Mandela-Nelle: Interview and Article

 

Mandela-Nelle interview by Darren Dunn KWED https://marikaarts.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/interview-kwed-12-01-14-12314-7-29-pm.mp3

Mandela-Nelle Bronze

Mandela-Nelle
Bronze

Article from Seguin Today by Cindy Aguirre-Herrera on 12/02/2014 

National attention drawn to work of local artist; Local sculpture receives award in national fine art exhibition

(Seguin) — A local artist has been recognized by one of the most prestigious groups in the nation. Sculptor Marika Bordes was named the recipient of the “Claude Parsons Memorial Award.”

The award was presented by the American Artists Professional League (AAPL) during its 86th Grand National Exhibition. The presentation was made by AAPL President Peter Rossi during the group’s annual meeting and awards reception held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

Each year, the non-profit AAPL accepts a number of fine arts for consideration. The application alone, however, is competitive in that not everyone is allowed to participate in the contest.

Bordes, who received the award for her bronze sculpture entitled, “Mandela-Nelle” says she is appreciative to have been extended an award especially since this was her first attempt to enter the contest.

“The American Artist Professional League and the Salmagundi Club are two prestigious organizations and it is difficult to have your art accepted by the American Artist Professional League and have it exhibited at the Salmagundi Club. I was very excited to learn that Mandela-Nelle was accepted into the 86th Grand National Exhibition. I don’t know how many artists submitted applications but entries were from all 50 states as well as internationally,” said Bordes.

Each year, the organization hosts its Grand National Exhibition, a show that highlights major and emerging professional artists in oil, watercolor, pastel, sculpture, graphics and mixed media.

Bordes says on top of the national recognition, she is honored to have had her artwork exhibited in the show. She says only 29 sculptures were selected.

“It’s a woman. It’s kind of a girl and it’s an African American and she’s standing kind of walking very proud. She has a lot of pride in herself. That’s how I was picturing her when I was working on the piece,” said Bordes.

Bordes says the accomplishment is indeed one of her finest moments professionally.

“It is truly an honor to receive the Claude Parson’s memorial award particularly because of the professional stature of the judges. Along with the award certificate, the organizations sent an award plaque to affix to the base of the sculpture and a press release announcing that a Seguin artist from Texas is the recipient of the 2014 award and I think this is awesome and it filled me with joy,” said Bordes.

This year, the group highlights the achievements of 298 artists. The AAPL has devoted itself to the cause of fine arts in America since 1928.

 

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
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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

Claude Parsons Memorial Award

Mandela-Nelle (Bronze) Earns

The Claude Parsons Memorial Award

The American Artists Professional League

86th  Grand National Exhibition

Salmagundi Club, New York City

 Jury of Awards:

Claudia Seymour (Internationally known Master still life painter in oil and pastel, President Emeritus of the Salmagundi Club, NYC)

Elizabeth Spencer (Award winning Resident Artist.  Member of the Salmagundi Club.  Life member of the Art Students League.)

Photos (3) The original, “Metal Check” and Bronze
Mandela-Nelle Original: Pecan

Mandela-Nelle Original: Pecan

Mandela-Belle during "metal Check" and before patina.   Location: Deep in the Heart Foundry, Bastrop, TX

Mandela-Belle during “metal check” and before patina
Location: Deep in the Heart Foundry, Bastrop, TX

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Bronze

 

Mandela-Nelle’s New York City Debut

The American Artists Professional League

86th  Grand National Exhibition

Salmagundi Club

Bronze H20" W7" D10"

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Address: Forty-Seven Fifth Avenue, New York, 10003
Show dates: Monday, November 10 – Friday, November 21, 2014
Announcements of Awards: Sunday, November 16, 2014

The American Artists Professional League

National Art Exhibition:

In its ongoing effort to promote and encourage artists specializing in realistic art forms, the AAPL has staged a Grand National Exhibition for over 83 years. Each year, hundreds of applicants from all 50 states in all media submit their work for review by a selection committee consisting of professional artists in the fields of oil, watermedia, pastel and graphics and sculpture.

History:

In January 1928, F. Ballard Williams, Assistant Treasurer of the National Academy of Design in New York, called a meeting of fifteen members of the Salmagundi Club. The purpose: to discuss the need for a national organization to meet the increasing interests in traditional realism in American art. Most attending were prominent academicians of their day. The attendees all agreed that an organization designed to protect artists’ interests and promote traditional American art was necessary and The American Artists Professional League (AAPL) was born.

The Salmagundi Club

About:

Founded in 1871, the Salmagundi Club is one of the oldest art organizations in the United States. Housed in an historic brownstone mansion in Greenwich Village, New York City, the Club offers programs including art classes, exhibitions, painting demonstrations, and art auctions throughout the year for members and the general public.

The Club owns a collection of over 1,500 works of art spanning its 140 year history and has a membership of nearly 850 artists and patrons. Its members have included important American artists such as Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, Louis Comfort Tiffany, N.C. Wyeth and Childe Hassam. Today the Club builds on this legacy by providing a center for the resurgence of representational art in America.

The Salmagundi facilities include three galleries, a library, an elegant period parlor, and a restaurant and bar with vintage pool tables.

The Little Prince Selected for Georgetown Competition

The Little Prince and the 2014 Art Hop

Georgetown, TX

October 3 – October 30, 2014

The 2014 Art Hop:

The 2014 Art Hop is a statewide juried art exhibit, organized by Georgetown Art Works.  The Art Hop is held in 5 different venues in downtown Georgetown, TX that are within 5 minutes walking distance from one another.

The Little Prince will be on exhibit:

The Georgetown Art Center

816 South Main Street

October 3 – October 30, 2014

Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00 PM

Monday: Closed

Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Artist Reception and Awards:

Saturday, October 11 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Georgetown Art Center

Georgetown Venues to view the work of artists from 57 cities from around Texas:

The Georgetown Art Center- 816 South Main Street

Artisans Connect Gallery- 122 East 8th Street

Cianfranni Coffee Company- 109 West 7th Street

The Georgetown Public Library- 402 West 8th Street

Red Poppy Coffee Company- (Inside the Public Library); 402 West 8th Street

The Georgetown Art Center:

Georgetown Art Works and the City of Georgetown have partnered to transform Fire Station One in historic downtown Georgetown in the Georgetown Art Center.  The art center provides a welcoming environment for visitors to view, appreciate, create and purchase art.  There is a gift shop.

The Little Prince

The Little Prince

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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