February 2016

Embracing her creativity at an early age, Shannon “Shan” Fannin enrolled in classes consistently throughout her schooling. She earned a scholarship to become a special needs drawing teacher, and went on to teach elementary school art for a private institution.
Although she enjoyed the challenge of teaching, she left the classroom to pursue her dream as a fine artist. When her husband added a 1961 Ford Thunderbird to their garage, she took great interest in the diversity of car design and culture. Shan became fascinated with capturing the abstractness of classic chrome and the complex tonal values of modern vehicles. Being a great fan of color, she creates her large, vibrant paintings using various acrylic media along with gouache, ink, and water soluble graphite. To her, cars are more than appliances to get us from Point A to B - they are mobile sculptures that reflect the journeys of their travelers in both reality and dream. Her expressionist vehicle paintings lean towards realism with a hint of abstraction.
Born in Long Beach, California, Shan has been a long time resident of Austin with her husband and college-aged son. When not creating in her home studio, Shan can be found at local car shows gathering reference photos for future works or attending events at the Circuit of the Americas.

February 2016 Artist of the Month: Shan Fannin

The Creative Arts Society is an Austin based, non-profit 501(c)(3) thriving arts organization actively promoting the development of the “Art-ist in Everyone” for the expanding growth and diversity of our community.

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About CAS
March 2, 2016

The Creative Arts Society (CAS) meets on the first Wednesday of each month except January, July, and August. The meeting is held on the 10th floor of the ACC Pinnacle Campus, 7748 West 290, Austin, Texas, in the Faculty Lounge. Networking and socializing begins at 6:30 PM. The meeting begins at 7 PM and is comprised of a short business meeting usually followed by a program reflecting one of the many diversified artistic medi - ums represented by the membership or information pertaining to the marketing of art. This may include demonstration of techniques, slide shows, and/or guest speakers who present meaningful suggestions about being successful in the “business of art.” Artists are always encouraged to bring samples of their artistic creations for the group to view.

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Upcoming Meeting
2350 Robert Dedman Drive Austin, TX 78712

JANUARY 6th—MAY 4th, 2016

This is a very special CAS exhibition featuring works from our members including pastels, oil, watercolor, acrylics, fiber art, photography, and more.

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Welcome to CAS!

The Creative Arts Society is an Austin based, non-profit 501(c)(3) thriving arts organization actively promoting the development of the “Artist in Everyone” for the expanding growth and diversity of our community. Our vision is to be a vital presence in the community inspiring: Cultural enrichment, Community participation, and respect for diversity. Our goal is to increase awareness and appreciation for and through the Arts.

Presidents Message

Happy New Year

I wish each of you a very Happy New Year.  We have before us 2016 so let’s make something artful each month of this year.  Share your artworks with others as we participate in our CAS exhibits and hopefully we will have more sales in 2016.  If you are new to CAS, send a short bio to our Leslie Kell.  Send articles and photos of our exhibits.  This year let’s share our information with our membership so we can connect to your energy.

Happy New Year, Sharon

Special Announcements

To become a member of Creative Arts Society, please go to Membership Info to complete the application. You can pay your dues, hanging fee and entry fees on PayPal. If you want to be included in our exhibits which includes the website, then complete and sign the waiver and release. The waiver and release states that CAS does not have any liability for your art nor does the venue where the art is hanging. The signed release also gives CAS the right to show your artwork on our website, newsletter, Facebook, and other advertising as deemed appropriate for CAS.