Dapper Smoker

I made this drawing last Thursday at the Society of Illustrators Gibson Girl Sketch Night. The male model, dressed in top hat and tux, was the perfect “accessory” for the staged event. Here he is lighting a cigarette, confidently, like he would have in the 1890s. Greg Betza ©2017

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Jazz and Chihuly

A few weeks back I went to see this fantastic show at the NYBG featuring Dale Chihuly, an American artist who’s mastered the translucent and transparent qualities of ice, water, glass, and neon. He  creates works of art that transform the everyday experience. It was spectacular to see the installation illuminated at night. Above is […]

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Town Hall

Spent the afternoon on Sunday listening to my US Congressman, Sean Patrick Maloney at a Town Hall. I live in a very mixed district, and I don’t envy any decent politician at the moment, but you know the kind of day someone is having when the best quote is, “I love Beacon, everywhere else I […]

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The Edible Academy

Paradise/Michele Bedigian

The New York Botanical Gardens provide an educational gardening program now called  ‘The Edible Academy’  my children have been attending since they were three. Last week was the end of the spring session and my favorite day … HARVESTING! They each harvested what they planted earlier in the season to take home and eat, or […]

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Costumed

Here is a drawing I made during one of the more interesting sketch nights at the Society of Illustrators. You never know what amazing fashion or costumes the models will emerge wearing. Here are a few more drawings from that evening: http://www.gregbetza.com/vanity/ Greg Betza ©2017

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Live

Here is a drawing of Colleen Green. Her band was the opening act a few weekends ago in Brooklyn. I’d never heard of her or her band but I enjoyed her stage presence, look and especially her sunglasses. Thanks to my sister for holding my beer while I drew this. Greg Betza ©2017

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Very Young People Concert

Jazz for young people/Michele Bedigian

  Throughout the year there are these Sunday afternoon’s when the New York Philharmonic perform these fantastic concerts for children ages 3- 6. With ensembles of strings, brass, and woodwinds they teach them an introductory overview of what makes up the entire orchestra. It’s incredible! Through movement, singing, and humor my little guys are hooked and can’t wait for the next one! […]

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