Gallery Openings and Artist Receptions

July Gallery Opening and Artist Reception — August 4th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

On August 4th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, the public is happily invited to attend the Guild’s August Gallery Opening featuring two new exhibits. Mary Hamby of Twenty-Two West will present “His Beard Wasn’t That Blue” an exhibit of paintings and fiber art in Gallery ONE11. In Jonas Hall, Keith McFarland will present a display of large format photography, and his exhibit of prints and vinyl wall wraps, “Larger than Life”. And, continuing in Gallery FIVE20, Russell Cook's exhibit, “Disarrangement of Form”. 

The Gallery Opening and Artists’ Reception includes light refreshments plus music by singer-songwriter (and Guild music instructor), Charlsey Etheridge. Questions about the exhibits or the reception? Contact Savannah Thomas, Gallery Director at or 706-279-3129. 

Mary Hamby is a full-time artist working in Charlotte, NC. She offers “My goal is to use traditional crafts combined in new ways in each of my pieces. I use the classic techniques of weaving, ceramics, and woodworking to create wearable art and to build approachable sculptures that suit the modern home”. 

Photographer, Keith McFarland, explains the scale of the works in his exhibit: “Most prints show the viewer what I saw. But I want the viewer to understand what I felt. Printed in these sizes, the images become immersive. For some images, viewers must literally turn their heads from one side to the other to encompass the entire scene, just as I did when I was standing there taking it. It doesn’t just show them what it looked like. It takes them there.” 

And… Getting ready for FESTIVAL 2017! 

FESTIVAL Chairperson, Celeste Creswell, and Co-Chair, Melissa Bradham, invite anyone who would like to volunteer with this year’s FESTIVAL of Fine Arts and Crafts (September 15th – 18th) to join them for the FESTIVAL Volunteer Kick-Off Party also on Friday, August 4th at 5:30 pm. FESTIVAL Committees include the Preview Party/Taste of Dalton (for the event on September 15th), Music & Entertainment, Children’s Hill (activities), Outdoor Artist Market, Marketing and PR, Grounds and Event Logistics, Weekend Guest Services, Artist Hospitality, and more! 

From Guild Executive Director, Amanda Brown: “Bring your curiosity on Friday and get more information about volunteering; FESTIVAL committee work always offers great camaraderie with other volunteers as well as the opportunity to support the arts in your community! Come to the Kick-Off and sign up for a committee, pick up your official FESTIVAL 2017 T-shirt, and view the three wonderful exhibits on display in the Guild’s several galleries!” 

Questions about FESTIVAL 2017 and volunteer opportunities? Contact Leanne Martin at 706-217-6677, or

Upcoming Gallery Openings and Receptions for 2017
September 15th 7:30 - 9:30
FESTIVAL Preview Party
Juried FESTIVAL Exhibit
October 6th 5:30 - 7:30 Juried FESTIVAL Exhibit
November 3rd 5:30 - 7:30 Paula Gregg
Alexa Lett
December 1st 5:30 - 7:30 Paula Gregg
Alexa Lett