The Portland Society for Calligraphy was founded by Lloyd Reynolds and a group of his students after a long alliance with the Society for Italic Handwriting in England. We were first known as the Western American Branch of the Society for Italic Handwriting, one of the oldest calligraphy guilds in the United States.
Formed in 1969 and incorporated as a non-profit in 1973, we support Lloyd Reynolds’ vision: “Through study, understanding, and critical practice, let us promote this healthy arts and crafts movement.”
We offer an extensive workshop program aimed at all levels of skill. Our teachers include internationally renowned calligraphers as well as local talent. We sponsor an annual weekend retreat during the month of February at the Menucha Retreat Center in the beautiful Columbia Gorge. The Guild also exhibits members’ artwork in an annual non-juried show.
Be sure to stay in touch with the Portland Society for Calligraphy because we have all the latest local events always posted. Here are few upcoming calligraphic and book arts events: The Passionate Pen, the 34th International Lettering Arts Conference will be held in Rohnert Park, California, July 25-August 1, 2015. Participants will gather to study the fine art of lettering, sharpen their technical and design skills, and renew their creative spirits. Registration opens July 25, 2014. To register or learn more about The Passionate Pen, use this link: www.the passionate pen.org. "Focus On Book Arts" Conference in Forest Grove, Oregon, June 24-28, 2015 begins registration for classes on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Check the website for all the details: www.focusonbookarts.org
An opportunity for the general public to experience a wide range of calligraphic styles is happening at the Justice Center Window Gallery in downtown Portland, March 1-28. Over 60 pieces of calligraphic artwork, by 41 PSC calligraphers are on display in gallery windows that are lighted 24 hours a day.The Justice Center is on 3rd Avenue between Main and Madison. Invite a friend and stroll down Madison towards 2nd Avenue. This is where the Hawthorne Bridge connects with downtown and walkers and runners access the waterfront. Come and enjoy!
Monday, March 9, 7:00 pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Street Portland, OR 97209
Gold Leaf Gilding with Carol DuBosch
Carol DuBosch will demonstrate Raised Gold Leaf Gilding, using 23K gold leaf and Instacoll as a base. Carol will show the materials, and give a step-by-step explanation of the entire process of creating an image that is raised and gilded with gold leaf.
The Spring 2015 PSC Member’s Exhibit will be held at the Multnomah Art Center Gallery during the month of April 2015. Members are invited to exhibit artwork inspired by the theme of “play”: play on words, playful manipulation of letterforms, play with materials, poems, quotes or quips on play.
The calligraphic artworks, which can include broadsides as well as books, will be exhibited at the Center Gallery at the Multnomah Arts Center April 3-28, 2015.