Website Update

๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸฅณThe website is still standing for a bit. ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ

We will be working on the transition, and hope to have made the conversion to the WordPress free platform by summer. We will keep you posted. You will continue to get updates as per normal on this website.

Thank you for your patience as we make this change.

Sketching From Your Vehicle โ€“ Max Bell Centre Outing

What an excellent day! Superb weather for January๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž. Due to COVID the parking lot was empty, so you could have a pick of any scenario. You could either geek out on the building or the sprawling city landscape. Something for everyone. A spot to visit again.

Thanks Valarie for the group photos.

February Events will be posted shortly.

Take care and stay safe๐ŸŽจ

Important Website News

A fee is paid to WordPress for this site platform, and we are moving it to a free site platform, still with WordPress.

This is going to happen tomorrow. We are not entirely sure what that will mean. We could loose all past content. But while we get this figured out, if you only use this site, and not Facebook, email me and I will let you know of upcoming events, I believe this includes, Rod Z & Sue K???

And who knows, the transition may be seamless๐Ÿค”

Thank you for your patience while we make this transition.

Sketching From Your Vehicle – Max Bell Centre or City Skyline

Saturday, Jan 30 Noon – 2:00

Note Time Change: Time is moved up an hour to catch the warmer part of the day.

Description: There are some spectacular views of our city skyline from either of the two parking lots at Max Bell Centre. Max Bell Centre is also interesting with its vibrant colors and many angles. Possibly the Firestone towering tank overlooking the Max Bell Centre will interest you.

Meet: Find a spot and start to sketch from the comfort of your vehicle, then we will meet at 2:15 at the west end of the lower parking lot. If more than 10 people arrive, we will break into two groups, well distanced from each other.

If you are not comfortable meeting, or go during the week, send your sketch to Belinda Ramscar by noon Jan 31. Email address listed on our web page. jpg format preferred.

Inclement Weather: If snowing or below -20 Celsius, event will be cancelled.

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.

View from top parking lot

View from bottom parking lot

View from back of building

Impromptu Sketch Tomorrow – Jan 22 at 1:00pm – Stampede Elm Tree

Ever heard of the Stampede Elm Tree???? I found out about this tree in a recent work newsletter. It is over 100 years old, and is going to be moved to make room for our new arena. (No comment๐Ÿ˜ถ) I am going to check out the site tomorrow afternoon to see if it would be a good spot for a vehicle sketch outing. I plan on staying for a couple of hours to sketch this majestic tree. Here is the blurb. Map and picture of tree below. Hope to see you there!!

The Stampede Elm Tree โ€” 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 1980โ€™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. We are working with Calgary Municipal Land Corporation to assess the feasibility to move the elm to Enoch Park. We have collected seedlings and seeds to grow at our nursery to plant as public trees throughout Calgary. We have worked with a lab in BC to get tissue cultures from cuttings to make clones for propagation.

Finally, we connected with the University of Calgaryโ€™s Archeology and Anthropology Department to create 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.

Sister Sketching Event #3 – Theme CONSTRUCTION

Huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this weeks event.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Too beautiful not to be out and about!๐ŸŒž I find it intriguing how the YYC Sketchers literally go out and look for their theme, where as the YEG Sketchers have used the word in a different context to be able to sketch from their homes. Love it!!!

It would be great to see submissions from more YYC sketchers, I know you are out there!!!!!

If you have any suggestions to make this event even more successful, please comment below, or fire me an email. As always, looking for ideas for the coming months.

Next event is to be January 30 at cSPACE. Let’s hope the lockdown is lifted by then.

Great job everyone. Take care and stay safe๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽจ

Janice B
Chris M

Sue K

David H

Ellis B
Jim J
Gabrielle A
Lucie O’R

Rod Z

Deb D

Belinda R

Sister City Sketching Event #3 – Theme CONSTRUCTION

Jan 4 – Jan 10

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!๐Ÿฅณ

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

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

The theme is CONSTRUCTION.

Requirements are:
1. Stick to the theme. If not possible see bullet 4.
2. Submit your theme sketch to by noon Jan 10 (.jpg format preferred)
3. Capture from direct observation. Not from a photo or image.
4. Of course you don’t’ have to follow the theme, just sketch something. anything and submit it.ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

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 you have any theme ideas for future months, please enter in comments.

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!!!!ย ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽจ

Important reminder and January Sketchule is posted

See Events for Sketchers tab on this website for more details

cSpace was scheduled prior to the last lockdown, so at this time I am not sure if the event will happen. If it does not, I will try and reschedule.

Reminder for Cafe Rosso Show in February

๐Ÿ•˜Time is a ticking๐Ÿ•˜

Message Jim Gillanders or Deborah David on Calgary USk Facebook page, or email me if you have sketches you want to be displayed at Cafe Rosso and to arrange drop off/pickup. We are hoping we can arrange a drop off location immediately after this lockdown. Deadline to submit is January 24. Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity.