Music Lovers: Concert This Thursday!

The L'Abri String Ensemble will be performing in concert Thursday, August 21, at 7:00 pm in the Jonas Performance Hall of the Creative Arts Guild; 520 West Waugh Street, Dalton, GA.
The Ensemble will be presenting a variety of delightful pieces from their repertoire; LAbri Strings June 2014 1b RZsome of the works may be familiar while others may be new to your ears. All ages are sure to enjoy this concert and admission is free for everyone. Bring children and grandchildren; it's a great opportunity to introduce young people to fine classical music!
For more information, contact Lisa Elders, Guild Music Department Director: (706) 259-1822.

Visual Arts Adds 3 New Classes!

Three new opportunities in the Visual Arts Department!

The Visual Arts Department has added two new classes and a *workshop to its existing array of instructional sessions in painting, drawing, mixed media, and sculpture. Returning Director and Gallery Manager, Bradley Wilson, hopes to encourage you to find your inner artist with one of these new offerings or click here palette1a to check out our other classes for that one that might stir your curiosity. *Note: the corrected date of the workshop has been inserted below.


Pre-K “Mommy and Me” Art class – Explore the visual arts with your pre-k child or grandchild! This class stimulates motor development while expanding the child’s imagination and creative potential all while having fun.

Our instructor, Ms. Dayna, guides this fun and educational series of sessions. Note that an adult must accompany each child during the classes.

Dates: Tuesdays (August 19 – September 23) 6 classes

Class Time:   For age 6 weeks to 2 years: 9:30 – 10:20

                        For age 2 years to five years: 10:30 – 11:20

Cost: $65


Ceramics and Pottery Class – Whether you are in learning the basics of clay work or refining your skills, there is something for everyone in this “all-levels” class! Basic wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques will be covered as well as more advanced instruction for those with prior experience. Students will also explore methods of surface design and glazing using a wide variety of texture, finishing tools, and fired glazes. Come get your hands in the clay and find your creative potter-self!

Instructors: Mary and Dan DeFoor

Dates: Tuesdays (August 26 – September 30) 6 classes

Class Time:   For age 10 to fifteen years: 4:30 – 6:00 pm

                        For age 16 to adult: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Cost: $120 instruction fee plus $40 supply fee


WORKSHOP – Figure Drawing: Belly Dancers - Yes, you read that right… In this unique workshop, the mother and daughter team of Sandra and Jillanna Babb will provide guided instruction in drawing movement, stationary/longer poses, individual and group poses. How to work with a model and a group of models plus creation of interesting poses and related ideas will be explored. Dancers will be clothed in traditional belly dance costumes and some props such as veils, swords and canes will be incorporated. All levels of students are welcome. Some drawing materials will be provided but bring your own sketch or newsprint pad and any other drawing materials you like.

Instructor: Sandra Babb with Model Jillanna Babb

Date: Thursday, August 21 [this is the corrected date!]

Class Time: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm (includes a 30 minute lunch break, bring a sack lunch)

Cost: $25 instruction fee plus $15 model fee

For more information about these classes/workshops and our many other classes in visual arts, music, dance, gymnastics, and cheer, please contact Leanne Lawson (706) 217-6677 or visit and click on the “Classes” tab.


Dance, Gymnastics and Cheer Center Hosts Its Annual Open House!

During the week of August 4th- 8th, The Guild Dance, Gymnastics and Cheer Center hosted their Annual Registration and Open House at the Cleveland Highway Facility.  It was a great time to come in, register for fall dance, gymnastics and cheer classes, purchase class attire and meet with the Guild instructors and staff. 


On Tuesday, August 5th from 4:00-7:00 pm, the Center hosted a special “Meet and Greet” with the Dance, Gymnastics and Cheer Instructors.  Guests were able to acquaint themselves with the facility, Center staff and enjoy light refreshments.

If you didn’t make it in for Open House, you can register on the website at and click on the “Parent Portal” on the top right side of the home page.  Fall Class schedules are available and registration is still happening now.  Schedules can be picked up at the Center or can be found on the Guild’s website. 

Fall classes began Monday, August 11th.  For questions regarding classes, late registration, or any of the Guild offerings, please call 706-529-3442 and press 1 for the front desk.  

 Come see our beautiful and spacious movement arts facility; We'll show you around and help you choose just the right class(es) for everyone in the family!



First Friday & FESTIVAL 2014 Kick-Off

Montage for Indoor Exhibit RZ

August First Friday: FESTIVAL Kick-off!


The Creative Arts Guild’s Volunteer Rally & Kick-Off for FESTIVAL 2014 took place Friday, August 1st from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Guild’s main facility at 520 West Waugh Street in Dalton.  

This Kick-Off event also included the opening of the Indoor Artists’ Exhibit sponsored by Shaw Industries.  It was a first showing of FESTIVAL’s Indoor Artists’ works; and this year, for the first time, an opportunity to purchase exhibited works ahead of the actual FESTIVAL opening. Indeed, a number of pieces were purchased Friday evening; however, those works will remain in the exhibit until FESTIVAL 2014 closes on September 21st. 


Many thanks to those who joined us Friday to help get the ball rolling to make this year’s FESTIVAL fantastic! First Friday FESTIVAL Kick-Off was an informal party to unveil the Indoor Artists’ Exhibit in the Main Gallery and Gallery 111.  A variety of media and materials are featured in this exhibit; painting, photography, sculpture, glass work, jewelry, even up-cycled metalwork! The exhibit will be on display through September 21st and is open to the public.

The Kick-Off was also an opportunity for everyone to meet our FESTIVAL Chairs, Melanie Suggs and Elichai Hoening; and our Co-chairs, Daniela and Andreas Bruhwiler. Committee chairs and volunteers met, shared ideas, developed plans, and picked up official 2014 FESTIVAL T-shirts.  Light refreshments were served.