Friday, July 19, 2013

"A Fabulous Weekend of Sketchcrawling"

Friday evening those of us staying at the Golden Bear met up with the locals at Picante's Mexican Restaurant in Berkeley:  twenty-two of us.  I knew we were in for a treat when the odor of freshly made corn tortillas wafting about the restaurant filled my nostrils when I walked in. 

Saturday morning we gathered on the traffic island at 10 am for a few comments and guidelines for the day.

Lunchtime Share:  We met at the fountain across the Embarcadero from the Ferry Building for a lunchtime share of our work.  That was when we began to realize we had a fostered up a nice group of folks to join us on this gorgeous day.



Group Shot:  We count about 53-4 people in this photo.  Not everyone was there, and new people joined us as the day went on.  We set the official count for Saturday at 75.

The sketching continued on into the afternoon, people found cool places to eat, thanks to Laurie Wigham's maps, then at 4 pm we convened for the final "share" behind the Ferry Building.

Saturday ended at the 4pm share.

Sunday:  We met at the Camron-Stanford House on the banks of Lake Merritt in Oakland for the East Bay portion of the Bay Area Sketchcrawl event for the weekend.

So came the close of the weekend here on this lovely veranda connected to this gorgeous old mansion, the Camron-Stanford House. 

We estimate 115 participants for the event, and we had 115 artists indicate they "planned to attend."

Wednesday, May 22, 2013



Announcing the "1st Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketchcrawl," July 12 - 14, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This event will offer any and all urban sketchers anywhere throughout the world, who for whatever reasons, were not able to attend the Barcelona Symposium, a chance to meet new people, and to enjoy group sketching and socializing in the fabulous San Francisco Bay Area, located on the West Coast of the United States.

No fees, no workshops, the event is designed for meeting with new people and friends, and sketching all day on Saturday, the "40th World Wide Sketchcrawl," in the city where Enrico Casarosa gave birth to the "World Wide Sketchcrawl," San Francisco.


1.  Friday, July 12:

The Golden Bear Inn in Berkeley is recommended as a reasonably priced, central place to stay. Click on the link to contact them directly, find map here. Transportation by the SF Bay Area USk'ers will be provided.

"MEET-UP" at 5Pm in the front office area:  Dinner at a local Mexican Restaurant, "Picante".  (Transportation again, by members of the USK SF Bay Area members.)

Early arrivers may want to gather at 3 pm to do a bit of sketching in and around the surrounding neighborhood. 

GPS this address:  1620 Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA., 94702

2.  Saturday, July 13: 

"MEET AND GREET" at  10 am on the large traffic island right in front of the Ferry Building. 

(For those staying at the Golden Bear Inn, we will depart no later than 8:15 am to catch the 8:46 am BART to the Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street. Arrival time - 9:12 am.) 

Sketching options from there:

xxxxxxxxxx1.  The Farmers' Market/Ferry Building.

xxxxxxxxxx2.  Chinatown (A 15 minute walk up Sacramento Street) See Map.

xxxxxxxxxx3.  Walk the Embarcadero north toward Fisherman's Wharf.

Sharing at 4pm: Meet back together at the back side (water side) of the Ferry Building, then find a place for dinner and continue sketching into the evening, or head back to Berkeley. Participants choice.     

3. Sunday, July 14:

To make the weekend a full BAY AREA ART EVENT, you are invited to celebrate Oakland and the lovely Lake Merritt area on Sunday. 

10 AM:  Meet at the Camron-Stanford House, 1418 Lakeside Drive to get a list of suggested drawing spots that highlight Lake Merritt's cultural and natural resources.

1 PM: The Oakland Municipal Band will begin performing at the historic Edoff Memorial Bandstand.  

Groups will sketch together and meet at 2 pm at the Camron-Stanford House for sharing sketches and closing the weekend activities. 

For more information visit this link, where you will also learn about other events happening that weekend, including our own, "1st Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers' Sketchcrawl."

If you plan to attend, please leave an RSVP in the comment section below: