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Bonnie Feaster Chapa Invited as Featured Gallery Artist in Downtown Sanger

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Bonnie Feaster Chapa has been invited to be the featured artist at the Kamme Art Gallery & Studio in Sanger, Texas.  New to downtown Sanger, Kamme Art Gallery & Studio Gallery and Studio specializes in Texas artists with new showings every month featuring everything from abstract to Western, photography, sculptures and paintings.

The Opening reception will be help September 19th from 6-9 P.M. and will be on exhibit and for sale through mid October.  It is an event you do not want to miss!

Venue

Kamme Art Gallery & Studio
304 Bolivar, Sanger, Texas 76266

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Bonnie Chapa Art Accepted for the Georgetown Art Center’s Road Trippin’ Exhibit

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Bonnie Feaster Chapa’s artwork “Gruene Hall Buick 56 Special” and “Motorcycles At The Hog Pen, Leakey, Texas” were both accepted into the Road Trippin’ Exhibit in Georgetown at the Art Center and will be on exhibit July 10 – August 16, 2015.  Opening Reception will be July 11th, 6-9 PM.  It is an event you do not want to miss!

Venue

Georgetown Art Center
816 South Main Street, Georgetown, TX 78626 United States

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Georgetown Art Works
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"City Cafe" © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: City Cafe

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“City Cafe” © Bonnie Feaster Chapa
Created and reworked January 2015 from an original photo Bonnie Feaster Chapa took in Troy, Texas, December 7, 2013.

I love architecture, old signs, historic downtown streets, Texas and good food that rolls a little bit of all of the above together with beer and a street dance.  Retro grit.  Good stuff.  This just seemed to me like all that and more, minus the beer, food and a street dance.  It was just me and an old cat on the curb this day.

I saw this sign with a quick glance driving through Hearne on the way to College Station and spent at least an hour on this street getting so much good stuff.  Maybe I was thinking of artist, Rodney White when I was doing this, because I love him and his art too!  I think he needs to come to Texas and we can go Ridin On The Right Side.  🙂
Hand signed by Bonnie Feaster Chapa.  Art Available At Bonnie Chapa’s Etsy Store Ridin On The Right Side

"City Cafe" © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

“City Cafe” © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

 

"Barbed Wire Scrub" © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Barbed Wire Scrub”

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“Barbed Wire Scrub” © Bonnie Feaster Chapa
Created and reworked January 2015 from an original photo Bonnie Feaster Chapa took in Troy, Texas, December 7, 2013.

This photo was taken the same day I took the photo of the longhorn used for my “Day of The Dead Longhorn”.  That day it was 21 degrees and miserably cold.  You can read my story about the longhorn inspiration here at this link.

Today, it’s raining and cold….continually cold….like Spring will never come to Texas and I have decided that this kind of weather is putting a serious damper on my usual surge of creativity.  I know me.  My most creative times are when the sun is shining and I am out in it.

When faced with this challenge of being cooped up and feeling like I am choking on mud and slush and gray everywhere, there is a creative beast in there wanting to get out, but locked up so, when I throw that beast a bone on days like this….”Barbed Wire Scrub” is what comes out.  Completely the opposite of the color infused images I create normally.

While some may say, “But, in it’s own right, this is still creative…..”, I will agree.  Yes.  But does it say what I want it to say?  Does it tell a story?  Is it LOUDLY screaming joy, happiness and laughter?  In the case of “Barbed Wire Scrub” the color is in the clouds.  The color is on the horizon.  The color will return eventually, we just have to wait for the rain to go away and the ice to melt so we can venture beyond the cold, harsh, sharp barbed wire.  And when that sun comes out….I’m going over the fence.  That scrubby little tree is going to BLOOM!
Hand signed by Bonnie Feaster Chapa.  Art Available At Bonnie Chapa’s Etsy Store Ridin On The Right Side

"Barbed Wire Scrub" © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

“Barbed Wire Scrub” © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Bonnie Chapa Art Accepted for the Imagine 2015 Exhibit in Round Rock

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Bonnie Feaster Chapa’s piece “Gruene Hall Buick 56 Special” was accepted into the juried competition for the Seventh Annual Imagine Exhibit in Round Rock and will be on exhibit until May 15th.  Opening Reception details below, it is an event you do not want to miss!

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There are 4 places to obtain your Imagine VIP or General Admission Tickets!

1 – R Bank, 1900 Round Rock Avenue, Round Rock
2 – R Bank, 1111 U.S. 79, Round Rock
3 – ArtSpace, 231 E. Main St, downtown Round Rock
4 – On the Round Rock Art’s website at: http://roundrockarts.org/events/imagine

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Round Rock Arts presents its
7th Annual Imagine: An Evening of Art and Music

Fundraising Gala and Awards: February 28, 2015, 7pm-9pm
Art Exhibition: February 28, 2015 – May 15, 2015

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Round Rock Arts presents its 7th Annual Imagine, an evening gala fundraiser, as well as a three-month art exhibition, all of which will be held at Texas State Round Rock Campus.

Held annually in the beautiful Avery Building on the university campus, Imagine: An Evening of Art and Music, is a gala celebration of the area’s creative community. Three floors of the university campus will showcase the immense arsenal of creative talent in the Round Rock, Williamson County and Greater Austin area. Area talent in the culinary and performing arts will also be featured.

For a donation of $10 at the door, guests are welcomed with a complimentary beverage, light creative desserts, and cash bar. Membership packages will be available at the door for those wishing to contribute additionally. All guests are invited to cast their vote for the evening’s People’s Choice award.

With a donation of $250 per couple, guests will receive complimentary valet parking, an evening pass to the VIP lounge and amenities including fine wines, desserts, hors d’oeuvres, gift bag, and more.

As an additional feature of the evening’s fundraising, there will be a silent auction of original artworks and other items generously donated by area artists, individuals and businesses. All guests are invited place a bid on items.

This is a juried exhibit and cash prizes will be awarded. Last year over $5,000 was given to artists in three categories.

To commend those making a difference, we will extend an Imagine Honorary Chair award to Rufus Honeycutt, for his ongoing and active support of the arts in the area.

Imagine is not just one evening! The artwork will remain on view at the Texas State University Round Rock Campus until May 15, 2015. All artwork, unless otherwise noted, will be on sale at the reception and throughout the exhibition. All art sold will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. For inquiries about purchasing art, please contact Round Rock Arts using the information below.

Exhibition Dates
The complete exhibition will be on display at the Texas State University Round Rock Campus from February 28, 2015-May 15, 2015. For information about access to the campus to view the exhibition, including hours of operation and parking, please visit the university’s website at: www.rrc.txstate.edu.



Bahama Mamas © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Bonnie Chapa Art “Bahama Mamas” featured at the Waco Civic Theater for “Crowns” Musical Run

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Bonnie Chapa’s Giclee Print titled, “Bahama Mamas” will be one of the art pieces featured during the Waco Civic Theater production “Crowns”.  Art was curated for the running of the musical by Studio Gallery in Waco.  All pieces are for sale at the theater.
“Inspired by the Michael Cunningham-Craig Marberry book “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats,” the Regina Taylor musical, presented by the Waco Civic Theatre for a three- weekend run, adds a story line of that music in action.” said, Carl Hoover with the Waco Trib.  (Read Carl’s article)

“Crowns” closes its WCT run this weekend with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 5-7, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 1517 Lake Air Drive. Tickets cost $10 for Thursday, $18 and $16 for other performances. Call 776-1591 or go online at www.wacocivictheatre.org.

The WCT cast also will perform the musical Feb. 13 and 14 at the Jubilee Theatre, 1319 N. 15th St., in a fundraiser for the Jubilee and Mission Waco.

 

Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 12:01 am

The gospel songs and spirituals in the Waco Civic Theatre’s production of “Crowns” are solid and crowd-pleasing, but it’s the stories and sermonettes that turn the musical from Sunday Morning’s Greatest Hits to a memorable look at the women who populate the pews.

While costumer Geneece Arnold’s “crowns” — the elaborate, eye-catching hats worn by many black women in church — are remarkable creations, the actresses who wear those crowns do so with a confidence and dignity that makes them the musical’s centerpiece.

Regina Taylor’s play concerns a young New York woman named Yolanda (Jayla Lane) who moves in with her South Carolinian grandmother Mother Shaw (Hattie McGill) after Yolanda’s brother is shot and killed.

Mother Shaw tries to get her to church for its saving grace and the healing fellowship of her hat-wearing friends, Mabel (Wanda Gunther), Velma (DLR Mayes), Wanda (Ashleigh Sherel) and Jeannette (Ashley Weaver).

The music and fashion prove a culture clash for the headphones-and-cap-wearing Yolanda, still angry and in mourning for her brother, and she fights the sisterhood’s advice and invitation — well, until the power of music, faith and personality prove irresistable.

“Crowns’ ” music, encapsulated in songs like “On The Battlefield For My Lord,” “Wade In The Water” and “His Eye Is On The Sparrow,” may pull an audience in, but it’s the stories and insight that Mother Shaw and her friends share that flesh out the characters.

These are women whose hats are proud markers of their love of beauty, their status and a dignity earned in a world working hard to erode it.

Director Tommy Edds, who also leads the music on keyboards, stages the musical in the round. It’s a subtle touch, but one that turns the cast from performers in front of an audience to everyday churchgoers with stories and songs to share.

Gunther commands “Crowns” as preacher’s wife Mabel, who not only tells stories with great wit and timing — her commentary on hat etiquette and young women’s short skirts steal the show — but demonstrates that worshipping God trumps respect for the hat. She’s also a convincing preacher, when hit by the Spirit.

DLR Mayes not only wears some of the production’s most striking hats with suitable flair, but sings that way as well and Sherel isn’t far behind.

Royce Montgomery plays a handful of husbands, fathers and preachers, shifting smoothly between characters and leading the way as a preacher and singer when called for. Some of his roles mirror real life — he’s a pastor and musical performer — which makes him feel all the more natural and believable.

Edds on keyboards, drummer Torie Montgomery (Royce’s daughter) and bassist Michael Donahue ably back the singers with a tight, driving gospel sound, with Edds often playing a quiet R&B/gospel vamp to the stories. This is a trio that would be at home for gospel brunch. A small choir, hidden in the balcony, also adds vocal muscle to some of the bigger numbers.

The minimal set, designed by Bobby Abrahams and Joey Fortune, features individual wooden benches whose sides suggest church pews and video monitors above and to the side of the acting space flash images of southern life, culture and hats. It seems distracting, but in practice acted like an electronic wallpaper helping shape the production’s tone.