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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


Sweets, Spirits & Sparkles is Around the Corner

Each year, the Creative Arts Center hosts a shopping extravaganza that includes gifts for everyone - Sweets, Spirits & Sparkles. A little bubbly, fabulous art and one-of-a-kind pieces for everyone on your Christmas list and voila! This is an opportunity to purchase artists' and artisans' unique work and there will be a wide variety as always: hand made and hand painted ornaments, wreaths, pottery, fused and stained glass, woodwork, jewelry, paintings, photography and more! The event is always the Wednesday after Thanksgiving and this year the date is Wednesday, December 2 from 3:00 - 7:00 PM. Bring a friend because we will be offering DOOR PRIZES throughout the afternoon/evening! Whether you want gifts, decorations or something for yourself - join us for SWEETS, SPIRITS & SPARKLES!!
Cash, credit cards and checks accepted.

ART Is Study Group's 2015 Exhibit and Reception

The ART Is study group, facilitated by Marilyn Todd Daniels, will be exhibiting again this December and their theme is "The Undiscovered Country". Throughout 2015, the group has experimented with new themes, new media and new ideas. Their artwork is always top notch and they include in their exhibition the studies and photographs that led to the finished pieces. This way, viewers see the process of producing art - from concept to finished work.

There will be a reception this year on Friday, December 4 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Join us in support of this great group and see some beautiful artwork. You may even find a painting for someone special on your Christmas list! The artists exhibiting are: Marilyn Todd Daniels, Chris Cravens, Barbara Gore, Gary Ferrier and Sonny Jefferson. There will be 3D work included in the exhibit.


Sam Houston visited Wednesday night, November 19, as our last speaker in the 2015 Lecture Series. He spoke about the legendary Texas icon Sam Houston and about his own new book - TEXAS CHILI FOR THE SOUL. The book includes stories that embody the heart and soul of the Texas spirit. Some of the stories may seem familiar and the characters included are like many of our own friends and acquaintances. Full of lessons and laughter, at times poignant, at times hilarious, the book makes a terrific stocking stuffer and the Creative Arts Center gets 40% of the sale price of $15.95. Come buy a stack of them for the Texans on your Christmas list.

Portraits Make a Wonderful Holiday Gift

    The gift of a portrait is most special, whether it is a photograph, pastel or drawing or a painting. These days there are many options but each result is a gift that will last a lifetime. Historically, portraits date back to antiquity and have nearly always been given and received as gifts. It is said some kings even used portraits to determine a future spouse. Portraits not only capture a person's appearance, seeking to accurately depict someone, but they also intend to capture the subject's unique and individual identity and humanity.
    There are many talented painters and photographers at the Creative Arts Center who will do portraitures, though not every artist does.  Some do not like the restrictions that portraits put on the creative process, but those artists that do portrait work can capture "just the right moment" to immortalize a family member or that special person in someone's life. There are also many artists who do portraits of pets. Again, this can be the most special gift someone might receive. Painted or drawn portraits can be done either during a "sitting" where the subject poses or a photograph can be taken and the artist can work from that, making it possible to complete the artwork without needing the subject to remain stationary.
    When seeking a portrait artist, the buyer needs to ask several questions. For example, price is important, but be sure to ask what is included in the price - consultation, sitting, a photograph of the subject to paint from,etc. Also, it is important to view some of the artist's other work to determine if their style is what you want.
    Artists work in all price ranges; just remember that a portrait is truly a one-of-a-kind purchase. For more information about artists available for creating that "perfect" gift this holiday, call the Creative Arts Center at 903-640-2196.

Creative Arts Center Offers Art Parties

Many people have been to art parties - parties where beverages and snacks are served or brought in and an art project is part of the fun. The Creative Arts Center hosts art parties for adults and will be reviving them in the coming months. These parties are great for holidays, Sunday School classes, birthdays, showers, team-building, family reunions or just for fun!  

Each "Art on the Town" art party experience will include an art project where all necessary supplies and an instructor are provided and the guests bring their own drink and snacks. They can be any evening during the week or a weekend afternoon.  Watch our website and Facebook for announcements about future Art on the Town parties or call the Creative Arts Center to schedule your holiday party today at 903-640-2196. We also offer children's art parties for $75. This includes an hour of an art project with an instructor and an hour to open presents and play games. The children's art parties are available during business hours only.

Skyscapes Exhibit

The Skyscapes Exhibit opened with delicious chili on the menu. Paula Brennecke, Carole Stubsten, Linda Hall, Donna West and Bob Self all brought chili to serve, each unique and delicious. The beautiful artwork proved the broad scope of the theme, since there were many entries. The entire gallery is full of art depicting unusual clouds, colorful sunsets, stormy weather, the moon, the sun, the stars, birds in flight and some fantastic vistas with vivid azure skies as a backdrop. If you did not attend the opening, you should come see the art during this exhibit's run through Thanksgiving.

Many thanks to our chefs and the Hospitality Committee for making this an event with great food and fellowship. And thank yous to our artists, who, once again, delivered with a terrific show!

Thank you to our guests, whose $154 in donations for food and People's Choice sponsored the exhibit. People's Choice winner was Lisa Avila with Panhandle Sunset.

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

New in the Gift Shop!!! Great Gifts Galore!!



We have more great artwork in our gift shop: hand-sculpted Baeva necklaces are back and holiday wreaths are here for Thanksgiving and early Christmas. JL Glass has brought more gift items and unique and funky gourd people are here. Hand painted tole boxes can store keepsakes and Christmas tree ornaments make colorful party favors. As always, our jewelry, hand carved boxes and treenware, decorative and practical pottery and knit scarves, wood items for the home, glass for the home and many other gifts adorn our beautiful shop. Come visit the gift shop - we're more than just an art gallery!

Kiwanis, Chi Lambda, Brinker International and Others Make Kidz Krew Possible

The Kidz Krew Performing Arts Program is a remarkable program that began at the Creative Arts Center about 7 years ago. There have been a number of instructors and directors, most recently Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Fannin County Children’s Center. Sandy directed both productions in 2015 – JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH this past May and ALICE IN WONDERLAND earlier this month. Both drew terrific crowds and ALICE featured 26 young local actors. These plays were performed at the Bonham ISD Auditorium on Main Street and the CAC is extremely grateful to them for allowing us to utilize this great facility.

The Kidz Krew program could not survive without supporters. The KIWANIS CLUB OF BONHAM, CHI LAMBDA, and BRINKER INTERNATIONAL (owner of the CHILI’S franchise) were the primary sponsors of the 2015 production season. We are extremely grateful to them for their donations. Without donations, the program cannot afford to produce plays or sponsor children who need financial assistance. KIWANIS, CHI LAMBDA and BRINKER INTERNATIONAL made the 2015 plays and scholarships possible. There are many other sponsors who also supported production costs, many of them family members of our actors: Bonham ISD (for the use of the auditorium), Toby Gist, Trudi Fortune, Wise Funeral Home, Amanda & Michael Evans, Kenzie Evans, Eric Bell, Jessica Jones, Judy Hall, Linda Hall, Myles Porter, Dr. Gary Sisson, Sandy Barber, Mark & Jeanette Walker, Jason Royce of Renlita Doors, LaFollett & Abbott, American Tool&Die, Sandy Robertson, Michelle Griffith, Christi Fox, Brookshire’s, Kim Jenkins, William Dalton, Crate Escape, Glass Concepts, M&D Sewing, the Woodards, Chris & Jennifer Wilson, Melissa Wilson and Cherie Frazier. Thank you so much to all of our sponsors for another successful year of Kidz Krew Performing Arts!

jam nightJam Night November

Jam Night is always a great time for great music and the musicians who join us are always a varied group. There is so much talent in our region and we invite everyone to come and join us to play, sing or just listen and tap your feet. November's Jam Night will be Wednesday, November 18.



Casino Night Draws Enthusiastic Crowd

A group of Creative Arts Center supporters enjoyed a great evening of fun and games on September 19 during the Casino Night fundraiser. WIth a wealth of terrific prizes for winners to choose from, the games kept the lively crowd at the tables, raising over $4400 for the arts center.  A big thank you goes out to our sponsors for the event: Bonham Chrysler, Bob and Kay Carrel, Mayfield McCraw, Larry Moss, Legend Bank, American Bank of Texas, Fannin Bank, Roma Italian Restaurant, Frontier Properties, United Country/Lipscomb Properties, Bonham Service Center and Richard Glaser. Also, we wish to thank the many donors who contributed prizes and to the folks who purchased our live auction items. Chairman Kathy Self and her committee worked very hard to make the evening a success and they deserve a big round of applause for all their hard work. Great job!!

Annual Contest Brings Out the Best

The Creative Arts Center's Annual Art Show & Contest opening reception on Friday, September 4 brought over 100 visitors to the gallery. Phil Cristino's guitar provided a top notch musical backdrop for the top notch art displayed. Judge Terry Spearman had over 100 works of art to judge and the competition was strong. The quality of art seems to get better every year, though it seems every year is fantastic. This year was no exception. Forty-seven photographs were submitted and judged making the Photography category the largest. Though our judge said he did not come to Bonham expecting to award Best of Show to a photograph, Best of Show was awarded to new Artist Member Debra Jones with her photograph Dueling Hummers. Terry cited the difficulty in capturing and freezing the motion of hummingbirds and Debra's skill in the composition and quality of the photo.

Other Blue Ribbon winners were: Oil - Debra Cloudt with Little Ballerina; Acrylic - Dennis Sweeney with Haley; Watercolor - Chris Cravens with Magnoliana; Drawing - Carol Bybee with Matthew; Mixed Media - Harriet Nix with Bouncing Eggs; 3D - Charmyn Dunlap with Dakota; Wood - Terry Blose with his Recycled Mahogany Box; and Photography - Debra Jones with Dueling Hummers.

The remaining winners will be posted soon. Congratulations to all of our entrants and their wonderful work and many thanks to the Hospitality Committee for their refreshments and Phil Cristino for playig for us and making the evening more special. Thank you, too, to the many guests who visited - we hope you'll come back soon!

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.
     Join today!

ART Is......

ART Is will meet Monday, November 2 and Monday, November 16 this month. Everyone is invited to join the group to sketch, draw and paint and it's free. The first Monday will be working with a still life set up and the second one is likely to be drawing with a model. 


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 - October 10 – 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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