Thursday, May 7, 2015

SATURDAY: Sketching Bethesda Fountain in Central Park

Bethesda Fountain
Central Park - New York City
May 9, 2015

Rising from Bethesda Terrace is Bethesda Fountain, with the famous Angel of the Waters statue atop. The statue references the Gospel of John, which describes an angel blessing the Pool of Bethesda and giving it healing powers. The fountain commemorates the Croton water system, which first brought fresh water to New York City in 1842. The angel carries a lily in her left hand — a symbol of the
water's purity, very important to a city that had previously suffered from a devastating cholera epidemic before the system was established. The piece is the only statue that was commissioned for the Park. Created by Emma Stebbins, it also marked the first time a woman received a public art commission in New York City.

The weather for Saturday should be beautiful.  The park will be filled with tourists, and New Yorkers hungry for the open green spaces.  Spring bird migration is at full peak and we'll be sure to see birders, photographers, other artists and lovers.

In addition to the beautiful fountain the entire terrace is sketchable. There are generally musicians playing in the tunnel leading to the fountain.  The lake has boats and is surrounded by stately trees.  Everywhere you turn there will be something interesting to sketch.


When:  We will meet at 10 AM.  Sleeping late?   Come anyway.  Take the contact number so you can find us.

Where:  We'll be at the Bethesda Fountain.  It's at about 72nd Street half way between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West.
  - By Subway the best bet is the B or C Train to W 72 St,  The 1,2 3 3 train at W 72 St is an extra block further.  On the East side use the Hunter College stop at East 68th St.

Lunch:  We'll be pausing to eat and socialize at 12:15.  Bring food or purchase lunch from the vendors in the park.  We'll look for a peaceful shaded place where we can talk and enjoy our food.

Afternoon:  At 1:15 to 3:15 we will return to continue sketching the area.

Show and Tell:  At 3:15 walk to Riposo, 50 W 72nd St, to share drawings, good stories and a beer or wine if you're so inclined.  We have reservations with Nicole for 3:45 (929) 226-2389

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Can't find us?  
Call or Text Mark - 973-809-9128

There are no fees or attendance taken. All drawing skill levels are welcome

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