Jackalope

Howdy Sketchers,

Our next amazing sketch location will be the Albuquerque Jackalope. Located at 6400 San Mateo Blvd NE in Albuquerque, Jackalope is a very colorful fun place to sketch. We will meet at 10:am on Saturday the 18th and sketch until noon. Now some folks say Jackalope have been around since pre Columbian times. In our times though it seems Douglas Herrick first spotted one in Douglas Wyoming after a hunting trip in 1932. Since then there have been sightings in several of the mid-western states including New Mexico. Reportedly folks have been viscously attack when Jackalopes became frightened, so it is best to keep a safe distance if you see one. There have been many sightings around and in this location so this should prove to be an exciting location to sketch.

On a different note, for our planning purposes it is much better if we know and can let the businesses we go to know how many folks will be in attendance. In that light we will, from this location forward, we need everyone to RSVP. If you plan to attend a Sketch-out you can RSVP by sending an email to spaderart@gmail.com. Just say “I’m in” or write a whole page if you care to. This is a practice we dropped when Covid made the numbers of attendees drop but it is time we got back to it. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

And now for “Tamaya” wasn’t that a great location to sketch, everyone seemed to have a good time as is evidenced by the wonderful artworks displayed below.

Please send you thoughts to spaderart@gmail.com. Don’t forget to RSVP and we hope to see you all at Jackalope.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

Tamaya Hyatt Regency and “Happy New Year!”

Howdy Sketchers, Donna has gotten us approved to sketch the Tamaya resort so that is where we will meet on Saturday the 23rd.

More on that in a little bit but first lets talk about last months location. Sawmill Market was a great sketch location for our December meet up and the gift exchange proved to be a lot of fun. Of course we have photos of the many great sketches and happy faces below so be sure to have a look.

Our January location is The Tamaya Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa. This wonderful sketch opportunity located on Santa Ana Pueblo at 1300 Tamaya Trail. This is just north of the Hwy 550 and Hwy528 intersection in Bernalillo. We will meet as usual at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday the 21st of January and sketch till noon.

This is a great sketch location with no shortage of after sketching lunch locations. These include the resort it’s self, the Santa Ana Star Casino just down the street or Bosque Brewing Company to name a few.

This will be supper sketching year, the schedule for which will be up on the web site tomorrow.

Hope to see you all at Tamaya. Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

Saw Mill Market

Howdy Sketchers,

Saw Mill Market is the place,10:00 a.m. this Saturday. It looks like most of us will be wanting to sketch inside as a chill is expected to still be in the air. There will be a gift exchange. Creative wrapping is encouraged and the value can be anything under $20.00 or $10.00 or a few pencils, just wrap something sketching related and put it in the pile.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL and we hope to see you there.

Spader

Happy Holidays

Howdy Sketchers, we’re here again, the end of another full year. The Happy Season is upon us and it is time for our holiday get together. This year we will be meeting at the Saw Mill Market which is, I believe, located in the restored 1958 Paxton Lumber Co. building. The address is 1909 Bellamah Ave. NW in Albuquerque. and we meet at 10:00 am Saturday December 17th.

This, being the holiday season, we will have a small gift exchange. If you would like to participate in the exchange bring a sketching related, holiday wrapped gift, valued at $20.00 or less to put in the pot. The exchange will be give one, take one. It is the season for happy so bring you holiday thoughts and wonderful smiles. We hope to see everyone there.

Now on to the business of last months sketch out at the El Vado Motel. Thanks Donna for adding this wonderful spot to our list of fun sketch-out locations. A gold star to those who showed up early, all bundled up to sketch outside in some, lets say, crisp weather. Thanks to the many sketchers who showed and sketched some outstanding sketches and a special thanks to our hosts at the motel and the local businesses who made us feel very welcome. Please take a moment to enjoy the wonderful sketches from the sketch-out, shown below.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching. We hope to see all of you at the Saw Mill Market on the 17th.

Spader

El Vado

The historic El Vado Motel is November’s sketching location, but more on that in a bit. First lets talk about Pasando Tempo Winery. What a wonderful location. The folks there were very accommodating and as you will see in the photos there were endless opportunities for sketchers to enjoy. Several of the sketchers chose to spend a little time after the session enjoying Pasando Tempo’s offerings and the great company of other sketchers. There were around 25 of us there and a good times were had all round. Special thanks to the wonderful folks who provided welcoming service at Pasando Tempo. Photos will be, as usual, at the end of the post.

El Vado Motel, a well preserved retro motel from 1937, is the site of our November 19th sketching location. The motel, located at 2500 Central Ave. SW, in Albuquerque, is directly across old Route 66 “Central” from the Albuquerque Bio Park. There are lots of sketch opportunities at this location along with a Tap room, coffee, cakes and food. We meet at 10:00 a.m. and then in the office at high noon for photos and friends.

Parking at this location may be a little challenging. It is be advisable to arrive slightly early and make sure you find a spot. If you don’t find a spot at the El Vado we can park at the Monterey Motel up the street or along New York Ave which is just behind the El Vado, both are within easy walking distance.

For comments or questions please contact us at spaderart@gmail.com.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

Howdy Sketchers,

Pasando Tempo Winery is this Saturdays sketching location. The winery is located at 277 Dandelion Rd. in Corrales. Remember we start at I:00 p.m. this time. Should the weather become challenging we will default to the Flying Star Cafe at 10700 Corrales Rd. Hope to see you all there.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

Pasando Tempo

Howdy Sketchers,

Our next exciting location will be Pasando Tempo Winery located at 277 Dandelion Road in Corrales New Mexico. This is a wonderful place to sketch and the owners have graciously said ok to our sketch request. This sketch out will, as usual meet on the third Saturday of the month. That is Saturday October 15th, 2022. There is a TIME CHANGE however. The winery opens at 1:oo p.m. so our Sketch Out on the 15th will start at 1:00 and run until 3:00 in the afternoon, when we meet up for show and tell. Be sure to check out the fine wines available and for those who imbibe, please drink responsibly.

Last months Sketch out ,Cathedral Park, was a lot of fun. There were so many sketch opportunities it was challenging to pick. Thanks to all those who made it to Santa Fe for that one and Welcome to our new members. We hope to see all of you at Pasando Tempo (Passing Time) Winery.

As always the photos will fallow and for questions or thoughts you can email spaderart@gmail.com or post on the site.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

CATHEDRAL PARK “Take Two”

Howdy Sketchers,

We will be taking a second run at Cathedral Park in Santa Fe for September’s location on the 17th. Cathedral Park is located at 131 Cathedral Place, in Santa Fe. We will meet by the statue commemorating Spanish settlers of Santa Fe. It’s the one with animals around the bottom. This is a terrific sketching location, there should be something for every sketcher. We start at 10:00 a.m. and will meet up again at noon for photos and laughs.

Now as to last month’s location: slightly challenging I think some would say. As you know last months location was to be Cathedral Park. When we realized our event conflicted with the crowds that would attend Indian Market that weekend, quick as a scarred Jackalope we changed the location to the Albuquerque Museum. As it turned out we showed up at that location only to find out there had been a power outage that morning and the museum was closed. If that were not enough an alternate location being Sawmill Market was hit by the same outage and was closed as well. The sturdy, persevering group of sketchers that we are it was decided to stay where we were and sketch outside the Albuquerque Museum. Where it proceeded to rain off and on. My hat is off to the fun loving group of sketchers that produced the works of art that fallow.

As usual you can leave a comment on the site or send your thoughts to spaderart@gmail.com. We hope to see you all in Santa Fe on the 17th of this month.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

Cathedral Park Change!!!

Howdy Sketchers,

The best laid plans of mice and sketchers. Thanks to the awareness of a few of our members, who contacted us, there is a change in the schedule. As it happens this coming Saturday is “Indian Market” in Santa Fe. The crowds are massive and parking is a complete nightmare during Indian Market. A few of our member may still choose to go to Santa Fe as it is a good reportage opportunity. We are however changing the sketching meet-up for Saturday the 20th of August. The new location is the Albuquerque Museum located at 2000 Mountain Rd. NW, in Albuquerque. We can sketch inside but watercolors are not allowed. Some may choose to sketch outside or sketch inside and apply paint outside or at a different time.

We will meet at our usual time, 10:00 a.m. and meet up for photos at noon. Thanks again to the vigilant sketchers who help keep us in between the lines. You can post you thoughts or send them to spaderart@gmail.com. We will try to fit Cathedral Park in next month.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

Cathedral Park

Howdy Sketchers,

Our next outing is coming up quick. This is a fun location with lots of history and endless opportunities for sketching. Saturday the 20th of August at 10:00 a.m. we will meet near the statue of Mary La Conquistadora, its the statue with animals around the bottom. Cathedral Park is located at 131 Cathedral Pl., in Santa Fe. As it stands now there is a chance of rain. So, umbrellas may be a thing for some although in case of rain there are an endless amount of restaurants and portals for us to head to. As usual we sketch from 10-12 and we hope to see you all there. On a different note the Sip and Sketch was a great hit.

The Sip and Sketch which almost turned into a Sip and Drip, was a lot of fun. Though it rained cats and dogs and the Apothecary Lounge is an outdoor venue they do have indoor seating with lots of windows. The staff was very accommodating which made for a perfect evening of sketching, exotic drinks and delicious snacks. It was such a success we plan to do it again. There is a photo of the group below. And a warm welcome to another new member.

For questions or comments please post or feel free to send us an email at spaderart@gmail.com.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader