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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 and Sue Smith

Brookshire's Grocery Co.

Gary & Sandra Fernandes

Dr. Dana & Kay Sisk

Roy and Loretha Riales

Legend Bank


Win Money, Shop and Get Fit at the Red River Art Fest in Bonham

Get fit, have fun, shop, eat great food - all this at the Red River Art Fest and Run for the Arts on Saturday, April 26. Registration for the Fun Run and 5K begins at 7:30 am. The Fun Run departs at 8:30 and the 5K at 9 AM. Both are fairly flat and fast. The Fun Run participants also get a chance to paint along the route with squirt painting on two canvases. The finished products will be the prizes for overall Male and Female Winners of the 5K.

There will be lots of activities for children - kids can draw on the sidewalk with chalk, paint their own paintings, color in the Children's Center booth, bounce in the bounce house, eat free popcorn, and get their face painted by renowned face painter - Tricia Dennie.

Two contests are also part of the festival - the Painted Chair and Sidewalk Art Contests each pay $350 to the winners. Painted Chairs should be completed in advance and brought to the arts center beginning April 22 through the day of the event. The Sidewalk Art Contest begins at noon and runs for 2 hours. Contestants each get a square of sidewalk approximately 5' x 4' to work in. Second place pays $75 and third place pays $50 in each of the two contests.

Like to shop? The vendor tent will be open from 9 am to 6 PM and a Silent Auction runs inside the gallery all day with more great bargains to purchase.

At 5:30, the BBQ dinner begins with brisket and all the fixins for only $8. A short live auction will sell the top 5 painted chair winners.

This festival promises to be fun for the whole family. For more information and rules and forms on the contests, see or call us at 903-640-2196. Make plans to join us on April 26 and raise money for the arts!

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>>Schedule of Events   >>Sponsorship Form   >>Painted Chair Contest Rules & Entry Form  

>>Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest Rules & Entry Form   >>Vendor Rules    >>Vendor Application

>>Register for the 5K and Fun Run at

Win this Children's Mustang Boss 302

The UTTER FAMILY OF DEALERSHIPS has donated a children's battery-operated Mustang Boss 302 to the Creative Arts Center. Chances on this fantastic little car are on sale now - tickets are $10 each, 6 for $50 and 12 for $100. The money raised will be used to fund scholarships for our Summer Camps. Drawing will be June 20 and you do not have to be present to win. Come by and see her shiny orange pearl paint sparkle in the sun and buy your chance to win this Mustang your little cowboy or cowgirl.

Wind in the Willows - Creative Arts Center CALL FOR ART

Many of us remember the timeless classic THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame. Rat, Mole, Badger and Toad and their adventures in the Wild Wood are the theme for the Creative Arts Center's upcoming exhibit in April. Woodlands, woodland creatures, wildflowers and plants all fall into the theme and many artists use these subjects in their work. With that in mind, the CAC welcome entries beginning March 25 for a week. As with most exhibits, entry of up to three pieces is free to CAC members. Non-members may also enter up to three pieces for $15. Please try and keep the theme in mind when submitting work. This is an open exhibit which means any artist may enter. The May exhibit is also open to all artists: EQUUS - A Celebration of the Horse will center around artwork depicting horses. For these exhibits, all media are welcome. If you have any questions, call the arts center at 903-640-2196. For Rules and Regulations or an Entry Form, >>click here.


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ROBIN HOOD at the Creative Arts Center - May 23 & 24

The classic tale of Robin Hood, Lady Marian and the evil Sheriff of Nottingham comes to life with a unique twist when the Kidz Krew Performing Arts Program presents ROBIN HOOD - LOST IN THE WOODS on Friday and Saturday, May 23 and 24. The production will take place as "dessert theater" in the Creative Arts Center main gallery. Included in the ticket price will be delectable desserts and refreshments which the audience can enjoy while they watch the show. Instructor Nick Bruner has announced the cast: Robin Hood - Michael Pollock; Lady Marian - Cassidy Barber; Friar Tuck - Caleb Cundy; Sheriff of Nottingham - Noah Bell; Will Scarlet - Haiden McCurry; Announcer - Courtney O'Dell; Much Lester - Abby Hall; Bonnie - Holly Kapp; Elanor - Cayleigh Ford; Iris - Charly Campbell; Boy - Rylan McCurry; Stage Manager - Blake Kapp. Save the date and be sure to buy your tickets early, because seating is very limited. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 6 and under.

Remember our Gift Shop

When you need that special one-of-a-kind gift or a last minute one, don't forget to shop the Creative Arts Center gift shop. We have jewelry starting at $7.50, kitchen utensils that are hand-carved and great for treated cookware that you can't use metal on. We have pottery bowls for mixing and serving, scarves for keeping warm in the winter, confections and beautiful hand-made baskets to put them in. We have pillows, potholders, knitted hats, books for your friends who read. Cutting boards, fused and stained glass - you name it, we've got something for everyone and when you shop locally, you help Bonham, the artist who made your purchase and the Creative Arts Center. Don't forget - we're more than just an art gallery. >>more

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The remainder of the 2014 Lecture Series schedule is thus:

May 8 - Dr. Gary and Maureen Sisson give a portrayal of Elizabeth and Davy Crockett
July 10 - TBA
August 28 - Freda Riley - lecture and demonstration on Spinning and Weaving
October 9 - PK Kirkpatrick and Doug Franklin - Fossils in Fannin County
December 11 - TBA
We hope you will support the series. Bring your friends.

Black History Month Reception features Memories of Yesteryears

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Friday, February 21, the Creative Arts Center was the location for a reception celebrating Black History Month and featured a terrific lineup of entertainers, speakers and guests. Myrtyle McIntyre, a local retired teacher, was the key speaker and inspired everyone with her stories about her life as a student, her perseverance and hard work in becoming a teacher, and her students here in Bonham and elsewhere. Cecil Jones and Audrey Rayford also spoke and Kim Parker and Cecil sang. Roosevelt Ross gave the devotional and Alvis Dunlap was the Master of Ceremonies.  Audrey Rayford and her committee - Palmer Rayford, Vera and Roosevelt Ross, Myrtle McIntyre, Cecil Jones, Lessie and Billy Fuller, Dorothy and Joe Dale, Elva wright, Angela Frazier, Doris McCullough, Phil Blander and Rebecca Hill - organized not only the evening's events, but the refreshments as well. The backdrop was an exhibit of fine art and historical displays. Artists represented were Creative Arts Center members Phil Blander, Mary Catchings, Merry Crook, Ronald Grant and Mary Musick.

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.

May 2 - EQUUS: A Celebration of the Horse (open exhibit/all media on work featuring horses)
June 13 - Red River Photo Club & Glass Exhibit (glass work and photography only)
July - Wood Artists Exhibit and Quilts of the Paducah Challenge (possible reception July 25) August 1 - Anime, Sci-If & Fantasy Exhibit (open exhibit/all media to pertinent work only) September 5 - Annual Art Show & Contest (open judged exhibit with prizes)
October 3 - tentative - Dia de Los Muertos (open exhibit/all media to pertinent work only) November 7 - Man & Machine, including a Tribute to Our Veterans (open, all media)
December - Art Is Group (closed) and Colors of the Season: Red & Silver (open)


ART Is... Meets this month on April 7 and 21, 5-7 PM. Come join us to draw, paint and hone our craft. It's free.

Spinning and Weaving Classes continue

Freda Riley recently spoke at the arts center about spinning and weaving, actually giving those who were listening a chance to try their own hand at this ancient art. It's harder than it looks. During her talk, Freda related much about the history of weaving and the cultivation of cotton. For instance, did you know that you cannot grow colored cotton within 25 miles of commercially grown white cotton? That prohibits cross pollination and ensures the consistency of the cotton shipped off to market. However, Freda said, all cotton used to be colored and the white variety became the commercial crop of choice when the British agreed to import our cotton, but only if it was white. Freda also talked about the many varieties of yarn and brought an example of a beautiful yarn made from banana peels. Her angora rabbit Pearl was on hand so Freda could demonstrate the spinning of fur directly from the animal. Pearl sat placidly as Freda spun (the rabbit feels nothing since the hair sheds so easily). For more information or to become a student in Freda's Thursday class, call the arts center.

Current Classes Offered

We have a wide variety of classes for all ages. The current schedule includes advanced drawing, art for kids, adult art parties, knitting and spinning and weaving for adults, and kids theater classes. For a schedule, look here.


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

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