Saturday, April 29, 2023

Weekday Sketchers at Brooklyn Navy Yard

Brooklyn Navy Yard moving forward with expansion proposal that could add  another 10,000 jobs to campus - New York Business Journal

It's an amazing reinvention of an historic landmark.  It's a remarkable museum, It's a industrial wonder. It's a great indoor/outdoor food court.  It's a reclaimed meadow in the middle of Brooklyn. 

What is it? It''s the Brooklyn Navy Yard. 

Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 - Brooklyn Navy Yard - Brooklyn, NY

BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Brooklyn Navy Yard Bldg 92

Join us this wee to explore this fascinating space that once housed the infamous British prison ships where American troops were starved to death and later the shipbuilding yards that built the fleet for WWI and WWII.  Now reinvented as an industrial and historical hub, we can capture this urban landmark in our sketch books.  Then after lunch, we will walk to a place in the middle of the industrial hub to take in the beauty and silence of a natural wild meadow.

Building 77 - Marvel
Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 77 – Silman
Building 77 Interior 

Brooklyn Brewery Taps Navy Yard for Expansion - WSJ

For information about the Brooklyn Navy Yard, click here:



                        141 FLUSHING AVE, BROOKLYN 


Brooklyn Naval Cemetery Reopens as Lush Public Park After 90 Years - Navy  Yard - New York - DNAinfo
Naval Cemetery Landscape

Beautiful Naval Cemetery Landscape Reopens to Brooklyn's Nature Lovers -  Untapped New York
Naval Cemetery Landscape - Nature Sacred


  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • Transportation: The easiest way to get to the Brooklyn Navy Yard is buy the Astoria line of the NYC Ferry. For those who would like to take the ferry from Pier 11 Wall Street we will take the 9:32 AM Ferry. 
  • For information about subway and bus transportation, click here
  • The morning will be spent sketching anywhere in the Yard: Building 92 (the museum) Building 77 (the food court and industrial site) or anywhere outdoors.  
  • We will meet for lunch at Building 77 (bring your own or purchase something there) 
  • After lunch we will walk to the Naval Cemetery Landscape for additional sketching



THURSDAY: Westchester Sketchers at THE BRUCE in Greenwich, CT


The Bruce Museum
Newly enlarged, renovated, exciting and waiting for us!

Join the Westchester Sketchers to explore and draw this elegant museum in Greenwich Connecticut, in particular the Lois Dodd: The Natural Order exhibition.  As excerpted from the website, "For nearly 8 decades Lois Dodd (American, b. 1927) has produced a compelling body of work grounded in direct observation of her surroundings.  Dodd continually draws inspiration from everyday life.  Her subjects include verdant landscapes, detailed closeups of flowers, nocturnal skies, dense woods, windows, clotheslines, weatherworn clapboard barns and urban landscapes entirely devoid of people. Her direct, yet unassuming pictures reflect an acutely observational approach to painting often oscillating between representation and abstraction."

Lois Dodd: Natural Order

Want to explore further?  The Bruce has a diverse collection in fine and decorative art and natural history that includes the ecology of the Long Island Sound and seeks to complement its mission and interest in the intersection of art and science.


DATE: THURSDAY May 4, 2023

LOCATION: "The Bruce" 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830

Phone: 203-869-0376  Website:


  • Admission: Free for members, $20 for adults, $15 for seniors.  
  • AAM (American Alliance of Museums) cards are accepted.
  • Reciprocal general admission is free through the FWMA (Fairfield/Westchester Museum Alliance) and other partners. If you are a member of the Hudson River Museum, your HRM membership card can be used for admission.
  • Many Westchester and Connecticut Libraries offer Museum passes to The Bruce.  Check your local library to see if it has one that you can reserve.  
  • DRY MEDIA ONLY must be used inside the Museum.

TIME: 10:30 AM 


From NYC:  The museum is located .25 mile east from the MTA Greenwich Station. Exit the station toward the east and turn right onto Steamboat Road. Walk through the I-95 underpass and climb steps on the left to the Cohen Education Entrance. Walk past the Cohen Education Entrance and down Education Drive.  Follow the sidewalk to the Visitor Entrance.

Additional Notes:

  • Bring your own snack/lunch and water, or purchase from the new café.
  • Stools will be available, or you can  bring your own.

Please RSVP to, so we will know who to expect.

Looking for us? Call Cathy (914-625-0766) or Marianne Milzoff (914-355-6507)

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

No Sketch Event This Weekend


​No Sketch Event This Weekend
(April 29, 30th)

Back to the usual sketching schedule for the following weekend.

See you then.

Sunday, April 23, 2023

WEDNESDAY: Weekday Sketchers at Rockefeller Center Flag Project


Urban Sketchers Are Flying Over Rockefeller Center

Eddie Bruckner Fine Art - Rockefeller Center Flag Project

This year marks the 4th Annual Flag Project at Rockefeller Center.  This year's theme is "Celebrating New York Food.  A call for submissions brought in hundreds of entries and we are very proud of the 10 New York City Urban Sketchers who now have flags flying over Rockefeller Center all through the month of April. 












Join us at Rockefeller Center as we celebrate their achievement!



We will meet on the plaza above the skating rink where the Christmas Tree is usually placed. 
See map below

TRANSPORTATION:  B, D, F, M to 47-50th Street/Rockefeller Center


  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at
  • Looking for us? Call/test Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • To view all the winners' flags and information about the project, click here:
  • Bring a stool
  • Water, food, and bathrooms are available in the surrounding buildings.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

MONDAY: Westchester Sketchers at the Harrison Library


Harrison Public Library Exhibit: Shapes and Shadows

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, you will want to join us at the Harrison Library for our sketching event this week.  "Shapes and Shadows is an art show by two artists, Marion Schneider and Mitchell Visoky.  The works of Marion Schneider include paintings and pastel works with bold design, a strong passion for color and unique space arrangement.  Extreme light and shadow are strong themes that are evident in this exhibit.

Exhibited by Mitchell Visoky are works of mixed media and collage that uses layered paper, printed images, and vellum photographs that represent the experiences of the artist.  The images give way to the concepts of consciousness, loss and a dreamlike state of minds. The artist strives to achieve tension and correlation between forms by balancing opposites: motion vs. stillness, depth vs surface, concealing vs revealing and positive vs negative spaces.

In addition to sketching the exhibit, we can take our sketchbooks to the Village Green, just outside in front of the library.  Here you may draw memorials, statues, a pretty gazebo or one of the charming homes situated in the vicinity of the library


DATE: MONDAY, April 24, 2022

LOCATION: Harrison Public Library (Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building)
2 Bruce Ave, Harrison, NY 10528 Phone: (914) 835-0324.

START TIME10:00 AM.  We will meet in front of the library.

DIRECTIONS by TRAIN (From NYC): It is a very convenient trip for Manhattan sketchers.  Take the Metro-North New Haven Line from Grand Central Terminal to the Harrison Station.  Cross the elevated bridge over the tracks and walk across the Village Green to the Harrison Library.  

LUNCH: 12:45 PM.  Bring your own or purchase at the Deli on the corner of Harrison Avenue across the street from the library.

SHOW & TELL.   Weather permitting, we will hold Show and Tell on the side of the library by the picnic tables and shrubbery.  This is the social part of our day when we share our drawings, tips, and stories.  It is a time not to be missed.

  • There is street parking near the private houses on Bruce Street, one-hour parking in front of the municipal building, and 2-hour parking in front of the train walkway.
  • Harrison Library opens at 9:30 AM so you should be able to find parking in front of the library.
  • There are seating options in the park and around the Library but bring a stool for more options.
  • In case of rain showers, we will head indoors to sketch in the Harrison.
Please RSVP to Cathy (

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: New Jersey Sketchers at Ross' Dock in Fort Lee, NJ

 Really scenic views - Review of Ross Dock Picnic Area, Fort Lee, NJ -  Tripadvisor

Join us in Fort Lee where we began one year ago!  
After a winter of indoor events, let’s put the ‘urban’ back in our sketching. 

This time we will be along the Hudson River at Ross' Dock at the bottom of the Palisades cliffs. Views of the George Washington Bridge, Upper Manhattan, and the cliffs make for a great day of sketching.

Ross Dock Picnic Area | Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey





BY CAR: Please check a map app for directions. Metered Parking is available for $2 per hour

BY BUS from Manhattan:  Port Authority Station at 178 St to Bridge Plaza in Fort Lee (1 stop). Buy ticket at machines. Let us know you are coming, and we will make arrangements to pick you up.  Taxis are also available.

Exploring Nature | Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersy


  • Please RSVP directly to Margaret Casagrande at
  • Looking for us? Call or text Margaret at 646-515-9913
  • Bring a stool.
  • Dress in layers as it might be cool along the river.
  • Bathrooms and water are available.
  • There is NO food service at this site so bring your lunch and snacks with you. 
  • Picnic tables are available.
  • There are shaded areas with trees (hope the leaves are open!)

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

SATURDAY: Sketch Earth Day at the Queens Botanical Garden

NYC Urban Sketchers Celebrate Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, the NYC Urban Sketchers will sketch the Climate Arts Festival at the Queens Botanical Garden on April 22, 2023.   There will be loads to see and do.  This event is targeted to attract families. There will be lots of booths and exhibits.  Having us sketching the event will add to the charm.

Learn how to take care of nature, not just for Earth Month, but every day of the year.  After all, it is an Earth Day celebration. There will be many knowledgeable environmental experts sharing their passion.

In addition, we will be represented in the vendor alley where we will have a table promoting our group. We will also be selling our artwork, or our art prints.  We are splitting  the proceeds with the garden. If you have artwork you’d like to offer for sale, bring it.  Landscapes, garden scenes and outdoor settings would be particularly relevant.

Click here for more information about the festival and ​to purchase ​advance tickets:

The Visitor's Center

What:   We’ll be sketching the Earth Day Climate Arts Festival at the Queens Botanical Gardens

When:  Saturday, April 22, 2023 starting at 11 AM

  • The Main Garden Entrance 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY .  
  • If you are coming by car use the Parking Garden Entrance, 42-80 Crommelin Street.  
  • (Special Event parking is $15 for the day)

  • Take the no. 7 subway or Long Island Rail Road (Port Washington line) to Main Street/Flushing.
  • Then, take the Q44SBS or Q20A/B bus, or walk eight blocks south to QBG along Main Street

How Much:
  • Adults – $6
  • Seniors (age 62+) – $4
  • Students with ID – $4

Lunch12:30 PM - Let’s meet by the Visitors Center (see photo) and we’ll find a spot for a picnic.  Bring your own or rely on the many local Queens delis and bodegas.

Afternoon:   1:15 back to sketching

Show and Tell:   3:00 PM - We’ll meet back at the Visitors Center, to share our drawings, and talk about art things.

-    Bring a stool if you have one.  It gives you more options
-    The current weather forecast for Saturday looks very promising.  

click to enlarge

Can't find us?  
Call or Text Mark - 973-809-9128

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

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Wednesday: Joint Weekday and Westchester Sketchers at MoMA



Joint event hosted by Cathy Gutterman and Marianne Milzoff

Founded in 1929, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was the first museum devoted to the modern era.  The museum's rich collection offers a panoramic view of modern and contemporary art from innovative European paintings and sculptures of the 1880s to today's film, design and performance art.

Collection highlights include Claude Monet's Waterlilies, Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night and Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.  Currently on Exhibition is Georgia O'Keefe: To See Take Time.  Best known for her flower paintings, O’Keeffe (1887-1986) also made extraordinary series of works in charcoal, pencil, watercolor, and pastel. Reuniting works on paper that are often seen individually, along with key paintings, this exhibition offers a rare glimpse of the artist’s working methods and invites us to take time to look.  To find out more about MoMA and the current exhibitions, click here:


DATE: Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Where: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, Manhattan, NYC

When: Meet at 10:30 AM in the lobby.

Transportation: #6 local to 51 Street. E or M train to 5th Ave./53rd St.

  • Bring your lunch or grab a bite at the museum's Cafe 2, located on the second floor of the museum.
  • Cost; $25 non senior, $18, for Seniors.  2 people may enter on one AAM (American Alliance of Museum) card. 
  • Check your local library for free passes.
  • Be prepared to use dry media if necessary. 
  • Weather permitting, we can sketch in the famous MoMA Sculpture Garden.
Please RSVP to Cathy (

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, April 13, 2023

SATURDAY: Sketching Behind the Lions


for SATURDAY, ​April, 15, 2023

Behind the lions is one of the world's great libraries.  It's a visual treat both inside and outside filled with the Beaux-Arts details that are so much fun to sketch.

Some Library​ Fun F​acts ​For ​You.
  • It was officially opened in 1911 and at the time it was the largest marble structure in the United States
  • The main reading room was contemporaneously the largest of its kind in the world (You can't quite see the curvature of the earth but there are lots of perspective challenges to work out.)


What:   We’ll be sketching in the main branch of the Manhattan Public Library, (AKA the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building)

Where:   The building covers two blocks from 40th Street to 42nd Street at 476 5th Ave​.  We'll meet in the main lobby on the left side.  If you come late, anyone sketching in the library is likely an Urban Sketcher!

When:  Start time - 1​0​ ​AM.  We will be there until 3 PM.   Running late?  Messed up subways?  Come anyway - we'll be there.

How:   Assuming we can all get to 42nd St and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan?

​Lunch:  12:00 Noon:  The library has no cafeteria.  There are many many food places in the area but none that will accommodate all of us​.  Lunch is up to you, we'll be back sketching at 1 PM

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - We’ll try to find a quiet place to meet to share our sketches and tell art stories.  Likely location is tucked under the staircase on the first floor.

-    There is no coat check 
-    I’ve used my stool there many times.  It gives you more sketching opportunities.​  Be considerate and stayed tucked out of everyone's way.​

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

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

Saturday, April 8, 2023

THURSDAY: Westchester Sketchers at the Hudson River Museum


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:

Edward Steichen (1879–1973), one of the leading photographers of the twentieth century, spent his early career equally devoted to both painting and photography. This exhibition highlights his most ambitious project as a painter—three large-scale paintings he created on the cusp of World War I as part of a series of seven murals.

During her residency, Khorover will conduct unique, hands-on, upcycling workshops inspired by “Order / Reorder” that spark creativity while contributing to the health of the planet. One of her big projects is to work with the community to create a large-scale, mixed-media art quilt of the Palisades that is made entirely from recycled single-use plastics.

The HRM needs your help gathering materials for Natalya’s workshops!  Please donate soft single-use plastic packaging, clear plastic lids from takeout containers, clear plastic clamshell containers, pull tabs from beverage containers, cardboard cereal boxes, scraps of fabric, ribbon, wrapping paper, and any other hard single-use plastic tidbits. NOTE: You can drop off your donations at the front desk.
Art as both creative output and curated object is in constant dialogue with the past and the present.  This never-ending conversation pushes art into its future, forcing us to continually reimagine how we project a vision of ourselves and the world around us.  Order / Reorder: Experiments with Collections explores approaches to looking at American art that consider expressions of American identity from new perspectives.


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, April 13, 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.
  • Museum passes to the HRM are available at the Greenburgh Public Library and other Westchester libraries with your library card.
  • 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 (

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 Roosevelt Island for Cherry Blossom Season

Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossoms: Take the Tram to See Some of NYC's Most  Beautiful Spring Flowers | Roosevelt island, Cherry blossom, Island

There are so many places in New York to see the seasonal display of cherry blossoms.  One of the best is Roosevelt Island.  Join us this Wednesday to capture their beauty against the backdrop of the Queensboro Bridge and the UN building.   



                          We will meet at the Roosevelt Island Information Booth near the Tram Station

TRANSPORTATION:  F Train to Roosevelt Island, or the Roosevelt Island Tram

Roosevelt Island Historical Society - New York, NY - Historical Society  Headquarters on
Roosevelt Island Information Booth


  • Please RSVP directly to Lorraine Smith at
  • Looking for us? Call or text Lorraine at 929-614-1930
  • We will meet at the Roosevelt Island Information Booth near the Tram Station
  • If you come later than 10:30 look for us on the west side (UN view) of the island on the walkway
  • There are plenty of benches but bringing a stool gives you more options for viewpoints
  • Bring lunch or purchase it from the cafe at the Cornell Center
  • Bathrooms and water are available

Visit our new store
Walkway on west side of Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island w meeting spot and cafe