Outing Sketches: Prairie Winds Park, with several views including Baitun Nur Mosque

🌞🌞🌞What a gorgeous day🌞🌞🌞
The temperature perfect, and the sky so blue. 18 people sketched the Baitun Nur Mosque and/or the park. It always fills my heart with joy when sketchers say, “I have never been here, never knew this park existed, it is so beautiful”. This park is a hidden gem in the NE, and well loved by the surrounding communities.

The tour of the Mosque was interesting and informative.
Thank you Imam Asif Arif for the warm welcome.

Next sketch is an evening sketch, on Sept 8, Wed, at McDougall Centre. Apologies to those at Prairie Winds, I not only missed announcing this sketch, but I said the Sept 12 sketch was a Saturday, when it is a Sunday. Next time, I will just tell you to look at the website 🙄 , which will be updated soon. 😊

Update: Mosque Tour and Sketch Event Time Change

Please note the time of the August 28 sketch has changed!!!

Same start time, end time is now 12:40, Photo Op now 12:45

I was able to book a tour at the Baitun Nur Mosque. It starts at 13:30 sharp. By finishing earlier, you will have time to drop your supplies off at your vehicles, and just walk over, and be at the entrance by 1:15. There will be a short presentation first, then the tour. They are having prayers at 14:00 so our tour will be interrupted, but we are welcome to observe the prayers. Note: no shoes are allowed in the prayer hall. They have scheduled us until 15:00 to finish the tour and for questions. You are always welcome to start sketching early.

Mask are mandatory inside the Mosque.
If you forget, they have some at the door.

Sketching Event: Prairie Winds Park, with several views including Baitun Nur Mosque

August 28, Saturday
10:30 – 12:30, Photo Op 12:45

223 Castleridge Blvd NE

Description: Prairie Winds Park opened 1990 September 8, and between 2014 – 2017 was renovated. At the south end is a huge hill, which you can climb be either going straight up or by following the path that goes up the west side of the hill. From this hill are two great views, the Baitun Nur Mosque or of downtown Calgary. Also there is an interesting public art installation on the top of the hill, Seed Pod by Incipio Modo.

For a bit of trivia, Rod Z, one our administrators, was involved with the design drawings of the mosque. He tells me, “The repeating inset arches evoke the traditional Islamic architectural motif. Originally they were set in precast concrete but due to cost they were changed to stucco on built up layers of foam insulation. The bulk of the building is a rectangular box except for the dome, which is expressed on the inside main hall, and the minaret. Both are iconic.”
I am working on getting us a tour at the end of this sketching event. I will post to let you know if it comes to fortition.

Meeting Place: Park in the south parking lot. Find a spot and start sketching when you arrive. Feel free to arrive earlier. Plan to meet up at 13:05 at the bottom of the hill, south side.

Here are some pictures I took while checking the place out. Also Google to see images of how spectacular this building is in the right light.

Inclement Weather: Event will be cancelled.

Please stay home if you feel unwell, exhibiting any COVID symptoms, or are uncomfortable meeting in a group where some may or may not be wearing a mask.

https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-on-outdoor-activities.aspx

Sketching Event: Elbow Island Park: The Wandering Island

August 21 – Saturday
10:30am-13:00, Photo Op 13:05

In Google Maps search for The Wandering Island Calgary

So I lied to those at The Lougheed House, the next sketch is this Saturday, not next at Prairie Winds Park, ooops….🙄

Description:   The Wandering Island is described as “slow art for the audience of birds, bats, beaver, fish, and the occasional curious wanderer.” This island was suggested by Dianne A and Kent P, and has a lot of potential to explore. In January 2021 Dianne sent me an email, and she says, “This week we went for a walk in the little Elbow Island Park, which is accessed from a stairway off the 4th Street SW bridge at Elbow Drive.  It has just reopened after habitat restoration work last year. We think it might make a nice spot for a sketching event in the spring.  From the island there are views of the backs of some nice houses on the south shore and an interesting new stairway.  There will be people sitting and walking, and of course the river and vegetation.  There are a few seating areas (the public art), …..”. Please bring your own chair, and bug spray maybe a good idea. 🦟🦟🦟🦟

https://www.calgary.ca/csps/recreation/public-art/elbow-island-park-public-art.html
https://incandescentcloud.com/2021/04/18/the-wandering-island/
https://vimeo.com/383087650

Meeting Place: Find a spot and start sketching when you arrive. Feel free to arrive earlier. Plan to meet up at 13:05 at the bottom of the stairs off 4 ST SW.

Inclement Weather: Event will be cancelled.

Please stay home if you feel unwell, exhibiting any COVID symptoms, or are uncomfortable meeting in a group where some may or may not be wearing a mask.

https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-on-outdoor-activities.aspx

Outing Sketches: Beaulieu Gardens at the Lougheed House

After such a cloudy start to the day, the evening turned out perfect. The sun even made an appearance for awhile😎. 11 sketchers took in the evening. Welcome to the 3 new members🥳. The gardens were stunningly vibrant🌻🌺🌼🌷. They even have a vegetable garden with the tallest corn ever. It was enjoyable to watch the birds in the birdbath. I think I saw the fattest Magpie ever!!!! A couple of sketchers even sketched Magpies in their sketches.

Next sketch outing on August 21 is at Elbow Island Park: The Wandering Island! (Sorry to those I said the next outing is Aug 28😏)

Pretty good looking group!!

Sketching Event: Midweek – Beaulieu Gardens at the Lougheed House

August 11 (Wed evening)
18:00 – 20:00, Photo Op 20:15

Note: The gardens are on the entire property, not just in the southeast corner as marked by Google Maps. Red “P” = Parking, and I believe it is free.

Reminder: Be sure to check the Events for Sketchers tab on this website for updates.

We have not had a midweek sketch yet this year. I also have mid week sketches planned for September & October.

I had originally planned to have this event at the McDougall Centre, but due to the recent protests at this location, this event has been moved to the Beaulieu Gardens at the Lougheed House 707 13 Ave SW.  

Description:  Amazing enough the house and gardens cover an area of 2.8 acres. To have this in our inner city is fabulous. The Lougheed House, as per the City of Calgary website, ” was christened with the regal name “Beaulieu” or “Beautiful Place” and was a powerful symbol of the Lougheed’s growing prestige and influence. By the early 1900s, the 2.8-acre estate included the residence, carriage house and stable, as well as a formal garden with swan sculpture fountain.”

Meeting Place: We will meet at the bottom of the stairs on the east side of the house at 20:15 for the photo op and share.

https://lougheedhouse.com/beaulieu-gardens/

https://www.calgary.ca/csps/parks/locations/downtown-parks/beaulieu-gardens.html

Inclement Weather: Event will be cancelled.

Please stay home if you feel unwell, exhibiting any COVID symptoms, or are uncomfortable meeting in a group where some may or may not be wearing a mask.

https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-on-outdoor-activities.aspx

Outing Sketches: 2nd Annual Road Trip-Millarville Church

I have a new appreciation for teachers, and that is counting people in a group and remembering that number. 😁 15 sketchers made the road trip!!! We were blessed with a cool day and less smokey skies. 🎁

⭐⭐⭐Thanks again Norm for the suggestion, a great day was had by all, and many commented on what a great sketch location. You too can be a star, all suggestions are most welcome, please. ⭐⭐⭐

The next two sketch outings are, a midweek sketch this Wed, Aug 11, Beaulieu Gardens at the Lougheed House; and then Saturday, Aug 21 at Elbow Island Park: The Wandering Island.