The Art of Urban Sketching
July 5 – August 4, 2018
Reception July 13 • 7-9 pm
Works from the sketchbooks of:
Few art forms capture daily scenes with the freshness and energy we see in the art of urban sketching. Artists have been drawing the world around them for thousands of years, but the concept of urban sketching is a relatively recent form of expression that has become a global phenomenon. Urban sketch artists often share moments witnessed only by them or show us a unique perspective of a scene we might pass by without a second thought.
Artist, Gabriel Campanario, a Seattle-based journalist and illustrator, is credited with giving the genre a jump-start. His blog and online forum, created in 2007, allowed urban sketchers from around the globe to share their work. Out of that movement grew the nonprofit organization – UrbanSketchers.org. Around the same time, Pixar artist and director, Enrico Casarosa founded SketchCrawl. Through organizations like UrbanSketchers.org and SketchCrawl.org artists are now able to not only share their work online, but also meet up with like-minded sketchers almost anywhere in the world.
Prior to these online forums, much of this amazing work lay hidden in the sketchbooks and journals of its creators. In this exhibit at Frank Bette Center for the Arts, we have gathered the work of four Bay Area urban sketch artists who have agreed to share a glimpse into their sketchbooks.
The Signature Gallery at Frank Bette Center for the Arts is an intimate, welcoming space where artists are invited to exhibit new ideas and new works in solo or small group exhibits. Applying for an exhibit in the Signature Gallery is one of the privileges of being a member in good standing of Frank Bette Center for the Arts. Space is limited so not everyone that applys will get a show.
All mediums are acceptable. There are four walls for two dimensional work. Three dimensional work is limited to the top of the table storage cabinet and what can be hung safely on the walls.
• We are looking for artists who will use the room in a creative way.
• Content of your show must be suitable for family viewing.
Nudity needs to be tasteful, discrete and artful.
• Graphic violence is not welcome.
To apply for a show and to read the Artist’s Agreement and Prospectus
please download these forms.
o How to become a member of FBCA
o Signature Gallery Application
o Signature Gallery Prospectus
o Signature Gallery Agreement form
o Signature Gallery Floor Plan
o Artist's Inventory
o Artwork Labels
Shows for 2018
No show in January
Opening February 9
One Hundred Pairs of Jeans
Opening March 9
April 6-May 26
Alameda on Camera
Opening June 8
July 6-August 4
Curated by: Mi'Chelle Fredrick
Featuring: Beth Bourland, Yvonne Lee, David Savellano and Barbara Tapp
Opening July 13
August 10-September 29
Alameda en Plein Air
Paintings from the 2018 Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout
Susan and Susan
Opening October 7
November 2 - December 22
Opening November 9