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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Marika at the Coleman Theatre

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Entrance to downtown Miami, OK

Coleman Theatre Historical Marker

Coleman Theatre Historical Marker

The Coleman Theatre- exterior

The Coleman Theatre- exterior

The Vaudeville Stage

The Vaudeville Stage

The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ

The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ

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The Exhibit

The Exhibit

Mandela-Nelle

Mandela-Nelle

Presentation

Presentation

Excerpt from Presentation

Well, this is about inspiration, creativity, and vision; not my inspiration, creativity, and vision but that of Ms. Darcie Shultz, the Interim Manager of the Coleman Theatre.  Because of her passion for the arts, she is allowing the lines of the visual and performing arts to intersect, merge, and form an artistic  connection.  This is about community.  George Coleman built this magnificent theatre for his community.  Darcie Shultz asked for a sculpture exhibit so that her community could have a visual arts experience in the home of the performing arts.  Ms. Shultz thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness.

Creativity and community fascinate me.  We imagine creativity happens in a vacuum to a select few.  This is not the case. Inspiration, creativity, and vision, happen in community.  Look closely at the Coleman Theatre Beautiful.  I love how they included the word beautiful in the name.  This is a place of beauty and delight.    The architecture is Spanish Revival, the interior design is Louis XV and the organ is a Wurlitzer.  What we see is the vision of a man who dug water wells for a living and the vision of a community who brought back a decaying building to its former glory.           

Presentation to Upward Bound Students

Presentation to Upward Bound Students

Excerpt from Presentation

One is saying, money is not inspiring; another, creativity comes out of problems, and the third, we need a quest.  So, where does this leave us?  George Coleman built this theatre in a small town on Route 66 halfway between New York City and Los Angles.  

  • Did he find inspiration in money?  
  • Did the building rise up because of a problem or limitation? 
  • Was there a quest?  

George Coleman and his brother made a fortune when they discovered lead and zinc north of town.  Money allowed George to travel and enjoy vaudeville with its variety of entertainment: singing, dancing, comedy, juggling, and one-act plays.  Mr. Coleman had a passion for vaudeville.  They say it was his first love.  I believe, it was this passion for vaudeville that aroused his inspiration to address a problem, a limitation.  His workers and the people of the town could not easily experience vaudeville in 1929.  His quest was  to bring high-calibre acts to a world-class theatre in Miami.

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Time was allowed to take its toll on the theatre.  The building structure fell into a state of disrepair.  The original furnishings were gone, including the chandeliers and the Mighty Wurlitzer.  Decay.  Faith.  Yes, there were those in the community with the vision of a restored Coleman Theatre Beautiful as the center of the community.  

Miami’s Administrative Assistant, Sue Valliere had the vision to search for the lost Wurlitzer organ.  After it was found, volunteers expended great time and energy in reconstructing it.  There are many stories about what it took to bring second life to the theatre: reconstructing the chandeliers, finding the stained-glass medallions in such places as at garage sale and at a Tulsa restaurant, and the fund-raising effort of a “seat adoption” program.  As Barbara Smith of The Friends of the Coleman said, “This journey has been one of faith.”  And, may I add, it took a self-respecting community with a passion for excellence to undertake the quest.

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Entrance to Miami, OK

 

KLRN Interviews Marika

The KLRN Program Arts Interviews Marika about her exhibition, “Only from the Heart…” at Bihl Haus Arts

Producer/Videographer/Editor – Leigh Utecht

Duration of video 4:26 minutes

Bihl Haus 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

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