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   For minutes of PAL Board Meetings from Nov. 2013 - May 2014, click here. All other board meeting minutes are archived in the monthly newsletters, accessible from the Newsletter page.


... are held the fourth Tuesday of most months at the United Methodist Church, 7400 Pioneer Way, near downtown Gig Harbor. Social hour at 5:30pm; business meeting at 6pm; art demo / program at 7pm. (Note: Please don't park in the "Visitor" spots in the parking lot.)

Upcoming meetings

April 25 -- Program: Melissa Weinman will give a demo on the principle of painting translucence.

May 23 -- Program: PAL members who've taken workshops through PAL scholarships will do a show-and-tell about what they learned (and created) in the workshops. Myrna Binion, Elaine Schurer and others will present. This is also a screening month for new members and members working in a new medium. Download Screening Guidelines from the Miscellaneous Forms page.

June 27 -- Program: Tacoma artist Mark Hopperman will present a demo on a to-be-determined topic.

   Monthly Featured Artists -- At every general meeting, we have a display of work by three of our members. Each Featured Artist brings a few pieces of their work and is available to chat during the social hour. This gives us a chance to get to know one another better as artists and to show off our latest creations. Contact Terry Shovlowski at if you'd like to display your work at a meeting.


    Our first workshop of 2017 takes place April 22 & 23 with a Travel Journal Sketchbook workshop led by Darsie Beck. Mr. Beck is a member of the Urban Sketchers group and has taught workshops throughout the Northwest. This workshop is sold out. Contact Myrna Binion to be put on a waiting list.

    August 25, 26 & 27 we'll present a Figure Drawing Skills for Painters & Sketchers workshop with Michael Stasinos. Mr. Stasinos is an associate professor of art and design at PLU and will serve as our juror for our annual Open Juried Show. For details visit our Workshops/Classes page.

    October 3 & 4 we'll have a special workshop with Australian watercolor artist and urban sketcher Jane Blundell. Ms. Blundell is teaching workshops in the US this fall and she'll stop in Gig Harbor to lead this workshop (between presentations in Seattle and Portland). For details, visit our Workshops/Classes page.


    Applications are now being accepted for our annual Open Juried Show. This nationally recognized show is traditionally our biggest show of the year, drawing applicants from across the U. S. and Canada. This year's show takes place Sept. 1 - Oct. 22 at Harbor History Museum. Application deadline is July 5. PLU art professor Michael Stasinos is our juror. To apply, visit or download a Prospectus here -- Open Juried Show Prospectus.
    Mr. Stasinos will also host a figure drawing workshop in August (see "Classes and Workshops" page for details.)

    Our Winter Members' Show took place at Kimball Gallery. Catherine Gill juried the show and chose the paintings shown below to win awards.

    This summer's TCC show takes place June 19-Aug. 21 in the main gallery at the Gig Harbor campus. Our theme is "Everything About Water." We're partnering with Harbor WildWatch for this show. More details forthcoming -- meanwhile start visualizing "water" -- whatever that conjurs in your creative mind.

    For information on Members' Shows, please contact Cathie Johnson - (971) 241-5418 -- email or Greg Trathen - (253) 265-3660 -- email

    Screening for PAL Shows -- Participating in art shows is one of the privileges of PAL membership. All screened members are encouraged to show their work in our Members' Shows, Specialty Shows (e.g. Plein Air Show or Net Shed Show) and the TCC shows. Screenings take place three times a year -- February, May and September -- immediately prior to the general meeting.
   For a description of various PAL-sponsored shows, see "PAL Shows- Explanations & Definitions" on the Miscellaneous Forms page.
    For complete screening details, download the "Members' Show Screening Form" from the Miscellaneous Forms page.

Opportunities to show your work elsewhere

    Ebb Tide Gallery -- in downtown Gig Harbor has openings for 3-D artists. For information, contact Sam Chavis at (253) 334-7509 or Kathy Thurston (253) 225-7747 or go to

    Proctor Art Gallery -- in Tacoma has openings for 2-D and 3-D artists. Email or phone (253) 759-5168 for details.

    Instructors needed -- The Artists' Edge in Silverdale needs instructors for classes and demos. All mediums welcome. Contact Jessica McCourt ( or (360) 698-3113.

    Call for Art -- The Gig Harbor BoatShop/Eddon Boatyard is looking for maritime-themed art for consignment in their chandlery (retail store.) Submit a letter of interest with photos and information about you and your art to Gig Harbor Boatshop, Attn: Consignment Opportunity, PO Box 1187, Gig Harbor, 98335 or email to For information, call (253) 857-9344.

~ Winter Show Winners – selected by our juror, Catherine Gill ~

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