Each year, the turnout for the Creative Arts Center’s annual art show and contest sees more participants. This year’s contest, which ended in September, had more than 70 entries.


In 2017, the contest had 20 artists enter with many presenting more than one piece. In 2016, the contest had 26 entrants and all but three entered three pieces into the show.


“This year’s art was superb,” CAC Executive Director Lisa Avila said in a release. “The quality was fantastic and we had a great response from many regional artists. Our congratulations to all who entered and kudos to our winners.”


Both adults and youth had an opportunity to compete.


“We have been doing this at least 10 years,” Avila said about the contest’s history. “I was working here in 2010 before I became the director and we were doing it then so it has been a long standing event here at the Creative Arts Center.”


Youth entries were all in one category: drawing and painting. The winners were: Katie Vest with her piece, “The Kardashians,” Jillian Bayer with her piece “Subatomic Universe,” Ja’Darius Blander and his piece “Baldi,” and Amanda Wiggins and her piece “Hill Country Blues.”


The judge for the show was Walt Davis of Commerce. Davis has taught art classes at the Creative Arts Center.


“Many classes teach artists technique,” he said in May. “I like to learn what the students like to do and then help them with that. I want to see what they want to see and then help get them there.”


Now, Davis shows his art statewide and has also been in a few nationwide traveling exhibits. He is not currently affiliated with a gallery, so he primarily shows his art to the public through competitions. With AWS, Davis has had pieces make their way through Texas and to New York, California and other places.


For those interested in seeing more than art this month at the Creative Arts Center, “Wine Down on Willow” will be held at 6 p.m. Friday. Guitarist David Odom will be performing at the show, which has no cover. Homestead and Cooley Bay Wineries and La Coqueta food truck will also be on site.


The “Taste of Color” exhibit featuring Kay Carrel will be on display at the center until Oct. 27.


For more information about the Creative Arts Center, call 903-640-2196 or visit www.creativeartscenterbonham.com.