Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks: Urban Sketchers in Puyallup, Rainier League of Arts in Tacoma, plein air art at American Art Co and art voting at Tacoma Art Museum

The Meeker Mansion in Puyallup.
The Meeker Mansion in Puyallup. Staff

Urban Sketchers in Puyallup

Tacoma’s Urban Sketchers group kicks off 2016 with a meet-up at the historic Meeker Mansion in Puyallup, which will still have holiday decorations up. The group is for people who like to sketch the places they live, work or visit.

Meet outside just before 10 a.m. Jan. 2. $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, and $2 children (bring correct change). 312 Spring St., Puyallup.,

Rainier League of Arts group show

At the Tahoma Center Gallery at Catholic Community Services this month, “Out of the Cold, Into the Art” features 16 artists from the Rainier League of Arts in media from sand-engraved to photography and painting. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through Feb. 29. Free. 1323 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma. 253-926-0329,,

Plein air art at American Art Co.

The Washington plein air artists society gives its annual show, “From Meadows to Mountains,” featuring paintings of Washington landscapes from the Columbia River to the Canadian border. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays through Jan. 9 (closing reception 3-5 p.m. Jan. 9). Free. American Art Co, 1126 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-272-4327,

Vote for a show at Tacoma Art Museum

For its 80th birthday, Tacoma Art Museum is asking Tacomans to choose the art for an exhibit. “Celebrating 80 Years: People’s Choice” will open Jan. 30, but until Jan. 10 visitors get the chance to vote for which art from the museum’s collection of European and American art will be in it. Vote at, on TAM’s Facebook page or in person at the museum, which is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Admission $14 adults; $12 senior, student and military; free ages 5 and younger and 5-8 p.m. third Thursdays. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258,

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568, @rose_ponnekanti