Tuesday, June 25, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the Meer

This event is hosted by Julie Kessler

Join us exploring and sketching Central Park's Harlem Meer

Harlem Meer ("meer" is Dutch for "lake") occupies the northeast corner of the park. It lies west of Fifth Avenue, south of 110th Street, and north of the Conservatory Garden. The Meer has a meandering shoreline that wraps around the bluff that contains the remains of gun emplacements erected for the War of 1812. It encompasses an area that's 11 acres (45,000 m2) in size.

For history buffs and the curious this section of the park were added to the original park site, which originally ended at 106th Street. The Meer, as Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the designers of Central Park, named it, was excavated at the lowest-lying section of the park, a semi-brackish, partly tidal wetland, which drained s l o w l y into the East River. It separated the former suburb of Harlem to the north from the lower part of Manhattan Island. To avoid the swamp, the Boston Post Road (which is mostly what we now know as Broadway) detoured westwards into the future park site.

For your sketching pleasure:  There are people fishing, people sitting on benches, and families hanging out. There's the quaint looking Dana A. Discovery Center (with bathrooms). The Conservatory Gardens just south of Harlem Meer (with more bathrooms) is a real treat.


WHERE:  Meet by the Dana Discovery Center.  In the northeast corner of Central Park (see photos and map).

WHENSaturday, June 29th at 10 AM.  Sleeping late? Come anyway, we'll be there.

HOW:  Subways are a good choice.

LUNCH12:00 Noon - We'll eat together in the area around the Discovery Center.  There are limited food choices in the area, and some vendors.  A good strategy might include bringing your own food and drink.

Afternoon1 PM  Back to sketching the Harlem Meer.

Show and Tell3 PM - The social part of our day and not to be missed.   Meet at the Discovery Center, where we'll share our sketches and good stories.

_    Bring a hat!  Sketching can easily turn into a day of unexpected sunbathing.
-    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 Julie at 646-704-2760

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

Monday, June 24, 2019

Weekday Sketcher Canceled for Tuesday

How to spend a rainy day in Shimla?


The Weekday Sketchers event in the plaza in front of The Plaza is cancelled due to rain.  Perhaps try this as a painting prompt while sitting indoors....try drawing rain drops and drops of water....it isn't as easy as it sounds.

Note: There will be NO Weekday Session next week due to the 4th of July Holiday.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at the Plaza in front of the Plaza Tues

Some facts you might not know about the plaza in front of the Plaza:

  • It is called Grand Army Plaza
  • The fountain is called the Pulitzer Fountain after Joseph Pulitzer who left $50K in his will to have it built.
  • There is an equestrian statue dedicated to General Willian Tecumseh Sherman
  • And.....there is now a giant tilted head sitting in the middle of it!
Join us this week to capture all of this including beautiful scenes of the Plaza with the greenery of the trees in from of it.  After lunch we can wander into Central Park to capture yet another bridge in Central Park:  the Capstow Bridge over The Pond.  (Might even find that beautiful Asian Duck that go so much PR last year?!)

Extra credit given for anyone who can name the statue on top of the Pulitzer Fountain!

The Tilted Head

Willian Tecumseh Sherman
Pulitzer Fountain

Gapstow Bridge over the Pond, Central Park, Manhattan, New York City
Comstock Bridge

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net.  Bring a stool, lunch and a hat.  Looking for us?  Call Aaron Liebowitz at 516 449 5958.



                       5TH AVE AND 58TH/59TH STREETS

TRANSPORTATION:N, R, W to 5th AVE/59th St Station.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the Gugg

As artists we often approach museums like children opening up presents. We're so excited to see the contents. But the truth is museum buildings themselves are often art objects worth of study and sketching. Fortunately in NYC we have a Mile of Museums which we'll be visiting this Saturday.

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

Our first stop will be the Guggenheim Museum.  To sketch this unique structure you need to be across the street to take in the full view.  Our sketch possibilities for the day include:

Graffiti Hall of Fame 

  • Neue Galerie - Fifth Avenue and 86th St.
  • The Guggenheim Museum - Fifth Ave and E88th St.
  • Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum - Fifth Avenue and E91st St
  • The Jewish Museum - Fifth Avenue and 92nd St.
  • Museum of the City of New York - Fifth Ave and E104th St.
  • El Museo del Barrio - Fifth Avenue and E105th St.
  • Graffiti Hall of Fame  (outdoor display at E106 and Park Ave)

Where:  Meet at the place where we have the best view of the Guggenheim -  Fifth Avenue between E87-88th on the Park side of the street.

When:   This Saturday June 22nd.  We'll start at 10 AM.  Sleeping late? Come anyway, we'll be there.

Lunch12 - Noon.  Bring your own, or purchase from vendors.  We'll meet at the entrance to Central Park at Fifth Ave. and 90th Street.  (Known as the Engineer's Gate). We'll walk in and find a place to eat together.

Afternoon1 PM.  Back to sketching those wonderful buildings.

Show and Tell:  3 PM  Back to the lunch spot to share drawings and tell stories. This is the social part of our day and not to be missed.

-   Bring a stool if you have one.  It gives you more options.
-   Dress for sunshine.  Sketching can easily turn into a day of unexpected sunbathing.

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, June 18, 2019

Weekday Sketchers Canceled for Wednesday

How to spend a rainy day in Shimla?

Rain, rain and more rain in the forecast.  Not a good day for sketching outdoors.  
Looking forward to seeing you next week at the meet up on Tuesday June 25th.

Westchester Sketchers at the Pines Bridge Monument in Yorktown Railroad Park, SATURDAY June 22nd

Our fellow sketcher, Sonia Idelson has invited us to sketch the recently inaugurated Pines Bridge Monument in Yorktown Heights, NY. 

This monument pays tribute to the members of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment who died defending the Pines Bridge Pass over the Croton River during the Revolutionary War. The heroic sculpture, by nationally noted sculptor Jay Warren of Oregon, depicts Colonel Christopher Greene, the legendary commander of the regiment. 

Two soldiers fight beside him, an African American and a Native American, all doomed to perish in the brief and desperate battle. The monument is designed to reflect that diversity, and is the first Revolutionary War memorial to depict all three races together in combat.

The Pines Bridge monument is located in the Yorktown Railroad Park by the North County Trail and near the site of a former railroad station on the Putnam Line in Yorktown Heights, NY.  This quaint wooden building offers more sketching opportunities


Where: Yorktown Railroad Park, Commerce St, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

When: Saturday, June 22nd, 10:30 AM. We'll meet by the monument.

Directions:  From the Taconic North, take the Underhill exit, make a right and go about 2 miles, pass 2 traffic lights, the park is on the right. https://goo.gl/maps/VST4oDPtuxoLP5Sk9 The site has parking by the North County Trail, or you can park in the strip mall across the street.
Transportation from NYC: Marianne has offered to pick up people at the Metro-North Mamaroneck station and bring them to the park. If interested, please call Marianne at 914-355-6507.

Lunch: 1:00 PM It's probably best to bring your own lunch and water, but there are nearby options nearby where you can pick up something. Location TBD.

Show & Tell: After lunch we will share stories and sketches during the social part of our day.

Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman  cathygutterman @verizon.net 
Looking for us?  Call Cathy at 914-625-0766 or Marianne at 914-355-6507

- It may be breezy - you may want to bring a light jacket and a hat.
- There are benches in the park, but a stool can offer more options.

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

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Lighthouse Museum (Redux) 

In February a hearty few Urban Sketchers made it to the Staten Island Lighthouse Museum....and then it SNOWED!  Probably one of the few storms of the winter with any accumulation.  BUT we all were taken with the Museum and the location and vowed to return in warm weather to enjoy sketching the old buildings and the views from the pier that juts out into the harbor where we will have great views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Verrazzano Bridge. 

Join us this Wednesday for a visit to a unique place in American History....the Staten Island Lighthouse Museum. This was the site of cutting edge technology that created and supported the extensive lighthouse system across America by building the lights and supplying the lighthouse keepers with fuel and supplies every 6 months. The Museum is housed in one of the original buildings on the site and there are many more to fill the pages of your sketchbooks. 

Afternoon sketching can include the views across NY Bay of lower Manhattan and the entire harbor. 

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National Lighthouse Museum, Staten Island

DATE:  WEDNESDAY, June 19, 2019


                       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: http://lighthousemuseum.org/plan-your-visit/

Please note that there is an admission fee of $5 or $4 for seniors.  There is no charge to sketch outside or on the pier. 


Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net 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.