It was a fantastic day that generated energy, enthusiasm, and camaraderie. Over 40 artists came out to capture the Gowanus Landscape on September 27. Local artists joined artists from Manhattan, Queens, New Jersey, Westchester, and Connecticut. Several art collectives were represented including NYC Urban Sketchers, the Gowanus Swim Society, and Oil Painters of America. The herd of sketchers attracted the attention of the community fostering a dialogue about the canal, the Conservancy, and its mission.

Over 100 impressions were created over the 7 hour period. The artists sketched from the vantage point of the Salt Lot, the Whole Food’s promenade, the 2nd street boat dock, and the Carroll street bridge. Some set up easels to oil paint while others sat with sketchbooks using pencil, ink, water color, pastel, iPad,  and camera. Many of these sketches will be included in a slideshow at the GCC Annual Members’ Meeting on November 18th and a small selection will be up for auction at the GCC’s Annual Fundraiser: Anti-Freeze on January 24th.

Be on the lookout for the next Plein Air event!

Jessica Dalrymple, Artist and GCC Volunteer Coordinator

Photos below courtesy of Keturah Davis.

Artists sketching in our garden at the Salt Lot:


Artists sketch in our garden at the Salt Lot


Featuring the bees:



Lunch was provided by Whole Foods:


Jessica Dalrymple, Volunteer Coordinator and organizer of Plein Air, paints at the Carroll Street Bridge: