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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INDHjmwMZKo
here is map of Park and trails: http://www.trailwiki.org/wiki/Mary_E._Theler_Wetlands
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.
Directions:
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.