The Creative Arts Guild will be closed for Spring Break 

 March 30th - April 5th

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   Guild Dance, Gymnastics and Cheer will have their usual Saturday Kids Night Out on March 28th but not on Saturday, April 4th.  

Have a safe and fun Spring Break!



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

Why Arts Education? (To learn more, click "Continue Reading" & scroll down)


Saint Patrick's Day Celebration

Full House at our St. Patrick’s Day Party March 13 

The Creative Arts Guild celebrated this year’s St. Patrick’s Day  with two festive musical groups: the brand new group, Shamrock and Thistle, and a Dalton favorite, The Brookwoods.  The event took place Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m.

It was a BYOD (bring your own dinner) event, and those attending brought  appetizers and snacks and even full meals to enjoy during the show. Festive beverages were also available. It may have been Friday the 13th, but the Jonas Performance Hall was packed with happy folks "wearing the green" and having a lucky time of it!

Brookwoods 2015 rzKicking off the evening’s musical entertainment was The Brookwoods with musicians Hilliard Jolly, George Davies, Jim Todd and Jayne Todd. In the early sixties, Jolly, Davies and Bill Sims formed this folk group, emulating groups like the Kingston Trio; The Limeliters; Peter, Paul and Mary; and similar groups as folk music swept the nation.

After taking a 35-year break, the group re-formed and added Jim Todd on bass and vocals. Soon after, Jayne Todd also joined them on vocals. They have performed all over North Georgia for over a decade now, and continue to entertain with their crowd-pleasing harmonies and comic relief. The Brookwoods are equally adept at playing Celtic music and have performed for several events at the Creative Arts Guild.

At left above: Brookwoods members George Davies, Jayne Todd, Hilliard Jolly, and Jim Todd

Also playing for the party were Shamrock and Thistle, Shamrock n Thistle 2015 rzan entirely new group inspired by the members’ love of Celtic and Gaelic music, performing what Jim Todd terms: “Irish and Scottish Music, Laughter and Lies.” The group is made up of Ward Satterfield on guitar, bodhran and vocals; Jayne Todd on vocals and bass; and Jim Todd on bass, Irish whistles and lies.  The group had performed for the St. Paddy’s Night party at Hamilton’s Restaurant in Dalton last year and more recently played at the Captain’s Bar in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Jim Todd had to buy a round of drinks to make this happen.)

At right: Jayne Todd, Ward Satterfield, and Jim Todd of "Shamrock and Thistle"

The two bands sharing the stage Friday night also share some great talent: Jim and Jayne Todd have performed for many years with The Brookwoods, (see description above) playing American folk as well as traditional Irish music.  Satterfield is well-known for his vocal performances in sacred music and in musical theater, most recently in the role of Jean Valjean in Artistic Civic Theatre’s “Les Miserables,” performed at Dalton High School last summer. Satterfield and Jim and Jayne Todd also perform with The Classics, a doo-wop oldies band that has played for a variety of events in and around Dalton over the years. Guest musicians for the Guild’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration included Paula Pasqua on violin, Dave Mugge on acoustic guitar and Caleb Satterfield on percussion.

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March First Friday - Student Arts Expo

Arts Expo Highlighted Extraordinary Student Art!

Friday, February 6, 2015

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The Creative Arts Guild’s First Friday Exhibit Opening and Artist Reception for the month of March presented the 52nd Annual Student Arts Expo. March is Arts In Education Month at the Guild and the expo a big part of the celebration.

All students pre-K through 12th grade in Dalton, Murray and Whitfield counties and private and homeschool students were invited to exhibit their art. First, second, third and honorable mention place ribbons were awarded in each grade level. Awards were made based on the student’s ability to use the materials, an understanding of art history or the student’s place in his/her world and innovative individual expression.


In addition, the Creative Arts Guild and the O.N. Jonas Foundation sponsored an arts competition for collaborative classroom projects. The winning classroom in each division received a cash prize to be used for artist in residence fees, art supplies or other classroom art activity resources during the school year.

Each year, one high school senior is selected to receive the coveted Bernice Spigel Prize in Visual Arts, which includes a cash prize and an offer to present a solo exhibition in the Guild’s Gallery 111 with a shared First Friday opening reception for April.

This year's Spigel Visual Arts Scholarship winner is Cohulla Creek High School Senior, Sarah Dallaire.

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The Student Arts Expo/First Friday began at 5:30 p.m. on March 6. The event was free and open to the public and the exhibit will remain displayed through March 25. Call the Guild for more information or to schedule a field trip for groups of students (or others) at (706) 217-6677.

Middle School Art Instructors Jane Pate and Beth Wood preparing an exhibit for this year's Expo