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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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.

From Dream to Fairytale

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)

Photos of Gwaihir by Don Simpson

Gwaihir

Don Simpson is a photographer and instructor.   He recently took a series of photos of Gwaihir a sculpture over fourteen feet tall.  To create the photographs, he used a technique called HDR, High Dynamic Range imagining.  You can contact Don Simpson at: Donaldbsimpson@gmail.com or 512.591.7728.

Don has given us permission to use the photos in the soon to be published “Marika: The Path of a Sculptor”.

We hope you enjoy the photos.

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Gwaihir- detail

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Gwaihir is a mythological eagle in the “Lord of the Rings.”  He is key to the success of The Fellowship of the Ring that sets out to save Middle Earth from the evils of Mordor.  Gwaihir saves the wizard Gandalf the Gray from the Tower of Isengard and when Mount Doom erupts, he rescues the Hobbits, Frodo and Sam.  Without this eagle, the salvation of Middle Earth was lost.

Gwaihir

Gwaihir

Gwaihir is currently on loan to the Georgetown Public Library in Georgetown, TX.

Invitation to Marika’s Solo Exhibition at Bihl Haus Arts, May 16, 2014

Marika’s Solo Exhibition at Bihl Haus Arts

The centerpiece for the exhibition is The Little Prince inspired by the book of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.  Here is a photo of the live oak before work began on the sculpture and below is a photo of current progress.

Raw Live Oak from Glen Cove, Seguin

Raw Live Oak from Glen Cove, Seguin

Opening Reception: Friday, May 16, 2014

From: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

2803 Fredericksburg Road

(Inside the gates of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments)

San Antonio, TX 78201

The Little Prince- in Progress

The Little Prince- in Progress

Seguin ArtsFest 2014

Seguin ArtsFest 2014

Seguin Daily News Article & Invitation

From: The Seguin Daily News:

February 17th, 2014

(Seguin) — ArtsFest will make its return this weekend to Seguin. The Fourth Annual ArtsFest will be held Saturday at the renovated Texas Theatre. The event will highlight a festive day of artistic activities including a 5K color fun run, local artists on exhibit, a student art competition, poetry readings, a kids’ talent show, pet art show, a silent auction, and La Pachanga del Arte which is an evening of live entertainment, wine and mead tastings, awards and silent auction winners – all to benefit the next public art installation along Walnut Springs Park in downtown Seguin.

Events will kick off with The Color Me Nutty 5K Fun Run in Max Starcke Park East at 10 a.m. Participants will enjoy the fun of being “splashed” with different paint colors at different stations along the run, each emerging as a unique work of art. Registration is available online at www.athleteguild.com or at the local GNC Store.

Local poets and those who appreciate poetry are invited to gather at the Texas Theatre at 11 a.m. for “A Celebration of Poetry.” A roster of readers will share poems they have written along with selections from their favorite authors. There is no charge to attend.

A Kids’ Talent Show will follow at 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded. They include include a bike, tablets, and backpacks filled with school supplies. Kids will be competing in one of three different age groups: ages 5-8, ages 9-12, and ages 13-17. Video auditions are required and there is no fee to enter. Registration forms are available at www.visitseguin.com or at the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce office.

Seguin is also invited to paint up their pet or gussy up their pup in its finest frock for the event’s newest event — the Pet Art Poochanga! Registration begins at 4 p.m. that day. The Poochanga itself will kick off at 5 p.m. from the stage in the Texas Theatre. Participating pets can be registered any time prior to the event at Thunderpaws or on site the day of the event, with a $10 suggested donation.

The evening ticketed event, La Pachanga del Arte, begins at 7 p.m. with music by Spanish classical guitarist Mara Benitez, Spanish “tapas” hors d’oeuvres served by colorfully costumed performers, wine and mead tasting from Seguin’s local Blue Lotus Winery, and a silent auction featuring art and arts activities. Winners of the student art contest and silent auction will be announced and the evening will close out with a performance featuring Mexican folklore dancing, Conjunto and mariachi music. Teatro de Artes de Juan Seguin will present Fiesta Noche en Seguin featuring professional performers and Mariachi Los Herraderos. Tickets to the evening event are $20 and can be purchased at Gift & Gourmet or at the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce.

Serving as sponsors of this year’s ArtsFest are The Seguin Commission on the Arts, Seguin Main Street Program, Seguin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Alligator Dental, Seguin’s Wellness Task Force and Guadalupe Regional Medical Center. A list of events can be found at www.seguinarts.com or www.visitseguin.com.

The link to the Seguin Commission on the Arts is in the left column under the heading ARTS ORGANIZATIONS.

ArtsFest 2014 Invitation

ArtsFest 2014 Invitation

Sculpture of a Woman- A Work-in-Progress

Sculpture of a Woman- Untitled

The sculpture, a work-in-progress, measures H17″ W4″ D3″ and is made of pecan wood.  Marika is in the process of refining the figure and will soon begin sanding by hand.

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