New Exhibit Opening & Artist Reception

This Friday is our October "FIRST FRIDAY"

with a new art 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.

Friday, October 3rd, 5:30- 7:00 pm.

Works from York & Friends Fine Art galleries in Nashville, 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 (a small donation is appreciated). 


Fleisher Visual Arts Scholarship Endowment Announced!

Creative Arts Guild Board Chairman,  John Wilson, happily announced the establishment of a new scholarship fund for students in the Guild's Visual Arts Program. The fund is an endowment given by the Fleisher family in honor of their father, Morris Fleisher, who passed away in May of 2013.

John Wilson, Creative Arts Guild Board Chairman, worked with the family on the details of establishing the fund. He expressed his deep gratitude to the family for their generous gift adding: “We are extremely pleased to have this important fund now available to assist deserving students of the visual arts here in our community! We are very grateful to the Fleisher family!”

Morris lived in Dalton for 30 years and was Vice President of Poly-Pac, a company that manufactured plastic bags for the carpet industry. He was actively involved in the Creative Arts Guild. In addition to being a successful businessman, he pursued a wide range of interests including world travel, continued life-long education, photography, music and art. After retirement, he became an accomplished artist, focusing primarily on painting and taking photographs of nature, especially birds. morris64 Painting of Violin dance shoes and case 247x380He was particularly fond of Wakodahatchee Wetlands and Green Cay in Southeast FL. He also loved music, was an ardent supporter of Lynn University's Conservatory of Music and was himself a musician, playing both piano and violin.  

Many of his art works can be viewed on his website. Shown is one of Morris' paintings; click on it to go his website and see more of his paintings and photography. Note the ballet shoes in the picture! I wonder if they were Rebecca's......


Rebecca  Morris Fleisher 1bFamily members involved in the creation of this new endowment fund are David (Morris’ son) and his wife Sue Fleisher, and Carol (Morris’ daughter) and her husband Peter Kent. They believe this Visual Arts Scholarship Endowment (in addition to the Rebecca Fleisher Dance Scholarship Endowment fund established in 1985) will serve to honor Morris and Rebecca  both by assuring that students of the fine arts regardless of financial status might receive critical training and encouragement in their fields of study.

For information about the Rebecca Fleisher Dance Scholarship click here: ballet shoes 136x85  For information about any of the Creative Arts Guild programs, classes, and events, contact Leanne Lawson at (706) 217-6677; visit our website at, and find us on Facebook.




Our Patrons' Party and "A Taste of Dalton" last Friday night, September 19th, was a hit and really got FESTIVAL 2014 off to an exciting start!

Then, Saturday and Sunday proved why this event is still the finest arts and cultural fair in North Georgia.  The weather was just right, there were many beautiful items for sale from fabric arts, pottery, and wood turnings, to watercolors, photography, jewelry and more; add the food, kids fun with art and crafts, dance and gymnastics exhibitions, and an evening concert with the Classics; and it was a weekend to remember.

Thanks to our Board, our FESTIVAL Committee Chairmen, and their committees, and to all our wonderful volunteers for a job well done!

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See the FESTIVAL 2014 Indoor Artists Exhibit in the Main Gallery and Gallery 111;

The Indoor Artists Exhibit is sponsored by Shaw Industries, Inc.

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FESTIVAL 2014 - Great Art, Great Fun, Great Teamwork!


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; Make your plans now to attend; you don’t want to miss the great indoor art exhibit (already on display) and the Outdoor Arts & Crafts Market this 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.


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 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.