Sunday, August 18, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Coney Island Wednesday

The Wonder Wheel, Nathan's Hot Dogs, The Parachute Jump, the Boardwalk beach, sand, sea....can only be one place.....Coney Island!

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Join us for a day at the beach or at least near the beach at Coney Island to fill your sketchbook with iconic scenes of Coney Island. We will meet by the Wonder Wheel, have lunch at Nathan's (or bring your own) and sketch on the Boardwalk in the afternoon.  

Bring your stool, a hat and sunscreen and a lot of blue paint!   Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6387.   

PLEASE NOTE:  In case of rain, we will sketch at the Coney Island Museum.



LOCATION:  Coney Island Museum 
                        1208 Surf Ave, Brooklyn NY

We will meet in front of the Coney Island Museum then walk down the block to the Wonder Wheel.  If you are arriving later than 10:30, look for us along West 12th Street.  

TRANSPORTATION: D, F, N Q to Coney Island /Stillwell Avenue. Exit the station and cross the street to the museum.  

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

3rd Annual Hudson West Folk Festival Sketch Day

Once again the NYC Urban Sketchers has been invited to sketch the day away at the Hudson West Folk Festival. The organizers of the event have provided 10 passes for the day for our sketchers. We will also have a table in the vendor area to display our sketches and raise awareness for NYC Urban Sketchers

Below is the information for the event.  If you would like a pass for the day please contact Raylie Dunkel at  All tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis.

Hudson West Folk Festival

September 14, 2019

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A music festival with a unique approach.  This all day festival presents nine outstanding bands that include Grammy award winners to some of the finest musicians in North America. Check out the performer schedule below.

Come enjoy an eclectic list of performers, beautifully original stage backdrops and artwork throughout the venue - Free music workshops for musicians and just plain ol' music lovers.  Runs all day Saturday from 12:30 pm until 10:00 pm.
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9 Bands, Free Music Workshops, Bar, Food, Shops

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

SUNDAY: Sketch the Hidden Grotto

Sunday, August 18, 2019

There is a hidden grotto 
in Central Park

Photo by Bruce Monroe

Our destination is a series of connecting waterways that traverses the north end of Central Park. This lesser known area of the park, known as The Ravine, consists of The Pool, The Glen Span Arch and the Loch going through the Huddleston Arch (made from huge stones without any mortar) and eventually leads into the Harlem Meer.

The Park itself is a work of art and this portion includes a wild but artistically perfect view of nature with a bit of the urban skyline thrown in.


DATE:  SUNDAY, August 18, 2019

TIME:  Start time - 10:00 AM

LOCATION:  We will meet at the entrance to the park at West 103rd Street and Central Park West.  From there we will go to the The Pool, then work our way down through the Grotto to capture various scenes.  If you come late enter the park and follow the water - you'll find us.  Or feel free to call or text (see number below)

-   Subway:  C or B to 103rd Street.
-   Or come by car there is no alternate side of the street parking on Sunday.

LunchNoon - 12 PM. Dining al fresco. Bring lunch or depend on park vendors.  We’ll be eating together by the pond.

Afternoon:  1:15 PM  Back to sketching.  We'll explore spots along the waterway.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM  - Gather at our lunch spot where we will share drawings, good stories and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

Bring a stool - always a good idea, it gives you 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.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Battery Park/Brookfield Place Tuesday

The weather is looking iffy for Tuesday so we will be at a venue that will accommodate both indoor and outdoor sketching.....Battery Park and Brookfield Place.

Outdoors:  Lots to sketch in Battery Park,  The Irish Hunger Memorial looks like the heath in Ireland complete with a little stone house.  The Gardens offer beautiful water features with ducks taking advantage of safe waters. The river front offers beautiful views with ferry boats and sailed ships going by. And, plenty of playgrounds with active children running around.

Indoors:  If the weather turns bad we can go into the Winter Garden with a colorful temporary exhibit that will look good in any sketch book.  Tepkik by Jordan Bennett is a First Nations inspired site specific installation introducing viewers to new cultures and stories. 

Lots of places to eat, bathrooms nearby......what more can we ask for?

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Tepkik at The Winter Garden 

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Duk Pond



LOCATION:  We will meet at the Duck Pond at the foot of Murray St just below the Irish Hunger Museum.

TRANSPORTATION:  Any train going to the World Trade Center.  Exit the station and walk towards the river. 

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

Thursday, August 8, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketching THE View in DUMBO

DUMBO - the view from the World Trade Center

maybe the coolest neighborhood 
in ultra-cool Brooklyn

Dumbo - short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass is a great neighborhood for sketching.  Originally a ferry landing, it was the commuting spot for Brooklynites heading to Manhattan.  The area is filled with 19th- and early 20th-century industrial and warehouse buildings, cobblestone streets, and long shadows.

Urban Sketchers capturing THE view,
photo by Joan T
In the late 20th century DUMBO was remade into an upscale residential and commercial community—first becoming a haven for art galleries, and currently a center for technology startups, including the world headquarters for Etsy.  Dumbo quickly became Brooklyn's most expensive neighborhood, as well as New York City's fourth-richest community overall.

The area is well worth exploring but most would agree that the single most incredible view is found looking to the East River from Washington Street at the corner of Water Street.  That's where we will spend the morning sketching.

This spot has become a cultural meme with hundreds of visitors, many film crews snapping the iconic views.  We will likely see at least one commercial being filmed and we're likely to find at least one bridal party.

What:  Sketch DUMBO ((Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass))

Where: We'll meet at Washington Street at the corner of Water Street in DUMBO.

When:  Start time - 10 AM.   Running late?  Messed up by the subways?  Come anyway - we'll be there.

-   By Subway:  It's about a ten minute walk downhill from all the subway choices.

A/C train to High Street,
Exit onto Cadman Plaza West. Walk left, toward the overhead highway; the street changes name to Old Fulton Street. Walk down the hill and bear left as you approach the East River. Continue on Fulton to DUMBO's Front Street to get a sense of the neighborhood. Make a left at Washington Street and walk one block towards the river to Water Street.  That corner is our meeting spot. (see map).
Jane's Carousel

2/3 train to Clark Street,
Take the Henry Street exit. Walk left on Henry Street. Go left on Cadman Plaza West/Old Fulton Street and walk downhill to the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park, located at the bottom of the hill, at the waterfront.  From there proceed to Water and Washington streets (see map).

F train to York Street,
See map

Special Treat:
Take the ferry at Wall Street / Pier 11 which cuts across the East River and deposits you in DUMBO eight minutes later.  Weekend ferries leave every 35 minutes.

Lunch:  We'll break at 12:15 to purchase lunch - or bring  your own. We'll meet at 12:30 for a picnic lunch at a shady spot in the vicinity of Jane's Carousel

Afternoon:  1:30  Sketching in the area of Jane's Carousel

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - Outdoors in the park.  We'll meet near our lunch spot by the carousel where we'll share drawing and tell stories about our art exploits, and who knows, maybe we'll even discuss art materials. 

_     Bring a hat
-      Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options. 

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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.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

SUNDAY: Westchester Sketchers at Muscoot Farm

August 11th

Muscoot Farm was originally a gentleman's farm owned by the Hopkins family and used as their summer estate and dairy farm from 1880 to 1924. In 1924 the family moved to the farm year-round and continued the dairy business until 1967 when Westchester County acquired the property.
Today, Muscoot Farm has many of the original buildings, some of which were moved to accommodate the Muscoot Reservoir. Visitors can walk through the dairy barn, milk house, ice house, blacksmith shop and several other barns and buildings. Livestock and poultry are breeds typical of an early 20th century gentleman's farm and many represent minor rare breeds. The Main House is used to exhibit monthly art shows by local artists.

Where: Muscoot Farm 51 NY-100, Katonah, NY Website:
Phone: (914) 864-7282

WhenSunday August 11th. Start time 10:00 AM.
NOTE: Farmers Market opens 9:30 AM and runs to 2:30 PM. Come early for the best parking spots.

Directions: Muscoot Farm is on Route 100 nestled between Somers, Katonah, and Yorktown. The farm is located about 1 mile south of the intersection of Route 100 and Route 35.

Transportation from NYC: The closest Metro-North train station is Katonah, on the New Haven line. Please contact Marianne if you would like someone to meet the train and provide a ride from the station.

Lunch12:30 PM. We will have lunch by the picnic table area.  Bring your own or purchase from the concession stand.

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

-   It will be hot. Bring drinking water.
-   Bring a stool if you have one. It gives you more options.
-   Dress for sunshine. Bring a hat and sunscreen.

If you can’t find us call:
Cathy at (914) 625-0766 or Marianne at (914) 355-6507

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

Please R.S.V.P. to Cathy Gutterman
Mobile     914-625-0766

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at the Vessel

 Is it a giant Pinecone? Behive? Escher construction?  Whatever it is, The Vessel, New York City's newest instant icon, will be this week's challenge. With the weather a bit uncertain this week, Hudson Yards will give us some good outdoor sketch sites if it is nice and we can move indoors if the weather turns bad. 

Bring your stool and brace yourself for lots of tourists.  If you want to go into The Vessel you will need a ticket, available for free at their website. 

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                       Approximately 32nd St btw 10th and 11th Aves.


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