January 24, 2012

Drawing Attention: New Year, New News

Another New USK Blog

Urban Sketchers' latest regional blog is up and running. Urban Sketchers Midwest already includes members from the Kansas City area, St. Louis, and Kansas State in the US. USK Correspondent (Kansas City) and USK Midwest member Cathy Johnson says, "We hope to find members in Oklahoma, Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and beyond to join us in the future."


Our "Year in Review" report in the December Drawing Attention prevented us from having a chance to share the news of two great urban sketching-related exhibitions that took place last month featuring work by two USK Correspondents.

Davis, CA USK Correspondent Pete Scully's series of urban sketches from around Davis was featured in a December show (left) in the Pence Gallery in Davis, CA.

USK Correspondent (Isfahan) Behzad Bagneri had a solo exhibition called, Watercolor Paintings & Urban Sketches/Behzad Bagheri (right), in the Otaghe Abi Gallery in Isfahan, Iran in December.

Sketching Catching the Eye of the Media

Lest we thing that the weekly sketch challenge in Urban Sketchers' flickr group is just for fun (and it is fun), one of USK member Marcia Milner-Brage's submissions to the USK's Weekly Theme, Fruit & Veggies, was just featured in Canning Across America's blog. CAA is a nationwide ad hoc collective of cooks, gardeners and food lovers committed to the revival of the lost art of "putting by" food and their goal is to promote safe food preservation and thejoys of community building through food. Just goes to show that sketching continually illustrates cultural trends around the globe!

Truly drawing attention in Tennessee: The Memphis, Tennessee metro newspaper, The Commercial Appeal, ran a wonderful article all about the Memphis Urban Sketchers (pictured left) in one of their issues last month.

And, last but not least, here's a cool video of the "Drawing Caracas" (Dibuja Caracas) event that took place in the Venezuelan capital last month. More than 100 locals sketched in neighborhoods across the city. At the end of the event, they gathered at a central square to exhibit their work in a "tendedero." Dibuja Caracas was an initiative sponsored by Faber-Castell as part of their social responsibility program, along with several local institutions.

Have urban sketching news to share in Drawing Attention? Please send fully written items with links (and graphics, if possible) to: drawingattention at urbansketchers dot org

Until next month... happy sketching.

Lisbeth Cort, member of Whidbey Island Sketchers
drawingattention at urbansketchers.org


Veronica Lawlor said...

Thanks for these great posts, Lisbeth!

Don Low said...

This is good news.

gabi campanario said...

Thank you Lisbeth! Great report!

Lisbeth Cort said...

Thx for your comments; happy to do this. Very fun and inspiring to see what's happening all over the sketching world!

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Thank you, Lisbeth, a lovely update. And I'm happy to report we already have a correspondent from Chicago, Barbara Weeks!