Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Last Chance: This plein air session to complete the PAL schedualed events for 2014... except the show!

Autumn cometh with it's threat of changing weather. The forecast says "chance of rain" (showers) but our last paint out is close-in and has some covered areas- so be adventuresome and  "Carpe Diem !"
Donkey Creek
   We are meeting at Donkey Creek Park (8714 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor)  this week- it is right across the street from the Habor History Museum- lots parking nearby. There is a restroom and there is a new paved trail that goes alongside Donkey Creek- under the road (a good covered place to paint if it rains) and it continues behind the History Museum and over to Austin Estuary Park. I saw Autumn color starting  across the street from the Christmas store so bring your primary colors! There is the park and creek, the bay and boats, some fall color.... now all it needs are artists. If the weather is damp and you are not into it- take a couple hours to frame and get ready for the Plein Air Show- a week and half away!
The 4th Annual Plein Air Show turn in will be Friday October 3rd at 1pm- please plan to stay and help!

From the east(Bremerton)   WA-16 W. Take the Burnham Dr NW exit from WA-16 E
  Follow Burnham Dr NW to N Harborview Dr in Gig Harbor
  At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Burnham Dr NW
  At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Burnham Dr NW
  Continue onto Harborview Dr
  Turn left onto N Harborview Dr and it's on the left

From the west (Tacoma) WA-16 E.Take the Wollochet Dr NW exit
 Continue forward to merge onto Stinson Ave
 Turn left onto Harborview Dr
 Turn right onto N Harborview Dr and park is on left

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Plein Air season winding down with an Afternoon Local Estate Venue- Thursday the Sept.18th

   Diane Gately  has invited our group to her place to come paint this week. She has lovely (acreage) property high on hill overlooking Henderson Bay (across from Canterwood entrance- kinda)- there is a lovely Barn on her property plus covered deck with view, and  some apple trees. Plan to arrive about noon at her place to work. If you didn't get the email with the directions/ address contact Anne or Feather via email or phone and we'll get you connected on this event.
   Also only 2 weeks left of (official) plein air season for this year. That means it's time to party!!! The 3rd annual plein air exhibit at the Lodge in Mallard's landing IS the place to be for all those diligent Pal artists who have been working outdoors this summer ( participants of "plein air" group and "Drawing You In" events) and plan to show and share their work with the community. It's a great venue, a fantastic (wine tasting) opening and excellent opportunity to show new work locally.
    If you already have work ready for the annual show in October please send Anne the info (size, title, ect.) so we can get started on inventory, tags... Before the show hangs in October, artists should consider creating a short bio/statement  for "the book" we display at the venue so visitors/collectors can associate with the artists whose work is in the show. If you haven't entered previous years or are not sure of the procedure, please contact Anne or I and we will get that info in your ebox ASAP.

Monday, September 8, 2014

September 11th venue: Out and about at the Mary E Theler Wetlands

   Join the plein air group this week exploring and painting at Mary E Theler Wetlands at end of Hood Canal in Belfair area on Thursday. It's a bit further from our local sites this summer but offers much beauty to enjoy.
   For the true landscape adventurer, start with the welcome arch and go 0.25 mile to the Wetlands Project Center. Several trails branch from the Wetlands Project Center. All are easy to walk with a well groomed trails and are wheelchair-accessible. The Sweetwater Creek and Alder Creek Trails make 0.25-mile loops. Look for Anne on the South Tidal Marsh Trail extends 0.25 mile onto a boardwalk into Hood Canal. It's ideally positioned for spotting birds among the grasses and reeds and for viewing the Olympic Mountains in the background.The Union River Estuary Trail offers the longest and best hike in the preserve. Along an old dike the trail bends across open wetlands-tidal marsh on the left, freshwater marsh on the right. Through a tunnel of shrubs and along active farmland, the trail heads for the mouth of the Union River. In 0.5 mile you'll reach the river.
Here is YouTube video link:
here is map of Park and trails:
Meet up at the South Tidal Marsh area- close in with water views. There are restrooms in Community Center and deep in the park. The weather will be great! Don't forget to bring a lunch, sunscreen and bug spray... just in case.

Carpool options- if you want to carpool- email a facilitator with "need ride" or "could drive" with time leaving and what park and ride to coordinate! Meet by South end of parking lot if possible (closer to trail head)  by 10am - which would mean leaving Kimball Park n Ride at 9:30am  thus to arrive and go down South Tidal trail.
From Hwy 16:
Almost everyone will want to take Hwy 16 WEST bound to Gorst and then go South on Hwy 3 to Belfair past Hwy 300 (North Hood Canal) turn off- and through Belfair. The Mary E Theler Community Center and Wetlands Park is on right side of highway just past Belfair at the end of Hood Canal.
From Key Peninsula: You guys have a great shortcut- take 302 EAST (think Rocky Bay) to Hwy 3- turn right on Hwy 3. Just a bit past Hwy 106 turn off, Mary E Theler will be on left side. It should take you maybe 20 mins from Key Center.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Meanwhile... back in the Ekberg's Garden- Aug 28th venue

water shed study-  6x8 oil on linen
We are returning to the Ekberg's Garden (see Marions Garden blog entry below for more info. Check email for specific directions) to paint again since we loved it so much and only a few were able to paint there last time. They live on 
Stinson (fairly high up on hill) in older house with large gardens- lots to paint from flowers- to structures- to statuary! Marion is a newer member with PAL and Steve is one of our GH Council members. Marion is happy to show off her studio with a view, there is good parking at end of driveway, and additional (across) street parking if we get really good turn out. Easy to find! Shady spots to settle- mild weather predicted. Pack a lunch and join us about 10 a.m. in the garden!

   Also we are counting down the weeks until October when our  3rd annual art exhibition at The Lodge in Mallards Landing begins.  PAL's outdoor participants (Plein air group and Drawing you in group) come together to show their work from the summer's efforts. If you have not connected with Anne or Feather by now to confirm your participation in this show, please drop us an email to let us know ASAP so that we can connect with our sponsor and be sure you are well informed about the details.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Aug 21 PA venue: Super nature or supernatural?

long lake
   Thursday Aug 21st we paint at Long Lake in Port Orchard.  Long Lake is off HWY 16 between Sedgewick and Mullenix- but the entrance is on the Sedgewick side...  might want to pack a sack lunch for this trip.
From Hwy 16- take the Sedgewick exit (if coming from Gig Harbor- turn right onto Sedgewick) 
Follow Sedgewick 2.4 miles to Long Lake Road Southeast-
turn right  on Long Lake Rd- follow into park- my favorite spot is by the 
boat launch/ fishing pier to left side of Park building.
9x12  plien air study long lake
      Last time we were painting in this local an interesting phenomenon of a cloudy morning turned to  a light fog, suddenly became a darkness cloaked in heavy stillness before lifting abruptly and letting in a beautiful late morning  sunshine for the painters. It made for a pleasing light for my birchs on the bank of the lily pond. I believe tomorrows morning forecast begins with overcast.. lets see if the rest of the event is supernatural.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August 14th appreciating the local beauty- Gig Harborside

the light at which i may be seen painting
across the street view from the light
 We are scheduled to work along Harborview Drive in Gig Harbor this week.  There are any number of interesting historical street front businesses along a 3 block section of Harborview.  
heading down the road towards said light
cute church on right
There is the cute white church 1/2 block up from Harborview on Pioneer, the "bird wall" by Wild Birds Unlimited store, funky little Mostly Books, Skansie Netshed,  Fisherman's Memorial Statue by Jerisich Dock, Tides Tavern & the new Maritime pier. Further down harborview, there is the Ship to Shore complex with the waterfalls and access to the water near Netshed #9 Restaurant.  There are boats and kayaks and all kinds of maritime "stuff" alongside the road.

Where to Meet:
Meet  between 9:30 and 10am where Pioneer meets Harborview at the stop sign/blinking light- right in front of old brick 2 story building-Windemere Realty (used to be Harbor Inn). I'll be within sight of the light. 
From Hwy 16 take either Olympic exit or Wollochet/Pioneer exit and turn toward downtown (North) and follow Soundview Dr (by Olympic) or Pioneer (by Wollochet) down hill to Harborview Drive.
Parking is allowed along Harborview, in the lot on Judson and along Judson St, or across the street from the Green Turtle beneath the trees.
view from the grounds around the green turtle
If you paint on property of business- always check with owner first (they are usually pretty tickled to be "immortalized") and stay safe from traffic if you are in parking lot. Make sure to bring some business cards and show any artwork you are pleased with to owners.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Commencement of artists en plein air

This week the plein air group goes on a "road trip" to Commencement Bay. We will be working in Tacoma's Marine Park near the Les Davis Pier along Ruston Way. There is a restroom and snack shop by Les Davis pier, also good parking, shore and pier access, choice of  vistas, and the old fireboat to the east side, if you don't like bay and boats- they have nice flower baskets on lamp posts and entertaining birds. The fun starts at 10am, remember your sunscreen, perhaps a sack lunch  or consider a local resteraunt in Ruston (Antique Sandwich Co). See you then.
From Narrow's Bridge... take Jackson (1st) exit) turn left at top of ramp- follow across Freeway- this becomes Narrow's Drive- stay on Narrow's until you hit a signal- turn left at signal. It is still Narrow's Drive- but becomes North Vassault- follow Vassault (a long time!) to stop sign. Turn right at stop sign (North 51st Street) and follow 51st past signal (Pearl) and follow down to new roundabout- stay "straight" (ok 2nd exit ) and that becomes Ruston Way. 
Just past the Lobster Shop is the Marine Park- do not go in first parking lot on shoreside- watch for second parking lot by Burger shop/Les Davis Pier- turn left into that parking lot and look for Anne and I in the vicinity!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sun or Shade... artist's choice for plein air this week.

   Thursday plein air group stays local at Adam Tallman Park to paint. It is close to the Lodge at Mallard's Landing (where we will have our Plein Air Show in October). It has 2 ponds with trails around and viewing platforms over the water. It is very shady in most parts- a good place to paint in the expected warm weather. Bring water, a spot of lunch and perhaps some but bring the bug repellent just in case! I'm hoping to be there for the morning light by 9:30- see you there!

From Hwy 16- take the Wollochet/City Center exit
Go SOUTH (away from Gig Harbor downtown- towards Fox Is)
VERY SOON- watch to the right for MALLARDS LANDING sign/Wagner Way- turn right.(It's between 2 small strip malls, across from Shell station. If you get to Hunt Dr/signal- you missed it!) 
Turn right on Wagner Way, parking is past pond on right side (you get a glimpse on each side of road) there is a concrete block building that looks like public restroom (but it's a pumping station). Trail access is from parking- or walk past ponds to back of strip mall and catch the loop trail there. Trail is paved- so wheeled transport works well. There are 2 deck over looks on larger pond closest to freeway, and one on the other pond.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

PAL Festival Art Demo Tent July 19-20

Up near the food and the music stage, we had a double tent and great new banners proclaiming "Art Demonstration". It was nice to paint with live music! I brought some flowers and veggies from the garden to paint, in case artists did not have photo reference or plan to paint Festival. I liked my little sunflower painting that I did on Sunday. Thanks to all the PAL Artists who demonstrated their art mediums and skills: Feather Hilger, Lynda Lindner, Pat Lebbert, Mimi Van Ballenberghe, Donna Trent, Pat Meras, JoAnn Sullivan, Chris Bronstad, Lola Waller, Stevie Cardinal, Cathie Johnson, Myrna Binion, Pat Rush (and me- Anne Knapp). I hope I did not forget anyone!

Skansie Netshed 7/24/2014

We are so LUCKY- Feather worked with Lita Dawn Stanton  to get us access INSIDE Skansie Netshed. I would say there are 100 different paintings inside this 'shed for me- then of course, every artist would bring their own vision/style to make to possibilities endless. Feather and I painted inside, Charli Meacham and Cathie Johnson were painting out on the back deck, others came to sketch and photo, and Carlene Salazar painted Skansie Netshed from the Park Pavilion. I did a study of one little part of one wall, lit by the side windows morning light, on a brown panel. Lita Dawn wanted us to knaw that this Netshed belongs to ALL of us- and that we are welcome to come again. Hmmm... maybe this would be a good option if we get rained out later in the season?

Marions Garden

   We were invited to paint at Marion Ekberg's garden- what a lovely setting- so many choices! Feather went for the Garden "Shed" (too nice to call a shed!) and I painted pots on a rack- yup- I need to finish the watering can yet- but captured the light and shadows that attracted me. I was working on new (to me!) brown "card" (resin impregnated) panel like Degas sometimes used. Pat Lebbert did nice small painting of statuary (I think it was rabbit from Alice in Wonderland), and others came to sketch and photo. We have invite to return- I sure would like to go back again- Thanks, Ekbergs!

Eddon Paint Out

It was so dreary (foggy- low tide) when we arrived on site. Charli Meacham did a lovely 1/4 sheet watercolor of tide flats with boats beyond. I just was not feeling to love of landscape- I usually love tideflats- but these seemed kinda scummy. Sometimes you just have to go for COLOR- I did painting of the life vest rack instead!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Plein air session on the horizon

   This week our outings take a break in observation of independence day. Go out and enjoy a little red white and blue skyscape with family or friends  and mark your calenders for July 10th for the next session is at Edon's Park newly renovated area. Keep an eye to the weekly email for further details of next weeks event and if you aren't receiving those notices go to the Peninsula Art's League
 to see how to get on the mailing list. Also you can find out about all the other exciting opportunities offered by your local art group. Have a safe holiday!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wonderful day at Purdy

Today those of us who are in Plein Air painted at Purdy Spit and in the area. Some of us painted on the spit itself' some behind the gas station, and some behind Napa Auto Parts. I know we see this every day, but no one has the time to stop and really look. Today was an extreme neap tide, so the viewing was a bit different. I suspect we will have some very fine paintings from this area. Keep  your eyes out for more postings. Also take the oportunity to join the blog, if you haven't done so already.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Next stop for plein air... Purdy!

view of bay
 Yes- some of us have been to Purdy Spit before but we have not had such a majorly Minus Tide in a long time. Anne plans to paint a vista of Burley lagoon from the Lagoon side.(Time non specified-call her if you can't find her.) Feather plans to be on site by 9:30 and park somewhere between Mossimo's and the gas station to investigate the near bridge side which faces Henderson Bay... look for lil red truck. Although there is word of possibile passing showers your facilitators will be on site in the morning rain or shine. If you have not been there before, please be very careful if you intend to paint on the spit area (like Anne)- the traffic can be fast and thick,  sometimes the pathways through rocks to beach are "challenging"- and it is also noisy from traffic.

purdy bridge

   There is a good view of Purdy Bridge from behind the gas station near bridge-a much quieter and safer spot- and you had good view with out climbing down. Be aware of a possible camp or teen hangout under bridge if you are  painting solo. See ya Thursday!
 Directions: From Hwy 16- take the Purdy exit -if coming from PT Orchard- if you want to join Anne on the spit- turn right at 2nd signal, cross bridge and go past most of narrow spit and CAREFULLY turn left onto boat launch area- go back the way you came to park alongside road (parking is only on the northbound side) -If you want to find Feather between Mossimo's and gas station look to pull in the parking lot (gas station on corner)at the 302 light that turns at the T... look for the lil' red truck. Recommended to parking uphill of restaurant (save primo spots for patrons!) Anne suggests meeting there for lunch about 1pm but Feather will not be in attendance.
 If coming from Gig Harbor- from Purdy exit- sometimes traffic will allow you to turn left into the parking lot on waterside (left) BEFORE the signal by Purdy Bridge- if you wish to meet at Mossimos. Sometimes you need to use left turn signal and turn left towards bridge then left into parking- just BE CAREFUL and watch for traffic. If you can't turn in- drive across bridge and spit and do the left hand turn (carefully!) into boat launch area- and turn and go back across bridge and then turn right into parking- or park before then and join me! Usually traffic after 9am is light- especially now that school is out.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Chambers Bay Event

Cresent Creek event headquarters @ Cathie's
It was been fun Thursday mornings this month for the Plein air group from Cresent Creek Park to Port Orchard waterfront.
Charli in the Park
 Although last week was iffy at first, we have been lucky to have great weather... and good company!

Ray in Port Orchard

Deer near the barn


    This week we are doing dueling opportunities at Chambers Bay. Feather will be facilitating an a.m. event at the North Meadow while Anne is gathering artist for the afternoon at the Environmental services building.

The morning event start time is 9:30 at the North Meadow. Access Points: Parking lot entrance is off Grandview drive west between the round abouts of 48th st west and Cirque drive. It is an area which houses a playground on one side and an expansive look over the sound and golf course. The paved path along the outlook connects the grandview trail  to the soundview trail and has a bathroom where the lot meets the trail.

view from north meadow
For those looking for adventure you can hike the grandview trail (Located along the top of a 200-foot bluff, Grandview Trail offers sweeping views of the Chambers Bay golf course, Puget Sound and the surrounding islands)  or wind down the soundview wooded trail that ends up down toward the water.
garden path near environmental building

The afternoon event start time is noonish  where Anne will meet artists at the Environmental building. Access Points: Parking lot entrance is off Grandview drive west @ 64th st w roundabout. The walking paths provide citizens an opportunity to view a reclaimed gravel pit. Once a former county road shop, the site now contains two multi-purpose playfields, the Chambers Creek Labyrinth, native plantings, interpretive signage and a stormwater demonstration garden. 

Directions from 16--->

Exit 4 jackson ave.
Right on Jackson which will become Bridgeport Way W
Right on 27th st W
Left onto Grandview Dr W.
North Meadow parking lot entrance is off Grandview drive west between the round abouts of 48th st west and Cirque drive.
Environmental building is  a bit further down the road at the 64th st w round about off Grandview. Pass bathroom and sports fields towards building in back lot.

Bring your toys, bring your sunscreen and bring a lunch to join us as gather to enjoy Chambers Bay... En Plein Air!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Plein Air in Port Orchard this week 10 am

foot ferry gates
     This week we venture out to the waterfront near the Port Orchard Foot Ferry which includes water views towards the Olympics, across to Bremmerton, and an elevated platform that will give you a great 360 view of all this or back toward the city. The usual waterfront models will be visible...ships, boats a few crusty buildings and some real nice flowers along the waterway walking path last time I was there in May. If water is not your thing or you want to get out of the weather, there is a cute "main street" just a block over with antique stores (Olde Central Antiques-think window display) and a few funky door/entries on the main drag.
     While Anne will be absent this week, Feather will be lurking  along the waterfront somewhere between the ferry area and the platform- set up by 10 am. Look for the lady in white with the funky hat. Bring your PB&J sack lunch to the platform area  shortly after noon if you want to gather with your fellow artists for a chat over lunch. See you there!
observation platform
Here are directions:
from Gig Harbor follow WA-16 W toward Port Orchard . Exit Tremont St W /Old Clifton Rd in Port Orchard from WA-16 W
Right on Tremont St W
2.3 mi / 6 min
Turn left onto Port Orchard Blvd
1.1 mi
Turn right onto Bay St
0.4 mi
Turn left onto Harrison Ave
390 ft
Turn left
Destination will be on the left

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Plein air session begins Thursday June 5th

It's Plein air season and time for all PAL landscape enthusiast to pack their gear and head out for some fun in the sun!!! The  first outing is this Thursday June 5th at 9 (ish) am- till lunch time at the  Cresent Creek Cathie Johnson will also "hosting" at her house close to the Park-9508 Randall Dr NW.
picnic shelter @ CC Park
boat launch

cute house
Park area which includes one of 2 parking/gathering places: the park or Cathie's House.

Crescent Creek Estuary is at the far end of Gig Harbor bay with view from road. The Crescent Creek Park on Vernhardsen has great trees, old picnic structure, deck overlooks above Cresent Creek with a windy waterway from the bridge at the street onto the waterway.
weathered buildings
   Cathie's yard offers water and boat views.There is a cute garden with nautical accents. If you continue  down the road  past Cathie's, you will find an older house (one Victorian) and an interesting barn. Continue to the end of the road to discover a boat launch at the end of the road- views of harbor and boaters. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy with your fellow artists toward the noon time hour.

From Gig Harbor DOWNTOWN- follow Harborview Drive around past History Museum and past Anthony's till it T's into Vernhardsen-
Turn right onto Vernhardsen
Turn right on second street (Randall) for Cathie's House- or go a tad further and turn left into Crescent Creek Park.
Restrooms at Park, Cathies home or Porta Potti at Boat Launch.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Netshed show generously received

It was sunny skies and a warm reception at the Civic Center Monday as the artists of the year long project celebrated it's successful gathering of their efforts.

 PAL members worked meticulously to create 58 representations of Netsheds to share thier hometown heritage with community and visitors in this 6 week long show that displays through June 15th.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Netshed show on display in the Civic Center May 1st-June 15th

   Almost a year after gathering our art community to visit and render  the 17  Netsheds of Gig Harbor, we all came together  to show and share those efforts. Our individual experiences of these historical structures, allow us to share the past by bring  these impressions into the present  through our visual voice.  As artists we are leaving our  lasting memories for the future community of residents that live among our models. Whether  "in conjunction with" or "out of curiosity  for" these structures that define Gig Harbor's past we hope you enjoy the show. 
   On behalf of Peninsula Art League and  your local plein air facilitators (Anne and Feather), we thank each and every artist who contributed their "loving creations" to this 58 piece show  which is proudly displayed through June 15th in the Civic Center. We are honored that you joined us to share these efforts with our community and visitors.
A special thanks to our supporting community who inspired and encouraged this effort to become a sucessfull project :
Lita Dawn Staton  ( all things Netshed- support and guidance)
City of Gig Harbor
Gig Harbor Arts Commission
Destiny Cruises

Civic Center
3510 Grandview St
Gig Harbor, WA
(253) 851-6170
May 1st- June 15th 2014 
Hours Weekdays 8am - 5pm and during Art Walk, Sat.  1-4pm

For more information look for:
The Netshed Art Project: through the eyes of the artist.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Netshed Show is Coming... are you ready?

   Greetings artists who are diligently working in their studios this winter... perhaps on a Netshed Challenge? In case you have not gotten the latest info from your email out or your local PAL meeting, here's the 411. Netshed Show May 1st through June 16th at the Gig Harbor Civic Center(info to come. Sign up asap (PAL meeting sign up board or email Anne Knapp you wish to get email info- and so that we can plan!!) No awards and no fees, but sales possible/no commission- all sales between buyer and artist. Another great opportunity to get your artwork out there and maybe sell! This show will be "a crowd pleaser" in the Maritime City of Gig Harbor! Don't forget to be certain that you are screened in your medium through PAL before entry deadline... see screening dates on PAL website or consult your newsletter for info. *There is a possibility that this show may "re-form" to show in a smaller space at the Washington State History Museum. Stay tuned and wrap it up on those artworks.