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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.
In The Abstract Exhibit Coming up - Reception August 7, Includes Yard Art Sale
Nearly every artist has painted an abstract of some type - sometimes by happy accident! Abstract Expressionism was an art movement that originated in Paris after World War II. This was the first totally American movement and it put New York "on the map" in the western art world. Abstracts can be "objective" (where the subject can be seen but is distorted in someway) and "non-objective" (where there may be no discernible subject). Either way, they can be filled with light, color and imagination.
The Creative Arts Center will be accepting art for "In the Abstract" - an exhibition of abstract art including all media - from Wednesday, July 29 through Wednesday, August 5. There will be a reception on Friday, August 7 from 5 to 7 PM. During the reception and for the month of August, there will be a sale of yard art - repurposed and new. Come see the interesting pieces and snag a couple for your patio, deck or yard. Many of the pieces will be donated, so the Creative Arts Center will receive 100% of those proceeds.
The public is invited and there is no charge. Members may enter the exhibit for free and anyone who is not a member may enter for $25 (for 3 pieces total, not per piece). Artists may enter up to three works of art and at least two of them must be for sale. Gallery commission is 20%.
Great Gifts Galore!! New Items in the Gift Shop
Lip Balm Bath Scrub and great new jewelry have all been added to the gift shop in the last two weeks. Volt Soap has brought us their line of lip balms and salt and sugar scrubs. Dogwood Springs has new Byzantine, Viking weave and Channel weave fine necklaces and bracelets, including some heavy gauge graduated Byzantine neckware that could be for the man in your life. Macon Beads has sent us a whole new box of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, eyeglass holders and sets. We now have a bowl of earrings priced below $10! Most earrings are under $12 and all colors are represented. Come visit the gift shop - we're more than just an art gallery!
August Jam Night
Join us for Jam Night on August 19 at 6:30 PM. Come to play, sing or just listen - everyone is welcome and it's free!
Trifecta is a Winning Exhibit
With numerous pieces of art sold and a great crowd at the reception, the Trifecta Exhibit has proved to be a winner. Donna West, Chris Cravens and Katherine Kluger are to be congratulated and thanked for their teaching skills and their talent. During the reception, Donna's painting "No Fences" (shown in the photo) was the People's Choice winner with 38 votes! The 50-50 pot netted over $150 for the Creative Arts Center and the holder of the winning ticket Mavis Duncan. The exhibit will remain in the gallery until Wednesday, August 5 so there's still time to view the art and purchase the piece that moves you. Remember - if you see something and wish to make an offer, we will notify the artist and perhaps a deal can still be struck!
Classes of All Kinds Available - Adult Art Parties, too!
Would you like to learn to draw, paint, knit or make junk sculpture? Do you have a group of friends that would like to have an art party together - drink some wine, make a project and have an evening or afternoon of fun? Does your child have a birthday coming up and you need a great party? We have the answer to all of those questions with our many activities here at the Creative Arts Center.
Katherine Kluger teaches children's Art in the Afternoon on Wednesday afternoon at 4 PM and she teaches Adult Drawing on Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30 PM. There is a Watercolor Class on Saturday for adults. There are Knitting Classes on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Art on the Town (our Adult Art Parties) are coming back this fall where friends can gather to wind down after work and create - we furnish all supplies; you furnish your wine, cheese and snacks.
Our Kids Birthday Parties are a way to have something special for your child's birthday. A two-hour party gives the kids one hour to produce an art project and the other hour for you to open presents, eat cake and play.
Workshops are also part of the fun here and are scheduled throughout the year. Have an idea for a class? Give us a call! And sign up to create - because it's never too late!
"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.
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
Art Is will meet again Monday, July 20 at 5 PM and there will be a model. Come join the group to sketch and paint. Everyone is welcome and you do not have to be a member to participate. There is no charge.
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
July 3-26 Trifecta Exhibit - Reception July 10th - 5-7 p.m.
24-25 – Quilt Hop Tour
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