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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!
Give Us the Willies - March Exhibit of Iconic Art
Anne Genung has a unique approach to her art using a great mix of talent, skill and humor in her pieces known as "the Willies." What began as a student project has grown into a genre of its own. Anne has used fine art icons such as the Mona Lisa and super hero icons such as Batman and Robin - and all have the screened-print face of country music icon Willie Nelson, who owns several of Anne's iconic collages. This wonderful exhibit of the Willies and Anne's abstract paintings is guaranteed to beguile and amuse. Come meet Anne and see the exhibit at one or both of our openings: Friday, March 7 from 5 to 7 PM and Saturday, March 8, from 3 to 5 PM. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. Sponsored by Granny Lou's Bed & Breakfast, owner/proprietor Jenniffer Self is a long-time friend of Anne Genung, and we are grateful to her for bringing us this wonderful exhibition. For more information, call us at 903-640-2196.
Shamrocks and Togas - Creative Arts Center event March 14
In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day on March 17 and the Ides of March on March 15, the Creative Arts Center has announced a fundraising dinner event planned for Friday, March 14 at the center. Celebrating the Wearing of the Green always means good food and fun and this evening will be no exception. Corned beef and cabbage top the menu for traditional Irish fare. There will be music, games and prizes Tickets are on sale at the Creative Arts Center at $15 each or $25 per couple. Join the fun, wear your toga, beware the Ides of March and help the arts center's many programs all at the same time. For more information, call 903-640-2196. Eirinn Go Brach!
Creative Arts Center Theater classes begin work on ROBIN HOOD
The Creative Arts Center Kidz Krew Performing Arts Program has begun preparations for their Spring Play, slated to open March 27. This year's play will center around the escapades of Robin Hood and there are parts for kids of all ages. The Performing Arts Program is open to children from age 6-20, with Little Kidz Krew meeting Wednesdays from 3:45 to 4:30 and costs $15/month. Older children meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6 PM. The cost for that class is $46/month (scholarships are available). Come join the kids for this adaptation of one of the world's most classic folk heroes. The play is written by Lisa Avila and designed to be entertaining for children and adults. The Merry Men of the classic tale will be joined by Merry Maids and a variety of other characters, and, as always, there will be a dance during the performance.
Performing arts classes are a terrific learning experience - both in acting and the technical aspects of theater. Kids learn to project clearly, how to speak more comfortably in front of a group, how to analyze plots and develop characters and how to work as part of a team. Backstage, they learn organization, building, costuming and other skills. Rehearsals are all part of class time and build a sense of responsibility toward their teammates and working to produce a great experience for their audiences.
For more information or to sign up, call or come by the Creative Arts Center at 200 W. 5th Street in Bonham or call 903-640-2196.
Remember our Gift Shop
When you need that special one-of-a-kind gift or a last minute one, don't forget to shop the Creative Arts Center gift shop. We have jewelry starting at $7.50, kitchen utensils that are hand-carved and great for treated cookware that you can't use metal on. We have pottery bowls for mixing and serving, scarves for keeping warm in the winter, confections and beautiful hand-made baskets to put them in. We have pillows, potholders, knitted hats, books for your friends who read. Cutting boards, fused and stained glass - you name it, we've got something for everyone and when you shop locally, you help Bonham, the artist who made your purchase and the Creative Arts Center. Don't forget - we're more than just an art gallery. >>more
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Author Skipper Steely to lecture March 13
Thursday, March 13 at 7 PM, the Creative Arts Center welcomes Paris author and historian Skipper Steely. The second in the center's Lecture Series, Steely has a wealth of experience in the publishing business. Search on Amazon.com for Steely's work and you'll find over a dozen titles he has either written himself or co-authored with others.
This lecture will focus on his book PEARL HARBOR COUNTDOWN: ADMIRAL JAMES O. RICHARDSON. Richardson was also a native of Paris and, likely, for that reason was of interest to Steely. This proximity enabled the author to access a great deal of biographical and historical information about Richardson and his career in the U. S. Navy. Richardson was strongly opposed to the permanent docking of ships in Pearl Harbor, believing that Japan might be prompted to launch an attack. When he expressed his concerns, President Roosevelt relieved him of his command.
The lecture is free to CAC members - others are encouraged to make a small donation. For more information, call the Creative Arts Center at 903-640-2196.
The remainder of the 2014 Lecture Series schedule is thus:
March 13 - Skipper Steely on his book COUNTDOWN TO PEARL HARBOR
May 8 - Dr. Gary and Maureen Sisson give a portrayal of Elizabeth and Davy Crockett
July 10 - TBA
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.
Black History Month Reception features Memories of Yesteryears
Friday, February 21, the Creative Arts Center was the location for a reception celebrating Black History Month and featured a terrific lineup of entertainers, speakers and guests. Myrtyle McIntyre, a local retired teacher, was the key speaker and inspired everyone with her stories about her life as a student, her perseverance and hard work in becoming a teacher, and her students here in Bonham and elsewhere. Cecil Jones and Audrey Rayford also spoke and Kim Parker and Cecil sang. Roosevelt Ross gave the devotional and Alvis Dunlap was the Master of Ceremonies. Audrey Rayford and her committee - Palmer Rayford, Vera and Roosevelt Ross, Myrtle McIntyre, Cecil Jones, Lessie and Billy Fuller, Dorothy and Joe Dale, Elva wright, Angela Frazier, Doris McCullough, Phil Blander and Rebecca Hill - organized not only the evening's events, but the refreshments as well. The backdrop was an exhibit of fine art and historical displays. Artists represented were Creative Arts Center members Phil Blander, Mary Catchings, Merry Crook, Ronald Grant and Mary Musick.
2014 Exhibit Schedule
Currently in the front gallery, we are showing the art of Bette Thompson and her students in Bette's Looks Terrific studio. The group meets each Tuesday and works on artistic projects in the "Decorative Painting" genre. Bette also teaches private lessons and has done so for 25 years. Come by and see the fun and interesting work of these artists. All of their work definitely "Looks Terrific." The remainder of the gallery features the art of our members this month. The remainder of the year is thus:
February - Black History Month (open exhibit/all media to pertinent pieces)
March - Give us the Willies - the Art of Anne Genung (visiting artist - closed exhibit)
April - Wind in the Willows (open exhibit/all media of work featuring flora and fauna)
May - EQUUS: A Celebration of the Horse (open exhibit/all media on work featuring horses)
June - Red River Photo Club & Glass Exhibit (glass work and photography only)
July - Wood Artists Exhibit (open - and may possibly include watercolor)
August - Anime, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Exhibit (open exhibit/all media to pertinent work only) September - Annual Art Show & Contest (open judged exhibit with prizes)
October - tentative - Dia de Los Muertos (open exhibit/all media to pertinent work only) November - Man & Machine, including a Tribute to Our Veterans (open,all media - pertinent work) December - Art Is Group (closed) and Colors of the Season: Red & Silver (open - must use the colors)
ART Is... Meets this month on February 3 and 17, 5-7 PM. Come join us to draw, paint and hone our craft. It's free.
Spinning and Weaving Classes continue
Freda Riley recently spoke at the arts center about spinning and weaving, actually giving those who were listening a chance to try their own hand at this ancient art. It's harder than it looks. During her talk, Freda related much about the history of weaving and the cultivation of cotton. For instance, did you know that you cannot grow colored cotton within 25 miles of commercially grown white cotton? That prohibits cross pollination and ensures the consistency of the cotton shipped off to market. However, Freda said, all cotton used to be colored and the white variety became the commercial crop of choice when the British agreed to import our cotton, but only if it was white. Freda also talked about the many varieties of yarn and brought an example of a beautiful yarn made from banana peels. Her angora rabbit Pearl was on hand so Freda could demonstrate the spinning of fur directly from the animal. Pearl sat placidly as Freda spun (the rabbit feels nothing since the hair sheds so easily). For more information or to become a student in Freda's Thursday class, call the arts center.
Current Classes Offered
We have a wide variety of classes for all ages. The current schedule includes advanced drawing, art for kids, adult art parties, knitting and spinning and weaving for adults, and kids theater classes. For a schedule, look here.
March 9 is next Jam Night
New faces and old friends joined us for February Jam Night. Guitars, jazz piano some great drumming and voices raised in song made wonderful music on Wednesday, February 19. Don't forget - the next Jam Night is Wednesday, March 9 and everyone is welcome. BYOB - we'll put the coffee on! And Jam Night musicians and friends: Thursday, June 5 is when Jam Night comes to the garden during our Music in the Garden series that begins in May. We want a great group to show up and play for the community when we move outside that evening. So, PLEASE PLAN ON BEING THERE JUNE 5! That will be instead of the monthly meet on a Wednesday. More about Music in the Garden will be posted in April - we have a great lineup planned!
For more information, call Executive Director Lisa Avila at 903.640.2196. firstname.lastname@example.org