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!!!

April 28th: USk Twin Cities at Architectural Antiques

Our monthly sketchout will be a week later than usual this month. Why? Because we've gotten permission to sketch among the amazing treasures at Architectural Antiques in NE Minneapolis!

We'll follow up the sketching by gathering at Indeed Brewing for those who want to stay for a drink and draw.

12-3 Sketching at Architectural Antiques from. 1330 Quincy Street NE
3-6 Drink and draw at Indeed Brewing. 711 NE 15th Ave, Minneapolis

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Minnesota Center for Book Arts 

Sunday March 18th Noon-3:00 pm

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is located on the first floor of the Open Book building:

1011 Washington Avenue S., Suite 100 Minneapolis MN 55415

On site you'll find many options for sketching that include the beautiful building, 

a cafe and Milkweed book shop. 

Parking Information

Limited free parking is available in the Open Book lot adjacent to the building. Please do not park in spaces reserved for building tenants or staff. Events in the building may limit availability of spaces in the Open Book lot. Metered street parking, pay lots and public ramps are all available nearby. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Minneapolis Skyway
date: Sunday, February 18th at 12pm- 3 pm
where: IDS Center- 80 S 8th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Let's meet at the lobby of the IDS Center at 12 and again at 3 pm for photos. Bring a stool for a day exploring the views Minneapolis has to offer. There is an App for the Skyway system, and it's free!( It's called SkyWay Maps)

See you all!
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.)