Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sketch Outings for June 2017

First Saturday, June 3, 2017:  
Marine Park / Les Davis Pier

3427 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402

We’ll meet at 10:00 AM by the park kiosk.  There are covered benches on the pier and restrooms at the kiosk.  Parking is free.

The site offers panoramic views of Puget Sound / ships / people fishing / diving.  Free parking / restrooms / snack bar / covered areas on pier.

At 12:30 PM we’ll regroup for sketch sharing and photos

Directions from I-5: Follow I-705 to N. Schuster Parkway which turns into Ruston Way (stay LEFT at both highway splits). The parking lot entrance is your 1st right after passing the red fire boat on Ruston Way.

Following the sketch sharing, we'll have lunch at the RAM restaurant (just south of the park on Ruston Way) if you’d like to.

RAM Restaurant & Brewery
3001 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402

Second Thursday, June 8, 2017: Rosedale Gardens

7311 Rosedale St NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335


Becky the manager at Rosedale Gardens is delighted to have us sketch there.  We can bring our lunch and picnic there too!

Meet at 10am  Mary and Karen will be hosts.

Directions:  Route 16 west, Gig Harbor city center exit, straight through intersection at top of ramp, aim for Chevron gas station, second stop sign turn left onto Rosedale, go 2.1 miles is on right.


Third Wednesday, June 21:  Waterworks Studio

7012 Sw 240th St., Vashon Island, WA 98070

Meet at the studio patio at 10am.  Consider carpooling from the ferry dock at Point Defiance. 

Ferry sailing schedule:
In order to arrive at 10 am meeting time, it would be best to take the 9:15 sailing. 

Urban Sketcher Wednesday outings host, Darsie Beck, has invited us to sketch at his studio:  Waterworks is located on Maury Island in a rural pastoral setting. Great sketching in and around the studio and pond.

Parking just inside the entrance of the driveway or on the road of that gets full.

Bring lunch or some may enjoy The Hardware Store in the town of Vashon at the intersection of Vashon Highway and Bank Road. Another popular eatery is the Snap Dragon - great more relaxed atmosphere. The Vashon Roasterie (the Minglement) another great place to snack and sketch for lunch. They do not have a kitchen, just good refrigerated take away lunches.

 Ad Hoc:  Festival of Sail Friday, June 16

Foss Waterway
705 Dock St, Tacoma, WA 98402

It’s a rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore. Tacoma will be one of only a handful of Pacific ports that will host the historic ships. 

In addition to Tall Ships, the World’s Largest Rubber Duck will be on Foss Waterway.  

 Edit 5/22:  

Standby for a possible change in meeting location.  Don't buy your ticket yet.... unless, of course, you really want to go into the festival area.   We might meet across the water or at a park overlooking the area from above.

Edit 5/26:
Change of meeting location.   

 Meet at 10 am at the Center for Urban Waters  
402 E D St, Tacoma, Washington


There is a public area facing the festival site but viewing from across the Foss Waterway.  

There is free parking but there is no way to know whether others will have this same idea, so carpooling could be a good idea. 

Here are more views of the area:



  1. Note the edit on the Festival of Sail Ad Hoc today:

    Standby for a possible change in meeting location. Don't buy your ticket yet.... unless, of course, you really want to go into the festival area. We might meet across the water or at a park overlooking the area from above.

    1. See 5/26 edit.... meeting and sketching location has CHANGED for the Festival of Sail.