Wednesday, October 5, 2022

SATURDAY: Sketch the Sutton Parks


We’ve been doing a lot of sketching below 14th Street to support the art show, which means we’ve been ignoring some very interesting locations outside that area.

Did you know there are a string of parks on Sutton Place around the area of the 59th Street Bridge?  I knew of one place that we’ve used for sketching, but there are at least five others that all look interesting and very sketchable.


What:   We will be sketching the Sutton Place Parks moving north during the day.

Where:   We’re meeting at Sutton Park  located at 500-514 E 55th St.  We’ll be exploring and changing locations moving north to explore the different parks. (see map)


When:  Meet at 10 AM.  Sleeping late?  Come anyway - we’ll be there


-   By Subway:  

Lexington Avenue and 53rd St. - the E or the M train

You may need to take a bus if walking is a problem.  

There are no subway stations nearby, but it should be a pleasant walk.

         (see map below).

    Lunch:  12:30 PM .  Bring your own or rely on local vendors.  There are many food options in the neighborhood.  Our lunch location is to be determined 

    Afternoon:  1:30 PM  Back to the sketching

    Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - We’ll find a likely spot (possibly where we had lunch) to share our work, tell stories and talk about what artists talk about.


    -     Bring a hat and be prepared for sunshine  

    -     Bring a stool, it gives you more options.  There are benches in the parks but having your own means you set up and sketch exactly where you like.

    (click to enlarge)

    Can't find us?  

    Call or Text Mark - 973-809-9128

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

    Tuesday, October 4, 2022

    WORKSH0P: Shapes, Colours and Stories


    Shapes are what we see, colours are what we feel, 
    and stories are what we tell.
    Ian Fennelly

    A Note From Ian:​

    In my Urban Sketching workshop - Shapes, Colours and Stories, on Sunday, October, 29, 2022, we will go deep into the process of observing and recording, and through this find happiness in noticing the small details. Thinking carefully about how we look at things is embedded in all we do as urban sketchers, so we will start off by seeing the initial composition of the subject in terms of big shapes and simple lines. 

    Hudson West Folk Festival 

    October 15, 2022

     An all day Americana/Folk/Roots music festival in Jersey City

    Once again NYC Urban Sketchers has been invited to record the Hudson West Folk Festival in our sketchbooks.  The event starts at noon and goes until 10 PM.  You can come at any time and leave when you wish.  The festival organizers are offering us 10 free passes. You will have to reserve one in advance if you are interested.  RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at 

    DATE: Saturday October 15, 2022

    TIME:  Noon to 10 PM

    LOCATION: Nimbus Arts Center
                        129 Warren Street 
                        Jersey City, NJ

    TRANSPORTATION:  PATH to Grove Street Station. Walk one block to Warren Street 

    For details about the event, the line up of performers and information about workshops, click here:


    Monday, October 3, 2022

    Reminder - Deadline is November 1st - Art Exhibit “Manhattan Below 14th Street”


    Call for Entries for Art Exhibit

    “Manhattan Below 14th Street”

    Deadline: November 1, 2022



    Where: New Amsterdam Library, 9 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007

    WhenJanuary 9 – February 27, 2023

    Submission PeriodSeptember 9 –November 1, 2022

    Eligibility: NYC Urban Sketchers who completed works in 2022 “on location” or “en plein air” in Manhattan Below 14thStreet. 


    For this exhibit, digital photographs of all work will be submitted electronically to a Google Forms site. Technical specifications for the digital submissions are contained in Google Forms links below. There are no entry fees and a limit of two submissions per person. A jury of three people independent of NYC Urban Sketchers will select the work. Like the exhibit at the New Amsterdam Library that opened on August 16 and is running until October 7, the art selected will be reproduced in large format and printed on paper for displayPlease be sure to select images for submission carefully. After submission, you cannot replace them. 

    Artists with gmail accounts should submit their entries at the following link

    Artists with Non-gmail accounts should submit their entries at the following link

    Sunday, October 2, 2022

    Westchester Urban Sketchers 

    Temporarily on Hold

    We'll Be Back Soon

    For the next few weeks the Westchester Chapter of Urban Sketchers will temporarily be on hold.  Please continue to sketch, draw, and paint while enjoying the fall weather. 

    We'll be back soon!  


    Closed Desk and Counter Sign

    No Weekday Sketchers This Week

    In honor of the Yom Kippur, there will be no Weekday Urban Sketchers meeting this week.  Join us next week for a (short) ocean voyage to Governor's Island.  Watch for meeting and Meet-up information next week.


    Thursday, September 29, 2022

    Donations in Memory of Lewis Gutterman

    Donations in Memory of Lewis Gutterman may be made to NYC Urban Sketchers and sent to:

    NYC Urban Sketchers
    P.O. Box 1083
    James A. Farley Post Office
    New York, NY 10116

    Please enclose a note indicating the donation is in Memory of Lewis Gutterman.