A la Mémoire des Enfants Déportés:
In Memory of the Children of Paris, Deported to Auschwitz, 1942–1944

Calligraphic Paintings by Eleanor Winters
April 9 through June 20, 2014
The Anne Frank Center USA, 44 Park Place, New York City 10007

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 9 from 6 to 8pm

Longtime SoS member and instructor Eleanor Winters is a calligraphic artist who divides her time between Paris and New York. After reading and reacting to the hundreds of commemorative plaques around Paris, she began to work on a series of calligraphic paintings, using the texts from the A la Mémoire plaques as the inspiration for and the content of the paintings. Her purpose has been to express the gravity and emotional impact of the texts through calligraphy, color and texture.

For more information, please visit Eleanor’s website here.

(Eleves de ce Lycee, 2012. Translation: “In memory of the students of this school, deported between 1942 and 1944 because they were born Jewish, innocent victims of the Nazi barbarism and the Vichy government. 140 children from the 2nd district.”)

The Painted Mantra with Tashi Mannox
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 7pm
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street (between 6th/7th Avenues)
Admission: $20/$18 for SoS members with promo code: SCRIBES (expires 4/1)

For more information—including a video—and to purchase tickets, click here.

We’re happy to co-promote this event with The Rubin Museum, which we think our members will enjoy! Tibetan calligraphy is a contemplative practice, or a Dharma art, known to purify and heal the practitioner. Join Tashi Mannox, calligrapher and artist, as he demonstrates the actualization of the Medicine Buddha Mantra, and invites the audience to draw with him. Part lecture/demonstration, part workshop. No experience necessary.

Paper, pencils, rulers, and drawing boards will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own wide nib italic pens. No experience necessary.

A former Buddhist monk of the Tibetan Kagyu order and a student of the Karma Gardri Tibetan art tradition, Sherab Palden Beru, Tashi creates artwork that blends an eclectic range of disciplines within both the Eastern and Western traditions.

Calligraphic Wallpaper: A Slide Lecture with Barbara Close
Friday, April 4th, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 701A
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Last year I was honored when one of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s asked me to come over to their design office. She said “bring your portfolio.” The designer immediately said “Oh, I want this!” … and we went on from there. They took my art and made it into wallpaper! Come and hear about my adventure. It was a fun journey.

Calligraphy by Fran Manola

Contemporary Calligraphy & Calligraphers
Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 4–6pm
Dana Room, 4th Floor, 185 University Avenue, Newark, NJ
Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

A special program featuring calligraphy demonstrations by Alice, Karen Charatan, and Anna Pinto. Screenings of the film about Donald Jackson’s St. John’s Bible: “The Illuminator.” Exemplars of calligraphic hands, by Emily Brown Shields, Eleanor Winters, and Barry Morentz will be available to try with calligraphy markers donated thanks to the SoS; Letter Arts Review magazine to the first 20 arrivals (Vol. 20 No. 1, with article about the St. John’s Bible) courtesy of John Neal Bookseller; door prize thanks to Paper & Ink Arts.

Driving: Suggested parking on Deck 1, at 200 University Avenue, for $12.00.

Public Transportation: PATH or train to Newark Penn Station; then you can walk, take taxi, or Light Rail (Washington Street stop).

Envelopes & Mail Art: A Slide Lecture with Barbara Calzolari
Friday, March 28, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 701A (between 2nd/3rd Avenues)
Free and open to the public. Guests are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Barbara’s workshop sold out in just a few hours, but everyone is welcome to attend her Friday night lecture…

Join us for a special evening with Italian penman extraordinaire Barbara Calzolari. Barbara’s slide lecture will feature hundreds of her swoon-worthy envelopes and the stories behind them. She’ll take questions from the audience and talk about making one-of-a-kind envelopes and why we need to listen to our passion to make it come through our work…

Due to popular demand, we’ve added a second session of Copperplate I-Intensive with Marcy Robinson on 2 Sundays: June 1 & 8, 2014. Details and registration here.

(UPDATE: This class is now sold out, too — but please sign our wait list if you are interested. We’ll offer this class again in the fall, and wait-listers will get priority registration.)

The Society is honored to be invited to participate in a project called the Draftsmen’s Congress, which takes place from February 11 to April  23, 2014 at the New Museum on the lower east side.

The Draftmen’s Congress is a collaborative artwork in which different New York-based groups (comprised of artists, graphic designers, architects, cartoonists, engineers and other individuals who draw) are invited to paint and draw in the museum’s fourth floor gallery. Over the course of the project participants and the general public will create drawings and paintings that all become part of one large and many-layered artwork. At the end of the Congress the work will be divided into manifold pieces and distributed to the public and the participants for free.

All members of the Society are invited and encouraged to participate!

The Draftsmen’s Congress
Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:45 pm
The New Museum, 235 Bowery, 4th Floor
Please RSVP here. Details will be sent to those who sign up. A variety of materials will be provided; you are also welcome to bring your own materials, but spray cans and oil-based paint are not allowed.

(Photos of the Draftmen’s Congress at the New Museum on Febuary 11, 2014.)

Barbara Calzolari

IAMPETH Superstar Barbara Calzolari (from Bologna, Italy) will be in New York City this month and kindly offered to teach a workshop for us on Sunday, March 23. Since that’s just two weeks away, and the Society is celebrating its 40th year, we’re offering a very special one-time rate: $40 Anniversary Special for all current members who are enrolled in another class/workshop this season! We can only guarantee this rate for 24 hours (online only), so don’t delay! More details and registration here.

If you can’t make the workshop, Barbara will also be giving a free slide lecture, “Envelopes & Mail Art” on Friday night, March 28. Details here.

If you’re not familiar with Barbara’s work, please take a look at her Flickr page and prepare to be amazed! We think Barbara Calzolari’s workshop will be a very nice complement to Barbara Close’s workshop in April, and also to Xandra Zamora’s workshop in May.

Please note: We’re looking for a contact at New York Presbyterian Hospital. If you know someone, please email info@societyofscribes.org

FRAN MANOLA: A Scribe’s Life
An Exhibition of Calligraphy, Books & Boxes
February 27 to May 30, 2014
Dana Library, Rutgers University, 185 University Avenue, Newark, New Jersey

The exhibition “FRAN MANOLA: A Scribe’s Life” will be on view at the Dana Library, Rutgers University, from February 27 to May 30, 2014. Fran was a founding member of the Society of Scribes (celebrating our 40th anniversary this year!) and was the first calligraphy teacher for many SoS members. The exhibition will include her calligraphy, bookbinding, collage shadow boxes, personal correspondence with other calligraphers, as well as calligraphy Fran collected, both historical and contemporary. Also included is work by some of her students and colleagues (Alice, Barry Morentz, Anna Pinto, Marcy Robinson, Emily Brown Shields, Eleanor Winters).

Download exhibition flyer with more details here.
For more information: 973.353.5222

Opening Reception
Thursday, February 27, 2014 from  5–7pm, Dana Room, 4th Floor, 185 University Avenue, Newark, NJ

Contemporary Calligraphy & Calligraphers
Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 4–6pm, Dana Room, 4th Floor, 185 University Avenue, Newark, NJ
A special program featuring calligraphy demonstrations by Alice, Karen Charatan, and Anna Pinto.

Driving: Suggested parking on Deck 1, at 200 University Avenue, for $12.00.

Public Transportation: PATH or train to Newark Penn Station; then you can walk, take taxi, or Light Rail (Washington Street stop).

Massimo Polello Slide Lecture: Cabinets of Curiosities
Friday, February 28, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 701A
Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.

Join us for an illustrated talk with calligrapher Massimo Polello. Based in Turin, Italy, Massimo has worked as a calligraphic artist for more than a decade. He studied calligraphy at the Toulouse Scriptorium (France) and with other internationally recognized calligraphers and master penmen. Since then he has explored calligraphy in both its classical and contemporary forms. These include package design, signage and logos for companies, museums, and individuals, as well as lettering design for wall applications. Massimo has exhibited his artworks and led workshops internationally. He has worked on several short films, and is a contributor to GraphicusTipoltalia and Letter Arts Review magazines.

Massimo’s workshop this weekend is sold-out, but everyone is welcome to join us for his sure-t0-be-illuminating slide lecture!

Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
The National Arts Club, Marquis Gallery
15 Gramercy Park South (between Park Avenue and Irving Place)

Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.
Please RSVP here so we’ll know how many to expect.

Our guest speaker will be David Allaway, Director of the Heritage Program for the Saint John’s Bible. David will show a short video introducing Donald Jackson and the Saint John’s Bible project, and a PowerPoint presentation covering of some of the overall artwork. Afterwards, he will open up a volume of the manuscript and members will be invited to see Donald Jackson’s work up close! David will walk us through the illuminations and questions from the audience will be encouraged.

Afterwards, we’ll hold a short General Meeting and election of the new board. Here are our candidates for the 2014 Board of Governors…

V. A. Barrow (*) has loved calligraphy since attending the H.S. of Fashion Industries where she majored in Fashion Design. Her introduction to her first calligraphy hand came about when she drew a Halloween costume and mused aloud about some writing to go along with it and a classmate complied with a Gothic hand. Since then V has taken classes at Stuyvesant H.S. adult education, Botanical Gardens, SVA, private classes and of course classes through SoS. She continues to take classes as often as she can.

Cynthia Dantzic (*) studied calligraphy at Yale and has been teaching at Long Island University since 1964, where she was promoted to Senior Professor. Her courses include drawing, color, painting, 2D design and calligraphy (Western and Non-Western). She has served on the board for several years as programs coordinator. She is currently working on a book for Schiffer, Ltd. entitled 100 New York Calligraphers which includes many SoS members.

Judy Kastin (*) is a freelance calligrapher who previously served on the SoS Board for eighteen years. She rejoined in 2011 as workshop chair. Judy is the co-author of the last two editions of The Speedball Textbook and Lettering Arts, and author of 100 Keys to Great Calligraphy.

Eva Kokoris (*) is a freelance calligrapher and designer with an avid interest in the lettering arts. She volunteered for special events before being elected to the board in 2007 and subsequently served as president for three years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the Mannes College of Music and is currently on the board.

Barry Morentz (*) is a freelance calligrapher, bookbinder, boxmaker, and instructor residing in Manhattan where he operates a studio quite appropriately in the shadow of the New York Public Library. He has been totally involved in calligraphy for 35 years, and served on the Board of Governors from 1979-1991, including 8 years as Workshops Chairman, and Faculty Chairman for Innovations ’86, the SoS sponsored Conference in Hoboken. He has taught workshops throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and is directing much of his attention now to the future of calligraphy and its great legacy in Western culture.

Chi Nguyen (*) freelances and teaches calligraphy/rubber stamping for the UFT Retiree Program and privately. She has served on the board since 1998 as membership chair.

Anna Pinto (*) is a freelance calligrapher and calligraphy instructor living in Hoboken, NJ. After editing the newsletter and serving on the Board in the ’80s, she is back editing Notes from New York with Rosemary Kracke. She is thankful for the many friendships and calligraphic opportunities that the SoS has made possible over the last 30 years.

Nancy Redgate Favorito (*) has been serving the board of the SoS as recording secretary since 2009. She has taken many classes and workshops over the past several years. While primarily focused on pointed pen, she is slowly expanding her skill set and is thankful for the Society of Scribes for providing opportunities to do so.

Susan Steele’s (*) search for instruction in the art of “beautiful writing” led her to the SoS. She has been working as a calligrapher for many years and had a previous 15-year career in graphic design. SoS has provided her with a constant source of inspiration and local contacts within the calligraphy field.

(*) Denotes returning board members.

We look forward to serving in the next year, and want to remind everyone that help is always needed! If you’d like to join us, or attend one of our bi-monthly board meetings, please contact us at info@societyofscribes.org

Spring workshops and online registration are now updated on our Classes/Workshops page!

You asked, and we listened! This spring, we’re offering more sessions of Copperplate I, and shorter sessions with the always-sold-out-Elinor Holland. There’s also a very popular “Intensive” course with Marcy Robinson. And for Italic enthusiasts, we’re happy to have Eleanor Winters (who literally wrote the book on calligraphy!) back from Europe to teach this term. So hopefully, whatever your schedule, and however you prefer to learn, we’ve got a course that suits you!

Copperplate I (mornings) with Elinor Holland – 7 Sundays: February 23 thru April 27 (sold out)
Copperplate I (afternoons) with Elinor Holland – 7 Sundays: February 23 thru April 27 (sold out)
Copperplate I-Intensive with Marcy Robinson – 3 Saturdays: March 15, 22, 29  (sold out)
Copperplate II with Marcy Robinson – 2 Saturdays: May 3 & 10

Italic I with Eleanor Winters - 5 Saturdays: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (sold out)
Italic II with Eleanor Winters - 4 Saturdays: May 3, 10, 17, 31

All classes/workshops will be held at the School of Visual Arts Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues).

So, here I am at “Brush Up Your Italic with Marcy Robinson” and I figure: myself and the other students are going to get our letters cleaned and sharpened. No more sloppy ascenders or droopy descenders. Why does my lower case ‘a’ look like it should be waiting for a top hat and why is the ‘s’ so hard anyway? Well, if you were lucky enough to take Marcy’s workshop, all these tips and more were at your inky finger tips to get tweaked to as much perfection as you could muster in two days.

She gave lots of handouts and made examples of her work available for us to pore over, study and some copies to keep, along with a pen nib so we would all have the same quality and type of nib to work with. Answering questions as we came up with them so they would be fresh in all of our minds came in handy so that no questions were forgotten. The focus of the class was “Formal Italic” and she told us of different papers and why she liked or didn’t like them, which she accompanied with samples for us to try and keep and encouraged us to experiment.

Marcy works very specifically and meticulously, measuring and marking every step of the way so that her finished piece shows every bit of the years of experience she’s earned since beginning her calligraphic experience in the 70′s. Making us stop and stretch or move about and not hunch over our work was another point she brought to our attention so that it would not affect us as it has her. She also covered sharpening the tips of our nibs, writing on odd surfaces, using gouache, to use or not to use a slant board—that is the question. What is the answer? For that you would do yourself good and attend the next Marcy Robinson workshop so you could walk away with a better understanding of your letters, how a slight change in the way you are angled can change your letter, and the all-important motivational chocolate to keep you going.

Review and photo by V.A. Barrow

Please head over to our Events Page for more details about these upcoming December events:

Friday, December 6, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Marcia Friedman Lecture: Confessions of a Paper Addict
SVA Annex, Room 701A, 214 E. 21st Street
Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.

I don’t remember when or how it started, but somewhere along the way to a normal life, I got sidetracked by a love of paper: books, photos, posters, anything made of reconstituted wood pulp. As an avid traveler and photographer, paper in the form of memorabilia and photographic prints started taking over my life. In 1997 I discovered the budding world of scrapbooking and suddenly paper took on a new meaning. I will show slides and samples of some of my favorite pages, many of which are interactive, and share some of the techniques and cool tools I’ve discovered along the way.

Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Marcia Friedman Workshop: Scrapbooking for Calligraphers
SVA Annex, Room 701A, 214 E. 21st Street
$80 members/$100 non-members; more details and registration here.

Sunday, December 15, 2013 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Paper & Ink Play Day
SVA Annex, Room 702A, 214 E. 21st Street
Free and open to the public. Please RSVP here so we’ll know how many to expect.

Calligraphy, scrapbooking, and/or card-making… Come and get creative with us!
This is not an organized class; participants are invited to bring their own project and supplies to work on.

We’ll provide light refreshments and some basic card-making supplies… and hopefully some fun company and encouragement and inspiration!

Optional “White Elephant” Gift Exchange at 3:30 pm:
If you’d like to participate, please bring a small wrapped gift — a paper/ink/craft/art-related item. Don’t go out and buy anything, just find something in your stash that’s still in good condition, but that you don’t use and don’t want anymore. The idea is that someone’s “trash” may become someone else’s “treasure” — we’ll all get rid of some unwanted junk and perhaps bring home something new to inspire and create!

Some Asian-inspired calligraphy exhibitions that may be of interest to our members…

Art of Ink in America 2013–2014
November 21 through December 30, 2013
Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, 405 Klapper Hall
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, New York
Gallery Hours: Mondays – Thursdays, 11 am to 7 pm; Saturdays 11 am to 5 pm

Opening Reception:  November 21, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00pm
Featuring a piece by SoS member Karen Charatan. More details and directions here.

Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh
September 7 through December 31, 2013
ABC Home, 888 Broadway
Open 7 days a week during store hours

Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh is a collection of some of Thich Nhat Hanh’s most poignant and most recent calligraphies. On display in the United States for the first time, this exhibition offers a rare opportunity to spend time in the presence of his art, which can be a meditative practice in itself. More details here.