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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!


Bob & Kay Carrel - Mike & Sue Smith - Brookshire's Grocery Co.

Gary & Sandra Fernandes - Dr. Dana & Kay Sisk

Roy & Loretha Riales - Legend Bank - KFYN

Paducah Quilts come to the CAC in July

Each year, the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY sponsors the Pilgrim/Roy Invitational Challenge. Quiltmakers of all experience levels are selected to participate and use fabrics donated by sponsors plus one fabric of their choice to create an original quilt. Eight quiltmakers who were chosen to participate now have their quilts touring the country. This touring show will be at the Creative Arts Center from July 22 through the 26th. Visitors to Bonham during the Quilt Hop Tour July 25 and 26 will have the opportunity to see these colorful and unique quilts. This year's quiltmakers include one Texan from Flower Mound - Barbara Oliver Hartman. The other artists are Charlotte Angotti of Conway, SC; Karen Boutte of Benicia, CA; Cindy Brick of Castle Rock, CO; Chris Brown of Castle Pines, CO; Debbie Caffrey of Albuquerque, NM; Beth Ferrier of Saginaw, MI and Katie Pasquini Masopust of Sante Fe, NM. Gerald Roy of the Pilgrim/Roy archive provided the vintage fabrics used in this year's Challenge. The quilts travel for one year after the contest and following their tour, they are auctioned at the National Quilt Museum Benefit Auction. The National Quilt Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity and is located in Paducah, KY. Through programs and exhibits, the Museum's mission is to educate the public about quilts and quiltmaking. For more information about the National Quilt Museum and the annual Pilgrim/Roy Invitational Challenge, visit

Call for Art! Anime, SciFi & Fantasy Art Exhibit

August. Arts Center. Anime. If it's August, it's time for Anime, Sci-Fi and Fantasy art. If you work in any of the three themes of this exhibit, we would love to have you enter our non-juried show. Students may enter for free (college and university students must show student photo ID). This is the only open show we allow youth to enter. We will accept art from Wednesday, July 23 through Wednesday, July 30. Please read the Rules and Regs here and obtain Entry Forms. Last year's exhibit was one of our most exciting and brought in many new faces. We hope 2014 will be no exception. For information, call the center at 903-640-2196.

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One-stroke Painting - Instant Success

The first of our workshops was a huge success, with participants learning how to paint in just 3 hours. Technique is the trick - how to load the paint on the brush, how to hold the brush and the movement to use - all contribute to the ability to suddenly paint recognizable shapes and forms. Perhaps it could be said it's the left side of the brain teaching the right! The photos show how creative each student was. Whether it was a painting of a flower or a study in technique, each student came away with beautiful art. The next workshop is Tuesday, July 29 where Valerie will teach leather craft. Advance registration is required - we must have 5 students to have the class. On Tuesday, August 5, the workshop will feature Native American crafts and the final workshop is August 8 on photography, taught by Donna West. All workshops are from 9 to noon and cost $25.

Adult Artist Workshop with Portrait Artist Gregory Conlin

On Saturday, August 30, the Creative Arts Center will present a workshop with well-known portrait artist Gregory Conlin of Denton. "The Principles of Free Hand Drawing - A Methodical Approach to Proportion, Tone and Composition, As Applied to the Portrait and Still Life" will be in black and white with graphite, charcoal and/or pastel. The cost of the workshop is $65 and a supply list is available upon request. Advance registration is required with payment. Gregory Conlin has been teaching art since 1983 and has found his methods often produce immediate results. Recommended by CAC member and renowned portrait artist in her own right Mary Beth Gibson, Gregory believes one of the most important aspects in success is the desire to learn and "the creative use of technique....ability can be required even at a later age, with the right information and a modicum of determination and perseverance." You can visit his Facebook page (search Artist Gregory Conlin) to read more about him, his career highlights and his gallery exhibitions. Though he has drawn and painted all his life, he specializes in portraits and is often requested as a sketch artist in the courtroom and at special events. For more information, call the Creative Arts Center at 903-640-2196

Fiber and Fabric - A Beautiful Show

The current exhibit brings stark beauty to the arts center and beautiful artwork is represented. Wood, paper, macrame, weaving, crochet work and gourds are all on display, presented in wonderful, unique ways. This exhibit frames the presentation of quilts from the National Quilt Museum, due here next week for the annual Quilt Hop Tour. If you haven't been in to see the show, please plan on visiting next week to see why comments have been overwhelmingly positive about the show.

Anime Camp and Workshops - more Summer Fun!

August brings the Anime, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Art Exhibit and in keeping with the theme, the arts center will again offer an Anime Camp, taught by well known illustrator Brian Brinlee. This camp is for ages 12 and up (including adults) and is scheduled for Tuesday through Friday, the 12th through the 15th of August from 11 to 3 PM.

The Creative Arts Center has more fun in store this summer. In addition to Summer Camp July 14-18, they will be offering three art workshops on Thursday, July 24, Tuesday July 29 and Tuesday August 5 and a photography workshop on August 8. Each workshop will be from 9 to noon, for children ages 6 and up and cost $25 per child.

On July 24, One Stroke Painting will show students how to paint in the simplest way possible - one brushstroke at a time, making the most of each stroke and showing the subject of the painting as simply as possible.

July 29, Leather Crafts will have each student making at least two items to wear and take home. On August 5, Native American Crafts is the theme and one of the items crafted during the session will be a dreamcatcher.

The August 8 photography workshop will introduce kids to basics of photography and each child will take home an 8" x 10" print. Parents may sign up their children now for either Summer Camp or a workshop at the Creative Arts Center located at 200 W. 5th Street in Bonham. A minimum of 5 children must sign up for each workshop. For more information, call 903-640-2196.

NEW in the Gift Shop

There are many new items in the Gift Shop and new artists as well. Whether it's a book to read (Kay Sisk), patriotic jewelry for the 4th of July (Sweet Dreams of Texas), unique glass items for your home (Dream Art Glass, Southern Lights, Reflections Stained Glass & Outdoor Art by Kim) or to wear (Dream Art Glass), jewelry for a night on the town (PK Designer Jewelry,Daisy Chains & Betty Capps Designs) or other original art to use or view (Anne Harris Gourd Artist), we've got the one of the finest selection of hand made gifts in the North Texas Corridor. Stop by and shop! >>more

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The remainder of the 2014 Lecture Series schedule is thus:

August 28 - Freda Riley - lecture and demonstration on Spinning and Weaving
October 9 - PK Kirkpatrick and Doug Franklin - Fossils in Fannin County
December 11 - TBA
We hope you will support the series. Bring your friends.

2014 Exhibit Schedule

The remainder of the year is as follows with opening reception dates noted. Each exhibit is noted as open or closed. All media are welcome pertinent to the theme.

June 13 - Red River Photo Club & Glass Exhibit
(glass work and photography only)

July 2 to 27 - Fiber and Fabric - Including quilts from the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.
The Pilgrim/Roy Invitational Challenge Quilts
will be in the gallery from July 22-27. This is a MUST SEE for quilt enthusiasts. The exhibit also includes works of wood, textiles and other fibers and runs through July 27. No reception in the gallery this month. A reception for the Quilt Hop visitors will be held at the Sam Rayburn Library Museum on Friday, July 25 in the evening. August 1 - Anime, Sci-If & Fantasy Exhibit (open exhibit/all media to pertinent work only) September 5 - Annual Art Show & Contest (open judged exhibit with prizes)
October 3 - tentative - Dia de Los Muertos (open exhibit/all media to pertinent work only) November 7 - Man & Machine, including a Tribute to Our Veterans (open, all media)
December - Art Is Group (closed) and Colors of the Season: Red & Silver (open)

ART Is... Will be taking July off, but will meet again August 4 and 18th. Come join us to paint, sketch and learn about art!

Jack Bonds Speaks at the Arts Center

Jack Bonds is a fascinating speaker because he is entertaining as well as educational in the information he imparts. His recent lecture about his trip to Papua, New Guinea was no exception. The artifacts he brought to show were interesting and fun and as he described each one and it's uses, the crowd felt the excitement of these discoveries. Perhaps the most amazing item was the crocodile, used in a ceremonial dance. The woven crocodile with cowry shells for eyes is life size and the lower jaw bounces as the dancer moves holding the piece over his head. This creates an effect both ominous and humorous. After the talk, there were numerous questions. This was the mostly highly attended lecture to date.

In August, Freda Riley returns to speak about Weaving and Spinning and will hopefully bring her rabbit Pearl with her to demonstrate. Freda grows colored cotton which she spins into yard and is a fascinating story teller in her own right. The date is August 28, 7 PM.


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

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