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This last winter I decided Barcelona was going to be too far away, too expensive, and too hot to attend for the 4th International Urban Sketchers' Symposium. Once the decision was made I began thinking about what alternative to the symposium I could come up with.
I've always loved San Francisco. Being born east of there, a hundred and six years ago, the city has always felt somewhat like one of those anchors in my life; but I've only been able to visit it a few times in my adulthood.
Why not find some folks like me, who aren't going to Barcelona, and get together for a sketchcrawl there? I contacted Gabi Campanario first, the originator of the Urban Sketcher movement. I wanted to get his approval for possibly conducting an alternative event to Barcelona, on the same weekend. He said it was a great idea.
I contacted Jana Bouc, the admin for the USK: San Francisco Bay Area group and asked her if she, or someone in her group would be interested in putting the event together. In no time I was in contact not only Jana, but also Cathy McAuliffe, Carrie McClish, Sonia Tamez, Susan Ford and my friend, Irene Wang, who I met in Santo Domingo last summer.
It took about 4 or 5 months of planning, and now that it is behind us we can say it was a terrific weekend. We were expecting about 115 sketchers, and the official count was . . . 115.
Here's a group shot of about half the people that attended. This was at our group share at lunchtime in San Francisco, across the street from the Ferry Building.
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