FESTIVAL 2014 - Less Than 3 Weeks Away!



The Creative Arts Guild has a terrific line-up of artists, craftsmen, musicians, and entertainers for this year’s FESTIVAL 2014.  September 20 and 21st; you may want to put it on your calendar now; you don’t want to miss the great indoor art exhibit (already on display) and the Outdoor Arts & Crafts Market during FESTIVAL weekend on the covered Spigel Pavilion beneath the Guild’s main facility.  Two full days of art, crafts, food, shopping and entertainment will provide plenty of activities and fun for the whole family.


Gallery Exhibit5a RZ   Gallery Exhibit 1 RZ

FESTIVAL 2014 actually kicked off Friday, August 1st with the opening of the Indoor Artists’ Exhibit in the Guild’s Main Gallery.  This exhibit is a professionally juried show of works in media including oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting, sculptures in clay, metal, stone and composites, mixed media, fiber art, jewelry, and photography. These works can be viewed anytime during regular weekday hours AND, for the first time, no need to wait until FESTIVAL weekend to make a purchase; many works by the participating artists are already available for purchase now.  Don’t wait until FESTIVAL weekend to shop for extraordinary art!  The very piece you spot then may already have a tag marking it “SOLD”; so come take a look now!

FESTIVAL weekend begins Friday evening September 19th with the Patrons Party and Taste of Dalton, a ticketed event that offers patrons an opportunity to meet many of the exhibiting artists, connect with other friends of the arts, and sample some of Dalton’s finest culinary offerings.  Food vendors enlisted so far include The Farm, The Filling Station, The Olive Tap, Renz Nest; with more to come.  Beverage providers so far include Eagle Rock Distributing Company.   This is a great opportunity for the very select restaurants and caterers of Dalton to reach a wide range of potential customers…… a big reason why many food vendors return to FESTIVAL year after year!


This is always a big and busy event each year and requires lots of eager hands to make light work.  Volunteering for one of the many jobs available is a great service to the Creative Arts Guild and the community and is a chance to meet and talk with a variety of artists, craftsmen, as well as with other volunteers. Find out what positions are available by calling Leanne Lawson at (706) 217-6677.



Three Cool Classes to Consider... our Cleveland Highway Center:
Self Defense

In this class, students will learn the basics of defending oneself; introduction to blocks, strikes and kicks along with the basic knowledge of grappling and pressure points. (This is not your usual bow to the flag and bow to the master type martial arts class!) 

1st Session: Wednesdays 7:15 - 8:15 pm -  August-December 
$55 per month

Instructor: Luke Francios
2nd session will start in January 2015 with a new instructor and a different day and time

Ages 6+ (Kids-Adults) - Note: this is a class that you can take with your child!


Discovering Art

(This class is held at the 2518 Cleveland Highway location)
In this class, children will have the opportunity to learn about art while experimenting with a variety of media. Students will learn how to express their imaginations while exploring drawing, painting, ceramic and sculpture techniques.  Each child will create multiple artworks while gaining a better understanding of the creative process.

Instructor: Megan Walker.

$50 per month
Students may also pay per class at a rate of $15 per class. All Discovering Art classes have a $10 materials fee that should be paid directly to the instructor.

Kids Night Out - Open Gym 

Kids Night Out is a supervised, non-instructional time for your child to come and play! 

The child does not have to be a student of Guild Gymnastics & Cheer, but a waiver MUST be signed by a parent in order for the child to participate.


Ages Kindergarten +


Saturdays 6:00-10:00 pm


$15 per child

Snack and Drink Provided


For more information about any of these classes, contact Holly Rann, Director of Gymnastics Operations
Guild Dance, Gymnastics & Cheer
706.529.3442 ext. 1




L'Abri String Ensemble Concert was wonderful!

The L'Abri String Ensemble performed 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 concert was well-attended, nearly filling the 60 seats available! A range of ages was present, including a number of middle-school and high school students, some being music students, plus families and friends.

A pleasant surprise for several members of the Ensemble: two of their former teachers, Gene and Betty Lindauere, were in attendance enjoying the performance. The Lindaueres are two of the founders the L'Abri Symphony Orchestra, the parent group from which the String Ensemble is derived.

LAbri Strings June 2014 1b RZThe Ensemble presented a variety of delightful pieces; some of the works were familiar to many listeners while others may have been new. The audience indicated their approval with a standing ovation and with donations that will help support ongoing and future music programs at the Guild.

 Thanks to everyone who made the concert a success and hats off to the Ensemble Director, Jim Burdick for a terrific repertoire of well-arranged and executed pieces!

For more information about the Guild's music program and classes, 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.