Annual festival kickoff party plus new exhibit opening this Friday at the Guild

A painting by Creative Arts Guild exhibitor Mabel Leon.


On Friday, the Creative Arts Guild invites the public to a Gallery Opening and Artist Reception plus the annual Festival Kick-Off Party/Reception.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Guild will present its August Gallery Opening and Artist Reception featuring three wonderful exhibits, two that opened in July and are continuing and an additional one to be revealed Friday in Gallery One11.

The Annual Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts is coming

The Friday event is also the annual Festival Kick-Off Party/Reception providing the Guild's community friends and art lovers with an early chance to sign up to help with the big event coming in September. Choose any of the several Festival 2019 volunteer committees and receive your own official Festival 2019 T-shirt.

Festival Chairperson Allison Whittle and Co-Chairs Jodi and Greg Wrenn are already working on this great celebration of the arts; they would love to have as many volunteers as possible to join them ("Many hands make light and fun work."). Committees include Preview Party/Taste of Dalton (for the evening event Sept. 20), Children's Hill (creative play and multicultural activities), Outdoor Artist Market, Marketing & PR, Grounds & Event Logistics, Weekend Guest Services and Artist Hospitality.

For more information about Festival, the Kick-Off Party and committees, contact Leanne Martin at or (706) 217-6677 or visit the Creative Arts Guild's Annual Festival on Facebook.

More about the exhibits

The new exhibit in Gallery One11, "CubisME," is a collection of Cubist-inspired works by Colombian artist Mabel Leon that reflect her culture, life experiences and personality. Leon says of her work, "My art is defined by the joint of lines and living colors, leaving my reality and reflecting my personality."

Continuing in Gallery Five20 will be "For Which It Stands," the newest collection of work by self-taught artist and sculptor Chris Beck, including several never-before-seen pieces.

Ongoing in Jonas Hall is "The Language of Layers," a collection of paintings by members of the Chattanooga-based group MMIA (Mixed Media Inspired Artists).

Friday's Gallery Opening and Festival Kick-Off event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be available.

Gallery openings and artist receptions are great opportunities not only to view captivating art but to chat informally with the artists and learn about their inspirations, media and techniques. Find out more about the exhibits and reception at Contact Savannah Thomas at (706) 279-3129 with questions.

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