Monday, July 17, 2017

August sketch outings

First Saturday Sketch Outing, August 5:  Point Defiance Park Visitor Center

5715 Roberts Garden Rd, Tacoma, WA 98407                               

The Visitor Center entrance is off North Waterfront Dr. (a continuation of N. Pearl St. once you’re in the Park).     

We’ll meet at 10:00 AM on the porch of the Visitor Center.  Free parking is available on the street.

There are multiple areas of interest to sketch, the Visitor Center itself was built in 1898 and  sets between the Pagoda building and the Rose Garden.  A little closer to the Park entrance from the Rose Garden is the Duck Pond (restrooms are located there).

At 12:30 PM we’ll regroup at the Visitor Center for sketch sharing and photos, followed by lunch at the Antique Sandwich Shop, 5102 N. Pearl St. Tacoma.
Second Thursday August 10:  
Home and gardens of local artist, Pat Rush

Gig Harbor WA 98335

We will be meeting at the home of notable local artist, Pat Rush on at 10am.  She is offering her property and gardens on Henderson Bay (which includes several unusual buildings and a view of Cutts Island) to both Urban Sketchers and Plein Air painters.  Bring a lunch to enjoy in her beautiful gardens overlooking the water.  Carpooling is highly recommended. 

Directions (from Tacoma):

Cross Tacoma Narrows Bridge on Hwy 16 toward Gig Harbor
Exit to City Center/Wollochet
Cross straight through intersection to Stinson, go down hill
Left at Rosedale (four way stop)
Proceed 2.9 miles
Left on Ray Nash
Just past Island View Market, Ray Nash goes to the left
Stay to the Right to cross bridge , road becomes Kopachuck Dr.
Pass Paul Dr.
Watch for green and white house number sign on a pole by mailboxes
Turn Right (Henderson Bayview Dr)
Right at the 3-way fork
Right at the 2-way fork
(If you come to Kopachuck State Park you have gone too far south)

Directions from north of Gig Harbor:
South on Hwy 16
Exit to City Center/Wollochet
Left at exit, cross over freeway
Left at next light (Stinson), go down hill
Proceed as above
 Third Wednesday, Aug 16:  Point Defiance Boathouse and Marina
5912 N. Waterfront Dr.,Tacoma, 98407

Plenty of free parking in front of the marina and between the ferry terminal and Anthony's Home Port.

Great water view sketching from this location. A very active recreational and fishing community. Nice shady spots to sketch from as well as handy tables and benches.

Coffee and snacks at the bate shop on the pier. Anthony's Homeport restaurant is also on the pier (a little spendy but good food and atmosphere)  the Antique Sandwich Shop is a short drive up Pearl st. and a fun place to gather with great sandwich menu.

Meet in front of the bate shop at 10 AM

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