Reception for Mrs. Jeri Zacharias

A reception to honor retiring music instructor Mrs. Jeri Zacharias will be held Monday, April 21st from 5:30 to 7:30pm in the Creative Arts Guild Main Gallery. The public is invited to attend.

3 Artists' work on display in our Galleries

Three Area Artists Are Exhibiting at the Creative Arts Guild this month.

Washburn1aRZMAIN GALLERY:  Paynter Washburn is a professional artist and art educator with a studio in Chattanooga.  She teaches drawing and acrylic painting at Art Creations at Hamilton Place.  Her work has been featured in The Artists Magazine, the Chattanooga Magazine, and Chatter Magazine.  Her exhibit will include examples of her acrylic art, mixed media, and assemblage.


RandySmith1aRZGALLERY 111: The photography exhibit of Randy Smith illustrates his range of method and subject matter. You will see high quality portraiture, landscapes, and still life.  Some of his pieces exemplify his exploration of fine art photography as well as of abstract imagery and digital manipulation.  Through his studio, RLS, Randy offers commissioned pieces, capturing special events and excellent and enduring portraits. 


Odum2bRZCENTRAL HALL: Emily Odum is a senior and a student of art teacher Ms Susie Greer at Northwest High School in Whitfield County.  Recently she was awarded the coveted Bernice Spigel Prize given annually to an outstanding young artist by the Creative Arts Guild.  Emily says she has loved art for as long as she can remember; her favorite medium is watercolor/pencil mixed media.  She hopes to pursue a career in digital illustration after attaining a degree in art and design at the college level.


 The CAG galleries are open for your viewing during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.  For more information call Leanne Lawson or Paige Currie at (706) 278-0168


Dalton Dulcimers at next IN CONCERT program



The Creative Arts Guild will welcome the Dalton Dulcimers at its’ next IN CONCERT program. Dalton Dulcimers, a mountain dulcimer club, is a satellite of the North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association and a ministry of Dalton First United Methodist Church. The group was formed in 2009.

The dulcimer is a handcrafted wooden stringed instrument developed by Appalachian mountain folk in the 19th century. Considered perhaps the only truly indigenous American instrument, the dulcimer produces a sweet sound, hence its name which means “sweet melody.” It is played by strumming, fretting, and picking and produces a background drone sound that underlies the melody.

There are about 15 members who gather each Wednesday to learn and have fun with Celtic, Appalachian fiddle tunes, gospel music and variety of other styles that work well on the instrument. A guitar, a mandolin, an autoharp, a bowed psaltery, and an accordion add variety to the sound. Over the years, players have added dimension to the music with multipart arrangements.

The group has shared music with churches, civic groups, Prater’s Mill Festival, New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music through the Smithsonian, and local assisted living and nursing homes.

Interest in the dulcimer has experienced a revival in recent years. There are many clubs in Georgia, Tennessee, and surrounding states. Festivals are held where players gather to jam and learn from dulcimer professionals. Dulcimer is taught at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt.

The Guild’s IN CONCERT program will be held Thursday, April 17th at 7:00p.m. in the Creative Arts Guild Jonas Performance hall. Admission is $5.00.Children in laps are free. For more information, contact Creative Arts Guild Music Director Lisa Elders at 706-259-1822 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Pictured are: Front Row, left to right: Ann Viamonte, Marion Ketchem, Jean O'Neal, Edith Middleton.

Back Row, left to right: Jackie McCorkle, Clyde Elrod, Sherry Patterson, Jeanette Dunkle, Mike White, Kathy Elrod, Kathy Sproull, Janice Smith, Jim Patterson.



MUSIC BY NUMBERS - Musician's Class


DeniseHeardSmallThe class will be taught by Nashville songwriter and CAG Music Instructor Denise Heard. The class seeks to answers the question: “Been learning songs on YouTube and wondering if they really have it right? Heard says the class will show you how to write your own music charts, and listen and know the chords by hearing them. She says this is the greatest tool for playing with other musicians and getting everyone on the same page fast.

Denise and Music By NumbersRZThe class will be held on five Thursdays; beginning April 17th from 6 to 7pm. Cost is $100. All ages are welcome. Please share this with your musical friends and families!

 For more information, contact Creative Arts Guild Music Director Lisa Elders at 706-259-1822, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .