Friday, 19 May
The plan for the day started with the evening: attend Roy DeLeon’s show at St. Placid Priory. He’s one of 20 artists in a fund raising show at the Benedictine priory… a fair drive south.
Because the traffic southbound in late afternoon is so horrendous, I decided to go south earlier, especially when I learned that ThinkGeek was having a grand opening event for a new store in Tacoma Mall. Then I would meet Urban Sketcher Frances Buckmaster and we would carpool down to Lacey, sketch in the area; have dinner; and then go to Roy’s show. It didn’t hurt that it was finally a nice, spring-like day.
So, first activity was the ThinkGeek opening. Even an hour after opening, there was a long line. But I joined it as I had time before I needed to be at Frances’. I was given a commemorative pin upon joining the line. Once in the store, I didn’t see anything for which I was willing to stand in another long line to buy! All the things plus much more is available in the on-line store.
But I did encounter the Jedi costumer to whom I’d given a lightsaber! And three of her friends, all from Alpha Base (a regional branch of Rebel Legion). We went to lunch and I had a great time. I shared some of my “old timer” history on Alpha Base.
Once Frances and I were in Lacey, we drove around a bit and found St. Martin’s University and St. Martin’s Abbey. We both sketched in the Father Prior Alfred J. Hulsoher, OSB courtyard, with it’s fountain. In the background is what I think is the bell tower of the Abbey church.
I moved on to a garden near the Abbey Church to sketch the statue of St. Benefict…. with a raven on his shoulder. I learned elsewhere: “The raven is a symbol for solitude. It also symbolizes filial gratitude and affection, wisdom, hope, longevity, death, and fertility.”
After dinner, we were still a little early for the opening of the art show, so we walked the grounds and then sat in a peaceful spot at St. Placid. I did another quick sketch… this was a small garden alcove in the corner of a building.
Roy had some beautiful paintings in the show. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of him with his display!
St. Martin’s & St. Placid: https://redharp.smugmug.com/SketchOutings/2017-0519-St-Martins-St-Placid/