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Creative Arts Center
200 West Fifth Street
Bonham, Texas 75418

Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 am until 5:00 pm
9:00 am until 1:00 pm

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Creative Arts Center
200 West Fifth Street
Bonham, Texas 75418

Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 am until 5:00 pm
9:00 am until 1:00 pm




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.


Bob & Kay Carrel - Mike & Sue Smith - Bob & Kathy Self

The City of Bonham - Kelso Technologies - Legend Bank - KFYN

Brookshire's Grocery Co. - Gary & Sandra Fernandes - Juanita Barnett
Dr. Dana & Kay Sisk - Jamie Slack - Roy & Loretha Riales - BEDCO


Music in the Garden - Pop, Calypso and Jazz

    Music in the Garden of the Creative Arts Center has become an annual spring event for our community. Combine great music, a beautiful outdoor setting, spring weather and a picnic supper and the result is success every time. This year's lineup for the MIG series begins at 7 PM, Thursday, May 14 with local entertainer Greg Glaser. Greg's talent on the guitar and varied repertoire should make for a delightful evening under the stars.
    The following week on May 21, Watusi returns to wow crowds with calypso, island and African music and some reggae. Led by Bonham grad Jimi (Towry) "Watusi," the band's 2013 visit drew big crowds and many old friends. Watusi will perform at 7 for at least two hours.
    The annual Charlie Christian Tribute winds up the series on May 28 at 7 PM. Jazz guitarist Phil Cristino is a Christian aficionado who not only emulates Christian's amazing classic style but who is an extremely gifted guitarist in his own right. Jim Toutz, local jazz pianist, will also play that evening. Jim and his combo played last year and we are thrilled to have him return for 2015.
    Admission prices are between $2-$5 - a fantastic bargain for a great evening of music. Gate opens each night of the series at 6 - bring a picnic and relax; the music starts at 7 PM. Our sponsors include United Country Properties, Farm 'n Home Casualty Insurance, Homestead Winery,Frontier Properties, and Randy Bowen - Edward Jones Investments.

Rain or Shine - we can move indoors

Annual Photo & Glass Show in June includes Fund Raising Dinner


If it's June, it must be time for the annual Photo and Glass Exhibit at the arts center.  This show is open to all photographers and artists who work in any type of glass.  Members of the Red River Photo Club and the Creative Arts Center may enter at no charge, but anyone in the community can enter. Non-members pay $25 for up to 3 works of art (not per piece).

Rules and Regulations are here, so please read them carefully. Photographs must be wired and ready for hanging and a minimum finished size (including frame) of 11" x 14". Entry forms are here. Use one label for each piece entered and fill in the corresponding one on the bottom as well. Cut off the bottom one(s) to tape onto the back of the work for identification and our labeling purposes.

There will be a fundraising "Round-The-World Dinner" on Friday, June 5 at 5 PM to usher in the opening of the exhibit. The dinner will consist of at least ten cooks who bring international dishes and the recipes. Each guest can "sample" each dish for a wide variety of food. Desserts will be included. Bring your own beverage. Recipes can be taken home and a book to do so will be provided.

At 6 PM, there will be a reading of the hilarious Ken Ludwig play BE MY BABY, which debuted at the Alley Theater in Houston and starred Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook. Prissy Maud Kinch who is "of a certain age" and elderly Scotsman John Campbell are brought together when their respective wards marry. They cannot stand one another's company which complicates things when they ultimately voyage to America together to bring a baby the young couple plans to adopt back to Scotland. There are many scenes and funny quips. Donna West, Norman Young, Lisa Avila, Gary Sisson, and Amanda and Michael Evans make up the cast.

Tickets for the evening are $12 per person for dinner and the show. With Art, Comedy and Food, you can't go wrong! Tickets are on sale now and space will be limited. Come by the arts center and be sure you're included in this terrific evening. You'll have fun and help the arts center with Summer Programs at the same time.

Illustrated Journaling Workshop June 6

    The Creative Arts Center will be offering a workshop on Illustrated Journaling with Jamie Slack on Saturday, June 6.  The workshop runs from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and a lunch break is scheduled. Jamie Slack is an Artist Member of the Creative Arts Center and a retired architect. Her book NOW HERE'S A THOUGHT is a light-hearted look at life and on sale in the CAC gift shop. This workshop focuses on bringing thoughts to life with illustrations. Keeping a diary (aka "journaling") can be thought-provoking, therapeutic and fun. With illustrations, the benefits are endless.
    The workshop is $45.00 per person and reservations are required with payment. Come by the arts center at 200 W. 5th in Bonham and sign up today.
    A Watercolor Painting Course will begin July 11 and run for four Saturdays. This course is taught by renowned local artist Chris Cravens. This four-week course focuses on learning technique and getting started with watercolor painting.  Chris works in many media but is an accomplished watercolorist and the Creative Arts Center is thrilled he is bringing his wealth of knowledge and teaching this course. The course is $100 per person or $35 per class. Reservations are required with payment. For more information on the CAC and its classes and programs call 903-640-2196.

Next Lecture June 11 7:00 pm

Tatiana Baeva will be the next speaker in our Lecture Series. Tatiana is a doll-maker from Moscow who re-located to Fannin County a year ago. Her exquisite dolls are extremely detailed and all are hand sculpted. She will be speaking about a particular style of Russian doll making that is monochromatic but highly imaginative. Tatiana's dolls can be seen on her website and on Facebook at Tatiana Baeve. They range in height from about 8" to almost 24". You might have seen her beautiful work at the recent Red River Art Fest. For more information about the lecture, call the arts center at 903-640-2196.


Lights! Action! Art!

Summer Camp at the Creative Arts Center is always a great experience for kids of all ages. Theater Camp teaches kids how to project, speak in front of a group, work as a team and think "outside the box." Art Camp allows children the freedom to express themselves in positive, creative ways without judgement. Children learn how to improve their artistic skills while having a good time.

This year, the CAC will again have Theater from 10:00 AM to Noon and Art from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Camp weeks are June 15-19 and July 13-17 (Monday through Friday). The cost of Theater is $60 as is the cost of Art. Both camps can be purchased for $100, saving $10 for the full day. Siblings get a discount of $10.

This year's instructor for both camps is Karen Tobias. Karen teaches at Sam Rayburn School and is the Drama teacher/coach. She is terrific with children and has taught camp here in the past.

Reservations are with payment and forms must be filled out. You can come by the arts center or download the forms here.

There will also be a Photography Workshop on Saturday, June 27 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This workshop will be taught by photographer Donna West and hopefully will include a field trip to Hagerman Refuge.  The whole family can participate in this one since the workshop is for adults and children. The cost is $45.

For more information, call the CAC at 903-640-2196.

james and the giant peach castJames and the Giant Peach - Another Smash Hit

The Kidz Krew Performing Arts Production of James and the Giant Peach was a terrific hit and the Creative Arts Center is super proud of Director Sandy Barber and the cast of crew for all of their hard work and the stellar job they did! We would also like to thank our sponsors:  Michael Evans, the Fortunes, American Tool & Die, Wise Funeral Home, Jessica Jones, Sandy Robertson, Realtor, Linda Hall, Eagle Screen Printing, Sandy Barber, Toby's Hair Care, Myles Porter and Fannin Pharmacy.

You might enjoy reading about the show on North Texas E-News, too.

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.





What IS an Artist Membership?

We are often asked what is involved in becoming an Artist Member of the Creative Arts Center. It's easy!
     Artist Membership costs $85 per calendar year (you owe dues a year from when you paid them no matter what month you started.). Most of our exhibits, except the Annual Art Show & Contest, are free to enter for members. For non-members, entry into our regular exhibits is $25 for up to 3 pieces, so if you plan to enter 3 or more shows, you save money by becoming a member.
     All prospective artists are juried. Once juried, the artist pays dues and is now able to show here as a member. Besides exhibits, when is your work displayed? Often, some rooms of the gallery are not utilized during a specific exhibit; in those spaces, we hang member art. During December, we invite members to bring in new work and we display it with no prescribed theme. Again, these are benefits to membership, as non-members are not afforded the same privileges.
     We request that out of 3 pieces entered in an exhibit at least 2 be for sale. We prefer that they are all for sale.Should your work sell, the gallery takes a 20% commission (from both members and non-members). Artists are paid at the conclusion of each month - not at the time of each sale. This policy applies to all artists - both those exhibiting and gift shop pieces.
     What do we do to help sell your art? Both the gift shop and non-exhibit displays are changed regularly. This helps catch the eye of potential buyers. Exhibits are hung in such a way as to bring focus to all the pieces. For instance, it does not make sense to hang an 8 x 10 photo in an 11 x 14 frame next to a 30 x 36 painting with a large frame. The smaller work gets "lost". Many pieces in an exhibit compliment one another and each of them looks better displayed together. We work very hard here to make sure your pieces get noticed.
     Our staff also assists visitors with questions about gallery and gift shop art. We point out items in the gift shop that go well together; we make suggestions about unique, artful and practical gifts. And if buyers are interested in a painting, we point out the benefits of original art as an investment. If a visitor wishes to make an offer other than the price on the label, we pass that on to the artist. The artist has the option of remaining firm with the price or accepting a lower offer. We never advise artists when it comes to pricing art. That is the sole responsibility of each artist.
     Since our inventory space is limited, we ask that pieces be picked up in a timely way at the conclusion of each exhibit. Also, it is more convenient for us if you can make an appointment to drop off or pick up your artwork.  We have limited staff and, with an appointment, we can accommodate both your schedule and ours more easily.
     So, we hope that answers some questions and gives you more reasons to become a CAC Artist Member. You will of course receive all the eblasts and invites we send out and be "in the know" about our activities.
     Join today!

Join-Volunteer-DonateMemberships - It Takes A Village

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 Classes

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 Brings New Faces

Jam Night is always an enjoyable evening at the Creative Arts Center and last night was no exception! New faces are always welcome and we had several new guests who were serenaded by autoharp and guitar. Folks sang along and a good time was had by all.

Next month in June, Jam Night will be June 17 @ 6:30 pm. Be there or be square. We'll put the coffee on! No admission or participation charges. 


ART Is...

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 facilitated by Marilyn Todd Daniels.


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

TBA Reception July 10
24-25 – 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)

Skyscapes Continues

4 –24 Art Is Study Group Exhibit Front Gallery


For more information, call Executive Director Lisa Avila at 903.640.2196.

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