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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!


The Creative Arts Center is a project of the Fannin Community Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit. When you shop on Amazon use this link for your purchase. A portion ( 0.5%) of what you spend will return to the Creative Arts Center!  During the process of purchasing, you will be asked what organization you wish to benefit. Use: FANNIN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION INC as your charity and help us earn a donation.
Thank you!

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

Legend Bank - KFYN

Brookshire's Grocery Co. - Gary & Sandra Fernandes - Juanita Barnett
Dr. Dana & Kay Sisk - Jamie Slack - Roy & Loretha Riales
The City of Bonham


An Introduction to Holistic Wellness May 5 at the Creative Arts Center 

    Wellness is a challenge in today's busy world. Fatigue, stress and frustration are part and parcel of living and working but they take their toll on our minds and bodies. When there is nothing actually "wrong" with us, we avoid warning signs that let us know something may make us sick.
    There are many ways to stay more healthy that do not involve doctors, drugs or hospitals. Martina Smith, a nurse, nutritionist and Kripalu Yoga Instructor, will speak at the Creative Arts Center on Thursday, May 5 at 7 PM about some of the ways to prevent and forestall illness. Martina is also a Clinical Aromatherapist and Evidence-based Health Coach and holds a Masters Degree in Health Education. She believes her formal training "compliments the preventative aspects of health and wellness."
The community is invited to hear Martina Smith speak about available holistic treatments that can facilitate wellness and improved quality of life. The lecture is free but donations to the Creative Arts Center are gladly accepted.

Music in the Garden begins
Friday, May 6

    The Bonham Big Band Express will roll into the Creative Arts Center garden to kick off the annual Music in the Garden Series Friday, May 6 at 7 PM. The Big Band Express is led by Dave Bradley and includes vocalist and Creative Arts Center Executive Director Lisa Avila. The band is always a hit, playing a variety of music from the Big Band era all the way to the 1980s and 90s. Put on your dancing shoes and cut a rug while you're listening to great music.
    The gates will open at 6 PM and guests are invited to bring a picnic of food and drink and stake out their spot early. Bring your favorite chair! Admission is $2 and music will begin at 7 PM.

h2oH20 Exhibit includes "Dogs and Dancin" Reception June 3

Water covers 60% of the earth's surface. We can survive far longer without food than we can without water. Water is so much a part of our lives that we often take it for granted - a dangerous attitude these days as the earth's water supplies and aquifers are said to be dwindling. So, it makes sense to include an exhibit about water as we head into summer and water is more on our minds - whether it's swimming or worrying about the hay fields and late summer crops.

Artwork will be accepted from May 25 through June 1 and all media are welcome as long as water is the primary subject in the piece. Creative Arts Center members may enter for free and non-members for $25.00. Up to 3 pieces may be submitted per artist. The rules/entry form are here.

Our reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, June 3 and will be a musical evening and hot dog picnic with all the fixins (in the garden if it's not too hot), so be sure and join us for "Dogs and Dancin" that evening. Admission is by donation of your choice.


Photography and Youth Art Contest Winners

    The Photography Contest held in conjunction with the Red River Art, Wine & Music Fest brought out the best from around the area. Judge Terry Spearman had his work cut out for him deciding upon the winners of four categories: Taken with a Cell Phone; Nature/Landscape; People/Portraits; Abstract/Miscellaneous. The Winners are: Best of Show/Winner of Nature/Landscape Category - Barrillon Dougherty with Frosty Morn, 2nd place and 3rd place in Nature - Jana Rash with Out for a Walk and Rocky Mountain Range; Winner of Cell Phone Category - Penny Meyer with Lake Mist; 2nd place - Colby Isaacs with Time Has Stood Still; 3rd place - Sabrina Pickle with Spring; Winner of People/Portraits Category - Lee Laird with Pat; 2nd place Lee Laird with Untitled; 3rd place - Shannon Cain with Scared Silly; Winner of the Abstract/Miscellaneous Category - Debra Jones with Fireball Sunset; 2nd place - Julie Stephenson with Sweet Mother of Pearl; 3rd place - Penny Meyer with Luscious.
    The Youth Art Contest was also popular, with numerous entries, including a large number of students from Trenton Middle School. Entries were sufficient that the Painting and Drawing Category was separated into individual categories. There were also two additional categories - Photography and 3 D art. The winners are:
Painting - 1st - Elliott Severson with Spring; 2nd - Donna Orozco with Red & Blue; 3rd - Beck South. Drawing was won by Amie Reid with Gas Mask; 2nd - Emma Carruth with Willow; 3rd - Amanda Wiggins with Sophie. The Photography Category was won by Landon Cain with Looking Upward and his brother Weston Cain was 2nd with Good Morning, Sunshine. In the 3D Category, Catherine Finley won it with her unique sculpture entitled Haunted House and Kaylee Ashlee was 2nd with her necklace entitled Tree of Life.
    Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who supported the contests doneby entering them.

Cast Announced for Spring Production of SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE GRIMM REMINDER

Many talented youth in our community turned out a great showing for auditions in March. The upcoming production of SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE GRIMM REMINDER is scheduled for May 27, 28 and 29. This original work by Lisa Avila includes Grimm character Puss in Boots in addition to the traditional Sherlock Holmes characters. Boots is an addition, providing comic relief and is a vestige of the first SHERLOCK play which included a multitude of Grimm's Fairy Tales faces.

This play is more of a mystery and has less comedy than many past productions. Boots provides some comic relief, but there is suspense. A few twists are also part of the tale, as was common in the original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. Director Sandy Barber will begin rehearsals April 5.

The Cast is as follows and includes seasoned Kidz Krew performers as well as many new faces: Caleb Cundy as Sherlock Holmes; Beck South as Puss in Boots; Charity Little as Mrs. Hudson; Cassidy Barber as Irene Adler; Katie Fortune as Moriarity; Noah Bell as Inspector Lestrade; Sebastian Murden as Mr. Smith (aka "Scar); Jordan Phillips as Arthur and Dr. Watson; Alexia Elliott as Mary; Trent Arnott as Officer Platt; Kenzie McKinney as Danny; Rebecca Wilson as Jamie; Will Skinner as Joe; Claire Fortune as Tommie; Carley Guadiano as Daisy; Logan Griffith as  Knick Knack; Renato Skinner as Sean; Alessandra Baxter as Star; and Avryn Skinner as Sly.

Congratulations to the entire cast! Break a leg!

MW & Fair Miller Foundation Awards Grant

The Creative Arts Center is extremely honored to be a recipient of a MW & Fair Miller Foundation $3100 grant, recently awarded to the arts center to help with children's programs. The MW & Fair Miller Foundation is a charitable organization based in Bonham which uses the income from the foundation "for the present and future betterment and care of children of and in Fannin County."  Dr. Jerry Hopson, Tyler Todd and Dr. Dana Sisk presented the check to the Creative Arts Center.

The Creative Arts Center staff, the Board of Directors of the Fannin Community Foundation, and all the children who benefit from the grant are very grateful to the MW & Fair Miller Foundation for all the work they do in our community.


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

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!

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!

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Jam Night

Jam Night is the third Wednesday of each month, so join us for some great tunes. Come to play, sing or just listen. Everyone is welcome. Everybody takes turns leading the group or just performing solo. We'll put the coffee on! 




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.

Please mention the book when you make your donation. 








ART Is is Free and Open to All

The ART Is study group works the first and third Mondays of every month (with a few exceptions when they take a break). This study group is facilitated by Marilyn Todd Daniels and anyone with an interest in art is invited to attend and participate. The group meets from 5-7 PM and generally paints, sketches and sometimes has a program for part of the session. On the third Monday, there is usually a model. At the conclusion of each year in December the group hosts an exhibition of the work they did during the year.

Everyone - whether you have any experience or not - is welcome to participate. These are not lessons, per se -  the group experiments with new media and techniques and encourages each other in creating art. Come join them for 2016!

January date remaining is Monday, January 17.

2016 Tentative Exhibit Schedule

The tentative schedule for 2016 will be:

January - Winter Wonderland
February - Creative Illusions (main galleries), Black History Tribute (in the Library)
March - Harbingers of Spring (through April 7)
April - (15 through May 27) Annual Photo Show (will be a judged exhibition)
June - H2O (themed) Exhibit
July - New Artist Exhibit
August - Tentative - Meet the Artists
September - Annual Contest (runs through October 7)
October - Tentative - Ron Eckard Watercolor Exhibit 
November - Man's Best Friend
December - Art Is Exhibition


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

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