Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July Sketch Group at the Brooks Museum

Next sketch group
Saturday, July 7
Brooks Museum of Art1934 Poplar Ave 
10:00 AM
Join us to sketch the African Print exhibit! Brooks is giving us a $1 discount, but we can also get in for free with a library card.
Meet in the rotunda.
Don't forget - pencil only! But that means colored pencils, too.

Winner of the African Print Design Challenge

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Drink & Draw this Wednesday and Recent Events

On Wednesday, May 16, we are gathering for a “drink and draw” – or a “snack and sketch” for those who don’t drink – at the Babalu in East Memphis, 6450 Poplar Avenue. It’s sort of a sketching happy hour, and should be a good opportunity for people who can’t make weekend gatherings.

The Memphis Urban Sketchers has participated in a variety of outings lately.
We commemorated the 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike with a sketch walk from the National Civil Rights Museum to the Clayborn Temple, where the sanitation workers began their march every day starting in February 1968, to City Hall. It was a beautiful day for walking and sketching these sites that have seen so much history.

By Noelle

By Janis

Peanut Shoppe Downtown Memphis

by Elizabeth

We’ve also had recent outings at Shelby Farms, the Dixon, and a final goodbye to the Cleveland Street Flea Market, where we enjoyed so many sketch outings over the years.
Group at Shelby Farms

Sketches from Shelby Farms

Cleveland Street Flea Market by Janis

Cleveland Street Flea Market by Mary K

Cleveland Street Flea Market by Cynthia

In June we’ll meet at the Big River Crossing and sketch the views while suspended over the Mississippi River. Join us June 2 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Meet at the entrance on the Memphis side.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

More Information about March 3 Sketch Walk

Saturday, March 3, we will meet at the National Civil Rights Museum and walk the Sanitation Workers' Strike route to City Hall, to commemorate MLK50. 

Feel free to join us for all or part of the day - a detailed schedule is available below the map. This sketch walk happen rain or shine, unless there is ice or a tornado warning. See you there!

10:00 AM
Meet at Mulberry at Butler to sketch at the National Civil Rights Museum. Gather at 10:50 AM (-ish) to share sketches.

11:00 AM
Walk to Clayborn Temple via Mulberry to Vance to Third Street to Pontotoc.

11:15 AM
Sketch Clayborn Temple at Hernando and Pontotoc. Meet at 12:05 (or so) to share sketches.

12:15 PM
To Main Street via Linden to Third Street to Beale to Main. (Original Sanitation Workers' Strike route took Hernando to Beale, but the FedEx Forum has since been built there.)

12:30 to 2:00 PM
Lunch and sketch on Main Street between Gayoso and City Hall. There are plenty of restaurants (Maciel's, City Market, Cafe Keough, Aldo's Pizza, etc.) and there is plenty to sketch. Let's documenting the sense of place of Memphis now, along the strike route. (Also be sure to visit the Peanut Shop on Main just north of Monroe.)

2:00 PM
Sketch City Hall and Civic Plaza

3:00 PM
Meet up in front of City Hall to share sketches.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

March 3 Sketch Group - Sketch Walk from National Civil Rights Museum to City Hall

Next sketch group
Saturday, March 3
National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St.
10:00 AM
For our March sketch group we will have a sketch walk to commemorate MLK50, starting at the National Civil Rights Museum at 10:00 AM, then heading to Claiborne Temple, then taking the Sanitation Workers' Strike route to City Hall. Along the way we will stop and sketch, documenting the sense of place of Memphis now, along the strike route.

This will be a longer gathering than usual with a (slow) walk of about a mile, with several stops including lunch, but you can also come and go as you please. Next week I'll post a map on our blog and Facebook group page with approximate times and locations.

Please comment here or in our Facebook group if you plan to attend.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February Sketch Group at Cleveland Street Flea Market

Next sketch group
Saturday, February 3
Cleveland Street Flea Market, 438 North Cleveland Street 
10:00 AM
This is the last weekend that the flea market will be open :(

Phyllis Boger is our greeter this month!

Photo by Crosstown Arts

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

December Sketch Group at Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Next sketch group Saturday, December 2 Dixon Gallery and Gardens (4339 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38117) Meet inside at 10:00 AM. Only pencil and colored pencil can be used to sketch the interior! The weather might be nice enough to sketch in the gardens, too.
The Isabelle de Borchgrave exhibit Fashioning Art from Paper will be on display - historic fashions recreated using paper, which sounds really fun to sketch (see image below from the Dixon). And Justin Bowles' exhibit Boukay will be in the Wurtzburger Gallery.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November 11 - Urban Sketchers 10th Anniversary 24-hour Global Sketchwalk

What: Urban Sketchers 10th Anniversary 24-hour Global Sketchwalk
When: Saturday, November 11
Where: Broad Avenue - starting at City and State (2625 Broad Ave) and making our way west on Broad
Time*: 10:00 AM (*If you are an early bird, please plan on meeting at City and State at 9:00 AM - our time slot for sharing on Instagram for the Global Sketchwalk is 10:15 AM, so I want to make sure to get some good pictures before that time.)

About: From urbansketchers.org: "On Saturday 11th November 2017, USk chapters from around the globe will hold sketchwalks in their cities to celebrate 10yrs of Urban Sketchers. Using GMT time, we will follow the sketchwalks on the USk Instagram account starting with the first chapter to see daylight (Auckland, New Zealand) to the last chapter to see the sunset (O’ahu, USA)."

Our Group: Memphis Urban Sketchers will participate with a sketchwalk on Broad Avenue, and we will share pictures and videos on the official USk Instagram account as a part of the 10th Anniversary celebration with the hashtag #USkGlobal24hrSketchwalk

See you there!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October Sketch Group at Crosstown Concourse

Next sketch group
Saturday, October 7
Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Avenue (Cleveland/Watkins just south of North Parkway)
10:00 AM
We'll meet inside the Central Atrium - it is easy to spot on the south side of the building. We can sketch inside and out, and there are plenty of places to have lunch, too.

Please comment here or in our Facebook group if you plan to attend.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sketching at Whole Foods

We met last Saturday, July 8, at the Whole Foods in east Memphis for some air-conditioned sketching and had a great time! The folks at Whole Foods were welcoming, and customers stopped and talked to us. And there was so much to sketch, we barely scratched the surface. We're looking forward to going again!

NEXT SKETCH GROUP: Saturday, August 5, 10:00 AM at the Peabody Hotel. Meet in the lobby to get a good spot for sketching the 11:00 AM duck march. This will be our first visit since Jimmy Ogle was named Duckmaster!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Sketches from the Big River Crossing

Saturday, March 4, we sketched at the Big River Crossing, which is an amazing amenity here in Memphis - it's a pedestrian bridge spanning the Mississippi River, with views back to the downtown skyline and into Arkansas. And it is connected to an existing train bridge, which is also very sketchable. Can't wait to go back!

(Click images for more detail.)