Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SATURDAY: Sketching the Trade

Would You Trade NYC?
The Day Dutch New Amsterdam, Became English Manhattan

The Dyckman Farmhouse

Many thanks to Leslie Sim for organizing this event

On Saturday October 21 New York City Urban Sketchers will help celebrate one of the most important events in New York’s history.  In 1667, 350 years ago, under the Treaty of Breda, the Dutch secured a worldwide monopoly on nutmeg by trading New Amsterdam (Manhattan) to the English.  The NYC sketchers will spend the day sketching at the Dyckman Farmhouse, an old Dutch Farmhouse located on Broadway, while their counterparts in Indonesia are sketching on the Spice Island.  (Yes!  There is a farm house located on Broadway in NYC!)

The Urban Sketcher chapters in both Indonesia and New York City are coordinating a joint “sketch crawl”, to commemorate this historic event.

In 17th Century, nutmeg was a valuable trading commodity due to its perceived medicinal qualities. At the time the spice island of Rhun, part of the Molucca Archipelago in the Banda Sea was the only place on earth that had nutmeg. 

There is a main road on Rhun named Manhattan Street, where Urban Sketchers Indonesia plan to sketch while the NY Chapter will be sketching at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood New York, the oldest remaining Dutch farmhouse on Manhattan Island.

This is the first time two of the Urban Sketchers chapters have coordinated a joint sketching event.  We are excited to be commemorating this, largely forgotten but extremely important historic event. Sketchers and art lovers are invited to participate. 

We’ve worked out a Sketch Swap with the Indonesian Urban Sketchers.  This is totally voluntary.  If you’d like to participate you’ll need to give one of your sketches to Leslie.  We’re sending the NYC sketches to Indonesia and in return we’re getting an equal number of drawings back.  There must be an equal number of drawings sent and received. Leslie will be keeping a sign-up sheet so be sure to let her know you want to participate.

Dyckman Farmhouse, 4881 Broadway, New York City

By Subway:
The A Train to Dyckman Street Subway Station
Head northeast on Broadway toward Cumming St. Destination will be on the right  (see map)

Long Island Railroad:
Because of construction please check the LIRR timetables for the weekend.

Please post your sketches using the following hashtags:

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A tour will be provided of the museum when we arrive. We hope to have an historian Justin Rivers join us in the afternoon for an informal talk about the fascinating details of this event.


What:  We’re participating in an International Sketchcrawl partnering with Urban Sketchers Indonesia

WhereDyckman Farmhouse, 4881 Broadway, New York City

When:  Start time is 10 AM. We’ll be there the whole day

How:  See Travel info above and map below

Lunch:  We’ll gather together to have lunch at noon. Bring your own food or rely on the many restaurants and food stores in Inwood.

Afternoon:  1 PM - Back to sketching

Show and Tell3 PM  The social part of our day.  3:00 PM at the Inwood Bar and Grill, 4892 Broadway (b/t 207th St & 204th St) where we will share drawings, good stories and a snack, beer or wine if you're so inclined.

NOTE  -  Bring a portable stool if you have one. It adds to your comfort and increases your sketching possibilities.

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If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome

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