Thursday, March 30, 2023

No Sketchinng Tree Trimmers in the Rain - Instead ....

We will reschedule this event

The forecast now says we have a 90% chance of rain for Saturday.  This affects us of course, but even more important, our subject - the tree trimmers are not going to be out there in the rain.  So let's do some indoor sketching in the neighborhood.  

If you've never been, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is an interesting place.  (Kidding of course.)  The museum opens at 10 AM.  I've got a challenge for you if you're up for it.

Pick any 100 year period, and focus on that time period.  Sketch paintings, sculptures, furniture, artifacts and household objects featured in the museum collection.   The individual choices are yours, but try to stay in your time period.  Sketch visitors looking at the artwork from your period.  Try to vary the type of things you're sketching.

What:   We’ll be sketching at the Metropolitan Museum  (see map below)

Where:   The Metropolitan Museum is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue.  The main entrance is at E. 82nd Street.  However, I usually enter the museum using the small entrance off of E 81 Street.  The signs imply it's a school entrance, but anyone can use it.  You can usually get in more quickly there.

We will meet by the huge Column section at the entrance to the Greek and Roman collection. (see photo and map).  If you enter from 81 St, the column is at the top of the stairs on the first floor.  If you use the main entrance, turn left and walk down the main corridor until you find the column.

When:  Start time - 10 AM.   Running late?  Messed up by the subways?  Come anyway - we'll be there.

By Subway:  
-   From the east side take the 6 train to 77th St. or the 4,5 or 6 train to 86th St.  Walk three blocks west to Fifth Avenue. This walk is about a half mile and takes approximately 10 minutes.
-   Or travel up the west side and walk across Central Park, by taking the C train to 81 St or 86th.   It’s a slightly longer walk crosstown taking the Broadway line 1 train to 79 St or 86th.  
If you prefer to take a bus instead of walking - Take the 1 train to 86th Street, then the M86 crosstown bus across Central Park to Fifth Avenue; OR take the C train to 81st Street, then the M79 bus across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.

By  Car:  
The museum has its own parking.  The Museum parking garage, located at Fifth Avenue and 80th Street, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A parking discount is available to Museum Members and Patrons during Museum operating hours. To receive a discount, Museum Members and Patrons must have their tickets validated at the Uris Center for Education Membership/Visitor Information Desk.

Lunch:  We'll break at 12:00 to have a luncheon in the cafeteria one level below the American Wing.  See the attached map for the location of the stairs.  We’ll meet in the back of the cafeteria on the left side.  Bring your own food if you prefer or purchase from the cafeteria.

Afternoon:  1:00 PM  Yes!   More sketching.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - Meet back in the cafeteria to share sketches, tell stories and talk about art supplies.

-    The Museum’s policy is pencils and dry media only.  It is unevenly enforced.  
-    The coat check is no longer available and you’ll need to carry everything you bring
-    Stools are absolutely permitted.  Some guards are not aware of this.  Be polite but you are in the right.  No tripods.
-    Purchasing a ticket in advance saves time.  Or, just show your card if you are a member

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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, March 29, 2023

SATURDAY: Sketch the Tree Trimmers


SATURDAY, April 1, 2023
Concept and planning by Elaine Langer

Our goal over the coming months is to create opportunities to sketch Climate Change Mitigation in New York City and the surrounding suburbs. As we are all connected, actions all around make a difference.

\We will be bringing attention large and small to ways NYC is combating Climate Change.

Our first official event will be with Trees New York group, the official New Your City Citizen tree pruners and the Carnegie Hill Neighbors Tree Care Committee, as the care for the Street Trees in New York City.

Michael Bloomberg created a million Tree initiative, to plant trees, not in our parks, but

along our streets. After planting the 1 millionth tree in NYC, the program continues, and property owners can request a tree on their Street for free! In the past 10 years, Trees New York has planted over 5,000 trees in underserved communities throughout New York City.

Trees provide shade in our city to reduce the heat that is captured by concrete and asphalt, reducing the effects of the ‘urban heat island’. In a single year, a mature leafy tree can produce 48 pounds of Carbon Dioxide. (In perspective a car emits 89 pounds of Carbon Dioxide per year and a city bus produces 14 pounds of Carbon Dioxide)  

We will be joining Trees New York, a group that trains NYC citizens to care for the street trees in their neighborhoods. Sketching the activities will include the caring of our city in the beautiful Carnegie Hill Neighborhood in Manhattan.

Note: Sketches completed during these events will be eligible for a show (or shows) in 2024.


What:   We’ll be sketching city volunteer tree trimmers on the Upper East Side.  This event is starting early and also ending earlier than usual

Where:   Southwest Corner of East 94 th Street and Madison (use 1326 Madison Avenue for map directions - see map below).  * Note the Tree Trimmers are moving through the area towards Harlem, be on the lookout for the tree pits andvolunteers!

When:  Saturday at  9:30 AM.  We’re starting a bit early because the tree trimmers start early.  They’ll be moving north as the progress.

How:-   By Subway:  The #6 train to 96th St. is the closest stop

Lunch:  The tree trimmers are done at noon.  We’re going to walk to Central Park at noon - 12:00  PM.  Where we’ll have lunch together and share our drawings.  We will find a likely place to gather.

Afternoon:  You are welcome to spend time sketching in the park after lunch 


-     Bring a stool, it gives you more options

-     This is our first outdoor sketch event of 2023.  Dress in layers  so you can adjust

Can't find us?  

Call or Text Mark - 973-809-9128

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

Sunday, March 26, 2023

THURSDAY: Westchester Sketchers at Patriot's Park in Tarrytown


Patriot's Park derives its primary importance from the capture of Major AndrĂ© during the war.  The monument was erected in the mid-19th century.  After being developed for residential use in the late 19th century, it became home to two girls' schools and finally, today's park, undergoing several renovations in the process.

Topographically the park consists of two slight rises, more pronounced toward the west, reflecting the land's general descent toward the nearby Hudson River.  They are divided by the narrow channel followed by Andre Brook, which also forms the boundary between the two villages, Tarrytown to the south and Sleepy Hollow to the north.  The land is mostly open, with tall mature trees providing shade opportunities, more in the north of the park than the south.

The park's organizing feature is an oval walkway with entrances at the north, east, and west, short paths to a basketball court at the south, and North Broadway to the southeast.  The main entrance is to the west.  It is flanked by two gateposts of rusticated granite blocks.  Stone walls in random ashlar with granite copings begin at the posts and follow the sidewalks to create terraces, broken by granite steps to the walkway, on either side of the entrance. They end in granite consoles.


DATE: THURSDAY, March 30, 2023. 

START TIME: 10:00 AM.  

LOCATION: Patriot's Park, 121 N Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591 Phone: (914) 366-5109

DIRECTIONS and Parking 
Patriot's Park is located on U.S. Route 9 along the boundary between Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow in Westchester County, New York, United States.

Transportation from NYC: Use the Hudson Line of the Metro-North Railroad to arrive in Tarrytown. Taxicabs are readily available for hire to ride to The Warner Library, next door to Patriot's Park.  Please call (800) METRO-INFO or visit for schedule and fare information. 
To arrange for pick up, please contact Marianne (

LUNCH: 1:00 PM in the park.  Bring your own or buy from the vendors on North Broadway.

SHOW and TELL: Following lunch, we will share our drawings and tell stories.  This is the social part of our day and is not to be missed.

- Seating areas can be found in the park, but bringing a stool offers more options.
- Park your car in the Library lot or find street parking in the neighborhood near the park.

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 the Big ReUse

BIG REUSE - 32 Photos & 33 Reviews - 1 12th St, Brooklyn, NY - Yelp

  • It's a minimalist's nightmare or a hoarder's dream. 
  •  It is the biggest garage sale in the city. 
  •  It is a step forward in the fight keep material out of landfills

What is it?  

It is the Big ReUse in Gowanus 

In keeping with this year's overarching theme of Climate Change Mitigation, we will travel to Gowanus to sketch the warehouse of The Big ReUse.  This over the top thrift shop is only one phase of the organization's programing to maintain a circular economy that gives back to the environment in multiple ways. To learn more about this organization and the Gowanus store, click here;

Weather permitting, we can also sketch along the Gowanus Canal and the surrounding industrial neighborhood. 

A Garden Grows in Brooklyn: An Experimental Landscape Thrives in  Notoriously Polluted Gowanus Canal | Rice Design Alliance
Smith-9 Street Station – Brooklyn, New York - Atlas Obscura
Jill Inbar | Two Tanks and Metal Scrap, Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn, New York  (2021) | Available for Sale | Artsy



                                One 12th Street between Harbor Freight Tools and Lowe’s 

TRANSPORTATION: F OR G train to Smith / 9th Street Station


  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • Please be aware that we are entering a commercial business: be mindful of customers and staff. 
  • If using a stool, do not to obstruct the aisles 
  • Water and bathrooms are available
  • We will reconvene outside the building for lunch and a show and tell.

Felicia M.
November 20, 2022
Photo taken at Big Reuse by Felicia M. on 11/20/2022
Harlan E.
August 11, 2021
Photo taken at Big Reuse by Harlan E. on 8/11/2021
May 9, 2021
Photo taken at Big Reuse by Sarah on 5/9/2021
Daniel K.
May 27, 2019
Photo taken at Big Reuse by Daniel K. on 5/27/2019
Semih E.
March 17, 2019
Photo taken at Big Reuse by Semih E. on 3/17/2019
Jenn C.
October 3, 2018
Photo taken at Big Reuse by Jenn C. on 10/3/2018
July 21, 2018
Photo taken at Big Reuse by Sarah on 7/21/2018
May 9, 2018
Photo taken at Big Reuse by Karen on 5/9/2018
February 26, 2018
Photo taken at Big Reuse by Karen on 2/26/2018
Julian E.
August 10, 2017
Photo taken at Big Reuse by Julian E. on 8/10/2017
Feibi M.
August 6, 2017
Photo taken at Big Reuse by Feibi M. on 8/6/2017
Stephen K.
May 13, 2017
Photo taken at Big Reuse by Stephen K. on 5/13/2017