Friday, April 12, 2024

 Weekday Sketchers at the Peace Fountain, St. John the Divine

Monday's Monument: St. John the Divine Peace Fountain, New York ...

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St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights is America's answer to the great cathedrals of Europe. Standing in all of its Gothic glory and still under construction after more than 100 years, St. John's offers us a trove of sketching possibilities: the cathedral, both inside and out, the magnificent Peace Fountain and the beautiful gardens surrounding the many buildings on its almost 12 acre property. 

This week we will be sketching the exterior of the building and specifically the Peace Fountain, located just to the south of the cathedral.   Standing almost 40 feet in the air, the fountain offers endless scenes of angels and devils, animals and humans and  mythological figures that portray the struggle of good over evil.  Try to capture it all or just concentrate on small portions of the fountain.  Even the railings around the fountain have wonderful sculptures to sketch. 

Don't like the fountain, no problem, sketch the amazing building or wander through the rose garden, sculpture garden or biblical garden.  Truly there is something here for everyone. 

For more information about the Peace Fountain click here:

Alan Paul | “Peace Fountain celebrates ...



                        AMSTERDAM AVE AND 111 STREET

                                        B R C TO CATHEDRAL PARKWAY 110 STREET


  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • Plenty of seats but bringing a stool gives you options.
  • Water and bathrooms available nearby
  • Bring lunch or purchase it along the way. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

TUESDAY, April 16, 2024: Westchester Sketchers at Memorial Park


Come and Sketch the Views from Memorial Park in Nyack



DATE: TUESDAY,  April 16, 2024

LOCATION: Nyack Library, 59 S. Broadway, Nyack, NY 10690.    Phone: (845) 358-3370.  


START TIME: 2:00 PMWe will meet in the Community Meeting Room of the Nyack Library and then cross over Piermont Avenue to sketch in the top field at the park. There is free parking on Piermont Ave. or metered parking in the Library.

4:00 PM The group will come back to the Library again to share their work.

  • The lower part of Nyack memorial Park (ear the water) is under construction. If you want to sketch down by the river, you can park a few blocks from the library at the Memorial Park car park on Burd Street. This lot has metered parking. Then you can cross a little wooden bridge which takes you to the riverfront. Kay will monitor both areas, but you can text her if you want to go straight to the Memorial Park car park.

Please RSVP to Kay Copp Brown at
Looking for us? Call Kay at 631-432-6526

All skill levels welcome!

SATURDAY: Sketch the Tulips


It's the Upper West Side Annual Tulip Festival

What fantastic weather we've had this Tuesday and Wednesday.  We've got a new site to visit - many thanks, once again to Shawne for another great suggestion.

The headline reads:   15,000 Tulips Will Takeover Manhattan’s West Side This April!  Who could resist?

15,000 tulips will bloom across the garden for an unforgettable floral festival you can’t miss. It will kick off on April 13 and run through early May. The month-long event is entirely free and open to the public.

Over the weekends of April 13-14 and April 20-21, visitors can enjoy special information days. In season’s past, curious visitors could even embark on a horticultural tour of the planting beds given by on-site garden members.

Here is the plan - the day starts a bit cold for outdoor sketching, but it should warm up by midday, so, we'll start at midday.


What:   We’ll be sketching the Upper Westside Tulip Festival

Where:   The Festival is located on West 89th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.


When:  Start time - 12 PM  Noon on Saturday April 13th.   Running late?  Messed up by the subways?  Come anyway - we'll be there.


-   By Subway:  Take the #1 train to 86th Street and walk east on 89th.  

-   Or take the B or C train to 86t St and walk west on 89th St. 

Lunch:  No set time since we're starting later than usual.  Bring your own food and drink.  There are places in the neighborhood.  

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - Location to be determined.


-    Bring a hat (for the sun - hopefully!)

-    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, April 6, 2024

THURSDAY, April 11, 2024: Westchester Sketchers at the Katonah Art Museum


Thank you to Naomi Leiseroff for making the arrangements for us to sketch at KMA.

The Katonah Museum of Art is a non-collecting institution geared towards visual arts, located in Katonah, New York.  The Museum presents changing exhibitions that cross a spectrum of artistic disciplines, cultures, and historical periods.  Housed in an elegant building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Katonah Museum of Art originates three to four major exhibitions annually.

Current Exhibits on view include:

There Is A Body: Legacy of the Ancestral Arts in the 21st Century
March 17 - June 30, 2024
In his 1925 essay “The Legacy of the Ancestral Arts,” philosopher and art critic Alain Locke proposed what was then a radical idea: that the arts of African civilizations were worthy of the same regard as the arts of classical antiquity, and that recognition of their aesthetic value should be independent of their influence on European modernism. He also encouraged Black artists to look to these “ancestral arts” for inspiration.

This exhibit focuses on an intergenerational group of four contemporary artists—David O. Alekhuogie, Sanford Biggers, Lyle Ashton Harris, and Matthew Angelo Harrison— who are forging personal connections to African art and interrogating its appropriation by the Western cannon. The title of the exhibition, There Is A Body: Legacy of the Ancestral Arts in the 21st Century is a play on the historical treatment of African art within the history of the art.

The Haas Brothers: Jungle Fool
March 12, 2023 - June 23, 2024

Jungle Fool, a 7-foot-tall sculpture, exhibits otherworldly, anthropomorphic features which, despite being fiendishly freaky, feel welcoming and blissfully unconnected to the harder, earthier problems we mortals all experience. It represents self-expression and individuality and speaks to more significant social issues such as race, gender, and women's rights, with the undercurrents of humor, compassion, and true humanity. Humorously animalistic, with a comical nod to sexuality, it creates opportunities for people to think differently about the world and its future.


DATE: THURSDAY, April 11, 2024.

Start time: 10:00 AM  Please arrive on time for a 
short introductory overview of the current exhibition.
LOCATION: Katonah Museum of Art 134 Jay Street - Route 22, Katonah, NY 10536
Phone: (914) 232-9555

From NYC: Take the Harlem/Metro North Line to White Plains. Please contact Marianne (914) 355-6507 if you would like a ride from the station.  Alternately, board the Anderson Hill Road bus No. 12 or take a taxi to campus.

LUNCH: 12:30 PM Please bring a snack/lunch to have if you get hungry. There are no food options at the Museum.  If the weather is okay we can meet and have lunch in the sculpture garden.  This is the museum’s preference. If it is raining they will allow us to meet and eat in the Learning Center.  There are tables and chairs in both locations

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.

  • Admission: Seniors $6, others $12.
  • Reciprocal Admission: Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance (FWMA), North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM), American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Members.  Also check check your local Library Pass Program.
  • Food, drink, chewing gum and tobacco products are not allowed in the galleries.
  • PENCIL ONLY in the galleries, and we have to be sitting down when we draw, not walking or standing with pencils out. We can use watercolor and non messy materials in the Learning Center and outside. 
  • The museum has stools and we should use them.

Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman at

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

Friday, April 5, 2024


Weekday Sketchers on Roosevelt Island for Cherry Blossom Season

Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossoms: Take the Tram to See Some of NYC's Most  Beautiful Spring Flowers | Roosevelt island, Cherry blossom, Island

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There are so many places in New York to see the seasonal display of cherry blossoms.  One of the best is Roosevelt Island.  Join us this Wednesday to capture their beauty against the backdrop of the Queensboro Bridge,  the UN building and the Queens waterfront with the cherry trees in the foreground.  



                          We will meet at the Roosevelt Island Information Booth near the Tram Station

TRANSPORTATION:  F Train to Roosevelt Island, or the Roosevelt Island Tram

Roosevelt Island Historical Society - New York, NY - Historical Society  Headquarters on
Roosevelt Island Information Booth


  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • We will meet at the Roosevelt Island Information Booth near the Tram Station
  • If you come later than 10:30 look for us on the west side (UN view) of the island on the walkway
  • There are plenty of benches but bringing a stool gives you more options for viewpoints
  • Bring lunch or purchase it from the cafe at the Cornell Center
  • Bathrooms and water are available

Visit our new store
Walkway on west side of Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island w meeting spot and cafe

Thursday, April 4, 2024



With thanks to iPad Pat, Shawne and Mel 
for their help with the planning

I apologize for the late announcement.  As crazy as it might seem I was having some doubts it would ever stop raining this week.  However it looks like we've got a great day for sketching on Saturday.

We haven't been to PS-1 for a while, and they have a busy day planned at the museum which should be fun.  You can see all that will be happening by clicking -->  THIS LINK

For everyone who loves to sleep late - good news!   The museum doesn't open until noon, so - no excuses!


Where:  MoMA's PS-1, located at 22-25 Jackson Ave, Queens,  (see map below)

When:   Start time - 1​2:00 PM Noon on Saturday, April 6, 2024.    ​Let's plan to be there until 4 PM

How:  S​ubways are nearby:

  • G, 7 - Court Square
  • E,F,M - Court Square - 23 Street

Lunch:  Although there are many restaurants and food places in the area it seems a waste to take time to eat together.  So either come well fed, or slip out on your own for a bite.

Show and Tell:   3:30 ​PM Location to be determined​ once we're there.  We’ll share drawings, tell good art stories, maybe we’ll even talk about art supplies!​  (I'm sure about the first one, the other two are up to you.)


   -  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, March 30, 2024


Workshop with Susan Greenstein

A Watercolor Journey in Greens

When: May 25, 2024 with a rain date of May 26

Where: We will meet at the corner of Prospect Park West and 15th Street, at the entrance to Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

How: Click Here

Susan Greenstein is an accomplished artist living in New York City. She is a graduate of Pratt Institute and Queens College and has exhibited extensively in New York City, New Hampshire and the Delaware Fine Arts Museum. Her work can be found in private collections across the United States. You can learn more about Susan and her work at and in a recently-published article:

In this watercolor workshop, Susan Greenstein will show how to open options in landscape painting by going beyond the green in a tube of paint. Through a step-by-step approach she will help us understand and expand the types of greens in our palettes. We’ll learn how other colors, along with the use of light and deep space, allow greens to really shine.

All details on workshop schedule, supply lists and map visit the event link.