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"Surface Tension" © Bonnie Chapa

Bonnie Chapa Art Accepted into the LSU Animals in Art International Exhibition

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My photograph, “Surface Tension” was chosen for the Twenty-Sixth International Exhibition on Animals in Art being held LSU.  Artists from Canada, Israel and 38 different states submitted a total of 381 works.  75 pieces were chosen.  “Surface Tension” I am happy to say, is one of the chosen few!!!!  The scary thrill of standing there about 6 feet away from this beast with nothing between he and I, sweat in my eyes and shaking terribly, paid off!  It’s a photo opportunity I will never forget.

Animals in Art International Exhibition

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Animals in Art International Exhibition
Veterinary Medicine Library, School of Veterinary Medicine
March 19–April 18, 2016
Opening reception and awards presentation: March 19, 2016

Animals in Art International Exhibition is a longstanding international art exhibit in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine celebrating animals and their wonder. The exhibition focuses on traditional media featuring images of all types of animals.

Jonathan Mayers is juror and judge of the 2016 exhibition. Mayers is a Louisiana artist and Baton Rouge native who received a BFA in Studio Art from LSU and an MFA from the University of New Orleans. He is a founding member of TEN Gallery + Collective in New Orleans and has exhibited works in Propect.3+, Surreal Salon, and Notes from the Artistic Underground. His work is included in the LSU Student Union Art Gallery Permanent Collection and the art collection of Universite Sainte-Anne in Church Point, Nova Scotia.

Read more at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine website.


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Urban Havana © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Bonnie Feaster Chapa’s Photography Accepted for the Little Boxes Exhibit at the Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, Texas

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Bonnie Feaster Chapa’s Photography Accepted for the Little Boxes Exhibit at the Georgetown Art Center

I went outside of my comfort zone on this one.  Typically, my art is created from photographs I have taken that, as I call it, “put the funk to it”.  I saw this call for art at the Georgetown Art Center which I have had the opportunity to exhibit at before for the Road Trippin Exhibit, and I loved the theme of Little Boxes and the idea behind it to create art inspired by the song “Little Boxes” by Malvina Reynolds.

“Little Boxes” is a protest song composed by Malvina Reynolds in 1962; it became a hit for her friend Pete Seeger in 1963. The song is a political satire about the development of suburbia and conformist middle-class attitudes.  You may know it from the TV series “Weeds” where the song was covered by numerous different artists on the show, including Regina Spektor, Death Cab For Cutie, and Linkin Park.

I was so excited to hear two of my photographs, without the funk :), were accepted for the exhibit that will include artwork by other various Texas artists featured including NJ Weaver, Catherine Small, and Sang-Mi Yoo.

One of my photographs accepted are “Once Upon A Time” which for me, represents what used to be a happy home, an imagined charmed, farmy cottage life and it is an abandoned shell with exception to the leaves off the trees and the family dining table left as it was.  Like the family just stood up from the table and left with no forwarding address.  My style has lots of color.  This being black and white is pretty rare for me, but an empty house has no “color”.  I came upon this house in Salado, Texas unexpectedly and the moment I saw this, I felt like I could not touch a thing there because it was sacred.  So, I captured this image and was left with the feeling that assumed ideals are not always as they appear.

Once Upon A Time © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Once Upon A Time © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

“Urban Havana” is the second of my two photographs accepted.  Just as the name suggests, urban with all the glass and metal of a chic shiny skyscraper, but the colors reflected made me think of Little Havana; a tight knit, colorful cultural overload community in Miami.  But….. this picture was taken in Vegas….so, again, all the little boxes and the name may hint at one thing, but the imagined is another.  As the lyrics to the song imply, we can all try to conform to those middle class ideals and all look, act and be the same, but under the surface, we are all just real people, with real lives, with real stories that make us unique in our own ways and I think my photographs reflect that.  It’s ok to go outside of that ticky-tacky box and be different.


This is an open exhibit and the opening reception will be January 30th, from 7-9PM.  The exhibit will be up until February 28th.  Hope to see you there!


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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”


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.

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