Guild Presents Annual Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts | Local News

On Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, preceded by a 2022 Festival Preview Night + Taste of Dalton event on Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m., the Creative Arts Guild Festival is an annual celebration of the mission of the Guild to bring high quality arts and crafts experiences to the region and make them accessible to everyone.

The event, intended as a gift to the community, is free and open to the public except for the preview night, which requires a ticket.

First presented in 1963 by the newly formed Creative Arts Guild, the Festival continues to be a true family activity and a wonderful way for all to enjoy the arts.

The festival weekend will get off to an exciting start on Friday evening, September 16, with the preview party. The party offers guests a first look and shopping opportunity for the juried indoor exhibit, while enjoying live Latin jazz and sampling delicious food at a variety of Dalton’s great restaurants. Customers will also be able to vote for their favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award.

The preview night also serves as an artist reception for all artists from the indoor exhibition who are part of the jury.

The preview party will take place on Guild grounds in the fabulous Robert T. Webb Sculpture Garden and surrounded by a delightful atmosphere of live Latin Jazz music by Willie Ziavino and the COT Band.

Tickets for the preview night are $55. Tickets also include drinks of your choice at one of the many bars serving wine, craft beer, tea, soda, and water. For your convenience, the Dalton Trolley will facilitate event parking. Simply park at the Dalton First Baptist Church and ride in comfort to and from the Guild site. You can purchase tickets at

The festival weekend continues on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18. The indoor exhibition in the galleries and the outdoor Artists’ Market on the Guild’s covered Spigel Pavilion showcase the work of artists and artisans: Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 18 from 11 a.m. at 17 o’clock. pm

The 2022 Festival will also feature ongoing multicultural arts activities and performances for children, unique and delicious cuisine, live music, and self-guided tours of the Robert T. Webb Sculpture Garden.

Admission to the indoor exhibit, outdoor market, and all daytime activities is free, and the event is always family-friendly.

An important part of the event is the exhibition and market of high-quality arts and crafts. Event goers will see a stunning array. It’s the perfect place to buy unique and beautiful items to give as gifts or to collect. Together, these exhibits will feature a wide range of art, jewelry, pottery, painting, folk art, woodworking, textile arts, adult and children’s clothing, bags, basketry, glass, ironwork, sculpture and more.

The Festival also offers great activities for families and children. Festival staff and chairs have put together a full program of activities, arts and crafts projects, live music and special performances, including dances and theatrical demonstrations.

Multicultural Children’s Hill

Much of the fun will take place on Children’s Hill, an outdoor space with colorful tents celebrating history and traditions from around the world, especially some of the cultures represented in our community: Brazil, China, Egypt, Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Mexico and Zimbabwe. Tents with artistic cultural flair will showcase these countries and offer craft and cultural experiences relevant to each region. There will be games and music, and the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library will present exciting readings with an international cultural flavor.

“Travelling” through a melting pot of cultures

When children arrive at Children’s Hill, they are given a Guild “passport” that encourages them to travel from tent to tent and activity to activity. In each country, they will receive a special stamp in their passport indicating their “visit” to that country.

The Guild’s desire is to showcase and celebrate the rich cultural melting pot reflected in our region and provide fun learning experiences at every tent.

Enjoy special performances

Unique performances representing various countries are scheduled throughout the Festival weekend. The list includes Kofi Mawuko, an African drummer who offers hands-on interactive drum games for kids; Mexican folk dance with Marcos Gomez and Ariadne Ascencio; Music game with Anna Faith; and a dance exhibition by the Dalton Ballet, the Guild’s own dance company, performing pieces from its annual ballet ‘Snow Queen’ as well as other modern ballets and pieces.

Additionally, Dalton’s Mariachi Aventurero group will perform and Dalton High School acting students will perform “acting.”

On Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, the 2022 Festival will feature a number of local and regional musicians in the performance tent on the Guild campus. On Saturday, September 17: Paul Joseph, Not Without My Muse, Jessie Smith, Ariel Omarzu, Molly Watts and the John Buckner Trio. On view Sunday, September 18: Joe Vidalez, William Alderman, Joseph Blake Evans and Russell Cook, Spatial Effects and The Stratoblasters.

Throughout the day, on Multicultural Children’s Hill, representatives from featured countries will present performances reflecting the culture of those parts of the world. A visit to Children’s Hill will take children on a wonderful trip around the world without leaving the Guild grounds.

On Saturday, September 17 at 2 p.m., Dalton Ballet will present dance selections from “The Snow Queen,” the Guild’s Dance Department’s annual winter ballet. Dancers will also perform other ballet and contemporary works choreographed by Guild Dance Program staff and guest instructors.

Main sponsors of the 2022 Festival

The Guild is indebted to these major sponsors: Mohawk Industries, Textile Rubber and Chemical Co., Engineered Floors, Shaw Industries Group, Marketing Alliance Group, Ken and Myra White, the Brown Whitworth Foundation, Barrett Industries, the City of Dalton and Materials Handling . Inc.

For more information on all Festival 2022 activities, visit, the Guild on Facebook, or call David George at (706) 217-6677.

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