BONHAM — The Creative Arts Center of Bonham has selected the first "Artists of the Month" for 2014. They are Carla Arm, Paula Brennecke, Dr. John Robinson and Bonnie Blose. Their work is being exhibited throughout the month at the CAC, 200 West 5th Street in Bonham, as well as other locations. For more information, call 903-640-2196.

BONHAM — The Creative Arts Center of Bonham has selected the first "Artists of the Month" for 2014. They are Carla Arm, Paula Brennecke, Dr. John Robinson and Bonnie Blose. Their work is being exhibited throughout the month at the CAC, 200 West 5th Street in Bonham, as well as other locations. For more information, call 903-640-2196.


Blose’s work is on display at Legend Bank in Bonham.


She explains, "Art for me began as an adventure to relaxation and has blossomed into a life-long pursuit. My love of God’s creation and history as well as my Pennsylvania German heritage provides inspiration for my art. I enjoy painting, charcoal drawing, quilting and pottery. My most recent venture has been making treenware and wooden bowls using the traditional shaving horse and hand tools."


Robinson, of Sherman, is retired after a career in applied research and management at Texas Instruments and MEMC. His interest in art spans more than 30 years with his initial focus in the genre of western art based on scenes and experiences from his native west Texas. After moving to Sherman, he worked with water media to create landscape paintings, but then took a 20-year leave from painting due to his career. After retirement, he renewed his artistic endeavors, initially working in water colors and mixed media collage and then in oils. He enjoys artistic expression through landscapes, still life and portraits focusing on themes pertinent to his life experiences. He believes each piece of art should have an intense emotional impact for the artist and the viewer. His work is being exhibited at Granny Lou’d Bed and Breakfast in Bonham.


Brennecke’s photography is on display at the Fannin County Courthouse. She began photography as a hobby as a child when her mother let her use her old box camera in the 1950s. Her interest grew and she has continually changed her camera equipment, currently uding a Nikon D40 digital SLR.


"I suppose I was influenced in my early life by the racks of colorful post cards on display in historic Central City, Colorado where my family lived for a time and then by the scenic calendars (Ansel Adams and others) that my mother always hung on our walls," says Brennecke. "I’ll climb or slide into unusual spots to get ‘just the right angle’ for a shot. On vacations, my husband, Don, quickly learned to expect, ‘Wait! Back up! I want to get a shot of that!’"


Arm’s work is being exhibited at Bonham City Hall.


"My art is fantasy/surrealism. My medium is acrylics or colored pencil," says Arm. "I love to read and reading creates visuals for me that I can put on paper or canvas. I have also done some murals, like the desert scene on a living room wall of our house in Tucson, Arizona. My favorite thing about art is the color. I love bright, intense color and painting is a way I can immerse myself in its wonderful universe. There is also humor in a great deal of my art. I want people to look at it and smile."