Meet the Artists
Bradley Wilson, acrylic, “Powder”. Abstract with whites, grays and pinks.
John H. Wilson, acrylic on canvas, “Monday” is an expressionism piece. Acrylic on canvas, “Foothills” is an impressionistic painting of the mountains of North Georgia.
Meet the Artist
About Paula Plott
Meet Paula Plott Gregg — Paula is a native Daltonian and she began her formal
artistic career in the textile industry. Her work as a fine artist became known in the area for her residential and commercial murals. She currently spends her days in the studio where she works on commissioned paintings, portraits, custom design jewelry, folk art and commercial contract carpet design.She painted the pieces in the Main Level Conference room that highlights historic landmarks in Downtown Dalton. The background is an historic photo of Downtown Dalton believed to be from the early 1900’s. Paula painted several area landmarks that are displayed in a unique dimensional way on the background photo. The landmarks include Crown Mill, the Clisby Austin House, the Downtown Motor Inn sign, the historic Post Office, the old Freight Depot,
Dalton State College Bell Tower, Prater’s Mill and Dalton City Hall.
Meet the Artist
About Gene Mealor
Born in Chattanooga, Gene Mealor grew up during the Great Depression and World War II. While visiting family in North Georgia, he developed a love for the region and its people. Mealor obtained a degree in art from the University of Chattanooga and pursued a career in commercial art for 30 years. As a graphic artist for Brown Industries, Mealor employed his use of watercolor and eye for detail to create images that captured the process and products of the printing business. In an era before digitization, these handmade renderings of equipment and products appeared in brochures and printed materials to promote Brown Industries. Today this art work is displayed on the walls of the company as a fitting reminder of his history.
Mealor’s art is displayed in the lobby, the kitchen, the catering kitchen and a unique collage of his work is mounted on the curved wall to the lower level.
Meet the Designer
About Kellie Smith
Growing up in Dalton, Kellie Smith developed her professional career in both retail and the design industry. As a carpet designer and colorist, her creative talents blossomed early and her designs were integrated into the decor of office buildings,
hotel chains and commercial establishments all over the world.
After expanding her talents into the retail market where she catered to the gift and home accessory sector, Kellie formalized her training by earning her Residential Planning degree from The Art Institute. Kellie now focuses on residential an commercial design, textile design, as well as furniture design.
Having a great love of her hometown, Kellie volunteers her time to multiple community projects. She resides in Dalton with her husband Chris, and two children, Gage and Jody.
Meet the Artist & Designer
About Melanie Suggs
A Dalton native, Melanie Suggs never strayed far from her
artistic roots even while serving as executive director of Washington DC’s non-profit marketing and events
organization, a convention center CEO in Maryland or
director of the local joint development authority. In college, Melanie studied painting and later completed photography
intensives at the Royal College of Art in London. Her recent pieces include the “American Manufacturing Series”, where she expresses her deep respect for the country’s manufacturing heritage through abstract digital imagery.
Catherine Evans Whitener (1880–1964)
John Clymer’s classic painting, “The Hauler”
depicts the hauler
delivering the stamped sheeting and yarn.
In 2001, Catherine Evans Whitener was inducted into the Georgia Women of Achievement. This award recognizes and honors women native to or clearly identified by the State of Georgia.
Catherine Evans Whitener is the centerpiece of the main gallery, artwork by Paula Plott Gregg.
This multimedia collage entitled “Catherine’s Journey” depicts various historical landmarks and leaders throughout Dalton’s history.