Monday, July 22, 2024

FRIDAY, July 26, 2024: Westchester Sketchers at the Harrison Library

 



We will be sketching in the charming Town/Village of Harrison - on the expanse of land and park directly in front of the Harrison Library (Halperin Building) and across from the Harrison Train Station.  What is there to sketch?  Quaint houses, a gazebo, war memorials, the train station, a municipal building, or people.  



    

DETAILS:

DATE: FRIDAY, July 26 2024

LOCATION: The park expanse between the Harrison Train Station and the Harrison Library. 
2 Bruce Ave, Harrison, NY 10528 Phone: (914) 835-0324.

DIRECTIONS by TRAIN (From NYC):
Metro-North New Haven Line from Grand Central Terminal to the Harrison Station. You will need to cross the elevated bridge over the tracks to reach the park in front of the Harrison Library. 

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

LUNCH: 12:45 PM, followed by SHOW & TELL. This is the social part of our day when we share our drawings, tips, and stories.  It is a time not to be missed.


NOTES:
  • There is a deli on the corner of Harrison Avenue, within walking distance of the park.
  • 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 10:00 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 Library or St. Gregory's Church on Halstead Avenue.

Please send questions, comments and RSVP directly to Marianne (mmilzoff@optimum.net). 

Looking for us?
Call/text: Marianne at (914) 355-6507.



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

Sunday, July 21, 2024

 

Weekday Sketchers At Pier 57

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Oh, the weather is so unpredictable ....let's go where we have choices indoors or out!


Pier 57 on the Hudson River will give us options for sketching indoors if it rains or outdoor if the sun shines.  The Rooftop Park will give us uninterrupted views of the river, New Jersey and Little Island. Indoors big windows will give us options if it rains.  The food stalls, the constant parade of people and the views will keep us busy even in bad weather. 



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 Converted from an old Marine Terminal, Google has taking over the space and created something new and exciting in this city. (Which is a feat in and of itself!).  To learn more about the Pier 57, its history and conversion to an exciting multi-use location, click here: https://pier57nyc.com

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DATE: WEDNESDAY JULY 24, 2024

STARTING TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATON: PIER 57
                        25 11th Avenue  at approximately 15th Street
      We will meet in the food hall at the rear of the first floor if it is raining or on the roof if it is sunny 

TRANSPORTATION:  A, C, E or L train to 14th Street. 
                                    Then walk west to the Hudson River or take the crosstown bus 

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NOTES

  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at President@nycurbansketchers.org
  • Looking for Us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • Water, food and bathroom are available.
  • Buy lunch from the many food vendors or bring your own
  • We will meet in the food hall toward the back of the pier if it is raining or on the roof if it is sunny.                          

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

SATURDAY: Sketch at our Famous Annual Picnic

 


New York, our home town, has three very impressive Botanic Gardens.  The New York Botanical is in the Bronx and is huge with vistas and views.  Brooklyn's Botanic Garden is a bit smaller but equally comprehensive.  The Queens Botanic Gardens is a small jewel, easily walkable with everything you'd want to inspire your art.  


For the third year we are holding our famous Annual Picnic there.  The 39-acre site features a rose garden, a bee garden, an herb garden, a wedding garden, perennial gardens; an arboretum; and an art gallery.  If we have rain, no problem, we've rented an indoor space to accommodate everyone.

The garden charges a $10 admission fee (click here).  We will have refreshments and drinks, but you should bring your own lunch or depend on the stores and shops in the neighborhood.

This is a fundraiser for us.  We have prizes donated by our generous sponsors, Blick, Daniel Smith, Etchr, Legion Paper, Strathmore, Stillman and Birn. We'll also have raffle prizes with cool things for artists, a “Garage” Sale of new and gently used art supplies. Please bring cash or checks for these items.

We will be doing a timed sketch crawl through the park organized by Mel Barranco.



DETAILS

What: NYC Urban Sketchers Third Annual Picnic Summer Celebration

Where: The Queens Botanical Gardens - 43-50 Main St, Queens.  There is a $10 entrance fee - tickets can be purchased here:
  • Bring your receipt


When: Get there at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 20th, 2024. Sleeping late? Come anyway - we’ll be there.

Timeline
The garden is open 8am-6pm. You are welcome within that time. But our sketch event will be as follows:

10:00am: Official start to sketch event

11:00am: Raffle items on view and raffle ticket sales start, Garage Sale open.

12:00:  Lunch: Bring your own , or get lunch in the area, there are many choices!

1:00 pm-1:30 pm: Sketch Walk with Mel Barranco

2 :00 pm: Last call for bids. Refreshments

2 :45 pm: Winner announcements. Must be present to win.

How:
Directions by CAR:
Parking Garden Entrance (parking costs $10  in addition to the the admission fee) 42-80 Crommelin Street, Flushing

Midtown Tunnel — Tunnel to Long Island Expressway (East) to Exit 23 Main Street. Turn left onto Main Street. Follow to Dahlia Avenue and turn left. Dahlia Avenue becomes Crommelin Street. The parking lot entrance is on the left.

Triborough Bridge — Bridge to Grand Central Parkway to Long Island Expressway (East). Follow directions from Midtown Tunnel.

Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island — Belt Parkway or Jackie Robinson Parkway to Van Wyck Expressway to Exit 12A (College Point Boulevard). Follow College Point Boulevard to Blossom Avenue. Make right. Blossom Avenue becomes Crommelin Avenue. Make a quick right into the Garden’s parking lot.

Long Island — Long Island Expressway (West) to Exit 23 Main Street. Make right turn on Main Street. Follow to Dahlia Avenue and turn left on Dahlia Avenue. Dahlia Avenue becomes Crommelin Street. The parking lot entrance is on the left.

New Jersey — New Jersey Turnpike to George Washington Bridge I-87 south to Triborough Bridge. Follow directions from Triborough Bridge.

Upstate and Connecticut — Throgs Neck Bridge to Clearview Expressway to Long Island Expressway (West). Follow directions from Long Island.

Directions by BUS
Take Q44SBS or Q20A/B from the Bronx or Jamaica, or in Flushing.

Directions by TRAIN
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.


 NOTE:

-      Bring a stool if you have one, it always 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.




Monday, July 15, 2024

 

It's Too Darn Hot Unisex T-Shirt

Weekday Sketchers Event Canceled for Wednesday July 17, 2024


The weather forecast is for Wednesday is in the mid 90's with high humidity.  Not a good day to be out and about. Watch for announcements for next week's event. 



Weekday Sketchers at Teardrop Park

Why is Teardrop Park the Project Every Landscape Architect Should Visit?



Nestled behind the World Financial Center in Battery Park City is a wonderful oasis filled with trees, waterfalls, waterslides, green lawns and shady nooks.  It is called Teardrop Park.  Come and climb the rocks, sit in the shady alcoves and marvel at how quickly the city falls away as we sketch this bucolic corner of the world. 

Teardrop Park – Nature in the City – Land Perspectives


DAATE: WEDNESDAY JULY 17, 2024

STARTING TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION:  TEARDROP PARK
                            We will meet at the south end of the park. See note below

TRANSPORTATION:  ANY TRAIN THAT COMES NEAR THE WORLD TRADE CENTER









Battery Park City Authority on X: "BACK ...
Teardrop Park





NOTES

  • Please RSVP Directly to Raylie Dunkel at President@NYCurbansketchers.org
  • Looking for us? Call or Text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • We will meet at the entrance to the park at the south end of the park off River Terrace across from the Irish Hunger Museum.  There is an archway in the building next to the coffee shop. Wa;lk through the archway into the park   Or enter from Murray Street.  If you come later, just look for us. 
  • Lots of benches but bring a stool for more options
  • Water and Bathrooms are available
  • There is no food service in the park but lots of vendors nearby, or bring your own.


Teardrop Park | Landscape Performance Series


 



Friday, July 12, 2024

 

It's Too Darn Hot Unisex T-Shirt

Weekday Sketchers Event Canceled for Wednesday July 17, 2024


The weather forecast is for Wednesday is in the mid 90's with high humidity.  Not a good day to be out and about. Watch for announcements for next week's event. 



Weekday Sketchers at Teardrop Park

Why is Teardrop Park the Project Every Landscape Architect Should Visit?



Nestled behind the World Financial Center in Battery Park City is a wonderful oasis filled with trees, waterfalls, waterslides, green lawns and shady nooks.  It is called Teardrop Park.  Come and climb the rocks, sit in the shady alcoves and marvel at how quickly the city falls away as we sketch this bucolic corner of the world. 

Teardrop Park – Nature in the City – Land Perspectives


DAATE: WEDNESDAY JULY 17, 2024

STARTING TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION:  TEARDROP PARK
                            We will meet at the south end of the park. See note below

TRANSPORTATION:  ANY TRAIN THAT COMES NEAR THE WORLD TRADE CENTER









Battery Park City Authority on X: "BACK ...
Teardrop Park





NOTES

  • Please RSVP Directly to Raylie Dunkel at President@NYCurbansketchers.org
  • Looking for us? Call or Text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • We will meet at the entrance to the park at the south end of the park off River Terrace across from the Irish Hunger Museum.  There is an archway in the building next to the coffee shop. Wa;lk through the archway into the park   Or enter from Murray Street.  If you come later, just look for us. 
  • Lots of benches but bring a stool for more options
  • Water and Bathrooms are available
  • There is no food service in the park but lots of vendors nearby, or bring your own.


Teardrop Park | Landscape Performance Series


 




If It Rains on Saturday

 


Re:  Saturday: Sketch the Red Hook Waterfront

When the event was posted, Saturday was supposed to be the best day of the week!  It looked like we'd have moderate temperatures with no sign of rain.   Twenty four hours later the forecast said there's a 65% chance of rain this Saturday.  

I'm not concerned - here's why:

1.  There is an IKEA store near the ferry.  IKEA opens at 10 AM when we arrive.  IKEA has a wonderful cafeteria.  If it's raining when we arrive, that's where we will go.  I have confidence in our creativity, if we spend the morning sketching in the cafeteria we will do some amazing work.

2.  The rain this summer has frequently been spot showersThe rain can be heavy but it's over quickly.  If that's the case we won't need shelter for long.

3.  The morning is dedicated to sketching the neighborhood, or IKEA Cafeteria view.  For the afternoon we are attending a gallery opening - Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition featuring work by some of our friends.

I'm  amending the NOTES section:

NOTES:
-      Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options.
-      Bring an umbrella
-      Hope for sunshine.
-      There are two ferries that go to Redhook, one charges a modest fee and runs frequently.  You will need to walk a few blocks to get to IKEA.  There is also a dedicated IKEA ferry which is free, stops closer to the store but runs less frequently. 


 




Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Tuesday, July 16, 2024: Westchester and NJ Sketchers Plein Air Day at the Orangeburg Library

 




The Westchester and NJ Divisions of the NYC Urban Sketchers have teamed up with the Orangeburg Public Library to provide a fun and relaxing drawing event ‘en plein air’ (in the open air.)  This this event is meant to be an opportunity for people to relax, create art and make new friends.  There will be no formal art instruction.  Please arrive with your own supplies such as paper, drawing materials and a surface to lean on.

At 10 AM there will be a quick meet and greet in front of the Library. From there, participants will choose a spot on the lawn (or anywhere in or around the building) and begin sketching/drawing their surrounding scenery. There is a rain garden and Camp Shanks for added inspiration. The group will break for lunch at 12:30 PM to enjoy lunch indoors followed by Show and Tell to share what everyone has created.


DETAILS

DATE: TUESDAY, July 16, 2024. Rain or Shine.

START TIME: 10:00 AM 

LOCATION:  Orangeburg Library, 20 S Greenbush Road, Orangeburg, NY 10962

Phone: 845-359-2244


Lunch: 12:30 PM.  The auditorium is reserved from 12 to 2 pm for everyone to enjoy their lunch and Show and Tell indoors.



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

Looking for us? 
Call/text: Cathy at (914) 625-0766 or Margaret at 646-515-9913.



SATURDAY: Sketch the Red Hook Waterfront

watercolor by Thomas Morbitzer

Event suggested and planned by Shawne Cooper


Hop on a quick ferry ride and you’re transported to a world with a small-town vibe, waterfront sketching with expansive views of the NY Harbor and Lady Liberty, fresh lobster rolls, sublime key lime pie, and the opening of an exhibition of Coney Island art that includes work by a few of our friends. 

And, if you stick around after Show ‘n’ Tell, you can even mingle with mermaids.


Redhook Photo by Shawne Cooper

DETAILS:

What  Sketch Red Hook via the NY ferry.


Question:  Do I have to get there by ferry?

Answer:  Absolutely not.  Feel free to meet us there!


Where The ferry leaves from Pier 11/Wall St (see map below)


When Be at the ferry dock in time to catch the 9:51 AM ferry. It’s 2 stops and 17 minutes total to Red Hook. (If you miss the boat, ferries run every half hour.) And don't worry about finding the others; if you see anyone sketching in Red Hook, chances are, they’re an Urban Sketcher.


How:   To get to the Wall St. ferry by subway:

· N, R, W to Cortlandt 

·  2, 3, 4, or 5 to Fulton 

· 2, 3 to Wall St.

· 4, 5 to Bowling Green 

· 1 to South Ferry 


NOTES:

-      Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options.

-      Prepare for sunshine.


 



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, July 9, 2024

 



NYC Urban Sketchers Workshop with Katie Woodward

Creating Layered Reflections

When and Where:

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2024

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT

Location: Central Park Conservatory Waters

How: Click to sign up

Workshop Description:

The purpose of this workshop is to simplify how we approach reflections in water into only a few simple steps. It will cover information on how reflections work, what to look for when getting started, and how to paint realistic looking reflections in water. It should demystify the water painting process and make it fun!

Required Materials:

Water cup

Watercolor palette and paints (whatever you usually use)

Watercolor brushes (I use rounds in a variety of sizes but the workshop can be completed in whatever you usually use)

Pencil

Watercolor Paper of your choosing

Recommended: White Uniball Signo Gel Pen or white gouache

Stool

We will be meeting in front of the Hans Christian Andersen Statue on the west side of the Conservatory Waters. Enter the park on 72 Street, take the first path on your left. 

Workshop is scheduled for August 10. We have a rain date of August 11. As the day approaches we will assess the weather and communicate via the email address you provided at enrollment. A reminder email will be sent regardless. Please make sure that emails from events@nycurbansketchers.org will not go into spam.


Saturday, July 6, 2024

 Weekday Sketchers at the Valentine Valerian House 

Valentine-Varian House, Norwood | Valentine-Varian House (17… | Flickr


Join us this week as we travel back in time to 1758 when farm houses lined the Boston Post Road.providing easy access to the markets in NYC and travel up to Boston.  The Valentine Valeran house has been there all this time as witness to the changing landscape and growth the the city.  What we see in the neighborhood today is a far cry from the time when the house was new.  But lets let our imagination roam and capture what we see and what we imagine in our sketchbooks as we explore this corner of NYC history.

Thanks to Andrea Strongwater for making the arrangements for us to visit this historic site. 


For more information about the house, click here:https://historichousetrust.org/houses/valentine-varian-house/  
and here:https://bronxhistoricalsociety.org/museum-of-bronx-history/

DATE: Wednesday July 10 2024

STARTING TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION: 3266 Bainbridge Ave, Bronx, NY 10467

TRANSPORTATION: 
  • Take the D train to E. 205th Street/Norwood (last stop) in The Bronx. Walk north along Bainbridge Avenue.

  • Take the 4 train to Mosholu Parkway stop in The Bronx. Walk east to Van Cortlandt Park East. Go north until you hit Bainbridge Avenue.

The museum is also accessible by MTA bus lines Bx10, Bx16, Bx28, Bx30, Bx34, and express bus BxM4.



NOTES


  • Please RSVP Directly to Andrea Strongwater at andrea.strongwater@gmail.com
  • Looking for us? Call or text Andrea at 917-732-3828
  • There is an admission charge for entering the building. $5 for adults, $3 for Seniors
  • Water and bathrooms are available
  • There is no food service. Bring you own or purchase from local vendors.

Thursday, July 4, 2024

No Weekend Sketch Event

 


HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY


I sometimes think the best training to be an Urban Sketching Organizer would be a solid background in weather forecasting.  My best guess is that Saturday will not work out as a good sketching day because of the expected rain and thunderstorms.  Many sketchers are also traveling and away for the long weekend.

Our plans for the following two weeks are committed.  Next week we'll be sketching in Red Hook and will also check out an art show that includes several of our friends.  Our day in Red Hook will begin with a ferry ride from lower Manhattan.  

The following week is our Annual Picnic / Holiday Party which will be at the Queens Botanical Gardens, a wonderful event at a lovely sketchable location.



WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2024; Westchester Sketchers and LHVPAP at Stonecrop Gardens, Cold Spring

 


Joint event of Westchester Sketchers and Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters hosted by Cathy Gutterman and Jami Grossman (LHVPAP)
Stonecrop Gardens is a secret treasure located in Cold Spring, New York and was originally the home of Anne and Frank Cabot. Stonecrop became a public garden in 1992 under the direction of Caroline Burgess.

Architecture and flowers and beautiful trees abound! There are a few small ponds, conservancy buildings and other interesting structures, formal and informal gardens, paths, and more. We'll find a picnic spot for those who wish to meet up for lunch.



DETAILS:

Where:  Stonecrop Gardens, 81 Stonecrop Lane, Rt. 301 in Cold Spring, NY
Phone: 845.265.2000

When: Wednesday,  July 10, 2024. 

Start time: 10:00 AM.  

Lunch/Show and Tell:  Location and time TBD.  Bring your own lunch or snack and beverage.


NOTES:
Please note that there is a LIMIT to the number of artists who can attend. No "maybe" replies. You must be on the RSVP list as "Going" to secure your spot and attend. If you are planning to come and change your mind, be sure to change your RSVP to "not attending" so that someone else can go. We will close this event once it is filled.
- Admission: Jamie has secured a special rate for our artists of $5 for the day.
- Bring a stool if you have one. It gives you more options.
- Dress for sunshine.  Bring a hat, water and sunscreen.


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



If you can’t find us call: Cathy at (914) 625-0766 or Marianne at 914-355-6507. 


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