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:

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 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. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch NYC's Most Beautiful Block

Actually there are loads of candidates for this award, and, as Urban Sketchers, we are probably in an excellent position to have an informed opinion on the subject.  Come join us and see what you think.

West 10th Street (Between 5th & 6th), Greenwich Village

Just four blocks south from rowdy 14th Street, this peaceful respite lets you escape everything you’ve ever complained about in New York City. Brownstones on a beautiful, tree-lined street.  Protected by the Greenwich Village Historic District, this residential area harkens back to a time when notable residents like Mark Twain (14 W. 10th) and journalist Joseph Mitchell (44 W. 10th St.) lived here. Both ornate and simple homes line the block, many with plants creeping out windows or sprouting on rooftops, making it an urban oasis in the center of Downtown. (


WHEN:   This coming SATURDAY, June 15, 2019, at 10 AM.  Sleeping late?   Meet us there - we'll be the people who are sketching.

WHERE:   West 10th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue.  Well meet at the Church of the Ascension which is located at the north corner of 5th Avenue and West 10th Street

HOW:   Close subway stops include:
-  Union Square  4,5,6,L,N,Q,R and W trains
-  Seventh Avenue and 14th Street, 1,2 or 3 train
(See map below)

LUNCH:  12:00 Noon to 1 PM - Bring your own or purchase from the many stores and vendors in easy walking distance.  We'll eat together in the streets.  Possible alternative location to eat - the Garden at the Jefferson Market Library - one block away at 6th and 9th St.

AFTERNOON:  1 PM  Back to sketching the quiet street scenes of the West Village.

SHOW and TELL:  3 PM - We'll designate a spot on W 10th to share drawings and tell stories.

-   Bring a stool if you own one - it gives you more options.

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If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at (973) 809-9128 
or Alan at (917) 685-5748

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

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch Philadelphia

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

It's a far off place discovered by Benjamin Franklin and Rocky Balboa.  A land of artists, and historical buildings.  A place so close it seems familiar and so different it's almost another country.  Welcome to the wilds of Philadelphia, where we will be sketching this Saturday.

If you're thinking of coming - read on. . . . .
If you're definitely coming there's some important information - read on.  .  .  .  .

Our nearest cousins to the south.  This is a first-ever experiment, a bold leap for Urban Sketchers.  We'll be spending the day sketching the city of brotherly love with our friends and fellow artists  - Philadelphia Urban Sketchers (  This entire day has been planned by them for our sketching enjoyment.

If you're considering going it's going to be a full day. We're taking an 8 AM Greyhound bus at the NYC Port Authority and traveling to Philadelphia.  We'll be spending the day there including lunch and dinner together with P-USk.  We'll returning to NYC on the 7 PM bus.  Most people have purchased bus tickets in advance.

If you're driving down, meet us at the Philadelphia bus terminal at 10 AM  We'll be spending the entire day within a few blocks of the terminal, so it's a convenient spot.  Our Philadelphia hosts have prepared a map and an interesting itinerary, included below.

One important details, you will need cash to pay for dinner.  Credit cards will not be possible.

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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.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Passes for Closing Ceremony at Amsterdam Symposium

If you are going to Amsterdam this year for the Symposium AND DIDN'T purchase a pass please read the following announcement.  The venue for the closing ceremony has been changed to a larger place and tickets are now available for the closing ceremony.  There are only 350 tickets for the event so don't wait too long to purchase one if you are interested. 

CLOSING RECEPTION (July 27th, 2019)
Due to the overwhelming requests from our community, we have a new location in Amsterdam to celebrate the 10th Symposium’s Closing Reception on 27th July 2019, Saturday!

Justifiably calling itself Amsterdam’s Concert Hall of the 21st century, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ is a spectacular building which is a leading and extremely versatile international stage. As a home for contemporary classical and jazz music, linking together different functions, eras, genres and art forms, it aims to surprise and inspire a broad audience.

The Symposium Closing Reception celebrates the end of one symposium and welcomes the next, with the announcement of USk Symposium 2020's host city. Also included in the evening's program is the Silent Auction, where everyone can bid for a chance to bring an original piece of artwork home, and the Raffles Draw, where anyone can try their luck to bring home fabulous art materials, generously sponsored by event partners.
Of course, not forgetting, a wonderful evening of camaraderie amongst the urban sketchers family and their friends.

Each entry ticket is at €30 for Early Bird sale online (€35 at the door and subject to availability).
Tickets sold are non-refundable, but transferrable.

You may help us spread the news to your friends who will also be in Amsterdam but will not be joining as a participant with Symposium Pass. This is a chance for us to celebrate together.
Ticketing site:

Attention : Entry to Closing Reception is included for Symposium Pass holders, Faculty, Staff and Volunteers with official Symposium name tags. Just present your Symposium tags at entrance. 


Visit for more Symposium information.

See you in Amsterdam!  #uskamsterdam2019

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Gantry Park, Queens

And just what is a gantry anyway??

To find the answer to the question join us this week at the Gantry Park in Queens for an up close and personal view of the gantries, the iconic Coca-Cola sign and wonderful views of the Manhattan's east side. Lots of green lawns, benches and sketching opportunities as we explore another wonderful park that was reclaimed from the city's old industrial waterfront  Bring lunch, a hat and sunscreen for a day along the East River. 

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                           4-09 47th Rd. Long Island City Queens
TRANSPORTATION:  7 train to Jackson Ave/Vernon Blvd station.  Walk west three blocks from the station to the park.

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call/Text Raylie at 201-978-6387

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