The Cry of Liberty

The Cry of Liberty is Marika’s newest sculpture.  She began the sandalwood sculpture in Haiti many years ago and worked on it from time-to-time in a deliberate manner.  The cry is against the slaveries that we and others impose on us.  Bob Phillips and Texas Country Reporter featured the sculpture in the segment Marika Bordes: The Carousel of Life.  The sculpture did take the trip to the 16th Annual Texas Country Reporter Festival in Waxahachie, TX.  The sculpture is currently on exhibit at Gallery Nord until January 12, 2012.

The Gallery Nord 

11.11.11 Exhibit: An Auspicious Date

Gallery Hours Wednesday – Saturday

Noon to 5:00

2009 NW Military Hwy., San Antonio, TX


Gallery Nord Website:

New Sculptures and Work-in-Progress

This summer Marika completed two sculptures.  The first sculpture displayed is Envolee (Flying) and the second is Irene.  Envolee is made from black walnut and is now in a private collection in Montreal.  Irene is made from cypress knee and was on exhibit at Gallery Nord in San Antonio and is currently displayed at the Hair Haus in Seguin.

Marika is currently working on Liberty.  This piece will be on display at Gallery Nord from November 11 until january 12.  Photos coming soon.



The Mighty Gwaihir

In August, Marika is making her majestic sculpture Gwaihir available for purchase, loan or donation.  Below are some details.


Height: 14’ 2”

Width: 7” 8”

Depth: 4’ 

Medium: Chinaberry wood 

Sculptor: Marika Bordes

Gwaihir is a mythological eagle in the “Lord of the Rings.”  Gwaihir saved Gandalf from the Tower of Isengard and when Mount Doom erupted, he saved Frodo and Sam.

Gwaihir is available for purchase, loan or as a donation to a museum.   If sold, the funds will be used to establish The SeguinSculptors Guild.  The mission of the Guild is to promote the art of sculpting.  The purchase price is $50,000.

All the very best,

Marika and Dennis

Texas Theatre reopens to the public

Flying High & Swan

Texas Theater Exhibit



Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:54 pm, Tue Mar 1, 2011.

Felicia Frazar |

SEGUIN – For years, the Texas Theatre has sat unused.

But starting this month, the local treasure – which sits just north of downtown – will once again be a place to enjoy performing arts.

Conservation Society President Marty Keil said March is jam-packed with grand re-opening events after the building’s recent renovations.

For the entire month, the pieces created by Seguin sculptor Marika Bordes and her students will be displayed in the building, Keil said.

“Their work will be on display starting this weekend,” she said. “On March 19, Marika Bordes and her students will do readings about their sculptures along with poetry and prose.”

Seguin High School students will be the first group to take center stage on March 10.

Under the direction of the school’s drama instructor Sheila Lucas, the troupe will perform the first act from “The Apple Tree: The Diary of Adam and Eve.”

“It is a musical based off the book by Mark Twain,” Lucas said. “It is the story of the beginning when they meet each other, meet the animals and meet the snake.”

The second act for the event will be a showcase of talent from the drama department, Lucas said.

“Some members of the troupe will perform contest pieces and the seniors will have a showcase,” she said. “This is something we wanted to do for the community.”

Lucas admitted the students may not realize what it means to be the first to return to the theater’s stage.

“I think they will soon learn what it means to be part of history,” she said.

The performance is free and open to the public. It starts at 7 p.m.

A classic country tribute band will get the audience hopping with songs from Ray Price, Connie Smith, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Pasty Cline.

“On Sunday, March 20 we will have the Almost Patsy Cline Band,” Keil said.

With some help from Lucas, the Conservation Society applied for a grant to bring the group in, Keil said.

“When we developed the Grand Opening Committee, we had representation from everywhere,” she said. “Sheila helped us to apply for a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts to be able to bring the Almost Patsy Cline Band here.”

Tickets to see The Almost Patsy Cline Band are $10 and available at Gift and Gourmet, the Seguin Chamber of Commerce or online at .

The band will take the stage at 5 p.m.

Teatro De Artes will host the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest at the Texas Theatre on March 25 from 8-10 p.m.

Texas Lutheran University will also get the chance to showcase some of their talents on the newly reopened stage, Keil said.

“We will have the TLU’s Ana Maria Gonzalez’s Mexican indigenous dance class performing on March 26 at 7 p.m.,” she said. “On Monday, March 28 we will have TLU’s Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m.”

The local landmark will open its doors three times this weekend for sneak peeks of the renovations, said Texas Theater Task Force chairman Steve Tschoepe.

“Saturday night, we are having a premier donor dinner where we are going to introduce the large donors to the almost-completed theater,” he said. “They will get the first grand introduction to the remodeling. On Sunday, we are having a reception for other donors from 2-4 p.m. and they will get to see the theater.”

The public will also get the opportunity to view the transformation from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Tschoepe added.

“It’s phenomenal to get to see the work every day and watch it change,” he said.

When visitors come by the theater, they will notice some projects that have not been completed, Tschoepe said.

“You can see out front, the work that has been done,” he said. “Then when you get to the auditorium you can see where some things are not finished yet. We still need some donations to complete the renovation. We still need seat sponsors for chairs and window coverings and there is some stuff with the dressing rooms that still need some work, as well.”

Tschoepe gave praise to the company charged with remodeling the theater.

“It’s gorgeous and beautiful. The Koehler Company and their sub-contractors have done a wonderful job,” he said.

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The Cross for The Road to Emmaus First Installment

The road that leads us to this particular cross begins with Bob, Ryan and Dan  traveling the backroads for Texas Country Reporter.  One day they pay a visit to Marika’s studio in Seguin.  From this interview they create and broadcast to a viewership of 1.4 million an Emmy award winning segment, “Carousel of Life.”   On a Sunday morning in Lubbock, as Terri and Carlos prepare for church they see and hear a sculptor from Haiti describing her passion for creating wood sculptures.  Marika’s sculptures and her words resonate with the couple.

Terri tells her husband that if she receives the call to lead a “Walk to Emmaus” retreat, she will ask Marika to sculpt a cross for the event.  Before receiving the call, Terri visits Marika in Seguin.  She asks her to make a cross for the “Walk to Emmaus”  explaining it is a retreat to strengthen and renew the faith of Christians.  The cross plays an integral part in retreat ceremonies and rituals.  As a lay leader, she is responsible for providing a cross.

Not long after, Marika hears the good news from Terri; she is Lay Director for the Women’s Emmaus Walk.

With ideas from Terri, Marika prepares two concept drawings.  One is a hand holding the cross; the other is a hooded figure holding the cross.  In both cases, the cross is removable from the figure holding it.

Terri decides on the hooded figure.

Emmaus Cross Drawing 1 Hand

Emmaus Cross Drawing 2 Hooded Figure

The second installment will include photos of the first cuts to make the hooded figure.

Photos from 15th Annual Texas Country Reporter Festival Waxahachie, TX

City Banner

Court House

Court House

Young Artist

Marika Sculptures Booth

Friend from Seguin- Guadalupe County Master Gardeners

Bob Phillips with Peter Bros Hats

Bob Phillips Executive Producer of Texas Country Reporter and Marika

Bob and Marika

Tomorrow’s Oneness

The Gazette-Enterprise

Local artists team up for charity

By Tucker Stephenson

Published June 3, 2009

SEGUIN — When “Arts. For Life.” co-chair Jack Linden was looking for a piece of art to be raffled off at the June 27 event, he went straight to an expert.

Linden sought out local wood sculptor Marika Bordes and asked her if she would put her talents to use to benefit the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center — again.

“I have seen her previous work, she has one called ‘Balancing Act’ and I’ve been in love with that one for a long time,” Linden said. “I’ve seen some of her other work, she has one called ‘The Goddess’ which is probably seven feet tall. Then I’ve seen also, she’s doing a sculpture for the maternity ward for the new hospital, so there’s another thing.

“I’ve seen a lot of her work — she’s an incredibly creative person.”

But with Bordes already commissioned to start working on the maternity ward piece, she knew that she might find herself in a time-crunch trying to complete the piece for the fundraiser.

“Jack was here and he had asked me to do a sculpture,” Bordes said. “And because I was doing a commission for the hospital already, I told him that it would be difficult to finish it on time, but if I was working in cooperation with somebody else, I would be able to get it on time.”

So the search for a potential collaborator began, although it didn’t take long for Bordes to find one.

Enter recent Texas Lutheran University grad and former Seguin High School student Howard Crunk, who was already set to be donating a painting to the hospital’s cause.

“The name of Howard came up because I think Howard was going to give one of his paintings,” Bordes said. “And I said, ‘He is a good artist — we could work together.’”

So the partnership began, with Bordes — the recipient of first-place prizes in Seguin, Kerrville and New York City — playing the role of Mr. Miyagi to Crunk’s Daniel-san. For those that don’t know their “Karate Kid,” that just means that she acted as a mentor to the talented, young artist — although she admits that the learning process was a two-way street.

“He is not really my student,” Bordes said. “He learned from me and I learned from him. He has a sense of design of drawing that is absolutely remarkable. I couldn’t do it by myself because of a question of time, without the two of us, it was not possible.”

The sculpture, made from a Chinaberry tree, is now completed, described by the artist as being a man and woman wrapped into one single being — mirroring the creative collaboration that took place between Crunk and Bordes’ styles.

“I guess you could say the ebb and flow between a man and a woman becoming as one individual,” Crunk said. “I think I brought more of the naturalistic design aspect and I guess you would say she brought more of the spiritual concept.”

Throughout the project, Crunk said that he took some valuable lessons with him for the future, in which he plans to keep broadening his artistic horizons.

“It was a very abundant learning experience — I learned so much it’s hard to put it into words,” Crunk said before discussing his career goals. “First and foremost, it’s to continue to create art and then eventually, go on to other aspects, such as animation, digital art, etcetera.”

That future appears to be very bright, as Linden said that the finished product reflects the work of someone who is about to make their mark on the art community.

“It just showed him coming out,” Linden said. “Marika saw that in him — now he’s just bringing something out that I don’t think he knew he had and I think that’s one of the bright things about that — that he started seeing things in his drawing on that wood and then he started bringing it out, so it was marvelous seeing it.”

The sculpture is now officially part of the “Art. For Life” raffle, with tickets for the drawing being sold at the GRMC gift shop for $20 apiece, or two for $30. And until Jackson Auditorium opens its doors for the inaugural event — slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. three weeks from Saturday — the piece will also be on display at the gift shop.

That way, everyone can get an up-close view of something that Linden has known for quite a while.

“(Bordes) takes a piece of wood and sees something in it that I don’t see,” Linden said. “But I guess that what makes a good sculptor. Michelangelo always said that there’s somebody in the marble wanting to get out and I think she sees that in the wood.”

In addition to her work on the maternity sculpture, Bordes is working on her home studio, which she plans to have ready for an exhibition by August 15. More information on her artwork is available online at .

General admission seats for the Arts. For Life. event, which includes a performance by the Mid-Texas Symphony, are on sale now for $50 at the GRMC gift shop, as well as Gift & Gourmet, Cascades and the Area Chamber of Commerce. Reserved seats are $75 or $100, depending on location, can only be purchased by calling the foundation office at 830-401-7721.

Tomorrows Oneness

Tomorrow’s Oneness

Sculptors Howard Crunk & Marika Bordes

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