Gail Harker Creative Studies Center Changes Name, Launches New Website

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In an effort to help potential students better understand the art and design courses offered, the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center has changed its name to the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts. The name change coincides with the La Conner, Washington center’s launch of a new and improved website.

Shaw Storm by center graduate Gwen Lowery - solid machine stitching on painted canvas 86 x124".

Having ‘art’ in our name gives us instant recognition within our industry and eliminates questions about what ‘Creative Studies’ means.

In an effort to help potential students better understand the art and design courses offered, the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center has changed its name to the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts.

The name change coincides with the La Conner, Washington center’s launch of a new and improved website, one that showcases the art, design and stitch work of students in numerous photo galleries, and one that facilitates online payments, student blogs and online coursework.

“We hope the name change will help the public more clearly understand what we do,” said Gail Harker, who founded the Center for Creative Arts in 1994 and moved it to La Conner, Washington a year ago. “Fiber art encompasses so much more than just textiles and embroidery. Our new name reflects the fact that what we do is offer art and design courses using a number of different mediums in a contemporary context. Our students draw, layer, collage, paint and sew, and use color and design techniques to creating highly considered works.”

“Having ‘art’ in our name gives us instant recognition within our industry and eliminates questions as to what ‘Creative Studies’ means,” Harker added.

The name change will be implemented slowly, and will not affect the art center’s web address or e-mail.

The Center for Creative Arts offers certificate and diploma programs in Design and Stitch, and more than 2,000 students have come from around the world to study under Harker, who is an internationally known author and educator. The center also invites guest tutors to share their expertise through special interest classes, including the upcoming The Traditional Book class being held Oct. 31-Nov. 4 and taught by Martha Cole.

Visitors to the new website will find course calendars, useful links and instant access to Gail’s blog, directly from the new home page. In the future, an online store, more galleries and an online exhibition gallery will be added. One of the main features of the new website is the ability to host student galleries.

“The galleries provide a glimpse of what we do,” said Harker. “Our students practice a visual art form and nothing can better represent that than their actual artwork.”

Contact: Gail Harker, phone: (360) 466-0110 email: gail at gailcreativestudies dot com

About Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts
Internationally known textile and fiber artist, author and educator Gail Harker has the equivalent of a Masters in textile and fiber art as well as Contemporary Embroidery, also known as Stitch. More than 2,000 artists have studied at the Center, which offers certificate and diploma programs in Design and Stitch. Several students have gone on to win national and international awards. Learn more at the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts website.

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