Tuesday, October 5, 2021

SATURDAY - America’s Historic Seaside Resorts - Cape May and Ocean Grove

Grab your favorite art supplies and let’s sketch - The Painted Ladies of Cape May and Ocean Grove. America’s historic seaside resorts are a treasure trove of colorful Victorian architecture with elaborate mansions and ornate guest houses. The Victorian era is made up of various architectural styles including Queen Anne, Gothic revival, Italianate, and French Second Empire.

Cape May, is the oldest seaside resort, and is named after Cornelius Jacobson Mey, a Dutch sea captain who explored the coast in 1621. But Cape May really came into its own after the War of 1812, with the popularity of the steamboat. The Historic District spans 380 acres with over 600 buildings within the resort town.

Ocean Grove was founded in 1869 when a group of Methodist clergymen formed the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association to develop a summer camp meeting site. Visitors to this historic city will notice “Tent City”, a colony of canvas structures available to rent in the summer, a tradition that goes back to 1870. However, don’t hold your breath to get a canvas cottage - the waiting list is 10 years long. 

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

Join NYC Urban Sketchers on Saturday, October 9th at 10am EDT. Register for this virtual sketching event at the Eventbrite link below. The photographic references are provided at the Eventbrite site. 


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