadcast by Darren Dunn)

 

On Tuesday January 17, 2012,  the Seguin City Council unanimously approved the Walnut Springs Park Bird Sculpture Sanctuary.