2nd Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketchcrawl - Day 1

Join us in Portland, OR, this coming summer for the "2nd Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketchcrawl." Like it's predecessor last summer in the San Francisco Bay Area, this event is free. There are no workshops, or lectures; just the pure enjoyment of meeting old and new friends in a rich environment laden with tons of Portland eye-candy for your sketchbooks.

Here's what we have planned.

FRIDAY: Meet up at McMenamins Ringlers Pub at 5:00pm. The plan involves breaking the ice and getting to know others quickly with a Five-Minute Portrait Party where participants, in a speed dating format, will have 5 minutes to draw each other's portraits. What could be more fun than getting to know each other better in a world-class pub with great food, drinks, chips, dips and jalapenos while sketching each other's faces.

SATURDAY: We will spend the day from 9:30am until 4pm in the South Park Blocks. This park spans 12 straight blocks, walking distance from downtown. It is lined with museums, pubs, book stores, coffee shops, buskers, and city art displays. A veritable cornucopia of friendly people and things to sketch.

*Updated!* Meet up at 9:30am at the base of the Theodore Roosevelt statue near the corner of SW Madison Street and SW Park Avenue. This is in the park that is right across from main entrance of the Portland Art Museum  (on the east side of the building).

The Teddy Roosevelt statue will not only be our meeting point in the morning, but event hosts will maintain a "base camp" in the vicinity throughout the day to help answer questions that any sketchers may have as they explore.

We will have two sketchbook sharing events during the Saturday sketchcrawl: one at high noon, the other at 4 pm. Both sharing sessions will take place near the outdoor sculpture patio area of the Portland Art Museum. The public is welcome to come look at participants' sketchbooks during this time as well.

Participants will be free to group up for lunch in one of the many eateries found in this area. After the second sketchbook sharing, folks might want to gather for dinner and keep drawing during and afterwards.  We have nothing planned for Sunday; participants are welcome to plan additional impromptu adventures to continue to explore the city as they choose.

Here's the official link about this event:


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  • Dennis A.


    1 · July 12

  • Andrew

    Gosh, someone said 100 people showed up at Ringlers!!

    1 · July 11

  • Nicole

    I need to finish 4 paintings by Tuesday, so I'll be in the studio on Friday. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.

    1 · July 10

  • J Bea Y.

    How about parking near Ringlers?

    July 6

    • Andrew

      Usually there is on the street parking near there. I always look at street parking on SW 15th between Burnside and SW Yamhill street.

      1 · July 7

    • Andrea M.

      Thanks Andrew! Another option is public transit - the #20 bus stops within a block of Ringlers Pub.

      July 7

  • Marco S.

    Is there anything planned after ringlers and how long does it usually go on for? Was hoping to make it for 5 but the work schedule puts me out an hour or so.

    July 6

    • Andrew

      I can't get off work till 6pm, so I am hoping to arrive closer to 6:30. Since there is 29 confirmed, I am sure to find some still sketching by then. They may want new faces by then also.

      1 · July 7

    • Andrea M.

      Marco and Andrew - I'm going to go ahead and say that many of us will still be there. I'm sure I will because I'll be eating dinner. We don't have anything specific planned after Ringlers.

      July 7

  • A former member
    A former member

    So looking forward to this! Thanks for organizing :)

    June 3, 2014

    • Andrea M.

      So glad you can make it. Looking forward to seeing you.

      June 4, 2014

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