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Grand Opening – Good Friends, Gratitude and Goldwork- Guest Blogger Christina Fairley Erickson

September 28, 2019

Special Note from Gail:

Gail Harker with some of the volunteers and guest artists-in-residence from the 2019 Grand Opening event.

Gail Harker with some of the volunteers and guest artists-in-residence from the 2019 Grand Opening event.

I’m so thankful for the support of everyone who helped with or attended our Grand Opening earlier this month.  The single thing that stood out to me during the 2 day event was the overwhelming atmosphere of camaraderie and kinship of students and friends. So many past and present students put in an appearance. Some of these people were with me at the beginning (1994) in N. America.  Some were new to the center and excited to be part of a new art adventure.  All part of a continuing growing force of textile/embroidery artists who have committed their time, enthusiasm and effort into excellence.  Please enjoy the comments from our guest blogger!


Well, it’s official!  The new Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts location was formally opened with a fabulous two-day event starting with the Mayor of La Conner, Ramon Hayes, joining Gail with a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of a sizable crowd of well-wishers.

Gail cutting the ribbon on the new venue with the Mayor.

With brightly colored as well as elegant Goldwork gracing the studio walls and tables, visitors feasted their eyes on the results of working as a student of Gails!  We had an incredible turn-out of friends, former and current students, family, community members, and even some walk-ins from off the street.

June Steegstra displaying her machine stitched artwork.

Visitors pouring over student sketchbooks and samples of their work/

The days were filled with artists demonstrating different techniques in art, design, hand and machine stitch.  Visitors were able to watch, ask questions and learn about the execution of numerous methods of art and stitch.

Penny Peters explaining about the many different styles of hand Goldwork embroidery.

Penny Peters explaining about the many different styles of hand Goldwork embroidery.

Gloria Shelton showing her hand stitching from Level 1 and her Goldwork embroidery.

Gloria Shelton showing her hand stitching from Level 1 and her Goldwork embroidery.

Marilyn Olsen demonstrated contemporary darning and kantha stitching techniques.

Marilyn Olsen demonstrating contemporary darning and kantha stitching techniques.

Susan Sasnett shares her experience and whimsical creatures.

Susan Sasnett shares her experience and whimsical creatures.

Christina Fairley Erickson demonstrating machine Goldwork stitching.

Christina Fairley Erickson demonstrating machine Goldwork stitching.

Barbara Fox describing her Level 3 Advanced Experimental Stitch work with trees and the forest floor.

Barbara Fox describing her Level 3 Advanced Experimental Stitch work with trees and the forest floor.

Tesi Vaara displaying and sharing Level 3 Art & Design.

Tesi Vaara displaying and sharing Level 3 Art & Design.

Nancy Drake exhibiting hand beading.

Nancy Drake exhibiting hand beading.

Jill Taylor shows her mastery of Goldwork embroidery.

Jill Taylor shows her mastery of Goldwork embroidery.

More to come soon on our great event!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Penny Peters permalink
    September 28, 2019 1:00 pm

    Gosh! What a great way to announce the new studio, and so fun to be included for two days of stitching, seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

  2. September 30, 2019 7:57 am

    Congratulations, Gail! What a wonderful celebration — and showcase of such talent, energy and determination. I still have fond memories of my week at your early studio in Oak Harbor. Best wishes for continued creative success, health and much happiness!

  3. September 30, 2019 9:24 am

    So nice to hear from you Margaret

  4. September 30, 2019 12:18 pm

    Congratulations on the grand opening. It looks like everyone was having a fabulous time and I’m sorry I missed it. I am looking forward to seeing you in October.

  5. October 1, 2019 3:25 pm

    I had such a wonderful time exploring everyone’s fantastic art work and delving into the detailed studies of all the coursework. I’m in! I will be joining a class in November. Thank you everyone for such a wonderful show and time of fellowship.

    • October 1, 2019 5:46 pm

      Hi Jackie, Send me an email so we can book a phone call to talk about Level 3. So nice you were inspired by all the design and stitch.

  6. October 1, 2019 5:41 pm

    Penny and I are looking forward to our new upcoming Level 3 Stitch class with you too.

  7. karen permalink
    October 13, 2019 7:01 pm

    congrats Gail! So good to know that you have a great studio and fun to see pictures of everyone who participated in your grand opening event.

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