BONHAM — The Creative Arts Center (CAC) of Bonham has named its "Artists of the Month" for February. A collection of their works can be viewed at the center, 200 West 5th Street or at various sites in Bonham throughout the month.

BONHAM — The Creative Arts Center (CAC) of Bonham has named its "Artists of the Month" for February. A collection of their works can be viewed at the center, 200 West 5th Street or at various sites in Bonham throughout the month.


Phyllis Elrod ‘s work is being displayed at the Fannin County Court House. She began painting taking tole painting lessons from a neighbor after the birth of her second child.


"I loved it (tole painting), investing both time and money painting on tin and wood," says Elrod. "As told painting uses patterns and pre-planned designs, I soon became disenchanged with such stiffness and, on a whim during a vacation to Colorado, I bought a pack of canvas boards and painted the beauty around me. It was most satisfying and set me on a slow course of gaining confidence as I took little steps into the world of art."


Work by Donna West can be seen at Bonham City Hall and encompasses a broad range of media. She has used her photography skills commercially and taught classes for young artists and photographers at the CAC . She paints in acrylics and often uses collage to enhance and embellish her paintings. West also enjoys sculpting using found objects and injects her sense of humor into her art.


The colors, architecture and culture of the southwest influences the artwork of Susan Mitchell, originally from the Chicago, Illinois area. Mitchell embraces adobe, pottery, southwest sunsets and clouds in her paintings and is drawn to the Cloudcroft mountains in Cloudcroft, New Mexico and to aspen. She is part owner of the Cloudcroft Art Workshops which sponsors nationally-known artists during week-long summer classes and is considered to be the top gallery in the Cloudcroft by New Mexico Magazine. Her paintings can be seen in Sunland Art Galleries in El Paso, Cloudcroft Art Society Art Gallery and the Cloudcroft Mall Gallery and in special shows at the Eagle Ranch Gallery, the New Mexico State University library in Alamogordo and The Lodge at Cloudcroft. In Bonham, her work can be viewed at Legend Bank.


Photography is the specialty of D.G. "Casey" Jones whose work is now being exhibited at Granny Lou’s Bed and Breakfast. Retired as a U.S. Postal inspector, he was first trained in photography through the Postal Inspection Service, using a 35 mm single lens reflect camera, as well as developing film and printing from negatives. As a federal law enforcement agency, the Postal Inspection Service training was directed at obtaining true and accurate images of accidents and crime scenes, as well as photos of suspects.


"My current interest in digital photography has evolved from my use of a digital scanner and Adobe Photoshop to restore numerous old familiy photos and other antique photographs," says Jones. "My interest has coincided with the evolution of digital photography and ink jet printers which have now surpassed film photography. I currently use a Nikon digital single lens reflext camera with a variety of lenses. I enjoy all types of photography and I am especially interested in wildlife and macro photography.


In addition to the artists of the month, the CAC is celebrating Black History Month with an exhibit by local and regional black artists and art depucting black culture and history. The exhibit also honors the Washington School and pays tribute to the local African American community. A reception is set for 6 p.m. on Feb. 21 and will be free and open to the public.


For more information, contact the CAC at 903-640-2196 or go to www.creativeartscenter.us.