Gallery Openings and Artist Receptions

The Creative Arts Guild Announces Three New Exhibits & An Art “Happening”!

On Friday, November 2, from 5:30 to 7:30, three new exhibits will be unveiled at the Creative Arts Guild! In Gallery FIVE20, Chattanooga artist Kevin Bate presents his newest exhibit "Better a Big Face Than a Big Head"; in Gallery ONE11, self-taught artist Linda Fair will be introducing a display of her paintings; and, in Jonas Hall, the debut of the much-anticipated collaboration with local Instagram account @DaltonThings - "Are You With Us?"!

We’re With Dalton!

Are You With Us?

The Creative Arts Guild is excited to announce the opening of “Are You With Us?”, a juried exhibit in Jonas Hall featuring wall-mounted artwork inspired by our community: it’s people, places, history, and, of course, it’s spirit.  “Are You With Us” opens along with the full Gallery event and reception on November 2, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, and will run thru December 7.  Original works by artists working in all mediums will be represented in the show.  For the purpose of celebrating our community’s singular story and innovative spirit, popular Instagram account - @DaltonThings – partnered with the Creative Arts Guild to envision and present this exciting exhibition on Friday and to follow it with a special art happening

“Tell Your Friends!” Wednesday, November 7, 7 – 9 pm.  

Established in 1847, Dalton has an extraordinary history that encompasses agriculture, trade, rail transportation, industry, art, and culture.  All residents can be very proud of their community’s ingenuity and resilience during the last 170 years and of the new business and cultural renaissance we are currently seeing.  Dalton’s past, present, and future are rich with reasons for creating a tribute to and a celebration of that legacy.

"Better a Big Face Than a Big Head"

In Gallery FIVE20, Kevin Bate’s show, "Better a Big Face Than a Big Head", is one of the three new exhibits opening November 2.  Kevin lives and works in Chattanooga and is known in the area for his very large paintings and murals; his works have appeared throughout Chattanooga and the region. If it’s a painting of a large face on a building, it’s probably one of his. His “Fallen Five” is the newest addition to the McCallie Walls Mural Project, a neighborhood beautification and paying-artists-a-living-wage-for-their-work project that he also curates.  Lately, he has been branching out further into the Southeast and recently painted a mural commissioned by Usher.

Linda Fair

Self-taught artist, Linda Fair, will display her work in Gallery ONE11.  She is a self-taught Dalton-based painter whose work is inspired by her travels and experiences with other cultures. She is known for painting on found objects -- scrap wood, old plaques, a vintage canvas -- this knack for finding the right surface paired with her incredible attention to detail and a romantic, loose style of painting offers the viewer ethereal and captivating scenes.

For more info, please contact Gallery Director, Savannah Thomas at or 706-279-3129 or for more info.