When in Tacoma, it would be remiss of us not to visit Mt Rainier, prominent as it is on sunny days in between the various buildings of the city!
It is a veritable feast for the eyes with snow fields and reflection pools which, at this time of year, still have snow and ice covering them but slowly melting. Lots of trees, waterfalls, rock formations (lots of volcanic rock, basalt, lava, huge boulders) – right up our street. It took us a full day and we didn’t cover all the ground! But then, we do travel slowly, taking our time, absorbing the sights, sounds and atmosphere…..
Deborah Boone (B2 Fine Art Gallery) suggested we might like to take a trip upstate to La Connor, a small waterfront town with an excellent quilt museum, so we did just that. La Connor is delightful and, despite not being well sign-posted from the surrounding roads (we avoid the Interstates wherever possible!), we found a bustling historic town and a Victorian building lovingly restored in the last couple of years which houses the quilt museum. Not just a museum, either, but a vibrant and active quilting shop, exhibits, and activities.
With the advice of Kathleen (the curator) and Susan (the sponsor) we took the road across to Whidbey Island and drove down the length of the island, part of the San Juan group of islands. A stunning day, some amazing bridges and beautiful views. Susan had suggested we pop in to meet her sister and brother-in-law, so we did! What a beautiful spot right on the waterfront looking towards the mainland. A lovely two hours beachcombing, heron watching, and seal spotting, was spent with strangers who welcomed in two travellers! Those kinds of memories certainly make a trip! Thank you Marilyn and Jim for your hospitality and company!
Tacoma is a delightful waterfront town which has undergone major reconstruction and development over the past few years. We have enjoyed the Museum of Glass with its Hot Shop and the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, and the elegance of the Union Station building which is now a court house. Chihuly is a local artist in the area and his presence is felt everywhere.
(For some reason I can’t insert links at the moment, so please do go and google these places – they’re brilliant!)
The water front is lovely too. We went along the waterfront well away from the bustle of the city and spent around 2 hours just watching the water, the reflections, and Mount Rainier behind the city…
Nature in the Making has now come across the Pacific from New Zealand to the US Northwest Pacific – Washington State, and Tacoma in particular.
Just a week or so ago, Agnes Hauptli and I set up our exhibition in the wonderful B2 Fine Art Gallery which used to be a newspaper publishing building in the Theatre District of downtown Tacoma. This is an up and coming area now with historic buildings, beautiful murals, and lovely boutique shops and cafes, including a fibre Aladdin’s Cave called Fibers Etc run by Roberta Lowe.
Anyway, back to the exhibition. It’s on until 26th July and the gallery is run by Deborah and Gary Boone, a lovely couple who couldn’t have done more to make us feel welcome!
Unfortunately, most of my images are way too big to get uploaded here, so I’ll have to put them up on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/StaceyHarveyBrown
If you are in the area, it is an interesting gallery with local artists, some Chihuly pieces, and a great ambience.