Monday, December 14, 2015

Welcome to Tacoma!

Join us in August, 2016, in another fabulous west coast city, Tacoma, Washington, for the fourth in a series of annual west coast urban sketchers sketch crawl events. We have been in the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, and San Diego over the past three summers, and this coming summer we offer up Tacoma, the second largest urban area in the state of Washington. Tacoma offers an historically and architecturally rich downtown area that cries out for the sketcher/artist to pay it homage, and we are excited about sharing that opportunity with the global urbansketcher community.

Because we offer no workshops or demonstrations, these annual west coast events are FREE. Each is designed for simply a few days of pure sketching in another of our fabulous west coast cities with others who share the same passions about sketching in urban environments.

If you are coming from out of town, please find a listing of accommodations in the right margin, and there are maps embedded in the agenda below showing where each event will be held. Also check out the Tacoma Link Light Rail in the right margin to learn about how free and easy one can travel from one end of downtown to the other.   

Schedule of Events

1. Friday - August 19th. 

Meet & Greet Dinner - at Picasso Catering (map)

Parking: There are two free parking lots and free on-street parking. (Watch for Parking Volunteers and the Urban Sketchers sign at 38th and Union.)

Registration begins at  6:00 pmDinner will begin to be served between 6:45 - 7 pm. During the evening, we will do some 'ever popular' Five Minute portrait sketches of each other and, also hold twoDrawings for art supplies donated by our Sponsors and local donors. All sketchers will receive a free ticket for the first Drawing for art supplies. Those sketchers who sent their RSVP by 8/5 will receive a second free ticket for a Special Drawing for very special art supply donations.

Our caterer is offering four dinner choices to serve various tastes (meat, fish, vegetarian, gluten free).Each dinner will cost  $25, which includes the tip. There will be a no-host bar for wine, beer, cider, etc.Menu details are in the RSVP form, below.

Please use the RSVP link below to fill out the reservation and meal choice form.  You will receive a confirmation email from one of the event staff.  Please DO NOT call the caterer to make your reservation.  All reservations must come through the link below.

2. SaturdayAugust 20th.

Free Parking - At the south end of the the Washington State History Museum (map): enter the parking lot from Pacific Ave. ( Watch for "Urban Sketchers" sign.) You may park until 5:00 pm (with the proper Event tag from the Parking Volunteer). (There is a wedding immediately after our event & the Parking spaces are needed.) 

 begins at 8:00 am 
in the "Lobby" of the Auditorium. Volunteer Guides will be present. Welcome & Orientation will follow and we will depart to sketch at about  9:15 am.  

At  11:30 am, meet on the Plaza of the "Museum of Glass" to share sketches and take our Official Group Photo. (Volunteer Guides will direct you there.)  

Lunch - You may choose to be on your own for lunch; or you may wish to join one of our LUNCH HOSTS (volunteers) at area restaurants. You may join any of these groups; however you may want to consider chosing a restaurant in the direction where you will likely do your afternoon sketching.  

Final Sketch Share for the day, and group photo
 will take place at 4 pm on the Plaza at the "Museum of Glass."

3. SundayAugust 21st.

On-street Parking is Free on Sundays in Tacoma. 

Meet by the front door of the Tacoma Art Museum (map) at 9:00 am. for announcements. 
(The Tacoma Art Museum opens at 10 am.)   Meet again at 11:30 in Tollefson Plaza, directly across the street from the Tacoma Art Museum, for sketch- sharing, a group photo, and closing remarks 

RESERVATIONS: You may RSVP for dinner only, or, for dinner + sketch-outs, or, for sketch-outs only . YOUR CHOICES CAN BE INDICATED BY CLICKING ON RSVP, BELOW.
RSVP's for the dinner close on August 15th. 

The Dinner Registrar receives your information about your and your guests (if any)  meal choices when you fill out the form after clicking RSVP. 


You will find four choices to serve various tastes and needs. Each dinner costs $25, which includes the tip. There will be a no-host bar for wine, beer, cider, etc. All menu details are on the RSVP FORM. 

The Dinner Registrar will send you an email confirmation of your reservation(s)  and dinner.

If you need to make any subsequent changes or cancellations , regarding your dinner reservations,  send the information to the DINNER REGISTRAR, at the email address on the confirmation email

You may pay for your dinner(s) during Registration at Picasso's.


If you RSVP for sketch-outs only, there is no need to report any change of plans to the Dinner Registrar. 

                                  RSVP  - CLICK HERE  

                   We look forward to seeing you there!! 

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