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!
Sweets in the Gift Shop
What is the holiday season without chocolate and delightful confections? Sweet Dreams of Texas, owned and operated by Valerie Pollock, has brought some new goodies to the Creative Arts Center and they are on sale now in our gift shop. We have peanut butter fudge (they look like little reindeer!), divinity, truffles, rum balls and toffee. Buy one or buy some of each - you'll make someone very happy for Christmas if they find something from Sweet Dreams in their Christmas stocking. Each item makes a great party gift too. Come shop at the Creative Arts Center!
SHOP AT THE CREATIVE ARTS CENTER FOR THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT!
Holiday shopping couldn't be easier than it is at the Creative Arts Center. Whether you need pottery or glass bowls, cheese or sushi boards or hand-carved treenware or your sweetie needs a beautiful bracelet, earrings or a necklace, the arts center has something for those special folks on your Christmas list. We also have beautiful wreaths and Christmas ornaments and decorations. Many artists brought in more pieces for the holidays so there is a wide variety to choose from. We also have yard art, beautiful bottle chimes, outdoor bottle trees to decorate for any season, scarves, framed needlework, salsa and more. You have to visit to see it all - there's more than you can imagine. So, shop local to boost Bonham's economy, help the art center and our artists and to get all your Christmas shopping done!
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!!
"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 book makes a wonderful Christmas present to treasure all year.
Christmas Holidays and January Exhibit
The gallery will be closed from December 25 through January 5, reopening on Tuesday, January 6. January will be open for all member artists to show. We prefer new work, if you have any. The whole gallery is yours!
December 3 is Sweets, Spirits & Sparkles - come shop until you drop from 4 to 7 PM. The gallery will be closed from noon until 4 for the artists to set up. Jewelry, food, pottery, wood.
December 5 - 24, the Art Is...study group be exhibiting their work entitled "Journeys." This group of artists meet regularly to sketch and paint. Marilyn Todd Daniels is the facilitator and all artists are welcome in their group - each year in December, they exhibit in the front gallery. The gallery will be closed December 25 - January 1
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!
Paleo Art and Fossils in Fannin County
With a myriad of fossils to see and a terrific presentation, Master Naturalists Kenny Carl, Doug Franklin and PK Kirkpatrick brought an informative evening to the Creative Arts Center. The talk centered around the channel that is known as the North Sulphur River. The history of the river and the wide variety of fossils to be found there prompted numerous questions from the guests. From sharks teeth to ancient art drawn on stone, the North Sulphur is a treasure trove for those interested in "picking" fossils. Arrow and spear heads are also common there as they are in much of Fannin County. The group also brought copies of "Fossil Collector's Guidebook to the North Sulphur River" published by the Dallas Paleontogical Society. This book is available from the Master Naturalists for $10 and includes descriptions and photos of the many fossils to be found. The Creative Arts Center is grateful to the Master Naturalists and Kenny, Doug and PK for their informative, entertaining and interesting talk.
Chi Lambda donates to Creative Arts Center Creative Arts Center
Executive Director Lisa Avila accepts a $500 grant from Chi Lambda. This donation will go toward the CAC's many children's programs. Pictured are Lisa Avila (left) and Mary Payne of Chi Lambda
Adult Drawing Class Continues
The Adult Drawing Class has been popular, so it will be an ongoing class, meeting each week on Wednesdays. Use this opportunity to take up drawing, hone your skills if you're a painter or just to have fun. No experience is necessary. Instructor Katherine Kluger has been teaching art for many years, and, in the recent Annual Art Show & Contest, won 1st and 2nd place in the Ceramics Category and 3rd place in the 3D category. The Adult Drawing Class meets on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 and the cost is $65 per month. Students may start any time during the month and the charges will be prorated.
NEW in the Gift Shop
Christmas is around the corner and our gift shop has everything you need for that special someone. 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
The Bugtussle Trek passed through on their annual pilgrimage to Bugtussle. The vintage cars were sweet!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you! >>more
The remainder of the 2014 Lecture Series schedule is thus:
December 11 - Cancelled
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.
October 3 -Man and Machine (open exhibit/all media to pertinent work only)
November 7 - A Tribute to Our Veterans (open, all media).
December - Art Is Group (closed) and Colors of the Season: Red & Silver (open)
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 November
Jam Night for the month of October will be Wednesday, November 19. Come join other musicians to try out new tunes, play, sing or listen and share a love of music.