Monday, August 13, 2012

August 18 Sketchcrawl: South Waterfront

For this month's Third Saturday Sketchcrawl on August 18, let's explore the South Waterfront district of Portland!

There's a lot to chose from in the sketching department: views across the river to verdant Ross Island; snazzy new high-rises with very chic landscaping; construction sites full of cranes and bulldozers and scaffolding and orange safety-fencing; and the graceful arch of the Ross Island Bridge. Not to mention the shipyard that constructs marine barges, just south of the bridge!

In addition, we'll be at the base of the Portland Aerial Tram, so a $4 ticket will get you up to some wonderful views across the city from the OHSU campus (aka "Pill Hill"). Clear weather=great views of Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens from that lofty vantage point. The aerial tram runs from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturdays, with departures every six minutes or so.

Meet at 10 am at Rilassi Coffee House, 3580 SW River Parkway Portland, OR. (503.467.7532)
We'll likely regroup around 12:30 or 1:00 at the Bambuza Vietnam Bistro, at 3682 SW Bond Avenue (503-206-6330), then see if folks want to keep sketching into the afternoon.  

Transportation notes: The Portland Streetcar heads right through this neighborhood. Bike parking is plentiful and there's a nifty new bike-specific path that runs along SW Moody Avenue. Street parking looks to be very straightforward for automobiles.

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