Wednesday, September 11, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch Governors Island



We missed our big chance to sketch guys like this by about one hundred years.  Fear not! Camp Doughboy World War I History Weekend is this weekend at Governors Island.  This is the largest free public WWI exhibition in the United States. Reenactors representing the Allies and Central Powers — as well as civilians in Edwardian-era attire — are invited living history participants. It's also the centennial of the service members returning to Governors Island from World War I.  See history come alive - and be there with your sketch pad.



Governors Island also has stunning views of the NYC skyline.  You can also stand on the exact spot where the car insurance commercials are filmed - the ones that feature the Statue of Liberty?



DETAILS:
What
We're going to spend the day sketching at Governors Island.

When:
This Saturday, September, 14, 2019   We're taking the 11 AM Ferry.  Not a morning person?  Hey, come anyway - whenever. Bring the contact phone number so you can find us.

Where
Governors Island - Only reachable by Ferry (don't forget to sketch the ferry ride). The Governors Island ferry departs from the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan.  Visitors disembark at Soissons Landing

How
Passengers ride free on Saturdays and Sundays before noon.  After that ferry tickets are $3 per with discounts for Seniors and Students.

Possible subways include:
-   1 at South Ferry from westside of Manhattan. You can take the 2 or 3 express train to Chambers Street. Please be in the first 5 cars. Any cars behind the conductor can not unload at South Ferry.

-   R at Whitehall from Forest Hill, Queens, midtown Manhattan, Coney Island, Brooklyn

-   4/5 at Bowling Green near

From Manhattan:
Ferries leave from the Battery Maritime Building, on the corner of South and Whitehall Streets. (departs every 30 minutes until 5:30)

From Brooklyn:
Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 at the foot of Atlantic Avenue. (departs every hour)

Lunch1:00 PM - We'll break for lunch and socializing with some sketching thrown in (of course).  Although the concessions have great food the lines are long. Bringing a picnic lunch might be good.  We will probably eat at Colonel's Row (see map). That will be confirmed once we're there.

Afternoon:  1:45 - Back to sketching

Show and Tell:  3:00 - To share drawings, good stories.  We'll meet at the lunch spot.

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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.



Wednesday, September 4, 2019

SUNDAY: Sketch Coney Island


What is more New York than Coney Island?

We've got ocean.  We've got sand.  We've got rides, and families, sunbathers, swimmers, vendors, food, ice cream, hot dogs, cotton candy, frisbee players, picnickers,  sea gulls trying to steal food from the picnics, artwork, murals, freakshows, and airplanes dragging long advertising banners.  

 If you're a sketcher trying to capture a little of the world around us, ... what's not to like? 



Caution:  Although it appears we'll have a great day for our Coney Island sketch, but we'll be watching the weather.  We'll post any changes to our Sunday plans to our blog, our Facebook Group and in an email blast.



DETAILS

WHEN:   Meet this coming Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM.  Sleeping late?  Come anyway, call or text me (see contact info below) to find us.

WHERE:   Meet at the corner of West 12 and Surf -  by the FreakBar

LUNCH:  12:00 PM - Noon - Loads of choices including bring your own- or purchase from vendors.  We'll decide on a good spot to eat together.

AFTERNOON:  1:00 PM - Back to sketching.

SHOW AND TELL:  3:00 PM - The social part of our day, where we'll share sketches and good stories.  Most likely we'll meet where we had lunch

NOTE:
-  Bring a hat!  There is NO SHADE.  Sketching can easily turn into a day of unexpected sunbathing.
-    Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you so many more options.

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

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





Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Weekday Sketchers Schedule September/October


Here is a list of sketch dates and site for September and October.  Please note that dates and locations can change due to weather and circumstances. Please check the blog post or facebook for the weekly announcements.


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2019            Chinese Scholar's Garden Snug Harbor SI

TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY SEPT 10/11.         TRIP TO MYSTIC SEAPORT

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2019           Pier 15 plus sculptures by Seaport

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2019               Pulitzer Fountain in front of Plaza Hotel 

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2 2019                   Concrete Park, Bronx NY

THURSDAY OCTOBER 10, 2019                    DUMBO, Climbing walls and TONY balcony views

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16, 2019             Harriet the Hippo & City in the Grass, Flatiron Plaza

THURSDAY OCTOBER 24, 2019                  Hudson Square Sculptures on Varick St

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30, 2019              Greenwood Cemetery Halloween decor

Friday, August 30, 2019



Weekday Sketchers at Chinese Scholars Garden Wednesday


Can you get to China by Ferry?


NOTE:  Since we couldn't go this past Wednesday, let's try again for next Wednesday September 4, 2019

Yes, you can!  Join us on Wednesday and travel to China via the Staten Island Ferry. Well, at least to a garden in Snug Harbor that is as close as you can get to the experience of being in China without actually going there.  

Fabricated in Suzhou, China and brought to Staten Island, this oasis is based on Ming Dynasty gardens dating from 1369 - 1644, and features magnificent rocks resembling mountains, Koi ponds, waterfalls, a bamboo forest, a moon gate and eight pavilions.  You will leave feeling that more than one trip is needed to capture the beauty and intricacy of this lovely garden. 

For more information about the garden, click here: https://snug-harbor.org/botanical-garden/new-york-chinese-scholars-garden/

For information about Snug Harbor which offers many other drawing possibilities, click here: https://snug-harbor.org

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DATE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2019
STARTING TIME: 9:45 at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal (See note below for more information)
LOCATION: CHINESE SCHOLARS GARDEN, SNUG HARBOR 
                   1000 RICHMOND TERRACE, STATEN ISLAND , NY
TRANSPORTATION:  Staten Island Ferry to Staten Island then take the S40 bus to Snug Harbor.
STARTING TIME AND MEET UP INFORMATION: 
We will meet at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in lower Manhattan at 9:45 to take the 10:00 Ferry to Staten Island.  We will then take the S40 bus to Snug Harbor ( a 10 minute ride). If you want to come later, just follow these directions and meet us there. 
NOTE:  The Garden is open from noon to 5 PM. We will be arriving in plenty of time to get tickets and walk through Snug Harbor, have lunch and be at the Garden when it opens.  Entrance to Snug Harbor is free but there is a $5 entrance ($4. for Seniors) to the garden. Food is available at Snug Harbor or bring your own lunch. 
Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net.  Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6387.




Wednesday, August 28, 2019

SUNDAY: Sketch Oyster Bay



Our Third Annual Oyster Bay Urban Sketching Day.

Come out to Oyster Bay this weekend and step back in time to an old quaint seafaring village. Beautiful historic register architecture. Streets lined with lamp posts and baskets of flowers.  Billy Joel's storefront motorcycle museum, 20th Century Cycles and an amazing waterfront all within walking distance of the LIRR Oyster Bay Station.


DETAILS

WHEN: 10am Sunday September 1st.  (As Always, wake up late? Come anyway!)

WHERE: meet at 10am at the Gazebo on Audrey Avenue (next to the post office)

HOW : LIRR train to Oyster Bay leaves at 8:33am from Penn Station
              or
https://maps.app.goo.gl/cLDwVDfNQnkCCXfs7

LUNCH:  12:00  Noon - You can bring your lunch or there are many eateries and a small grocery store in town.

AFTERNOON:  1 PM - Back to sketching the town


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 full 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. 

If you can’t find us
call or text your hostess Suzala at 516 238-0220.

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



Tuesday, August 27, 2019

ATTENTION:

WEEKDAY SKETCHERS CHANGE OF VENUE

THIS WEDNESDAY THERE WILL BE A FILM SHOOT AT THE CHINESE SCHOLARS GARDEN ON STATEN ISLAND.  WE WILL GO TO HOOKEN TERMINAL INSTEAD. SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS

Hoboken Terminal and the adjacent Pier A Park offers us opportunities to sketch an historic landmark building AND beautiful Hudson River View.   Want to explore a bit more, walk to the man-made island that is home to a wonderful children's park.  We will have lunch on the pier, bring it or buy it at any of the many, many Hoboken foodie spots. 










DATE: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28, 2019

LOCATION:  HOBOKEN TERMINAL
                    NOTE: We will meet in Pier A Park just north of the Terminal

START TIME: 10:30 AM

TRANSPORTATION:  TAKE THE Ferry or PATH TO HOBOKEN.Exit the terminal building and turn right (north) to get to Pier A Park.  We will meet at the entrance by the fountain. 


Looking for us?  Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6387

NOTE:  In case of rain we will move into the terminal to sketch the beautiful waiting room with the Tiffany Ceiling, chandlers, stained glass and staircases. 

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Westchester Sketchers at Lyndhurst Thursday



August 29th

Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York, is Lyndhurst, one of America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions. Designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, its architectural brilliance is complemented by the park-like landscape of the estate and a comprehensive collection of original decorative arts. Its noteworthy occupants included: former New York City mayor William Paulding, merchant George Merritt, and railroad tycoon Jay Gould.

DETAILS:


LOCATION: Lyndhurst 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591 http://lyndhurst.org/ Phone: 914-631-4481.
NOTE: Meet by the Welcome Center. Use the upper parking lot. There is a $5.00 per person grounds fee.

DATE: THURSDAY August 29th. Start time 10:00 AM. We will meet by the Welcome Center.
NOTE: Park in the upper parking lot. There is a $5.00 per person grounds fee. (The grounds open at 9:00 AM).

DIRECTIONS: Lyndhurst is located one-half mile south of the Tappan Zee bridge on Route 9. It is approximately 24 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. For more detailed directions see: http://lyndhurst.org/visitlyndhurst/directions-car-train/


TRANSPORTATION from NYC: Take the Metro North – Hudson Line north to Tarrytown. Please contact Marianne (phone number below) if you would like to someone to meet the train and provide a ride from the station. Taxis are available at the train station. Please notify your driver to drop you off at the Welcome Center within the Lyndhurst property. The Welcome Center is a half mile from the main entrance.



LUNCH: 12:30 PM. We will have lunch by the picnic tables by the Welcome Center. Bring your own or purchase from the Museum Shop. Light snacks and refreshments are available at the shop

SHOW and TELL: Following lunch, 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. Bring a hat, water and sunscreen.












Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman

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.








Weekday Sketchers at Chinese Scholars Garden Wednesday


Can you get to China by Ferry?


NOTE:  Since we couldn't go this past Wednesday, let's try again for next Wednesday September 4, 2019

Yes, you can!  Join us on Wednesday and travel to China via the Staten Island Ferry. Well, at least to a garden in Snug Harbor that is as close as you can get to the experience of being in China without actually going there.  

Fabricated in Suzhou, China and brought to Staten Island, this oasis is based on Ming Dynasty gardens dating from 1369 - 1644, and features magnificent rocks resembling mountains, Koi ponds, waterfalls, a bamboo forest, a moon gate and eight pavilions.  You will leave feeling that more than one trip is needed to capture the beauty and intricacy of this lovely garden. 

For more information about the garden, click here: https://snug-harbor.org/botanical-garden/new-york-chinese-scholars-garden/

For information about Snug Harbor which offers many other drawing possibilities, click here: https://snug-harbor.org

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DATE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2019
STARTING TIME: 9:45 at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal (See note below for more information)
LOCATION: CHINESE SCHOLARS GARDEN, SNUG HARBOR 
                   1000 RICHMOND TERRACE, STATEN ISLAND , NY
TRANSPORTATION:  Staten Island Ferry to Staten Island then take the S40 bus to Snug Harbor.
STARTING TIME AND MEET UP INFORMATION: 
We will meet at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in lower Manhattan at 9:45 to take the 10:00 Ferry to Staten Island.  We will then take the S40 bus to Snug Harbor ( a 10 minute ride). If you want to come later, just follow these directions and meet us there. 
NOTE:  The Garden is open from noon to 5 PM. We will be arriving in plenty of time to get tickets and walk through Snug Harbor, have lunch and be at the Garden when it opens.  Entrance to Snug Harbor is free but there is a $5 entrance ($4. for Seniors) to the garden. Food is available at Snug Harbor or bring your own lunch. 
Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net.  Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6487




Wednesday, August 21, 2019

SUNDAY: Sketch Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza

Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY


The same team that designed Central Park - Olmsted and Vaux designed the complex now known as Grand Army Plaza.  It the official entrance to Prospect Park and it connects the park with the surrounding grand streets.  One of those European style grand streets is Eastern Parkway, the nation's first parkway.  It leads directly to Queens.  The other grand street is Flatbush Avenue which is the Broadway of Brooklyn, cutting through nearly the entire borough.

The Fountain in the Center of Grand Army Plaza

Growing up in Brooklyn I knew Grand Army Plaza because it was on the main route to Manhattan.  It was a place you passed through.  It's odd to return and not hurry through the area.  Join me sketching the area - slowly and leisurely. It's a pleasing view an easy subject for inspiration.


DETAILS

WHERE:  Meet by the fountain at the center of Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza (see map below)

Consider sketching the
Library's incredible doors.
WHEN:  Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 10 AM.  Sleeping late?  No problem, we'll be there.

HOW:  The 2 or the 3 train look like the best bet.  Parking in the neighborhood is challenging, but not impossible.

LUNCH:  12:00  Noon - Bring  your own or buy from vendors and stores in the area.  We'll be dining together al fresco by the fountain.

AFTERNOON:  Back to drawing around 1 PM.

SHOW & TELL 3 PM.  We'll meet outdoors at our lunch spot to share our day's drawings and tell stories.  Maybe we'll even discuss art supplies.
TELL: 


NOTES:

-  Anticipate full 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.  If you don't own one, there are many models.  Ask your fellow sketcher to try their's so you get an idea of what work's best for you.

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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.