Sunday, January 15, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers at Bronx Zoo

The zoo in winter?  Why not? The animals are still there and there are far fewer people.  The Bronx Zoo is a true treasure of NYC. So much to see and capture on our sketch pads.  AND it is Free on Wednesdays!!

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TIME: 10:30 AM

                       2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY

         NOTE:  We will meet at the Visitor Center to start. We will then wander where we want and meet again in the cafe back at the Visitor Center at 12:30 for lunch.

TRANSPORTATION: #2 Train to Pelham Parkway. Walk west into the park and the Visitor Center.

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call Raylie at 201978-6387.  

Note:  There are many indoor exhibits so weather should not be a problem.  If the weather is warm enough we will work outdoors.  Bring a stool and lunch if you want but the cafe has a full menu.

Weekday Sketchers' New Year's Resolution: Attend More Events

In an effort to make it easier for all of us to attend more Urban Sketchers Events this year meeting dates will be posted a few weeks in advance.  Please put these dates on your calendar.  The meeting place will be announced approximately 5 days prior to the event.  We will also be switching the day of the week to accommodate other fixed events on your calendars. 

Hopefully this will allow everyone to plan their other appointments around the Urban Sketchers dates  and become a regular at the meetings.  

The list below has the some locations (full details will follow the week of the meeting).  Some were suggested by group members.  If there is a venue that you think we should be going to please let me know.  There are so many hidden treasures in this city that one person can't possibly know them all. So share your thoughts on where we can go for a day's sketching.

Schedule for January and February

WEDNESDAY January 18       Bronx Zoo

THURSDAY January 26          China Society in honor of Chinese New Year. 

THURSDAY February 2          American Museum of Natural History in honor of Groundhog Day

WEDNESDAY February 8       TBD

TUESDAY February 14            Valentine's Day (Is there a romantic hideaway you know of?) 

TUESDAY February 21            Juilliard Concert

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch Maintenance Art

“Full and exemplary retrospectives of major but under-known American artists are rare. "
The Queens Museum has such a show.

The New York City’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has had an artist in residence for 40 years. Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art, the newest exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art is a celebration of Ukele’s tenure there documenting the seemingly mundane work of maintenance workers in provocative ways.

Since the late 1960s, Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ performances, sculptural installations, and writing have explored issues profoundly important to society today: the role of women in society, cultures of work and labor, and urban and community resilience. Her MANIFESTO FOR MAINTENANCE ART 1969! laid out the hidden, yet essential role of maintenance in Western society—and the radical implications of actively valuing rather than dismissing or hiding it


When:   Sunday - January 15th, starts at 11 AM

Where:  At the Queens Museum  (see directions below)

Lunch:  12:30  At the Delish Café.  All dishes price at $7.95, or bring your own.

Afternoon:  1:30  Sketch the galleries and outside - weather permitting.

Show and Tell:  3:00 at the Delish Café where we will share drawings, good stories and and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

Suggested Admission
-  $8 for adults
-  $4 for seniors
-  Free for children 18 and under
-  Free for students of New York colleges and universities with current ID
-  Free for all NYC Department Of Education employees with ID

Directions by Subway
Take #7 Train in the direction of Flushing, Queens. Your stop is Mets-Willets Point, the second to last stop on the 7 train.

Follow the signs to Flushing Meadows Corona Park through the exit ramp of the station into the park.

Then, follow signs for the Queens Museum which is located next to the Unisphere, the giant steel globe. There are two entrances to the museum, one facing the park and the other facing Grand Central Parkway.

The Park entrance is directly in front of the Unisphere. Please allot 15 minutes for the walk from the Mets-Willets Point subway station to the museum.

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-  Bring a light weight folding stool if you own one.  It makes sketching so much easier.

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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.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

SATURDAY: Sketch SAS (the Second Ave Subway)

There really is no choice.  We must go to sketch NYC’s newest subway line.  New Yorkers have been patiently waiting for a Second Avenue subway since the city’s founding in 1624.  It’s too good not to sketch.

On the very first New York subway ride, on Oct. 27, 1904, Mayor George B. McClellan Jr. was tasked with starting the first train.
He was supposed to turn over the controls to a conductor, but driving the train was just too enticing. The mayor drove from City Hall all the way to 103rd Street.  The trip included an abrupt stop, which threw passengers forward, and warnings of “slower here — slower!” and “easy for the curve” as he barreled down the tracks.

At one point, the mayor was asked, “Don’t you want the motorman to take hold?”

“No, sir!” the mayor said. “I’m running this train!”

The trains have gotten a lot nicer and hopefully the driving has improved.

It’s supposed to be cold.  Let’s me inside at the 72 Street Station.  Our first destination will be the uptown platform on the uptown platform. Sketch anything that grabs you.  After an hour we’ll take the train to the next stop - to 86th Street, and then an hour later we’ll go to the last stop on 96th Street.  Each station has different art.

When:  Saturday.  Meet at 11 AM

Where:  Inside - the Second Avenue Subway at 72 Street.  Our eventual destination is the uptown side.

How:  The new portion of the subway is an extension of the Q Line which can be found at Times Square and also the Herald Square station.

-  11 AM Meet at the 72 St station (inside)

-  12:15 Travel one stop north to 86 St.

-  Lunch:  12:30 Bring your own or pickup up food at the Fairway Market  240 East 86 St (leaving will cost an additional subway fare)

-  1:45 Travel one stop north to 96 St. to continue sketching

-  Show and Tell: 3:00 PM at the Drunken Munkey NYC at 338 E 92nd St (b/t 1st Ave & 2nd Ave) where we will share drawings, good stories and and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.


  • Bring a stool if you own one, it makes sketching comfortable in a setting like this.
  • Call or text (973-809-9128) if you can't find us  - we'll talk you to the group
  • Bring your own lunch it's cheaper and provides more sketching time.
  • Say hello to anyone you see sketching, they are undoubtably with us!

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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.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Weekday Sketchers Go HOT

(Go to Hot Houses that is)

Winter is here but Urban Sketchers are HOT.  This week we go indoors to the Hot Houses at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. With several different environments from desert to tropical we should be busy for hours.  Get your green paint out of winter storage and come along!  

The prediction is for a temps in the high 40's, allowing for some outdoor sketching for the hale and hearty among us. There is a cafe in the Atrium for lunch or bring your own.  Bring a stool. Admission is free durning weekdays in the winter. 

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TIME: 10:30

We will meet at 10:30 in the central court between all the hot houses. Then each person can move to the location they like best. We will meet for lunch at 12:30 back in the Central Court.  There is a cafe in the Atrium.



NOTE: the hot houses are along Washington Ave.  If you walk around to the back of the Brooklyn Museum when you get out of the subway and walk across the parking lot, there is an entrance to the BBG.  Walk past the Japanese Gardens to the green houses. 

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

Thursday, December 29, 2016


Coming in 2017 we will have wonderful opportunities to sketch together.  Here are two dates to put on your calendar.

Wednesday January 4th:  

As mentioned, we will be mixing up the meeting dates for the Weekday Sketch Sessions in the new year.  Watch for the location in the next post.

Thursday January 12th: Chinese Brush Painting Workshop

One of our own sketchers, Victoria Chang, will conduct a two hour workshop on how to use the ancient art of Chinese Brush painting in traditional and contemporary creations.  After a demo all will have the opportunity to try their hand using this very expressive art form.  

Thanks to the New York Public Library for allowing us to use a classroom in the new 53rd Street Branch directly across the street from MOMA.

The program is free but space is limited. We can accommodate only 25 people, so please RSVP to Raylie Dunkel at Details on meeting time, materials list and exact location will be sent to all who register for the program. 

Monday, December 19, 2016


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There will be a short break in the schedule for the Weekday Urban Sketchers.  We will resume meeting again the first week in January.   Watch for the postings about scheduled events, workshops and sketch crawls on either Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. 

No matter what you celebrate this season, do it with gusto and joy.  Let the New Year bring us the ability and energy to accomplish wonderful things, create beautiful pictures and deepen our friendships.