Art Gallery at the Old Bakery & Emporium- #5

Three Paths to Inspiration

Roger Betschler

Marika's Swan Raku

Marika’s Swan
Raku

At this time of my life, I take great pleasure in creating art since my retirement from teaching in 2006. I have created a series of clay torsos that challenged me tremendously to deal with feelings; and the surface texture and imagery.  My purpose is to evoke awareness of the subject. Bringing the viewer to feel and understand the particular situation depicted in the work of art is definitely a challenge. My bird sculptures are quite whimsical compared to the torsos, and are another avenue to express the human condition and the challenge of clay construction. I have also begun a series of slab constructed  saints, again enjoying the process of clay and the individuality of each sculpture. The amazing human form has always intrigued me and it gives me great pleasure to share my work

Grace Glazed Clay

Grace
Glazed Clay

Native Honor Raku, Fired Clay

Native Honor
Raku, Fired Clay

For more information about the art of Roger Betschler visit his Website.  The link is in the left column under the heading Artists.

Three Shows One Exhibit:

Three Paths to Inspiration

Marika Bordes, Carrie Davenport, Roger Betschler

What Lies Beneath and Between

Ann Flemings

New Images of Italy

Norman Bean

The Exhibit- Time and Place

February 6 – March 5, 2014

Reception February 7 from 5:00 -7:00pm

Art Gallery at the Old Bakery & Emporium
1006 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
512-477-5961

Art Gallery at the Old Bakery & Emporium- #4

Three Paths to Inspiration

Carrie Davenport

How blessed is an artist to have been endowed with the creativity and ultimately the ability to produce a satisfying visual image. It is an enormously unique and individual process. Painters come to their canvases with very diversified backgrounds, life experiences, educational opportunities and artistic training. Bringing together this accumulation is their personal history.  It flows through each artist onto a canvas creating the interesting and sometimes amazing differences seen in the art world.

Big Tree Country Oil

Big Tree Country
Oil

Propelled by the love of art and what an artist does with it begins the process of honing skills and learning the nuances and control of the medium.  Knowledge and experience free one for experimentation.

End of a Perfect Day Oil

End of a Perfect Day
Oil

I still  come to the easel with joy and anticipation and a clear mental image of what the finished painting is to be. But the direction this piece will take does not always adhere to that image. All the best planning is subject to continual reinvention. Perhaps it is a spiritual force redirecting the process. But if an artist is willing to go with it, the unexpected occurrences happening on the canvas  allow for the possibility of expanded insight and new creativity.

Cold Reflections Watercolor

Cold Reflections
Watercolor

Three Shows One Exhibit:

Three Paths to Inspiration

Marika Bordes, Carrie Davenport, Roger Betschler

What Lies Beneath and Between

Ann Flemings

New Images of Italy

Norman Bean

The Exhibit- Time and Place

February 6 – March 5, 2014

Reception February 7 from 5:00 -7:00pm

Art Gallery at the Old Bakery & Emporium
1006 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
512-477-5961

Art Gallery at the Old Bakery & Emporium- #1

Three Shows One Exhibit:

Three Paths to Inspiration

Marika Bordes, Carrie Davenport, Roger Betschler

What Lies Beneath and Between

Ann Flemings

New Images of Italy

Norman Bean

 

The Exhibit- Time and Place

February 6 – March 5, 2014

Reception February 7 from 5:00 -7:00pm

Art Gallery at the Old Bakery & Emporium
1006 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
512-477-5961

Gallery at the Old Bakery & Emporium Poster

Gallery at the Old Bakery & Emporium Poster

The Guadalupe Regional Medical Center: The Artist Wall

The Guadalupe Regional Medical Center: The Artist Wall

Sculptures by Marika and photographs by Dennis Martin are on display at the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center Artist Wall through December 2013. This is your opportunity to see sculptures that are on public view for the first and possibly the last time; they are on loan from private collections.  Also, The Contortionist is on view for the first time.  In addition to the Artist Wall,  the medical center has two of Marika’s sculptures in their permanent collection.  Maternitree is at the entrance to the Birthing Center and the Cross of St. Bridget is in the chapel.  We hope you enjoy the exhibit.

The GRMC Artist Wall

The GRMC Artist Wall

The Arts And Community: The Bird Sculpture Sanctuary of the Seguin Walnut Springs Park

This article by Marika appears in The Third Dimension: Newsletter for the Texas Society of Sculptors 1st Quarter Issue of 2013

Seguin: A Bird Sanctuary City

Seguin: A Bird Sanctuary City

The Arts and Community: The Bird Sculpture Sanctuary of the Seguin Walnut Springs Park

The seeds for The Bird Sculpture Sanctuary of Walnut Springs Park were  sown  years ago.  In the1920s, Robert Hugman, who would design the San Antonio River Walk, approached the city with plans for the park and it was completed in1941.  Then the park fell into disrepair.  In 2006, the citizens approved a bond issue and the park was officially reopened in 2011.   The recently rejuvenated park in the heart of the city won two prestigious awards: The Texas Recreation and Parks Society Lone Star Legacy Park designation and the Texas Downtown Association President’s Award for Best Public Improvement.

View of Park

View of Park

The other part of the story begins in the not so distant past with a Seguin Garden Club project tasked with making Seguin a bird sanctuary city.  Although, the city received the designation, little was done with the idea.  There are two signs announcing the bird sanctuary city as you enter the city from the east.  One is on US Highway 90 and the other on US Highway Alternate 90.  After moving to Seguin in 2005 and seeing these signs, sculptor Marika Bordes kept this knowledge in the back of her mind.

When Marika and a fellow member of the Seguin Oakwood Art League (SOAL)  discussed the need of more visibility for SOAL they realized an excellent way was to enter the annual Holiday Stroll Parade.  The concept of a bird sanctuary city gave flight to her imagination and she suggested creating bird costumes.  SOAL went on to win awards in this and other parades using the “birds” concept.  The birds stayed with Marika.  After many walks through Walnut Springs Park, a bird sculpture sanctuary took form.  Conferring with her students, volunteers and community members, the decision was made to approach the city.

Preparing for the First SOAL Parade: Grackle and Owl

Preparing for the First SOAL Parade: Grackle and Owl

The team soon realized that besides creating sculptures and receiving approvals,  the project would require raising funds.  By the time, Marika and her team presented the project to the city council, the Department of Parks and Recreation recommended approval of the project and the Seguin Chamber of Commerce awarded a Help Seguin Shine grant.  The City Council, not only unanimously approved the project but to the surprise of some, provided funding.  The work began to sculpt eight  birds and raise the additional funds.

Marika and three students, Barry Duncan, Howard Crunk, and Jimmy Schmidt, set out to design and make the sculptures in wood, metal or a combination of the two materials.  They selected birds native to the area: the  hawk, roadrunner, heron, owl, and scissor-tailed flycatcher.  This was a team effort and was most especially seen in the making of the primary sculpture for the park, the hawk.  The body of the hawk is made of bois d’arc* and the wings of metal.  The team had to develop an internal mechanism to prevent the movement of the wings from damaging the wood during high winds and to secure it to the entrance column to the park so that literally, it would not fly away in a storm.  Many hours were spent just in the designing and engineering of this sculpture.

Measuring the Hawk

Measuring the Hawk

Fundraising events and in-kind contributions were key.  Volunteers came to the rescue to raise additional funds during a key fundraiser, “Art for the Park” held during Seguin’s annual ArtsFest.  The fundraiser offered donation levels, such as, a poster signed by the sculptors, placement on the donor plaque, and “adoption” of a bird or a family of birds.  Most of the food, beverages, and entertainment were donated.  There were also proceeds from the silent and live auctions of art.  A local steel fabricator donated materials and technical knowledge and the city installed the sculptures.

Installation of the Hawk

Installation of the Hawk

The artists and associates set out on a mission to create a masterpiece for a public space in Seguin.  Their vision was a cultural landmark and an economic engine for the city, businesses, and the community.  They wanted to give the community the first major work of public art done by local artists.  They envisioned a bird sculpture sanctuary that would enhance visitor appreciation of the park and its flora and fauna.  Their art would add a dimension of beauty that would be another incentive for people to visit and enjoy Walnut Springs Park and Seguin.  They also saw that by  strengthening Seguin as a bird sanctuary city, those interested in birds and public art more people would visit the the park.  Also, the birds would be an attraction for children and add to their education and appreciation for wildlife.

Community Support

Community Support

The sculpture sanctuary came into being because of the vision people had for the city nearly a century ago, the dedication and support of a community, and the tenacity and dreams of the artists.  As marika said “We had to believe in the results.  Faith is to believe in what one does not see.  Yet the artist sees what she believes is there.  The dedication of the Seguin Walnut Springs Park Bird Sculpture Sanctuary was on September 18, 2012.

  • Other names for bois d’arc include osage orange and horse apple.
The Hawk

The HawkThe Arts and Comm

The Owl

The Owl

The Ascetic- Pecan Wood Sculpture

On July 13, Marika completed The Ascetic her newest sculpture.  The markings on the face of the monk are natural.  At times you follow the will of the wood and allow it to tell the story.  The sculpture is pecan wood.   With the base, the dimensions are H 27″ W 8″ D 8″.   

Ascetic 1

Ascetic 1

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The Ascetic 4 The Ascetic 5 The Ascetic 6 The Ascetic 7

   

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