Wednesday, December 11, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the National Museum of the American Indian

The building itself is a spectacular Beaux Arts edifice with wonderful murals and a very sketchable interior.   The exhibitions are always interesting.  It's actually part of the Smithsonian Institution.  Programing explores the diversity of the Native peoples of the Americas and the strength and continuity of their cultures from the earliest times to the present.


WHEN: This Saturday, December 14, 2019, starting at 10:00 AM.

WHERE: The National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, New York,
(Located in: Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House) 
The Museum is on the south side of Bowling Green, in lower Manhattan, adjacent to the northeast corner of Battery Park.

-    Admission is free.
-    Anyone sketching there is almost guaranteed to be an Urban Sketcher

By Subway

  • 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

Note:  The Museum is run by the Federal Government and is part of the Smithsonian.  Smithsonian security personnel conduct a thorough but speedy hand-check of visitors’ bags, briefcases, purses, strollers, and containers. Visitors are required to walk through a metal detector.

LUNCH12:00  Noon - Flavors Cafe at the corner of Whitehall and Bridge Sts.  Bring your own or purchase from Flavors (If you bring your own consider buying a drink from the cafe?)

AFTERNOON1:15 PM - Back to sketching the museum

SHOW and TELL3 PM.  We'll probably return to Flavors Cafe,  our lunch spot where we will get a drink or a snack and share our day's drawings while telling cool art stories. 

-  Bring a stool if you own one. It gives you so many more options.
(The museum allows stools but not easels.)

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

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

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at St Bart's Thursday for Sketching and Concert

Join us this week for an opportunity to sketch in one of New York's most dynamic sanctuaries with its beautiful Gothic arches, stained glass, Hildreth Meier gold mosaics and numerous carvings.  To take a video tour click here:

We will also attend the weekly Great Music Series at 1:15 PM. The concert is free and will feature French music with a violin and harpsichord. 

St. Bartholomew's Church: Quiet corner in St Bart's with the New York Adventure Club

St. Bartholomew's Church Photo

Please RSVP Directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6387.  Plenty of seats, no need to bring a stool.  Join us any time to sketch. Break for lunch as you wish. Following the concert at 2:00 PM we will reconvene in the sanctuary to show our work. 


STARTING TIME:  The sanctuary opens at 9:00. Feel free come at any time. The concert is from 1:15 to 2:00 PM in the small chapel to the right of the entrance

                       PARK AVE AT 51ST STREET

TRANSPORTATION: 6 Train to Lexington Ave and 51st Street.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Saturday 12/7 at the Essex Market!

Yes, folks, there is a meet-up this weekend after all! Indoors at the Essex Market, with plenty of people and colorful things to sketch, lots of vendors for buying lunch, and even bathrooms (yay!). Bring a stool for sketching downstairs (try to stay out of the way). Upstairs there's a dining area with tables and chairs, more people to sketch, and some limited views of the vendors downstairs, and windows with street views.

Essex Street Market, 88 Essex Street
(at the southeast corner of Essex & Delancey Streets)

Via Subway
J, M and Z lines to Essex Street
F line to Delancey Street

Via Bus
M9, M14A-SBS, B39
to Essex/Delancey Street

Look for Joan Tavalott upstairs in the dining area.
Joan's Cell: (516) 510-1473
(I'll arrive around noon because I'll be working in the morning.)

Meet for lunch upstairs in the dining area.

Show and Tell upstairs in the dining area.

Come late, come early, it's all good. We're pretty easy to find, we'll be the ones sketching!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

WEEKEND: No official sketch event scheduled.

Sadly there is no official sketch event for this weekend.   Some family stuff has come up.  Since I'd love to be out sketching, and maybe you feel the same - I have two suggestions:

1) On occasion things come up.  It would be great if there was a small committee of people willing to jump in to run our usual sketch event.  Let me know if that's something you'd be willing to do by sending an email directly to me -

2)  If you'd like to go out this weekend post where you'll be to our Facebook Group and let the other sketchers know how, where and when to find you.

Enjoy the weekend one and all -

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Temple Emanuel Wednesday to see Barbra Streisand

Ok, its an exhibit not a performance. 

Join us for a day of sketching in the exhibit and the magnificent sanctuary with its gold mosaics designed by Hildeith Meiere, Tiffany stained glass and incredible soaring space.  

In addition, Temple Emanuel is currently hosting an exhibit in the Bernard Gallery about Barbra Streisand.  Costumes, contracts and videos of her work over the decades are on view. You can even sing along with her (and have us sketching you?) in a karaoke booth.

Temple Emanu-El - New York City (New York Landmarks Conservancy)

DATE:  Wednesday, December 4, 2019


                        1 East 65th Street at 5th Avenue

TRANSPORTATION: N, R, W, to 5th Avenue Station (at 60th St) 

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Plenty of seats, no need to bring a stool.  Be prepared to work with dry materials.   We will break for lunch at the Central Park Zoo cafeteria across the street. 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the Last Knight

Every time I see Tim Bay sketching he asks me if I've seen the special Armor Show at the Met yet.  I have to admit, the description sounds interesting.  The show closes on January 5th, so this is the time to check it out.

The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I examines the profound significance of European armor at the dawn of the Renaissance, through the lens of Emperor Maximilian I's (1459–1519) remarkable life. On view only at The Met, The Last Knight coincides
with the five-hundredth anniversary of Maximilian's death, and is the most ambitious North American loan exhibition of European arms and armor in decades. Including 180 objects selected from some thirty public and private collections in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, The Last Knight will explore how Maximilian's unparalleled passion for the trappings and ideals of knighthood served his boundless worldly ambitions, imaginative stratagems, and resolute efforts to forge a lasting personal and family legacy.

This exhibition features many works of art on view outside Europe for the first time, including Maximilian's own sumptuous armors that highlight his patronage of the greatest European armorers of his age, as well as related manuscripts, paintings, sculpture, glass, tapestry, and toys, all of which emphasize the emperor's dynastic ambitions and the centrality of chivalry at the imperial court and beyond.


WHEN: This Saturday, November 30, 2019, starting at 10:00 AM.

WHERE: The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Avenue, in Gallery 899
-    I use the side entrance on 81st Street.  It says it's for school groups but anyone can use it.
-    Meet at the information desk in the Great Hall
-    Note:  During heavy traffic and for certain shows the museum sometimes doesn't permit long term sketching.  (see next item)
-    If knights in shining armor isn't your thing, or if we're not permitted to sketch this particular show - sketch anywhere - there is so much to see and draw.  We'll meet for lunch and Show & Tell

-    New Yorkers. - Pay what you wish
-    Out of towners - Adults - $25, Seniors (65 and over) - $17, Students -$12

LUNCH12:00  Noon - Meet at the very back of the museum cafeteria located on the ground floor near the Lehman Collection.  Bring your own or purchase from the museum.

AFTERNOON1 PM - Back to sketching the museum

SHOW and TELL3 PM.  Back to the back of the cafeteria -  our lunch spot, where we will share our day's drawings and tell art stories.

-  Bring a stool if you own one. It gives you so many more options.

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

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

WEDNESDAY: Westchester Sketchers at The Westchester

December 11th
The Westchester is the ultimate shopping destination for the Metropolitan New York Region. This high-end shopping mall is a work of art with spectacular glass skylights and marble columns. With total sky lighting above marble and carpeted floors below, commissioned sculptures and fantastic customer service, all the amenities of Madison and 5th Avenue, are available under one roof.

 Try your hand at sketching the holiday decorations, shoppers, statues and up-scale stores fronts. 

Did you take the "Casual Perspective Workshop" given by Jason Das? Come review, share and practice what we learned.


DATE: WEDNESDAY, December 11, 2019. 
Start time: 10:00 AM.  Meet at the Savor Food Hall, located on level 4.

LOCATION: The Westchester Mall, 125 Westchester Ave., White Plains, NY 10601.
Phone:  (914) 683-6800

DIRECTIONS and Parking 
The Westchester is located in White Plains at the corner of Bloomingdale Road and Westchester Avenue, exit 8 or 8W, right off of Route 287.
The Parking area for access to the Savor Food Hall at The Westchester is the one on Paulding Street, located on the North side between P.F. Chang's and Nordstrom. This parking garage is located on the right just before the valet parking, as you turn into Paulding Street from Westchester Avenue.

Transportation from NYC: Use the Harlem Line of the Metro-North Railroad to arrive in White Plains. Taxicabs are readily available for hire to The Westchester Mall. Please call (800) METRO-INFO or visit for schedule and fare information. To arrange for pick up, please contact Marianne (

LUNCH: 1:00 PM in the Savor Food Court.  Bring your own or buy from the food vendors.

SHOW and TELL: Following lunch we will share our drawings and tell stories. This is the social part of our day and not to be missed.

- Seating areas can be found within the Mall, but bringing a stool offers more options.
Leave you coat in the car so you don't have to carry it.

Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman (

Looking for us? 
Call/text: Cathy at (914) 625-0766 or Marianne at (914) 355-6507

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