Monday, December 30, 2019

Party Time

It's Party Time!

We'll be having our annual Holiday Party on January 11th, 2020.  It won't be the same without, so we're hoping you'll be there.  

Significant others?  Friends?  Art-envious neighbors.  We'd love to meet them.

To reserve your ticket and to get all the details - click here 

Thursday, December 26, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the Gooch!

With apologies, that would be the "Noguchi Museum" in Long Island City.  The Museum houses the artist's life's work in a physical context that he considered essential to his vision.  It's said that the light and construction materials compliment the artists work.  The Noguchi Museum was the first museum in America to be established by a living artist for the display of their work.

Interesting objects in a beautiful space for a day of meditative sketching.


WHEN: This Saturday, December 28, 2019, starting at 11:00 AM.

WHERE: The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard)  Long Island City, New York 11106 

By Subway
-   F train: Queensbridge/21 St
-   N & W trains: Broadway - Walk from the train or take the Q104 bus


  • Adults$10
  • Students$5
  • Seniors (65+)$5

LUNCH:  12:00  Noon - There is a Cafe in the museum.  We will also have a potential choice between two interesting but somewhat unusual lunch spots.  We'll decide, before noon.

AFTERNOON:  1:15 PM - Back to sketching at the museum

SHOW and TELL:  3 PM.  We'll try to have our closing at the museum.  If the space doesn't work we'll consider other options.  Show and Tell is the social part of the day where we share our day's drawings and tell cool art stories.  We might even talk about art supplies 

-  Bring a stool if you have one.  It increases your options.
-  There are no posted rules about drawing in the museum, but you should be agreeable and friendly towards the guards and comply with any rules.

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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.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

FRIDAY: Westchester Sketchers at the Bruce Museum

December 27th
Sea serpents crushing ships. Seven-foot-tall giants. A mummified Porsche. What other oddities might you find to sketch in the Bruce Museum’s 2D curiosity cabinet? See for yourself by exploring the Bruce Museum’s new exhibition Collecting Reimagined: A 2D Curiosity Cabinet.

Curiosity cabinets are traditionally thought of as physical spaces filled with objects. However, scholars and artists in the past also used words and images to describe, and occasionally create, cabinets in two-dimensional form. In these works, the cabinet is shown on paper rather than displayed in a room.

Drawing inspiration from these cabinets on paper, this exhibition uses printed works, photographs, medals, textiles, and scrimshaw from the Bruce Museum collections to create a cabinet filled with two-dimensional depictions of typical three-dimensional cabinet objects.


FRIDAY, December 27, 2019

LOCATION: Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT.
Phone: 203-869-0376



Transportation from NYC: Take the Metro-North New Haven Line to Greenwich Station. It is a short 5 minute walk to the Bruce Museum. To arrange for pick-up and ride to the museum, please call Marianne (914) 355-6507.

LUNCH: 1:00 PM. No food service, so please bring your own. We will meet in the Education Workshop.

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

Admission is free right now as 2 galleries are closed for renovations. 
- The Permanent Science Gallery will be open.
- Stools will be available.

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.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Weekday Sketchers Schedule for January and February

in an effort to help you plan to attend the Weekday Sketch events, here is the schedule for January and February 2020.  The locations might be subject to change. please check the blog each week for exact locations. 

WEDNESDAY January 8, 2020                       Main Library and Bryant Park Skaters

THURSDAY January 16,  2020                         NY Transit Museum Model Trains at Grand Central 

WEDNESDAY January 22,  2020                        Cast Hall

TUESDAY January 28, 2020                            Julliard Ancient Instruments @ St Luke's Lutheran

WEDNESDAY. February 5, 202                       Essex Market

TUESDAY February 11, 2020                          The Cloisters 

WEDNESDAY February 19, 2020                   Museum of Natural History

WEDNESDAY February                                  The Guggenheim  

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the Woof!

Thanks to Suzanne Cleary 
for suggesting this event

The AKC Museum of the Dog preserves, interprets and celebrates the role of dogs in society and educates the public about the human-canine bond through its collection of art and exhibits that inspire engagement with dogs.

Founded in 1982, the AKC Museum of the Dog was originally located in The New York Life Building at 51 Madison Avenue as a part of the AKC headquarters. In 1987, the Museum of the Dog was moved to a new location in Queeny Park, West St. Louis County, Missouri. After over 30 great years at Queeny Park, the decision was made to bring the Museum back to its original home and reunite it with the AKC headquarters and collection.

Combining fine art with high-tech interpretive displays, the Museum of the Dog’s new home at 101 Park Ave hopes to capture the hearts and minds of its visitors. Located in the iconic Kalikow building, the Museum will offer rotating exhibits featuring objects from its 1,700-piece collection and 4,000-volume library.

The Museum has welcomed New York City Urban Sketchers for this Saturday.  For dog fans /as a part of their Meet the Breed program there will be a beautiful live Gordon Setter visiting from 12 to 2 PM.   The owner/breeder will be discussing the breed which could be a great time for us to sketch.

A Gordon Setter the AKC featured dog this Saturday


WHEN: This Saturday, December 21, 2019, starting at 10:00 AM.
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WHERE: The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, 101 Park Ave, (Finding it:  I'm told the real entrance is on 40th Street around the corner from 101 Park Ave.  Look for a picture of a dog above the entrance.)

-    There is a fee but we are receive the special group rate.
-    Let the cashier know that you are an Urban Sketcher

Group Rates:
-  Adult $13.50
-  Child (Under 12) $4.00
-  Senior (Over 65) $9.00
-  Student / Youth (13-24) $9.00
-  Active Military / Veteran $9.00

By Subway
4, 5, 6 7 and S trains to Grand Central Station and walk two blocks south

LUNCH12:00  Noon - We'll walk to Grand Central Station to eat in the Food Court on the lower level.  Lots of food choices or bring your own.

AFTERNOON1:15 PM - Back to sketching at the museum

SHOW and TELL3 PM.  We'll try to have our closing at the museum.  If the space doesn't work we'll go to the same place where we ate lunch at Grand Central.  Show and Tell if the social part of the day where we will share our day's drawings and tell cool art stories.

-  The museum says stools are unnecessary.  They will provide chairs if we want to sit and sketch.  (I like these people!)

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

There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Met Wednesday to "Complete the Picture"

Did you ever wander through the Met and wonder what some of those partial statues really looked like when they were all in one piece? Or have you seen an incomplete artifact, suit of armor or relic and thought what the rest might have looked like? Then this is your chance to complete the picture.  Join us this week as we wander the museum and create "the rest of the story".  Use your imagination. Create a realistic drawing, or a cartoon....or even put an animal head or feet on a figure...just have fun.

Don't want to "fill in the blank?...that's ok too. Just join us and spend the day sketching anything that makes you happy!

Was he bald? Curly hair? 
And how big were his feet??

How beautiful was she anyway?



                         1000 FIFTH AVE

NOTE;  We will meet just inside the Greek Gallery to the left of the lobby by the ""head of a youth" pictured above. Joining us later? Meet us for lunch in the lower level cafeteria at 1:00 PM.


Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201978-6387.  Bring a stool and be prepared to work in dry materials.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the National Museum of the American Indian

The building itself is a spectacular Beaux Arts edifice with wonderful murals and a very sketchable interior.   The exhibitions are always interesting.  It's actually part of the Smithsonian Institution.  Programing explores the diversity of the Native peoples of the Americas and the strength and continuity of their cultures from the earliest times to the present.


WHEN: This Saturday, December 14, 2019, starting at 10:00 AM.

WHERE: The National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, New York,
(Located in: Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House) 
The Museum is on the south side of Bowling Green, in lower Manhattan, adjacent to the northeast corner of Battery Park.

-    Admission is free.
-    Anyone sketching there is almost guaranteed to be an Urban Sketcher

By Subway

  • 4 & 5 trains to Bowling Green
  • 1 train to Rector Street or South Ferry
  • R (& W on weekdays) trains to Whitehall Street
  • J & Z trains to Broad Street
  • 2 & 3 trains to Wall Street

Note:  The Museum is run by the Federal Government and is part of the Smithsonian.  Smithsonian security personnel conduct a thorough but speedy hand-check of visitors’ bags, briefcases, purses, strollers, and containers. Visitors are required to walk through a metal detector.

LUNCH12:00  Noon - Flavors Cafe at the corner of Whitehall and Bridge Sts.  Bring your own or purchase from Flavors (If you bring your own consider buying a drink from the cafe?)

AFTERNOON1:15 PM - Back to sketching the museum

SHOW and TELL3 PM.  We'll probably return to Flavors Cafe,  our lunch spot where we will get a drink or a snack and share our day's drawings while telling cool art stories. 

-  Bring a stool if you own one. It gives you so many more options.
(The museum allows stools but not easels.)

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

There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at St Bart's Thursday for Sketching and Concert

Join us this week for an opportunity to sketch in one of New York's most dynamic sanctuaries with its beautiful Gothic arches, stained glass, Hildreth Meier gold mosaics and numerous carvings.  To take a video tour click here:

We will also attend the weekly Great Music Series at 1:15 PM. The concert is free and will feature French music with a violin and harpsichord. 

St. Bartholomew's Church: Quiet corner in St Bart's with the New York Adventure Club

St. Bartholomew's Church Photo

Please RSVP Directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6387.  Plenty of seats, no need to bring a stool.  Join us any time to sketch. Break for lunch as you wish. Following the concert at 2:00 PM we will reconvene in the sanctuary to show our work. 


STARTING TIME:  The sanctuary opens at 9:00. Feel free come at any time. The concert is from 1:15 to 2:00 PM in the small chapel to the right of the entrance

                       PARK AVE AT 51ST STREET

TRANSPORTATION: 6 Train to Lexington Ave and 51st Street.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Saturday 12/7 at the Essex Market!

Yes, folks, there is a meet-up this weekend after all! Indoors at the Essex Market, with plenty of people and colorful things to sketch, lots of vendors for buying lunch, and even bathrooms (yay!). Bring a stool for sketching downstairs (try to stay out of the way). Upstairs there's a dining area with tables and chairs, more people to sketch, and some limited views of the vendors downstairs, and windows with street views.

Essex Street Market, 88 Essex Street
(at the southeast corner of Essex & Delancey Streets)

Via Subway
J, M and Z lines to Essex Street
F line to Delancey Street

Via Bus
M9, M14A-SBS, B39
to Essex/Delancey Street

Look for Joan Tavalott upstairs in the dining area.
Joan's Cell: (516) 510-1473
(I'll arrive around noon because I'll be working in the morning.)

Meet for lunch upstairs in the dining area.

Show and Tell upstairs in the dining area.

Come late, come early, it's all good. We're pretty easy to find, we'll be the ones sketching!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

WEEKEND: No official sketch event scheduled.

Sadly there is no official sketch event for this weekend.   Some family stuff has come up.  Since I'd love to be out sketching, and maybe you feel the same - I have two suggestions:

1) On occasion things come up.  It would be great if there was a small committee of people willing to jump in to run our usual sketch event.  Let me know if that's something you'd be willing to do by sending an email directly to me -

2)  If you'd like to go out this weekend post where you'll be to our Facebook Group and let the other sketchers know how, where and when to find you.

Enjoy the weekend one and all -

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Temple Emanuel Wednesday to see Barbra Streisand

Ok, its an exhibit not a performance. 

Join us for a day of sketching in the exhibit and the magnificent sanctuary with its gold mosaics designed by Hildeith Meiere, Tiffany stained glass and incredible soaring space.  

In addition, Temple Emanuel is currently hosting an exhibit in the Bernard Gallery about Barbra Streisand.  Costumes, contracts and videos of her work over the decades are on view. You can even sing along with her (and have us sketching you?) in a karaoke booth.

Temple Emanu-El - New York City (New York Landmarks Conservancy)

DATE:  Wednesday, December 4, 2019


                        1 East 65th Street at 5th Avenue

TRANSPORTATION: N, R, W, to 5th Avenue Station (at 60th St) 

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Plenty of seats, no need to bring a stool.  Be prepared to work with dry materials.   We will break for lunch at the Central Park Zoo cafeteria across the street. 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the Last Knight

Every time I see Tim Bay sketching he asks me if I've seen the special Armor Show at the Met yet.  I have to admit, the description sounds interesting.  The show closes on January 5th, so this is the time to check it out.

The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I examines the profound significance of European armor at the dawn of the Renaissance, through the lens of Emperor Maximilian I's (1459–1519) remarkable life. On view only at The Met, The Last Knight coincides
with the five-hundredth anniversary of Maximilian's death, and is the most ambitious North American loan exhibition of European arms and armor in decades. Including 180 objects selected from some thirty public and private collections in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, The Last Knight will explore how Maximilian's unparalleled passion for the trappings and ideals of knighthood served his boundless worldly ambitions, imaginative stratagems, and resolute efforts to forge a lasting personal and family legacy.

This exhibition features many works of art on view outside Europe for the first time, including Maximilian's own sumptuous armors that highlight his patronage of the greatest European armorers of his age, as well as related manuscripts, paintings, sculpture, glass, tapestry, and toys, all of which emphasize the emperor's dynastic ambitions and the centrality of chivalry at the imperial court and beyond.


WHEN: This Saturday, November 30, 2019, starting at 10:00 AM.

WHERE: The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Avenue, in Gallery 899
-    I use the side entrance on 81st Street.  It says it's for school groups but anyone can use it.
-    Meet at the information desk in the Great Hall
-    Note:  During heavy traffic and for certain shows the museum sometimes doesn't permit long term sketching.  (see next item)
-    If knights in shining armor isn't your thing, or if we're not permitted to sketch this particular show - sketch anywhere - there is so much to see and draw.  We'll meet for lunch and Show & Tell

-    New Yorkers. - Pay what you wish
-    Out of towners - Adults - $25, Seniors (65 and over) - $17, Students -$12

LUNCH12:00  Noon - Meet at the very back of the museum cafeteria located on the ground floor near the Lehman Collection.  Bring your own or purchase from the museum.

AFTERNOON1 PM - Back to sketching the museum

SHOW and TELL3 PM.  Back to the back of the cafeteria -  our lunch spot, where we will share our day's drawings and tell art stories.

-  Bring a stool if you own one. It gives you so many 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.

WEDNESDAY: Westchester Sketchers at The Westchester

December 11th
The Westchester is the ultimate shopping destination for the Metropolitan New York Region. This high-end shopping mall is a work of art with spectacular glass skylights and marble columns. With total sky lighting above marble and carpeted floors below, commissioned sculptures and fantastic customer service, all the amenities of Madison and 5th Avenue, are available under one roof.

 Try your hand at sketching the holiday decorations, shoppers, statues and up-scale stores fronts. 

Did you take the "Casual Perspective Workshop" given by Jason Das? Come review, share and practice what we learned.


DATE: WEDNESDAY, December 11, 2019. 
Start time: 10:00 AM.  Meet at the Savor Food Hall, located on level 4.

LOCATION: The Westchester Mall, 125 Westchester Ave., White Plains, NY 10601.
Phone:  (914) 683-6800

DIRECTIONS and Parking 
The Westchester is located in White Plains at the corner of Bloomingdale Road and Westchester Avenue, exit 8 or 8W, right off of Route 287.
The Parking area for access to the Savor Food Hall at The Westchester is the one on Paulding Street, located on the North side between P.F. Chang's and Nordstrom. This parking garage is located on the right just before the valet parking, as you turn into Paulding Street from Westchester Avenue.

Transportation from NYC: Use the Harlem Line of the Metro-North Railroad to arrive in White Plains. Taxicabs are readily available for hire to The Westchester Mall. 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 Savor Food Court.  Bring your own or buy from the food vendors.

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

- Seating areas can be found within the Mall, but bringing a stool offers more options.
Leave you coat in the car so you don't have to carry it.

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.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the Bronx Museum

The Bronx Museum has been a socially conscious artistic resource for the community featuring topical and interesting shows. 

Henry Chalfant - Dondi, 1980, 2013, 2013

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, also called the Bronx Museum of Art or simply the Bronx Museum is an internationally recognized cultural destination that presents innovative contemporary art exhibitions and education programs and is committed to promoting cross-cultural dialogues for diverse audiences.

Revolt Min (Rasta RTW), 1979, 2013

HENRY CHALFANT: ART VS. TRANSIT, 1977-1987  - Widely regarded as one of the most significant documentarians of street art, Henry Chalfant has produced a voluminous body documenting the emergence of the trend since its early days in the Bronx, following its transformation into the international phenomenon it is today. Chalfant’s photographs are a work of visual anthropology and one of the seminal documents of American popular culture in the late twentieth century.

Skeme Daze, 1982, printed 2013


WHEN: This Saturday, November 23, 2019, starting at 11:00 AM.

WHERE: The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, The Bronx


B or D train to 167 St. Walk south two blocks. 4 train to the 161 STREET/YANKEE STADIUM STATION. Walk east three blocks to the Grand Concourse, then, walk north four blocks along Grand Concourse to 165th St.

FREE ADMISSION to all ages.

LUNCH:  12:00  Noon - Bring your own or purchase from local vendors.  Group lunch plan will be discussed.

Food Options Nearby:
-   Bullpen Deli: 66 E 161st St.  (718) 585-8627 (2.5 long blocks)
-   Eating Tree: 892 Gerard Ave  (718) 293-5025  (2 blocks)
-   Bronx Drafthouse: 884 Gerard Ave (929) 265-9759  (2 blocks)

AFTERNOON:  1 PM - Back to sketching the museum

SHOW and TELL:  3 PM.  Location to be determined - probably at our lunch spot where we will share our day's drawings and tell stories. 

-  Bring a stool if you own one. It gives you so many 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.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Brookfield Place for Canstruction Tuesday

Have you ever seen superheroes, rainbows and rocket ships made out of cans of food?  If not, this is your opportunity to see NYC's entry into one of the most unique charitable contests.  Sponsored by City Harvest, this annual design competition challenges teams of architects, engineers and contractors to build sculptures made entirely out of unopened cans of food which are completely self supported.  When the displays are taken down all the food is donated to local food pantries. 

To learn more about the event and the charity, click here:




TRANSPORTATION:  Any subway that will take you to the World Trade Center

NOTE:  We will meet in the Winter Garden under the palm trees.  From there we will disburse to sketch the various sculptures and meet again in the Winter Garden for lunch at 12:30. 

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6387

Bring a stool and lunch or purchase lunch at Hudson Eats in Brookfield Place.