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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!

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


Annual Quilt Hop Tour - Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25

The Creative Arts Center is once again a venue on the annual Quilt Hop Tour. Each year, over 300 visitors descend on Bonham to tour 9 locations where quilts are featured. Punch cards are distributed at each location and if visitors have their card punched at all 9 venues, they will be entered in a drawing to win prizes. The locations are: Creative Arts Center, Bonham Public Library, Sam Rayburn Memorial Library, Sam Rayburn House Museum, The Senior Center, Bonham Visitors Center, the Bonham Civic Center (old Armory), the Fannin Historical Commission and the Fannin Museum of History.

The CAC has a variety of quilts this year by Jennie Poe, Donna Miller, Juanita Barnett and Shirley Stevenson. So join the tour and visit this weekend to see the beautiful handiwork of local residents.
The tour hours are Friday, July 24 from 1:30 to 4 with a reception at the Sam Rayburn Memorial Library from 5 to 6:30 PM. Saturday,the tour runs from 9 AM to 4 PM at all nine locations.

abstractIn The Abstract Exhibit Coming up - Reception August 7

Nearly every artist has painted an abstract of some type - sometimes by happy accident! Abstract Expressionism was an art movement that originated in Paris after World War II. This was the first totally American movement and it put New York "on the map" in the western art world. Abstracts can be "objective" (where the subject can be seen but is distorted in someway) and "non-objective" (where there may be no discernible subject). Either way, they can be filled with light, color and imagination.

The Creative Arts Center will be accepting art for "In the Abstract" - an exhibition of abstract art including all media - from Wednesday, July 29 through Wednesday, August 5. There will be a reception on Friday, August 7 from 5 to 7 PM. The public is invited and there is no charge. Members may enter the exhibit for free and anyone who is not a member may enter for $25 (for 3 pieces total, not per piece). Artists may enter up to three works of art and at least two of them must be for sale. Gallery commission is 20%.

Entry forms are here and Rules are here.  For more information, call the CAC at 903-640-2196.

Summer Fun - Adult Drawing Class, One-Stroke Painting Workshop and Kids Art Class

Everyone wants something fun to do this summer and the Creative Arts Center works diligently to schedule creative workshops and classes to keep the education and fun coming. Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30, adults can join the Adult Drawing Class with artist Katherine Kluger. This class is for all levels and costs $65 per month. Katherine also teaches Art in the Afternoon from 4 PM to 5 PM on Wednesday afternoons. This class is for kids 6-18 years of age and is $40 per month. Scholarships are available for children.
On Thursday afternoon, July 23 Valerie Pollock will teach a One-Stroke Painting Workshop. This class teaches a unique approach to painting. Anyone can paint using this technique. One might call this a "left brain approach to a right brain pursuit." Last year's workshop was so popular among the kids and adults who participated that it is being repeated. Cost is only $25 per person and the class runs from 1:30 to 4:30. Since all ages can participate, this is a class the whole family can enjoy together!
So sign up. Create. Learn. Have fun this summer! For more information, contact the CAC at 903-640-2196

Jam Night Time Again

Come join us to play, sing or listen Wednesday, July 15 at 6:30 PM. Jam Night is an informal gathering of musicians and folks who love music. We put on a pot of coffee and let the music make us smile. Anyone can come - you don't have to play an instrument! There is no admission charge. 

August Jam Night is Wednesday, August 19 at 6:30 PM.

Tatiana Baeva Speaks at the Arts Center


Tatiana Baeva spoke to a group of art enthusiasts on Thursday, June 11 about doll art. Tatiana has been making dolls since she was a child. Not only has she made doll art her passion and constructed beautiful lifelike dolls of clay, she has also drawn beautiful paper dolls depicting characters in the culture of her native Russia. These drawings have been published in magazines and brought dolls to life as cutouts.

During the lecture, she showed numerous slides of dolls made by other doll artists in Russia and some of her own creations. Most were monochromatic works - of primarily only one color. Some were of yarn, some of cloth, some of wool  - all were unique and wonderful.

Tatiana's artwork is on display in the CAC gift shop - her necklaces of faces are unusual and beautiful and the cords the faces hang on slide to adjust to different lengths. She is also Artist of the Month and has artwork at Legend Bank. Many thanks to Tatiana Baeva for speaking during our Lecture Series. Come by the Creative Arts Center to see her art and look online at

trifecta exhibitThe Trifecta Exhibit – A Winning Team
July Artists of the Month

In July, the Creative Arts Center will feature an exhibit of their three art instructors. The “Trifecta Exhibit – A Winning Team” will feature artwork by Chris Cravens, Katherine Kluger and Donna West. All three artists are longstanding members of the CAC and all three teach classes there.
Chris has taught numerous classes, including Painting and Junk Sculpture. He is a prolific artist working in virtually every medium – from computer generated art to wood to oil and acrylics. His artwork adorns the walls of homes and offices throughout Texoma.  His understanding of light and form makes his work captivating and often whimsical. Though he is a master at representational pieces depicting flowers and animals, he is just as at home with the abstract.  Whether it’s a portrait in oil or a field of poppies in watercolor, Chris’ work often grabs the viewer at first glance because of his unique interpretation. July 11 Chris begins teaching a Watercolor Painting Class. The class will run from 10 AM to noon for 4 Saturdays and is for anyone – with or without experience. Chris is an encouraging and talented instructor. The cost is $100 per person for the month and a supply list can be acquired at the CAC. Interested persons should contact the CAC to participate.
Katherine Kluger is an educator by profession and continues her teaching at home and at the arts center. Katherine teaches Adult Drawing on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 and the children’s Art in the Afternoon class on Wednesday from 4 PM to 5. Children’s art is $40 per month and the Adult Drawing class is $65 per month. Though she paints and sculpts, the medium she is best known for at the CAC is her pottery. Her pieces combine function and beauty and her use of multiple glazes brings each platter and bowl to life. Her ceramic sculptures have been included in both local and national exhibits, including the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. In 2005, one of her sculptures was selected by Michael Monroe, former curator-in-charge of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, to be included in a National Exhibition in Denton.
Donna West is also a multi-talented artist who primarily works with the camera. Her award winning photos have been shown throughout Texoma and she has won numerous awards, most recently at the Magnolia Art Festival in Durant. She is fond of “macro” photography – taking shots that are very close to the subject so that only part of the subject is in the result. Her photograph of a magnolia currently in the Creative Arts Center gallery is a good example, as is her photo of water. Donna teaches photography workshops and has one scheduled at the CAC Saturday, June 27 from 10 to 4. This workshop is designed to be for the entire family but participants must be at least 10 years of age. A field trip is planned and the cost is $45 per person. There is a discount for multiple family members. Donna is also the instructor when children’s art parties are scheduled. These parties are $75 for two hours – one hour is spent on an art project and the other hour is to celebrate. Donna also paints abstracts and constructs wood sculptures, often using beautiful pieces she finds in nature.
In July, these three artists will also be featured as Artists of the Month. Chris Cravens will be Artist of the Month at Bonham City Hall. Katherine Kluger will be Artist of the Month at Legend Bank and Donna West will be Artist of the Month at the Fannin County Courthouse. A reception will be held Friday July 10th from 5 to 7p.m. at the Creative Art Center. Their work is also on display at the Creative Arts Center now and will fill the gallery for the Trifecta Exhibit.
For more information on classes taught by these talented instructors and The Trifecta Exhibit that features them, contact the arts center at 903-640-2196 and at

"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.





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!

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

Our Classes Touch the Lives of Many Children

Since 2002, the Creative Arts Center has touched the lives of children all over the region. Our art classes began almost immediately after opening and included all ages and backgrounds. Many of our drama students participated from the first classes in theater that began nearly 7 years ago. We have watched our students learn and grow and move on to become vibrant participants in our community. We thought you might be interested in some numbers. We estimate that with the number of students enrolled each month in classes and camps (art for 11-12 years and theater for 7) that over the years, we have directly touched the lives of approximately 2000 kids. Though many of those are "repeat customers," it is a fairly accurate estimate if each student's family and friends are also taken into account. Family members watch a class, watch rehearsals - they, too are participants. If we count the many children who have come to enjoy our kids' plays, exhibits, contests and variety shows, then add the children who have seen our kids dance, talked to our students about Kidz Krew or art, taken a flyer from our booth at the Fannin County Fair or waved at us and talked to us during the many parades and festivals we've participated in, then it is likely that the Creative Arts Center has touched the lives of at least 10,000-15,000 children over the years. Other than our schools, few local entities can make that claim. We are committed to enriching the lives of everyone in our community, and, by focusing on our children, we help ensure that enrichment through art, music, theater and dance will continue. Our scholarship program enables children to participate who might not otherwise be able to. But without financial support from the community, we are "swimming upstream." Your donations help us to maintain and grow our programs. Your membership dollars and sponsorships make a difference in the lives of our children and the quality of life in our community. DONATE TODAY!

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...

Art Is will meet again Monday, July 20 at 5 PM and there will be a model. Come join the group to sketch and paint. Everyone is welcome and you do not have to be a member to participate. There is no charge.


Every exhibit needs sponsors in order to hold a reception. If you can help sponsor an exhibit, please notify us ASAP. Keep an eye on the schedule in case changes are made.

3 through May 31 - The Spirit of Texas
17 April – Reception and kickoff for Red River Art/Wine/Music Fest
18 April – Red River Art Fest

The Spirit of Texas continues

5-27 - Photo & Glass Exhibit; Reception June 5

July 3-26 Trifecta Exhibit - Reception July 10th - 5-7 p.m.
24-25 – Quilt Hop Tour

7-29 In the Abstract Exhibit; reception Aug. 7

4 September – Judging/Reception Annual Art Show & Contest

16 through Thanksgiving - Skyscapes Exhibit (all things in the air – sunrise/set, birds, planes etc)

Skyscapes Continues

4 –24 Art Is Study Group Exhibit Front Gallery

Great Gifts Galore!! New Items in the Gift Shop

Lip Balm Bath Scrub and great new jewelry have all been added to the gift shop in the last two weeks. Volt Soap has brought us their line of lip balms and salt and sugar scrubs. Dogwood Springs has new Byzantine, Viking weave and Channel weave fine necklaces and bracelets, including some heavy gauge graduated Byzantine neckware that could be for the man in your life. Macon Beads has sent us a whole new box of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, eyeglass holders and sets. We now have a bowl of earrings priced below $10! Most earrings are under $12 and all colors are represented. Come visit the gift shop - we're more than just an art gallery!

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

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