FIRST FRIDAY ON OCTOBER 2ND!
Come join us for October’s First Friday Gallery Opening and Artist Reception
Friday, October 2nd, from 5:30 to 7:00pm
Creative Arts Guild
214 W. Waugh Street in Dalton
An Exhibition of Collaborative Ceramic Works by Dan & Mary DeFoor
Artist Biography – Dan DeFoor
Dr. Dan DeFoor has been a ceramic artist for over forty years. He has studied under a number of master ceramists, including Jere Lykins and Don McCance. His current work explores both functional and sculptural wheel-thrown stoneware forms. Along with his work as a practicing artist, Dan taught high school art in the Douglas County, Georgia schools for 32 years before becoming Adjunct Professor of Art teaching graduate level art education classes online for Delta State University in Mississippi.
Dan has been an active leader for art education advocacy. He has served in many offices in the Georgia Art Education advocacy. He has served in many offices in the Georgia Art Education Association including a term as president of the organization and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Art Education Association as National Secondary Division Director. He was selected as Georgia’s Art Educator of the Year in 1982, and again in 2005. In January 2013 he conducted a wheel throwing workshop for 180 students at Chapel Hill Middle School in an artist residency sponsored by the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Berry College, a Master of Visual Art from Georgia State University, and a Doctorate of Education in Art Education from the University of Georgia. He and his wife Mary reside in Resaca, Georgia, where their studio, Angelville Pottery, is also located.
Artist Biography – Mary DeFoor
Although Mary DeFoor spent three decades in the classroom teaching French, retirement has afforded her the opportunity to work full time in the studio exploring hand built ceramic forms and glaze techniques. She works collaboratively with her husband Dan, a ceramic artist for more than forty years, to develop a body of work that features application of her hand building techniques and alterations to Dan’s wheel thrown vessels. Her first formal recognition as an artist came in September 2013, when Mary and Dan’s work Carolen’s Legacy was awarded first place at the inaugural Art of Giving exhibition in Dalton, Georgia.
Along with her studio work, Mary holds a firm commitment to arts education. She has been recognized by the Georgia Art Education Association for Distinguished Service Outside the Profession. In 2012, she and Dan were awarded a year-long Jonas Foundation artist residency in the Whitfield County and Dalton City Schools, where they conducted clay workshops with middle and high school students at eleven schools.
Arts in Education Fall Field Trips Announced!
Teachers: Take advantage of these great fun and educational field trips for your students - make your reservations now for The Lightning Thief and Snow Queen! Take a look.
WONDERING WHAT'S THE F?
The "F" is the Creative Arts Guild's Annual FESTIVAL of Fine Arts and Crafts and it is this weekend! For more than half a century, the Creative Arts Guild has hosted the FESTIVAL of Fine Arts and Crafts, an opportunity for artists and arts enthusiasts to come together and celebrate the arts. This year, the Guild continues the tradition with the 52nd Annual FESTIVAL September 18 through 20.
TASTE OF DALTON PATRON PARTY ON FRIDAY!
Kicking off FESTIVAL weekend is the Taste of Dalton Patron Party, a ticketed event that provides the opportunity for attendants to view the Indoor Artist Exhibit and the Area Artist Exhibit, make art purchases in the Guild’s Gallery and sample food from 13 locally-owned restaurants.
This year's participating restaurants are The Coffee Train, Chelsea’s on Thornton, Dalton Depot and Trackside Tavern, Dalton Distillery, Dalton Golf and Country Club, The Farm, The Filling Station, Grove and Vine, Las Palmas, Lisa’s Café and Catering, Mama Wilson’s Homemade Cookies and Cakes, Nutri Gourmet, Town Square Café, and Renz Nest.’
Tickets for Taste of Dalton are $55 and may be purchased online by visiting www.thisisthef.eventbrite.com, by stopping by the Guild, or by calling (706) 217-6677; they are also available at the door Friday night.
INDOOR ARTIST EXHIBIT
This year’s Indoor Artists Exhibit features a wonderful collection of oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings; clay, metal, stone, and composite sculptures; mixed media; fiber art; jewelry; and photography. The exhibit is currently open to the public and all of the pieces on display are available for purchase.
The Indoor Exhibit will be judged next week by Michael Lalone. Whether playing in the mud and making sculptures to drawing and painting, Michael has been involved in the arts since he was two years old..
A right: Michael Lalone with student
Michael has won various awards in drawing and clay. He was honored in New York with the Daniel Clark Foundation Award for Teaching and was Teacher of the Year three times during his career. Michael also won the Walt Disney Teacheriffic Award. Michael has experience in curating shows as well as in serving as a juror. There will also be an opportunity to view and purchase Michael’s work at FESTIVAL as he will have a booth in the Outdoor Artist Market on Saturday.
OUTDOOR ARTIST MARKET
September 19-20 from 10am-5pm the Creative Arts Guild's main campus (520 W. Waugh Street) will be bursting with artists, patrons, craftsmen, children, musicians, students, food vendors, visitors and entertainers. Visitors will be invited to roam the grounds to shop, listen to music, watch performances, enjoy delicious food, and view and purchase a variety of artwork. The Outdoor Artist Market is free and open to the public and there is indeed something for everyone at FESTIVAL!
The Outdoor Artist Market will take place in the Spigel Pavilion located underneath the main building at 520 W. Waugh. Fifty regional artists will come to Dalton to display booths filled with fine arts and crafts such as paintings, pottery, jewelry, furniture and much more. Sprinkled throughout the market will be area musicians from all genres, adding a festive soundscape to the weekend: Big Sky, Brent Evans, Cathlena, Chris Kelly, Debbie Wilson and Michael Smith, Matt Smith & Sandy Pangle, Roadrunners, Rome Area Flute Ensemble, Shamrock and Thistle, Sparkey the Band, and The Songbirds. A variety of food venders will cooking and serving unique eats throughout the weekend and a fun highlight will be the Shenanigan’s Restaurant food truck that will make its way down to Dalton from Sewanee, TN to serve up hot melts, cool sandwiches and yummy sides.
Weekend visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase an Art Drawing ticket for a chance to win an original piece of art from a FESTIVAL artist.
The Guild’s Dance Department will perform excerpts from their upcoming annual ballet, The Snow Queen on Saturday at 2pm and the Gymnastics Department will showcase their tumbling skills in an exposition on Sunday at 2pm.
FESTIVAL is a family friendly event and the weekend would not be complete without a special section designated for our young community members. Children’s Hill is a long standing tradition of FESTIVAL and gives the whole family a way to participate in the arts.
This year Children’s Hill will offer face painting, art activities with long time FESTIVAL artist in residence, Ms. Colleen; a “Music Petting Zoo”, offering kids the opportunity to see, touch and play a variety of musical instruments and much more.
An all time FESTIVAL favorite, Lee Bryan, “That Puppet Guy” will return this year to perform a puppet show entitled “Travelin’ Tales” on Saturday at 1 and 3pm. See more information at www.puppetguy.com.
AREA ARTIST EXHIBIT
New for FESTIVAL 2015 is the Area Artist Show, open to artists of all ages. This year, the Guild is offering non-professional artists and crafters an opportunity to be a part of FESTIVAL by exhibiting their art. This exhibit will be on display during FESTIVAL weekend, Sept. 18 -20. The purpose of the exhibit is to encourage amateur artists to pursue their interest in exploring different artistic mediums. Here’s a wonderful chance for those working in visual media forms to show their work.
SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT
On the slate to wrap up a full day of art activities, food, and fun on Saturday the 19th at 5:30pm, is a free concert, under the big tent behind the Spigel Pavilion featuring the popular music group, “The Micks”! The Micks are a Chattanooga party band that plays shag, funk, R&B and rock from the 1950s to the present. Members are Joe Logan (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Derrick Couch (bass, guitar, and vocals), Dennis Brown (guitar and vocals) and Rob Waters (drums and percussion).
"They cover Elvis, Matchbox 20, U2, John Mayer, the Doors, and everyone else that ever had a hit…. their variety was fantastic and they are real pros!” The Micks were featured on the VW stage at Riverbend a couple years ago and have played extensively around Chattanooga and the Southeast. When you hear them, you’re going to want to dance even if you think you’re too shy to get out there on the floor! Everyone is welcome to attend, bring a picnic, or purchase a dinner from one of our food vendors.
THIS IS THE "F"!
“FESTIVAL is an opportunity to celebrate the vibrant arts and culture in our community in a fun and relaxed weekend event.” says Amanda Brown, the Guild’s Executive Director. “We invite everyone to come and enjoy the weekend with us and we hope to see you all here!” For more information about any and all of the FESTIVAL weekend events visit www.whatsthef.org or call Leanne at (706) 217-6677.
About that "F"....
This time of year, when Creative Arts Guild supporters see an “F”, it can only mean one thing: FESTIVAL! A large “F” has been the logo of the CAG’s annual event for more than a decade. This year’s FESTIVAL marketing campaign hopes to answer any questions that people who are unfamiliar with the CAG’s Annual FESTIVAL have. What’s the F? What is FESTIVAL? Am I invited? Will it have something for me? The answer is yes! FESTIVAL is for you and there is something for everyone. Here is a little bit of information to let you know what FESTIVAL is all about.
The weekend kicks off on Friday, September 18 with the Taste of Dalton Patron Party, a ticketed event celebrating the artists who make FESTIVAL amazing, and the sponsors who make it possible. The evening will give patrons a chance to mingle with the artists; connect with family, friends, and fellow art enthusiasts; and sample culinary creations from thirteen local restaurants: The Coffee Train, Chelsea’s on Thornton, Dalton Depot and Trackside Tavern, Dalton Golf and Country Club, The Farm, The Filling Station, Grove and Vine, Las Palmas, Lisa’s Café and Catering, Mama Wilson’s Homemade Cookies and Cakes, Nutri Gourmet, Town Square Café, and Renz Nest.
From September 19-20 the Creative Arts Guild's main campus (520 W. Waugh Street) will be bursting with artists, patrons, craftsmen, children, musicians, students, food vendors, visitors and entertainers. The weekend’s outdoor artisan market is free and open to the public and there is indeed something for everyone at FESTIVAL!
The outdoor market will open at 10am on Saturday in the Spigel Pavilion located underneath the main building at 520 W. Waugh. For the next two days, visitors can roam the grounds to shop, listen to music, watch performances, eat food, and view and purchase a variety of artwork. Saturday night at 6pm there will be a free concert featuring Chattanooga band “The Micks” under the big tent behind the Spigel Pavilion at 520 W. Waugh St. Everyone is welcome to attend, bring a picnic, or purchase a dinner from one of our food vendors.
But you don't even have to wait until September 18; FESTIVAL has already begun. The indoor art exhibit opened in style with a Volunteer Kick-Off Party in the main Gallery on August 7. The exhibit features a wonderful collection of oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings; clay, metal, stone, and composite sculptures; mixed media; fiber art; jewelry; and photography. It is currently open to the public Monday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm, and Fridays 10am to 4pm.
Although this is the 52nd Annual FESTIVAL, not everything is the same. There is a new "Area Artists Exhibit" featuring local student and adult artwork in the Jonas Performance Hall. And for the first time, the folks from Shennanigan's Restaurant in Sewanee, TN will drive their food truck down to Dalton for the weekend to serve hot melts and fresh sandwiches.
So, what is the F?
There's only one way to find out: stop by 520 W. Waugh anytime September 19-20 and find out for yourself. Patron Party tickets are available online at www.thisisthef.eventbrite.com or can be purchased in person or over the phone. For more information about FESTIVAL, volunteering, or the Creative Arts Guild, please contact Leanne Lawson (706) 217-6677 or visit www.whatsthef.org.