Wednesday, December 7, 2016

SUNDAY: Sketch the Hispanic Society

If you don’t know this museum - you will be amazed! 
It’s a little known NYC gem housing one of the world’s finest collections of Hispanic art.

The Museum and Library collections, which cover nearly every aspect of art and culture in Spain – as well as Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines – into the 20th century, are unparalleled in their scope and quality outside of Spain. Paintings by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, and Sorolla; masterworks of sculpture; and outstanding examples from all fields of the decorative arts offer visitors a panorama of the arts of the Hispanic world.  The collection also includes the Vespucci Map of the World

Admission is free although they ask for a donation.  (Personally on my last visit I felt more inclined towards generosity than I usually do at the NYC tourist mega- museums.)


When:  Sunday December 11th - starting at 11 AM

Where:  The Hispanic Society of America.  613 West 155th Street, on Audubon Terrace, Broadway between 155 and 156 Streets (see map below)

By Subway:
   -  The #1 Train Stops at 157th Street - one block away (Best choice)
   -  The A & C Train stops at 155th Street and is a longer walk 2 Avenues away

Lunch:  12:30 -  Directly across the street at the Restaurante La Libertad, 3764 Broadway.  Great fresh food, reasonably priced -  Latino/Salvadoran/Modern Cuisine.

Afternoon:  Back to the Museum for more sketching

Show and Tell: 3:00 off to At the Wallace, at 3612 Broadway (between W 148 and 149th) to share drawings, good stories and a beer or wine if you're so inclined.

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If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

There are no fees or attendance taken. All drawing skill levels are welcome.

Monday, December 5, 2016



Located in the beautiful Beaux Arts Building that was the Customs House, the Museum of the American Indian will offer us an opportunity to sketch unique architecture and artifacts .  One of the current exhibit Circle of Dance features beautiful, colorful costumed figures that should make great subjects for our drawings.  The second exhibit of the artifacts of Indians of Central America will give us plenty of opportunity to work on ancient artifacts.  If weather permits we can move outside for the afternoon to draw the outside of the building and Bowling Green. 

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                          SOUTH SIDE OF BOWLING GREEN

TIME: 10:30 AM


 4 & 5 trains to Bowling Green
1 train to Rector Street or South Ferry
R (& W on weekdays) trains to Whitehall Street
J & Z trains to Broad Street
2 & 3 trains to Wall Street

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call Raylie at 201-978-6387.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Saturday: Sketch the Exquisite

The world famous Sotheby’s not only auctions off works of art and other valuables, they also display them in many floors of galleries that are open to the public.  The sketching views from the upper floors are fantastic.

Where:  Sotheby’s  New York City, 1334 York Avenue - On the east side between 71st and 72nd Streets

When:  On Saturday, December 3rd, we will meet in the lobby at 11:00. (The galleries open at 10:00, if you want to get there earlier.) From 11:00 till 12:30, pick your spot and have fun sketching.

Lunch:  12:30 we’ll head up to the Sotheby’s café on the 10th floor for lunch, chat, and sketching (of course).

Afternoon:  1:30 - return to the galleries or the lobby,... or try your hand at the views off the roof outside the café, if the weather is inviting

The Sketching Views are Fantastic

Show and Tell:   3:00 reconvene in the lobby, for a short walk to Finnegan’s Wake Pub, 1361 1st Ave on the north west corner of 73rd St. and 1st Avenue, to share drawings, good stories and beer,  or wine if you're so inclined (food too if you like).

Directions to Sotheby’s:  (see map below)
The nearest subway stop is the Lexington Avenue local stop at 68th Street (the 6 train).
The express trains (the 4 and 5) stop at 59th Street and 86th Street.
 The 72nd Street crosstown bus will take you right there; the 68th Street crosstown will get you to 68th and York.

 If you’re coming by subway and the weather is bad, you can hop onto the 68th Street crosstown at Lex and 68th Street, instead of walking the four rather long blocks from the subway to York Avenue.

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If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Collage Workshop

On the 19th of November, a group of local urban sketchers gathered for a workshop on collage, led by Joy Hecht.  Joy began doing collages last winter, and found them to be a very satisfying medium for conveying a sense of place - for her, much more effective than watercolors and ink.   Here's a couple of examples, from Paris, Newfoundland, London, and New York (in that order - yes, I travel a lot!).

La Butte aux Cailles, 13ème arrondissement, Paris

Kayak excursion, Minchin's Cove, Newfoundland

Camden Market, London

72nd and Broadway, NYC

The workshop participants met at the Winter Garden, looking south over the Hudson River and the Jersey shore, with a glimpse of Lady Liberty in the distance.  After a brief presentation on techniques and materials, the members of the group got to work, producing some lovely results!   Here's a few examples of their work and some photos of the group at busy cutting and pasting.  I'm afraid for one of these I don't know the name of the artist - I hope she will identify her work!  

By Ying Zhou, I think:

 By Elissa Gore:

By Liz York:

By Meredith Stone:

Artist unknown, alas:

By Susan Louie:

Monday, November 28, 2016

Weekday Urban Sketcher Go Fishing

Join us on Thursday for a sea voyage and fishing expedition! 

First we will meet by the Sea-Glass Carousel to sketch the beautiful etherial images of the glass fish as they rotate and glow when the carousel turns.  We will then take the Staten Island Ferry across to the St. George Terminal to sketch the real fish in the enormous salt water aquariums in the terminal.  Along the way there will be plenty of opportunity to sketch the people on the ferry, the Statue of Liberty  and the Manhattan skyline as recedes and enlarges on each leg of the journey.   Bonus sites include the views of the waterfront from the ferry terminal, the view of Manhattan from the St. George terminal and the murals in Staten Island Borough Hall across from the terminal.  Bring your lunch, stool and lots of blue and green paint!

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             NOTE: If it is not raining we will meet at 10:00 to sketch the Sea-Glass Carousel.

                          If it is raining we will meet inside the Ferry Terminal and sketch the views of the waterfront from inside the terminal.
                         11:30 AM TAKE THE FERRY TO STATEN ISLAND

                         2:OO PM RETURN TRIP TO MANHATTAN


SEA-GLASS CAROUSEL is located at the south end of Battery Park near the intersection of State Street and Water Street.

STATEN ISLAND FERRY TERMINAL: located at the southern tip of Manhattan along Water Street.

TRANSPORTATION:  1 Train to South Ferry Station.  The exit from the subway will be on the plaza in front of the Staten Island Ferry and right in between the carousel and the ferry terminal.

Please RSVP Directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Note: While an RSVP is not required doing so will mean we will be looking for you at the various locations.  Looking for us?  Call Raylie at 201-978-6387. Bring a stool.  Bring lunch if you like or there are vendors in the Ferry Terminals.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Saturday: Sketch St. Paul's Chapel

The forecast is predicting a gorgeous day 
in the mid 60’s 
and we’re going to be outside -
sketching St. Paul's Chapel!

St. Paul's Chapel is an Episcopal chapel located at 209 Broadway, between Fulton Street and Vesey Street, in Lower Manhattan. Built in 1766, it is the oldest surviving church building in Manhattan and also the oldest public building in continuous use in our town.  It was built on land granted by Anne, Queen of Great Britain. When it was completed it was the tallest building in New York City. It stood in a field some distance from the growing port city to the south.

The chapel survived the Great New York City Fire of 1776 when a quarter of New York City burned following the British capture after the Battle of Long Island.  George Washington, along with members of the United States Congress, worshipped at St. Paul's Chapel on his Inauguration Day, on April 30, 1789.

September 11, 2001
After the attack on 911, which led to the collapse of the twin towers, St. Paul's served as a place of rest and refuge for recovery workers at the WTC site. For eight months, hundreds of volunteers worked 12-hour shifts around the clock, serving meals, making beds, counseling and praying with fire fighters, construction workers, police and others.

The fence around the church grounds became the main spot for visitors to place impromptu memorials to the event. After it became filled with flowers, photos, teddy bears, and other paraphernalia, chapel officials decided to erect a number of panels on which visitors could add to the memorial. Estimating that only 15 would be needed in total, they eventually required 400.

St. Paul's Chapel is a site that touches the heart and soul of New York.


When and Where:   We’ll meet at 11 AM in front of the Church at 209 Broadway (b/t Fulton and Vesey St.)

Lunch:  12:30 PM.  Our special plan is to walk along Vessey St. to Brookfield Place where we will meet the Collage group Joy Hecht is running to join them for lunch.

Afternoon:  1:30 PM We’ll sketch the waterfront with great views of the Hudson, the Jersey Palisades, boats etc.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM at The Dark Horse at 17 Murray St (b/t Broadway & Church St) where we will share drawings, good stories and and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

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If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Weekday Urban Sketchers Crawl West Village

The weather is looking very good for Thursday so let's take advantage of one more outdoor event this year: a sketch crawl of the West Village.

The area west of 7th Ave and below Christopher Street is one of the oldest neighborhoods in NYC.  Its beautiful tree lined street evoke another era which we will capture as we move around the neighborhood and past icons landmarks.
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Leroy Street
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Barrow and Commerce Streets (Meeting Point) 

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Cherry Lane Theater (Commerce Street) 

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Edna St Vincent Millay House

TIME: 10:30 AM


Note: we will meet here and work for about one hour then move on to another location. We will break for lunch in one of the pocket parks nearby.  

TRANSPORTATION: 1 Train to Christopher St/Sheridan Sq.  Walk south on 7th Ave 2 blocks to Barrow St.  Turn Right and walk west 1 1/2 blocks to the intersection of Barrow and Commerce. 

Please respond directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call Raylie at 201-978-6387.  Make sure to bring a stool with you.