Friday, September 14, 2018

Sketching on Sunday 16 September at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

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What: Sketching, of course!
When: Sunday 16 September noon-3pm
Where: Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden; post-sketching gathering at Dunn Bros on Loring Park

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, part of the park system, will be a great place to sketch and have fun, as our group always does! Bring your own chair or stool and lots of water. If it's raining we can always go inside the Walker but please note there is a fee for the Museum. Access to the Sculpture Garden is free and open to the public from 6 am to 12 midnight. USk-TC will meet at noon by the Garden's main entrance, right across the street from the Walker main door. We'll meet there again at for a group photo around 2:45. Then let’s grab a cup of coffee together at the nearby Dunn Brothers on Loring Park, for those who are interested. Dunn Brothers is at 329 W 15th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403. A 5 minute walk from the garden.
Underground parking for the Garden is available on-site at a daily rate of $5. Enter the ramp on Vineland Place at Bryant Avenue.
Accessible parking in the underground ramp is designated near the elevator and entrance.
Free, but limited, on-street parking is available on the surrounding streets (restrictions enforced).
Bike racks and a Nice Ride bike sharing station are located on Groveland Terrace.
Metro Transit bus lines are 4, 6, 12 & 25.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

August 19th Sketching at The Bakken Museum Noon-3pm

The Bakken is located on the west side of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. The property and historic building near the lake offer plenty of sketching opportunities for everyone.

Let's meet afterwards for a drink or a pizza at Punch Pizza. Punch is right down the road at 3226 W Lake in the Calhoun Village Shopping Center.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

July Sketchout at Arcola Mills, Stillwater

Urban Sketchers Twin Cities July Sketch Meet will be at Arcola Mills, Stillwater. 
VENUE: ARCOLA MILLS, 12905 Arcola Trail N, Stillwater, MN
DATE: Sunday 22nd July 2018
TIME: 1pm to 4pm

The historical site has a restored Mansion which is the centerpiece of the Arcola Mills site. There are walking trails and beautiful riverfront land. The property itself is 55acres, the old abandoned cabins are the only things that are off limits to go inside. But sketchers are welcome to sketch the cabins from a safe distance. 

General Admission to the mansion and walking trails are FREE. There is a guided tour of the historic mansion which costs $5 per person. There is Parking available on site. 

Carpooling for this event is encouraged. Pam will be driving from St. Louis Park and I (Archana) will be driving from Eden Prairie. Anyone looking to get a ride from this side of town is welcome to contact us. Others who are willing to share rides can add their information in the discussions tab in the events page on our Facebook Group.

Thank you Fitzie Heimdah for inviting our group. We look forward to sketching in the beautiful location and recording a piece of Minnesota History in our sketchbooks.

More information regarding the venue can be found at

Friday, June 15, 2018

June Sketchout - Stona Arch Bridge Festival

Urban Sketchers Twin Cities June Sketch Meet will be at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival. The festival itself is great for people sketching but those interested in urbanscapes can get views of downtown Minneapolis across the river. If you want to escape the crowds than crossing the bridge to the Mill Ruins Park can be an option too. There is something for everyone here!

DATE: Saturday 16th June 2018
TIME: 12pm to 3pm

We will meet at the Festival info station at the end of the Stone Arch Bridge at 12 noon. It's circled in black on the map, below. We will return to the same location at 3PM to share our Sketches. 

There is plenty of great art, food, drinks and music. Those who wish to socialise can choose to stay back after 3pm and enjoy the festival as a group.

PARKING: There are plenty of parking garages on either side of the Bridge. Using Apps like Parkopedia or ParkWhiz can be useful to find parking options. It is going to be crowded, so please plan ahead.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Watch: Twin Cities USk enjoy the day at MIA.

Thanks to Gary Bingner of Quasimodo Advertising ( for this video recap of our day at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Noon  - 3:00pm

Let's meet at the Main Entrance by the Third Avenue South, at the lobby area by noon (the lobby connecting the Children's Theater to the MIA) And again at the same place at 3 pm for sharing the artwork and take photos together. Time for some fun. All welcome.

The general admission is free, however, you must follow the rules for sketching:

INDOORS: Be sure to bring a lapboard or clipboard and use either lead or colored pencils. Also, please keep from using the floors, walls, or pedestals as support for sketching. While in the galleries and packing up to leave, please carry your materials carefully. No wet media, pen or ink allowed in the galleries

OUTDOORS: There is a lot to sketch outside of the museum as well, bring a stool
And then let's get together after the sketch out and decide where to meet for drinks and socializing
It will be really fun, see you all there!

Parking directions:
The main entrance to Mia is located on Third Avenue South between 24th and 25th streets. The parking ramp is just south of the museum between 25th and 26th Streets. Additional surface parking is located at the corner of the 24th Street and Third Avenue South, and at the corner of 25th Street and Third Avenue South. There are also meters for street parking. 

Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South, 
Minneapolis MN 55404

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Food Ways Exhibition at MCAD

Hello Twin Cities USK Community

EVENT: Twin Cities Urban Sketchers has been invited to exhibit @ MCAD for an upcoming show called, FOOD WAYS. Local Urban Sketchers in the Twin Cities may submit 1 to 3 pieces each ( as space is limited), portraying food as the main theme.  MCAD will be scanning your chosen pages and curating this exhibition.

The deadline to submit artwork is April 28th, 2018.

Cris, Archie, and Pam will collect the sketchbooks to be presented to MCAD.- Please indicate 1-3 of your favorite “food themed” sketches to be considered.

EXHIBIT DATES: June 8th to Aug 13th 

OPENING: June 8th 6 pm - 9 pm Let’s represent!
COMMUNITY DATE: community event pending, sometime in July which will include a writer and a critic.

MCAD will provide a form for artists to fill out with Artist info and sketchbook details. This paperwork must be included with submissions. Stay tuned. High res scans provided for the exhibit, produced by MCAD will become the property of the artist. 

DISPLAY SPACE: Is limited to 2 walls and one free-standing lockbox
Wall 1: 12ft wide by 11ft high
Wall 2: 10ft wide by 11 ft high
Sketchbook glass display case: 3 to 5 sketchbooks ( the original books)  and 20 to 40 pieces of scanned work will be selected for the final exhibit 
All the work will be selected/ curated by MCAD 

(Will be insured, artists that display their original books, will need to exhibit the original sketchbook until the end of August) Others will be retrieved before the show by Pam, Archie or Cris.

Let's all participate!!!
To add yourself to the map, go to this link and follow the instructions (Note: You'll need to sign in with your Google account first.)