Friday, May 24, 2024

TUESDAY, May 28, 2024: Westchester Sketchers at the Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-on-Hudson

 


We will be sketching on the grounds of the Newington-Cropsey Foundation, which was founded in 1977 for the purpose of preserving and displaying the home and paintings of Jasper F. Cropsey (1823-1900), Hudson River School artist.  The Cropsey home, Ever Rest has been on the National Register of Historic Homes since the early 1970's.  In 1994, the Gallery of Art was completed, enabling the foundation to display more of the permanent collection of Cropsey's paintings, in addition to providing exhibition space for temporary and traveling exhibits.  The new building also houses the archives of Cropsey's writings and papers as well as a small research library.




DETAILS:

Attendance is STRICLY LIMITED to 15 - Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman  (westchester@nycurbansketchers.org)

DATE: TUESDAY, May 28, 2024

START TIME: 10:00 AM.

LOCATION: Newington-Cropsey Foundation 
25 Cropsey Lane Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-7990

PARKING on site is extremely limited.  Please try to car pool or take the train.

TRANSPORTATION from NYC: Use the Hudson Line of the Metro-North Railroad to arrive in Hastings-on-Hudson.  The Cropsey Foundation is located on the other side of the street, walk through the commuter parking lot to the property on Cropsey Lane (under the Warburton bridge).
  
LUNCH/SHOW and TELL: 12:00 PM.  Bring your own.  During lunch we will share our drawings. 

NOTES:
- Bring a stool for the best sketching options.



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



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

 

Weekday Sketchers at Jefferson Market Library



PLEASE NOTE:

The Conservancy Garden is closed for construction.  This event will replace the Wednesday event recently announced! 


The Jefferson Market Library is a landmark building in Greenwich Village,  Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA Stock Photo - Alamy
Jefferson Market Library

Questions, comments and RSVP directly to merylrgreenblatt@gmail.com
DO NOT respond to this email as you inquiry will go to a "dead letter" file. 



 The beautiful Jefferson Market Library on 6th Avenue is an historic landmark with roots going back to earlier times in NYC development   Newly renovated inside and still iconic outside, we will be sketching the building and the surrounding gardens this week. 

For some history and background on this unusual building that was once a courthouse, a marketplace and a prison, click here: https://www.nypl.org/press/press-release/2008/03/01/history-jefferson-market-library


Patchin Place - West Village - 6 tips from 112 visitors
Patchin Place
 


Looking for something else?  Then go around the corner to Patchin Place, the smallest street in NYC and sketch the quaint row houses nestled behind the entry gates. 



Pamela Berdan | The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Jefferson Market Library Garden




DATE: WEDNESDAY MAY 29, 2024

STARTING TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION:  JEFFERSON MARKET LIBRARY
                         Meet on the corner of 6th Avenue and 10th Street 

TRANSPORTATION: A, B, C, D, E, F and M trains to West 4th Street


NOTES

  • Please RSVP directly to Meryl Greenblatt at merylrgreenblatt@gmail.com
  • Looking for us? Call/text Meryl at 646-248-9362
  • Bring a Stool and lunch
  • Bathrooms and water available in the library
  • If working inside the library, please respect the privacy of patrons and use dry materials




















Thursday, May 23, 2024

NJ sketchers at Montclair Iris Garden

 

New Jersey Urban Sketchers at Montclair Iris Garden Friday, May 31, 2024


Presby Memorial Iris Garden.jpg | New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

The Presby Memorial Iris Garden in Montclair is referred to as the "Rainbow on the Hill"....and that it is!  With thousands of bearded irises in bloom, this is truly spectacular scene to  capture in a sketchbook. 

Join us for a day of sketching only available for a few weeks in the spring. Bring a stool and your brightest watercolors to get the best views and brightest colors onto your paper. 

For more information about the gardens and driving directions, visit the web site: https://www.presbyirisgardens.org

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens – Spring is Here – Montclair NJ – Photo  Gallery | You Don't Know Jersey | From High Point to Cape May

Sketching Tip:  the iris looks like a complicated flower but it is really easy to draw once you know that there are only 6 petals on every flower.  Three are curved down and three are curved up.  The little "beards" run along the midline of the downward curved petals.   That's it!  Add a green stem and some unopened buds and you've done it!

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, Montclair, NJ | Iris garden, Memories, Iris
DATE:  Friday, May 31, 2024
               
STARTING TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION: PRESBY MEMORIAL IRIS GARDN
                      474 UPPER MOUNTAIN ROAD, MONTCLAIR NJ

DIRECTIONS: Please visit the web site for directions by car and public transit: https://www.presbyirisgardens.org 
NOTE:  This location is very easy to get to by public transit via NJ Transit

NOTES
Questions, comments and RSVP directly to margaret.casagrande@gmail.com. 

DO NOT reply to this email as your inquiry will go to a "dead letter" file. 

  • Looking for us? Call or text  Margaret 646-515-9913
  • Bring a stool and lunch. There are no food services 
  • There are bathrooms on site
  • There is no parking on site. You must park on the street along side the garden. 
  • Please visit the web site https://www.presbyirisgardens.org for and read the page on Garden Etiquette 
  • We will break for lunch at the tables at the top of the hill 


Sunday, May 19, 2024

THURSDAY, May 23, 2024: Westchester Sketchers at Nielsen's Florist and Garden Center, Darien, CT

 


Join us for a magical botanical sketching experience. This week we will be at Nielsen's Florist and Garden Center, a family-owned multi-generational business in Darien CT since 1944. Last year, Nielsen's was voted the Gold Coast 2023 Best Florist AND Best Garden Center in New Canaan, Darien & Rowayton! There will be a great variety of plants, flowers and home decor to spark your creative juices. No need to worry about the weather. Rain or shine there will plenty of visual inspiration to be found both indoors and outdoors.


DETAILS:

DATE: THURSDAY,  May 23, 2024

START TIME: 10:00 AM 

LOCATION: Nielsen's Florist and Garden Shop
1405 Post Road, Darien CT  Phone: (203) 655-2541 


DIRECTIONS: Nielsen's is located two blocks off Exit 10 on I-95.  

BY TRAIN: The Metro North Darien train station on the New Haven line is about 3/4 of a mile away, very walkable but a pick up ride would be easier.  


LUNCH
Bring your own or buy from the cafe on premises or from a nearby eatery.  

SHOW AND TELL will follow lunch. It is a time for sharing and not to be missed.

NOTES:
  • Parking is available in the garden center lot.
  • You may bring stools.



Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman at westchester@nycurbansketchers.org
NOTE: When responding please let me know if you will be taking the train and will need a ride from the Darien train station.  Please also let me know if you would be interested in car-pooling.


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






May 26 Sketch Pier 57 Rooftop Park

 

Sunday May 26th 2024 

Sketch at Pier 57 Rooftop Park

Please notice this is a Sunday sketch, not our usual Saturday. 
There is a workshop on Saturday with 2 spots left, if interested read about it below this announcement. If any queries email at events@nycurbansketchers.org

When: Sunday May 26th, 2024, 10am at Rooftop Park

Location: 25 11th Avenue New York, NY 10011 https://pier57nyc.com/rooftop/

How: When you arrive at Pier 57, head to the south gate near City Winery. Walk along the pathway toward the park's main entrance, directly across from Little Island. Once inside, take the stairs or elevator to the roof. The park is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Lunch: 12:30 Location to be determined, theres a huge Food Hall at this Pier.

Show and Tell: 3:00pm Location to be determined




Saturday May 25 Workshop with artist Susan Greenstein. 
A Watercolor Journey in Greens.







Thursday, May 16, 2024

 

Weekday Sketchers at Greenacres Park 

plus two Korba Murals



We were washed out on May 15th but the weather forecast for May 22nd is for a beautiful spring day.  Let's do what we couldn't do last week!

This week's outing proves that good things come in small packages!  


 Imagine stepping off the busy streets of Midtown Manhattan into a green oasis that masks the noise and congestion of one of the world's busiest cities.  Then imagine just looking up at two soaring art installations by a world renowned artist, not in a museum but right on the streets of Manhattan.   Join us this week as we do just that! 










We will first meet at 780 3rd Avenue to take in the two giant murals by Eduardo Korba: "Genius is to Bike Ride" and "The Brave of 9/11".  You might not know this artist by name, but if you have been on the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens or even Jersey City, you have seen his enormous colorful murals.  Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and influenced by the hip-hop culture, he has installed more than 500 murals in cities around the world.  This week we will celebrate his work in our sketchbooks.

 For more information about the artist and his NYC murals, click here: https://www.new-york-city-travel-tips.com/eduardo-kobra-new-york-city/#id7

Then we will walk a few block away to one of the oldest and most successful vest pocket parks in NYC.  Newly renovated and ready for visitors, we will eat lunch, sketch and enjoy a day in this unique space complete with beautiful trees and a waterfall. 


Greenacre Park – New York, New York - Atlas Obscura


Questions, comments and RSVP directly to President@nycurbansketchers.org. 
DO NOT respond to this email as you inquiry will go to a "dead letter" file. 




DATE: WEDNESDAY MAY 22,  2024

STARTING TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION:  STARTING POINT.
                        780 THIRD AVE between 48th and 49th Streets
                        
                        GREENACRE PARK
                         217 East 51 St  between 3rd Ave and 2nd Ave on the north side of the street

TRANSPORTATION:  E, M Train to 53rd St and 3rd Ave. 6 train to 51St Street



NOTES
   


  • PLEASE RSVP DIRECTLY TO MERYL GREENBLATT AT merylrgreenblatt@gmail.com
  • Looking for us?  Call or text Meryl at 646-248-9362
  • Seating is available but bringing a stool gives you options.
  • Food, water and bathrooms are available in CitiCorp Building at 53rd Street and 3rd Avenue







Tuesday, May 14, 2024

NJ sketchers at Fort Lee Historic Park

 Join us tomorrow! Short notice—Fort Lee Historic Park on the Palisades. 

The overlooks at Fort Lee Historic Park provide great views of the Hudson, Upper Manhattan, and the George Washington Bridge — the busiest bridge in the world.

If it rains, there is a small museum with revolutionary war artifacts, a cannon, and other stuff to draw.

Wednesday, May 15
10:00am
Fort Lee Historic Park, Fort Lee, NJ

Hudson Terrace, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Free parking on Wednesday 

Margaret 646-515-9913

Questions, comments and RSVP directly to margaret.casagrande@gmail.com. 
DO NOT reply to this email as your inquiry will go to a "dead letter" file. 


Monday, May 13, 2024

THURSDAY, May 16, 2024: Westchester Sketchers at The Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuler in the Bronx

 




WHERE TO THIS WEEK?

THE MARITIME INDUSTRY MUSEUM, THAT'S WHERE!


The Maritime Industry Museum, located on the campus of SUNY Maritime College, was established in 1986 when Captain Jeffrey W. Monroe, then Associate Professor of Marine Transportation at the College had a vision of creating a maritime museum within the halls of historic Fort Schuyler, to provide a nautical atmosphere and resource for the colleges' cadets and a location to display the rich heritage of the maritime industry for the general public.





A walk through the Museum brings with it a vivid presence of seafaring in both bygone years as well as today’s present era.  The exquisitely fashioned ship models, historic artifacts, nautical photographs and prints, and the host of corporate banners identifying exhibits of the respective steamship companies they represent, gives visitors a true sense of being at sea with those individuals who experienced life in the maritime industry, whether afloat or ashore.

Join us as we explore this museum and render our artistic interpretation of exquisite maritime art.


DETAILS:

DATE: THURSDAY,  May 16, 2024

Start time: 10:30 AM 

LOCATION: The Maritime Industry Museum, 
6 Pennyfield Ave, Bronx, New York, 10465 Phone: (718) 409-7218.

DIRECTIONS and Parking: The museum is easily accessible by car from all parts of the New York City metropolitan area.  For a map showing the museum’s location, please click on the following link to Google Maps.


Once inside the gate and on the college’s campus, follow the main road (Erben Avenue), passing under the Throggs Neck Bridge roadway, until you see the large, five-bladed propeller from the S.S. United States on your left and Fort Schuyler on your right.                                                                     
Our host Tara Quinn has advised us to park in Lot 11, the visitors’ lot to the left of the Fort by the upright SS United States propellor. 

To get to the museum, walk through the stone archway into the fort’s inner gorge, and then through the fort’s sally port into St. Mary’s Pentagon. The entrance to the museum is directly opposite the entrance to the sally port.

Lunch: 
Bring your own as eateries are not conveniently located nearby.  
Show and Tell: Time and area to be determined.

NOTES:
  • Visiting hours are Monday - Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • Admission and parking are free.
  • You may bring stools.
  • Be prepared to work in pencil if required.

Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman at westchester@nycurbansketchers.org


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






Sunday, May 12, 2024

May 18th Bryant Park


 

Saturday May 18 Sketch at Bryant Park

with a special free demo by artist Amit Kapoor.


Please read the details of this event, it will run slightly different than our usual sketch days. Any queries send email to events@nycurbansketchers.org

And please continue below for some upcoming events too!

Amit Kapoor, watercolor artist from India is visiting New York along with the founders of Urban Sketchers New Delhi, Niraj and Gita. Mr Kapoor will be giving a free demo of his watercolor techniques from 10:30 -12. Feel free to join Amit during his demo, or treat the day as a typical sketch day. 

Details:
We will meet in front of the fountain at 10am, find a good spot to do the demo and use that as our home base for lunch at 12:30 and show and tell at 3:00.

Where: Bryant Park 10:00am. Sixth Avenue between 41 and 42 Street
When: 10:00am-3:00pm
Demo:10:30-12:00
Lunch: 12:30
Show and Tell: 3:00


In case of inclement weather , still meet at the fountain and we will direct you to two fun alternate location at Main NYPL library or across the street at the Stavros Niarchos Library. The Stavros Niarchos Library has an outdoor terrace with an overhang where we may still do the demo. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Weekend sketch on Sunday May 26th will be at the Rooftop Park at Pier 57. 57 Hudson River Greenway, New York, NY 10011. All details next week.

May 21, workshop.-Erin Hill: People in Action





Friday, May 10, 2024


Program Canceled

Due to rain in the forecast for Wednesday, this program is canceled. We will try again the following week to go to this site. 





Weekday Sketchers at Greenacres Park 

plus two Korba Murals

This week's outing proves that good things come in small packages!  


 Imagine stepping off the busy streets of Midtown Manhattan into a green oasis that masks the noise and congestion of one of the world's busiest cities.  Then imagine just looking up at two soaring art installations by a world renowned artist, not in a museum but right on the streets of Manhattan.   Join us this week as we do just that! 










We will first meet at 780 3rd Avenue to take in the two giant murals by Eduardo Korba: "Genius is to Bike Ride" and "The Brave of 9/11".  You might not know this artist by name, but if you have been on the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens or even Jersey City, you have seen his enormous colorful murals.  Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and influenced by the hip-hop culture, he has installed more than 500 murals in cities around the world.  This week we will celebrate his work in our sketchbooks.

 For more information about the artist and his NYC murals, click here: https://www.new-york-city-travel-tips.com/eduardo-kobra-new-york-city/#id7

Then we will walk a few block away to one of the oldest and most successful vest pocket parks in NYC.  Newly renovated and ready for visitors, we will eat lunch, sketch and enjoy a day in this unique space complete with beautiful trees and a waterfall. 


Greenacre Park – New York, New York - Atlas Obscura


Questions, comments and RSVP directly to President@nycurbansketchers.org. 
DO NOT respond to this email as you inquiry will go to a "dead letter" file. 




DATE: WEDNESDAY MAY 15, 2024

STARTING TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION:  STARTING POINT.
                        780 THIRD AVE between 48th and 49th Streets
                        
                        GREENACRE PARK
                         217 East 51 St  between 3rd Ave and 2nd Ave on the north side of the street

TRANSPORTATION:  E, M Train to 53rd St and 3rd Ave. 6 train to 51St Street



NOTES
   


  • PLEASE RSVP DIRECTLY TO MERYL GREENBLATT AT merylrgreenblatt@gmail.com
  • Looking for us?  Call or text Meryl at 646-248-9362
  • Seating is available but bringing a stool gives you options.
  • Food, water and bathrooms are available in CitiCorp Building at 53rd Street and 3rd Avenue








Weekday Sketchers Schedule for June and July

Open House Saturdays with Kingsland Wildflowers – The Sierra Club of New  York City
Kingsland Wildflower Rooftop Garden

In an effort to help you plan to attend the Weekday Sketchers events, here is the schedule for June and July.  Be aware the the events are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.  Please check this blog and weekly announcement for accurate information.


Questions, comments and RSVP directly to President@nycurbansketchers.org. 
DO NOT respond to this email as you inquiry will go to a "dead letter" file. 




THURSDAY June 6, 2024                  Kingsland Wildflower Rooftop Garden,  Brooklyn

WEDNESDAY June 12, 2024            Chess and Checkers House and Dairy, Central Park

WEDNESDAY June 19,  2024            Jefferson Market Library and Garden

WEDNESDAY June 26, 2024            Valentine House, Bronx 

Happy July 4th!
No planned program for first week of July.  

WEDNESDAY July 10, 2024            Snug Harbor Staten Island

WEDNESDAY July 17, 2024             Theological Garden

WEDNESDAY July 24, 2024            Pier 57

WEDNESDAY July 31, 2024            Brooklyn Botanical Garden 


The Dairy, Central Park






Monday, May 6, 2024

THURSDAY, May 9, 2024: Westchester Sketchers at St. Paul's Church National Historic Site, Mt. Vernon




Suggested by Marilyn Varley

Visiting Saint Paul's Church is a journey back in time with many stories of how the site, and surrounding area, has changed over the years.

 This 18th-century church, located at 897 South Columbus Avenue in Mount Vernon, is one of New York's oldest parishes (1665-1980). It was used as a hospital following the important Revolutionary War Battle at Pell's Point in 1776, and was the scene of various military developments for the next six years. The church stood at the edge of Eastchester village green, the site of the "Great Election" (1733), which raised the issues of Freedom of Religion and Press. Visitors are able to tour both the church and the cemetery, and it is recommended that they view a short, introductory film depicting the history of the site and view exhibits in the museum. 





The adjoining cemetery contains burials dating from 1704. Among notable individuals buried in the churchyard are one of the Army surgeons (Dr. Charles S. Taft) who attended President Lincoln at Ford's Theater in 1865, a leading Broadway actress (Minnie DuPree) of the early 20th century, a prominent Hudson River School landscape painter (Edward Gay), and Rebecca Turner, a woman born into slavery in 1781, who achieved freedom in 1810 and lived in the shadows of the church until age 93 -- a local elementary school has been re-named in her honor.

The current feature exhibition in the museum is: "The Emergence of a National Historic Site: St. Paul's Between the World Wars."


DETAILS

DATE: THURSDAY, May 9, 2024.

START TIME: 10:00 AM. Please arrive on time for a brief tour.

LOCATION:  St. Paul's Church National Historic Site 897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10550 Phone: 914 667-4116


PARKING: There is free parking on site.

Lunch and/or Show and Tell: 12:30 PM.  We won't be able to eat inside the church. If weather permits we can have lunch outdoors.  If not, we will have Show and Tell inside and then break for lunch on our own.

NOTES: 
  • Bring water and your lunch or a snack. 
  • Bring a stool for more sketching options.

Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman at westchester@nycurbansketchers.org

Looking for us? 
Call/text: Cathy at (914) 625-0766 or Marianne at914-355-6507.