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.
The Trifecta Exhibit – A Winning Team
July Artists of the Month
In July, the Creative Arts Center will feature an exhibit of their three art instructors. The “Trifecta Exhibit – A Winning Team” will feature artwork by Chris Cravens, Katherine Kluger and Donna West. All three artists are longstanding members of the CAC and all three teach classes there.
Chris has taught numerous classes, including Painting and Junk Sculpture. He is a prolific artist working in virtually every medium – from computer generated art to wood to oil and acrylics. His artwork adorns the walls of homes and offices throughout Texoma. His understanding of light and form makes his work captivating and often whimsical. Though he is a master at representational pieces depicting flowers and animals, he is just as at home with the abstract. Whether it’s a portrait in oil or a field of poppies in watercolor, Chris’ work often grabs the viewer at first glance because of his unique interpretation. July 11 Chris begins teaching a Watercolor Painting Class. The class will run from 10 AM to noon for 4 Saturdays and is for anyone – with or without experience. Chris is an encouraging and talented instructor. The cost is $100 per person for the month and a supply list can be acquired at the CAC. Interested persons should contact the CAC to participate.
Katherine Kluger is an educator by profession and continues her teaching at home and at the arts center. Katherine teaches Adult Drawing on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 and the children’s Art in the Afternoon class on Wednesday from 4 PM to 5. Children’s art is $40 per month and the Adult Drawing class is $65 per month. Though she paints and sculpts, the medium she is best known for at the CAC is her pottery. Her pieces combine function and beauty and her use of multiple glazes brings each platter and bowl to life. Her ceramic sculptures have been included in both local and national exhibits, including the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. In 2005, one of her sculptures was selected by Michael Monroe, former curator-in-charge of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, to be included in a National Exhibition in Denton.
Donna West is also a multi-talented artist who primarily works with the camera. Her award winning photos have been shown throughout Texoma and she has won numerous awards, most recently at the Magnolia Art Festival in Durant. She is fond of “macro” photography – taking shots that are very close to the subject so that only part of the subject is in the result. Her photograph of a magnolia currently in the Creative Arts Center gallery is a good example, as is her photo of water. Donna teaches photography workshops and has one scheduled at the CAC Saturday, June 27 from 10 to 4. This workshop is designed to be for the entire family but participants must be at least 10 years of age. A field trip is planned and the cost is $45 per person. There is a discount for multiple family members. Donna is also the instructor when children’s art parties are scheduled. These parties are $75 for two hours – one hour is spent on an art project and the other hour is to celebrate. Donna also paints abstracts and constructs wood sculptures, often using beautiful pieces she finds in nature.
In July, these three artists will also be featured as Artists of the Month. Chris Cravens will be Artist of the Month at Bonham City Hall. Katherine Kluger will be Artist of the Month at Legend Bank and Donna West will be Artist of the Month at the Fannin County Courthouse. Their work is also on display at the Creative Arts Center now and will fill the gallery for the Trifecta Exhibit.
For more information on classes taught by these talented instructors and The Trifecta Exhibit that features them, contact the arts center at 903-640-2196 and at www.creativeartscenter.us.
Tatiana Baeva Speaks at the Arts Center
Tatiana Baeva spoke to a group of art enthusiasts on Thursday, June 11 about doll art. Tatiana has been making dolls since she was a child. Not only has she made doll art her passion and constructed beautiful lifelike dolls of clay, she has also drawn beautiful paper dolls depicting characters in the culture of her native Russia. These drawings have been published in magazines and brought dolls to life as cutouts.
During the lecture, she showed numerous slides of dolls made by other doll artists in Russia and some of her own creations. Most were monochromatic works - of primarily only one color. Some were of yarn, some of cloth, some of wool - all were unique and wonderful.
Tatiana's artwork is on display in the CAC gift shop - her necklaces of faces are unusual and beautiful and the cords the faces hang on slide to adjust to different lengths. She is also Artist of the Month and has artwork at Legend Bank. Many thanks to Tatiana Baeva for speaking during our Lecture Series. Come by the Creative Arts Center to see her art and look online at www.baevadolls.com.
Lights! Action! Art!
Summer Camp at the Creative Arts Center is always a great experience for kids of all ages. Theater Camp teaches kids how to project, speak in front of a group, work as a team and think "outside the box." Art Camp allows children the freedom to express themselves in positive, creative ways without judgement. Children learn how to improve their artistic skills while having a good time.
This year, the CAC will again have Theater from 10:00 AM to Noon and Art from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Camp weeks are June 15-19 and July 13-17 (Monday through Friday). The cost of Theater is $60 as is the cost of Art. Both camps can be purchased for $100, saving $10 for the full day. Siblings get a discount of $10.
This year's instructor for both camps is Karen Tobias. Karen teaches at Sam Rayburn School and is the Drama teacher/coach. She is terrific with children and has taught camp here in the past.
There will also be a Photography Workshop on Saturday, June 27 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This workshop will be taught by photographer Donna West and hopefully will include a field trip to Hagerman Refuge. The whole family can participate in this one since the workshop is for adults and children. The cost is $45.
For more information, call the CAC at 903-640-2196.
Photo & Glass 2015 - Even Better than Last Year
From whirlpools to wildflowers, from stained glass to photos of wildlife, this year's Photo & Glass Exhibit is worth a trip to the Creative Arts Center. Each year seems to be better and better and this year is no exception. There is something for everyone to see, experience and even purchase. Numerous member and non-member artists from the community have participated and, as usual, there is no shortage of talent. We even have a youth entry.
The exhibit runs through June 27, so stop by this month and see the beauty of world around us depicted in photography and glass!
"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.
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
Our Classes Touch the Lives of Many Children
Since 2002, the Creative Arts Center has touched the lives of children all over the region. Our art classes began almost immediately after opening and included all ages and backgrounds. Many of our drama students participated from the first classes in theater that began nearly 7 years ago. We have watched our students learn and grow and move on to become vibrant participants in our community. We thought you might be interested in some numbers. We estimate that with the number of students enrolled each month in classes and camps (art for 11-12 years and theater for 7) that over the years, we have directly touched the lives of approximately 2000 kids. Though many of those are "repeat customers," it is a fairly accurate estimate if each student's family and friends are also taken into account. Family members watch a class, watch rehearsals - they, too are participants. If we count the many children who have come to enjoy our kids' plays, exhibits, contests and variety shows, then add the children who have seen our kids dance, talked to our students about Kidz Krew or art, taken a flyer from our booth at the Fannin County Fair or waved at us and talked to us during the many parades and festivals we've participated in, then it is likely that the Creative Arts Center has touched the lives of at least 10,000-15,000 children over the years. Other than our schools, few local entities can make that claim. We are committed to enriching the lives of everyone in our community, and, by focusing on our children, we help ensure that enrichment through art, music, theater and dance will continue. Our scholarship program enables children to participate who might not otherwise be able to. But without financial support from the community, we are "swimming upstream." Your donations help us to maintain and grow our programs. Your membership dollars and sponsorships make a difference in the lives of our children and the quality of life in our community. DONATE TODAY!
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!
Sign Up Now for Adult Drawing
A minimum of 4 students is required for us to host the Adult Drawing Class so sign up today to get the class going in 2015. It's only $65 per month and is taught by Katherine Kluger. Katherine has taught at the college level and is experienced in a wide variety of media. Her drawing class has been well-received by both male and female students - beginners and more experienced artists, too.
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 Brings New Faces
Jam Night is always an enjoyable evening at the Creative Arts Center and last night was no exception! New faces are always welcome and we had several new guests who were serenaded by autoharp and guitar. Folks sang along and a good time was had by all.
Next month in June, Jam Night will be June 17 @ 6:30 pm. Be there or be square. We'll put the coffee on! No admission or participation charges.
ART Is will be taking a vacation in June and will start up again the first Monday of July. Come join this group of artists to sketch, paint and learn. There is no admission and everyone is welcome - you do not have to be a CAC member to participate.
2015 EXHIBIT SCHEDULE - ARTISTS:
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
TBA Reception July 10
24-25 – Quilts?
7-29 In the Abstract Exhibit; reception Aug. 7
4 September – Judging/Reception Annual Art Show & Contest
16 through Thanksgiving - Skyscapes Exhibit (all things in the air – sunrise/set, birds, planes etc)
4 –24 Art Is Study Group Exhibit Front Gallery
New in the Gift Shop
There are some great new items in our gift shop. David Keene has constructed beautiful pens made of native Texas Bois D'Arc wood. These pens make a wonderful gift! Glass artist Linda Dolby has brought in beautiful dragonflies made of glass mounted on smooth stone and Tatiana Baeva's sculpted necklaces are unique and beautiful. Volt Soap has brought in new hand made soaps - they make a great affordable accent gift and smell so wonderful!
As always, there is no shortage of one-of-a-kind gifts in our shop for anyone on your list. Come take a look!