Friday, February 23, 2024

Weekday Sketchers at Museum of The American Indian

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WEDNESDAY February 28, 2024, 10:30 am

The  National Museum of the American Indian, housed in the old Customs House is a division of the Smithsonian Museum, offers endless sketching opportunities for capturing art and architecture.
The Permanent Collection is a compendium of artifacts from the many nations throughout the Americas. The current show Native New York explores 12 regions in New York State that relate to those nations that inhabited them in pre-colonial times and how they relate to current environments. 

The Landmark Customs House is a Beaux-Arts Masterpiece with architectural elements worthy of any sketch book.

Any queries or to RSVP email directly to Frieda Christofides at 

DATE: WEDNESDAY February 28, 2024

 Bowling Green, Manhattan



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
Please RSVP directly to Frieda Christofides at 
 Looking for us? Call or text Frieda at 917-747-6060
Water and Bathrooms are available
There is no admission charge for the museum. 

Security Alert

The NMAI’s security measures ensure visitor safety and the protection of objects in the museum. Visitors are greeted upon entry to the building by Federal Protective Services who conduct a thorough hand-check of all bags, briefcases, purses, strollers, and containers. Visitors will walk through a metal detector or be hand-screened with an electronic wand by security personnel.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

SUNDAY: Sketch the Forum


For Sunday, February 25, 2024
Concept and event by Joy Hecht

The question:  Help us figure out new places to sketch?  Joy Hecht responded, with a suggestion we visit a new public space created by Columbia University. at Broadway and 125th Street.

The Forum, located on the corner of 125th Street and Broadway, is a unique community gathering space.  The Forum includes  a huge street level space filled with tables and chairs.  Open to the public.  Warm.  Bathrooms.  All glass walls and interesting views, especially of the space under the 1 train, which is elevated at 125th Street.  From the western end, there's an interesting view towards the Hudson under the elevated West Side Highway.  There's lots of places around to get coffee, lunch, etc.  Free wifi, too.  

It looks like a great place for winter sketching.  Across the street is the Green Building, which has a large coffee house that also has a lot of seating, and trees inside, and similar views to the outside.  If it's nice out, we can also walk over to the Hudson River (about a block) and sketch there, too. 


WHAT:  We will be sketching indoors at the Forum

WHEN:   We’ll start our day at  10:00 AM.  Sleeping late?  Beauty rest?  Bring your well rested beautiful self anyway.  We’ll be there.

WHERE:  The main entrance to The Forum is at the northwest corner of 125th Street & Broadway. There are additional entryways at 605 W. 125th Street, 3207 Broadway, and the intersection of 125th and 129th Streets. (see map below)

By Subway:

The closest subway stop is the 1 line at 125th Street & Broadway. 

By Bus:

Bus: The M4, M104 and BX15 buses stop nearby The Forum. 

By Car:

Street parking is somewhat easier on Sunday.  There are also parking lots in the area.  Click for details: 

LUNCH:  12:00 Noon  Pick up food in the area or Bringyourowni.  We will dine where we’re sketching.

Show and Tell:   3:00 PM.  We’ll share our drawings, tell art stories and discuss our art supplies.  (I’m just guessing about the second two items, but we’ll definitely do the first.)


-  Bring a stool - it gives you so many 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, February 20, 2024

New Jersey sketchers at Turtleback Zoo

Join us for a day of sketching at Turtleback Zoo

There are indoor locations. If it’s a balmy day, we can venture outside. 

We will find a carousel with different animals than the typical carousel. At the reptile house, it will be warm! Watching over us will be a life size pterodactyl that ruled the skies of earth 150,000 million years ago. Through large glass panels we will see turtles, snakes, and lizards. The Penguin House and Essex Farm are also indoors, so there’s plenty to sketch.

The cafe is closed, so bring your lunch.

When: Thursday, February 29th
Time: 10am
Where: 560 Northfield Ave. 
West Orange, NJ 07052

Parking is free, tickets are $14-16

There are no fees to sketch, open to all.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

THURSDAY, February 22, 2024: Westchester Sketchers at the New Dawn Foundation, 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, February 22, 2024

Location: The New Dawn Foundation
590 Davenport Avenue, New Rochelle 10805 
Phone: (914) 632-8084

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
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.

Thursday, February 15, 2024


Weekday Sketchers at Fire Museum Wednesday

It is said that every kid wants to be a fireman. Perhaps you did or perhaps you didn't but being a fireman is a serious business with evolving technology and lots of nostalgia about the lore of fire fighting  Join us this week for a trip back in time and a fun look at a serious subject. 

From their website: 

Our two exhibit floors trace the development of firefighting in New York from the early bucket brigades to the present day. Displayed are objects that document the history of the volunteer and paid departments, from painted leather buckets to early motorized apparatus. A separate memorial exhibit honors the 343 members of FDNY-EMS who made the Supreme Sacrifice on September 11, 2001.


                        278 Spring Street btw. Varick and Hudson Streets


                                     Walk west 1 1/2 blocks to Museum

  • PLEASE RSVP directly to Margaret Casagrande at
  • Looking for us? Call Margaret at 646-515-9913
  • There is an admission charge of $10 for adults $8 for Seniors.  They accept various memberships as well 
  • Bring a stool and be prepared to work in dry materials if necessary
  • For more information about the museum click here:


Wednesday, February 14, 2024

SATURDAY: Sketch the Essex Street Market


This event was planned by Shawne Cooper for 
this Saturday, February 17, 2024

We'll be sketching inside Essex Market

The 37,000-square-foot space houses 

loads of sketch-able shops,

tons of food vendors, groceries, and more.

We know that our city changes all the time. It’s exciting when new spaces are created and a bit sad when old places close.  Shawne has shared that the Essex Street Market, a  venerable sketching location, will be closing.

Essex Market has been a fixture on the Lower East Side since 1818.  The city-owned food hall and market went from a dingy, low-ceilinged building to a state-of-the-art, award-winning-architect-designed space that has floor-to-ceiling windows, an impossibly high sloped ceiling, and all-new kitchens and stalls. It’s three times the size and even has a shortened new name: Essex Market.


What:  We'll be sketching at the Essex Market.  We'll be indoors with the option to explore outside if it feels warm enough.

Where:  The Essex Market is located at 88 Essex St,  it's easy to get there. Let's linger for a while by the main door when we first arrive. We'll be using What'sApp to stay in touch.

When:  We're starting at 10 AM on SATURDAY, February 17th.  Sleeping late?   Come anyway - we'll be there.

How:  Take the F or M train to Delancey St. / Essex St.  The market is across the street.  (see map below)

Lunch:   We'll break for lunch together at 12:30 PM

Afternoon:   More sketching

Show and TellAt 3 PM we'll get together, probably in the eating area to share our drawings, tell stories and talk about art supplies

If you can’t find us

call or text Mark at 973-809-9128,

or Shawne at 917-880-9249

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

Friday, February 9, 2024

WEDNESDAY, February 14, 2024: Weekday and Westchester Sketchers at MOMA, NYC

 Spend a Day with Picasso at MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Joint event hosted by Cathy Gutterman and Marianne Milzoff

This week we will venture to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) to see and sketch Picasso in Fontainebleau in the museum's current exhibition due to end on February 17th.  Pablo Picasso spent much of the summer of 1921 in a garage in a rented villa in Fontainebleau, France.  In this unlikely studio he created "Three Women at the Spring" and "Three Musicians" that are on view at the museum along with other paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, photographs and archival documents.

Come and explore the Picasso in yourself or take to drawing the other rich art housed here.  If it is nice, we can sketch in the famous sculpture garden.


DATE: Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Where: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, Manhattan, NYC.  Learn more about MoMA and the current exhibitions, click here:

When: Meet at 10:30 AM in the lobby.

Show and Tell: 1PM.  Weather permitting we can meet in the Sculpture Garden.

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: $30 non senior, $22, for Seniors.  2 people may enter on one AAM (American Alliance of Museum) card. 
  • Check your local library for free passes or here for other discounts
  • Be prepared to use dry media if necessary. 
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.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

SATURDAY: Sketch the Museum of Natural History


SATURDAY:  February 10, 2024

For me, no winter would be complete without a visit to the Museum of Natural History.  Without a question it is my second  favorite museum - and that's no slight in a city that is rich with museums.  

Growing up in the city I think we visited the museum almost every year. I also saw it with my parents as a little kid​ and went there with friends when I was older.   T​he "Museum is NYC​"  for me. And it has so, so many things that are great to draw.

It ​c​an also ​be quite crowded.  

There are two new details that will make this visit different from some of our previous sketching outings there:

1)  The museum asks that we preregister.   It ​i​s pay-what-you-wish.  (See ​registration link below.​)

2) It’s easy for us to get separated, once we're there, with no way to communicate.  We have a solution for that and will be linked, as a group, using the What’s App application (runs on IOS and Android phones).  It’s not necessary, but if you want to stay in touch download the app and get it setup on your phone.  When we first meet in the morning we'll all join the NYC USk Museum Group and will be able to text one another.


WHEN: This Saturday, February 10, 2024 starting at 10:00 AM.

WHERE: The American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West.  

SUGGESTION:   Enter the museum from the 81st entrance instead of the main entrance on Central Park West.  It is often less crowded, and has shorter lines .

MEET AT:   Upon arriving we will meet by the cafeteria, which is the lower level by the subway entrance.   If you're late we will have scattered - meet us for lunch.  Anyone you see sketching in the museum is likely to be with our group and friendly.

By Subway
-  C to 81st Street or 
- 1 train stops at Broadway and West 79th Street, a two block walk to the museum

You can reserve your entrance ticket here:

The American Museum of Natural History has a pay what you wish policy for residents of NY, NJ and CT.

LUNCH:  12:00  Noon - There is a Cafe in the museum on the lower level. Sit towards the back.  If you're there first,  sit in an area with open available seating - so we can eat together. The food is good but on the expensive side.  Bring your own food if you like.  We've done that many times.

AFTERNOON:  1:00 PM - Back to sketching at the museum

SHOW and TELL:  3 PM. At our lunch spot in the lower level cafeteria. Show and Tell is the social part of the day where we share our day's drawings and tell cool art stories.  We might even talk about art supplies 

-  Bring a stool if you have one.  It increases your options and the museum doesn't mind, but you can't block the walking paths.
-  Mostly the guards are friendly and happy to see us sketching, but always be courteous and friendly. 

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

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