As the Creative Arts Guild looks back on the 2018-19 school year, Guild officials recognize the O.N. Jonas Foundation, which, in cooperation with the Guild, continues its Artists in Residence programs. The foundation supports in-school residency programs, placing artists at all schools in the Dalton, Whitfield and Murray County systems, including nontraditional schools.

The Jonas Foundation is the only organization in Georgia that totally concentrates its efforts in bringing talented artists into our school systems -- at no cost to the students. The foundation is committed to helping all students achieve their full potential. Research shows that a child's full potential develops when education includes the arts.

In addition to a number of other wonderful artists already highlighted in previous articles, the following O.N. Jonas Artists in Residence participated in the 2018-19 school year: Noah Stokes, the Piccadilly Puppets Company and Paula Plott Gregg.

Stokes, best known for his sports portraits and caricatures, paints in a realistic style, but often using exaggeration as a tool to enhance the personality of his subject. He works mainly in acrylics, and oils on occasion. His caricature work has commercial appeal and therefore he is also very familiar with digital drawing and painting. His technique is simple, often using layers, washes and a limited palette.

The Piccadilly Puppets Company has been providing performances since 1969.  Awarded the UNIMA Citation for Excellence in the Art of Puppetry, the group has performed at regional, national and international puppetry festivals and at the International Children's Festival at Wolf Trap Farm. The company includes several professional puppeteers with extensive experience in working with children in educational settings.  

Readers 2 Leaders featured local artist Paula Plott Gregg. She provided an art lesson to each fourth grade class in Whitfield County Schools based on the book "The Day You Begin." She is a native Daltonian who began her formal artistic career in the local textile industry. Her work as a fine artist became known in the area after she completed residential and commercial murals. Her works include commissioned paintings, portraits, custom-designed jewelry, folk art and commercial contract carpet design.

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