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. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch Endlessly ...

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... well, almost. 

New York's High School of Art and Design is holding their Draw-A-Thon fundraiser this coming Saturday November 16th.  It's not exactly Urban Sketching but is a great way to sharpen the skills we need.  We also love the High School.  Many of our sketchers are graduates and the school provides the location for our annual Portrait Party.  It's a great event that we can help make even more successful.

The Draw-A-Thon attracts artists and art fans from all over the city, including professional artists, illustrators and rank amateurs, all happily sketching together.  It's nine straight hours of sketching, with loads of models offering fast poses and slow, as well as interesting costumes and classically naked poses.

Best news, you can save $5.00 by purchasing your ticket in advance (see link below).  The event runs from 10 AM to 7 PM. Come when you want, stay as late as you like.   Pizza is served at the end as they draw tickets for door prizes.

The High School of Art and Design is located at 245 East 56th Street, between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)

Hope to see you there: 

Click to save money by purchasing your ticket in advance:

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at American Folk Art Museum and Juilliard Concert Wednesday

Join us this week for a double-header.
The American Folk Art Museum and a Juilliard Concert in Alice Tully Hall. 

    Untitled (l’Amérique Stubborn Président) 
    Aloïse Corbaz 

The American Folk Art Museum on Lincoln is dedicated to the self taught American artist.   The current exhibition,  is the private collection of Audrey B. Heckler,  is a display of works by more than 70 artists paired with artists' statements, histories and works from the museum's archives that offers a deeper perspective of he works. The works are considered "memory palaces", or visualizations of the artists stories.  Come and capture the works on display or create your own mental landscape triggered by the exhibition.


After our morning in the museum we will move across the street to Alice Tully Hall for lunch in the atrium (bring your own or purchase it there) and then attend and sketch the Juilliard Chamber Concert at 1:00 PM. Since the morning session will be short because the museum opens at 11:30, we can return to the museum after the concert ends at 2:00 PM.   Both the museum and the concert are free. 

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-978-6387.  Bring a stool for the museum. 



                         2 Lincoln Square
                       ( Columbus Ave between 65 and 66th Street)

TRANSPORTATION: 1 Train to 66th Street, Lincoln Center

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the Morgan

I think we've crossed the line.  Summer is definitely over and it feels like we only have the colder portion of autumn remaining. That means less outdoors and more indoors for the coming months.

John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal

People are talking about the Sargent show at the Morgan.  The charcoals are apparently stunning and something that must be seen.  We'll be spending the day at the museum - lots to see in a truly incredible space.

Guercino: Virtuoso Draftsman


WHEN:  This Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10 AM

The Museum Cafeteria
WHERE: The Morgan Library & Museum at 225 Madison Avenue at East 36th Street

-   $22 Adults
-   $14 Seniors (65 and over)
-   $13 Students (with current ID)

By subway: No. 6 to 33d Street; No. 4, 5, 6 or 7 to Grand Central
B, D, F, Q to 42d Street

By bus: M2, M3, M4, Q32 to 36th Street

-   PATH to 33d Street
-   Public parking available nearby
-   Citi Bike at 37th Street and 5th Avenue

LUNCH12:00  Noon - Bring your own or purchase food from the cafeteria.  There are other food options in the neighborhood.

AFTERNOON1 PM - Back to sketching

SHOW and TELL3 PM.  We'll meet in the museum cafeteria to share our day's drawings and tell stories. 

The Museum's Published Policy:  While pencils, sketchbooks, and notebooks are allowed, no pens, ink, paints, markers, easels, or stools are permitted.
-   Sitting on the floor while sketching or taking notes is not permitted. 

(In the past I've found these rules are generally not enforced.  I suspect the big no-no would be setting up an easel.  I plan to bring my stool.  I've used it in the past while sketching.  However, if a guard says "no",  I plan on quickly complying with whatever rules they want to enforce.)


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

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

Monday, November 4, 2019

SATURDAY: Westchester Sketchers at the Neuberger Museum

November 9th 

The Neuberger Museum of Art, located at the heart of Purchase College, SUNY, is a vital cultural resource of modern, contemporary, and African art for Westchester County, NY and beyond. From the mid-century American art and African art that form the core of the collection to the presentation of contemporary art, the museum continues the commitment of founding patron Roy R. Neuberger (1903-2010) by championing the art of our time.

Current exhibitions include:

Threnody (1973-74) is a 250-foot-wide site-specific painting created by American artist Cleve Gray for the opening of the Neuberger Museum of Art.

Yto Barrada: The Dye Garden, winner of the Roy R. Neuberger Prize for 2019.

Then and Now: Modern and Contemporary Selections from the Permanent Collection.

“Art Got into Me”: The Work of Engels the Artist


DATE: SATURDAY, November 9, 2019. 
Start time: 12:00 Noon 
Note: Museum hours are 12-5 PM.

Neuberger Museum of ArtPurchase College
State University of New York
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577-1400
To speak with an operator, please call: 914-251-6100 Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
914-251-6117 Saturday - Sunday, 12 noon - 5 pm

General Public - $5
Seniors 62 - $3
Free to Members of Fairfield/Westchester Museum Alliance institutions

Transportation from NYC: Use the Harlem Line of the Metro-North Railroad to arrive in White Plains. Taxicabs are readily available for hire to Purchase College. Please call (800) METRO-INFO or visit for schedule and fare information. To arrange for pick up, please contact Marianne (

LUNCH: Due to our later start, we will not break for lunch. Please bring a snack/lunch to have if you get hungry. Options at the Museum Store are limited.

SHOW and TELL: 3:00 PM. We will share our drawings and tell stories. This is the social part of our day and not to be missed.

- Stools will be available from the Museum

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.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Green-Wood Cemetery WEDNESDAY


Halloween is over and the decorations are gone but the tombs, trees and scenery is still there. 

Cemeteries are natural haunts (excuse the pun) for Halloween,  and  Green-Wood does it up big time.

Because they stage a major event on Halloween night the trappings of the events are  in the trees and on the grounds.  Join us for a romp through this Victorian gem to find the spookiest scenes for our sketchbooks. Not interested in the Halloween hoopla, then concentrate on the wonderful Victorian funerary artifacts,  mausoleums, landscapes and beautiful trees.  

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Bring a stool, your fall colors and ghost repellent.  We will have lunch on the grounds. Bring Lundh with you or purchase something in the neighborhood.  (Suggestion: Baked in Brooklyn, a training program for artisanal baking, is directly across from the entrance.  Great breads, sweets, coffee and sandwiches.  Supports a good cause too).  

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

DATE: WEDNESDAY, November 6, 2019


                        5th Avenue at 25th Street BROOKLYN


LOCATION:  Greenwood Cemetery
                        5th Avenue at 25th Street BROOKLYN

TRANSPORTATION: R train to 25th St Station on 4th Ave.  Come up to the street level and walk one block uphill to the cemetery.