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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!


The Creative Arts Center is a project of the Fannin Community Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit. When you shop on Amazon use this link for your purchase. A portion ( 0.5%) of what you spend will return to the Creative Arts Center!  During the process of purchasing, you will be asked what organization you wish to benefit. Use: FANNIN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION INC as your charity and help us earn a donation.
Thank you!

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



Linda and Larry Petty will Perform at Valentine Buffet Brunch on February 14 

Valentine's Day is Sunday, February 14 and the traditional Valentine event at the Creative Arts Center this year will be a Sunday buffet brunch from 11 AM to 2 PM. Linda and Larry Petty will perform live! Families or couples - everyone is welcome.  The menu will include, turkey, brisket, ham, hash brown casserole, deviled egg casserole, pasta salad, a green salad, yummy desserts, coffee, teach and complimentary Valentine spirits. Drop in and have dinner on us. Bring in a church bulletin (one per family) and get free entry into our raffle for prizes.

The cost is only $10 per adult, $8 for children 12 and under and little ones under 3 are free. This includes everything! What a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine's Day with the whole family. The February Exhibit at the gallery will be "Creative Illusions" and the art will be superb. So, join us at the arts center for great art, great food and a memorable Valentine's for your whole family.

Fancy Flea Will Return

The Fancy Flea Jewelry Sale raised over $1300 for the Creative Arts Center. The comment most often hear during the run of the sale was "what a great idea," and the next most popular comment was "when are you doing it again?" The quality of the jewelry offered for sale was top notch - noted by all shoppers, many of whom called friends to join them while they were here.

The jewelry that remained unsold will be offered again at our next Fancy Flea event - we will let you know when that happens so more shoppers can take advantage of THE FANCY FLEA.

Art and Culture Meet this Month at the Creative Arts Center

    February is Black History Month and in keeping with this annual tribute, the Creative Arts Center is hosting an exhibit featuring artwork and historical photographs of African American life in and around Bonham, Texas a century ago. Displayed together, this mixture of media certainly echoes the saying "art imitates life." Included in the display, are photographs of legendary guitarist Charlie Christian who was born and is buried in Bonham.
    The remainder of the gallery is dedicated to the Creative Illusions exhibit. This unique collection of hidden subjects, optical illusions and artistic double entendre is an unusual but delightful assortment. One photograph - Seek and Ye Shall Find - presents a challenge: find the hidden object. And not everyone does. Can you? Visit the Creative Arts Center to find out and while you're there, check out their gift shop.
    The Creative Illusions Exhibit and the Black History Month Tribute will run through February 27. The center is located at 200 W. 5th Street and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM. For more information, visit them online at Facebook or or call 903-640-2196.


Kidz Krew Theater Workshop Begins February 11

    The Creative Arts Center Kidz Krew Theater Program is growing by leaps and bounds. On the heels of last fall's production of ALICE IN WONDERLAND, there has been a resurgence of participants, as younger actors become interested in acting onstage.
    "The children who have joined Kidz Krew in the past and were cast members for various productions are so enthusiastic that they often bring friends to auditions and workshops, creating a ripple effect," said arts center Executive Director Lisa Avila, who wrote the adaptation of ALICE that Kidz Krew performed.
    Theater Workshops not only teach kids theater skills but teach them to understand theater as well. This latest workshop - Good vs. Evil: Why is There Always A Bad Guy? - will cover the age-old conflict that appears in virtually all stories and why there has to be a "conflict" of some type for a story to be interesting.  The Kidz Krew Program is gearing up for their spring production, likely to be another original play, and, rumor has it, the world's most famous detective may once again be involved.
    The upcoming Workshop will begin on Thursday, February 11 and run for 6 weeks. Lisa Avila will teach the workshop. Classes are each Thursday from 3:45 to 5 PM. The cost is $50 and scholarships are available (You may download the Enrollment Form here and the Scholarship Application here).

Auditions for the spring production will be in March. For more information, call the Creative Arts Center at 903-640-2196.

Red River Art, Wine & Music Fest - April 15 & 16 - SAVE THE DATES!!

The Third Annual Red River Art, Wine & Music Fest is Saturday, April 16 this year with an Opening Reception on Friday evening, April 15. So, get your taxes mailed in and come join us for a whole treasure trove of activities. This year, the exhibit on display during the Art Fest will be a judged Photography Contest. Judging will be Friday afternoon and the gallery will be closed for setting up and for the judging. At 5 PM on Friday evening, winners will be revealed and there will be a reception from 5-7 PM. The top 12 winners in the Photography Contest will be included on a 2017 calendar which will go on sale later this year.

During the reception, the Silent Auction (a big hit at each Art Fest) will begin. Artists and businesses around the community donate great items to the auction each year. Last year's 6 x 6s will also be on sale at drastically reduced prices. There's plenty more in store for the Opening Reception and the Art Fest on Saturday -  more children's activities, more music, more performers, more activities, more art and more! Watch this website and the Red River Art, Wine & Music Fest Facebook page for updated information.


Sam Houston visited Wednesday night, November 19, as our last speaker in the 2015 Lecture Series. He spoke about the legendary Texas icon Sam Houston and about his own new book - TEXAS CHILI FOR THE SOUL. The book includes stories that embody the heart and soul of the Texas spirit. Some of the stories may seem familiar and the characters included are like many of our own friends and acquaintances. Full of lessons and laughter, at times poignant, at times hilarious, the book makes a terrific stocking stuffer and the Creative Arts Center gets 40% of the sale price of $15.95. Come buy a stack of them for the Texans on your Christmas list.

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

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!

Kiwanis, Chi Lambda, Brinker International and Others Make Kidz Krew Possible

The Kidz Krew Performing Arts Program is a remarkable program that began at the Creative Arts Center about 7 years ago. There have been a number of instructors and directors, most recently Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Fannin County Children’s Center. Sandy directed both productions in 2015 – JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH this past May and ALICE IN WONDERLAND earlier this month. Both drew terrific crowds and ALICE featured 26 young local actors. These plays were performed at the Bonham ISD Auditorium on Main Street and the CAC is extremely grateful to them for allowing us to utilize this great facility.

The Kidz Krew program could not survive without supporters. The KIWANIS CLUB OF BONHAM, CHI LAMBDA, and BRINKER INTERNATIONAL (owner of the CHILI’S franchise) were the primary sponsors of the 2015 production season. We are extremely grateful to them for their donations. Without donations, the program cannot afford to produce plays or sponsor children who need financial assistance. KIWANIS, CHI LAMBDA and BRINKER INTERNATIONAL made the 2015 plays and scholarships possible. There are many other sponsors who also supported production costs, many of them family members of our actors: Bonham ISD (for the use of the auditorium), Toby Gist, Trudi Fortune, Wise Funeral Home, Amanda & Michael Evans, Kenzie Evans, Eric Bell, Jessica Jones, Judy Hall, Linda Hall, Myles Porter, Dr. Gary Sisson, Sandy Barber, Mark & Jeanette Walker, Jason Royce of Renlita Doors, LaFollett & Abbott, American Tool&Die, Sandy Robertson, Michelle Griffith, Christi Fox, Brookshire’s, Kim Jenkins, William Dalton, Crate Escape, Glass Concepts, M&D Sewing, the Woodards, Chris & Jennifer Wilson, Melissa Wilson and Cherie Frazier. Thank you so much to all of our sponsors for another successful year of Kidz Krew Performing Arts!

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Jam Night

Jam Night is the third Wednesday of each month, so join us for some great tunes. Come to play, sing or just listen. Everyone is welcome. Everybody takes turns leading the group or just performing solo. We'll put the coffee on! 




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!

"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.

Please mention the book when you make your donation. 








ART Is is Free and Open to All

The ART Is study group works the first and third Mondays of every month (with a few exceptions when they take a break). This study group is facilitated by Marilyn Todd Daniels and anyone with an interest in art is invited to attend and participate. The group meets from 5-7 PM and generally paints, sketches and sometimes has a program for part of the session. On the third Monday, there is usually a model. At the conclusion of each year in December the group hosts an exhibition of the work they did during the year.

Everyone - whether you have any experience or not - is welcome to participate. These are not lessons, per se -  the group experiments with new media and techniques and encourages each other in creating art. Come join them for 2016!

January date remaining is Monday, January 17.

2016 Tentative Exhibit Schedule

The tentative schedule for 2016 will be:

January - Winter Wonderland
February - Creative Illusions (main galleries), Black History Tribute (in the Library)
March - Harbingers of Spring (through April 7)
April - (15 through May 27) Annual Photo Show (will be a judged exhibition)
June - New Artist Exhibit
July - Water  (themed) Exhibit
August - Tentative - Meet the Artists
September - Annual Contest (runs through October 7)
October - Tentative - Ron Eckard Watercolor Exhibit 
November - Man's Best Friend
December - Art Is Exhibition


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

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