Welcome to the Internet Home of the Creative Arts Center in Bonham, Texas
Please navigate at your leisure. We are constantly updating our information, so visit often, and, if you have any questions, please call us at 903-640-2196. Better still, come by and see us at 200 W. 5th St. We want more strangers to become friends!
Many Thanks to Our Media Supporters
The Creative Arts Center wants to thank our media partners who helped us so much in 2014. We are especially grateful to KFYN, The Fannin County Leader, North Texas E-News and Digity Media North for their assistance throughout last year.
Sun and Fun at the Red River Art Fest - Many People to Thank
Crystal clear skies graced Saturday, April 18 for the second annual Red River Art Fest. This year's addition of wine tasting and all-day music brought even more guests to Bonham for the festival. The myriad of children's activities, the terrific shopping, silent auction, 6 By 6 Art Project, the Spirit of Texas Exhibit and a wide variety of music throughout the day made this year's festival even better than last year, and a bigger crowd stopped in to enjoy the festivities. The Creative Arts Center wants to thank their sponsors in particular: City of Bonham, Legend Bank, Mike & Sue Smith, Bob and Kay Carrel, Digity Media, American Bank, Fannin Bank, the Fannin County Leader, Brookshire's, Jamie Slack, Clayton Homes, Bonham Chrysler, Cole Title, Fannin Federal Credit Union, Texcel Exploration, Kwik Chek, JoEllen Clardy, Paula Galyon and Homestead Winery. We also want to thank the musicians who gave of their time: Linda Petty, Chris Cravens, Zane Smith, the Bonham Big Band Express, First Presbyterian Church Praise Team, and the Bonham Community Band. Many thanks are owed the donors to our silent auction and the 6 By 6 Art Project as well. To date, about 100 of the small works of art have sold. There are still many to choose from, so stop by and find your 6 by 6 to take home today! And our vendors who turned out again to sell their wares are also an important part of this event! Special thank-yous go out to our Media partners who helped promote the event: Digity Media, the Fannin County Leader, North Texas E-News and KFYN. And the Bonham High School War Dancers for their promotional dance on the Friday before the festival! Finally, the Art Fest Committee deserves a round of applause for organizing this year's festival: Chris Cravens, Jamie Slack, Mary Karl, Dyan Dietz, Jane Gehalo, Mavis Duncan, Jo Ellen Clardy, and Sam Lumpkins.
"Ode to Joy" Memory Journals - yours with a $100 donation
This beautiful book is your gift to keep in exchange for a $100 donation to the Creative Arts Center. Blue Ridge artist Carroll Burgoon, whose patrons include Chairmen and CEOs, business founders, heiresses and professional sports figures, has produced over 750 paintings and has donated many prints, limited editions and originals to charities all over the world. This memory journal contains plenty of room for your thoughts and color plates of Burgoon's timeless work. The book honors those in uniform, veterans and their loved ones and contains a forward by General Tommy Franks.
This time of year, many of our memberships are due. Please don't forget to renew your dues for 2015, because our memberships help sustain our children's classes, activities, programs and events. If you know a business who supports the arts, please send them our way! They get promoted through our website, our signage at the arts center and through our media contacts. Membership dues are now as follows: Individual - $60. Artist - $85. Family - $125. Business - $150. These are the basic dues categories. We also offer Silver, Gold, Diamond and Platinum Levels. Please call the arts center for more information. It takes a village to raise a child and our children's programs make a wonderful difference in the lives of many children. Join the Creative Arts Center today!! Thanks! >>more
Our Classes Touch the Lives of Many Children
Since 2002, the Creative Arts Center has touched the lives of children all over the region. Our art classes began almost immediately after opening and included all ages and backgrounds. Many of our drama students participated from the first classes in theater that began nearly 7 years ago. We have watched our students learn and grow and move on to become vibrant participants in our community. We thought you might be interested in some numbers. We estimate that with the number of students enrolled each month in classes and camps (art for 11-12 years and theater for 7) that over the years, we have directly touched the lives of approximately 2000 kids. Though many of those are "repeat customers," it is a fairly accurate estimate if each student's family and friends are also taken into account. Family members watch a class, watch rehearsals - they, too are participants. If we count the many children who have come to enjoy our kids' plays, exhibits, contests and variety shows, then add the children who have seen our kids dance, talked to our students about Kidz Krew or art, taken a flyer from our booth at the Fannin County Fair or waved at us and talked to us during the many parades and festivals we've participated in, then it is likely that the Creative Arts Center has touched the lives of at least 10,000-15,000 children over the years. Other than our schools, few local entities can make that claim. We are committed to enriching the lives of everyone in our community, and, by focusing on our children, we help ensure that enrichment through art, music, theater and dance will continue. Our scholarship program enables children to participate who might not otherwise be able to. But without financial support from the community, we are "swimming upstream." Your donations help us to maintain and grow our programs. Your membership dollars and sponsorships make a difference in the lives of our children and the quality of life in our community. DONATE TODAY!
Brookshire Grocery Company awards Grant to the Arts Center
Once again, Brookshire's has shown its commitment to community involvement and has awarded a $1000.00 grant to the Creative Arts Center to assist with the Kidz Krew Performing Arts Program. Many thanks to Kenny Moore at our local Brookshire's and Brookshire Grocery Company for their support!
Sign Up Now for Adult Drawing
A minimum of 4 students is required for us to host the Adult Drawing Class so sign up today to get the class going in 2015. It's only $65 per month and is taught by Katherine Kluger. Katherine has taught at the college level and is experienced in a wide variety of media. Her drawing class has been well-received by both male and female students - beginners and more experienced artists, too.
NEW in the Gift Shop
Delectable, edible goodies from Sweet Dreams of Texas are here! If you love peanut butter, you'll love Crackers for Peanuts. New pottery by Connie Bodensteiner is also a must for your Christmas list. In addition, we have beautiful VOLT Soaps, in a variety of fragrances. Each soap is a work of art. Five scents available, including Dragon's Blood. Beautiful ceramic mugs for hot cocoa by Llwanda Golden, cards for every occasion by Jamie Slack, ornaments for the holiday or any season by gourd artist Anne Harris - you name it. Our artists pull out all the stops. Connelle Peace has brought in some beautiful bowls and a whimsical teapot and Carolyn Cook Fauble's artistic cannisters make a great set for kitchen, bath or anywhere in your home. Come check out all the fabulous treasures at the Creative Arts Center gift shop - jewelry, gifts for the home, wearable art and more! >>more
Knitting is a a fun and easy skill to learn. Once students get the hang of it, there are many scarves, shawls, gloves, hats and other items that can be made relatively easily and cheaply. Once mastered, knitting can be done riding in the car, watching television or in a waiting room. Valerie Pollock is a patient and experienced teacher who has been knitting and teaching people to knit for many years. If you'd like to learn to knit, start today! You can make your friends their Christmas presents. Knitting class is on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5. Come join the fun!
Jam Night is Wednesday Wednesday, May 20
Jam Night is Wednesday, May 20. At 6:30 PM, come join in the fun. Whether you play or just want to listen, you are welcome at Jam Night. Free to everyone. We'll put the coffee on.
ART Is... Continues Monday, April 20 from 5 to 7 PM. May's dates are: Monday the 4th and Monday the 18th. Come join the group - everyone who wants to sketch or paint is welcome. It's free and no experience is necessary. This group encourages each other to hone their skills while learning at the same time. ART Is...is facilitated by Marilyn Todd Daniels.
2015 EXHIBIT SCHEDULE - ARTISTS:
Every exhibit needs sponsors in order to hold a reception. If you can help sponsor an exhibit, please notify us ASAP. Keep an eye on the schedule in case changes are made.
3 through May 31 - The Spirit of Texas
17 April – Reception and kickoff for Red River Art/Wine/Music Fest
18 April – Red River Art Fest
The Spirit of Texas continues
5-27 - Photo & Glass Exhibit; Reception June 5
3-25 Drawing/Illustrating/Calligraphy Exhibit; Reception July 3
2425 – Quilts?
7-29 In the Abstract Exhibit; reception Aug. 7
4 September – Judging/Reception Annual Art Show & Contest
16 through Thanksgiving - Skyscapes Exhibit (all things in the air – sunrise/set, birds, planes etc)
4 –24 Art Is Study Group Exhibit Front Gallery