Happy 2015, sketchers!
News from Urban Sketchers Communities
|A sketch by Luís Ançã is shwon in a window in Elvas.|
USk Portugal has more exciting news: Back in 2013, the chapter was invited to sketch in Elvas (near Spain). "This year, the local Association AIAR and the city council invited us to use our sketches in old and closed shop windows and doors," said Mário Linhares. Shown here is a photo of a window displaying a sketch by Luís Ançã.
Welcome to three more new USk groups:
Although Urban Sketchers Tacoma (USA) has been meeting for more than a year and posting their sketches on Flickr, the group just established its brand new "official" USk blog.
Another recently formed group is Urban Sketchers Thailand, which has been posting sketches to its Facebook page since December.
Southampton (UK) Urban Sketchers formed last April with just a "handful" of sketchers but now has more than 100 members on its Facebook page.
|Urban Sketchers Yorkshire sketch before scoffing!|
|Urban Sketchers Chile sketching at Liceo de Aplicación.|
The online publication Design Arts Daily published a story about Urban Sketchers New York City, including photos of a recent gathering at Winter Garden and an exhibition at SVA Chelsea Galleries.
Sketchers in Action
|Paul Wang's sketch is published in National Geographic Traveller.|
The UK edition of the Huffington Post ran a story Oct. 9 about City Stories, Urban Sketchers' project sponsored by the popular notebook manufacturer Moleskine. The article featured Adebanji Alade, Olha Pryymak, James Hobbs and Andrea Joseph, the four sketchers who participated in the event in Covent Garden, London.
The online publication MinnPost of Minneapolis-St. Paul (USA) published an article about avid urban sketchers and committed bike commuters Ken and Roberta Avidor
Dec. 19. "They sketch at every opportunity, cataloging people, places and things easily missed by those zipping by in their cars," the article said about the car-free couple. The article mentions the Avidors' enthusiastic membership in Twin Cities USk and MetroSketchers.
Stockholm (Sweden) urban sketcher Nina Johansson's exhibition of 96 sketches opened Dec. 5 at Spårvägsmuséet in Stockholm. Titled "Stadssamlaren" (The City Collector), the show includes floor stickers of sketched utility covers and her sketch kit.
|Some of Kumi Matsukawa's sketched fans at Cafe Chalote.|
Hugo Costa is offering a drawing workshop with the Architecture Association of Valencia (Spain). The Jan. 29 workshop will feature illustration, comics, graffiti and urban sketching.
After the announcement Dec. 17 that the US would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, several urban sketchers blogged about visits they had made to Cuba, including Lapin (Barcelona), Melanie Reim (US) and Jim Richards (US). Then a call went out on Facebook inviting more sketchers to post their sketches of Cuba, and many others responded. See the USk blog for sketches and stories by Laura Ruccolo (France), Gustavo Racca (Brasil), Sue Pownall (UK), Eugene Zhilinsky (Canada) and Félix Tamayo (Spain).
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