April 28, 2013

The Creative Arts Guild: 50 years in the making

Submitted by the Creative Arts Guild

— The Creative Arts Guild will host an opening reception for the exhibit “The Creative Arts Guild: 50 Years in the Making” at its First Friday event on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Guild celebrates its 50th anniversary as Georgia’s oldest community-based arts organization this year.

The exhibit officially kicks off a five-month celebration.

“As we began to pull together the material for the 50th anniversary exhibit, we realized that there were so many stories that make up the Guild’s history,” Guild Executive Director Terry Tomasello said. “The exhibit offers a wonderful pictorial narrative of many people and businesses who have given so generously of their time, resources and talents to make this such a special place.”

The Guild invites the public to celebrate its 50-year history by attending the opening reception and visiting the exhibit through September. The exhibit will be featured in the Jonas Performance Hall and is free and open to the public.

Additionally, the Guild will celebrate its sixth annual patron of the year event honoring the Guild founders on June 21. The event will begin with the dedication of the new Founders Garden, which will showcase 11 new sculptures as part of the Robert T. Webb Sculpture Garden.

The sculptures will be installed the first week in June from Canada, California, Tennessee and North Carolina in preparation for the garden dedication.

“The garden will serve to remind us of the solidity, the stability and creativity of these extraordinary men and women. We are pleased to fulfill Robert Webb’s vision from 10 years ago of honoring the founders with a permanent sculpture garden,” Tomasello said.

The garden will be on the lower lawn of the Waugh Street property. The dedication on the Spigel Pavilion will be followed by dinner and dancing in the Jonas Performance Hall featuring the Mose Davis Trio and vocalist Maria Howell. Tickets are $55.

On Aug. 10 the Guild will continue the celebration at a 50th Anniversary Gala featuring an evening filled with great food, a compelling exhibit and ending with dancing to the sounds of the band Cashmere.

“The 50th anniversary is special not only because it marks a milestone in the Guild’s history but it marks 50 years of serving as a catalyst for the arts in Northwest Georgia,” Tomasello said.

“The 40th Anniversary Gala was such a great event and we hope those who attended will join us as well as others in celebrating our 50th,” Guild Event Director Leanne Lawson said. “This event will be an opportunity for those of us that grew up in Dalton to those of us who are transplants to share the many successes through the years of the Guild, plus it’s going to be a great party!”

Tickets are $75.

The Guild is at 520 W. Waugh St. in Dalton. The Guild offers exhibits, performances, recitals and lessons to youth and adults in the Northwest Georgia region. Classes are available in the visual arts, vocal and instrumental music, ballet, gymnastics and creative learning. The Guild is supported by support from local individuals, businesses and foundations and through a grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts. For more information on the Guild’s programming, visit www.creativeartsguild.org or call (706) 278-0168.