Gallery Openings and Artist Receptions

Student Arts Expo Opens Friday, March 1!

The Creative Arts Guild proudly announces the opening of the Annual Student Arts Expo on Friday, March 1st, at its facility at 520 West Waugh Street in Dalton. March is Arts in Education Month at the Guild and the Student Arts Expo is a big part of the celebration and the main feature of the March Gallery Opening and Artist Reception. The event, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, is free and open to the public. There will be light refreshments plus student dance performances throughout the evening.

Each February, a senior from Whitfield, Dalton, or Murray County is chosen to receive the Spigel Prize, which includes a cash prize and an opportunity to present an exhibition in the Creative Arts Guild’s Gallery One11. The late Bernice Spigel, the namesake of the coveted award and the first Executive Director of the Creative Arts Guild, was one of a group of local artists and visionaries whose remarkable foresight and initiative led to the founding of the Guild 56 years ago! This year the prize was awarded to two students both of whose work exemplified the elements and quality prescribed by the judges. Diana Almazan, a senior at Coahulla Creek High School and William Harvey, a senior at South East High School are this year’s recipients!

What is the Student Arts Expo?

Each year, all Whitfield/Dalton and Murray County public, private and homeschool students ages Pre-K to High School are invited to exhibit individual art. All forms of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art are accepted. Also, school classrooms are encouraged to submit collaborative work in the "Art Together" project. Prizes for best work are awarded on Friday before the exhibit officially opens that evening. The winning collaborative project in each grade level will receive a $100 cash award to be used for an artist-in-residence fee, art supplies, or other classroom art resources during the school year.

Elementary and Middle Schools will exhibit in Jonas Hall; High School students’ work will be shown in Gallery FIVE20; and the 2019 Spigel Prize winners will be exhibiting in Gallery One11. Student Arts Expo 2019 will be on display March 1st through March 22nd allowing time for families, friends, and the general public to see the exhibits. The galleries are open to the public Monday thru Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm, and Saturday 10:00am – 1:00 pm. Please plan to visit the Guild to see the phenomenal student work and to support our future artists! You may call to schedule field trips: 706-278-0168.

For more information about the Student Arts Expo contact Savannah Thomas or 706-279-3129.

Congratulations to our 2019 Student Arts Expo Winners!

1st Place: Untitled by Jazmin Gonzalez, Park Creek
2nd Place: Isa by Destiny Rogers, Murray Count Pre-K
3rd Place: My Grandma by Aeryian Starling, Westwood
Honorable Mention: Mommy & Daddy by Keidy Gonzalez-DeLeon, Blue Ridge

1st Place: When I’m 100 by Maya Norton, Varnell
2nd Place: Fall Pumpkin by Peycen Elliot, Varnell
3rd Place: Turkey by Samuel Liu, Brookwood
Honorable Mention: Untitled by Avalynn Chadwick, City Park

1st  Grade
1st Place: Snowman by Mateen Sheikh, Brookwood
2nd Place: Zebra by Maria Garnica, Roan     
3rd Place: Shading by Libba Thompson, Brookwood
Honorable Mention: Peacock by Sophia Blue, Varnell

2nd Grade
1st Place: Gyotaku Fish by Brianna Vidana, Roan
2nd Place: Untitled by Ashley Torres, Park Creek
3rd Place: Fall Leaves by Delaney Reynolds, Brookwood
Honorable Mention: Winter Landscape by Danna Camacho, Westwood

3rd Grade
1st Place: Pear by Clayton Thompson , Brookwood
2nd Place: Untitled by Nareli Mercado, Park Creek
3rd Place: Autumn Makes a Point by Caris Drobnic, Homeschool
Honorable Mention: Self-Portrait by Jocelyn Gonzales, Westwood

4th Grade
1st Place: Untitled by Benjamin Bautista, Park Creek
2nd Place: Fall Tree by Georgia Claire Sanders, Brookwood
3rd Place: Wire Sculpture by Daniel Garcia, Westwood
Honorable Mention: Rose by Trinity Paulison, Varnell

5th Grade
1st Place: Untitled by Andrew Rivera, Park Creek
2nd Place: Weaving by Carly Deane Bramlett, Brookwood
3rd Place: Untitled by Xander Queen, Westwood
Honorable Mention: Hidden Country by Anahi Guzman, Blue Ridge

6th Grade
1st Place: Untitled by Delia Flanery, Westside         
2nd Place: Programmed to Receive by Georgia Lee Hegwood, Homeschool
3rd Place: Fall Leaf by Gabriella Martinez, Eastbrook
Honorable Mention: Meadow by Campbell Stockard, Dalton Middle

7th Grade
1st Place: Neon Life by Karla Archila, Valley Point
2nd Place: Percy by Ashlyn Miller, North Whitfield
3rd Place: Olivia by Gabriel Pitts, Homeschool
Honorable Mention: Untitled by Juan Ramirez, Dalton Middle

8th Grade
1st Place: Untitled by Leonardo Medino, Dalton Middle
2nd Place: Campbell by Chrissy Garvin, Westside
3rd Place: Ode to Modi by Myracl Cabe, North Whitfield
Honorable Mention: Untitled by Ashton Tanner, Dalton Middle

9th Grade
1st Place: Untitled by Jamie Smith, Dalton High
2nd Place: Litch by Makayla Chastain, Northwest
3rd Place: Untitled by Yasmeen Issa, Dalton High
Honorable Mention: Tulip Mouse by Keela Hight, North Murray

10th Grade
1st Place: Christmas Card by Ansley Patterson, Northwest 
2nd Place: Untitled by Jennifer Lopez , Dalton High
3rd Place: Baldr by Kennedy Walker, Northwest
Honorable Mention: Tuyo by Paloma Vazques, Dalton High

11th Grade
1st Place: Night Lights by Holly Potts, Dalton High
2nd Place: Canela by Shulleyma Centeno, Northwest
3rd Place: Untitled by Emily Jaimes, Murray High
Honorable Mention: Amelia Earhart by Debbie Paniagua, Northwest

12th Grade
1st Place: Tribute to Teacher by Skylar Hegwood, Northwest
2nd Place: Untitled by Annelize Cruz-Juarez, Dalton High
3rd Place: Untitled by Diego Paloblanco, Southeast
Honorable Mention: Steam Powered Ghosts by Dayanara Viella Galeas,  Dalton High