Friday, June 9, 2023

 Weekday Sketchers at Soldiers and Sailors Monument and Hippo Park

The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Riverside Drive and West 86th Street  New York, NY 10024 – Visiting a Museum: The Unique, Unusual, Obscure and  Historical

Erected to commemorate the soldiers and sailors who served in the Civil War, this monument has stood at 89th Street and Riverside drive since 1902.  Based on an Ancient Greek monument commemorating a theatrical prize in 353 BCE, this iconic building will afford us the opportunity to spend a day in Riverside Park.

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And going from the serious to the silly, we will also visit Hippo Park, a playground in the park with wonderfully whimsical hippopotami in a wading pool. Come and capture the hippos and the children who splash around them. 

Splash with the hippos at the Upper West Side's Hippo Playground.



                        89TH STREET AND RIVERSIDE DRIVE

TRANSPORTATION: 1 Train to  86th Street. Walk west to Riverside Drive then north to the monument 

Celebrating Memorial Day The Upper West Side Way: At The Soldiers' &  Sailors' Monument


  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • The park is well shaded and has benches but a stool is still a good idea
  • Bathrooms  and water are available at Hippo Park
  • There is no food service in the park. Bring your own lunch and snacks
  • BONUS:  after your time in the park, stop into the Bard Graduate Center at 38 W 86th St. for two good shows Shaped by the Loom and Staging the Table:

Thursday, June 8, 2023



We will not be sketching in Hoboken this Saturday

I assumed the smoke and orange sky would be done by Saturday.  I assumed it would blow out to sea or get beaten down by the rain.  Instead we are getting a very gradual clearing. It’s improving but the advice is still to stay indoors and limit outdoor activities.  If Covid taught us anything it’s that it’s often wise to use an abundance of caution.

A few people weighed in suggesting we consider a change of venues.  Thank you all.  

Fortunately we have an excellent alternative that is also indoors:


What  Join us sketching at the High School of Art and Design Draw-a-thon

Tickets:  This is a fund raiser for the High School..  

Zoom:  You can also attend via Zoom .  Zoom link will be provided 45 mins before the event starts

Where  The High School is at 245 East 56th Street, between 3rd Ave but closer to 2nd.

When:  The event starts at 10 AM and runs until 6 PM.   Sleeping late?  Come anyway - there will be a ton of people there no matter when you arrive.  

Lunch:  No set time.  The HS generally has food, sandwiches and drinks.  There are loads of stores and shops in the area.  Or bring your own.  

Show and Tell:  There won’t be a Show and Tell.


-    Chairs are provided.  Stools are unnecessary.

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, June 7, 2023

SATURDAY: Sketch NYC’s 6th Borough




If there was a 6th borough it would have to be Hoboken, NJ, where NYC is so close you can almost reach out and touch it.  The Manhattan Skyline is incredible when viewed from Hoboken, with its majestic sweep of the Hudson River,
train terminals, piers, historic streets and architecture you will love sketching Hoboken's many views.


WHEN:  We’ll meet at 10 AM - sketching until 3 PM on Saturday, June 10, 2023  Sleeping late?  Come anyway - we'll be there.

WHERE:  We’re meeting at the entrance to Pier A Park, a short walk from the ferry or the Path train.  (see map below)

The Path Train from 33 St. ↔ Journal Square (via Hoboken)
(Path train - at the intersection of 32nd Street and Sixth Avenue)
Leave 33rd at 9:38 arrive Hoboken at 9:58
Other departure times:   9:23,  10:08, 10:23, 10:38, etc.

The Ferry runs every 30 minutes on the hour and also on the half hour, however, the first ferry doesn’t leave until 10:20.  The weekend cost is $6 each way.

By Car:  Street parking in Hoboken is challenging.  If you intend to drive you might want to pre-book a parking spot, which costs about $30.  (I just checked and entered “Hoboken, Path Train)

LUNCH:  12:00 PM  - Location to be determined.  (Probably Pier A or somewhere along the riverwalk.)  Bring your lunch or purchase from the local vendors.

AFTERNOON:  1:00 PM  Back to sketching

SHOW AND TELL 3 PM  Location to be determined - probably our lunch spot.  This is the social part of our day where we will share our sketches, tell stories, and probably talk about art supplies.

-  Bring a stool - it gives you more options

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

Friday, June 2, 2023

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Due to the poor air quality, the New Jersey Session at the Freylinghuysen Arboretum is canceled for June 8.  

We will meet again in two the Blauvelt Museum in Oradell.
Watch for the announcement 

New Jersey Sketchers at Freylinghuysen Arboretum June 8th

Frelinghuysen Arboretum in morristown nj | Arboretum, Mansions, House styles

Join us as we explore the 124 acre home of the Freulinghuysens.  He was the son of the Secretary of State under President Chester Arthur and she was the granddaughter of the founder of the Ballentine Brewery.  Their magnificent summer home and gardens are now open to the public year round.  Come and explore this wonderful retreat in Morris Township. 

For more information about the Arboretum, click here:

The Official Web Site for The State of New Jersey | Frelinghuysen Arboretum


                        353 EAST HANOVER AVE
                        MORRIS TOWNSHIP

DIRECTIONS: For driving directions, click here:

Review of Frelinghuysen Arboretum


  • Please RSVP directly to Margaret Casagrande at
  • Looking for us? Call or text Margaret at 646-515-9913
  • There is no entrance or parking fee
  • Bring a stool, hat and sunscreen
  • Watercolors are permissible
  • The Mansion is open to the public
  • Water and bathrooms are available
  • There is no food service.  Bring your own lunch and snacks
  • Remember that we are now meeting twice a month!
Frelinghuysen Arboretum ⋆ Your Next Destination Awaits - Morris County, NJ

Weekday Sketchers at NY Botanic Garden Wednesday

The New York Botanical Garden (Visitor & Discovery Center) - Séamus Henchy  and Associates, Inc.

There are some places that we never tire of.   The New York Botanic Garden is one of those magical places that keep us coming back time and time again. The roses and peonies are in peak bloom!  Join us Wednesday to wander the gardens and capture the magic in our sketch books.

A Garden Treasure in the Bronx - New York Botanical Garden



                        2900 SOUTHERN BOULEVARD
                        BRONX, NY
                        We will meet at the Mosholu Entrance (see map)

TRANSPORTATION: There are multiple ways of getting to the NYBG by public transit, Metro North or car.  Visit the web site for the route that is easiest for you :

The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden - YouTube


  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • For those coming by public transit, we will meet at the Mosholu entrance at 10:00 AM. Those arriving by car will enter at the Main Entrance near the cafe.  Just let us know you are there.
  • Everyone will be sketching the sites they like best. We will meet for lunch at the cafe at 1:00 PM
  • There is an entrance fee. HOWEVER entrance is FREE on Wednesdays between 10AM-11AM. If you arrive after 11AM the regular fees will apply.  The American Alliance of Museum membership is accepted. 
  • Food, water and bathrooms are available. 
  • Bring a stool, a hat and sunscreen.  
  • You can use watercolors outdoors
  • For additional information about the NYBG click here:

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Folding Pages with Mario Linhares - Workshop on Saturday, July 1, 2023

Combine three sketches in a dynamic way by folding just one page and creating three drawings.

When: Saturday, July 1st, 2023 at 10am
Where: Bryant Park. meet by the fountain
Who: Internationally known Urban Sketcher Mário Linhares

How is a drawing deeply related to the previous and the next one? In this workshop, we will combine three sketches in a dynamic way by folding just one page and creating three drawings that will be like Siamese brothers: one will not go without the other.

Mário Linhares 
A lecturer in Drawing, he dedicates himself to travel diaries and reportage drawing. He regularly participates at conferences and exhibitions and contributes to books on drawing around the world. Publications: Diário de Viagem | Costa do Marfim (2014); Panoramas and Vertical Vistas (2021); Lisboa Moderna (2021).

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

SATURDAY: Sketch the Amazing Thailand Fest


This event was developed and is hosted by Mel Barranco.

It's the Amazing Thailand Fest!  Have you dreamed of a Thailand escape? Join us this June 3 at the Amazing Thailand Fest 2023 at The Oculus Plaza World Trade Center!  Enjoy traditional Thai performances, Thai drag shows, Thai fashion shows and Muay Thai demonstrations while you indulge in authentic Thai cuisine and learn more about ‘The Land of Smiles’.  There will be loads to sketch and do.


WHEN:  We’ll meet at 10 AM - sketching until 3 PM on Saturday, June 3, 2023  Sleeping late?  Come anyway - we'll be there.

WHERE:  We’re sketching the Amazing Thailand Fest 2023, which will be held in the area around the World Trade Center.  If you come late go directly there.  Our morning meeting place is the corner of Church and Barclay by the huge Post Office Building.  (see map)

LUNCH:  12:00 PM  - Location to be determined on site.  Bring your own or purchase from the local vendors or eat the Thai food served at the festival.

AFTERNOON:  1:00 PM  Back to sketching

SHOW AND TELL:  3 PM  Location to be determined.  This is the social part of our day where we will share our sketches, tell stories, and probably talk about art supplies.

-  Bring a stool - it gives you more options
-  Prepare for full-on sun

click to enlarge

Can't find us?  
Call or Text Mel - 203-550-3666
or Mark - 973-809-9128

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