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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!
Holidays at the Creative Arts Center
As the Holidays approach, the schedule stays busy in the gallery. The ART Is... study group will exhibit in the gallery from December 5 through December 24 with their show Serendipity. This exhibit is unique in that each artist will have a cork board showing the sketches and studies that led to their paintings. The group meets twice a month on Monday at the center and all artists are welcome to join them. On Wednesday, December 4, the Sweets, Spirits and Sparkles Grand Bazaar is back again for the third year. This shopping event gives residents a chance to support our economy and "buy local" for Christmas gift-giving. A wide variety of items will be on hand in all price ranges for all ages. Sweets, Spirits and Sparkles is from 4 to 7 PM and the gallery will be closed from noon to 4:00 PM in preparation for the event. Art on the Town - the Creative Arts Center's adult painting parties - winds up 2013 on Wednesday evening, December 11 at 7 PM with a painting for the Holidays. Cheryl Wilson will again teach and the painting will be posted on the website at www.creativeartscenter.us. The arts center will be open for regular business hours through and including Christmas eve, December 24 and will reopen January 2. For more information, call 903-640-2196.
Sweets, Spirits & Sparkles December 4
Shop until you drop on Wednesday, December 4 from 4 to 7 PM. Our third annual Sweets, Spirits & Sparkles event promises to be bigger and better than ever. As always, sparkling cider and champagne will be served by Santa's helpers, and our artists and other vendors will bring a multitude of presents to purchase for all the special someones in your life. There will be a variety of items for the kitchen: hand-carved wooden spoons and small serving pieces, wooden bowls, crosses, chalices and trivets. Pottery bowls both large and small for mixing, serving garnishes, side dishes or salads. Beautiful platters and lavish confections to serve on them will be for sale. Love glass? Glass cutting boards, coasters, cheese trays and stained glass in all sizes make excellent gifts. For your home, we'll have yard art, decorative art pieces,paintings and sculptures. A beautiful handmade wooden keepsake box is a masculine way for the man in your life to organize his smaller items. For the ladies, jewelry and textile art both decorate you and keep you warm. Earrings start as low as $7.50 and the exquisite jewelry of Patty Kreider will also be available. This year Patty will offer discounts to her "repeat" customers! And there's much, much more! So, don't miss this opportunity to take care of your Christmas list and support the local economy. We know you can shop anywhere, but handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gifts make giving even more special, especially when you know the person who receives your gift won't see the same thing at a neighbor's or friend's house! Bring your co-workers, friends or relations and shop Sweets, Spirits & Sparkles on December 4.
3D Exhibit in the Gallery Now - Serendipity opens in December
The 3D Exhibit, which opened November 1, is a varied and exciting collection of sculpture, carved wood, jewelry, pottery, paper art and textile art. If you haven't seen it, please stop by and look around. While you're at it, you might even find a great Christmas gift for that 'special someone' - either on exhibit or in the gift shop. In December, the ART Is... study group's exhibition Serendipity goes up. Facilitated by Marilyn Todd Daniels, this group meets the first and third Monday of each month to paint, sketch and compare techniques. The artists will display not only finished works in this show but studies and sketches as well. Thus, the viewers gain some insight into the process of producing art. Last year's exhibition LandMARKS was similarly displayed and extremely popular with our guests. Serendipity will run from December 5 through the 24th.
"Art on the Town" - Adult Art Parties added to our lineup
Have you ever wanted to make a collage, paint or draw but don’t know where to start? Do you like getting together with friends after work to unwind? Have you ever combined the two ideas? That’s where art parties come in. The Creative Arts Center's next pARTy on the Town will be from 7 - 9 PM on Wednesday, November 20. “Art on the Town” will provide supplies and two and a half hours of guidance. Guests will paint, draw, make a collage or junk sculpture and each will leave the party with his or her own work of art. Participants may bring their own refreshments, spend a short time unwinding and then begin to create. Cheryl Wilson will instruct the class; the project will be a painting and the cost is $35 per person. Reservation by payment only. For more information, please call the arts center at 903-640-2196. Deadline for this class is Saturday, November 16 .>>more
Reservations are required
November Jam Night was another smash
Jam Night continues to evolve and November's 'edition' was no exception. Singer/songwriters, a jazz guitarist, some handmade drums and terrific music brought 2013 to a great conclusion, proving the event is a terrific success. Our next Jam Night will be January 15 and hopefully, we'll continue to see new faces in the group and welcome back our regulars. If you haven't visited to hear the music, you should. All types of tunes echoed through the building as musicians played together, compared experiences and encouraged one another. Make attending Jam Night at the Creative Arts Center one of your New Year's resolutions!
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.
If it's September, it's Membership Drive time at the Creative Arts Center. This is the time of year most of our members renew their annual dues. Remember that you get a 20% discount on classes and rentals with your membership. Businesses get a listing on the website and on our new permanent sign facing 5th St. Artist Members were treated to a garden party last May and Dinner with the Judge in September. The Lecture Series is free to members and you get all the notices, invitations and e-blasts that can keep up to date on all our activities. So, renew today! Your membership helps keep our programs and events going.>>more
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.
ART Is.....will meet Monday, November 4 from 5 to 7 PM to paint and plan the upcoming show. Please join us - bring painting or drawing supplies and create!
For more information, call Executive Director Lisa Avila at 903.640.2196. email@example.com