Original! Fresh! Drawn locally! What could be more “Albany” than art work from our home-grown Urban Sketchers. Today we learned that Urban Sketching is a world-wide phenomenon with pockets of pen-wielding artists recording life in cities all over the world. The movement started in 2007–and while it pulls people away from computer screens to draw their subjects in the open air–it depends upon the connectivity of the internet to share the art with others. Check out the great Bay Area site here:
Cathy McAuliffe presented the topic to our YMCA/Library Speakers Forum. She, herself, likes to unwind over a sketchpad after a day working in front of a computer screen. Cathy’s compatriots were in the audience and it was a treat to hear their added perspectives and see their work projected on the screen.
The talk ended with a short “sketch-crawl” in and around the library. Audience members fresh from their exercise class at the Y were able to invigorate their imaginations by drawing the people and objects they saw around them. Thanks, Cathy, for the invitation to step outside and draw!