2015 Art Night Springhill Suites Waco Texas

Bonnie Feaster Chapa Invited as Featured Artist at Springhill Suites Art Night in Waco

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“SpringHill Suites Waco / Woodway Hosts Art Night Event for Guests and Community Hotel; Showcases Local Art with “Evening of Inspiration.”

Bonnie Feaster Chapa’s artwork “Here To Stay”, “City Cafe” , Limited Editions of “Red Guitar” and “Waco Hippodrome” will be featured in the Art Night Exhibit at Springhill Suites Waco / Woodway and will be on exhibit November 19 – January 1, 2016.  Opening Reception will be November 19th, 5:30-8 PM.  It is an event you do not want to miss!  Support a great cause, art in local schools.  A portion of the proceeds will go to local art departments in Waco and surrounding area public schools.  Let’s give these kids the art programs they deserve! Thanks to the sponsors Allen Samuels Waco Chevrolet, Italian Granite and The CAST!

Venue

Springhill Suites Waco / Woodway
200 Colonnade Parkway  Woodway  Texas  76712  USA 

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2015 Art Night Springhill Suites Waco Texas

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Light Space And Time Gallery: SeaScapes Exhibit

Bonnie Chapa Art Receives Awards in Light Space and Time Gallery’s SeaScapes Exhibition

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“Brave” received an award in the Special Merit Category and “Bird On The Beach” received a Special Recognition award in the Painting and Other Category in Light Space and Time Gallery’s SeaScapes Exhibition!  Many thanks to the gallery and judge Mallory Whitfield.

The gallery received 419 entries from 18 different countries from around the world, including Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Niue, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Saint Maarten, Scotland,  Sweden, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Wales.  In addition, the gallery received entries from 27 different states.  View all entries in the SeaScapes Competition.

Brave © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Brave © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Bird on The Beach © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Bird on The Beach © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

ArtSpace Round Rock Arts

Bonnie Chapa Art Accepted for the Round Rock 100 Exhibit

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Bonnie Feaster Chapa’s artwork “Faces In Ordinary Things” was accepted into the Round Rock 100 at the ArtSpace Gallery in Round and will be on exhibit September 28 – November 1, 2015.  Opening Reception will be October 1, 5:30-7 PM.  Light refreshments will be served and is free and open to the public.

Round Rock 100 Days Project 2015 by Bonnie Chapa

Title:  “Faces In Ordinary Things”

Narrative:

Since I was a kid, I have always “seen” faces in ordinary things and have a been a bit shy in sharing this with others.   I saw the call for art for the Round Rock 100 day project and this idea to take pictures of “Faces In Ordinary Things” was honestly, the first option that came to mind.  I just knew once I started it, I wouldn’t see a single face because that’s what happens when you are actually making an effort and looking for it.  I had to make a decision on the project.  I was at the doctor’s office and saw #IfYouGotEmSmokeEm.  I stopped dead in my tracks and I knew, I wasn’t going to be short of faces over the next 100 days!

The images I captured, I would share with family and friends over social media as the 100 day project went along, still very shy about sharing them publically.  The next thing I knew, people were sending me their pictures of things they were now seeing faces in.  They had their own collections started!  That was amazing to me.

My thought process changed and I began to see the conclusion of my project was a much bigger picture.  Not only with things, but with people too, we should look past the outside… all the layers… and see what we have in common rather than our differences. When we do this we see our HUMANITY. That piece of ham has a face just like that coffee pot. They are different, but share something similar.

We hold so much power in our influences of each other.  If people who could not see faces before now can’t see past them, what did we do to influence this change?  We changed our perspective and opened our minds to creativity and acceptance of ordinary things and ordinary people with great gifts to give.  When we can recognize ourselves in others (in this case, ordinary things), we learn to accept each other. We may be each very different, but together we are all so very similar and have our commonalities. We just have to “face” it and then find it.

Left to right:

#BigMouthJoe  #Twinsies  #AngryBird  #IveGotASinkingFeeling  #Psycho  #RollWithIt  #ForkedUp  #WearinMyGoinToChurchSundayHat  #SpideySenses  #PotHead  #ISeaDooYouSeaMe  #LiarLiarPantsOnFire  #CheapDate  #NarrowMinded  #ElephantMan  #TunnelVision  #ImSweetOnYouSomethinWaffle  #IfYouGotEmSmokeEm  #SweetKeysus  #WhyTheLongFace  #AllMixedUp  #BikerBabe  #QBert  #BirdBrain  #AirHead  #APIERentlyYouHaveBeenScopingMeOut  #BeingSoNoseyIsThePits  #ButtFace  #MakinCopies  #Staples  #NinjaHinge  #BagLady  #SmileInsideNOut  #PumpJack  #StapleRemoversaurus  #DoNotDisturbTheDisturbed  #Bored  #SuchAHam  #Toasted  #BlockHead

Venue

ArtSpace Gallery
231 East Main Street, Suite 160, Round Rock, Tx 78664 Next to the Round Rock Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and across the street from the Round Rock Public Library.

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Kamme Art Gallery Sanger Texas

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!

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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!

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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Bonnie Chapa Art Accepted for the Salon 2015 International Exhibition at The Gallery At Round Top

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Great news!
My art entries were accepted for the juried Salon 2015 International Exhibition at The Gallery At Round Top and will be on exhibit until March 19th!  “Gruene Hall Buick 56 Special” and “Rattle Rock Road” will be included at the Opening Reception and awards presentation on Saturday, February 21st, 5:00-7:00pm at The Gallery located at 203 East Austin Street in Round Top, Texas located on the historic Bybee Square.  Hope to see you there! It is an honor to be included. Thank you to The Gallery At Round Top for the opportunity, the jurors and congratulations to all!

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2015 Judged BVAL Show, College Station, Texas

Bonnie Feaster Chapa Art Receives Awards at the 2015 Judged Brazos Valley Art Show in College Station, Texas

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Last night, I attended the Opening Reception for the 2015 Judged Brazos Valley Art League show and it was awesome fun.  There were so many fabulous artists and their work there and I loved meeting them, discussing technique and my favorite part; getting to hear the stories behind the art and how it began before being what it is today for us all to see.  Congratulations to you all!
The show Chairman Charles Wallis and everyone there at the Art Center in College Station put in a lot of hard work and effort to make this show successful and it showed.
Four pieces of my art were accepted through the juried process and I am happy to say that “Gruene Hall Buick 56 Special” placed 1st place and “I’m A Huge Fan” placed 3rd place in the Professional Digital Art category.
I want to thank the Chairman, Board and Members of the Brazos Valley Art League and Judge Les McDonald for having me.  It was a real privilage, a learning and rewarding experience and I hope to have the opportunity to take some of the experience and spread it out over 2015 and beyond!
The 2015 Judged BVAL show will be on exhibit and art pieces for sale in their Texas Gallery until January 31, 2015.

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"Gruene Hall Buick 56 Special" 1st place in the BVAL Professional Digital Art Category.

“Gruene Hall Buick 56 Special” 1st place in the BVAL Professional Digital Art Category.

"I'm A Huge Fan" 3rd place in the BVAL Professional Digital Art Category.

“I’m A Huge Fan” 3rd place in the BVAL Professional Digital Art Category.

Bonnie Feaster Chapa accepted Artwork included in the 2015 Judged Brazos Valley Art League Show

Bonnie Feaster Chapa accepted Artwork included in the 2015 Judged Brazos Valley Art League Show