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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 & Sue Smith - Brookshire's Grocery Co.

Gary & Sandra Fernandes - Dr. Dana & Kay Sisk

Roy & Loretha Riales - Legend Bank - KFYN

Adult Artist Workshop with Portrait Artist Gregory Conlin

On Saturday, August 30, the Creative Arts Center will present a workshop with well-known portrait artist Gregory Conlin of Denton. "The Principles of Free Hand Drawing - A Methodical Approach to Proportion, Tone and Composition, As Applied to the Portrait and Still Life" will be in black and white with graphite, charcoal and/or pastel. The cost of the workshop is $65 and a supply list is available upon request. Advance registration is required with payment. Gregory Conlin has been teaching art since 1983 and has found his methods often produce immediate results. Recommended by CAC member and renowned portrait artist in her own right Mary Beth Gibson, Gregory believes one of the most important aspects in success is the desire to learn and "the creative use of technique....ability can be required even at a later age, with the right information and a modicum of determination and perseverance." You can visit his Facebook page (search Artist Gregory Conlin) to read more about him, his career highlights and his gallery exhibitions. Though he has drawn and painted all his life, he specializes in portraits and is often requested as a sketch artist in the courtroom and at special events. For more information, call the Creative Arts Center at 903-640-2196

New Format for Fall Theater classes at Creative Arts Center

This September, the Kidz Krew Performing Arts Program has been reorganized to include more ages and a more intensive learning experience. September 2 is the beginning of a five-week workshop, where children are introduced to many aspects of theater. During the workshop, the CAC will have open auditions for a full-length production that will include both adult and child actors. The only financial responsibility for the actors in those productions will be to acquire sponsorships. This gives more people in the community a chance to participate in theater in a setting that benefits everyone. Rehearsals for the production begin in early October after the workshop is complete. The spring schedule will follow a similar format, as will the summer workshop. The tuition costs for the workshops will vary according to students' ages and even children from 3 to 5 will have a chance to participate in Animal Cosplay classes. Tuitions range from $35 to $65 paid in advance. Tuitions paid after August 27 will be higher. For more information about these classes and the other great opportunities for kids at the Creative Arts Center, call 903-640-2196.

Youth Categories included in CAC Annual Art Show & Contest

This year, for the first time, the Creative Arts Center will include categories for children in their Annual Art Show & Contest. Art will be accepted from August 27 through September 3. The gallery will close at noon and judging will be between noon and 5 PM on Friday afternoon, September 5. The gallery will reopen with the winners awarded at 5 PM for a two-hour opening reception. Paintings, drawings, hand-pulled prints and other artwork to be hung must be framed and wired for hanging. Canvases not framed must have gallery-wrapped edges with the staples not showing. Other Rules and Regulations, information on fees and other details are available here. Youth categories for artists under 18 will be: painting, drawing, 3-Dimensional (including sculpture, pottery, wood pieces, etc.), Mixed Media and Photography. Adult categories will be Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, 3D, Wood, Photography, Mixed Media, Drawing, Hand-pulled Prints, Metal and Jewelry. Categories may be combined, depending upon the number of entries. Prize money will be awarded to first place in each category and ribbons will be awarded to first, second and third places. The Creative Arts Center hopes this art contest will be bigger than ever. If you have any questions about the details, don't hesitate to call us.

>>Rules & Regulation

>>Adult Entry Form

>>Junior Entry Form

Annual Art Show to be Judged by Christine Blackhurst of Commerce

The Annual Art Show and Contest will be judged by Texas A&M Commerce University Exhibitions Coordinator Christine Blackhurst. Though Chris' work is primarily in ceramics, she often incorporates other media to produce 3-dimensional sculptures displayed in a variety of ways. She has exhibited widely in Dallas, and, prior to moving to TAMUC, she was on the adjunct faculty of Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch. Chris has took her BFA in Ceramics at TAMUC and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has her Master of Arts in Art; emphasis Ceramics, from the University of Dallas at Irving. To see some of her work, you can visit her website at The Creative Arts Center is honored to have Chris as our 2014 judge.

Adult Beginning Drawing Class starts July 30

By popular demand, the arts center will be offering a weekly Adult Beginning Drawing class with Katherine Kluger. From 1:30 to 3:30 each Wednesday, students will learn the basics about drawing. If you've always wanted to draw or want to hone your skills, this will be a great class for you. July 30 is the start and will be included in the August payment - you get 5 lessons for the price of 4! Cost of the class is $65 per month and you may start at any time (lessons will be prorated if you start mid-month). If you have any questions, just call us!

NEW in the Gift Shop

The CAC welcomes two new artists - Linda Dolby of McKinney works with glass under the name JL Glass and pictured are a few of her pieces we now have in our gift shop. We also welcome new artist Llwanda Golden who'll be bringing some of her beautiful pottery to us soon. We have two new titles from Kay Sisk and Jamie Slack has a book in the gallery now. Her trendy scarves made from recycled t-shirts are great with t-shirts, sun dresses, jeans - you name it. Come shop our beautiful store! >>more

Currently in the Gallery

The Anime, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Art Exhibit currently on display in the gallery and features several youth artists. We are always excited to include the talented youth of our community and we allow them to enter this exhibit for free. Color and excitement are always a part of these genres of art and this display is no exception. In the Second Gallery, we feature our Artists of the Month - for August, the AOM are: Jenna Regan, Brad Lacy, Carolyn Cook Fauble and Fulton Baker. Congratulations to these artists. In the Library, we are showing work of our new artists. In the last 2-3 months, we have had several new members join our artist family. They are: Kim Pruitt, William Hurst, Anne Harris, Vicki Moss, Jenna Regan, Shana Swain and Mary Beth Gibson.

The Bugtussle Trek passed through on their annual pilgrimage to Bugtussle. The vintage cars were sweet!


Join-Volunteer-DonateDon't Forget to Renew Your Membership

When it's nearly time for school to start, then it's time for our annual membership drive. Our annual drive has begun and you should have received your letter in the mail. We appreciate your timely response. Don't forget that the arts center not only has many programs, classes and events, but we also have water bills, electric bills, trash bills, insurance and many other expenses that every business has. If you can spare a little extra to help sponsor a class, we would appreciate that "something extra" in addition to your regular membership. This year, if a class does not have sufficient participants to pay the instructor, we will have to drop the class if we do not find a sponsor to make sure his/her fee is covered. If you would be willing to help when this occurs, please let the director know at Thank you! >>more

The remainder of the 2014 Lecture Series schedule is thus:

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.

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.

June 13 - Red River Photo Club & Glass Exhibit
(glass work and photography only)

July 2 to 27 - Fiber and Fabric - Including quilts from the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.
The Pilgrim/Roy Invitational Challenge Quilts
will be in the gallery from July 22-27. This is a MUST SEE for quilt enthusiasts. The exhibit also includes works of wood, textiles and other fibers and runs through July 27. No reception in the gallery this month. A reception for the Quilt Hop visitors will be held at the Sam Rayburn Library Museum on Friday, July 25 in the evening. 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)

Knitting Classes

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!




ART Is... Will be taking July off, but will meet again August 4 and 18th. Come join us to paint, sketch and learn about art!

Jack Bonds Speaks at the Arts Center

Jack Bonds is a fascinating speaker because he is entertaining as well as educational in the information he imparts. His recent lecture about his trip to Papua, New Guinea was no exception. The artifacts he brought to show were interesting and fun and as he described each one and it's uses, the crowd felt the excitement of these discoveries. Perhaps the most amazing item was the crocodile, used in a ceremonial dance. The woven crocodile with cowry shells for eyes is life size and the lower jaw bounces as the dancer moves holding the piece over his head. This creates an effect both ominous and humorous. After the talk, there were numerous questions. This was the mostly highly attended lecture to date.

In August, Freda Riley returns to speak about Weaving and Spinning and will hopefully bring her rabbit Pearl with her to demonstrate. Freda grows colored cotton which she spins into yard and is a fascinating story teller in her own right. The date is August 28, 7 PM.

Jam Night and Freda Riley Lecture at the Creative Arts Center Jam Night is a great way to meet other musicians, sing along with some of your favorite tunes and try out new ones of your own. The next Jam Night is Wednesday, August 20 at 6:30 PM at the Creative Arts Center. On Thursday, August 28 at 7 PM, spinning and weaving expert Freda Riley will again demonstrate those ancient arts and give a lecture on the history of those arts and the history of cotton. Her relaxed style of speaking and her wonderful stories make Freda a terrific guest speaker. Both events are free to the public. For information, call the arts center at 903-640-2196.

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

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