Parkour is Coming Back!

Guild Gymnastics & Cheer is excited to announce another Parkour Workshop with Ethan Young on Saturday, May 9th

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Ethan is a certified A.D.A.P.T. Qualified Parkour Instructor and will be teaching a 2 hour workshop in May. He will be using the Gymnastics area of our 24,000 sq. ft. location in Dalton.

For more information, call 706-529-3442 or register at our Parent Portal at

What is Parkour?

Parkour GroupParkour is an explosive art of movement, a discipline that enables the practitioner to travel freely through and over any terrain they may encounter, and the world's fastest growing 'free sport'. Parkour focuses on developing the fundamental attributes required for movement, including balance, strength, dynamism, endurance, precision, spatial awareness and creative vision. Beyond this simple explanation, however, parkour is a discipline of self-improvement on all levels, an art that reveals to the practitioner his or her own physical and mental limits and simultaneously offers a method to surpass them.

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April First Friday! Exhibits & Reception

From Bird Studies by PamBeagleDaresta RZOur April 2015 First Friday Exhibit Opening and Artist Reception took place on April 10, 2015.  Unique works were unveiled and remain on display in the Main Gallery, the Jonas Performance Hall, and in Gallery 111. These exhibits are being shown at the Guild’s facility at 520 West Waugh Street in Dalton and may be viewed weekdays 9:00am - 4:30pm; free and open to the public.

Our Main Gallery is featuring Artist and Instructor, Pam Beagle-Daresta, a Jonas Foundation Artist in Residence with the area schools.  Pam Beagle-Daresta has been a practicing and teaching artist since graduating from the Ringling College of Art and Design.  She exhibits with several art groups, including the Atlanta Printmakers Studio print exchange, Ex Libres. As an Artist in Residence, Pam provided over 240 classes during a 66-day residency for students in our area schools.Storymakers Plot by PamBeagleDaresta RZ

In addition to her own practice, Pam is a rostered teaching artist with several state governments and arts institutions, including the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Mississippi Art Commission, the South Carolina Art Commission, the Young Audiences of Atlanta, GA and St. Louis, MO, and the High Museum of Art’s “I See Literacy”.  Her recent series, being presented in the Main Gallery of the Creative Arts Guild is titled “Wanderings and Wonderings”.

Dallaire In the WoodsGallery 111 is featuring Sarah Dallaire.  Sarah was one of the student exhibitors whose work was part of the March 2015 Student Arts Expo at the Guild during which she received the coveted Spigel award.  Sarah's work illustrates a range of style and subject matter and gives the viewer a glimpse into her tremendous imagination. You do not want to miss her show.  

In the Jonas Performance Hall we are host to a wonderful exhibit from the Bandy Heritage Center.  The exhibit is titled "Gateway to the South: A Centennial Commemoration of the Dixie Highway".  Dixie Highway Arch RZThe collection includes many images from that north-to-south travel route before the building of the interstate highways.  Postcards, posters, photographs of people, places and historic buildings are presented on a series of unique display towers for ease of viewing. If you ever travelled the old Dixie Highway back in the day, you are in for a nostalgic return trip! 

For more information about the Dixie Highway Exhibit, please contact Brian Hilliard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 706-272-4452.

For more information about the Artist Exhibits in the Main Gallery and Gallery 111, contact Bradley Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 706.279.3129;



Writers Guild Hosts Event

The New Writers Guild Hosted 6 Local Authors

Dalton Author Event April 2015

This "Meet & Greet" reception on April 6th ushered in the new Dalton Area Writers Group; attendees enjoyed refreshments, heard the authors speak about their craft and their own books, and they found like-minded writers with common interests and challenges.

The Writers Group is planning monthly activities for its members (membership is really simple and inexpensive); we encourage you to contact Jim Sneary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Karli Land at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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SPRING FOR THE ARTS Luncheon and Fashion Show March 25th

Jennifer Grafe modeling at 2014 SFTA photo by Ron Arnold rz2015 Sponsor Card.ModelThe Creative Arts Guild will host its 12th annual Spring for the Arts luncheon, fashion show, raffle and art market on Wednesday, March 25, at The Farm.

This year’s event, Art Meets Fashion, will open at 10:30 am with a raffle filled with specialty items, gift certificates and guest passes from area businesses, organizations and arts supporters. The art market will feature works by area artists including Laura Allgood, Ellen Franklin, Lizzer Graham, Barbara Murnan, Linda Norman, Missy Mae Peirano and Bradley Wilson.

Above Left: Jennifer Grafe modeling at SFTA 2014

The luncheon will begin at 11:45 am, with the highly popular fashion show. Guests will have the opportunity to view the latest spring fashions from participating retailers Anna Ball White, CC & Company, Cotton and Twine Boutique, Reese’s Fashion Gallery, Sweet Cheeks Denim Boutique, Transitions and Unique Selections.

Art Meets Fashion to Benefit Arts in Education in Local Schools

Event proceeds help support Arts in Education programs in grades pre-K through 12 in the three area school class project The Creative Arts Guild partners with the O.N. Jonas Foundation and participating schools’ parents’ organizations to bring programs to students. Arts experiences are provided in the Dalton Public, Whitfield County, and Murray County schools, and at the Elbert Shaw Regional Detention Center, Crossroads Academy, Mountain Creek Academy, and Northstar School. 

The Guild invites everyone to join in the fun on March 25th at the Farm.

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 Tickets for Spring for the Arts 2015 are $50. To purchase tickets or for more information on becoming a sponsor, call Leanne Lawson at the Creative Arts Guild at (706) 217-6677. Please RSVP for the event by Thursday, March 19.


 Friends of the Arts in Education enjoying the Fashion Show & Luncheon 2014

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