Ken Avidor on the urban sketching movement
The Metro Sketchers
The urban sketching movement is on the rise, as artists get out of the studio and into the streets (or some public yet indoor location for these bitter cold days). One of the trend's biggest enthusiasts is Ken Avidor, who along with his wife, Roberta Avidor, is active in the sketching scene here in the Twin Cities.
A sketch of Cray Plaza, posted on the Urban Sketchers website.
Here in the Twin Cities there's also Metro Sketchers, a group made up of both professionals and amateurs who organize monthly "sketch outs," where they'll go to a Twin Cities location and draw for four hours, meeting up again at the end. "Art is such a solitary, lonely thing," Ken says. "This is a social thing. It's fun to get together." The Metro Sketchers also go to the Minnesota State Fair every year for their big annual event.
Coaster by Ken Avidor
Often when he's sketching, people will come up to him. "I welcome it," he says. "People always have observations and suggestions." While some artists don't like the distractions, Avidor says he doesn't always mind having his concentration broken.
Sometimes Metro Sketchers will have as many as 30 people come to a sketch-out. Avidor believes that may be because of the growing popularity of place making. "It grounds you when you spend a great deal of time in one place," he says. "It's about connecting people with the place they are sketching, and how the person feels about the place."
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