Notice:

Cancelled: Stampede Elm Tree Sketching Event has been rescheduled to May 9.

No sketching events are scheduled until then. We will not be participating in the virtual sketch on May 8 with Edmonton as they are participating in Jane’s Walk.

Events for Sketchers will be updated soon.

Cancelled: Sketch the Stampede Elm Tree

MAY 9 SUNDAY 11:30 – 2:00

Photo Op Time 2:15 (Rod keep reading…πŸ˜‰)

π‘­π’Šπ’“π’”π’•, 𝒂 π—•π—œπ—š 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒐 π‘¬π’“π’Šπ’ 𝑱 𝒇𝒐𝒓 π’‘π’“π’π’—π’Šπ’…π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒂 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒄𝒕 𝒔𝒐 π’˜π’† 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒇𝒓𝒆𝒆 𝒂𝒄𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒕𝒐 π’•π’‰π’Šπ’” π’‘π’‚π’“π’Œπ’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒍𝒐𝒕.

Description: The Stampede Elm, also known as the Victoria Park Tree, has watched over Calgary for over a century. This iconic tree has witnessed the expansion of the Calgary Stampede grounds, and the construction of the Saddle Dome during the 1980’s. After surviving over one hundred years of development, the tree must be removed to make way for the new Event Centre. Calgary Parks has been working to find ways to preserve this historic resource, and is working with Calgary Municipal Land Corporation to assess the feasibility to move the elm to Enoch Park. Calgary Parks has also collected seedlings and seeds to grow at their nursery to plant as public trees throughout Calgary. They also worked with a lab in BC to get tissue cultures from cuttings to make clones for propagation.

The University of Calgary’s Archeology and Anthropology Department has created a 3D rendering of this impressive tree. This way, regardless of the success of all the above attempts to preserve the tree, we will have a lasting image of the Stampede Elm. You can view a video of the 3D rendering here.

Let’s sketch this iconic tree before it is moved!

I am hoping to arrange to have the parking lot open from 9am to 4pm for us. I will let you know Friday when the parking lot will be open. The official time to meet is at 11:30, and the photo op is 2:15.

I am also hoping the weather is nice enough to sit outside, so we can all get a good view of the tree. If it is super nasty out I will try to reschedule. If you just choose to sketch from your vehicle, please park far enough away to give everyone a good view. As far as I am concerned, you do not need to park between the lines 😁

Meet: Start sketching when you arrive. Plan to meet up at 2:15 to share sketches, and for a quick photo-op. If more than 10 people arrive, we will break into two groups, well distanced from each other.

If you are not comfortable meeting, then you are welcome to go during the week. Parking lot will NOT be open, you can walk into it though . Send your sketch to Belinda Ramscar by noon May 9. Email address listed on our web page, . jpg format preferred. Or post on our Facebook Page and I will grab it.

Don’t forget your masks!!! Must be worn when we can not maintain the proper social distance, especially when we are meeting at the end for the photo op.

Please stay home if you feel unwell, uncomfortable or are exhibiting any symptoms. https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-on-outdoor-activities.aspx

Outing: I Spy My Little Eye – Community of Ramsay

Another community we could easily come back and sketch! I walked around the neighbourhood after I completed my sketch, and it is an absolute mish mash of architecture. A feast for any sketcher.

12 sketchers were out today.

And the weather🌞🌞 +20 degrees Celsius 🌞🌞 The community was busy with families and couples getting out and about, many in shorts, t shirts and sandals. 😎 A couple even walked by with a bunny. Today….well let’s not look out side. ❄⛄❄

As a heads up, sketches are finally going to be on display at Rosso’s Coffee Roasters downtown. They will be up for your viewing on May 6.

Next outing is the Stampede Elm Tree on SUNDAY, April 25. Fingers crossed we get decent weather. 🀞🀞🀞🀞

I Spy My Little Eye – Community of Ramsay

April 17 11:30 – 2:00

Description: Taking a cue from the childhood game, we’ll narrow down what to sketch in the community of Ramsay.

https://www.heritageinspiresyyc.org/…/communities-ramsay/

You have three options:
🎨I Spy My Little Eye on something red or orange, and/or
🎨I Spy My Little Eye on something round, elliptical or curved, and/or
🎨I Spy My Little Eye on something that starts with the letter K, L, M, or N.

😊Kudos to you if you can combine two or all three criteria😊

Meet: Start sketching when you arrive. Feel free to arrive earlier if you wish. Plan to meet up at 2:00 to share sketches, and for a quick photo-op in the Rosso Coffee Roasters parking lot at 15 – 803 24 AV SE. If more than 10 people arrive, we will break into two groups, well distanced from each other.

If you are not comfortable meeting, then you are welcome to go during the week. Send your sketch to Belinda Ramscar by noon Apr 18. Email address listed on our web page, . jpg format preferred. Or post on our Facebook Page and I will grab it.

Do not forget your mask!!! Must be worn when we can not maintain the proper social distance, especially when we are meeting at the end for the photo op.

Please stay home if you feel unwell, uncomfortable or are exhibiting any symptoms. https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-on-outdoor-activities.aspx

Outing: Sister City Sketching Event #6- Theme Public or Pop Up Art

Thanks to everyone who sent me a photo of their sketch, whether it was from this week or from the past.

Next outing is April 17. As you have probably heard the libraries are closed again 😒 A suggestion sent to me was to keep the I Spy theme but sketch from your vehicle. More info will be posted here and on our Facebook page today.

Sister City Sketching Event #6- Theme Public or Pop Up Art

April 5 – April 11 noon

For those new to this event, the week leading up to the second Saturday, thru the winter, Calgary USk’s are going to be collaborating with the Edmonton USk’s by sketching the same theme.

You can sketch any time you get time, up to and including April 10. You can even submit a sketch done from the past.

The weather forecast is not looking so good for April 10, so we will not meet as a group. The weather looks fab for some days this week, so take advantage! I am hoping you will take this opportunity to showcase art in your neighbourhood, which may in turn be a location we can all meet in the future.

Requirements

🎨Stick to the theme. If not possible see bullet 4.

🎨You have all week to sketch. Submit your theme sketch to Belinda.Ramscar@shaw.ca by noon April 11 (.jpg format preferred). I can also grab your sketch from Facebook.

🎨Capture from direct observation. Not from an image or photo. Even though the rules are being unofficially relaxed, I encourage you to sketch from direct observation. If you can’t, please mark your sketch with NOT USK or FROM PHOT

🎨Of course you don’t have to follow the theme, just sketch something. anything and submit it. 😊

Received images will be posted on our CalgaryUSk’s website, as per normal. It would be great if you also posted your sketches on the Calgary USk Facebook page. This can be done anytime, and hoping this will inspire others to participate.

𝑰𝒇 π’šπ’π’– 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 π’‚π’π’š π’•π’‰π’†π’Žπ’† π’Šπ’…π’†π’‚π’” 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒇𝒖𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆 π’Žπ’π’π’•π’‰π’”, 𝒑𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒆 𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓 π’Šπ’ π’„π’π’Žπ’Žπ’†π’π’•π’”.

Note: You are welcome to sketch each theme through the month, and again, it would be great if you posted them on our Facebook page and/or website.

Looking forward to seeing your sketches!!!! 🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨