Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Doctor is Alive and Well in Northampton!

The image I've posted here is the very first (haphazardly drawn and photocopied) poster ever made for Dr. Sketchy's Northampton. I remember sketching it up, nervous and excited about this new venture I was embarking on. Not knowing what form it would take, how the community would take to this cheeky event, never having run an event or project before. I post it here now because, more than two years later, Dr. Sketchy's continues to run a new and inventive show for artists and doodlers alike every month, still on first Fridays, still at the Elevens on Pleasant St. Many things have changed over this time, least of which being that I (Caity) moved from Northampton back to Boston last November, leaving the position of director in the capable hands of my then-assistant, Kyle Gintzler. Since then Kyle has run numerous unique, fun events and I'm proud that Dr. Sketchy's continues to be alive and well in the valley. I let this blog fall to the wayside a year ago when I sensed that our Facebook page was the only way our audience was really reaching us. But that's about to change, and Sketchy's Northampton is is getting it's own makeover. In the coming months we'll be posting pictures from all the amazing events from the past year, and keeping both the blog and the hub site (drsketchy.com) more updated. The creative haven of western ma has embraced Dr. Sketchy's and kept us alive, and we're dedicated to throwing even more exciting and saucy parties every month. With the help of our friends and fans, we can outdo ourselves each and every time,and give the audience a truly wild experience of art, burlesque, and music for years to come. Stay tuned, y'all.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

It's My Party and I'll Draw If I Want To!

To celebrate one year in Northampton, our branch threw a big ol' birthday fete complete with party games and a (burlesque-dancing!) clown. Local partystarter DJ Dan cashman spun great tunes all night, and contest winners tore open their presents to find great prizes from topatoco.com, F.O.E., and Oh My! Sensuality Shop. And, for the 2nd time, the folks at canson blew our minds by bringing FREE (high-quality, all different types) sketchbooks for EVERYONE in attendance! Nuts. We even had a real birthday in the house, fete'd with cake and singing. Our amazing models posed their asses off - the voluptuous Gaby as the spoiled birthday princess, and newcomer Harley Foxx as her birthday clown, who also brought down the house with her unbelievable burlesque performance. We even kicked off the show with a game of Twister. 'Nuff said.
This is just a taste of more than 100 beautiful photos from the night, taken by the venerable Lesley Arak Photography. check out all of the photos, as well as more fun stuff, on our facebook page, or at drsketchy.com.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dr. Sketchy presents Metal MAYhem!

Friday May 6th join us at the Elevens for another date with drawing, dames, and drinks as Dr. Sketchy's Northampton presents a tribute to all things METAL!

Come draw, doodle or gawk at our models who will be done up in the glitter and gloom that embodies the headbanging attitudes of glam and black metal, battling it out in a fight to the death. Plus, there's the usual music, imbibing, and contests with prizes from our awesome local sponsors to be had. BE THERE!

Admission is $10 (goes mostly to our lovely, hard-working models!), OR only $7 if you copy and paste a rock-fist to our wall....we'll put you on the list at the door, just present your ID for the discount! here's a good one:
21+ guys, there's drinking to be had...

Artists and doodlers: bring art supplies and a booklight
Gawkers and nightlife folks: bring your friends!
Everyone: leave your cameras at home, please.

Hosted by the esteemed Reverend Xtian Perfection!

Other performers and sponsors TBA soon! And don't forget to check out our fan page for pics of previous events, as well as drsketchy.com. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dr. Sketchy’s Noho threw blew up the nuclear 50’s family!

Last night we went back in time to the 50’s and spied on the secret drama of a straight-laced couple and their sketchy alter-egos. Our handsome and hilarious models were a real-life husband and wife, and they brought it out with some daring poses! Our eclectic soundtrack included plenty of 50’s classics, a surprising and disturbing track from The Shining, and a bunch of bizarre authentic radio ads, including one from Ex-Lax that had the audience busting a gut laughing. Prizes came from our sponsors topatoco.com, Oh My! Sensuality Shop, and our newest comrades, FOE. Plenty of drinking and debauchery was had, and some really excellent sketches came out of the night.

Select photos of the event are up now in our album, but check out our facebook page for over 150 titillating pics from our talented in-house photog, Lesley Arak!

We had a blast this month, and hope to see everyone back at the Elevens on Friday, May 6th for a headbanging (hint-hint) new theme!

(p.s. - no apologies for the abundance of nuclear puns!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Photos from March's Session

Oops, dropped the ball on this one! For the most excellent photos by photog Lesley Arak, check out our facebook page or on the hub site at drsketchy.com...will post them up here soon!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Dr. Sketchy Has a SweetTooth - NOM NOM NOM March

RSVP at our FB page or simply drop in next Friday night!
On Friday March 4th, Dr. Sketchy is back with a tasty new event at The Elevens on Pleasant St. Everyone 21+ welcome - artists and doodlers, bring art supplies and a book light; gawkers, bring your friends but leave any sketchy ideas at the door...

Cover is $10 OR only $7 with the donation of a non-perishable item that benefits our local community through the Northampton Survival Center. See list below for some suggestions of things you can bring to our neighbors in need!

Dr. Sketchy's Northampton is a monthly cabaret life drawing event with models in various states of creative dress and undress, music, drinks, and contests with prizes from local sponsors. Check out pictures from our past events at drsketchynorthampton.blogspot.com

DJ Studebaker Hawk will be spinning records, we've got two brand-spanking new models posing, new prizes from our sponsors, and stay late for 80's dance party Electric Avenue!

Our sponsors include:
chameleons salon
oh my! sensuality shop
the artists at lucky's tattoo and piercing
babytattoo books
skytemple design

Suggested donations for March's event:
Powdered Milk
Macaroni and Cheese
Fruit Juice
Spaghetti Sauce
Cereal or Crackers
Canned Fruit
Canned Vegetables
Baked Beans
Peanut Butter


Monday, February 7, 2011

Dr. Sketchy Broke My Heart (February's Sesh!)

Thanks to everyone who made it out on Friday, and to our awesome sponsors and art monkeys for making it happen. And a special shout-out to our talented and beautiful models, including our first ever (why'd it take so long?) male model! Check out way more photos and RSVP to our next event (On Friday, March 4th) at facebook.com/drsketchynorthampton.

Monday, January 31, 2011


What the hell is Dr. Sketchy's?

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School is an event founded by artist Molly Crabapple in 2005 in NYC. Disillusioned by the traditional format of figure drawing classes, where students or artists sit in silence drawing nude models that simply stand there under unflattering florescent lights, Molly came up with a revolutionary idea: make this age-old creative exercise into something awesome and daring. Now, more than 5 years later, Dr. Sketchy's has branches in over 100 locations ALL OVER THE WORLD, inspiring artists and doodlers alike in a unique and social experience. The Northampton, MA branch has been running since June 2010 and has only gotten better and better each month!
Dr. Sketchy's Northampton currently meets every first Friday of the month at the Elevens on Pleasant St. from 7:30-10 pm.

Yeah, but like, what IS IT?

Here's what to expect when walking into our particular event (which is monthly, on First Fridays): On the stage, we've got two or more models performing creative poses, who hold still for 2-15 minutes at a time. The models are deliciously costumed in burlesque-inspired attire or something sexy that fits the theme of the month. The poses can range from pin-up to low-brow grotesque, but always with a wink. There's no full nudity, though we may get pretty damn close. Also onstage are props for the theme that add to the display and which the models can use in poses (for example - a huge candy cane, a marshmallow brain, a bullwhip - it can be anything!). Below the stage on the floor there's chairs and a few tables, a couch, and other seating for attendees. As an attendee, you might be a professional artist, or just someone who likes to doodle. We don't judge your work and there's no actual 'teaching' involved, it's just an open social format for creative inspiration! Then there's the bar (very important!), so feel free to enjoy your gin 'n' tonic while drawing. We also have music, either dj'd or by a live band, making Dr. Sketchy's a full sensory experience. On occasion we'll make handmade edible goodies free to the first 30-40 guests, and every event there are 2 fun drawing contests with prizes for the top 3 winners (models choose)from our awesome local sponsors. Each session is about two hours long with a 15 min break in the middle, and after our event there's a fabulous 80's Dance Party for those who stick around!
The best way to see what we're about is by going to an event, but scroll through this blog for photos from our previous sessions, and check out our Facebook (click on the box left) and the hub site at drsketchy.com.

Is it open to just anybody?

Yes and no. You certainly don't have to be an artist to enjoy a Dr. Sketchy's event, but we do have some ground rules. First, we're in a bar/nightclub, so you must be 21+ to attend (IDs checked). We also don't allow folks to bring cameras or take pictures with their phones unless it's been previously cleared with us - if you're a photographer and interested in snapping photos, email me or find us on FB; we can only have 1 photographer at a time. Lastly, no skeezballs allowed. When we have live performers or bands we allow people to come and just watch the show, they don't necessarily have to draw. But you do anything leery or uncouth, we're kicking you out on your pervy ass. Them's the rules.

What should I bring?

Drawing supplies are a good start: paper/sketchbook, pencils, pens, charcoal, pastels, small watercolor kits, a drawing board if you like,whatever floats your boat. Acrylics and oil paints are too messy and hazardous though, so you can leave those at home. We also strongly suggest bringing a booklight. Our venue is awesome but when the stage is lit, the floorspace is really dark. If you want to see what you're doing, you can pick up a booklight for a buck or two and bring with.
ID, cover charge (will be displayed on the event listing/posters/FB page that month), and friends!!!

What if I'm late...can I still get in?

Absolutely. You can come in and out as you please, and arrive at any time. We charge the full cover for anybody that comes in though, until the last ten minutes or so. But, if you're late it may be difficult to find a seat - the best ones go fast, though there's usually room right up front on the floor. And if you leave early, you're gonna miss out on the righteous last contest and poses, so I wouldn't recommend it.

How can I become a model for Dr. Sketchy's Northampton?

We always have an open call for models here, though we may not necessarily be able to use everyone that inquires. If you're interested, email me at drsketchynoha@gmail.com with your info/availability/photo. We love models of all body shapes, colors, and styles, and are particularly interested in booking males and folks that fall under the queer category - also, it helps if you've got something unique to offer. Maybe you're a dancer or a drag queen or have a bounty of neat costumes in your closet. We want it all! Models are paid well but I'll remind you that it's not as easy as it looks to stand still for 10 minutes with your body contorted into a pose, and that you really must be confident in your body and self to do this.

I'm too shy to model but I'd love to be involved somehow!

The good Doctor is always looking for more volunteer art monkeys. If you've got something you'd like to bring to the table, be it seamstress experience, a local band, theatrical makeup prowess, the gift of promotional gab, or items you'd like to donate as props, prizes, or snacks, bring it on!!! You'll receive free admission to Dr. Sketchy's in return and a whole lotta love.

I've already attended one or more of your events, and want to show off the sweet-ass work I did there. Can you post my artwork on your sites?

Totally - email photos or scans (jpeg) of your work, name, and website if you have one to drsketchynoha@gmail.com and we'll put your stuff up on the blog and Facebook, and maybe even on the hub site, which gets THOUSANDS of views per day!

My small business might be interested in sponsoring Dr. Sketchy's. How does that work?

We adore our Sketchy sponsors. They donate prizes or skills to us in return for the unique advertising our event affords - so first, is your product or service something that our audience would be interested in? Our current sponsors donate a wide variety of things including: wild hair styling for the models, adult toys, graphic novels and tee-shirts, handmade hats, and tattoo/piercing gift certificates. Those who attend our events range from 21 to 60+, including hip kids, moms, seasoned artists and everything in between. We're always interested in working with new sponsors - just contact us at drsketchynoha@gmail.com and we'll send you a more thorough write-up of what's involved and how your business can gain from working with us.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dr. Sketchy Broke My Heart

Friday February 4th, Dr. Sketchy's Northampton celebrates Anti-Valentine's Day at the Elevens with new models, music, and prizes from local sponsors. And for the first 36 guests, FREE homemade bleeding heart cupcakes! Yum.
Get some revenge on those exes by attending the most unique event around and having a f@#$*ing blast drinking and drawing at Noho's own cabaret life drawing club!
21+/$7 7:30-10 pm

Artists and doodlers: bring your own art supplies and a booklight
Everyone else: bring yourselves and friends, chat and drink and enjoy the entertainment, just don't be a sketchball!

and, we're very excited to announce the initiation of a new and sure to be glorious burlesque troupe right here in Northampton...an event is planned for this April, but stay tuned for upcoming Sketchy's events to include lovely performers from this group! check them out at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Madame-Morte-and-The-Hard-Candy-Vaudvallies/125605067508071

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Dr. Sketchy Threw a Pajama Party!

The snowstorm could couldn't keep these local artsies from a good party - Friday, Jan 7th Dr. Sketchy's Northampton threw a PJ party with models, cookies, contests, and live music from Sylphid, and it was a huge success. People showed up in their pajamas, footies, boxers and snuggies to draw our gorgeous models and enjoy the sleepytime electronica. Here are photos from the event, showcasing the talents of our girls (daring poses!) our sexy band, and the amazing artists in attendance. Winners from our tattoo contest and cuddly wilderness animal contest recieved prizes from Baby Tattoo books and topatoco.com. Can't wait for February's event!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Doc Throws a Pajama Party!

On Friday, Jan 7th Dr. Sketchy cures your New Year's hangover with an extra-special session of Northampton's unique cabaret life drawing club.

Join us at 7:30 with your drawing supplies and we'll provide the cookies (vegan and non) and cocoa (spike it at the bar), loverly models, and live music from guest performers SYLPHID. Drawing, drinking, debauchery and pillowfights will ensue!

Admission is $10, OR $5 when you come in pjs and bring a pillow! 21+/bring your own drawing accoutrements and a booklight (highly suggested, they're like a buck at acme)

Hope to see you there!


With donated prizes and help from our awesome sponsors:
Oh My! Sensuality Shop
the artists at Lucky's Tattoo and Piercing
Chameleons Salon
the Elevens

Dr. Sketchy's Northampton Cracked the Nut!

December's session featured a saucy toy soldier and snowflake ballerina modeling their little hearts out to the sounds of totally decent christmas punk and indie songs and the scratching of pencil to paper. Our tattoo yourself or someone else (making friends!) contest was particularly hilarious, and contest winners were treated to awesome goodies from our sponsors: the artists at Lucky's Tattoo and Piercing - who donated a $50 gift certificate, topatoco.com - who donated a sweet Bake'n'Bake apron and a hilarious book of comics by Kate Beaton, Oh My! Sensuality Shop - donating their signature classy and not-so-classy adult toys, and mymonsterhat.com - with some adorable handmade finger puppets and a snowmonster hat. And, thanks also to Chameleons Salon, who did our ballerina's hair up in a blizzard of sparkles, feathers, snowflakes, and other craziness. Thanks to everyone who came, and as always, my wonderful art monkeys for their help!