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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!


Bob & Kay Carrel - Mike & Sue Smith - Brookshire's Grocery Co.

Gary & Sandra Fernandes - Dr. Dana & Kay Sisk - Jamie Slack

Roy & Loretha Riales - Legend Bank - KFYN


"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. This book makes a wonderful Christmas present to treasure all year.






Thanksgiving Hours and Upcoming Events

The Creative Arts Center will be open Tuesday and Wednesday, November 25 and 26 with regular business hours from 10 to 5. We will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28 and open again on Saturday, November 29 from 9 AM to 1 PM. We hope folks will bring visiting family and friends to see the Tribute to Veterans.

December 3 is Sweets, Spirits & Sparkles - come shop until you drop from 4 to 7 PM. The gallery will be closed from noon until 4 for the artists to set up. Jewelry, food, pottery, wood.

December 5 - 24, the Art group be exhibiting their work entitled "Journeys." This group of artists meet regularly to sketch and paint. Marilyn Todd Daniels is the facilitator and all artists are welcome in their group - each year in December, they exhibit in the front gallery. The gallery will be closed December 25 - January 1

Brookshire Grocery Company awards Grant to the Arts Center

Once again, Brookshire's has shown its commitment to community involvement and has awarded a $1000.00 grant to the Creative Arts Center to assist with the Kidz Krew Performing Arts Program.  Many thanks to Kenny Moore at our local Brookshire's and Brookshire Grocery Company for their support!

Tribute to Veterans in November

The Creative Arts Center November exhibit will be a Tribute to Our Veterans. The entire month will feature military memorabilia of all types and we are asking the community to bring in newspaper articles, uniforms, medals and photographs that might be suitable for our display. With the Veterans Hospital and the Clyde Cosper Memorial Veterans Home here in Bonham, Bonham is already a place where many veterans live, work or come for health care. Our salute is a "thank you" to all who have served and our reception on November 7 from 5 to 7 PM will feature speakers, entertainment and a celebration of our thanks. If you have photographs or something you would like to loan us for this exhibit, please call the arts center and let us know. If you would like to hang a photograph in tribute to a loved one, please do so. We want this to be an event for our entire community. There is no charge to participate in this exhibit and the reception on November 7 is free and open to everyone.

The lineup of the evening events includes guests and guest speakers: Texas National Guard Denison, Bill Beasley, Leonard Gerner, Louis Holmes, Terry Blose, Barbara Gore and Jazz Guitarist Phil Cristino and pianist Jim Toutz (both veterans) and vocalist Lauren Durham.

Please invite your friends who are veterans and bring your families to salute them! We will be open SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29 from 9 to 1 so visitors during the holiday weekend can see the exhibit.

This exhibit is sponsored by Friends of the Creative Arts Center, Fannin County Leader, United Country/Lipscomb Properties, Dream Art Glass, John Nichols, Maria Hix, Warrior Tire, Bill's Auto Body & Glass, Owens Parker Medical, Inc., Outdoor Art by Kim, Roy and Loretha Riales, Bette Thompson, Connelle Peace and Mavis Duncan.

Kidz Krew Performing Arts Program Production November 20-23

The Magnificent Seven - Short on Stature, Long on Dreams goes up November 20-23 at the Bonham Civic Center. The Friday night performance is at 8 PM after the Christmas parade, Thursday and Saturday are at 7 PM, Sunday at 2 PM. Terrific comedy starring: Cassidy Barber, Noah Bell, Caleb Cundy, Kati Fortune, Wyatt Lacy, Meagan Murden, Sebastian Murden and Becca South.>>click for more





Sweets, Spirits & Sparkles on December 3

Our annual Grand Bazaar known as Sweets, Spirits & Sparkles is slated for Wednesday, December 3 from 4 to 7 PM. Artists have been signing up since August and this year promises to be another fantastic event. Christmas Shopping is easy at our annual bazaar with everything from gifts for the home to jewelry to delectable, edible goodies. You don't want to miss Sweets, Spirits & Sparkles! Last year in 3 hours, we did $10,000 in sales! So join us and find great gifts for everyone on your Christmas list.

Paleo Art and Fossils in Fannin County

With a myriad of fossils to see and a terrific presentation, Master Naturalists Kenny Carl, Doug Franklin and PK Kirkpatrick brought an informative evening to the Creative Arts Center. The talk centered around the channel that is known as the North Sulphur River. The history of the river and the wide variety of fossils to be found there prompted numerous questions from the guests.  From sharks teeth to ancient art drawn on stone, the North Sulphur is a treasure trove for those interested in "picking" fossils. Arrow and spear heads are also common there as they are in much of Fannin County. The group also brought copies of "Fossil Collector's Guidebook to the North Sulphur River" published by the Dallas Paleontogical Society. This book is available from the Master Naturalists for $10 and includes descriptions and photos of the many fossils to be found. The Creative Arts Center is grateful to the Master Naturalists and Kenny, Doug and PK for their informative, entertaining and interesting talk.

Chi Lambda donates to Creative Arts Center Creative Arts Center

Executive Director Lisa Avila accepts a $500 grant from Chi Lambda. This donation will go toward the CAC's many children's programs. Pictured are Lisa Avila (left) and Mary Payne of Chi Lambda





Adult Drawing Class Continues

The Adult Drawing Class has been popular, so it will be an ongoing class, meeting each week on Wednesdays. Use this opportunity to take up drawing, hone your skills if you're a painter or just to have fun. No experience is necessary. Instructor Katherine Kluger has been teaching art for many years, and, in the recent Annual Art Show & Contest, won 1st and 2nd place in the Ceramics Category and 3rd place in the 3D category. The Adult Drawing Class meets on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 and the cost is $65 per month. Students may start any time during the month and the charges will be prorated.

NEW in the Gift Shop

Christmas is around the corner and our gift shop has everything you need for that special someone. Delectable, edible goodies from Sweet Dreams of Texas are here! If you love peanut butter, you'll love Crackers for Peanuts. New pottery by Connie Bodensteiner is also a must for your Christmas list. In addition, we have beautiful VOLT Soaps, in a variety of fragrances. Each soap is a work of art. Five scents available, including Dragon's Blood. Beautiful ceramic mugs for hot cocoa by Llwanda Golden, cards for every occasion by Jamie Slack, ornaments for the holiday or any season by gourd artist Anne Harris - you name it. Our artists pull out all the stops. Connelle Peace has brought in some beautiful bowls and a whimsical teapot and Carolyn Cook Fauble's artistic cannisters make a great set for kitchen, bath or anywhere in your home. Come check out all the fabulous treasures at the Creative Arts Center gift shop - jewelry, gifts for the home, wearable art and more! >>more

The Bugtussle Trek passed through on their annual pilgrimage to Bugtussle. The vintage cars were sweet!

Join-Volunteer-DonateDon't Forget to Renew Your Membership

When it's nearly time for school to start, then it's time for our annual membership drive. Our annual drive has begun and you should have received your letter in the mail. We appreciate your timely response. Don't forget that the arts center not only has many programs, classes and events, but we also have water bills, electric bills, trash bills, insurance and many other expenses that every business has. If you can spare a little extra to help sponsor a class, we would appreciate that "something extra" in addition to your regular membership. This year, if a class does not have sufficient participants to pay the instructor, we will have to drop the class if we do not find a sponsor to make sure his/her fee is covered. If you would be willing to help when this occurs, please let the director know at Thank you! >>more

The remainder of the 2014 Lecture Series schedule is thus:

December 11 - TBA
We hope you will support the series. Bring your friends.

2014 Exhibit Schedule

The remainder of the year is as follows with opening reception dates noted. Each exhibit is noted as open or closed. All media are welcome pertinent to the theme.

October 3 -Man and Machine (open exhibit/all media to pertinent work only)
November 7 - A Tribute to Our Veterans (open, all media).
December - Art Is Group (closed) and Colors of the Season: Red & Silver (open)

Knitting Classes

Knitting is a a fun and easy skill to learn. Once students get the hang of it, there are many scarves, shawls, gloves, hats and other items that can be made relatively easily and cheaply. Once mastered, knitting can be done riding in the car, watching television or in a waiting room. Valerie Pollock is a patient and experienced teacher who has been knitting and teaching people to knit for many years. If you'd like to learn to knit, start today! You can make your friends their Christmas presents. Knitting class is on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5. Come join the fun!

Jam Night November

Jam Night for the month of October will be Wednesday, November 19. Come join other musicians to try out new tunes, play, sing or listen and share a love of music.

ART Is... We will meet October 6th and 20th. Come join us to paint, sketch and learn about art!

Over 100 Works Entered in 2014 Contest

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With over 100 pieces of art entered in the 2014 Art Show & Contest and over 100 guests at the reception, a record may have been set. Judge Christine Blackhurst had her work cut out for her judging this year's show. She made many positive comments about the quality of the art and how impressed she was with the Creative Arts Center. Our heartfelt thanks go to Chris for agreeing to be our judge. For a bit of nostalgia, last year's Best of Show winner, a clay piece entered by Shannon Cain, was "struck" this past year and the bronze was on display during the reception. Junior entries were a treat this year, and, though there were not too many of them, we hope next year's entries increase.Chris Blackhurst presented each Junior artist with a sketch pad, courtesy of Texas A&M University, Commerce. The 2014 Best of Show winner took home $75 and an Artist Membership to the Creative Arts Center. This year's Best of Show entry was a photograph entitled The Heavens Proclaim taken by Billy Jackson. First place winners in each category received a blue ribbon and $50. Ribbons were also awarded to second and third places. Congratulations to all of our winning artists and thank you to everyone who entered this year! The contest results are as follows.

Best of Show - Billy Jackson, The Heavens Proclaim (photograph)
Photography - 1st place - Jenna Regan, Brazos Valley Sunset; 2nd place - Jenna Regan, Tools of the Trade; 3rd place - Donna West, Fun at the Fair
Oil - 1st place - Frances Robinson, Winter Sunset; 2nd place - Carol Bybee, Billy Biglake-Blackfoot Crow; 3rd place - Mary Beth Gibson, Whiskey Sunflowers
Acrylic - 1st place - Donna West, After Midnight; 2nd place - Harriet Nix, Born in Texas; 3rd place - Carla Arm, Unicornfish
Watercolor - 1st place - Kay Carrel, Big City Shoppers; 2nd place - Debra Cloudt, Leading the Way; 3rd place - Mart Means, Butterfly
Drawing - 1st place - Mary Beth Gibson, African Lady; 2nd place - Marilyn Todd Daniels, Hope Unchained; 3rd place - Jamie Slack; Fowl Up
Mixed Media - 1st place - Loretha Riales, One of the Five Wise Virgins; 2nd place - Marilyn Todd Daniels, Koi Pond; 3rd place - Anne Genung, Willie as Matador II
Ceramic - 1st place - Katherine Kluger, Chalice; 2nd place - Katherine Kluger, Residue; 3rd place - Llwanda Golden, Texas Lady
3 D - 1st place - Shannon Cain, Southwest Pre-flight; 2nd place - Anne Harris, Impressions; 3rd place - Katherine Kluger, Glory
Wood - 1st place - Bonnie Blose, Carved Bois D'Arc Bowl; 2nd place - Terry Blose, Bois D'Arc Box; 3rd place - Virgil Bodensteiner, Hummingbird Vase
Junior Drawing - 1st place - Emma Carruth, Sleuth; 2nd place - Madison Wyatt, Lady Feral Finery; 3rd place - Rebecca South,Emily
Junior Painting - 1st place - Cydney Covey, A Million Fireflies; 2nd place - Rebecca South, Dr. Who's Tardis
Junior Photography - 1st place - Landon Calloway Cain, Pump Jack Sunset; 2nd place - Jayden Dagenais, Young Giraffe - Fossil Rim; 3rd place - Landon Calloway Cain, Touch of Gold

The Creative Arts Center would like to thank Gary and Sandra Fernandes for sponsoring the show. Without their help, the event would not have been possible. We would also like to thank Chris Blackhurst, Judy Hall, Phil Blander, Chris Cravens and the Hospitality Committee for making this year's Annual Art Show & Contest a huge success.

New Format for Fall Theater classes at Creative Arts Center

This September, the Kidz Krew Performing Arts Program has been reorganized to include more ages and a more intensive learning experience. September 2 is the beginning of a five-week workshop, where children are introduced to many aspects of theater. During the workshop, the CAC will have open auditions for a full-length production that will include both adult and child actors. The only financial responsibility for the actors in those productions will be to acquire sponsorships. This gives more people in the community a chance to participate in theater in a setting that benefits everyone. Rehearsals for the production begin in early October after the workshop is complete. The spring schedule will follow a similar format, as will the summer workshop. The tuition costs for the workshops will vary according to students' ages and even children from 3 to 5 will have a chance to participate in Animal Cosplay classes. Tuitions range from $35 to $65 paid in advance. Tuitions paid after August 27 will be higher. For more information about these classes and the other great opportunities for kids at the Creative Arts Center, call 903-640-2196.

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

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