There’s always a first time

As a group, we’ve never been asked to leave a venue. Today was a first. One of us had called last week and we thought we had permission but there was obviously a misunderstanding.

The pub we’d planned to sketch in and then have lunch could not host so many of us, which was about 18-20. So we left abruptly just after 10 am, our usual start time.

I joked, “Now we’re all REAL Urban Sketchers as we’ve been kicked out of a place”. “Kicked out” was a little over stated but the joke stems from a time when one of our number was standing on steps of a building and was told he couldn’t stand there to sketch. So he moved to the sidewalk!

Frances suggested we go to Foss Waterway Seaport Museum. We’re so welcome there that they’ve given us free memberships! It turned out to be the perfect solution.

That gave us a chance to get an early viewing of the show by our members Darsie Beck and Ken Fulton. It looks great!

I did a montage focusing on young students’ assemblages about cleaning up our water. The bottom right is a goofy looking flounder covered in nets with plastic trash around it. Above him is a section of a 5 foot long salmon made of recycled plastic milk  jugs, surrounded by fish made out of various bits of plastic. And last was a hand made of plastic bags over a chicken wire frame. It holds a bowl of plastic bottle caps, each indicating a visitor’s promise to make one change that will help clean up the water.

Here is the group, though I learned later 3 or 4 stayed behind at our original venue and at least one went home.

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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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