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.
February 9, 2015, 7:00 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church
147 NW 19th St., Portland 97209
“Are We Witnessing the Death of Handwriting” by Ewan Clayton
Ewan Clayton’s answer is “No”. He thinks handwriting remains a neccessary means of expression and will explain why.
Ewan Clayton lives in England and is a Professor in Design at the University of Sunderland. He makes commissions, curates exhibitions, lectures, teaches and writes about calligraphy. His most recent book is The Golden Thread: The Story of Writing.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 7:15 pm
University of Portland, Bauccio Commons Executive Boardroom
A lecture by Fr. Eric Hollas OSB, a Benedictine monk and member of the Theology faculty at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN. Fr. Hollas was instrumental in initiating The Saint John’s Bible, a project in which the monks of Saint John’s commissioned Donald Jackson, scribe to the Queen of England, to create a hand-written and illuminated Bible.
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.