Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Call for Entries


Sketch of the Tarrytown Lighthouse by Susan Cushin

Call for Entries

NYC Urban Sketchers Westchester Exhibit

Entry Deadline: February 12, 2023

Where: Warner Library, 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY

When: March 1- 31, 2023

Eligibility: NYC USk Sketchers who completed works after 2020 “on location” or “en plein air” at a Westchester sketching event.

A maximum of 3 works in any medium may be submitted for consideration. There is no entry fee. If the number of submissions is too high, the number of pieces per person will be reduced. Please identify the order of preference for your entries with 1, 2, and 3. Upon acceptance, you will be provided with an artist identification form to fill out and tape to the back of your artwork. Each entry must be framed, wired, and ready to hang.

Entries must be delivered to Cathy Gutterman or Susan Chavez beforehand as hanging takes a long time. They must also be picked up from the Warner Library on or before March 31st.

Submission: Please send the digital image(s) and the framed/unframed dimensions for each of your works to cathygutterman@verizon.net by February 12, 2023.

Exhibit set-up: Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Reception: Saturday, March 18, 2023, 2:00-4:00 PM

Exhibit take-down: Friday, March 31, 2023

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Weekday Sketchers at the Met THURSDAY

 A Show About the Hellenistic One Per Cent | The New Yorker
Isn't it a shame that the Met has so many broken statues? All those missing arms and legs, broken noses and toes?  What a crying shame!  

Ah, but Urban Sketchers is  here to fix it!  

Marble Statue of a Wounded Warrior, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC Stock  Photo - Alamy
Is he holding something? 

10 Must-See Artworks At NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art
What's behind her? 

Join us this week as we scour the Met and find the missing pieces.  

Come and put back the arms and legs. (maybe borrow them from a Zebra or Moose?) Maybe put a wig on a bald head or a funny nose on some poor soul who has lost one. What about a hat or two? And isn't it about time that Degas' ballerina got a new dress? Come with us and imagine a range of possibilities that doesn't really exist!  

And it doesn't have to be the Roman and Greek statues. What about the Mayan exhibit or all those fellow from the Medieval castles?  Couldn't they use a new outfit or two? 

Not interested in this idea? There is plenty more to do at the Met.  Visit one of the new exhibits or revisit an old one.  Then join us for lunch and show us you drawings!

What You Must See at the Met Museum in NYC! – Sand In My Suitcase



                                5th Avenue and 82nd Street
                                    We will meet in the lower lobby entrance near 81St Street

TRANSPORTATION: 4, 5, 6 to 86th Street

The Red Queen and Her Sisters: Women of Power in Golden Kingdoms | The  Metropolitan Museum of Art
What about a dress to go with the jewels? 


  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at Rayliedunkel1@gmail.com
  • Looking for us?  Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • We will meet in the lower lobby at 10:30. Then disperse through the museum
  • We will meet for lunch in the rear of the lower level cafeteria at 1:00 PM to share drawings and enjoy a meal.
  • Bring a stool
  • Be prepared to work in dry materials only

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Weekday Schedule for February and March

File:Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation—wood sculpture and woodworking too.jpg  - Wikimedia Commons
Chaim Gross Foundation
In an effort to help you plan to attend the Weekday Urban Sketchers events, here is the calendar for February and March 2023. Please note that most events will be on Wednesdays.  However, since some venues are not open on Wednesdays please take note of specific changes. 

Treasured New York Interiors - 1stDibs Introspective
NYC Surrogates Court Lobby

THURSDAY , February 2, 2023         Metropolitan Museum of Art

WEDNESDAY February 8, 2023        New York Historical Society

WEDNESDAY February 15, 2023      New York Surrogates Court Lobby

WEDNESDAY February 22, 2023      The Chaim Gross Foundation 

THURSDAY   March 2, 2023             Museum of the City of New York

WEDNESDAY March 8                     Asia Society (tentative) 

WEDNESDAY March 15, 2023          The Big Reuse

WEDNESDAY MARCH 22, 2023     American Museum of Natural History

WEDNESDAY March 29, 2023         Hispanic Society 


SUNDAY: Westchester Sketchers at the Neuberger Museum, SUNY Purchase


The Neuberger Museum of Art, located at the heart of SUNY Purchase College, is a vital cultural resource of modern, contemporary, and African art for Westchester County, NY, and beyond.  From the mid-century American and African art that form the collection's core 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.

Exhibits on view include:

A Special Look: Louis Michel Eilshemius

The largest body of work by a single artist in the Neuberger Museum of Art’s collection is by Louis Michel Eilshemius, who is represented by more than a hundred paintings, watercolors, and drawings.

This exhibit features a focused group of works created by the artist between 1874 and 1909 that reflect his academic training and interest in the longstanding European tradition of landscape painting.  Like many of his predecessors from the nineteenth century, Eilshemius traveled throughout Europe and made several journeys to distant countries.  His works were created both “en plein air,” and in his studio after images from his sketchbook.

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

Included in Then and Now are works by some of our most beloved artists including Milton Avery, Romare Bearden, Stuart Davis, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Arthur Dove, Helen Frankenthaler, Marsden Hartley, Hans Hofmann, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and David Smith.  Amid these works contemporary art from the collection also are installed, in keeping with the spirit of our founding patron, Roy R. Neuberger, who was committed to supporting the work of living artists, particularly during the formative years of their careers.  As he once observed, “The contemporary world should buy the work of contemporary artists.”


DATE: SUNDAY, January 29, 2022.

Start time: 12:00 Noon

LOCATION: Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College https://neuberger.org
State University of New York, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577. Phone: 914-251-6100 

PARKING Information:
Museum visitors can park in the West 1 visitor parking lot.  To reach the West 1 parking lot from the main entrance, turn left and stay left on Brigid Flanagan Drive.  Continue for approximately one mile and the entrance to the West 1 parking lot will be on your right.  

The Museum is located on the Southwest side of the Main Campus Plaza.  Please walk up the stairs, near Parking West 1, and continue to walk straight, following the signs to the Neuberger Museum of Art. 

The Neuberger Museum of Art is wheelchair accessible throughout the building, including galleries and restrooms. Wheelchairs are available without charge at the museum’s entrance. Gallery stools are available by request.

LUNCH: Due to our later start, we will not break for lunch.  Please bring a snack/lunch to have if you get hungry. There are no food options at the Museum Store.  However, there are options on campus.

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

  • Admission is currently FREE for all visitors.
  • Masks are mandatory indoors. 
  • Stools will be available from the Museum.
  • During your visit, please remember these rules for the exhibit areas:
    • No food or beverages 
    • No flash photography
    • No pens or markers (you may use pencils to write/draw)

Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman at cathygutterman@verizon.net

Looking for us? 
Call/text: Cathy at (914) 625-0766 or Marianne at (914) 355-6507

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

SATURDAY: Sketch the Brooklyn Museum


In any other city it would be the major cultural center.  In New York City, the Brooklyn Museum is our forgotten treasure.  The museum is home to an exquisite collection housed in a fabulous Beaux Arts building.   Anywhere you choose to sketch you'll have a wonderful subject.

The Egyptian collection is world renowned as are many of the Asian art collections.  The American decorative Arts collection is endless and the colonial homes and period rooms on the top floor are fascinating.  To say nothing of the permanent installation of Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party". ( a MUST see if you haven't ever done so!) And on and on it goes! 

But wait there's more....now there are two terrific shows up: Thierry Muggler and Jimmy DeSanna.  You can find out more about these and many other temporary and permanent collections by visiting the web site: https://www.brooklynmuseum.org


What:   We’ll be sketching at the The Brooklyn Museum of Art  on Saturday, January 28, 2023

Where:   The Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn 


When:  Meet at 11 AM in the lobby.  There's a coat check.  After that we'll be fanning out to the different floors and collections. Anyone with a sketchbook is undoubtedly a fellow Urban Sketcher


-   By Subway:  

  • By Subway - 2 or 3 train to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum.  

-  By Car

  • Or drive and use the paid parking available behind the museum.

General Admission

  • Adults - $16
  • Adults 65+ - $10
  • Visitors with disabilities (care partner free of charge) and students -  $10

Lunch:  12:30  PM  Meet in the first floor cafe

Afternoon:  1:30 PM  Back to sketching

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - This is the social part of our day where we will share drawings and good stories.  Location to be determined.



-     Bring a stool, it gives you more options.  

Can't find us?  

Call or Text Mark - 973-809-9128

There are no fees or attendance taken. All drawing skill levels are welcome

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Climate Change Mitigation Sketching in 2023

Across the Globe we are witnessing coral reefs bleaching, inland lakes and rivers drying up, increased intensity of tropical storms, increased frequency of droughts and wildfires, melting sea ice, and global average sea level rise of six inches in the past 100 years. These are the just some of the real world effects of Climate Change. But close to home are real time efforts occurring to combat Climate Change.

In 2023 NYC Urban Sketchers plans to document through our art Climate Change Mitigation projects in our city and surrounding area. We need your help. Attached is a link to a Google Forms questionnaire on Facebook asking for your suggestions for potential locations for sketching that focuses on combatting Climate Change. Please submit your ideas.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Sunday, January 22, 2023

THURSDAY: Westchester Sketchers at the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY

 The Hudson River Museum is a preeminent cultural institution in Westchester County and the New York metropolitan area.  Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York, the HRM’s mission is to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history.

Current exhibitions include:

This exhibition features Brown’s series of five monumental works on paper titled The Actress: A Drawing in Five Parts, a recent gift to the Museum. The series explores the emotive progression of a stage performance by actor Jillian O’Brien. Homing in on Brown’s interests in Black expression, performance, and creativity, this exhibition turns a lens on his unique, experimental, and powerful practice of portraiture.

Printmaking has served as a stepping stone for many women artists, enabling their work to reach the masses thanks to its accessible form. Matrix: Prints by Women Artists, 1960–1990 explores a period of experimentation in printmaking among women artists, who used the art form as a means of creative expression and also a way to enter the male-dominated art market.

Federico Uribe’s Plastic Reef reminds us of the fragility of life and invites us to reflect on the indiscriminate use of plastic and its disastrous impact. From a distance, Plastic Reef appears to be a colorful and beautiful underwater world filled with corals, mussels, and schools of fish. Up close, you discover it is, in fact, thousands of pieces of upcycled plastic that are carefully cut and whimsically arranged. Weaving together these discarded plastic bottles, caps, cutlery, flip flops, and more in curious and unpredictable ways, Uribe presents his vision of a coral reef and its interdependent life forms.

Travel back in time to the Gilded Age!  Enjoy a 45-minute guided tour of historic Glenview’s six fully restored period rooms decorated for the holidays.  Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.


DATE: THURSDAY, January 26, 2023

LOCATIONHudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave. Yonkers, NY (914) 963-4550

From NYC: Take the Metro-North Railroad’s Hudson Line local train to Glenwood Station. Walk 1 block east on Glenwood Avenue, and then turn left onto Ravine Avenue. At the end of Ravine Avenue, enter Trevor Park. Follow the path to the main entrance of the Museum.

START TIME: 12:00 PM (Opening time)

LUNCH: Since the Museum opens at Noon, we won’t have a scheduled time for lunch. Please bring your own lunch/snack, or purchase something from the Museum Shop.

SHOW and TELL: 2:30 PM A classroom has been reserved for us from 2:30-5 PM. This is the social portion of our day when we will share our drawings, techniques, and stories. It is a time not to be missed.

  • Admission: $10 for Adults, $7 for Seniors. Free for members. Tickets are available for purchase online or at (914) 963-4550 during business hours. Tickets are non-refundable.  Reservations are accepted by credit card only.
  • Tickets for Glenview tours and planetarium shows are an additional purchase and are not included in general admission.  Adults +$6 each; Seniors +$5 each.
  • Stools will be available for our use.
  •  DRY MATERIALS ONLY (in the Galleries). Wet materials may be used in the classroom.

Please RSVP to Cathy (cathygutterman@verizon.net).

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. 

Weekday Sketchers on the 2nd Ave Subway

Trick Question:  

Where can you see major works of art by contemporary artist like Chuck Close, Sarah Sze, Jean Shin and Vik Muniz for the price of a subway ride? 


The 2nd Avenue Subway! 

10 Coolest Subway Art Installations in NYC - Mommy Nearest
Vik Muniz: 72nd Street Station

The art work on the mezzanine level of the new 2nd Ave Subway stations is worth the trip from anywhere! And this week we will be making the trip and sketching the stations. 

We will meet at the 96th Street Station on the Mezzanine Level of the Q Train.  We will sketch for 40 minutes and get then ride to the next stop and so on and so on down to the 63rd Street Station. .  Bring a stool and your lunch.  Bathrooms should be available at all stations. 

For information about the installation of the art works, click here: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/19/arts/design/second-avenue-subway-art.html

Sarah Sze: 96th Street Station




TRANSPORTATION: Q Train to 96th Street

Second Avenue Subway is Major NYC Public Art Installation - Untapped New  York
Chuck Close Self Portrait: 86th St. Station

  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at Rayliedunkel1@gmail.com
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • Bring a stool, lunch and water.
  • You can work in wet medium
  • We will spend about 40 minutes at each location then get back on the subway and go to the next stop.
  • Be aware that cell phones might not work underground. If you are looking for us and can't reach Raylie, just figure out where we would be at the time you are looking for us and go to that stop
  • Bathrooms should be available at each stop but no promises 

Ms. Shin’s 63rd Street station art includes a geometric image of elevated girders that were dismantled in the 1940s and 1950s.
Jean Shin: 63rd St. Station

Art Underground: A First Look at the Second Avenue Subway - The New York  Times
Vik Muniz: 72nd St Station

For the 63rd Street station, Jean Shin used archival photographs of the Second Avenue and Third Avenue elevated trains and their passengers to create compositions in ceramic tile, glass mosaic and laminated glass.
Jean Shin: 63rd St Station 

Friday, January 20, 2023

Workshop - Saturday, February 25, 2023 - Capture the Energy of a Scene

When: Saturday, February 25, 2023
Where: Grand  Central Terminal
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Gavin Snider is an artist who lives and works in New York City. In this workshop, Gavin will teach you how to capture the energy of a scene by going straight to the final artwork, painting architecture and people confidently without pencil lines. His workshop will focus on building a painting from light to dark, using value to capture detail and motion. 

For details and registration, click the Eventbrite.com link below:

Thursday, January 19, 2023


New Jersey Sketchers at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts....Again!

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

In January we visited this lovely museum to sketch the heavily decorated interior.  At that time we said...let's come back and sketch the outside of the building as well.  Now it is time to return and make it happen. 

Join us for a day of sketching at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. The museum is in the James Library Building. Built in 1899, this is a fine example of Richardsonian Romanesque Revival architecture.

While our objective is to sketch the exterior of this Victorian confection, there is plenty to do on the inside should the weather call for a cooler or drying place.  

For more information about the museum, click here: https://metc.org

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Date: Thursday, July 13, 2023

Time: 10:30am Museum is open 10-4

Location: 9 Main Street (NJ Route 124 at Green Village Road) Madison, NJ

Admission: $5 Adults, $3 Seniors (only if you want to sketch inside) 

The museum is two blocks west of the Madison train station on the New Jersey Transit Morris and Essex Line. NYC Sketchers can catch the train out of Penn Station in NYC.  Check NJ Transit for ticketing information 

Public parking lots are located behind the shops on both sides of Main Street. On-street parking is available on Kings Road and Green Village Road. 


  • Please RSVP directly to Margaret Casagrande at margaret.casagrande@gmail.com
  • Looking for us? Call or text Margaret at 646-515-9913
  • Bathrooms and water are available on site
  • Bring a stool for best sketching site lines
  • Be prepared to work in dry materials if indoors. Outdoors...watercolor is fine. 
  • The galleries are small and a bit tight, please be aware of other guests
  • No food is allowed in the gallery.  We will meet and walk to a nearby cafe for lunch and a Show and Tell

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

SATURDAY: Sketch Southeby's

The famed international auction house is the site for our Saturday sketch this week.  You'll be surrounded by beautiful objects and interesting customers.  The displays are on many floors and the collection of items to be auctioned always changes.  There's always something fabulous to sketch at Sotheby’s.  The staff at Sotheby's has always been warm and welcoming to urban sketching.  

You will almost certainly see something that will get your creative juices going.  By the way, if Joan Tavolott joins us, be sure to ask her about the time she sold her original art at Sotheby's.  It’s one of my favorite art stories.

The View from the outdoor terrace at Sotheby's


What:   We'll be sketching at the Sotheby's on Saturday, January 21, 2023

Where:   Sotheby's is located at 1334 York Ave, between East 71 St and 72nd.


When:  Meet at 10 AM on the ground floor..  There's a coat check.  After that we'll be fanning out to the different floors and collections. Anyone with a sketchbook is undoubtedly a fellow Urban Sketcher


-   By Subway:  

  • The East 72 Street stop on the Q line is the closest subway stop.

Admission to Sotheby's is free.

Lunch:  Meet at the Sotheby's cafeteria at 12:30 for lunch. Bring your sketchbook. The views are wonderful.  If the weather permits there's also an outdoor terrace we can enjoy

Afternoon:  1:30 PM  Back to sketching

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - This is the social part of our day where we will share drawings and good stories.  Location to be determined.



-     Bring a stool, it gives you more options.  

Can't find us?  

Call or Text Mark - 973-809-9128

There are no fees or attendance taken. All drawing skill levels are welcome

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Weekday Sketchers at St. Barts and Central Synagogue 

St. Bartholomew's Church | Venue - New York, NY | Wedding Spot
St. Bart's Exterior

Join us this week as we visit two iconic houses of worship in Mid Manhattan.    

NYC: Central Synagogue | Central Synagogue, designed by Henr… | Flickr
Central Synagogue Exterior 

We will start our journey at St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue, designed by Stanford White in the Romanesque Style, this is one of the most beautiful houses of worship in New York City.  Beautiful mosaics designed by Hildreth Meiere , a soaring dome, the triple marble porch and heavily painted interior make this church an architectural treasure. For more information about the architecture, click here: https://stbarts.org/connect/history-and-architecture/

St. Bart's Church, NYC — Luke Inspired
St. Bart's Interior

Then we will walk to the Central Synagogue on Lexington Avenue which was built in the Moorish Style and completely restored after a devastating fire, it is a tribute to this unique style of architecture from the onion domes and stained glass to the elaborately embellished interior covered in scroll work, lattice and patterns painted in 69 different colors.   For information about the architecture click here: https://www.centralsynagogue.org/about-us/our-history/our-sanctuary

New York City - Oct 11, 2017: Central Synagogue in Midtown Manhattan, New  York City. It was built in 1870-72 and was designed by Henry Fernbach in  the Stock Photo - Alamy
Central Synagogue Interior



LOCATION: Park Ave and  51st  Street

TRANSPORTATION: 6 Train to 51St St Station. E, M Trains to 53rd/Lexington Ave


  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at Rayliedunkel1@gmail.com
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • Note the earlier starting time at 10:00 
  • St. Bart's is open from 9:00 AM  Feel free to come before the starting time to do your drawing
  • Central Synagogue is open from 12:30 to 2:00.  We will leave St. Bart's in time for the 12:30 opening
  • Both buildings are functioning houses of worship, please use decorum while drawing
  • Be prepared to use dry materials
  • Bathrooms and water are available at both sites
  • No need for stools as there are plenty of seats available. 
  • In order to accommodate the time schedule for both buildings we will not have a lunch break.  Feel free to take one on your own. 
  • We will have a Show and Tell following the visit to Central Synagogue