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.
Bugtussle Trek's Annual Visit
If it's August, it's Bugtussle Trek time. In their annual pilgrimage through Bugtussle and on to Paris, the Bugtussle Trek antique car club will make a stop at the Creative Arts Center on Saturday, August 29 at approximately 9:30 AM. This stop has become a welcome tradition and gives local residents a chance to see the antique cars and speak with their owners. Photographers usually take advantage of the photo opps that these classic cars provide. So, stop by the arts center Saturday morning for some fun on August 29.
Annual Art Show & Contest is Fast Approaching
The Annual Art Show & Contest opens with a reception Friday, September 4. This exhibit is always our biggest and draws the most entries. Art will be accepted August 26 through noon September 2. Entries are $15 for CAC members and $30 for non-members. This fee is for up to three pieces and not per piece. Juniors may enter at no charge.
Adult categories are: Oil; Acrylic; Watercolor; 3 D(Sculpture, pottery, hanging 3 D pieces); Wood; Photography; Mixed Media; Drawing (ink, marker, pastels, etc); Hand-pulled prints; and Jewelry.
Junior categories are: Painting; Drawing; 3 D; Mixed Media; Photography.
As always, categories may be eliminated and/or combined as necessary. Rules and Regulations are here. Entry Forms are here. Prize money will be awarded to the winners of the Adult categories. Ribbons to third place in both Adult and Junior categories. Best of Show will win prize money and an Artist Membership to the Creative Arts Center.
Our judge this year is Terry Spearman. Mr. Spearman is a professional photographer and an Adjunct Professor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
This exhibit is sponsored by Gary and Sandra Fernandes.
Terry Spearman to Judge Annual Contest
This year's judge for the Annual Art Show & Contest is Terry Spearman from Pottsboro. Terry learned to draw and paint from an early age and earned an Art Education Degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He is now an adjunct instructor at SOSU and owns a full time portrait studio. In 1993, he earned the distinction of Master of Photography from the Professional Photographers of America and in 1994 Master Photographic Craftsman. Among many awards, he is a three-time recipient of The Kodak Gallery Award. In his spare time, he returns to his first love of drawing and painting.
Acoustic Night - Music in the Garden
A terrific lineup of local talent will take the garden stage of the Creative Arts Center on Saturday, September 12 at 7:30 PM. Jason Dudley, Charlie Manhart, Mark Rattan and Jared Foreman - all experienced musicians who have played with regional groups - will play an informal concert of acoustic music. Many Fannin County residents are familiar with one or more of these great musicians. This event is ticketed and tickets will be $3 at the gate. A fundraiser for the arts center, this relaxed evening of music will appeal to virtually all listeners and if weather is inclement, will occur in the gallery instead.
Guests are invited to bring their picnics with them and find a place early. Bring your favorite chair and head over to 200 W. 5th Street in Bonham on September 12 for Music in the Garden. For more information, contact the Creative Arts Center at 903-640-2196.
Alice in Wonderland - Cast Announced.
Auditions for Alice in Wonderland went extremely well and a record turnout resulted in 33 cast members. Director Sandy Barber announced the cast is as follows: Alice - Kati Fortune; White Rabbit - Sebastian Murden; Dodo - Rebecca South; Cheshire Cat - Peyton Brownfield; Rock - Logan Griffith; Red Queen - Cassidy Barber; Butterfly - Charity Little; March Hare - Rebecca Wilson; Dormouse - Megan Murden; Tweedle Dee - Claire Fortune; Tweedle Dum - Sabrina LaRue; Mad Hatter - Caleb Cundy; King - Carson McMurtry; Member of the Court - Breezy Jenkins; Page - Kenzie McKinney; Mock Turtle - Noah Bell; Gryphon - Savannah Woodard; Executioner - Luke Gibbs; Ace of Hearts - Tiana Jenkins; Ace of Spades - Lilly Neel; Jack of Diamonds - Jessica South; 3 of Spades - Carigan McMurtry; 6 of Diamonds - Emma Jenkins; 5 of Spades - Hayden Neel; Trees - Olivia Fortune, Kyle Proctor, Carley Guadiano & Aiden Fortune.
The performances will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 2, 3 and 4. More information will be available soon!
Casino Night - Lady Luck May Smile on You
The Creative Arts Center's fall fundraiser will be Casino Night on Saturday, September 19 from 6:30 PM to 10 PM. Play for prizes of all kinds and help the arts center at the same time. Sponsors are still needed and tickets will be $60 per person. There will be a variety of games, food and drink so mark your calendars and plan on being at the arts center on Saturday, September 19. If you can assist as a sponsor, contact the Creative Arts Center at 903-640-2196
In the Abstract Draws Summer Crowd
The Creative Arts Center's current exhibit - In the Abstract - opened on Friday, August 7 with a lively crowd and colorful art. The gallery came alive with the fun and energetic entries and everyone on hand agreed that abstract art is a "whole different kettle of fish." But the artists agreed among themselves that the style is liberating and fun, regardless of what type of abstract art is involved.
In the Abstract will remain in the gallery until August 29. Stop by and see the exhibit and a showing of new member art in the middle gallery. We welcome new members: Dennis Sweeney, Lee Laird, Beth Parrish, Donna McBroom, Jeanette Fiveash, Colleen Watkins, Bobbie Lightfoot, Joy & Ralph Grassi, Charmyn Dunlap and Tatiana Baeva - all have joined since the first of the year.
Next exhibit - the Annual Art Show & Contest which opens September 4 and runs through October 10.
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!
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 on Monday, August 17 from 5-7 PM. All who would like to sketch, paint or learn are welcome to participate. There is no charge. The group 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
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)
4 –24 Art Is Study Group Exhibit Front Gallery