The planning started in earnest about 9 months ago. In the final week leading up to the event there were several tasks to do and several Tacoma sketchers helped. We stuffed 200 goody bags on Monday. Then on Thursday we set up our venues for Friday night and Saturday morning.
The event started with dinner at the Picasso's. It was the ice breaker and a chance to meet people informally. After a delicious meal, we did 5 minute portrait sketches of each other. Frances had gone above and beyond to obtain donations from sponsors for door prizes and goody bags. After the drawing came the drawing!
The next morning our event began in earnest at 9 am. Sketchers poured into the auditorium of the Washington State History Museum after picking up their goody bags filled with art supplies... also wrangled by Frances.
We met again at 4pm for more sharing, in the shade, and another group photo.
More photos of Saturday Sketching
Sunday brought another early start with a meeting at 9 am outside the Tacoma Museum of Art. A few announcements were followed by the founder of Urban Sketchers, Gabi Campanario (at left), joining us.
We met at 11am at Tollefson Plaza, directly across the street from the Tacoma Art Museum. It was announced that the 5th Annual Urban Sketchers West Coast
Sketch Crawl will be held in Vancouver, BC. A date has not yet been set.
More photos of Sunday
Many accounts of the event and sketches are shared in the Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/609852259154110/ and in our flickr group:
We were covered by the local newspaper:
Hashtag is #usktac4
See you next year, in Vancouver BC!!