UPDATE: I don't think rain will be a problem. There are lots of overhangs close by in the area, and if it gets too rainy we can sketch inside the store.
SF Sketchers will be 7 years old! We're having a birthday party at Arch Art Supplies, with a sketching meetup beforehand to document some of the crazy new buildings and construction in this rapidly changing neighborhood.
We'll also be announcing the 2019 Urban Sketchers 10x10 class series and introducing some of the people who will be teaching classes and organizing groups over the next year in our wonderful Bay Area sketching community.
11:00 Meet outside of Arch Art Supplies. We'll range out from there to sketch new buildings and whatever nearby construction sites are in an interesting phase. (If it's raining we'll stay close to Arch, but if it's sunny we'll sketch closer to Mission Bay.)
12:30 Head back to Arch for the party. We can warm up with food and hot drinks, watch a slideshow of some of the places we've been and sketches we've done, and think about what we want our sketching community to look like going forward.
Two years ago Arch signed on to be the official sponsor of SF Sketchers and they are helping us celebrate. Arch is also offering us a 10% discount on everything in the store during the party and a chance to check out some cool sketching gear. http://www.archsupplies.com/index.html
• Transit: Catch the #19 bus from Civic Center BART. From 16th Street Mission BART catch the 22 or 55. Catch the 10 from the downtown Caltrain station.
• Car: There is plenty of 4-hour street parking near Arch.
• Bicycle: There are good bicycle lanes along Division, Townsend, 7th, 8th, 16th and 17th Streets.
• Warm jacket, hat and gloves
• A sketching stool or some other way to get your bottom off the cold ground would be good.
• Bring money or credit card in case you'd like to take advantage of the 10% discount from Arch to buy some new sketching supplies.
(No charge for the meetup.)
Arch has been open continuously since 1978 but has had to deal with the same forces of gentrification and displacement as the artists it has supported all those years. After losing their lease 4 years ago they hung on for a while in a couple of small pop-up stores, but 2 years ago found their current home. So we'll be celebrating the survival of one of San Francisco's last independent art supply stores as well as our survival as artists in this changing city.