Saturday, August 4, 2018

Reconciliation Park

We gathered this morning to sketch the Chinese Reconciliation Park.  Most everyone thought this was an excellent sketching spot.

Mark arrived early and chose a good viewpoint

The group in front of the Temple

"The Chinese garden motif allows the park to stand both as an acknowledgment of the forceful expulsion of the Chinese population of the City of Tacoma by municipal leaders and a large crowd on November 3, 1885, and as a celebration of the city’s multicultural past, present, and future."
This outlet described the purpose of the park as "is to acknowledge the 1885 expulsion of Tacoma’s Chinese citizens and to honor the commitment Tacoma has made since to end racism and hatred, and to promote a peaceful, multicultural community."

Thus my first sketch was of the standing stones and carved boulders. The figures carved on the boulders represent the expulsion.

Next I sketched the temple, "Fuzhou Ting" donated by the city of Fuzhou, China

More Photos here

-- by Kate Buike

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Hectic Life but Still an USkT

This past couple of weeks has been very busy. From time to time I wondered if I'd get everything done that I had said I get done. With few exceptions I met my goals. I had to leave early on Saturday so my sketch was missing in the "throw down", but made up on Sunday. Here are my images for both days. I did write the wrong date on Sunday's image, it should have been the 29th.
The table is the Yard Sale items. I bought a lot of stuff. Just couldn't say no to clamps for $1/each.

This image is a bit dark, but took a copy using my phone, rather than scanning. The lady on the left kept talking on the phone while her young daughter went stir crazy; the other girl was making HUGE bubbles with a rope dipped in soapy water. Several sailboats were moored at the dock and had visitors all day come by.

If you've been wanting to join, or have joined but can't find time to participate think outside the box... post when you have time to sketch and invite others to join YOU... rather than you joining others. If you want to draw, don't let a small thing like when the sketch outs are scheduled dissuade you. Make time, let us know, and enjoy yourself. Post your images and perhaps lead a sketch out on a day that is good for you.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

More Alfoat

More images from the sketch outing at Foss Waterway Seaport 's Maritime Festival last weekend.  These are courtesy Pam Jenkins.

Sunday morning group:

 Sunday afternoon group:

Sunday afternoon "throw down"

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Art Afloat All Hands on Sketch!

Today the Tacoma Urban Sketchers had the opening of their Gallery Exhibition Art Afloat All Hands on Sketch at the Foss Waterway Seaport Maritime Museum during the Maritime Festival.  I was there sketching along with other sketchers during the morning and there will be other sketchers drawing and painting all weekend long.  Entrance is free this weekend during the Festival. Feel free to come in and visit, enjoy the exhibit and the rest of the attractions.  Below is the sketch I completed today and pictures from the exhibit.

Happy Sketching!


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Porto Pity Party

Yesterday (Wednesday, 18 July) Urban Sketchers Tacoma met to sketch the streets and area around Artist and Craftsman Supply.  Since many of our fellow sketchers are at the 9th Annual Urban Sketchers International  Symposium in Porto Portugal we had a "Porto Pity Party".  I made special stick-on badges as a souvenir.  

Art teachers from the local chapter of Washington Education Association joined us for the sketch outing. They are interspersed in our group photo. 

My initial plan was sketching this statue. Goddess of Commerce bears symbols that depict Tacoma's industries and the port. That's Artist and Craftsman in the background, though I didn't recreate the massive mural painted on the building.  I added the badge and my lunch receipt from "Stink".  Despite the name, the food was very good.  It's just down the street.

I wandered in search of another subject. That took me a long way down St. Helen's street to a view of the Urban Grace church. I've wanted to sketch this for a long time. Opportunity and all that Gothic delayed me. This is just enough Gothic to not be intimidated. It is Urban Grace church.

They write on their web page: "Urban Grace is an ecumenical congregation that is multicultural, diverse, and welcoming to all. We welcome the full participation of all people–any denominational background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status."  The statement goes on to say how they value The Arts: " We also seek to develop and nurture the arts and artists through the use of our facility as a community arts center."


More Photos.

-- by Kate Buike

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

August 2018 outings

First Saturday Aug 4: Chinese Reconciliation Park

Meet at 10 am in the parking lot.  KaCe & Alison are hosts for this outing. 

Though the map shows it on Ruston Way, the City of Tacoma website lists the address as:
1741 N Schuster Parkway, Tacoma, WA 98402

"The park design is a mixture of traditional Chinese scholar’s style gardens and beautiful natural waterfront setting.  The Chinese Reconciliation Park is a 4 acre park that is located at the southern end of the 1.5-mile Ruston Way waterfront along Commencement Bay, and is in the proximity of the early Chinese settlement that was burned down during the tragic expulsion."

"A "Ting" is a Chinese pavilion.  The Fuzhou Ting was donated by Fuzhou, China, one of Tacoma's Sister Cities, in support of our Chinese reconciliation efforts."


Second Thursday, August 9:   Beekeepers Cottage

3406 64th Ave Ct NW, Gig Harbor

10-12:30 please bring chair and lunch for sketching.  There are flowers, animals, gnome doors, waterfall and bees in a charming happy place.
Directions: From North: 16E to Gig Harbor City Center, Wollochet Dr, right at top of ramp then follow directions below.
From South: 16W to Gig Harbor City Center/Wollochet Dr, turn left at top of ramp, cross over Route 16. Go .4 miles turn right onto 35th St NW, go 600 feet turn left onto 58th Ave NW, go .5 miles turn right onto 32nd St NW, go 500 feet turn left onto 64th Ave Ct NW, Beekeepers Cottage On left in 700 feet. 
 Third Wednesday, August 15:  Point Defiance Pagoda

 5801 Trolley Ln, Tacoma, WA 98407

It is just inside Point Defiance park from the N. Pearl Street entrance.  

Meet at 10 am on the patio in front of the Pagoda. 

Best spot to park is in the street parking opposite the Lodge and Visitor Center 
 (as indicated on the map, below).   

posted by Kate Buike

Friday, July 13, 2018

Marina Park

Urban Sketchers Tacoma/Gig Harbor section met Thursday (July 12) at Marina Park in Port Orchard. Photos sent from Pam Jenkins.

--posted by Kate Buike