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EACC Dept. of Continuing Ed offering Quilting Course

January 27, 2014

East Arkansas Community College

Press Release

Forrest City- East Arkansas Community College’s Department of Continuing Education will offer a Quilting course for beginning and intermediate quilters, taught by Forrest City native, Jim Gatling. 

With over 35 years of quilting expertise, Jim Gatling is the only quilting teacher sanctioned by the Arkansas State Department of Education.  He has taught over 2,000 children art, needle arts, and quilting at Morrilton High School in Morrilton, Arkansas.  Gatling has been the artistic director, set designer, and costume maker for over 150 school plays, musicals, and civic productions. He has had his personal quilts and antique collections shown in exhibitions, has won several state quilting awards, and he continues to instruct, lecture and participate in shows throughout the South.

Although Gatling was born in Memphis, he grew up on the family farm in Forrest City, Arkansas and graduated from Forrest City High School in 1969.  He was a broom maker, basket weaver, and relief potter at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, in 1969 and 1970.  Gatling graduated from State College of Arkansas in Conway with a BSE in art and music in 1973.  He taught public school art and stitchery for the South Conway County School District (SCCSD) at Morrilton High School for 30 years. 

The Quilting course will be held on Saturdays, March 1st, 15th, 29th, and April 12th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Art Studio 3-001 on the EACC campus.  Pre-registration is required.  Sewing machines will be provided, and tuition waivers are available for students aged 50+.  For more information or to register for the course, call 870-633-4480, ext. 333. 

Photo of Jim Gatling ----- Photo of Heart Quilt

Photos:  Quilting Instructor and Forrest City native, Jim Gatling and one of Gatling’s quilt exhibition pieces.    



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