Urban Sketchers Chicago

Urban Sketchers Chicago is a new sketch group and a new chapter of the Worldwide Urban Sketchers movement. Urban Sketchers is a network of artists around the world who draw the cities where they live and travel to. The mission is to “Show the World, One Drawing at a Time.” Until now Chicago did not have an Urban Sketchers group. For two years I waited – sketched by myself – and waited some more for someone to start the Chicago group so I could join it. Tired of waiting I am starting it myself.

Urban Sketchers Chicago will have its first “Let’s sketch Chicago” meet on Sunday, April 29, in downtown Chicago. We will meet at a starting point – the Art Institute – and sketch, either together or individually, then meet up at an end point to look at each other’s sketchbooks. All you need is something to draw with and something to draw on!

Our sketchmeets and sketchcrawls are free and open to everyone, all ages and abilities. We hope to make our meets a regular occurrence, so for the date and location of the next sketchcrawl, find us on Facebook – Urban Sketchers Chicago Facebook group.

Happy sketching!

Great thank-you and appreciation goes to

Marina Grechanik of Urban Sketchers Israel

Barbara Weeks, a long time Urban Sketcher from Chicago, and

LuEllen Joy Giera, a facilitator of Her Group for WomanMade Gallery

for the support and help they gave me while I was working to make this happen.

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  1. Reply
    Karen Boe April 26, 2012

    Way to go Alex – what a great idea! Can’t wait to see what you sketch. I’ve only been through Chicago en route to Merrillville IN, so never saw much of the windy city at all. Looking forward to it…

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    lesliepaints April 27, 2012

    Excellent, excellent, excellent! I hope you feature some of your sketches, here, Alex as I am not a facebook person. I hope you have a great turn out and, if I lived closer, I would surely make it a point to attend some of these. I love Chicago!

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    Carol King April 27, 2012

    YOU GO GIRL!!! You wait and wait and wait for someone to do something and they never do. So you did the right thing. You started Urban Sketchers Chicago yourself. I can’t wait to see some of your urban sketches. Yay You!

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    lindahalcombfineart May 1, 2012

    There are times when you just have to take the bull by the horns! Way to go! Your sketch is great – it should inspire others to join you.

  5. Reply
    Alex Zonis May 9, 2012

    Thank you everyone who left a comment of encouragement on this startup! I usually reply to comments individually, but it was a crazy couple of weeks. If you want to view sketches, both old and new now have a page on this blog dedicated to sketches – click Urban Sketches on the menu.

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