Wednesday, June 15, 2016

All the July sketch outings in one place

Here are all the outings planned for July!  

You can always find the plan on the Monthly Outings tab:

1st Saturday Sketch Outing: July 2, 2016
University Of Washington, Tacoma, Campus

Gather at 10 am outside the UW-Tacoma Bookstore, located across the street from the WA State History Museum
1754 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

(The Bookstore opens at 9 am---small art supply dept.; can order delivery  from Main campus bookstore.  Starbucks is next door to/inside the bookstore and opens at 6:30 am.)

We're getting  ready for August 19-August 21, 2016!!!  It's the 4th Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketch Crawl is almost here!  If you haven’t already, please RSVP for this splendid event! ( if you RSVP for the dinner prior to Aug 5th, you'll receive a ticket for the very special door prize being provided by Daniel Smith! Everyone gets a ticket for various other door prizes but only those who RSVP get the special, golden ticket

This sketch outing will prepare us to be helpful to our guests who will be visiting.  It's an opportunity to become familiar with an area where we will be sketching during our event:

o  The University of Washington-Tacoma Campus

o   Do you know where to take elevators up the hills?

o   Do you know where there is free 5-hour parking?

o   Do you know the locations of the gorgeous sketching locations between the bounds of the campus?
§  Between S. 17th and S. 21st
§  Between S. Court D Street and Pacific Ave.

Share sketches/take group photo at 12:30 at the Tollefson Plaza
S. 17th and Pacific.

Lunch at Elemental Pizza
1702 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Reservations for 15 at 1pm (from heavy snack to lunch $6-$13) 


Second Thursday Gig Harbor outing on July 14th
Historical houses on Harborview Dr.

We will meet outside Suzanne’s Bakery at 10 a.m.
3411 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98332  

Coffee and pastries are available to sustain us as we pursue our subjects, the historical houses on the opposite side of the road from the water between Rosedale to the south and Novak to the north.  

Let’s support a venue that is sketcher-friendly by partaking of their good food if we sketch from their interior.  So be generous, be considerate of the establishment and their customers and show the world how sketching can help everyone to be happy!  Also, there is a restroom available for customers so you are encouraged to be one.

There are tables inside and outside Suzanne’s and lunch is available when we are done sharing. There is lots of street parking but limited to 2 hours so you may have to move sometime during our time there. 

Cross Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Exit to Wollochet/City Center
Turn right to go into town.
L on to Harborview Dr. at the bottom of the hill
Find a place to park along Harborview or a side street.
Suzanne’s is on the right hand side of the road (water side). 


Third Wednesday Sketch Outing: 
July 20th at Tacoma's Spanish Steps 

 We will meet at B Sharp Coffee House at 10 a.m.
  (the website isn't very functional)
706 Opera Alley, Tacoma, WA 98402
in the alley east of Court C

Spanish Steps
615 Commerce St., Tacoma, WA 98402
This is adjacent to the Elks Building.
Sketching in and around the Spanish Steps and Opera Alley will commence after host introductions and announcements. We will return to B Sharp Coffee at 12:30 PM for sketch sharing and group photo and, for those interested in staying after, for lunch. 

Parking Choices:
Off street parking at 620 Commerce or 740 Market street
both garages are $8 all day

Alternatively, park for free in the lower level of the garage at Freighthouse Square and take the light rail to the Theater District Station (the last stop).  Then walk about 3 blocks to the meeting area.  However, on a weekday, those parking spots fill early.


Fourth Thursday in Gig Harbor:  July 28 in Home, WA 

We will meet at 10 am at the Home Post Office
1302 Key Peninsula Hwy N, Lakebay, WA.  

Home is a utopian/ anarchist town with interesting old houses,  a boat building barn on stilts, a back lagoon, a house with a creative rock arch, and generally interesting places from the old colony still occupied today.  Bring a sack lunch.

Some info about the history of Home:,_Washington

Directions:  from Hiwy 16 take the Purdy turn off.  Go across the Purdy bridge to key Peninsula highway 302 and continue on into Home.  (About 1/2 hr from Gig Harbor downtown )  Carpooling may be possible closer to the date.  Call Charli to


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