Friday, February 28, 2020

NYC Urban Sketchers Trip to Albany June 7-10, 2020

News York State Capitol

New York's Capitol City has a wealth of museums, landmarks and heritage sites, the perfect inspiration for Urban Sketchers. Many of the historic structures in Albany are considered architectural marvels and are filled with artistic treasures. Join us as we explore Albany to sketch in the footsteps of Alexander Hamilton and the Roosevelts and learn about the area's storied past through art.


We have secured a limited block of rooms reserved for $109.00 (plus taxes) at the Holiday Inn Express, 300 Broadway, Albany. This price is good for 3 days before June 7 and 3 days after June 10, so take advantage and extend your trip! To guarantee this rate, please make your reservation by April 15th by calling 518-434-4111. Use our Group code: URB. The hotel is located one block from the bus depot and is a walk-able distance to downtown. A shuttle service is also available. Check in 3 PM, check-out 11 AM.


There is no cost for our sketching events. They are free and open to all sketchers.
Because our schedule is flexible, you can join us for one or more days. Feel free to bring a guest.

The Egg

Day 1. SUNDAY, June 7.
Travel on your own from New York and Westchester in the AM to arrive in Albany around noon time. After lunch, spend the afternoon sketching the Empire State Plaza area, and/or the Albany Museum of History and Art. Have dinner around 6 PM. Show and Tell in the Holiday Inn breakfast room.

Empire State Plaza

Day 2. MONDAY, June 8. Sketch the New York State Capitol Building and Empire State Plaza area for the day. Some Albany Urban Sketchers may join us.
Show and Tell in the Holiday Inn breakfast room.

  Day 3. TUESDAY, June 9. Travel to New Berlin, NY to visit the Golden Artist Colors Factory for a tour, two workshops and most likely giveaways. While there is no cost for the factory tour, it is 2.5 hours from Albany so we will hire a school bus to take all of us. Cost is $55 per person (Lunch included). 
NOTE: We will need a FIRM COMMITMENT so we can plan accordingly.
Our schedule for the day:
  • Leave Albany at 8 AM and arrive at the factory by approximately 10:30 AM.
  • After a meet and greet, take a tour of the factory. 
  • Around 12:30 PM, have lunch, brought in from a local restaurant. 
  • Following lunch we will have two workshops. One will be on watercolor and the other on dry media drawing implements such as refillable gel pens, markers and acrylic inks. We will also be shown how to use grounds to prepare various papers.
  • Return to Albany in time for dinner.

Day 4. WEDNESDAY, June 10
. Check out of hotel by 11 AM. 
Possible sites for optional sketching without a schedule:
New York Capitol Building (Mon.-Fri., 7 AM to 7 PM)
Albany New York State Museum (Open every day except Mon.)
Albany Institute of History and Art (Open Wed.-Sat., 10 -5 and Sun. 12 to 5 PM)
Irish American Cultural Museum (2 blocks form the hotel)

Day 5. THURSDAY, June 11. For those who stay an extra day, possible sites include Saratoga Springs, Schuyler Mansion, Dutch Reformed Church, USS Slater and all of the above.

DON'T WAIT! Sign up today!
If you have already expressed your interest, or would like to join us for this trip, please RSVP with the following information as soon as possible but no later than March 13 to Marianne Milzoff at so that we can finalize our plans for this trip. There will be a follow up notice with a more detailed itinerary and information for those interested in going.

Phone number
Coming from
By Bus, Car or Train
Are you willing to carpool?
Will you be staying at the Holiday Inn Express ($109.00 + taxes per night)
How many nights?
Would you like to share a room?
Will you be taking the tour to The Golden Artist Colors Factory on Tuesday ($55 per person)?
NOTE: We need a firm commitment (no refunds) in order to secure the bus.

Prepare for your visit
- view the official 2020 Discover Albany Visitor Guide online or request one by mail at

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