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.” PSC holds the following as its Core Values: Education, Inclusivity, Creativity, Integrity of Craft, Humility, Encouragement, Curiosity & Joy.
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: A Show Of Hands, the 35th International Lettering Arts Conference will be held in Swannanoa, North Carolina, June 26 - July 2, 2016. Participants will gather to study the fine art of lettering, sharpen their technical and design skills, and renew their creative spirits. Registration opens August 1, 2015. To register or learn more about A Show of Hands, use this link: www.ashowofhands.com.
Monday, December 14, 7:00 pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th, Portland 97209
Holiday Social & Annual Meeting
Join us for a festive society gathering, complete with yummy cake. Robert Beall (aka StampMan) will bring his boxes of stamps and sell them at their stated value. This is an opportunity to buy U.S. postage stamps from bygone years and use them on your mail today. There is no extra charge for vintage postage, and it is so decorative on an envelope. (Robert does not accept credit cards.)
This is also our annual formal meeting which includes election of officers and board members, and other society business.
For over 40 years, PSC has hosted its annual calligraphy retreat at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center. Menucha is located on a beautiful hundred-acre sanctuary in the Columbia River Gorge with breathtaking landscapes, steeped in a rich history dating back to Lewis and Clark.
In modern times, calligraphers, book artists, mark makers and designers of all experience levels have come to be inspired by the beautiful environs and enjoy an experience free of the pressures of day-to-day living. Our PSC retreats offer each calligrapher something very special—a space to practice, start new projects or finish old ones; a chance to enjoy three delectable homemade meals each day; and an opportunity to rest, relax, be revived, and enjoy the company and synergy of fellow artisans.
Inkworks V: All About Love, will feature Diane Flack’s calligraphy, block prints, books and cards at the Streff Gallery in the Library at Marylhurst University during regular Library Hours during the month of October. The show opens Thursday, October 1st and runs through the end of November. In December the show will move to Multnomah Art Center and in January to the Artist Repertory Theater.