Downtown Waco’s Creative Art Studio and Theatre and the Art Center of Waco on the McLennan Community College campus go beyond simple exhibition of artwork…

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Must read! Things are happening that were only dreams once before in Waco…thanks to all who work so hard to make those dreams come true. So proud to have my art at both The CAST and The Art Center of Waco. There is truly some amazing, persistent and dedicated talent in Central Texas!

Art doesn’t stop with the what on the wall, the pedestal or the table for two Waco art venues, but includes a who or more inside.

Downtown Waco’s Creative Art Studio and Theatre and the Art Center of Waco on the McLennan Community College campus go beyond simple exhibition of artwork to include interaction with real, live artists in their artist-in-residence programs.

At the CAST, it’s an artists-in-residence program with five local artists, each representing a different media or style, working with and through the venue. At Art Center of Waco, it’s working ceramacist Jonathan Martin — for you “Fixer Upper” fans, the one who presently supplies Magnolia Market with coffee mugs and pots — who’ll move his studio operation to the center.

CAST co-owner Monica Shannon said the decision to name five artists-in-residence was meant to showcase a range of local talent and, conversely, draw attention to Waco.

“We’ve seen a tremendous amount of growth here at the CAST,” she said. “In the last nine months, it’s amazing how many talented artists have come through the doors. . . . We would like to put Waco on the map in terms of visual art.”

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The five artists-in-residence for the Creative Art Studio and Theatre are Brian Broadway (from left), Mark Kieran, Rick Duhrkopf, Rocky Kelley and Greg Peters.

The five announced last month have shown work at CAST last year and are presently collaborating on a group project, Shannon said. Details of what the artists will do or how long they’ll serve as artists-in-residence haven’t been hammered out yet, but they’ll likely do demonstrations and talks about their particular medium throughout the year, she said.

The CAST’s artists-in-residence are:

• Brian Broadway — Painter whose works have sold across America and Europe. Best known for his monochromatic studies of celebrities and sports figures.

• Rick Duhrkopf — Photographer and Baylor University biology professor. Active member of the Texas Professional Photography Association with more than 40 years’ experience in nature and landscape photography.

• Mark Kieran — Painter whose popular surrealist and abstract works have made him the CAST’s best-selling artist.

• Rocky Kelley —Painter known for fantasy work in various genres, including Dark Romanticism and Surrealism. Winner of the Director’s Award at the World Fantasy Art Show and illustrator featured in “Rayguns Over Texas Anthology.”

• Greg Peters — Emmy Award-winning animator who has worked for the likes of Hanna Barbera, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon and Disney Studios.

For Kieran, selection as an artist-residence is the latest confirmation of his fairly recent move into professional art.

“I’ve been dabbling in art for most of my life, but this is the first place I’ve really been able to exhibit my work,” said the 45-year-old Hewitt painter and musician. His abstracts and fantasy images are characterized by strong color and a swirling effect.

He’s shown pieces at Art Center of Waco and The Blue Horse, but his biggest success has been at CAST. “I’m not really sure what the secret is there . . . but I’ve been really fortunate in that regard,” he said.

At Art Center of Waco, Martin is the latest of Waco artists who have worked as resident artists at the center, joining Flip Kimmel, Chesley Smith and Jan Harvey. Like center instructors Kay King, Deborah Reed-Propst and Sara McCormick, he’s also a former school art teacher, having taught digital media and graphic design at AJ Moore Academy and University High School.

The 2000 Baylor University graduate runs Black Oak Art, which sells his clay work. He had worked at Anthem Studios in downtown Waco, giving ceramics lessons as well as creating pieces, and was planning to move later this year to a larger space downtown being developed by Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits owner Brett Jameson.

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Waco ceramicist Jonathan Martin, Art Center of Waco’s latest artist-in-residence, will move his studio into the center’s basement workrooms. Staff photo— Carl Hoover

Martin needed the larger space thanks to another local business, Joanna and Chip Gaines’ Magnolia Market. The potter had created a set of mugs with the Magnolia logo for the Gaines, hosts of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” home remodeling show, to use for their gift baskets.

When the Gaines decided to expand their Magnolia Market, Joanna came calling to ask Martin to provide mugs and pots for her store. He agreed, but the scale of that order — about 600 pieces a month — pushed Martin more fully into the commercial end of his art and out of teaching.

He’s had to hire an assistant and put a call in to Baylor’s art department for clay students wanting hands-on experience.

Then Art Center of Waco board members came calling late last summer with an offer: They wanted a local working ceramacist to dust off the center’s sporadically used clay studio in its basement and set up shop. The center’s facility includes five electric throwing wheels, two large kilns, work tables and storage space for glazes, ingredients and drying pieces.

The position and move also would allow Martin to cut down on time spent away from his Woodway home, where he and his wife, Sara, are raising three children ages 7, 5 and nearly 3 years. He said yes.

As artist-in-residence, Martin will give lessons in clay work and ceramics for the Art Center of Waco — current instructor Kay King will continue her classes as well — and help with the center’s educational program. The center also will receive a percentage of his objects sold in its gift shop and he and his students may produce an upcoming exhibit.

“It’s great to have Jonathan to promote art locally and as a business,” said Meg Gilbert, the center’s operations manager. Not only does Martin have connections with an emerging downtown scene — the center would like to move there sometime in the near future — but he brings with him students who want to learn the craft of art, she added. For a center that has arts education as a core part of its mission, arts mentoring is something worth encouraging, she said.

With the holidays behind him, Martin and his workers have begun the work of cleaning up the center’s basement area to make it more operational. He wants to show aspiring clay students and artists what a functioning studio looks like as opposed to a space only used for periodic lessons and storage.

“It needs some dusting off and some TLC (tender loving care),” he said.

Brazos Valley Art League 2015 Judged Show

Bonnie Chapa Art Chosen for the Brazos Valley Art League 2015 Judged Show

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Make plans, you don’t want to miss it!
I entered some of my art for the 2015 Judged Show for the Brazos Valley Art League. 88 total pieces were chosen by the jury and 4 out of my 5 entries will be included at the Opening Reception and awards presentation that will happen on Thursday, January 8th, 6:00-7:30pm at the Arts Center located at 2275 Dartmouth Street in College Station. Hope to see you there! Please take a moment to see a preview of the juried entries by category at the link. Amazing work! It is an honor to be included. Thank you BVAL and congratulations to all.
http://bvartleague.org/2015show1.htm

Brazos Valley Art League 2015 Judged Show

Brazos Valley Art League 2015 Judged Show

My Giving Tree cup of art with cup in graphic

“A Cup Of Art” Art Show Featuring Bonnie Feaster Chapa Art

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Please come and join us! Lots of art, fun and coffee – 3 things I don’t think I could possibly live without!
My Giving Tree Gift Shop & Gallery and Arusha Coffee will be hosting a solo show featuring me!!! 🙂 Ridin On The Right Side – Texas Artist Bonnie Feaster Chapa for A Cup Of Art.
There will also be a raffle for one of my pieces of art! Give as a Christmas gift or keep for yourself. $10/ticket for a chance to win a Ridin On The Right Side – Texas Artist Bonnie Feaster Chapa giclee 18 x 24 Limited Edition of your choice! ($100 value)
A portion of the proceeds from this Raffle will go to benefit Aware Central Texas located in Belton. The mission of AWARE is prevention of child abuse, neglect, and family violence.
You can buy tickets at My Giving Tree or buy raffle tickets online at: http://goo.gl/4oHKPi

Please share, invite your friends, come do some shopping and Discover Downtown Belton.
I hope to see you there!
My Giving Tree cup of art with cup in graphic

Salado Stroll 2014

Meet The Artist Event With Bonnie Feaster Chapa at The Mix On Main in Salado, Texas

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See you there THE MIX on Main tonight! It’s going to be so much fun!
#SaladoStroll #Salado #Texas #Christmas #VillageOfSalado
Ho, Ho, Ho! #SaladoStroll tonight! Come by and see us at THE MIX on Main. We would love to see you. Let’s share some of that #ChristmasCheer all throughout the #VillageOfSalado!
#SantaClausIsComingToTown

Salado Stroll 2014

Salado Stroll 2014

Bonnie Chapa Art Light Space and Time Open Art Competition 2014

Bonnie Chapa Art Receives Special Recognition in Light Space and Time Gallery’s Open Art Exhibition in Photography Category

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This was kinda cool to wake up to!
I decided that in 2015, in order to better understand my art for myself that I would enter some competitions, something that scares the hell out of me, but – #1, do what scares you and #2, the opportunity for me to learn & assess how my work compares to my peers is valuable.
Recently, and purely coincidental to my goal, I was invited to enter a juried show at the Brazos Valley Art League in College Station. I will find out if I am even accepted into their Jan 2015 show, later this month. But, until then, I see this competition all the time at Light Space and Time below at the link. They are pretty darn reputable. I have been watching them for about 2 years now. So, true to my usual self, 2015 isn’t even here yet and I couldn’t wait, so I entered 2 competitions. Call me crazy.
This morning I checked my email for the Light Space and Time Gallery entries to be announced today, NEVER ever expecting to see what I saw. 630 entries, 19 countries, 38 states – and 2 out of my 5 entries got Special Recognition, back to back in 14th and 15th place. “Cracked Beauty” and “I’m A Huge Fan”.
What you say? Yes! I had to look at it several times to believe it! I stuck my neck out and I’m pretty happy with the results for a first timer.
http://www.lightspacetime.com/open-art-exhibition-photography-category/

Bonnie Chapa Art Light Space and Time Open Art Competition 2014

Bonnie Chapa Art Light Space and Time Open Art Competition 2014

 

Bonnie Chapa Art Handmade Rustic

Bonnie Chapa Art now at Handmade Rustic in Crosbyton, Texas

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Awesome news! Ridin On The Right Side – Texas Artist Bonnie Feaster Chapa Art is going places it has never been before! Getting prints ready to ship to Handmade Rustic in Crosbyton, Tx, about 30 minutes East of Lubbock. When Mick, the owner contacted me about carrying my art in his shop and I read his “About” page on his website and it said, “We specifically look for items that tell a story, portray a feeling or give a sense of meaning or history…”…. I knew right then, it was heartfelt and with purpose why they do what they do. Not to mention like minds and all that Mick and Lupe, both educators and entrepreneurial craftsmen understanding artistic purpose as their passion are living the dream and finding their path. And their path crossed mine. How cool is that? Thank you Mick and Lupe! Check out their page, website, like and share. You don’t want to miss the rest of this story in the making!
Their website:  http://handmaderustic.com/

Bonnie Chapa Art Handmade Rustic

Bonnie Chapa Art Handmade Rustic

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"River Terrace © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Bonnie Chapa Art Wins Texas Hill Country Magazine Cover Contest

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Bonnie recently won TexasHillCountry.com‘s Magazine Cover Contest for the 2014 2nd Print and Online Issue with her artwork “River Terrace“.  Her “Gruene Hall Buick 56 Special” was also chosen as one of the top 11 images to be included on a double page spread inside the magazine.  Click the Cover below to see the full online version of the Texas Hill Country Magazine available at most NE Hill Country Chambers of Commerce, Convention and Visitor Bureaus and many other businesses. It will also be delivered to many others in the Hill Country over the next weeks.