Thursday, September 10, 2015

SUNDAY: Sketch the Highbridge

Part #1 - 
The Promise:  We'll sketch from a place you've most likely never been with spectacular views you've probably never seen.

After closing for more than 40 years, the High Bridge, NYC's oldest standing bridge, re-opened to the public.   The High Bridge,connects Washington Heights with the Bronx.  It is a pedestrian only bridge.  The New York Times dubbed it the Bronx Highline.  It's still undiscovered, a real contrast to the High Line’s bustle.

The New York Times says, "the sightlines are magnificent in all directions. The bridge’s arches — sternly, gracefully Roman — are replicated west across the Harlem River, where the Harlem River Drive rises to meet the Trans-Manhattan Expressway, and north, under the Washington Bridge. The interlacing highways, with their knot of interchanges and ramps, recall mid-century “city of the future” dioramas. For a sobering view of what the urban planner Robert Moses wrought, this is the place.

"To the south, the custard-yellow Macombs Dam Bridge, a filigreed span, offers a stylish rebuke to the undistinguished Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges, and at the southern horizon, wrapped in the hazy atmosphere of a Claude Lorrain painting, the Manhattan skyline rises and shows a new face.

"The angle is fresh. Startlingly so, for anyone used to panoramic shots from the other three points of the compass, which means just about everyone. The buildings have been reshuffled, making it an interesting game to mentally rearrange the pieces."

Part #2 -
NUS (Not an Urban Sketching Event - but lots of fun anyway)  DR. SKETCHY’S NYC - “USO” TOUR!

Dr. Sketchy's will be entertaining its brave troops of artists at our next vintage-inspired session at Flûte Bar Midtown with models Misty Meaner and Chris Harder!

Don your prettiest swing dress, flashiest uniform, put that hair up in victory curls and join us for an afternoon of delicious cocktails, charming WWII-era tunes and sketching.

Doors open at 3:30 PM.  Session runs from 4-7 pm. Please bring your own art supplies. Seating is first come first serve!  Flûte Bar, 205 West 54th St. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and a 2 drink minimum from Flûte Bar's delicious happy hour menu.  If you've never gone to Dr. Sketchy's there's nothing quite like it!


When:   Part 1 - Sunday at 11 AM until 2:15, ...  travel, ... Part 2 - 3:30 until 7 PM

Where:  Highbridge Park.  We'll meet in the space between the Recreation Center and Highbridge Tower (the Tower is unmistakable).  Enter the park at West 173rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue

How:   Nearest Subway is 168th Street, #1, A or C line

Lunch:  Bring your own - we'll be in the park and on the Highbridge the entire time.  Bring a sketching stool if you have one.   The weather forecast is threatening - bring an umbrella.

Afternoon:  Rather than our typical Show and Tell - for those who are interested or curious we'll be leaving for Dr. Sketchy at 2:15 for Part #2  which is at the Flûte Bar, 205 West 54th St. (between 7th Ave and Broadway.  Near the 57 St-7th Ave N,Q, R, or the 7th Ave B,D, E  Subways

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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

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