Cape May & Ocean Grove

“Alas, the smell of saltwater, the wind on my face, the ebb and flow of the tide,
together invoke a sense of serenity by the sea.”

- Cecilia Evasco

Grab your favorite sketching supplies and let’s sketch The Painted Ladies of Cape May and Ocean Grove.

America’s seaside resorts are a treasure trove of Victorian architecture with elaborate mansions and ornate guest houses. The Victorian era is made up of various architectural styles including Queen Anne, Gothic Revival, Italianate, and French Second Empire.

As you walk around the Cape May historic district, everywhere you go, these styles shine through and gives the town its own character. Stained glass windows, decorative trimmings, turrets, front porches and bay windows make up the design of these homes. The brightly colored homes are often referred to as The Painted Ladies drawing in visitors from all over the world. But its charming homes aren’t the only attraction in town. During the Victorian Era, beautiful gardens of Cape May were a common addition to almost any home. During this time, gardeners were exploring new and exotic plants from around the world, bringing in blooms such as begonias and canna lilies. And part of all that glitz and glamour brought about the desire to showcase their wealth with not only beautiful homes but immaculate gardens.

A short Drive up the coast Ocean Grove welcomes you to their one square mile of natural beauty, including sparkling beaches, an oceanfront boardwalk, a Tent City, tree-lined streets, and beautiful parks. Walking through the streets of Ocean Grove is like stepping back in time. This captivating coastal town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its extensive collection of fancifully-designed homes.

Ocean Grove Tent City
Touring Cape May
Cape May History

Gurney-Stockton Cottage
Cape May Victorian Houses
Getty Images-Cape May
Shutterstock- Cape May
Textbook Victorians of Cape May
Southern Mansion of Cape May
Christmas in Cape May

Getty Images- Ocean Grove
Shutterstock- Ocean Grove
The Inns of Ocean Grove


All Virtual New York Urban Sketchers events are one session (10 am -12 pm EST) held on Saturdays. For participants wanting to challenge themselves sketching more of a particular locality or theme, you are welcome to do the EXTENSION SKETCH PROJECT below:

Cape May & Ocean Grove Extension Sketch Project:
Choose of the following prompt to sketch:
(a) Promenade in either Cape May or Ocean Grove
(b) Cape May Lighthouse
(c) Tent City in Ocean Grove
(d) Bed & Breakfast Inn- Interior

*Please post your finished sketches
to the USK NYC Facebook Site
Be sure to add the hashtag #NUS.

Facilitators of Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers
  • Theresa Smith
  • Lynda Greeley (Mama Bear)
  • Cecilia Evasco (Maricel)
  • Dina Schlesinger
  • Alan Wernicke
  • Michael Skelly
  • Elizabeth Birkby
with the assistance of Mark Leibowitz
founder of USK NYC

web site design by Cecilia Evasco
for Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers
under the auspices of USK NYC
Scheduled for October 9 , 2021

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  • Orangeburg, New York, United States