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.
CALL FOR ART!!
3D 3D 3D 3D 3D 3D
We will begin taking art on February 28 for our March Exhibit - the theme is 3D work, which includes a wide range of media! Painters, wood artists, glass artists, gourd artists, sculptors, jewelers - most of you should be able to participate in this one (obviously a painting will have to have some kind of feature that makes it 3 dimensional and photographers - find something cool and 3D to mount your photos on). If you have doubts about whether or not your work qualifies, just give me a call. Please bring your pieces by March 5.
We are not charging entry fees, however, we need at least 2 out of 3 pieces submitted to be for sale (and preferably all of them). If you submit two, we'd like both of them to be for sale. This helps all of us when we sell more art!
Hope to see some terrific new work from you -- our wonderful artist family!!
(No reception this month.)
6 BY 6 ON 5TH CANVASES ARE IN - Artists We Need You!
The Red River Art, Wine & Music Fest Committee is hard at work getting ready for this big event on April 18. There are many activities within this festival and one of them is the 6 BY 6 ON 5th PROJECT. We are distributing 500 6" x 6" canvas boards for members of the community to paint, draw on, decorate, splatter with mud - you name it; the possibilities are endless - and we will sell them the evening of April 17 at our kick-off reception for the festival. We hope our artists will participate - and you'd better pick yours up soon because they're going fast! There is no cost to you to participate - just pick up your boards and bring them back to us by mid-March. We will display every one of them on the evening of April 17 and sell them for $20 each. We are asking residents, artists, political and civic leaders and business owners to help us. This gets the entire community involved in this fun way to create and appreciate art. The Rules and Regulations and Form are here and the boards are in the gallery now.
Red River Art, Wine & Music Fest - April 17 and 18
The Red River Art Fest is even bigger and better for 2015 and includes many more activities. We will not hold the 5K run as we did last year, but we have added Wine Tasting, Music and a kickoff reception where we will feature not only the 6 BY 6 ON 5th viewing and sale, but also our Youth Art Contest and the April/May exhibit theme of "The Spirit of Texas."
On Friday, April 17 from 5 to 9 PM, the viewing and sale of 500 small works of art will kickoff the weekend's events. Visitors will not only be able to bid on the 6" x 6" canvases, but also see the exhibition of Youth Art and Adult Art. For information on the Youth Art Contest go here and entry forms on the Youth Contest go here. For adult artists entering our exhibit for the months of April and May within "The Spirit of Texas" theme, go here. Friday evening will also start our Silent Auction. Bidders may begin that night and return on Saturday to bid again for the items they want most!
The Youth Art Contest will award ribbons to third place and we will be accepting art in three categories: Painting/drawing; Photography; and 3-Dimensional work. If entries warrant, we may divide into age categories as well. The Youth Art will be on display Friday and Saturday during the festival. The awards ceremony for the Youth Art Contest will be Saturday at 3 PM. Art work must be picked up after that time.
Homestead Winery is organizing our wine tasting event and more information about exactly what wineries will be here is forthcoming. We will also have musicians of all types performing on and off during the day Saturday. And the garden will once again be the site of our children's activities - face painting, chalk drawing, painting, spin art, a bounce house and more.
The artist vendors will return and the tent will be open on Saturday from 9 to 6 PM. A wide variety of pottery, jewelry, paintings, wood art and much more will be represented once again. Our Silent Auction of art and other items will include many wonderful gifts and artwork to bid on and we hope everyone will come by to bid on something.
The admission to the festival is free! So bring 100 friends and come to the Red River Art Wine & Music Fest 2015. MARK YOUR CALENDARS. For more information, call the arts center at 903-640-2196.
Lecture Series - Read All About It
The first in our Lecture Series of 2015 drew a large crowd who came to hear a fascinating talk by Skipper Steely. Skipper is the author of 40 books and an authority on Texas history. He spoke about the migratory patterns of settlers to the Red River Valley. During the evening, each guest was asked where his family originated prior to Texas, and, as Skipper put a pin for each story on the U.S. map, clear patterns began to emerge. To read more about the settlement of our area, you can find Skipper's books on Amazon in both book and Kindle form. If you purchase through Amazon Smile, a portion of the purchase comes back to the Creative Arts Center! (Contact us for more information.) These titles by Skipper pertain to the lecture: GEORGE WRIGHT: TRIP THROUGH TEXAS 1816-1848; SIX MONTHS FROM TENNESSEE; FORTY SEVEN YEARS; RED RIVER PIONEERS.
CHILDREN’S THEATER WORKSHOP GETS UNDERWAY FEBRUARY 3
The Kidz Krew Performing Arts Program gets off to a great start in February with a Comedy Workshop for kids of all ages. This workshop will focus on different types of comedy and will study how comedy works and what makes good comedy funny. Students will also write their own comedy skits. Theater arts help build a child’s ability to speak confidently in front of a group, give reports, work as a team and have an increased sense of self-esteem. If your child loves to act or has always wanted to, this workshop is a great opportunity for both the novice and the more experienced child actor. The workshop is also a lead-in to the Kidz Krew Performing Arts Program spring production. Auditions for that production will be in late February and more information about the play will be forthcoming. This production will be open to the entire community. You do not have to be a workshop participant to audition, though the workshop will certainly be helpful. Tuesday, February 3 will be the beginning of the Comedy Workshop which will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 to 5 PM. The workshop will last five weeks and cost $65. All ages are welcome. To enroll, please come by the Creative Arts Center at 200 W. 5th Street in Bonham. For more information, call 903-640-2196.
"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 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.
NEW in the Gift Shop
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
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 is Wednesday February 18
Jam Night starts up 2015 on Wednesday, February 18. At 6:30 PM, come join in the fun. Whether you play or just want to listen, you are welcome at Jam Night. Free to everyone. We'll put the coffee on.
Our new year welcomes Jam Night back again this Wednesday, February 18 at 6:30 PM. Bring your guitars, drums, fiddles, xylophones and harmonicas to play, sing or listen. We'll put the coffee on! All musicians and folks who appreciate music are welcome.
Magnificent Seven A Success
Director Anne Genung and the Kidz Krew Performing Arts Program did a terrific job with their recent production of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN - Short in Stature, Long on Dreams. Anne and the cast want to thank Mavis Duncan and all the parents who helped with props, lighting, refreshments and rehearsals. We couldn't have done it without you! We would also like to thank our sponsors: Wise Funeral Home, Mayor Roy Floyd, Dr. David Rosenthal, The Barber Family, Fannin Pharmacy & Gift Shop, Solid Ground Realtors, Toby's Hair Care, Bonham Nails & Spa, and Glass Concepts Stained Glass. Congratulations Anne and the cast and crew on a job well done!!
Black History Month Celebration 2015
The celebration of Black History was started by Carter G. Woodson in 1926 - he is also know as the "Father of Black History." He chose the month of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas. A few community leaders have joined together focusing on the Black Life, History and Culture in Fannin County. To kick-off this celebration, a short program will be presented on the history of Black-owned and operated businesses in Fannin County on Friday, February 6 at 6 PM here at the Creative Arts Center. This event is free and everyone is invited to join us as we celebrate Black History Month with displays and refreshments. Black History will continue to be an important part of American and World History. However, we must continue to tell the stories.
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.
6 – Black History Month Reception & Display
6-21 – New work by member artists
24 – Accepting 3D work
6-28 - 3 D Exhibit – all 3-dimensional media;
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
3-25 Drawing/Illustrating/Calligraphy Exhibit; Reception July 3
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