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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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.

Grace

Grace

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)

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

Texas Country Reporter Festival

This past weekend, Marika participated in the 16th Annual Texas Country Reporter Festival in Waxahachie, TX.  The weather was fantastic as were the many people who attended.  This year for the first time,  the TCR Festival and CBS 11 Dallas decided to present awards to the vendors.  There were approximately 250 vendors but only 5 awards.  Marika was one of the fortunate 5.  She received the “Crafty Artist” Award.

Below are a few photos from the event including one of Bob Phillips.

 

Marika’s Exhibits

On the Road with Marika’s Sculptures

San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi

January 07, 2011 to June 6, 2011

University of Texas Health Science Center

Opening Date: Thursday, January 6, 2011

Closing Date: Friday, June 10, 2011

Description:  The Department of Psychiatry of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio selects and exhibits art from San Antonio area artists.  On display is Marika’s 8-foot tall mahogany sculpture, The Goddesses.

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Location: Department of Psychiatry, Room 710L-1, University of Texas Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229

Telephone: 210.567.5475

February 18, 2011 to May 6, 2011

Del Mar College: 45th Annual National Drawing & Small Sculpture Show

Opening Reception: Friday, February 18 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Description:  The Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show attracts works by contemporary artists across the country and is judged by a guest juror.  This year juror Professor John Vinklarek selected Marika’s The Thinker for the show.

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Location: Joseph A. Cain Memorial Gallery, Del Mar College, 101 Baldwin, Corpus Christi, TX 78404

Telephone: 361.698.1216

Website: www.delmar.edu/art/show.html

February 21, 2011 to August 18, 2011

The 5th Exhibit of the Diocese of Austin Sacred Heart Gallery

Opening: Monday, February 21, 2011

Reception: Thursday evening, March 3

Description:  The 5th exhibit of the Diocese of Austin Sacred Heart Gallery has religious art of the Judeo-Christian tradition.  Many of the works of art are for sale.  The Diocesan Fine Arts Council selected Marika’s Ann and Mary for the exhibit.

Ann and Mary- Bronze

 

Location: Diocese of Austin, Religious Art Gallery, Pastoral Center, 6225 E. Highway 290, Austin, TX 78723

Directions: http://www.austindiocese.org/directions.php

Telephone: 512.476.4888

Website: http://www.austindiocese.org

Arts make Seguin a great place to call home

Heritage Museum, October 16, 2010

 

By Bob Grafe

The Gazette-Enterprise

Published October 21, 2010

So, just how lucky are we who live within or in near proximity to the city of Seguin?

If “Gwaihir: The Lord of Eagles, Master of Wind” had been in a talkative mood this past Saturday night, I’m sure he would have showered the 400-plus visitors gently traversing the aisles of Seguin’s Heritage Museum with that special knowledge that “we who so live,” nearby and together, are indeed very lucky.

The gathering at the Heritage marked the opening of artistic sculptor, and local Seguin resident, Marika Bordes’ art exhibit “Visions in Wood.”

Although somewhat dominated by the 15-foot presence of the uniquely impressive “Gwaihir,” the fascinating exhibit, of both Bordes’ work and that of her students, also included (adding to the totality of the evening’s experience) written appendages by heartfelt poetic locals who were asked to provide their “view” of a particular work of wood.

Upon entering the Heritage Museum, I was immediately thrilled at the attendance. As I wondered carefully throughout the two-stories of Marika’s and other museum exhibits, I couldn’t help but overhear the mostly joyful chatter among those in attendance. “Isn’t that beautiful.” Or “How did she (or other sculptors) do that?” Or, perhaps the most common, “Wow!”

Oh, there were a few there who reduced their conversations to the current mind-numbing political chatter. But, the vast majority in attendance, whether young, old, or somewhere in the middle seemed to be caught up in the moment where there truly was a celebratory atmosphere.

Underlying the obvious, that of the beauty of the exhibit which initially attracted this totally eclectic group in the first place, was the unstated but widely felt recognition that we were very lucky to live in a community where the arts are recognized for the contribution they continue to make to a joyful life … that the arts, here, are so much a part of our community.

As a venue for “Visions in Wood,” the Heritage Museum is perfect. Where else is the historic connective tissue so prevalent than at a central community location where one can come to reflect upon the past and present while keeping a directive eye on the future? John Gesick, the Heritage Museum director, seems to effortlessly make miracles happen within the museum’s walls … often from backstage.

With the combined genius of John Gesick and Marika Bordes working on behalf of our community’s heritage and artistic health, we are truly blessed.

While it seemed as if there was a majestic symphony in progress throughout the Heritage Museum during last Saturday night’s “opening,” it may have only been the notes of anticipation being subliminally heard in anticipation of Mid-Texas Symphony’s December presentation of The Messiah at Jackson Auditorium on the grounds of Texas Lutheran University.

Just imagine that! A very professional and talented symphony orchestra right here in “River City” playing to packed audiences in wonderfully designed performance facilities at our very own highly ranked Texas Lutheran University. How fortunate can we get?

Local film maker Chris Elley brought recognition to the Seguin arts’ scene with his movie production of “Barbecue: A Texas Love Story” and, certainly helped to put our very own Texas Theatre in the spotlight a few years ago by helping the local Conservation Society’s efforts to restore that theatre masterpiece into a lasting remembrance of the past while providing untold artistic performance opportunities for many generations to come.

The myriad of published authors within Seguin and the surrounding community is both diversified and voluminous. From the likes of Janice Woods Windle and her “True Women” book of excellence, to Charlie Eckhart and his wide collection of cowboy and “old West” books and other writings, to a recent 2010 release of local resident Jim Porter’s book “Two Old Geezer Golfers.” Again, how much better do the artistic talents get here?

Of course, any mention of “the arts” in our community would be incomplete without the efforts of various performing arts groups throughout the years. The huge success of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” recently produced by the original Seguin Art Center and performed at the Mosaic Church facility in dinner theater format is a testament of the excellence in performance that seems to be pervasive within our community.

And, finally, rumor on “the street” predicts an encore performance of the courtroom scene from “To Kill A Mockingbird” to be performed soon at a Guadalupe County Courthouse near you, on the third floor, with many of the original cast members on the docket. You’ll have to stay tuned for more information about this upcoming local artistic classic.

It’s no wonder why so many good people are considering the Seguin community as a travel destination or as a future “home.”

We are so lucky. There is so much more to our community… but, the arts contribute so much!

Bob Grafe is a former managing editor of the Seguin Gazette Enterprise and a former chief juvenile probation officer for Guadalupe County.