Monday, November 11, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch Endlessly ...

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... well, almost. 

New York's High School of Art and Design is holding their Draw-A-Thon fundraiser this coming Saturday November 16th.  It's not exactly Urban Sketching but is a great way to sharpen the skills we need.  We also love the High School.  Many of our sketchers are graduates and the school provides the location for our annual Portrait Party.  It's a great event that we can help make even more successful.

The Draw-A-Thon attracts artists and art fans from all over the city, including professional artists, illustrators and rank amateurs, all happily sketching together.  It's nine straight hours of sketching, with loads of models offering fast poses and slow, as well as interesting costumes and classically naked poses.

Best news, you can save $5.00 by purchasing your ticket in advance (see link below).  The event runs from 10 AM to 7 PM. Come when you want, stay as late as you like.   Pizza is served at the end as they draw tickets for door prizes.

The High School of Art and Design is located at 245 East 56th Street, between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)

Hope to see you there: 

Click to save money by purchasing your ticket in advance:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-and-design-draw-a-thon-fundraiser-12-tickets-75412748561?aff=ebdssbdestsearch



Sunday, November 10, 2019



Weekday Sketchers at American Folk Art Museum and Juilliard Concert Wednesday


Join us this week for a double-header.
The American Folk Art Museum and a Juilliard Concert in Alice Tully Hall. 


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    Untitled (l’Amérique Stubborn Président) 
    Aloïse Corbaz 

The American Folk Art Museum on Lincoln is dedicated to the self taught American artist.   The current exhibition,  is the private collection of Audrey B. Heckler,  is a display of works by more than 70 artists paired with artists' statements, histories and works from the museum's archives that offers a deeper perspective of he works. The works are considered "memory palaces", or visualizations of the artists stories.  Come and capture the works on display or create your own mental landscape triggered by the exhibition.





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After our morning in the museum we will move across the street to Alice Tully Hall for lunch in the atrium (bring your own or purchase it there) and then attend and sketch the Juilliard Chamber Concert at 1:00 PM. Since the morning session will be short because the museum opens at 11:30, we can return to the museum after the concert ends at 2:00 PM.   Both the museum and the concert are free. 

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net.  Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-978-6387.  Bring a stool for the museum. 


DATE: WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2019

STARTING TIME: 11:30 AM (MUSEUM OPENS AT 11:30) 

LOCATION:  AMERICAN FOLK ART 
                         2 Lincoln Square
                       ( Columbus Ave between 65 and 66th Street)

TRANSPORTATION: 1 Train to 66th Street, Lincoln Center






Wednesday, November 6, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the Morgan


I think we've crossed the line.  Summer is definitely over and it feels like we only have the colder portion of autumn remaining. That means less outdoors and more indoors for the coming months.

John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal


People are talking about the Sargent show at the Morgan.  The charcoals are apparently stunning and something that must be seen.  We'll be spending the day at the museum - lots to see in a truly incredible space.

Guercino: Virtuoso Draftsman

DETAILS

WHEN:  This Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10 AM

The Museum Cafeteria
WHERE: The Morgan Library & Museum at 225 Madison Avenue at East 36th Street

Admission:
-   $22 Adults
-   $14 Seniors (65 and over)
-   $13 Students (with current ID)


HOW:
By subway: No. 6 to 33d Street; No. 4, 5, 6 or 7 to Grand Central
B, D, F, Q to 42d Street

By bus: M2, M3, M4, Q32 to 36th Street

Other:
-   PATH to 33d Street
-   Public parking available nearby
-   Citi Bike at 37th Street and 5th Avenue

LUNCH12:00  Noon - Bring your own or purchase food from the cafeteria.  There are other food options in the neighborhood.

AFTERNOON1 PM - Back to sketching

SHOW and TELL3 PM.  We'll meet in the museum cafeteria to share our day's drawings and tell stories. 


NOTES:
The Museum's Published Policy:  While pencils, sketchbooks, and notebooks are allowed, no pens, ink, paints, markers, easels, or stools are permitted.
-   Sitting on the floor while sketching or taking notes is not permitted. 

(In the past I've found these rules are generally not enforced.  I suspect the big no-no would be setting up an easel.  I plan to bring my stool.  I've used it in the past while sketching.  However, if a guard says "no",  I plan on quickly complying with whatever rules they want to enforce.)

 

If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

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





Monday, November 4, 2019

SATURDAY: Westchester Sketchers at the Neuberger Museum


November 9th 




The Neuberger Museum of Art, located at the heart of Purchase College, SUNY, is a vital cultural resource of modern, contemporary, and African art for Westchester County, NY and beyond. From the mid-century American art and African art that form the core of the collection to the presentation of contemporary art, the museum continues the commitment of founding patron Roy R. Neuberger (1903-2010) by championing the art of our time.

Current exhibitions include:

Threnody (1973-74) is a 250-foot-wide site-specific painting created by American artist Cleve Gray for the opening of the Neuberger Museum of Art.


Yto Barrada: The Dye Garden, winner of the Roy R. Neuberger Prize for 2019.

Then and Now: Modern and Contemporary Selections from the Permanent Collection.

“Art Got into Me”: The Work of Engels the Artist


DETAILS: 

DATE: SATURDAY, November 9, 2019. 
Start time: 12:00 Noon 
Note: Museum hours are 12-5 PM.

LOCATION: 
Neuberger Museum of ArtPurchase College
State University of New York
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577-1400
To speak with an operator, please call: 914-251-6100 Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
914-251-6117 Saturday - Sunday, 12 noon - 5 pm

Admission
General Public - $5
Seniors 62 - $3
Free to Members of Fairfield/Westchester Museum Alliance institutions


Transportation from NYC: Use the Harlem Line of the Metro-North Railroad to arrive in White Plains. Taxicabs are readily available for hire to Purchase College. Please call (800) METRO-INFO or visit http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/mnr for schedule and fare information. To arrange for pick up, please contact Marianne (mmiloff515@gmail.com)

LUNCH: Due to our later start, we will not break for lunch. Please bring a snack/lunch to have if you get hungry. Options at the Museum Store are limited.

SHOW and TELL: 3:00 PM. We will share our drawings and tell stories. This is the social part of our day and not to be missed.

NOTES:
- Stools will be available from the Museum


Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman cathygutterman@verizon.net


Looking for us? 
Call/text: Cathy at (914) 625-0766 or Marianne at (914) 355-6507. 



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


Sunday, November 3, 2019




Weekday Sketchers at Green-Wood Cemetery WEDNESDAY



LET'S TRY THIS AGAIN!  

Halloween is over and the decorations are gone but the tombs, trees and scenery is still there. 


Cemeteries are natural haunts (excuse the pun) for Halloween,  and  Green-Wood does it up big time.




Because they stage a major event on Halloween night the trappings of the events are  in the trees and on the grounds.  Join us for a romp through this Victorian gem to find the spookiest scenes for our sketchbooks. Not interested in the Halloween hoopla, then concentrate on the wonderful Victorian funerary artifacts,  mausoleums, landscapes and beautiful trees.  


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Bring a stool, your fall colors and ghost repellent.  We will have lunch on the grounds. Bring Lundh with you or purchase something in the neighborhood.  (Suggestion: Baked in Brooklyn, a training program for artisanal baking, is directly across from the entrance.  Great breads, sweets, coffee and sandwiches.  Supports a good cause too).  

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




DATE: WEDNESDAY, November 6, 2019

STARTING TIME:  10:30 AM



LOCATION:   GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY 
                        5th Avenue at 25th Street BROOKLYN


  NOTE: WE WILL MEET JUST INSIDE THE GATES THEN FAN OUT FOR SKETCHING 

LOCATION:  Greenwood Cemetery
                        5th Avenue at 25th Street BROOKLYN

TRANSPORTATION: R train to 25th St Station on 4th Ave.  Come up to the street level and walk one block uphill to the cemetery. 


Thursday, October 31, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch Fort Greene Park




Stunning Fall Colors at Fort Green Park

Many thanks!  This sketch event was 
suggested and researched by Julie Kessler

The Prison Ship
Martyrs’ Monument
Fort Greene's history is rife with important names--Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Greene, Frederick Law Olmsted, Calvert Vaux, William Howard Taft, and McKim, Mead and White, to name a few--hinting at the important role the park has played in the city's history. Originally the site of forts built for the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, the community surrounding the land started using it as public space shortly after the threat of the War of 1812 passed. By 1847, it was designated a park (Brooklyn's first), and twenty years later, famed landscape architects Olmsted and Vaux began designing its new layout. In 1897, the park, formerly known as Washington Park, received its name.

The park includes part of the high ground where the Continental Army built fortifications prior to the Battle of Long Island, during the early days of the American Revolutionary War. The site was chosen and construction supervised by General Nathanael Greene; it was named Fort Putnam. During the War of 1812, when the possibility of a British invasion led to the re-use of the site for defense, the newly rebuilt fortification was named Fort Greene in his honor.

After the fort's military use had waned, poet Walt Whitman, then the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, was a strong advocate of reclaiming the space for use as a public park.[2] The City of Brooklyn had, by 1842, bought property around the fort from the Cowenhoven family, and in 1847 created what was then called Washington Park, Brooklyn's second park,[1] after Commodore Barry Park.

In 1867, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Central Park and Prospect Park, prepared a plan for the redesign of the park, the name of which name was changed to Fort Greene Park.

A neighborhood of beautiful brownstones


DETAILS

WHEN:   This coming Saturday, November 2, 2019 we'll meet at 10 AM. Sleeping late?  Come anyway, we'll be there!

WHERE: Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park.  We will meet at the corners of Myrtle and Washington.  If you come late, anyone with a sketchbook is almost certainly with NYC Urban Sketchers  (see map below).

HOW: There are loads of subways that stop within a few blocks of the park, including:
   A - C trains to Lafayette Avenue
   G - train to Fulton St
   2, 3, 4 or 5 trains to Nevins
   A, C or G trains to Hoyt Schermerhorn
   2 or 3  trains to Hoyt
   R or W trains to Jay St / Metrotech

LUNCH:  12:00  Noon - Bring your own or take advantage of the many shops and deli's in the area.  We will pick an area of the park where we'll eat outdoors.

AFTERNOON:  1 PM - Back to sketching

SHOW and TELL:  3 PM.  We'll meet outdoors - probably at our lunch spot to share our day's drawings and tell stories.


NOTES:

-  Anticipate sun.  Bring a hat.  Sketching can be like sunbathing.  Be prepared.
-  Bring a stool if you own one. It gives you so many 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, October 30, 2019

Weekday Sketchers Schedule November & December


In an effort to help you plan to attend the events for the Weekday Sketchers, here is the schedule for November and December 2019.  Looking forward to seeing you at as many as you can make.


Wednesday November 6                    Reschedule of Greenwood Cemetery.
             Note: weather permitting we will be at Greenwood, Indoor alternative is Brooklyn Museum


Wednesday November 13                 American Folk Art Museum (Gift Giving in Self Taught Art) 
                                                          Julliard Performance at Alice Tully Hall 1:00 PM

Tuesday November 19.                     Brookfield Place, Canstruction

Week of November 25                      Thanksgiving: No meeting

Wednesday December 4                   Temple Emanuel 
                                                          (Sketch the Sanctuary and Exhibit on Barbra Streisand)


Thursday December 12,                   St Barts.  Sketch the Sanctuary and Concert at 1:15

Wednesday December 18                 The Met: Finish The Figure

There will be no other session in December....Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa 

And a very Happy New Year!     May we continue to "draw" together through art, camaraderie and peace. 






Weekday Sketchers Canceled Today


Rain Rain Go Away
All our Sketchers Want to... Draw


Enjoy this rainy day sketching indoors!


Watch for new Weekday Sketchers Schedule.

Sunday, October 27, 2019





Weekday Sketchers at Green-Wood Cemetery for Halloween



Cemeteries are natural haunts (excuse the pun) for Halloween,  and  Green-Wood does it up big time.




Because they stage a major event on Halloween night the trappings of the events are  in the trees and on the grounds.  Join us for a romp through this Victorian gem to find the spookiest scenes for our sketchbooks. Not interested in the Halloween hoopla, then concentrate on the wonderful Victorian funerary artifacts,  mausoleums, landscapes and beautiful trees.  


File:Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn-8.jpg
Brooklyn
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Bring a stool, your fall colors and ghost repellent.  We will have lunch on the grounds. Bring Lundh with you or purchase something in the neighborhood.  (Suggestion: Baked in Brooklyn, a training program for artisanal baking, is directly across from the entrance.  Great breads, sweets, coffee and sandwiches.  Supports a good cause too).  

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




DATE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2019

STARTING TIME:  10:30 AM



LOCATION:   GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY 
                        5th Avenue at 25th Street BROOKLYN


  NOTE: WE WILL MEET JUST INSIDE THE GATES THEN FAN OUT FOR SKETCHING 

LOCATION:  Greenwood Cemetery
                        5th Avenue at 25th Street BROOKLYN

TRANSPORTATION: R train to 25th St Station on 4th Ave.  Come up to the street level and walk one block uphill to the cemetery. 


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the view of the UN



We're sketching on Saturday but the day can't seem to make up its mind.  Yesterday's forecast said rain and today's calls for an overcast day, ... but no rain.  The smart move might be to play it safe, but I think there's a way we have a great day without worry.

Tudor City Greens


THE TUDOR CITY VIEW OF THE UNITED NATIONS
We think of NYC as being mostly flat, however there's a bit of a cliff overlooking the UN, with a drop of at least 30 feet.  It provides a great sketching view. 

The Sharansky Steps and the Isaiah Wall
Nearby is a lovely neighborhood park - The Tudor City Greens.  If you've never seen it it's an amazing green oasis located at the corner of 43 St there is a wonderful view of first avenue below and the United Nations. 

Leaving the park and walking to the view of the UN you'll notice a flight of stair - the SharanskySteps bring you down to First Avenue where you'll get a full view of the Isaiah Wall (from the Bible verse - Isaiah 2:4; ...they shall beat their swords into plowshares). 

It's a wonderful sketching spot and best of all of the weather turns we can easily retreat to Grand Central Station for some epic perspective sketching and loads of people bustling about for us to sketch.


DETAILS:

WHEN: We're meeting at 10 AM. Come late if you must we'll be there.

WHERE: We're meeting at Tudor City Greens an urban oasis of green located between E 43rd and E 42nd Streets  (see attached map)

*    IN CASE of RAIN:  We'll meet in Grand Central Station if it rains.   Look for us in the area between the Information Booth and the Stairs to the Apple Store.  (10 AM start)

HOW: The nearest subway is at Grand Central Station.  You can use the 4,5,6,7 or the S train.

LUNCH 12:00  Noon - Pack your own lunch or use the stores on 2nd or 3rd Avenues.  We'll eat in Tudor City Park

AFTERNOON1 PM - Back to sketching the area

SHOW and TELL3 PM.  We'll meet outdoors - probably at our lunch spot to share our day's drawings and tell stories. 


NOTES:
-  Bring a hat.  Dress in layers.  Be prepared.
-  Bring a stool if you own one. It gives you so many 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.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

FRIDAY: Westchester Sketchers at Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden

October 25th

Feel the Peace the & Wisdom of Nature at the Hammond


A visit to The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden is a chance to experience the peace of nature and the wisdom of Eastern culture, right in Westchester County.

Located in North Salem, New York, The Hammond Museum serves visitors from all over the world with Japanese art and a beautifully-preserved 3.5-acre Japanese stroll garden. Come take a walk and sketch in the gardens, or see the art on show in the museum's galleries. The museum offers changing exhibits, lectures, and programs that reflect the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures.

DETAILS: 

DATE: FRIDAY, October 25, 2019. Start time: 12 PM 
Note:  Later start time.  Museum hours: 12-4 PM.  
Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $4.

LOCATION: The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden https://www.hammondmuseum.org/
28 Deveau Road, North Salem, NY 10560-2115 Phone: 914-669-5033



DIRECTIONS: Take I-684 to Exit 7. Take Route 116 East to Salem Center. Follow signs for the Hammond Museum on June Road north until reaching Deveau Road. https://www.hammondmuseum.org/visit

Transportation from NYC: Take METRO NORTH Harlem line trains to Croton Falls. From the Croton Falls station, the museum recommends taking a Taxi or Car Service to the museum. To arrange for pick up, please contact Marianne (mmiloff515@gmail.com)

LUNCH: Since we will be starting later, we will not stop for lunch, please bring your own lunch/snack.
SHOW and TELL: 3:00 PM.  We will share our drawings and tell stories.  This is the social part of our day and not to be missed.






NOTES:
- Bring a stool if you have one.  It gives you more options.
- Dress for sunshine and cool temperatures.  
- Bring a hat, water, snack and sunscreen.

Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman cathygutterman@verizon.net


Looking for us? 
Call/text: Cathy at (914) 625-0766 or Marianne at (914) 355-6507. 



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


Sunday, October 20, 2019



Weekday Sketchers Track Street Art in Hudson Square


Image result for Hudson Square art installationThis week we explore an installation that walks the line between art and graffiti.  We will track the series of commissioned pieces that grace the builds, columns and fences along Varick Street from Canal St to West Houston.  We will meet in Alberto Capsouto Park on the small triangle between Canal, Laight and Varick Streets, which offers us a wonderful oasis from the traffic with trees, benches and a water feature.  From there we will continue up Varick Street capturing as many of the pieces as we can. 

Information on the Art Installation can be found here https://www.hudsonsquarebid.org/artwalk/.  If you click on the purple location markers on the map you will see the installations. 


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DATE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019. (note change from original schedule on Thursday October 24) 

STARTING TIME: 10:30 AM

STARTING POINT:  ALBERT CAPSOUTO PARK 
                                      Intersection of Canal, Laight and Varick Streets


TRANSPORTATION: 1. 2 train to Canal St. Station


Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net.  Looking for us? Call/Text Raylie at 201-978-6387.  

Bring a stool, lunch (or purchase it along Varick St.) and lots of colorful paint.