Tuesday, November 28, 2023

SATURDAY: Sketch Rockefeller Center

Saturday, ​December 2, 2023

There is probably no better place in all of NYC to feel the Holiday mood than Rockefeller Center.  The ice skaters, the tree, all the lights and the holiday store windows at Saks, it’s all there in a two block radius.  Best of all there is a warm, dry indoors, an underground city, that surrounds the area.  It's filled with stores and restaurants.

Our meeting spot is a little tricky to describe but it’ll be easy to find.  As you look across the skating rink at the tree you will notice windows​ down at the level of the skaters.  These windows have a view of the rink and the skaters, it’s below street level.   To get there go into 30 Rock (30 Rockefeller Center) and go down one flight.   Try to get as close to the tree ​on the left side as you look out - that’s where we’ll meet.   ​(See photo below so you know what to expect.​)

We will be in the Rockefeller Center area for the day sketching the tourists, the stores, the lights and the holiday mood.​  We will eat lunch together and have our Show and Tell using the chairs and tables they provide and our own stools.


What:   We will be sketching Rockefeller Center (30 Rockefeller Center, between W. 49-50th Streets / Avenue of the Americas and Fifth Avenue)

Where:   We’re meeting by the window that looks out at the skating rink  This is one flight down from street level.  (see photo)

Looking out at the skaters

When:  Meet at ​Saturday, ​December 2, 2023 - 10 AM.  Sleeping late?  Come anyway - we’ll be there the whole day. 


-   By Subway:  

5th Ave and 53rd St. - E, M train

Lexington Ave and 51 St - 4, 6 train

47-50 Sts - Rockefeller Cntr - E, D, F, and M trains

49 St - N, R, W trains

Lunch:  12:00 PM .  Bring your own or rely on the numerous vendors and stores in the area   Our lunch location will be by the tables near the windows overlooking the skating rink

Afternoon:  1:00 PM  Back to sketching

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - We’ll find a likely spot (possibly where we had lunch) to share our work, tell stories and talk about what artists talk about.


-     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

Saturday, November 25, 2023

THURSDAY, November 30, 2023: Westchester Sketchers at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers


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:
Drawn from the private collection of Priscila and Alvin Hudgins III, Kindred Worlds reveals the couple’s deep and enduring devotion to the arts—not solely as a mode of creative expression but also as an intimate form of world-making. Includes artistic expressions from Derrick Adams, Jordan Casteel, David Hammons, Naudine Pierre, Bony Ramírez, and more talents.

From Julie Buffalohead and Kiki Smith to Walton Ford and James Prosek, the artists in this exhibition represent another stage in the evolution of animal art.

The power of an artwork is often amplified when in dialogue or debate with another. This exhibit explores the resonances and dissonances that arise when unrelated objects are set side by side.

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, November 30, 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: $13 for Adults, $9 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 +$7 each; Seniors +$6 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. 

Friday, November 24, 2023


Weekday Sketchers at Cast Hall

Plaster of Paris (4 kg) | Lazada PH

Join us as we return to a favorite sketching site, the Institute for Classical  Architecture and Art's Cast Hall.

A Brief History of the ICAA's Historic Cast Hall - Institute of Classical  Architecture & Art
Cast Hall

Long ago, before the Met Museum was the major institution that it is now and could afford the real statures that we now see in the Greek and Roman Galleries, they displayed plaster casts of the original statures.  Once the real statures replaced the plaster casts, the casts went into storage and were largely forgotten. Then the Met donated them to the ICAA, who restored them and put them on display in...Cast Hall.

This year we will have access to both the Cast Hall as well as the ICAA's library 

ICAA Library

Both rooms will be our home for the day.  Bring your watercolors, bring your lunch but don't bring a stool as there are tables and chairs for us to use.   For more information about the ICAA, its services and trips, click here:https://www.classicist.org

But wait!  That's not all!

The building that houses the ICAA, The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, is an artifact by itself,  with a Lock Museum, a multi-level library with a stained glass ceiling, beautiful hallways, railings and an incredible sculpture of an arm (you have to see it for yourself).  When you get tired of drawing the statures walk into the hallway and sketch this building that is a true hidden gem of NYC. 

Open House New York: Cast Hall - Institute of Classical Architecture & Art



                        20 West 44th Street NYC

TRANSPORTATION: B, D, F, M to 42nd Street/Bryant Park Station or 7 to 5th Ave Station. 

PLEASE NOTE: This is a change of venue from the posted schedule. In order to accommodate another venue later in December it was necessary to change the date of this event  The scheduled trip to Pier 57 will be held in early January. 

File:Cast Hall at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art - 1.jpg


  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at President@nycurbansketchers.org.  
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445. 
  • Water and bathrooms are available 
  • Bring your lunch or purchase it from the local food outlets
  • You can work in wet media

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

SATURDAY: Sketch the Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian
Located in the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House.

 SATURDAY, November 25, 2023

The National Museum of the American Indian is stunning, inside and out, - a NYC's  Beaux Arts masterpiece.  I believe Herman Melville's day job was in this building when it was our Custom House.  

The museum always has interesting displays and artwork.  In the past I've been tempted to draw the American Indian artwork but at other times the artwork seemed to end up influencing  the way I was drawing the building and the other sketchers.  Interesting stuff!

The museum is owned by the US Government which means to enter we'll need to pass through a metal detector.  Masks are optional.

WhereThe National Museum of the American Indian– at One Bowling Green, New York, is located on the south side of Bowling Green, in lower Manhattan, adjacent to the northeast corner of Battery Park. 

When: SATURDAY, November 25th, 2023.  Start time: 10 AM. Admission to the museum is free

Lots of ways to get there by Subway 
- 4 & 5 trains to Bowling Green 
- 1 train to Rector Street or South Ferry 
- R (& W on weekdays) trains to Whitehall Street 
- J & Z trains to Broad Street 
- 2 & 3 trains to Wall Street 

 Lunch: 12:00 PM.  Meet in the lobby at noon for a short walk (location to be confirmed on Saturday) ​We'll be eating at a local sandwich shop which has a large seating area on the second floor, (which means you can bring your own food if you prefer).

 Afternoon1 PM - Back sketching at the museum 

 Show and Tell3:00 PM - The social part of our day when we'll share our artwork and tell sketching stories.  Location to be confirmed on Saturday.  

- B​ring a portable stool if you have one.  It gives you more options.  

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

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

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

SATURDAY: Sketch the Drawathon


The NYC High School of Art & Design 

It's the marathon of drawing - nine straight hours of life drawing to sharpen your skills.  One room has many models in fanciful costumes and there's another entire room (the gymnasium) offering more classical poses.  The Drawathon is also a meeting place where you're likely to see many of your art friends.  It brings out a tremendous number of NY based artists.

The event starts at 10 AM, our usual starting time, and it runs until 7 PM. Come when you like, stay as long as you like.  
It is less expensive to purchase your ticket online versus buying it at the door.

Click this link to register:  


What:   Join us at the Drawathon -  a life drawing fundraiser at the NYC High School of Art and Design

Where:   The HIgh School is located at:  245 East 56th Street New York, NY (between 3rd and 2nd Avenue)

How:  Click this link to register: 


When:  SATURDAY, November 18, 2023.  Sketching starts at 10 AM and runs until 7 PM.  Come when you like, stay as long as you like.

Lunch:  You can leave and return to the event.  There are local food places.  The School also sells sandwiches and other food.  

Show and Tell:  There will be no Show and Tell


-   The School will provide a chair.  In the past I've brought my stool and used it as a table surface

If you can’t find us

call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

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

New Jersey Sketchers at Newark Museum 

November 30, 2023

Newark Museum Master Renovation Plan - Michael Graves Architecture & Design
The Newark Museum 


Join us for a day of sketching at the Newark Museum.So many exhibits and the newly reopened Ballantine galleries will keep us busy.

A few highlights:

The Ballantine House

The Ballantine House is a wing of the Museum complex and has just been renovated and reopened. Step back in time into reimagined galleries, new multi-sensory activities, and enlivened historical rooms that reveal unseen stories of Newark. Learn about the city’s industries, its diverse communities, and the people who made life in the house possible. Link below for a virtual walk through of the beautiful rooms.

The Ballantine House — The Newark Museum of Art
Ballentine House

Innovators in Southwestern Jewelry

Contemporary Native American jewelry artists of the Southwest build upon centuries-long traditions of stonework and silversmithing—knowledge that is often passed on within families.

Unexpected Color: A Journey Through Glass  featuring the Thomas N. Armstrong III Collection of Steuben Glass.

This long-term installation showcases the collection of museum director Thomas N. Armstrong III. Discover how Carder experimented with glassblowing techniques to create vibrant jewel-toned colors, and follow that glass through multiple settings that Armstrong collected and used it in his homes. Carder’s designs were inspired by ancient Roman, Chinese, and Art Nouveau glass.

When: November 30th
Time: 11:00am
Where: The Newark Museum of Art
49 Washington Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102


  • Please RSVP directly to Margaret Casagrande at margaret.casagrande@gmail.com

  • Looking for us? Call  or text Margaret at 646-515-9913

  • There is an admission fee of $10 for adults and $8 for Seniors.  Membership in American Alliance of Museums is accepted as well as other memberships ( Chanel 13).  Check the web site for more information.  https://newarkmuseumart.org/visit/plan-your-visit/#admission

  • Bathrooms and water are available. Limited food service is available

  • Backpacks are not allowed in the gallery. Plan on using a small kit of materials

  • Plan to use dry materials 

  • Parking is available next to the Museum for a $10 fee, with entrances located on Washington Street and Central Avenue. Payment is through Pay by App and Text to Pay. Follow payment instructions displayed on-site. Cash payment is not available.

  • By Train
 You may take NJ Transit trains to either Newark Penn Station or Broad Street Station.
PATH trains go to Newark Penn Station. From Newark Penn Station – The Newark Light Rail connects Penn Station to the Broad Street Station.

There are two options for taking the Light Rail to the Museum from Newark Penn Station:
1) Take the Grove St bound Light Rail to the Washington Street Stop. Exit to your left and start walking on Washington St towards Warren St. The Museum is located 5 blocks down at the Central & Washington Street intersection.
2) Take the Broad St bound Light Rail to the Atlantic Street Stop. Exit to your right. Walk past the parking garage on your left toward Lombardy Street. Make a right onto Lombardy Street. Walk toward Broad Street and cross over to Washington Park. The Museum is located across the Park on Washington Street.

There are no fees to participate in Urban Sketchers Programs. 
All drawing skill levels are welcome. 

Sunday, November 12, 2023

THURSDSAY, November 16, 2023: Westchester Sketchers at the New Dawn Foundation in New Rochelle

"The New Dawn Foundation is a hidden gem so close to New York City, yet so calm and serene with old-world elegance that is hard to find." -- Anonymous Guest

The New Dawn Foundation is located in “The White House,” which is also known as The Oaks. It was built in 1900 and served as a school for girls before being privately purchased in 1919 by Charles and Magdalene Klingenstein. The Klingensteins often invited nurses and nursing students from Mount Sinai to come to The Oaks for rest and relaxation.  In 2008 the property was donated to the New Dawn Foundation. 

The historic estate house is located on the exclusive waterfront peninsula of Davenport Neck in New Rochelle, NY.  Today this beautiful haven in Westchester overlooking the Long Island Sound offers the space for healing, growth, and general respite from the pressures and challenges of everyday life.  


When: Thursday, November 16, 2023

Location: The New Dawn Foundation
590 Davenport Avenue, New Rochelle 10805 
Phone: (914) 6328084

Time: 10:00 AM 

Directions by Car: 

NOTE: The New Dawn Foundation is easy to get to but you could pass it by as the entrance is small. Most directions will tell you to go to Pelham Road.  If you come to Pelham Road from North Ave., make a right onto Pelham Road, then make a left at Church Street (Trinity Elementary School is on the corner).  Drive down to light and make a right onto Davenport Ave.  Take this road down past the beach and catering halls.  After the Greentree Club, you will see a VERY SMALL entrance on the left.  (There is a boat yard on the right).  It will say New Dawn Foundation and also "The Oaks" which was the former name of the estate.  Drive slowly down the very curved and narrow road.  There will be a fork.  Go to the left where there is a small white mansion.  Marianne and Cathy will be there to guide your parking.

If you are coming from Weyman Ave., make a left onto Pelham Road and take a right on Church Street by the elementary school and follow the above directions.

Transportation from NYC: Take the Metro-North New Haven Line to the New Rochelle Station.  The 9:08 AM off-peak train from Grand Central arrives in New Rochelle at 9:41 AM.  Call Marianne (914-355-6507) to arrange for pick-up and ride to the Foundation.

Lunch: Bring your own lunch/snack/water.  We'll be lunching together.

Show & Tell: After lunch, we'll share stories and sketches during this social part of our day.

Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman at cathygutterman@verizon.net
Looking for us? Call Cathy at 914-625-0766 or Marianne at 914-355-6507

  • We will be sketching inside the mansion.
  • If it is a nice and comfortable day, you can sketch outside so you might want to bring your stool.
  • Restrooms are available in the mansion.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Weekday Sketchers at Asia Society Wednesday

Meiji Modern: 50 Years of New Japan

Living in New York City is a passport to all the cultures of the world in food, clothing and art: the Asia Society is one of those portals 

 Join us this week as we explore a major institution in the middle of Manhattan representing the arts and culture of over 20 Asian countries.  The current exhibit Meiji Modern, explores the emergence of Japan under Emperor Meiji from the mid 1800's to the early 1900's.  T he scope of art and artifacts will give us a new understanding of Japan as it emerged from a feudal society into a modern one. 

For more formation on this exhibit that compromises more than 80 works in paintings, sculpture, artifacts and clothing, click here https://asiasociety.org/new-york/exhibitions/meiji-modern-fifty-years-new-japan

Crows and Heron


STARTING TIME: 11:00 AM (opening hour of the museum)

                        725 PARK AVE

TRANSPORTION: 6 train to East 68th Street/Hunter College; F or Q to East 63rd Street/Lexington Avenue.

Tide-Changing Jewel with Dragon


  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at rayliedunkel1@gmail.com 
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • Water and bathrooms are available
  • The Leo Cafe is now open in the building.  Purchase lunch or bring your own.
  • There is an admission fee of $15 for adults and $10. for seniors. American Alliance of Museums is valid for two entry passes. 
  • You may use ONLY dry materials in the galleries. 

Vase with Blossoming Flowers

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

SATURDAY: Sketch the Hispanic Society


The Hispanic Society of America

If you don’t know this museum - you will be amazed!

It’s a little known NYC gem housing 
one of the world’s finest collections of Hispanic art.

This event was suggested by Shawne Cooper

Because it's not located near the other blockbuster museums in NYC, it gets much less traffic.  It's a museum that invites you to take your time to enjoy the collection.  Admission is free, but they ask for donations.  I was happy to be generous.


When:  SATURDAY: November 11th - starting at 12 PM Noon  
NOTE:  This is not our usual start time - the museum opens at noon

Where:  The Hispanic Society of America.  613 West 155th Street, on Audubon Terrace, Broadway between 155 and 156 Streets (see map below)

By Subway:
   -  The #1 Train Stops at 157th Street - one block away (Best choice)
   -  The A & C Train stops at 155th Street and is a longer walk 2 Avenues away

Show and Tell: 3:00 - Location to be determined.  We'll share our drawings, tell good stories and talk about art supplies.

Click to enlarge

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

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

Sunday, November 5, 2023

TUESDAY: Westchester Sketchers at Rye Town Park



Rye Town Park and Oakland Beach is a historic park and public beach located on Long Island Sound in Rye, Westchester County, New York.  It is located next to Playland Amusement Park.
The sixty-two-acre preserve has 28 acres of lawns and paths with mature plantings, gently rolling hills, benches, a naturalized duck pond, and an expansive beachfront of 34 acres.

The main building complex, which includes the two-towered administration building, pavilions, restaurant, and service facilities, is a magnificent edifice with Spanish-style architecture, fantastic views, and beach access to Long Island sound.


DATE: TUESDAY, November 7th
LOCATION: Rye Town Park 
95 Dearborn Ave, Rye, NY 10580
Phone: (914) 967-0965

Start time: 10:00 AM. Meet inside the park by Barley Beach House Restaurant at Oakland Beach

Transportation from NYC:  Take the Metro-North New Haven Line to the Rye Train Station.  There is an 8:31 AM train from Grand Central that arrives in Rye at 9:17 AM.  Please call Marianne at (914) 355-6507 to arrange for pick-up and ride to the venue.

LUNCH: 1:00 PM. Bring your own food and beverage, or buy something before coming to the park.

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

- Parking is free.
- Public restrooms are available.
- Bring a stool if you have one.  It gives you more options.
- Just in case, dress for cool temperatures (hat, gloves, scarf, layers).

Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman at cathyguttermn@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.