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A photograph of Chavela (VelaRae) Bell's artwork. The art of Chuck Close has been kind of model for Bell, particularly the way he uses many colors to make a face while still showing fine detail and personality in his work.

A photograph of Chavela (VelaRae) Bell's artwork. The art of Chuck Close has been kind of model for Bell, particularly the way he uses many colors to make a face while still showing fine detail and personality in his work.

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Young artist paints her way to college

When Chavela Bell (also known as VelaRae) isn’t painting, she is active at her Bay Ridge Christian Church where she teaches Sunday School, singing and leading youth group programs.