She was a favorite teacher at Saint Catherine of Alexandria's School for Orphans. She taught literature, art, and music. She played a guitar and sang songs about everything and anything. no matter what the subject or lesson was Sister Mari Isabel always had a song to go along with it!
She was also a wine afficionado and so, when one of her students presented her with a lovely, red apple, she could hardly wait for the end of class.
Once the day of teaching lessons and singing songs was over and the children had all gone for the day, she popped the cork on her bottle of red wine and let it breathe, unwrapped her soft cheese from it's paper wrapper, polished her shiny apple on her habit and the anticipation of that juicy got the best of her. She took a huge bite of her apple, much bigger than she was able to chew, and at that moment she realized that it was also to big to swallow. Dear Sister Mari Isabel tried to call out for help but unfortunately, that only lodged the piece of fruit further down her throat.
Everyone was in the dining hall, it was time for the evening meal. By the time anyone noticed that she was missing it was to late. A couple of children were sent back to get her and were terrified to find their favored teacher, Sister Mari Isabel, lying on the floor of the school house pointing to her throat.
Final face sculpt (well almost final). After seeing this photo a re adjusted her brow a bit. It was a little off.
Pointing at her throat signifying the fact that she died choking on a piece of apple that was gifted to her by one of her beloved, students!
This is the truth! I thought it would be the coolest thing if there was an all polymer art showcase that I could participate in. HaHaHa, fat chance waiting around for that to ever happen! The truth is that polymer art hardly ever gets featured in local galleries period! No one knows what it is!
Sometimes, I think that is one of the really cool things about polymer. Because if people don't know about then there aren't very many rules around it. If they don't know what it is they have no preconceived notions of what it should look like or what I should be doing with it!
So anyway, back to my high hopes for an all polymer exhibit at a local venue. If you're thinking that it never happened and I had to hold my breath forever then you're partially right. I waited around, just hoping it would happen, for a lot of years.
A few months back I took on the task of Outreach Chairperson for Clayville California (No. CA. Polymer Art Guild). So now it is my responsibility to reach out to the community, to educate the masses about all things polymer and to encourage other members to do the same. Great! Now what? How am I going to do that? I'd love to teach more workshops but, to whom? Through what venue, what forum? Why am I doing this anyway? Why do I even care? Why can't I just sit back, twiddling my thumbs, waiting for someone else to do the work?
The answer to that is, "I don't know"! I don't know why I care, but I definitely do. Why can't I just sit back and twiddle? I don't know that either. It's just not my way.
So you know what I did? I made the committment to have a polymer art exibit at Vox . I invited Clayville California and a few other California polymer artists to submit work in this very versatile medium.
It was really nerve wracking not knowing what would be submitted. I wasn't sure if Id be able to fill the space until just a few days before the show. I'll do that differently next time! That's for sure. However, after all is said and done I am very pleased with the end results. The gallery space at Vox Sac looks great. I do plan on doing this again. I hope to make it an annual event, perhaps a traveling event! Delusions of grandeur? Perhaps! But someone once said," If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough"! Brilliant!
I would like to thank all of our exhibiting artists: Mary Fassler, Jacqueline Dodd, Michael J. Marx, Amy Fort, LaLa Ortiz, Marie Segal, Jennifer Erin, Mary Lu Ellliott, Maureen Thomas, Diane Redman, Rita Seale, Melody Steeples, Rachel Young, Yoli Rodriguez Manzo, Anita Sterling Winthrop, and Adriana Ayala of ClayCatShop.
Thank you to Vox Sacramento for hosting our exhibit!
OK, enough blah, blah, blah! Here are a few pic's from the show...........
Saturday, August 11th, 4:00pm until 9:00pm 1818 11th Street, Sacramento, California 95818
Maria Rosario Aurelia Marquez de Zafon- The Dead Bride by LaLa Ortiz
Clayville California and other California Based Polymer Artists will be showcasing the diversity of one of the art worlds newest mediums, Polymer. Featuring sculpture, jewelry, vessels, masks, and functional art objects.
Featured artists include: Mary Fassler, Jacqueline Dodd, Michael J. Marx, Amy Fort, LaLa Ortiz, Marie Segal, Jennifer Young, Mary Lu Ellliott, Rachel Young, Yoli Rodriguez Manzo, Anita Sterling Winthrop, and Adriana Ayala of ClayCatShop.
Vox Sacramento is also proud to present a solo pho tography exhibit "Memories of Betrayal" by local photographer Andy Brooks. All the images in this exhibit were shot in April 2012.
These exhibits will be up from August 11th through September 3rd.
Clayville California and other polymer artists will be showcasing the diversity of one of the art world's newest mediums. Featuring sculpture, jewelry, vessels, masks, and functional art objects. Artists include: Adriana Ayala, LaLa Ortiz, Mary Fassler, Jacqueline Dodd, Michael J. Marx, Amy Fort, Marie Segal, Jennifer Young, Mary Lu Ellliott, Rachel Young, Yoli Rodriguez Manzo, Anita Sterling Winthrop
Day of the Dead Sacred Heart by Marie Segal
Vox Sacramento is also proud to present a solo photography exhibit "Memories of Betrayal" by local photographer Andy Brooks. All the images in this exhibit were shot in April 2012.
These exhibits will be up from August 11th through September 3rd.
Magdalena is a one of a kind, original art doll. She is all hand sculpted and fully articulate. Her head, arms, legs, and shoes are polymer clay. Her body is built anatomically with wire and bamboo "bones", masking tape and aluminum foil "connective tissue", polyester batting "flesh", and fabric "skin". Her dress is an original design, created and sewn specifically for her body and pose. Her hair is Tibetak lambs wool face, shoes, and limbs were painted with acrylic paint.
Magdalena is on exhibit at Think House Collective in Sacramento, in the VOX exhibit for the month of October. After the exhibit she will be available for sale. $1250.00 Contact me if you are interested
OK, so, I have been working on a Dia de los Muertos, dead doll for the past few days. I finally have the sculpting all done. Now I get to move on tho the fun part, costume and make-up. I am getting excited and looking forward to meeting her. I will post pic's soon.
And for any of you wondering about the bike chain bracelets. Those are in the works too. I need to let the tumbler do some of the sanding and buffing work before I move on.
I never did get around to cleaning my studio but, I cleared off a spot on my work bench. Baby steps!!!