Meeker Mansion

Tacoma Urban Sketchers had our best attended sketch outing to date!  This was thanks to the article in the “Go” section of The News Tribune yesterday.

The Meeker Mansion in Puyallup, WA was gloriously decorated for Christmas.

Sketcher at the bottom of the stairs.

The mansion was built in 1890 and is a splendid Victorian era home.  There was an abundance of sketch opportunities and I just couldn’t pick. I wandered around the entire house for about a half an hour.  By then, there were 2 or 3 or more sketchers in each room.  The ones in which I was most interested were full!  So I settled down to sketch the period artifacts in a display case in the upper hall.

After I finished this, a spot was open in one of my preferred rooms.  These dresses were beautifully made.  The clothing and accessories of the period are very interesting to me as I’m working on period clothing and kit as a volunteer interpreter for Fort Nisqually.  Also, I have photos of my grandmother wearing a dress very much like this from about 1913.

We gathered to share sketches….

and have a group photo (though there are several missing as they had left before).

More photos of sketchers and the Mansion are here  

Edit @ 2345   I talked to more than a few people who came for the first time today who said they haven’t done any drawing for many years. I just read this excellent blog post by a sketcher in England, reflecting on the first year back to sketching after many years.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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One Response to Meeker Mansion

  1. Lovely sketches and great article!!! Woo-hoo Nice that you were quoted too.

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