BONHAM — Four local residents have been selected by the Creative Arts Center of Bonham as the "Artists of the Month" for December. Their work can be seen at various Bonham locations and at the center, located at 200 West 5th Street.

BONHAM — Four local residents have been selected by the Creative Arts Center of Bonham as the "Artists of the Month" for December. Their work can be seen at various Bonham locations and at the center, located at 200 West 5th Street.


Mary Golden Musick lives in Paris with her husband, Kenneth, and daughter, Atlas. Her studio is in the small community of Atlas, near the home she grew up in. She has been teaching high school at the Chisum Independent School District in Paris for six years and, prior to that, taught in her own studio. She took lessons for several years from Paris artist Jamie Carter and graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in art education. Her work is being exhibited at Bonham City Hall.


Ronald Grant’s work is on exhibit at the Fannin County Courthouse.


"Looking back now, I know deep down in my heart was the desire to be an artist," says Grant. "I have never gone to school for it other than high school and watching my older brother do his art. As I grew with it, I came to know that it was a gift and a blessing. Since moving to Bonham, God has taken that desire and made it a reality."


Patty Kreider was born in Fort Worth and raised in Mesquite. She earned her bachelor’s degree from North Texas State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in recreation and leisure services. She then attended the university’s art school for two years, studying a wide variety of media. Her jewelry pieces are crafted from raw materials such as loose stones and precious metals. Nothing is pre-made. Kreider’s work which is being exhibited at Legend Bank in Bonham.


"My jewelry represents an idea that is more than just merely beauty. It is sculpture. It is art. It is an experience in texture and movement and detail," says Krieder. "I make jewelry art because I can’t NOT make jewelry art. Something compels me. Some eccentric, personal force from inside me, maybe. I’m not sure what to name it or how to describe it. Maybe next year or next month I’ll know, but not now."


Kay Carrel’s paintings are influenced by her love of nature, animals and bright colors. She has taken part in workshops with artists such as Stephen Quiller of Creede, Colorado and Deana Thibault of Tucson, Arizona. She is a charter member of the Creative Arts Center in Bonham, the Sherman Art League of Sherman and the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. Her work is on display at Granny Lou’s Bed and Breakfast in Bonham.


For more information on the exhibits, contact the Creative Arts Center at 903-640-2196.