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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

SAM HOUSTON - Texas Legend comes to life in "THE LION OF TEXAS"

On October 4 at 7 PM and October 5 at 2 PM, the Creative Arts Center presents "The Lion of Texas" starring Gainesville attorney Sam Houston. Mr. Houston has written an absorbing two-act play about the life and times of this iconic Texan - a man whose life was truly greater than his legend. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. The production will be held on the garden stage, weather permitting. In conjunction with the show, we are sponsoring an ESSAY CONTEST for ALL FANNIN COUNTY STUDENTS. In 500 words or less, students should write an essay on why Sam Houston is "The Lion of Texas." Winners will receive gift cards and a t-shirt with the Lion of Texas logo. Forms available at the Creative Arts Center and >>here. Deadline for Entry is September 26. Winners will be announced and awarded during intermisson of the October 4 performance and students must be present to win. All students who enter the contest will be given free admission to the performance. For more information, call the arts center.

Essay Contest Open for Fannin County Students of All Ages

The Creative Arts Center is now accepting entries into the 500 word or less Essay Contest. The theme is "Why could Sam Houston be called The Lion of Texas?" The deadline for entries is September 26 and prizes will be awarded at the October 4 7 PM performance of "The Lion of Texas" at the Creative Arts Center. All students who enter the contest will receive a free ticket to the performance. Bring your essay and this form to the CAC. >>Form is here.

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.

Red River Valley Car Club visits Man and Machine   

On October 3, the Creative Arts Center opens its Man and Machine Exhibit. This exhibit includes art of all media depicting man's inextricable link with "things that run." The opening reception is Friday, October 3 from 5 to 7 PM and the Red River Valley Car Club will be on hand with their antique and classic cars. The public is invited to attend this free event that will include refreshments.

For more information, call the CAC at 903-640-2196.

Kidz Krew Needs You - Callbacks Give Another Chance to Audition

The Kidz Krew Performing Arts Program needs more actors to cast "Mashed Potatoes and Davey" - performances are Nov. 20-23 (not Nov. 13-16 as previously stated). We especially need young adults for the adult roles of Mr. And Mrs. Masterson, Pastor Brian and Erin. We also need more young actors ages 9-14. Callbacks and additional auditions will be held on Monday, September 29 from 5 to 7 PM. PLEASE help Kidz Krew so the production can go up as planned.

Garage Sale is a Success

The Second Annual Garage Sale made just over $1000 for the Creative Arts Center, so we had another successful sale. Many thanks to Kathy Self, Jo Ellen Clardy, Sue Smith, Bonnie Blose and Doris Kane for setting up and to Margaret and Price Bradshaw, Carol Fauble, Phil Blander who worked hard for 2 days and to everyone who donated items and who stopped by to shop!

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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

The CAC welcomes two new artists - Linda Dolby of McKinney works with glass under the name JL Glass and pictured are a few of her pieces we now have in our gift shop. We also welcome new artist Llwanda Golden who'll be bringing some of her beautiful pottery to us soon. We have two new titles from Kay Sisk and Jamie Slack has a book in the gallery now. Her trendy scarves made from recycled t-shirts are great with t-shirts, sun dresses, jeans - you name it. Come shop our beautiful store! >>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:

October 9 - PK Kirkpatrick and Doug Franklin - Fossils in Fannin County
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 October

Jam Night for the month of October will be Wednesday, October 22. 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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