Get Creative in La Conner!

La Conner is well-known for our art museums, art galleries, and sculpture walk.  But did you know we have several businesses that offer art lessons and art workshops?  And did you know you can take your own creative ideas to a local business for custom embroidery?  Introducing to you our spotlight feature on services in La Conner!  This month we are focusing on art!

Mystic Art Lessons

Our newest business in La Conner is Mystic Art Supply!  Mystic Art Supply will be opening soon and offering lessons for both online and in-person.  And what is Mystic about Mystic Art Supply? In 1953, Time Magazine released an article about four local artists – Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, and Guy Anderson.  These famous artists are accredited for creating the Northwest School of Art, dubbing them the “Northwest Mystics”. Bringing art and recognition to La Conner, these men made a huge impact on the art scene in Washington.  We can’t think of a better name for our newest art-related business in La Conner!

Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts

Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts offers a comprehensive course schedule for artists of every level. Their internationally-acclaimed faculty conducts certificate, diploma, and tutored courses in textile art, color studies, machine embroidery, paper and feltmaking, multimedia art, and dozens more. Whether you choose to visit the center in beautiful La Conner or elect to enroll in our self-paced or mentored courses from your own home, we invite you to explore the resources they have to offer as you pursue your personal artistic goals.


Join the Gail Harker Center for Creative Art’s upcoming series of online demonstrations, meetings, slide shows, and more as you learn to paint fabric, embroider and make your own little book!  Slow, meditative, calming, center yourself with Stitch!

Clever Kathy Designs – Custom Embroidery

Kathy has always loved creating things with her hands.  When she was barely able to walk her other taught her mother sat her in front of the sewing machine.   Opening CleverKathy Designs fulfilled Kathy’s life long dream. “Finally I have the time, resources, and setting to make this dream a reality,” says Kathy. The possibilities of custom embroidery are as big as your imagination!

We just stumbled into Kathy’s shop while roaming through La Conner. We are so thrilled we did! She’s got some unique and funny slogans for t-shirts. We know it doesn’t take long because we watched her prepare a few of them. The greatest treasure we found was the ability for her to put our personal photos on aluminum, slate or ceramic tiles. She does it all right there and in fairly quick order…about an hour if they aren’t swamped. She did an 11″ x 14″ photo on metal and it looks fantastic and I love it. My friend had two 5″ x 7″ photos done on metal as well and she was thrilled with them. Kathy is so jolly and pleasant to work with, as is her employee, Yana. You really need to stop in her shop if you want to take home a unique gift or something for yourself. ~Susan Curtis

Skagit Artists

Skagit Artists is a fun, dynamic group of artists of all skill levels who share a passion for art, art promotion, networking, and education, both for themselves and their communities. Annually (in normal years) Skagit Artists host three acclaimed and popular shows and conduct educational programs open to the public. The vision is to develop Skagit County into a cultural destination for visitors worldwide.

Skagit Artists signature juried NW Art Beat Studio Tour is now scheduled for July 17 & 18, 2021. After missing out in 2020 due to the virus, they are looking forward to the show this year. “It’s going to be a spectacular event, we think the best ever, and hope to see you all there,” says Mechel Bell, Skagit Artists President.