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 19-22, 2015
Menucha Retreat Center in Corbett, Oregon is a magical place where you spend the weekend inspired by creative energy and kindred spirits.
Arrive on Thursday OR Friday afternoon for a retreat that extends to Sunday afternoon.
To Register for the Retreat, download the PDF, print and mail. Partial scholarships are available, request an application.
Click HERE for the PDF Registration Form and Information Page about Menucha Retreat 2015.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Street Portland, OR 97209
MODERN MEDIEVALS: A Demonstration of Illuminated Letters by Christi Payne
January’s meeting will feature a demonstration of hand-drawn versals decorated in traditional medieval styles. Christi will give a short lecture (a chance to take notes) and then settle in to making initials for attendees (a chance to ask questions and observe).
Christi Payne is a PSC member, a book designer, and has studied medieval illumination for over 20 years, after a workshop with Mark Van Stone ignited the passion. One of her favorite tasks is to sit with an illuminated manuscript and study the letters that decorate the pages, copying them to learn how they were done. She has demonstrated at The San Francisco Antiquarian Book Fair many times, as well as the Oregon State Fair and most recently at the Multnomah County Library’s 150th Birthday Party.
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.