Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Second Thursday, October 13: Java and Clay Cafe

Second Thursday, October 13: Java and Clay Cafe
3210 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

We will be meeting at 10am at Java and Clay CafĂ© on Thursday October 13th.  From there one can sketch the pottery area in the back, the Skansie Park construction site across the street, street views of downtown Gig Harbor.  There are lots of windows to sketch from the inside but please don’t spend the entire time in one spot as those places are for their customers as is the patio outside.  Go to their website (above) to see what you can do in the pottery section.  Looks very interesting!

Let’s support venues that are sketcher-friendly by partaking of their good food while we sketch their unusual and unique interior.  So be generous, be considerate of the establishment and their customers and show the world how sketching can help everyone to be happy!

There is limited parking on the street.  I’m going to presume there is a restroom available, but again, it is for customers.  There is a restroom at Harbor Landing just down the street.  We will meet back at Java and Clay Cafe at 12:30 for sharing and photo.  For those staying for lunch, there is a Mexican restaurant next to Harbor Landing.

Cross the Narrows Bridge
Exit to City Center/Wollochet
Turn right at the exit
Go down the hill (Pioneer) to the bottom
Turn left at the T
Java and Clay is about half way down the block on your left

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fourth Thursday, October 27: Wilco Farm Store

Fourth Thursday, October 27:  Wilco Farm Store
3408 Hunt Street NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Meet outside the store at 10 am

 From Tacoma take the gig Harbor city center exit off highway 16 and turn right at the stop onto Pioneer.  Take the first right onto Kimball and follow it around to where it bends to the left.  Wilco is on the right.
From Bremerton take the Gig Harbor city center exit.  Turn left over the bridge and you are on Pioneer.  Take the first right right onto Kimball and follow it around to where it bends to the left.  Wilco is on the right.

October 1st at Puyallup Farmers Market

First Saturday:  October 1st at the Puyallup Farmers Market

We’ll be “Doing the Puyallup’ at the Puyallup Farmers Market.

The Market takes place both indoors and outdoors at the 2 acre Pioneer Park located in the center of downtown Puyallup on S. Meridian between W. Pioneer and 4th Ave. SW.

324 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371
The Market and surrounding area features many types of sketching opportunities: displays of locally-grown produce, flowers & artisan foods, entertainment buskers, food trucks, play areas (Spray Park and Jungle Gym), a statue of Ezra Meeker (a Puyallup pioneer), a Veterans’ Memorial, sculptures from the Downtown Outdoor Art Gallery, City Hall, a variety of restaurants, the Pioneer Park Pavilion, The Puyallup Library, the Activity Center, and Anthem Coffee & Tea.


We will meet outside the Anthem Coffee & Tea at 10 am.
210 W Pioneer Ave, Puyallup, WA 98371

The coffee shop is located on the Pioneer Ave. side of the park, in a corner of the Activity Center building.

Parking Options:
These locations often fill up early….and residential parking becomes ever more distant with time.
·        There is a free lot by the Puyallup Library.
·        There is  free on-street parking in residential areas near the park

Alternative you are welcome to use:·        In order to have fewer cars to park at the Farmers’ Market---You may carpool from Frances’ studio, 6 min. from the Market. Please either Message Frances on Facebook to get her address or email her:  fbuckmas AT ix DOT Netcom DOT com. Arrive for carpooling between 9:15-9:30.

Monday, September 19, 2016

October's 3red Wednesday: October 19 at Windmill Garden

Windmill Gardens 
3rd Wednesday October 19
16009 60th St E, Sumner, WA 98390

Meet at 10 am at or under the gazebo in the garden, near the windmill, as seen below: 

After sharing our sketches and having a group photo, we'll gather for lunch at The Bistro, which is on site. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

In Galvin.

Three of us from Urban Sketchers Tacoma carpooled down to Galvin, WA to meet with other sketchers in Centralia.   I was quite early arriving at our meeting place in Puyallup, so I stopped to sketch this store.  I've been meaning to sketch it for a long time. Today there was both time and space to park across the street!

Another sketcher joined us there.  I've never heard of Galvin before but it's just a few miles outside of Centralia.

We met at "Busek's Auto Museum".  Actually, I think I would characterize it as a "collection" rather than a museum.  It's quite untidy but filled with lots of interesting vehicles and related items.  The amount of stuff to sketch might even challenge Steve Reddy, who I thought of as I looked through the 3 buildings full of artifacts. 

When the vegetation takes over a body of water, it's called eutrophication.  What is it called when vegetation takes over an old truck?

More photos here:

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Parking Day

We participated in Parking Day in Tacoma.  "What's Parking Day" was one of the frequent questions.  "PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks".  Frances did the work to get us a spot and brought all the stuff for our park... fake grass, tables, chairs, sun umbrellas, etc. We even had art supplies to give away... left over from the West Coast Sketch Crawl. 

We were there in our red shirts.  Marjorie came all the way from Kingston after learning about us from our blog but she had to leave early.  I had a really good time talking to all our park visitors about Urban Sketching.  There were several people who seemed quite interested in joining us in the future. 
I started a sketch of the view down the street but then a huge, white, SUV pulled into the parking space right next to us.  Well, that's what happens to Urban Sketchers!  I didn't finish that sketch as it stayed over 2 hours but I did sketch what I could see over its roof! 

I only got one sketch done as there was a lot of interacting with our visitors. 

More photos here:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Trixie Hobbitses

Or very clever gardeners and landscape designers.  I learned about the small Hobbit House in June from a piece on a local TV show and I immediately put it on my list of sketch locations.  Today was my first chance to get out there as it is a 1.5 hour drive.

It is located at The Brothers Greenhouse in Port Orchard.  It was built by Cheryl Pelkey and Marilyn Davis who work there.  On the video at the TV link, above, they said, "we're both the hobbits; we fit under the roof".  I guess I am too, as I fit with inches to spare!  

After exploring the greenhouses, I went out to the hobbit house which is just behind the greenhouses.  It is wonderful.  There isn't much inside but you can go in.  Once I had my fill of photos, I sat down to sketch.

All the photos here.  See inside the house and also more items from the greenhouse shop.