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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


Skyscapes Exhibit Opens October 16

The fall season is a favorite for many folks and as clothes change, so do our menus. What is more like fall than chili and beer? The Creative Arts Center will open its Skyscapes Exhibit with a chili and beer reception on Friday, October 16 from 5 to 7 PM. Please join us for chili and all the fixins as we celebrate the opening of our newest show. We are requesting a $5 donation per person, though we are not selling tickets per se. This donation will help defray costs of the exhibit itself. As always - our popular "People's Choice" award will be part of the fun!

This exhibit will feature all artwork in all media relating to the sky - whether it be birds or airplanes in flight, sunsets/sunrises, cool cloud formations or landscapes featuring a beautiful sky - this should be a beautiful exhibit. ARTISTS!!! This is your call for art. We will be accepting art from October 7 through October 14 and the exhibit will run through Thanksgiving weekend. Artwork should be picked up on December 1, 3 or 4th (NOT DECEMBER 2, as we will be closed early to prepare for Sweets, Spirits  Sparkles that opens at 4 PM).

>>Rules and Regulation

>>Entry Form

So, bring your friends and join us Friday, October 16 at 5 PM for dinner and Skyscapes. 

jam nightJam Night October 21

Jam Night is always an enjoyable evening of music and some new faces have made the experience even better this year. Since summer, we've had harmonica, saxophone and even mandolin in our sessions.  Everyone is invited to join the group whether you play an instrument, sing or just want to listen. So plan on coming to Jam Night, Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 PM. We'll put a pot of coffee on and you are welcome to bring your own snacks or beverages if you like. 

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!

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!

Alice Draws Huge Crowds

The performances of ALICE IN WONDERLAND - THE RISE OF THE CARDS drew large crowds over this past weekend. The icing on the cake was a special encore performance for the 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders of Bonham ISD that took place Monday morning.  The Kidz Krew Performing Arts Program has been a well-known part of the Creative Arts Center for about 7 years.  The first performance of ALICE was in 2010 when then-performing arts director Lisa Avila penned the adaptation of Lewis Carroll's timeless tale. Since so many children auditioned for this year's production, she added an extra scene to accommodate new characters integrated into the story. The coup de grace was the dance - a signature of the Kidz Krew Program. And what a dance - the young actors and actresses nailed every step and the crowds went wild!

Congratulations and a thousand thank yous to Sandy Barber who directed the play and the Fortune and Murden families who helped so much with rehearsals. And to all the families of our Kidz Krew actors - we are blessed to have you all and thank you for the sacrifices you have to make for your young actors. We appreciate you!! Over $2500 in ticket sales meant a resounding success and the sponsorships our actors gathered help the program and help spread the word about the program around our community.

Many thanks to everyone involved and more information will be posted soon about our upcoming Theater Workshop and spring production.

Local Musicians Draw a Record Crowd

What do you get when you mix four great musicians, a perfect evening under the stars, a beautiful venue and an audience who loves music? Magic. Jason Dudley, Mark Rattan, Charlie Manhart and Jared Foreman drew what was possibly the largest crowd ever assembled at a Creative Arts Center garden event. The concert on Saturday, September 12 was,as Jason Dudley's said, "like music you'd play on the back porch." The relaxed, informal atmosphere, beautiful weather and the terrific music made the evening sublime. From iconic cover tunes to original songs, the four musicians mesmerized the crowd and even prompted a few dancers in the group.

Jason Dudley is a firefighter with Bonham Fire Department and a BFD truck made a short visit to show support for one of their own. This was a special treat for the kids in the audience - kids of all ages. When Jason began his rendition of George Strait's The Fireman, the audience joined in the fun with whoops and hollers. Charlie took us back with some well-known tunes; Jared's original songs were top notch, especially with his vocal range and Mark Rattan had us tapping our feet and singing along.

The fundraiser was an idea brought to life by Jason Dudley and the CAC wishes to thank Jason, Charlie, Mark and Jared for their time and talent. Over $500 was taken in and the money helps keeps programs and activities going at the arts center - Bonham's cultural hub.  If we're lucky, the guys will return someday soon and give us another magical evening.

"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!

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


ART Is......

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.


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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