What is Festival of Trees?

It is a wonderful way to start your Holiday decorating and support children's scholarship programs at the same time!

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Let Your Holidays Sparkle! 

Stroll through our holiday wonderland to view and bid on beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, and centerpieces; and then place your silent auction bids; winning bids support the children's scholarship programs of the Creative Arts Guild and Friendship House

Opening Reception and the first opportunity to bid on your favorites is Friday, November 7 from 5:30pm-7:30pm; this sparkling wonderland forest will be open daily November 7th-22nd (Mondays thru Thursdays 10:00am - 6:00pm and Fridays 10:00am - 4:00pm) Also, Saturdays: November 8th, 15th, & 22nd 10:00am - 3:00pm

Silent Auction bidding closes at 3:00pm on November 22nd 

Our Sponsors This Year



For more information about Festival of Trees, contact Leanne Lawson:

 (706) 217-6677, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Art Workshop!

Announcing a special workshop to be held at the Guild’s visual arts department at 520 West Waugh Street in Dalton. The workshop is open to anyone 15 years of age and older; all levels of experience welcome. Full registration information may be found by calling (706) 279-3129.

The workshop is a two-session course by Janeila Howalt, who currently has works on display in the Guild’s Gallery 111.  The first of the two planned workshop sessions, entitled The Flower and the Frame in Indian Miniature Painting will be on Tuesday, October 28 6pm-9pm.  The second session, A Crash Course on the Techniques of Indian Miniature Painting, will be on Thursday, October 30 6pm-9pm. 

The artist explains that India has a long and beautiful tradition of miniature paining.  The paintings reflect the rich abundance of story-telling found in Indian culture. The paintings are in opaque watercolor and surrounded by frames which are actually hand painted on the paper itself.  The frame is, in fact, as important as the painted image it surrounds. In these classes, the student will learn about the history of Indian Miniature Painting, work on one’s own sample of a miniature, and compose and render the requisite painted frame as well.

Janeila was born in and lived in Dalton through age 13.  HowaltMontageRZShe spent many hours creating collages out of found objects and materials in the woods around her home.  Her fine exhibit in the Guild’s Gallery 111 is named “Stroking the Sky, New Works on Paper”.  She says among her underlying interests in this series are geometry and its place in traditional art and nature, symbolism in Hindu creation myths, and color, structure, space, the circle, infinity....  

For information about this or any of our visual arts programs, classes, and events, contact Bradley Wilson at (706) 279-3129; visit our website at, and find us on Face Book.



Visual Arts Program Alive & Well!


The term “visual arts” means any original two-dimensional and three-dimensional pictorial, graphic, and sculptural work. It includes works of fine art as well as the applied, decorative arts and crafts.  In other words, all types of drawings, paintings, pastels, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, fabric arts, jewelry design and more.

The Creative Arts Guild offers a variety of instruction in fine art media and employs qualified art professionals who have a passion for guiding and coaching both the more experienced artist as well as the beginner.  Whether your interest (or your child’s interest) is in paint, clay, drawing, or other fine art form, the Guild intends to find just the right class to encourage that interest. Bradley Wilson staff head shot Bradley Wilson, Visual Arts Director and Gallery Manager, invites everyone to contact the Guild office and ask about the learning opportunities available. (706) 278-0168.

Current classes include:  Discovering Art, an exploratory class for children and teens; Acrylic Painting, beginners through intermediate levels; Painting & Drawing classes; Open Studio (coached) Painting for Teens and Adults; Life-Drawing Open Studio; Private Art Lessons (for all ages); and Art for Home-Schooled Children; and Pottery for children and adults.


KnittingYarnNeedlesFor those interested in learning to knit and create personal, one-of-a-kind, gifts from yarn, the Guild is offering the perfect class for the season: knit a scarf for this cold weather or as an accessory to wear year-round.  Instructor, Kathy Bridges has over 10 years’ experience sharing her knitting skills with others.  Whether a beginner or someone that has knitted before, Kathy will show you techniques to create a beautiful scarf you can treasure for years to come. This class is for beginning knitters or those wanting to refine their knitting skills. The class will be held on six consecutive Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  Please call for the exact start date and a supplies list.


To really peak your interest in visual arts, drop in to see the new display of fine art from York & Friends Gallery, Nashville, TN.  Artist and art promoter, Ron York, has filled the Guild’s Main Gallery with pieces representing 40 of the artists from his Nashville gallery. Plus, the unique art of Janeila Howalt is on display in Gallery 111. 

For information about any of the Creative Arts Guild programs, classes, and events, contact Bradley Wilson at (706) 279-3129; visit our website at, and find us on Face book.


New Exhibit Opening & Artist Reception

October 3rd, 2014, is "FIRST FRIDAY" at the Guild!

Featuring a new exhibit opening and reception! Come see these fine works of art displayed in the Main Gallery and in Gallery 111.  Meet the artists and enjoy some light refreshments.

5:30- 7:00 pm

Main Gallery - York & Friends Fine Arts


Works from York & Friends Fine Art Galleries, will be on display in the Main Gallery and Janeila Howalt's unique art will be featured in Gallery 111.  The event is open to the public, is free of charge, and is always a great way to start a weekend. Come join us for art, snacks, and a glass of wine.

  Janeila Howalt



 Drop in Friday evening and see these excellent exhibits!