Tuesday, May 30, 2023

SATURDAY: Sketch the Amazing Thailand Fest


This event was developed and is hosted by Mel Barranco.

It's the Amazing Thailand Fest!  Have you dreamed of a Thailand escape? Join us this June 3 at the Amazing Thailand Fest 2023 at The Oculus Plaza World Trade Center!  Enjoy traditional Thai performances, Thai drag shows, Thai fashion shows and Muay Thai demonstrations while you indulge in authentic Thai cuisine and learn more about ‘The Land of Smiles’.  There will be loads to sketch and do.


WHEN:  We’ll meet at 10 AM - sketching until 3 PM on Saturday, June 3, 2023  Sleeping late?  Come anyway - we'll be there.

WHERE:  We’re sketching the Amazing Thailand Fest 2023, which will be held in the area around the World Trade Center.  If you come late go directly there.  Our morning meeting place is the corner of Church and Barclay by the huge Post Office Building.  (see map)

LUNCH:  12:00 PM  - Location to be determined on site.  Bring your own or purchase from the local vendors or eat the Thai food served at the festival.

AFTERNOON:  1:00 PM  Back to sketching

SHOW AND TELL:  3 PM  Location to be determined.  This is the social part of our day where we will share our sketches, tell stories, and probably talk about art supplies.

-  Bring a stool - it gives you more options
-  Prepare for full-on sun

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Can't find us?  
Call or Text Mel - 203-550-3666
or Mark - 973-809-9128

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

THURSDAY: Westchester Sketchers at Lyon Park in Port Chester


Lyon Park is a local neighborhood park in Port Chester, NY. It has many features that offer opportunities for sketching: a 9/11 Memorial, the Bush Lyons Farmstead historical farmhouse and outbuildings, a Firefighters Memorial, Veteran’s Memorial Walk, Vietnam War Memorial, and a garden, bandstand, and beautiful old trees.



LOCATION: Lyon Park, 331 Putnam Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573


TIME: 10:00 AM We will meet by the bandstand (near Putnam Avenue).


From NYC: Take the Metro-North New Haven line to the Port Chester train station.  The 9:08 AM train gets to Port Chester at 9:58 AM.  Call Marianne (cell 914-355-6507) for pickup at the station and a ride to the Park.

Additional Notes:

  • Street parking is free.  It is best to park on the Putnam Avenue side of the Park.
  • Bring your own/snack or lunch and water.
  • Bring your own chair or stool for the best sketching options.
  • Restroom facilities are available.

Please RSVP to cathygutterman@verizon.net, so we will know who to expect.

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

Monday, May 29, 2023

THURSDAY: Westchester Sketchers at Greenburgh Nature Center - CANCELLED


The Greenburgh Nature Center’s mission is to inspire passion, curiosity, respect, and action for our natural world.  It is a beloved retreat because of its peaceful, relaxing setting.  Among its 33 acres, you will find, rambling forest trails, a flourishing native plant meadow, seasonal organic gardens, Native American Replica Village, and open green spaces.   Surrounding the Manor House, you will find many outdoor animal habitats including the Barnyard, Birds of prey, Beehives, and Butterfly Arbor.  Adjacent to the Great Lawn is the Nature Center’s Discovery Playground.


Where: Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Rd. Scarsdale, NY 10583 Phone: (914) 723-3470

When: Thursday, June 1, 2022. 

Start time: 10:30 AM.  We will meet in front of the Nature Center manor house.

Directions: https://greenburghnaturecenter.org/visit/directions/

Transportation from NYC: The closest Metro-North train station is Hartsdale, on the Harlem line. 
The Nature Center is a short taxi ride from the station.

Lunch: 1 PM. Location TBD. Bring your own food and beverage.

Show and Tell: Following lunch, we will share drawings and tell stories. This social part of our day is not to be missed.

- Bring a stool if you have one. It gives you more options.
- Restrooms available in the Nature Center.
- Dress for sunshine.  Bring a hat and sunscreen.
- Parking is free.

Please R.S.V.P. to Cathy Gutterman at cathygutterman@verizon.net

If you can’t find us call: Cathy at (914) 625-0766. 

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

Friday, May 26, 2023

Weekday Sketcher at Prospect Park Boat House 

Prospect Park Boathouse - Wikipedia
Prospect Park Boathouse

The Prospect Park Boathouse is one of the first buildings in NYC to be named an historic landmark. It has appeared in more than 30 films and has hosted numerous weddings.   If you haven't been there, this is your chance!

Lullwater Bridge, Prospect Park | Lullwater Bridge (1889) Ar… | Flickr
Lullwater Bridge

This beautiful Beaux Arts building will be our destination this week.  Whether you choose to sketch the boathouse from the Lullwater Bridge or the bridge from the boathouse, you will have a wonderful sketch to remember the day.  The nearby 156 year old Camperdown Elm and the Prospect Park waterfall also offer wonderful sketch opportunities as well. 

Prospect Park Brooklyn - Secrets, History, Things to Do and Places to See
Camperdown Elm



TRANSPORTATION: B, Q Trains to Prospect Park.  
                                    Enter the park on Ocean Ave and follow the signs to the boathouse. 

Brooklyn - Prospect Park: Ravine - Ambergill Falls | Flickr
Prospect Park Waterfall


  • Please RSVP Directly to Raylie Dunkel at Rayliedunkel1@gmail.com
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • Bring a stool.  You can use watercolors 
  • There is no food service at the Boathouse.  
  • Bathrooms and water are available in the Boathouse and Audubon Center which opens at noon

Weekday Sketchers Schedule for June and July

The wild boar of Sutton Place Park - I'm Just Walkin'
He's so cute and can't wait to be in "pictures"!

In an effort to help you plan to attend the Weekday Sketching Events, here is a list of the upcoming sites. Please be aware that this is only a tentative list and the sites might be changed due to various circumstances.   Looking forward to seeing you at all theses places this summer

Wednesday May 31, 2023                Prospect Park Boathouse

Wednesday June 7, 2023                   NY Botanical Garden

Wednesday June 14, 2023                 Soldiers and Sailors Monument and Hippo Playground

Wednesday June 21, 2023                 Theological Garden

Wednesday June 28, 2023                 Central Park 

Weekday of July 4                            Happy July 4th!  No scheduled event

Wednesday  July 12,2023                 Staten Island Snug Harbor & Chinese Merchant's Garden

Thursday July 20, 2023                    Hispanic Society 

Wednesday July 26, 2023.                Sutton Place  Park 

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

SATURDAY: Sketch the New Brooklyn Bridge Park


Brooklyn Bridge Park - Saturday, May 27, 2023

Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre world-class waterfront park on the Brooklyn side of the East River, with rolling hills, riverfront promenades, lush gardens, and spectacular city views.  We’ve explored the north part of the park, when sketching the incredible view of the Manhattan Bridge from Washington Street.  The south part of the park is much larger.  There are restaurants and cafes, lawns and gardens, bathrooms, playgrounds and picnic areas.  

From a sketching perspective, there are views of lower Manhattan, with boats, ferries and helicopter grace notes, incredible bridge perspectives, and more buildings and windows than an Urban Sketcher could sketch in a lifetime.  Should be a great sketch location!

Note:  There are no subways that are especially nearby, and the ones I’ve highlighted on the map require you to walk downhill to get to the waterside.  (The “heights” in Brooklyn Heights are what you’ll be climbing down to get there.)

Our meeting spot at the Lighrthouse at end of Old Fulton Street


WHEN:  We’ll meet at 10 AM - sketching until 3 PM on Saturday, May 27, 2023  Sleeping late?  Come anyway - we'll be there. 

WHERE:  We’re sketching in the southern portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park, but we’re meeting at what is the main path into the park - Old Fulton Street.  At the end of the street you’ll see a great view of the Brooklyn Bridge.  We’re meeting by the lighthouse (see photo of our meeting spot and map #2).  

For people coming late, we’ll be moving southward (towards lower Manhattan). Anyone you see sketching is probably with the group.


Here are the subway choices.  
  •  York Street - F train
  • Clark Street - 2, 3 train
  • High Street/ Brooklyn Bridge - A, C train
Or you can take the ferry from Wall Street / Pier 11  
(this is the Pier at the end of Wall St.)  You get there by taking the 2, 3 train to Wall Street.  The ferry leaves at 9:35 and costs $4 from nearby vending machines.  The crossing takes ten minutes.

LUNCH12:30 PM  - Location to be determined on site.  Bring your own or purchase from the local vendors.

AFTERNOON1:30 PM  Back to sketching

SHOW AND TELL:  3 PM  We’ll probably meet by the lunch spot where we will share our sketches, tell stories, and probably talk about art supplies.


-  Bring a stool - it gives you more options

-  Prepare for full-on sun

click to enlarge

Map #2 - Our Meeting Location

Can't find us?  

Call or Text Mark - 973-809-9128

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

Monday, May 22, 2023

THURSDAY: Westchester and NJ Sketchers at Memorial Park in Nyack

A joint event co-hosted by Cathy Gutterman and Margaret Casagrande

Come join the Westchester and New Jersey Sketchers in Nyack, NY for a day of sketching along the Hudson River waterfront in the Village of Nyack Memorial Park.  You'll have a great views of the river and the new Mario Cuomo (Tappan Zee) Bridge.  This 11 acre park has a butterfly garden and a gazebo, as well as baseball and basketball courts, a children’s playground, skateboard ramps, and a splash pad.    From the shoreline you can also see ruins of an abandoned ship in the river.

The Nyack Library at 59 South Broadway is short walk from the park.  It is an example of a Carnegie Library from the 19th century.  Also nearby, at 82 North Broadway, is the Edward Hopper House, which is an 11 minute walk from the park.  On Thursdays it is open from 1-5 PM.  Timed-tickets are highly recommended.


DATE: THURSDAY May 25, 2023

LOCATION: Memorial Park 51 Piermont Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960

Parking: Free on Piermont Ave.  You may also find  parking on Depew Ave. or the side streets.  Metered parking is in effect elsewhere.  Be sure to READ the SIGNS.

TIME: 10:00 AM We will meet near the top of the park by the World War I Memorial.  




  • Bring your own snack or lunch and water.  There are cafes on South Broadway and Main Street, but it would be best to visit them on your way to the park or after the sketch event.
  • There are benches in the park, but bring your own chair or stool for the best sketching options.
  • Restroom facilities are available near the playground.

Please RSVP to cathygutterman@verizon.net, so we will know who to expect.

Looking for us? Call Cathy (cell 914-625-0766) or Margaret 646-515-9913.

Sunday, May 21, 2023

New NYC Urban Sketchers Workshop with Gavin Snider


Painting Brooklyn Brownstone Workshop

On Saturday, June 17th, Gavin Snider is returning to give another exciting workshop. In this workshop, Gavin will focus on the architecture of Brooklyn, specifically the brownstone. He'll show you how he builds up a watercolor from the blank page, "carving out" the painting with increasing levels of detail. He'll talk about composing with negative space, applying light and shadow, and approaching both architectural and landscape elements in a painting.

To check out all the details and to register - click here:


Friday, May 19, 2023

 Weekday Sketchers at Derfner Museum in Riverdale

The Art Of Memory – The Forward

Can you imagine a world class art collection and a beautiful sculpture garden with Hudson River views in a long term care facility?  Had to conger up?  Agreed, expect that it does exist.... and we are going there on Wednesday.

The Derfner Judaica Museum is located on the main campus of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale and is just that place: a world class museum with a sculpture garden on the Hudson River. The collection of Judaica is excellent and extremely well curated. The art collection is exhibited through the building and the sculpture garden is on a green lawn that stretches down to the river....perfect for sketching!

Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale |  Bronx 200

For more information about the museum and the collection, click here:https://derfner.org



                                5901 Palisade Avenue,  Riverdale, New York 10471


  • Public Transit:  1 train to 231 St, then take the BX 7 bus to Riverdale Ave 263 Street 
  • By Car: please check a maps program

Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale -  New York
The Art Of Memory – The Forward

  • Please RSVP Directly to Raylie Dunkel at Rayliedunkel1@Gmail.com
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • This is a residence, please be respectful of the people who live there
  • Bathrooms and water are available.  There is a cafe if you would like to purchase lunch. 
  • Bring a stool
  • You can work in wet medium outside on the lawn. Dry media inside the museum

Walking directions from bus stop

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

SATURDAY: Sketch the Compromise


The dilemma when posting sketching events is that weather forecasts are not always reliable.  Saturday looked great, until it didn’t.  The current best guess for our sketch date says it’ll rain, … but honestly, will it?

Our best solution is to pick a spot that has a solid indoor solution, but also has great outdoor views if the weather cooperates.  

Brookfield Place is that place, with its incomparable views of the Hudson River and the Jersey .  It also has a ferry service nearby and it’s a good place to dock your yacht.  Lots to draw from inside where it’s dry, or outside where the sun will hopefully be shining.  There are also loads of food choices and clean bathrooms.

Even if it’s raining, we’ll turn this into a sketchable day.


WHEN:  We’ll meet at 10 AM, on Saturday, May 20, 2023.    Sleeping late?  Come anyway - we'll be there.

WHERE:  At Brookfield Place - 230 Vesey Street.   Meet by the huge window facing the river on the ground floor. (see map)

HOW:  There are plenty of subway choices. 

BY SUBWAY (see map)

     E trains to WTC

     A, C trains to Chambers St.

     2, 3 trains to Park Place.

     N, R trains to Cortland St.

     4, 5 to Fulton St.

LUNCH:  12:00 PM  - Bring your own or purchase from the many vendors and stores in the complex.

AFTERNOON:  1:00 PM  Back to sketching

SHOW AND TELL:  3 PM  The social part of our day - Meet by the window where we will share our sketches and tell art stories.


-  Bring a stool - it gives you more options

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

Sunday, May 14, 2023

WEDNESDAY: Westchester Sketchers at Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla


The historic Kensico Dam was built under the old dam that formed Lake Kensico, using stone taken from the adjacent Cranberry Lake Park.  The dam was completed in 1917. It is 307 feet high and 1,843 feet long and forms the Kensico reservoir. The Rising, the county's September 11th Memorial, is located at the intersection of many pathways and viewpoints and thereby extends its presence into the surrounding landscape. 

With the historic dam as a background, the Kensico Dam Plaza has many interesting scenes to sketch including fountains, the 9-11 memorial, beautiful trees, and lots of people in a scenic park setting.  Those feeling adventurous might light to climb the steep stairs or follow the brick walk-up trail to the top for a spectacular view of the Kensico Dam and Reservoir.

Looking forward to seeing you!!!

DATE: WEDNESDAY May 17, 2023

LOCATION: Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla, NY 10595

TIME: 10:30 AM We will meet by the tables and chairs located in the main building's picnic area.

DIRECTIONS: 1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla, NY 10595
From NYC: Metro North Harlem Line to Valhalla Station. The Park is a short walk from the station.

Additional Notes:

  • Parking is free.
  • No Admission charge.
  • Bring your own/snack or lunch and water.
  • There are benches, but bring your own chair or stool for the best sketching options.
  • Restroom facilities are available.

Please RSVP to cathygutterman@verizon.net, so we will know who to expect.

Looking for us? Call Cathy (cell 914-625-0766)