Tuesday, September 21, 2021

SUNDAY: Sketch Governors Island


A boat ride across New York Harbor 
with views people travel thousands of miles to see,
fresh ai​​r,​ on a small island - filled with surprises.

Governors Island, a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor,
is only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn.  
It feels like an adventure getting there 
and the island itself is filled with sketchable sites and views

During the morning we are going to focus on the interior of the island focusing on the Colonels Row area.   In the afternoon we’ll be painting the views from the harbor including the Statue of Liberty and the Wall Street area harbor view.


When:   This Sunday, September 26, 2021.  I'll be waiting on line to take the 10 AM ​free ​ferry.  There are two more free trips, at 10:40 AM and 11:20 AM.  After that round trip tickets cost $3.  If you come ​after the first ferry bring my phone number - text or call to find out where we are.

IMPORTANT:  You need to purchase or get your free tickets in advance.  Yes you need to be able to show your FREE ticket.  

You can reserve your space on the ferry at the Governors Island website:  

NOTICE:  NYC Ferry riders are required to wear a mask or face covering while onboard, even on the upper deck.  Arrive 15 minutes prior to your ferry departure time with your ticket ready to display on your smartphone or printed for inspection.

Where:  The Governors Island Ferry runs from Manhattan’s Battery Maritime Building (10 South St.)

From Brooklyn
The Governors Island Ferry makes weekend trips from Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6.  The first ferry of the day leaves at 10:15 and departs hourly.

Lunch:   12:00 PM - Noon.  Meeting place will be established when we arrive.  Bring your own food or rely on the island vendors (there are several and there are always lines)

Afternoon:   1:00 PM - Back Sketching

Show and Tell:  2:30 PM  Meet at the established meeting spot where we will share stories show our drawings and probably talk about art supplies.

Leaving the Island:   We will try to be on the 3:40 PM ferry back to Manhattan.  They would like us to arrive ​at the ferry ​at 3:25 PM

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

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

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

Saturday - Sketching the Canadian Maritime Provinces

On Saturday, September 25th, let's sketch the coastal villages and National Parks of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Sound. Home to Canada's craggiest and colorful coastline, storybook lighthouses and the fiercest tides, this is a land where you can feel the full force of mother nature. Explore the Bay of Fundy, Cape Breton Island, Charlottetown & Green Gables, Halifax and many more. 


There are no fees. All drawing skills are welcome. 


Register for virtual sketching at the Eventbrite link below. The photographic references are provided at the Eventbrite site. 



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Sunday, September 19, 2021

TUESDAY: Westchester Sketchers at Glen Island Park

This 105-acre island property is connected to New Rochelle by a drawbridge built in the 1920s. After Playland, Glen Island is the second most widely used park in the County Parks system. One of Westchester’s unique jewels, it was initially developed as a summer resort by John H. Starin. The original design exhibited the five cultures of the western world on individual islands linked together with piers and causeways. Today the islands have been merged with substantial fill areas totaling 130 acres and providing a beautiful crescent shaped beach with access to the Long Island Sound.

Cannons, sculptures and castles with coursed rubble stone, arched openings and round towers still remain from the days of John Starin’s resort. The castles, reminiscent of those in Germany's Rhineland, were constructed on their present site in the late 19th century for use as a beer garden and restaurant.

The bathhouse was originally built in a Neo-Georgian style with a cupola marking the center of the front fa├žade. A courtyard looks out to the beach and is completed by a colonnade. The bridge, bridge house, seawall and castles are all eligible for listing on the Register of Historic Places.

When: Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Where: Glen Island Park, Weyman Avenue, New Rochelle 10805 

Time: 10:00 AM We'll meet in front of the castle located to the right as you enter the parking lot.

Transportation from NYC: Metro-North New Haven Line to New Rochelle Station.
The 9:07 AM off-peak train from Grand Central arrives in New Rochelle at 9:40 AM.
Please call Marianne (914-355-6507) to arrange for pick up and ride to Glen Island.

Lunch: Bring your own lunch/snack/water. We'll be picnicking together.
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 can be breezy by the water - you may want to bring a light jacket.
- There are lots of picnic tables, but a stool can offer more options.
- It's after Labor Day, so there should be no fee for parking or the need for a park pass. 
- If you encounter any problems, call Cathy or Marianne.

Friday, September 17, 2021

 Weekday Sketchers at Lighthouse Museum 

Photos at National Lighthouse Museum - St. George - 5 tipsExploring the National Lighthouse Museum on Staten Island - Uncovering New  York

Only a few blocks from the Ferry Terminal in St. George on Staten Island,  The National Lighthouse Museums is treasure trove of all things lighthouses.  Situated in a section of the waterfront, among antique buildings that is a destination in and of itself. we could have a great time sketching away the day..., BUT... there is yet another reason to go there!  Adjacent to the lighthouse is a pier that juts out into Upper New York Bay, affording us great views of the river, the Verrazzano Brooklyn, Staten Island and Manhattan.  

The Abandoned Buildings at the National Lighthouse Museum at St. George  Staten Island - Untapped New York
abandoned buildings 


STARTING TIME 10:15 AM (see notes below)


TRANSPORTATION: The R or W subway to Whitehall Street and then the Staten Island Ferry


  • We will meet inside the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at 10:15 AM in order to catch the 10:30 ferry. The museum is a 5 minute walk from the terminal.  
  • If you arrive later, just take any ferry to Staten Island and walk to the museum which is to the left of the terminal as you exit.  The ferry runs every half hour.
  • There is a fee to enter the National Lighthouse Museum. Seniors $5. Juniors $7. The American Alliance of Museums pass is accepted for free entrance.  
  • There is no charge to walk on the grounds or go on the pier.
  • Bring your lunch, a stool and sunblock. There are food vendors in the ferry terminal so you can pick up something on your way. 
  • Bathrooms are available in the museum

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Calling All Sketchers and Folk Music Lovers

Hudson West Fest

Once again NYC Urban Sketchers has been invited to sketch at the Hudson West Folk Festival in Jersey City on Saturday October  16, 2021.  The festival runs from noon to 10 PM.  You can come all day or any part of it that you like.  There is no charge to Urban Sketchers BUT you must be registered in advance. Here is a link to the site with information about the location, the performers, the workshops and the amenities at the event.  


If you would like to participate you MUST RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net. You will be notified when your name is registered with the event coordinator.  You must also show proof of vaccination at the door.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

SATURDAY: Workshop - Discover Painting with Acrylic Ink


Saturday October 2nd:  
Join Artist/Author - Missy Dunaway for 
an exciting day sketching in the park

Bring your sketchbook and acrylic inks for a day of urban sketching with artist and author Missy Dunaway. This class is a great introduction to painting with acrylic ink and working "form first." 

Missy will demonstrate how she begins a painting by breaking down a complex composition into large, simplified shapes of color, then gradually refining forms and adding detail. The lesson will focus on exaggerating the nuance of color in light, capturing accurate proportions for a realistic rendering, and breaking free from reality to heighten an evocative atmosphere that viewers can feel. Missy will begin class with a demo then go from student to student to offer personalized guidance.

Materials list: You are welcome to bring your favorite art materials from home, as the general concepts of the lesson can be applied to any media. If you would like to try something new​Missy recommend​s​ acrylic ink. Here's what's in ​her painter's box. ​Missy ​will bring extra to share.

-1 Moleskine Sketchbook (the classic sketchbook, size large)

-FW Acrylic Artist Ink by Daler Rowney
Colors: Process Cyan, Rowney Blue, Indian Yellow, Process Yellow, Flame Red, Crimson, Light Green, White
-Watercolor brushes
I use Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable Brushes. If you prefer a synthetic, I recommend Princeton Heritage Series 4050 Synthetic Sable. A range of sizes is preferred, from 2 - 10.
-I mix my colors directly on the page and do not use a palette. However, you may prefer one, and that's fine! An egg carton palette is great for a fluid medium like acrylic ink.
-I avoid spills and ensure my ink jars are safe and upright by keeping them in a painter's box. A shoebox should work just as well.


Lots more details at the Eventbrite page where 
you can register for this three hour $55 workshop:  


SATURDAY: Westchester Sketchers at Hastings Farmers Market


The Hastings Farmers Market is Westchester's premier farmers' market with the most unique and eclectic blend of farmers and food artisans.  It is located in the commuter parking lot opposite the train station.  You’ll quickly find that its slogan is true, it is the most fun you’ll have in a parking lot. This isn’t any ordinary farmers’ market—you could spend hours here.  Peach and raspberry pies, farm-fresh produce, and goods from the Hudson Valley are only the beginning.  The  market also provides music and locally made ready-to-eat foods to take home or enjoy at the picnic tables overlooking the Hudson.

Need more inspiration? The Village of Hastings offers many other things to inspire your sketches -  a library, a train station, a quaint downtown with eclectic shops and restaurants, opportunities for people-watching, plus scenic river views. 


Where: Hastings Farmers Market (Open 8:30 AM to 1 PM).
134 Southside Ave, Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 10706 https://www.hastingsfarmersmarket.org/
Located in the Zinsser Commuter Parking Lot opposite the Hastings-on-Hudson Train Station.

When: SATURDAY, September 18th. 10:00 AM.

Transportation from NYC: From Grand Central, take the Hudson Line to the Metro-North Hastings-on-Hudson station, which is right in front of the commuter parking lot.

Lunch: 1 PM Bring your own food or purchase something at the Farmers Market or in town. We'll meet at Fulton Park which is is located at 7 Maple Avenue, behind the Hasting Library.  The small park has benches and views of the Palisades and Hudson River.

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

Face coverings that shield the mouth and nose must be worn by all unvaccinated patrons.
 Bring your own food and drinking water.
- Bring a stool for more options.
- Porta potties are at the Farmers Market. Restrooms are in the Library (open until 2 PM).

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

Please R.S.V.P. to Cathy Gutterman cathygutterman@verizon.net

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

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Saturday - Sketch The Everglades "River of Grass"

"There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth, remote, never wholly known. …. The miracle of the light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slow-moving below, the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades of Florida. It is a river of grass." [Marjory Stoneman Douglas, The Everglades: River of Grass, 1947]

Grab your sketch book and join NYC Urban Sketchers this Saturday as we explore the lush and wild Florida Everglades! ...the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. The Everglades National Park is a 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve on the southern tip of the state of Florida. Often compared to a grassy, slow-moving river, the Everglades is made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flat-woods that are home to hundreds of animal species - including the manatee, leatherback turtle, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther.

                                          There are no fees. All drawing skill levels are welcome


Register at the Eventbrite link below. The photographic references are also provided at the Eventbrite site.



SUNDAY: Sketch Life in Green-Wood Cemetery


If you’ve already sketched here - you know.   
But, if you haven’t, read a little bit about this remarkable location.  
It is truly a remarkable place.

For Sunday, September 19, 2021

Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Green Wood is filled with century-and-a-half-old trees providing a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its more than a half million permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.

 A magnet for history buffs and bird watchers (home to Brooklyn’s Green Parrot population, … really!  You will see them.)  Green-Wood is also a Revolutionary War historic site - the Battle of Long Island was fought in 1776 across what are now its grounds. 

 Founded in 1838 Green-Wood Cemetery soon developed an international reputation for its magnificent beauty.  By 1860, Green-Wood was rivaling Niagara Falls as the country’s greatest tourist attraction.  Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks.

Sketch by Janice Pullicino


When:  Sunday, September 18, 2021.  Meet at the front gate at 10 AM

Where: Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street and Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn.   We will meet just outside the main gate where we’ll start sketching.  (see map below)


Lunch: 12:00 Noon - The weather should be wonderful, we’ll picnic together on the lawn in a shady spot.  I’d recommend Bringyourowni, there are some stores where you can buy food but it’s a bit of a hike.   

Afternoon:  1 PM - Back sketching.

Show and Tell:  Meet at 3:00 PM at our lunch spot, where we’ll share our artwork, tell stories, and talk about art supplies.

NOTES  Bring a portable stool if you have one. It adds to your comfort and increases your sketching possibilities.  Dress for full sunshine.

Photo:  Joan Tavolott

By Subway:  Easily accessible by subway, the R train to Brooklyn’s, 25 St Station, walk up 1 block.  (see map)

By Car:  25 St & 5th Ave, Brooklyn - Free parking is available anywhere inside the High Gothic Victorian Main Gate  (which was created by the same people who created Trinity Church on Wall St)

click to enlarge

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

There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome

Friday, September 10, 2021

Weekday Sketchers at 9/11 Memorial Plaza

About the Memorial | National September 11 Memorial & Museum

As we mark the 20th Anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, let us pay tribute to all those who lost their lives, helped to save lives, worked on the daunting task of cleaning up the site and the construction of the memorial to the event.  The plaza surrounding the 9/11 Memorial is a beautiful tribute to all of these people. 

ASLA 2012 Professional Awards | National 9/11 Memorial

Among the many memorials there are the  two fountains representing the void left by the fall of the buildings, the grove of trees representing the endurance of our memories and the "Survivor Tree" symbolizing regeneration following a disaster.

9/11 Memorial Museum: How to remember? - BBC Culture

In preparation for the day, watching the documentary in the series "Treasures of New York:The Trees" will provide background on the conceptualization of the plaza and fountains, the research and development of the  trees, the technology installed behind the scene to maintain them  and the story of the Survivor Tree. You can watch it on line through the Thirteen.org web site.  

The Survivor Tree - St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy

The Survivor Tree

Some notes about the day: 
  • It will likely be crowded so be prepared to deal with the many people walking by
  • Bring a stool might be a good idea to give you the best view point for your sketches.
  • Bathrooms are available in the Oculus 
  • Food vendors are available in numerous places.



LOCATION: 9/11 Memorial Museum and Plaza 
                       World TradeCenter

NOTE:  We will meet by the North Pool Fountain

TRANSPORTATION: Most subway lines come into or near the World Trade Center. Check which is best for you.

Weekday Sketchers' Schedule  

In an effort to help you plan your attendance at the Weekday Sketchers events, here is a schedule of locations for the next 5 weeks.  Please watch for announcements each week with meeting details

Wednesday September 15, 2021.       9/11 Memorial Plaza 

Wednesday September 22, 2021.      Lighthouse Museum, Staten Island

Wednesday September 29, 2021.      Little Island, Manhattan

Wednesday October 6, 2021.            Brooklyn Promenade, Brooklyn Heights

Wednesday October 13, 2021.          No program due to USK outing to Asbury Park, NJ

Wednesday October 20, 2021.          Hall of Fame of Great Americans, Bronx Community College

Wednesday October 27, 2021.          Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021


What’s the hardest thing to draw?  The answer varies but most would agree that trying to sketch people moving around in public is very challenging.  This topic has come up a couple of times since we got back to sketching in public.  Sounds like we could use a day of vigorous people sketching.

The ideal place for us to sketch would have lots of people passing through.  It’s not too crowded.  It’s a place where people are doing things.  Sounds like most of NYC doesn’t it?

Let’s explore lower Manhattan.  We’ll meet by the Charging Bull (see photo) which is located on Broadway between Morris and Beaver Streets.  The area is filled with people but they’re mostly tourists with their NYC bucket list, going from one site to the next.  We’ll probably use Bowling Green Park for lunch (there’s good sketching there too.)


Where:  Lower Manhattan -  We’ll meet at the Charging Bull Statue at about 25 Broadway across the street from Cipriani’s  (see map below)

What:  This is intended as a People Sketch.  Buildings, plants, cars an sign are all okay as background but our challenge will be to put people (in motion) at the center of our sketches.

When:  We’ll start at 10 AM.  If you need your beauty rest come late, we’ll be there.

Lunch:   Around noon.  Bringyourowni or rely on local vendors and stores.  We’ll probably be eating together in Bowling Green Park.

Afternoon: 1 PM  More sketching in a wider circle.

Show and Tell:  3 PM - (location to be determined) The social part of our day when we share our work, tell art stories and discuss art supplies.

NOTE:   Bring a stool if you have one - it gives you more options.

click to enlarge

There are no fees.  All drawing skill levels are welcome

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

FRIDAY: Westchester Sketchers at Pierson Park in Tarrytown


Tarrytown's Pierson Park is located at West Main Street, along the banks of the Hudson River.  The park has expansive views of the Palisades, the Mario Cuomo Bridge Bridge, the Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse, and the New York City skyline.  It includes a riverside esplanade, grass terraces and lawns, and an “eco-corridor” filled with native plants. One the greatest features of Pierson Park is the Westchester Riverwalk, a paved foot path stretches for about a mile along the waterfront.


Where: Pierson Park, 238 W Main St, Tarrytown, NY 1059, (914) 631-8347.

When: FRIDAY, September 10th. 10:00 AM.
We'll meet by the Senior Center near resident Parking Lot E.

Directions: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/41.0319553,-73.7830858/Pierson+Park

Transportation from NYC: Take Metro-North's Hudson Line to the Tarrytown Station. Pierson Park is just steps from the Tarrytown train station. All you've got to do is walk off the platform head towards the river.

Lunch: 1 PM Bring your own food. We'll be picnicking together at the Picnic Pavillion Area.
Show & Tell: Following lunch, we will share stories and sketches during the social part of our day.

 Bring your own food and drinking water.
- There are benches, but bring a stool for more options.
- Dress for sunshine. Bring a hat and sunscreen.
- Restrooms are available.
  • Non-residents need to park in number spaces
  • Parking meter rates are 25 cents for 15 minutes or $1.00 an hour. 
  • All meters accept nickels, dimes and quarters.

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

Please R.S.V.P. to Cathy Gutterman cathygutterman@verizon.net

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

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Saturday - Sketching the 911 Anniversary

Saturday, September 11th at 10am EDT - online NYC Urban Sketchers virtual sketch event

On September 11, 2001, time stopped across the world as people witnessed an unprecedented act of terrorism at the World Trade Center in New York City.  Join NYC Urban Sketchers this Saturday, September 11th in a virtual sketch event commemorating the twentieth anniversary. We will gather as artists to honor those who were lost, those who survived, their families, and the courageous first responders.

There are no fees. All drawing skill levels are welcome

Register at the Eventbrite link below, by Friday noon, EDT. The photographic references are also available on the Eventbrite site. 



Friday, September 3, 2021


Weekday Sketchers at Riverside Park

This is the same program that was canceled last week.  Let's try again!!


Question: How far can you walk out into the Hudson River?  

Answer: 795 feet At Pier 1 in Riverside Park....pretty far!

Join us this week at Pier 1 and the adjacent Riverside Park South. Running from 59th to 71st Street, the park offers interning sketching venues, including an old gantry that was used to unload barges and railroad cars, interesting water features and, at the 72nd street entrance, an elegant statue of Eleanor Roosevelt 

Carved into history: women are often overlooked when monuments are made —  Conversational
Abandoned NY Central Railroad 69th Street Transfer Bridge,… | Flickr


  • We will meet at the Pier 1 Cafe right at the entrance to the pier
  • There are bathrooms at the Pier 1 Cafe, where you can get coffee and food
  • You can enter the park via the walkway at 72nd street, 68th Street 
  • You can bring a stool but there are plenty of benches to sit on




TRANSPORTATION:  1, 2, 3 train to 72nd Street.  Walk west to the river.

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net if you are going to attend. Looking for us? Call or text  Raylie at 201-273-0445