Friday, January 29, 2016

New Monthly Urban Sketcher Events for Gig Harbor begin in February.

Urban Sketchers-Tacoma is adding a third sketch-out per month to its year-round schedule of urban sketching opportunities.

First Saturdays, Second Thursdays, and Third Wednesdays: 

These are each free sketch-outings (unless we go to a location requiring an entry fee.)

Bring sketching supplies you would enjoy using.

Thursday, February 11th, from 10:00 am- 12:30 pm: 

The Harbor General Store

7804 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor

Hwy 16 to Olympic Dr. NW--> Go right on Olympic Drive--> Go left on Soundview Drive.

"We sketchers will Meet & Greet at 10:00 and then disperse (or sit together) to sketch. At 12:30, we'll gather to share our sketches (It's voluntary + we never critique!) and take our usual group photo. Likely some of us will plan to order a beverage/snack to enjoy as we sketch...and will consider store displays, food & beverage choices, the store's patrons, or the view from the window possible 'models' for our sketches. We promise to bring name tags!"
Hosts: Frances Buckmaster, Mary McInnis, Feather Hilger 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The labor of love... from the community, for the community.

The Netshed show is now open from Thurs, Nov 12, 2015 10:00am through Sun, Jan 17, 2016 5:00pm at the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor. This show has 70 works from local artists (5 of them are mine) in all mediums including, paint, pencil, pens pastel, printmaking, photography.. to name a few. The concept was Anne Knapp (co-facilitator of the Peninsula arts league plein air group in summer 2014) and my idea. We wanted to incorporate the historical Netsheds of Gig Harbor (one of the greatest concentrations of existing structures in one area) with the modern reflections of local artists interpreting these building from today's perspective. Anne and I decided to create many plein air events through our summer long plein air program. She also created a Netshed cruise to allow access for photographic access for those who hoped to work in studio on this project. (See previous posts for more info on the events) Our goal was to bring past into present by representing the Netsheds from both view points. This is a show created from the community for the community. We hope that you will come enjoy this collection of lovingly created artworks by talented artists of our highly respected Netsheds... a huge piece of Gig Harbor's heritage.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Best EVER Netshed Show is coming at Harbor History Museum (HHM) and will run from Nov 14th through Jan 17th. This is a combination of Artists view of the netsheds and Artifacts from/history and information on the netsheds. Opening day is an Artwalk day Nov 14th. We are not having an opening reception, but may try for a December event- stay tuned!
If you have a Netshed painting/Drawing/etc- make sure to send an email to if you have not already contacted me. Turn in is Monday November 2nd from noon to 3pm but I have History Museum helpers for additional times (but let me know). ALL artwork should be tagged on the back of the piece with: Artists name and a contact phone number or email, Title of artwork, Netshed number IF you know it (the show is organized by netshed), and price- note that the HHM charges 40% commission, and will ring the sale for you. I will make tags from info you give me- no price info + NFS (not for sale)  
I will have some postcards for all artists in show--- seek me out at turn in! I can also send jpeg to you to use in social media/emails.  
Pick up will be Mon Jan 18th as we want show open for last weekend.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

5th Annual En Plein Exhibition October 3rd

Free wine, local cheeses, and delectable desserts await you at The Fifth Annual En Plein Air Art Exhibition!

This event will be held at The Lodge at Mallard’s Landing this next Saturday, October 3rd, from 2-4 pm!

Local artists with the Peninsula Art League have been working hard this summer to paint and draw their pieces outdoors.

If you love art and support artists, please consider dropping in to this free event to support your local arts community, and pass this email along to friends and family!

Plein air show info for artists

Plein Air Show at the Lodge at Mallards Landing welcomes any Urban sketches, Pieces from Drawing You In, &/or Plein Air Pieces from this year. You do need to be current (dues are due!) screened PAL member for this show. There is a $10 entry fee- it covers a collection of your pieces: If your pieces are LARGE (over 16x20) just bring 3-4,
if Medium (11x14- 9x12) you can bring up to 5,
if Smaller- you can bring up to 7.
This is an important part of our PAL mission- to develop us as artists and to expose the community to art by local artists. Please make your finishing touches and frame your pieces.
As soon as possible- send Anne Knapp your tagging info: (NO "quotes" or extra spaces or indentation- it goes crazy when I try to format it!)
TITLE of piece, where it was painted or name of model or???, medium used, your name, contact info, Price
(no commission is charged) 
I like doing our tags on the computer- it looks professional and clean and Legible. I print them on business cards, so no long titles, no sizes, and choose either phone or email- can't fit both!
 I will bring "hand writable" Tags for those who forget to send me info. 
If you do them like sample below, you make it an easy job!

sample tag:
Sehmel Study
Sehmel Homestead Park
Anne Moore Knapp

BRING PAINTINGS on Friday October 2nd at 1pm to the Lodge at Mallards Landing 7083 Wagner Way NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
(253) 235-3552 up on the mezzanine (there are elevators)
PLEASE put a tag with your info on the back of each art work- with name of piece

YES- you may bring an Artists Bio &/or business cards (we'll have a book to put it in)
I will bring hanging supplies and we will have a few folks to help hang.
We need to be hung and tagged BY 4pm so that the Arts Commission can Judge- so don't be late!
This is a very fun event- good chance to catch up with other artists and see what everyone's been doing!
I will send out separate info on the reception .
Mark your Calendars for Nov 2nd (Monday) to pick up your artwork anytime after 10 am
PS after you get your Plein air show stuff together...
look for Netsheds for November!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Thank you!

Thank you for the opportunity to share my park & wilderness residency experiences with the membership last night!  Here are two links to guide you in applying for a park residency yourself.  National Parks, AIR program is here;
Voices of the Wilderness program here;  
and if you'd like more information including a link to my books about Glacier & Gates of the Arctic (the books are available to read & purchase online) check out my website;   Finally, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  Happy trails & happy creating!    robin

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Join Robin Peterson for painterly inspiration from outdoor adventures in the September PAL meeting, Gig Harbor Methodist Church,  7400 Pioneer Way, public welcome!

Mallard's Landing Deadlines coming up.

Greetings all,
   As we wind down the season of summer work outdoors, I wanted to give you all a friendly reminder that the annual show at Mallard's Landing is coming up. I encourage you to submit ( 4-7 pieces ) your work for the show so that we can share with the community what PAL artists have worked on outdoors during the summer. Trying a new medium and not screened in it yet? There will be an opportunity to do that before the meeting a week from now. Also consider that any paintings/drawings done outdoor this year( Drawing you in, Plein air group, Urban Sketchers, Garden tour, Vacation, even your own backyard/garden) is completely acceptable for this venue.
  Support your local art group while promoting your own accomplishments and bring your artwork the afternoon of Friday October 2nd to Mallard's Landing. Volunteers to help me collect artwork and hang the show would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions and can RSVP to let me know how many pieces you can bring please (name, title, price, medium... for tags) by the Sept. 27th.  Email me  and thanks for being a part of this great oppertunity. -Feather

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Cheers to the plein air season

   For our final event of the season I thought we would celebrate at the vineyards in Olalla. We will have 8 acres of grapes accompanied by lavender and some formal garden areas. There is a creek area that is forested and plenty of sitting area nooks to inspire you. Come paint, come taste, come relax but come rain or shine to join me for the final event of the season at 9:30 sharp... and bring a lunch that works with... lavender wine? Cheers!
Olalla Valley Vineyard & Winery
13176 Olalla Valley Road SE Olalla, WA 98359

Monday, September 7, 2015

Point Defiance Rose Garden September 10th

   For this incredibly nice weather we are heading for Tacoma's Point Defiance... what is not to love there? An astonishing abundance of blooms are flooding the rose garden for us to paint the petals as this week promises to provide sunshine for our event. Not into roses? They have so much variety of flowers among the boarders (along the fence) that you won't be disappointed. Bring your bright colors. Start time is 9:30. See you there!
5400 N.Pearl Street Tacoma

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September 3rd...Finholm/Bogue Viewing Platform

Hello all,
   Forecast is calling for some serious storms to move into the area for Thursdays. If they are anything like last weekend I don't believe we want to brave the elements but who knows in Gig Harbor. Rather then our regular adventure I had scheduled we are going to stay close... if the weather holds we can go to the Finholm area. There is a platform right off the street (beside Seahag's gift shop) and directly behind the parking lot across the street, there is a set of stairs that ascend for the same view from a different perspective. If you go up the road towards Anthony's resteraunt there is access down to a few piers of which one has the rent-a- boat.. for color. If it's rainy/blustery/threatening by 9 you all can take your chances but if the weather looks good I'll head to the site to arrive between 9:30 and 10:00.  Bogue Viewing Platform 8763 North Harborview Drive just across the street from Finholm market.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

No event this week-August 27th

   Greetings Artists!
Your facilitator (that would be me) will not be leading an event on Thursday due to a week long painting event with Plein Air Washington Artists on Whidbey Island this week. I hope my true "die hard" artists (you know who you are) will either work on finishing those great starts for the show or go independently on your own this week to find some beauty in your own surroundings that you might share with us at the show. Remember, what goes in the show does not have to be specifically from the events we share so go visit your garden, favorite park or waterfront and I'll see you all in September with stories to share. Enjoy! -Feather

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Boat Shed Restaurant August 20th

The old town of Manette from the other side of the bridge. Yes the big 1st structure is the boatshed!
Note the parking on the upper street by the white car... with stairs descending behind the place.

   This week we have a trek in sight... kinda funky, kinda scenic, kinda unusual, kinda remote, kinda tasty... just across the Manette bridge in Bremerton is a restaurant called the Boat Shed restaurant. With beautiful  panoramic views from the outdoor deck there is also a ramp/dock that takes you to water level for a super view of the bridge. Not digging the water scene? Cruise around the crusty old town buildings behind the restaurant for texture, some dating back as long ago as 1891 but swing back by for a bite on the deck at the restaurant noonish.
My 1st painting at the Boatshed
 9x12 oil on panel
The restaurant won't open for business until 11 but we will be allowed to set up on the deck any time after 9:30. The owner requests that we park in the upper gravel lot which has its own stairwell leading down to the restaurant as the parking upon the building is very limited.
 Address: The Boat Shed Restaurant
My 2nd painting  in progress
of the bridge.

101 Shore Drive, Bremerton WA 98310                            PH#360.377.2600

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Annual Plein Air show coming in October... RSVP required

Mallards landing is providing PAL members the opportunity to show our summer's worth of plein air work in their lodge during the month of October again this year. Posters and print media will be completed in the next week or two so if you plan to show, I need your name sent to me so I can compile a list for the landing. The entry is standard PAL proceedure of 3 part form,paperwork and of a $10 fee...only you get to put in 3-5 works depending on size and participant count. You will need to be a paid member as well as being screened for the medium you are using in the work you plan to show. (See PAL website for more info.). Screening will be before September's PAL meeting. The show will be hung (your help will be welcomed) Friday October 2nd, reception/opening  1st Saturday afternoon and the show will run the entire month. More details to come.  This week I need you to email me ( an RSVP with your name if you plan to be in the show. Look to the PAL blog to keep up on the info on this event.- Feather

Monday, August 10, 2015

Tacoma Narrows Park-August 13th

View from the beach
We stayed close to "home" last week in the hospitality of great views, a shady tree that most of us worked from, fresh peaches from Nan's tree and a visit from the sheep. This week we will be laying low in the Harbor before the road calls again. So when I say low I am referring to low tide which allows us beach access to walk the 1315 foot shore that faces the bridge from the GH side at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Park. Many of you have commented on the nice windy drive down to the park and wanting to paint the woods while many of us want to get that unique sea level perspective of either the bridge or the narrows passage that looks across to Tacoma. Although there is a gazebo overlook most of the ocean side park is sunny and open so bring your sunscreen and a sack lunch if you want to stay for a bite. Shall we meet 9 a.m. or so?
Directions: 1502 Lucille Pkwy NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
From Hwy 16...
Exit 8 toward Wollochet/Pt Fosdick and head away from the historic waterfront.
L onto 24th St NW
L onto Jahn Ave NW
L Stone Dr NW
Stone becomes Lucille Pkwy NW
Turn L to stay on Lucille and it will take you to the park.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Going "Home" to visit Nan/Lakebay August 6th From Hwy

Lunch chat after session at
Chalet in the Woods
   Last week was a big hit with the artists not only for their lovely estate and accommodating hospitality (with drinks and snack tray) but for all the shade that kept the artists cool through our session in this epic heatwave Washington is experiencing. Although the temps should be out of the 90s it will be less shady for this week so bring your sunscreen and water.
   Breaking away from Gig Harbor, we will be heading down the Key Peninsula  to a little place, just past Key Center,  called"Home". It is here that a friend of mine has relocated from Fox Island. Nan found a sweet little stretch of land that looks down a steep orchard embankment for a vast view of Joe's Bay.
View of Joe's Bay from Nan's place
Sheep in the shade.
Need to practice mixing greens? She has a garden and just to the side of her property are rolling hills that lend pasture to the neighbor's sheep with a vineyard beyond.
Lakebay Marina
   If you can't find anything there (or plan to do more than one study) then be sure to visit Lakebay Marina is just a few miles away. At the marina there is a small restaurant (that is closed for now) with  covered porch on back for shade and open dock in front. By 11 am the water beneath will be at high tide.
View from back porch of marina 
Also the ferry landing, (one of Nan's favorite spots) has glimpses of the olympic range and she says is just 5 minutes away from her place. Pack a lunch start time is 9:30. Feel free to visit one of these other 2 possibilities for a 2nd session in the afternoon... to make the drive  down the 302 even more productive.

Directions:From Hwy 16 exit Purdy dr nw/WA 302 W towards Purdy/Key center. At the 302 stoplight you can only turn one way.
- 5+ miles stay straight to transition to key peninsula Highway north like you are going to Key Center.
-Once you pass through Key Center (stop light with stores/stations on the corner) and head out of retail area, look for 7th Ave KPN and turn Left. This will lead to C street which is Nan's House 1821 C street.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Chalet part 3... the adventure continues

Greetings artists! Not to scare you away but... I have a 3rd set of directions that one of you has devised from Google maps and I have added to it from my GPS and my experience... before it took me to the wrong place.

Head West off Burnham Drive exit from 16
L at T =Sehmel Dr NW travel 1.6 -->
L on 78th Ave NW (Becomes Chapman? I was told but don't recall) travel 0.6-->
L on 82nd Ave NW travel 0.3-->
L on 92nd St NW (seeing 1st sign for chalet in the woods here but corner property not the place , pass it on the right travel 0.5-->
This road  curves left then comes to a Y that either curves right( before curving left into a housing complex -wrong way) or curves/turns left and becomes  the mysterious 74th ave nw.
GPS will tell you it's there but again wrong! 
Drive down 74th ave nw  past a few properties until you see on the left a  Chalet in the woods sign like in the photo I posted... hopefully the flag will be there too.
Turn left and follow the road --- into the woods down a long drive (sheep meadows on the right to gift shop at the bottom.

The address is 9406 74th ave nw but the GPS won't help you and if I recall, the house properties either were strangely marked or unmarked but there is a 3' x 5' sign  on 74th before the turn. Again if you get lost call her...253-851-8678. 

Good luck and may the "roads-less-traveled" angels guide you swiftly to your destination. - Your fearless/adventuresome plein air facilitator, Feather

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Chalet in the woods part 2

   It has been brought to my attention that there was some confusion in the directions. I wrote from the website but to clarify I believe 78th becomes 82nd before you take a sincere turn onto 92nd. 92nd will have forks off of it, always stay to the left.
    Another verbal collection of directions I have obtained is: Go west on Rosedale to Rosedale Market, stay to your right onto David Day. Go to 92nd Street turn right there and follow the signs. I personally have not tried this route but if you know the area and these directions make sense to you- go for it!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Chalet in the Woods July 30th

 This week we have a hidden gem of a property awaiting us called Chalet in the Woods. Similiar to the Watrin farm, this place is a private estate which has gardens, the sheep (baby lambs born in May) cute buildings... 12 acres of rolling landscapes of  woods, pastures, orchards...and a gift shop? Oh My!!!
Gift shop: European gifts and clothing
as well as one of the bathrooms for our event.

Rolling meadow
where the
sheep graze.
   Much like the Blue Willow's pristine conditions before their festival, we lucked out again as Laura and John have a friend's wedding planned  around our date. Me thinks there will be some extra special attention loved into the land. Think rustic, think woody, think this is a not-to-miss new venue! Bring a sack lunch if you care to eat with fellow artists in the "grand" gathering around the noon hour as there aren't any restaurants near the Chalet in the Woods. The fun begins at 9:30 sharp. Please try to be prompt as our hostess will be guiding you as to where she would like you to park during our stay.
A good place for lunch.
Look for this
from the road,
turn here.
Directions: WARNING: GPS has difficulty with this address so follow the written directions below... I speak from experience!
-From Hwy 16 heading west, exit the Burnham drive exit and circle all the way around the round about to cross (to the left) back over Hwy 16.  At the next round- bout take the 2nd exit to be on Burnham which will dead end at a T in the road.
-You folks heading east on Hwy 16 will just take the exit, take 1st round-a-bout exit to Burham on right to reach the T in the road.
- At the stop T in the road Sehmel Road turn left for 2 miles until you see 78th.
- Left on 78th ave 1/2 mile to 82nd.
-Left on 92nd drive to Y in road.
-Left on 74th and drive past a few properties until you see the sign pictured above which is where you turn to come onto the property. It is about 1/8th mile or so down the drive where Laura will show you where to park. Please be as close to start time as possible.
* If you follow her directions you should have no problems but if you get lost call her 253-851-8678 again GPS takes you to the wrong place!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Maritime Pier July 23rd

Kathie in the garden
Mary, fastest painter
on the farm.
   It was a great time at the Watrin farm  last week. Flowers were in abundance. Sheep were sheered and friendly with the hospitality above and beyond. We enjoyed coffee/tea in the morning, homemade cinnamon rolls for lunch's desert ( still hot when presented at the picnic table) - many of us having desert 1st! Although the rolls didn't survive the day, we were sent away with party favor bags of fresh veggies and berries from the garden- what a treat!!!

Eileen, studies the flowers.
 For those of us who have been busy Busy BUSY this last week with the Art Festival and other such events, I thought it best to keep it local/ easy to find venue. As promised, this week will provide your monthly Netshed opportunity looking toward Tacoma from the Maritime pier where "the twins" are located, in case you wanted fresh work for the November show. Last time we painted this site the timing was such that there was a fishing boat with a crew of 5 off loading and loading nets and the entire front of the deck of the Netshed was covered with nets. Yes friends, a real working Netshed.  If you got enough "shedness" then consider the vast expanse looking out the harbor, a boat detail or strolling down towards the Green Turtle for an across the water view of our token lighthouse. Plenty of little nooks and crannies to explore near the Maritime Pier area and if it's anything like last time, we might be able to have access to Tides dock as well- especially if you are having lunch there. I should be on site somewhere in the vicinity by 9:30. Brown bag it or take yourself to lunch at Tides, the pizza  place across the street or the new general store up the way for a sandwich, all within walking distance of the pier.
This is the place...
unless you wanna wander.

Directions: From Hwy 16, take the Olympic exit and head towards the water. When you get to the bottom of the incline the road will turn sharply left. In that curve you will see Tide's restaurant with the Maritime pier right beside it... park on the pier side and leave the restaurant side clear for customers. Restrooms off the parking lot.  If you are looking to park in the shade, there is a street just before the restaurant (Green turtle restaurant to the right). Turn right there and you will find good parking if you are there by 9am.

GPS: 3003 Harborview Drive