This is a illuminated Qur'an page in Kufic script, late 9th century, Near East or North Africa.
Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm
The National Arts Club, Sculpture Court
15 Gramercy Park South (between Park Avenue and Irving Place)
Free and open to the public.
Our featured speaker will be Elinor Holland.
Kufic style calligraphy is the earliest recognized form of beautiful writing in the Arabic language. Named for a town in Iraq called Kufa, the term actually encompasses a number of different styles of writing and lettering. While little is known about who wrote it or their methods, many samples survive on parchment, paper, tiles, wood, stone and other mediums. We will help ourselves to this lovely historical eye-candy and gain a little insight into its mysteries.
Following Elinor’s talk, we’ll hold a short General Meeting and election of the new board. (We’re happy to welcome back Barry Morentz, who’ll be re-joining our Workshops Committee.) Here are our candidates for the 2013 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.
Janet Barry’s (*) interest in calligraphy goes back several years with a love for the beauty and history of the art. Currently she serves as treasurer and registrar for SoS.
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.
Emily Brown Shields, (*) calligrapher and lettering artist, has taught, freelanced and was employed by Steuben Glass for 11 years designing calligraphic inscriptions and monograms. She is a founding member of the SoS.
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 monthly board meetings, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Another treat in store for us this weekend: Longtime member Nathan Simmons has very generously donated a collection of calligraphy and art-related books and materials that once belonged to Martin Oberstein, a colleague of Arnold Banks. Attendees will be invited to give these treasures a good home — and we hope Martin would be pleased!