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L'Abri String Ensemble In Concert

The Creative Arts Guild Presents L’Abri String Ensemble

Performing “Appalachian Serenade”

The Guild will welcome the L’Abri String Ensemble next Thursday, October 15th, for a concert of Appalachia-inspired music

The concert will feature a Celtic Medley, Dulcimer Tunes, a Spiritual Medley, and a River Medley.  The concert will be held Thursday, October 15th at 7:30pm in the Jonas Performance Hall at the Creative Arts Guild, located at 520 West Waugh Street in Dalton. The concert is free, and donations will be accepted. For more information, contact Creative Arts Guild Music Director Lisa Elders at 706-259-1822 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The L’Abri String Ensemble is essentially a double string quartet, though it is not limited to that format. The lead violist is also an excellent pianist, and we showcase that talent in a piece titled “Hoe-Down”. Jim Burdick directs the group, and does all the musical arrangements. Four of the players are music teachers, and several also have full-time jobs.

Like the L'Abri Symphony, one purpose of the Ensemble is to provide mentoring for advancing students and opportunities for them to perform . Also like the Symphony, it is a faith-based volunteer group; all concerts are free of charge and open to the public. Support for both groups comes from corporate sponsors and individual donors.

The ensemble was formed in 2012, shortly after its parent organization, the L’Abri Symphony Orchestra, moved to Dalton.  Its purpose was to act as musical ambassadors from the orchestra, bringing string music to smaller venues where the full symphony could not go. To its adult audiences it brings entertainment and an introduction to the classical style of music. To its young audiences it hopefully gives inspiration to learn about and possibly study stringed instruments.

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SEATED: (L-R) Cecilia Pressnell, Evelyn Boullain, Abigail Cochran, Jason Cochran. STANDING:  Hannah Cochran, Sahar Walters, Jim Burdick, Miranda Kovac, Lane Moore

The ensemble has performed at the NW GA Trade & Convention Center, Faith Christian Academy, Dalton First Baptist Church, Tunnel Hill First Baptist Church, Ridgewood Manor, Royal Oaks, the Dalton-Whitfield Public Library, Dalton State College, and the Creative Arts Guild.




Come join us for October’s First Friday Gallery Opening and Artist Reception

Friday, October 2nd, from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Creative Arts Guild

214 W. Waugh Street in Dalton


An Exhibition of Collaborative Ceramic Works by Dan & Mary DeFoor

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Artist Biography – Dan DeFoor

Dr. Dan DeFoor has been a ceramic artist for over forty years. He has studied under a number of master ceramists, including Jere Lykins and Don McCance. His current work explores both functional and sculptural wheel-thrown stoneware forms. Along with his work as a practicing artist, Dan taught high school art in the Douglas County, Georgia schools for 32 years before becoming Adjunct Professor of Art teaching graduate level art education classes online for Delta State University in Mississippi.

Dan has been an active leader for art education advocacy. He has served in many offices in the Georgia Art Education advocacy. He has served in many offices in the Georgia Art Education Association including a term as president of the organization and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Art Education Association as National Secondary Division Director. He was selected as Georgia’s Art Educator of the Year in 1982, and again in 2005. In January 2013 he conducted a wheel throwing workshop for 180 students at Chapel Hill Middle School in an artist residency sponsored by the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Berry College, a Master of Visual Art from Georgia State University, and a Doctorate of Education in Art Education from the University of Georgia. He and his wife Mary reside in Resaca, Georgia, where their studio, Angelville Pottery, is also located.

Artist Biography – Mary DeFoor

Although Mary DeFoor spent three decades in the classroom teaching French, retirement has afforded her the opportunity to work full time in the studio exploring hand built ceramic forms and glaze techniques. She works collaboratively with her husband Dan, a ceramic artist for more than forty years, to develop a body of work that features application of her hand building techniques and alterations to Dan’s wheel thrown vessels. Her first formal recognition as an artist came in September 2013, when Mary and Dan’s work Carolen’s Legacy was awarded first place at the inaugural Art of Giving exhibition in Dalton, Georgia.

Along with her studio work, Mary holds a firm commitment to arts education. She has been recognized by the Georgia Art Education Association for Distinguished Service Outside the Profession. In 2012, she and Dan were awarded a year-long Jonas Foundation artist residency in the Whitfield County and Dalton City Schools, where they conducted clay workshops with middle and high school students at eleven schools.



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