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ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord, NC, Makes A Splash with New Website

August 30, 2017

ClearWater Artist Studios, in Concord, NC, the artist haven and community hub housed in the City of Concord’s nearly century-old water works and utility operations facilities, is turning a page. A set of pages, in fact—it launches a brand-new website today. The new site is available at the same URL (www.clearwaterartists.com).

The new site features dozens of photos and a polished design to peak visitors’ curiosity and offer a more complete glimpse of what ClearWater is all about. The site features a gallery of the tenant artists, offering biographies, a sampling of each artist’s works, and contact information. Also prominent are the calendar of events, class listings, and online reservations for ClearWater’s various event spaces, along with plenty of other interactivity.

“This gives us a polished, interactive gateway to what is becoming a welcoming creative center for the community,” said Sarah Gay, Manager of ClearWater Artist Studios. She built the site over the past eight months, with some design help from resident CW artists Walter Stanford and Regina Burchett. A consultant helped define the overall design and navigation elements early in the process.

The new design of the site improves awareness of events produced by ClearWater Artist Studios, such as the annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off, a live painting challenge enjoyed for free by audiences every February. The ongoing Guest Artist Exhibit Series is also popular, which showcases talented local or regional artists who may not be widely known yet. Each artist in turn is asked to provide an Artist Talk for the public. To date, these have attracted audiences of 20-50 people on average.

ClearWater Artist Studios hopes to increase its offering of events and classes this year, and to start bringing in guest teachers for major workshops. One such intensive, 3-day workshop, taught by Charlotte painter Robin Wellner, is already scheduled for the first weekend in October. Wellner was a Featured Painter at the 2017 Portrait Paint-Off. The new website, with its homepage slideshow to feature such upcoming events, will let people know more effectively and more consistently what creative activities they have right at their fingertips, in Concord.

Feedback on the new (www.clearwaterartists.com) is welcomed. E-mail to (clearwatermgr@gmail.com) or connect on Facebook @ClearwaterArtistStudios.

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