Saturday, February 16, 2019

Westchester Sketchers at FunFusion (New Roc City) on Friday February 22


FunFuzion is Westchester's only INDOOR amusement park conveniently located in New Roc City in downtown New Rochelle, a two-block walk from Metro-North's New Rochelle train station. With five zones of fun - Glow Bowling, Mini Glow Golf, Billiard's Room with Ping Pong and an enormous Arcade with Lazer Tag - FunFuzion has an attraction for kids and adults of all ages.  Rides include Max Flight, Space Shot and Bumper Cars and for younger children there is a full-sized Carousel, Mini-Whip, Frog Hopper and Helicopter. Come rain or shine. It is a lively place, and there will be lots of people and things in motion to sketch and paint.



WHEN:  Friday, February 22nd.

START TIME: 12:00 Noon

WHERE:  FunFusion (New Roc City), 29 LeCount Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801

We'll meet just inside the entrance.  It is located within a cobblestone area that is closed off to traffic and is directly across from the Police Station.
There is a municipal parking garage on the corner Huguenot Street and LeCount Place.

DIRECTIONS by Car:                  
TRANSPORTATION from NYC: Metro-North (New Haven Line) to New Rochelle Train Station.   Easy 10 minute walk from the station.  Leave the train, make left on Station Plaza,  go 1 block to Bridge Street, then a left on  Huguenot and walk 2 blocks and make a right onto LeCount Place. 

SHOW and TELL:   2:30 PM - Barnes and Noble.  We will share drawings, good stories and thoughts.

- The complex opens at 12:00 Noon.
- Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options. 

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

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

Friday, February 15, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Lighthouse Museum on Wednesday

Bet you didn't know that there is a museum dedicated to lighthouses! ....Well there is and it is on Staten Island. Join us for an ocean voyage (the Staten Island Ferry) and museum trip.  Housed in an historic building that served as a quarantine hospital for immigrants before Ellis Island was opened, this museum is dedicated to the history and workings of the lighthouses on Staten Island.  For more information about the Lighthouse Museum and directions,  click here:

After lunch we will visit the Staten Island Borough Hall to view the acclaimed murals commemorating events in the history of Staten Island.  Additional sketching opportunity is available in the waiting room of the ferry terminal on the Staten Island side.  Two large salt water fish tanks have wonderful examples of the fish that swim in the NYC harbor. (Rumor has it that the tanks might be closed for repair.. TBD). 

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Credit: Vinnie Amesse
Murals in SI Borough Hall



                       200 THE PROMENADE AT LIGHTHOUSE POINT

NOTE:  We will meet at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at Whitehall (the very tip of Manhattan) to catch the 10:30 AM ferry to Staten Island.  The ferry is free and leaves every half hour. (Good sketching opportunities on board!)  If you miss the group meet up, just take another ferry across.  The museum is 3 minute walk from the ferry terminal. Directions for walking from the ferry on the Staten Island side:

Please note that there is an admission fee of $5 or $4 for seniors. 


Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at so we know to watch for you at the Ferry Terminal. Call or text Raylie at 201-978-6387.

Bring a stool, your sketchbook and watercolors.  Bring something to eat or purchase something at one of the shops along the waterfront. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the MET

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Sketching at the Met
with a 
Focus on Armor and Furniture  
(on the map they're listed as Arms and Armor, and European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.)


With 6,000 years of art treasures an unlimited number of tourists to sketch ... what more could you want?   Fabulous sketching stations are located directly behind and to the right of the Great Hall.

Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue

When:  Start time is 10 AM.  Meet at the Information booth of the main hall, on the nine o'clock side (right side as you enter) .  Running late?  Come anyway, we'll be there.

Lunch:  12:30 PM downstairs in the Cafeteria - Ground floor.  The elevator and stairs are right before you get to the Lehman Collection. (behind the Medieval Art Hall)

Afternoon:  1:30 PM - Back to sketching in the galleries. (including the American Wing) 

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM We will meet in the back of the Cafeteria (our lunch location) to share drawings, good stories and a beer or wine if you're so inclined.


-    Enter at 81 St - it's less crowded. Buy your ticket there and come up to the Great Hall to meet
-   Rules about sketching are unevenly enforced, mostly they don't want you to block traffic.  Pencil is always okay.  Pens, waterbrush and watercolor are often tolerated. They don't want open water.
-   Bring a stool. Most times they're okay to use.
-   Guards will search your bags as you enter.  Backpacks are not welcomed but a shoulder bag is fine.

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, February 10, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at the Cloisters Wednesday

A visit to the Cloisters is step back in time and place.  Join us for a day to sketch beautiful artifacts and architecture in a serene and contemplative setting.  Challenge yourself with the arches and perspective in the cloister or go close for the details on the statuary. No matter what you choose the time will be well spent.  Bring a stool and pencils, no watercolor or inks allowed.  Since there is no food service or food allowed  in the building, we will start after lunch and work through the afternoon.

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                       99 Margaret Corbin Dr, Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan

ADDMISSION:  Please note that there is an admission charge of $25 or $17 for seniors. However, NY State residents or students in the try-state area can take advantage of the pay what you want policy.  The American Association of Museums membership is also accepted. 

TRANSPORTAION: A Train to 190th Street.  Take the elevators up to the street level.  You can take the #4 bus in front of the station to the Cloisters or walk through Ft. Tryon Park to the Cloisters. 

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

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian
Located in the historic 
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. 

SATURDAY,  February 9, 2019

Let's sketch the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions—as well as a range of public programs, including music and dance performances, films, and symposia—explore the diversity of the Native people of the Americas.

In addition, the building itself is a fantastic Beaux Arts structure with loads of interesting lines and perspective challenges.

Where:  The National Museum of the American Indian–New York, is located on the south side of Bowling Green, in lower Manhattan, adjacent to the northeast corner of Battery Park.

When:  Start time:   10 AM.  Admission if free.  Be aware they have a surprisingly serious security screen including a metal detector

How:  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

Lunch:  Meet in the lobby at noon for a short walk (location to be confirmed on Saturday) to Flavors  - 27 Whitehall St.

Afternoon:  1 PM - Back sketching at the museum

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - A short walk to (location to be confirmed on Saturday) Murphy’s Tavern at 6 Stone St, (212) 425-1700 where we will share drawings, good stories and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

- Despite the metal detector I’ve brought my sketching stool numerouse times with no problem.  A stool is always a handy item that allows you to sketch from the very best spot.

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, February 3, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Eldridge St Synagogue

Opened in 1887, this was the first great house out worship in America built by Jews from Eastern Europe.  After falling into terrible disrepair in the mid 20th Century, the building has been meticulously restored and now is listed on the National Historic Registry. It is now a museum rather than a house of worship.  

Join us for a day of sketching the intricate woodwork, beautiful stained glass and soaring space in the only remaining marker of the great wave of Jewish migration to the  Lower East Side.   For more information about the building, its history and restoration, click here:

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                       12 Eldridge St
Please Note; there is an admission fee of $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and students.  American  Association  of Museums membership is accepted. 

TRANSPORTATION: F Train to East Broadway

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6387. There is plenty of seating so no need to bring a stool.  You can use wet media as long as it is done with respect for the historic interior. 

Bring lunch or buy soup or dumplings in one of the many small Chinese outlets along the street. 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Weekday Sketchers Art Deco Treasure Hunt at 

Rockefeller Center

In an area that was once a  district of speakeasies and brothels, John D. Rockefeller Jr. took  advantage of a depressed real estate market in the 1920's and built the largest privately owned business and entertainment center of the pre-war period. Completed in 1940, the project employed thousands of engineers, laborers and artists throughout the Great Depression. 

Influenced by the tastes and trends of the 1930's,  Rockefeller Center is now a veritable storehouse of Art Deco murals, sculptures, mosaics and bas relief carvings signifying man's development in sprit, science and industry.  Many of the works have become icons of NYC: Prometheus above the skating rink, the sculptures along the promenades, and Atlas holding the world on his shoulders, to name a few.

But there are hundreds of other works both inside and outside the building that run from 48th to 51st Streets and from 5th to 6th Avenues.  The lobbies of the numerous buildings will provide plenty of sketching opportunities. Weather permitting we might even be able to do some work on the plazas. 

We will meet in the lobby of 636 5th Ave, behind the Atlas Statue.  We can sketch the murals in the lobby and the waiting area above the lobby,  and then move on to other locations. Or,  feel free to wander the complex and sketch at your leisure then meet us for lunch. We will break for lunch at 12:30 and meet in the food hall  on the lower level where we will have views of the skating rink. Bring something with you or purchase it from the many vendors in the food hall.

Please note: stools may or may not be permitted and be prepared to work with dry materials.  

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Atlas 636 5th Ave

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                       Note: We will meet in the lobby of the building behind the Atlas Statue. 

TRANSPORTATION: Almost all subway lines come into the area. Please check a map for your best option. 

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us?  Text or call Raylie at 201-978-6387. Please note that phone reception might be difficult underground. If you are coming later and can't find us, meet us for lunch.