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.
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.
PSC is delighted to host LetterFEST 2015, our version of the one-day All Oregon Calligraphy Conference, to be held on October 17, 2015, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at Southridge High School, 9625 SW 125th Avenue, Beaverton, OR 97008. Registration opens September 10th by mail only. Click HERE to download the PDF Registration Form. Forms must be mailed with class selections. Priority for classes is determined by date of registration postmark. The $45 Registration Fee includes a deluxe box lunch, two classes and time to play!
The event features an exhibit of handmade books and participant artwork, a silent auction and vendors to include John Neal Bookseller, Tim Leigh Pens, Skycraft Designs, Write-On Studio, Diane Flack, Green Heron Book Arts, Paul Herrera, and Black Thumb Studio. Join us for a day of play and whimsy!
Monday, October 12, 7:00 pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Street Portland, OR 97209
The Saint John’s Bible: Ignighting the Spiritual Imagination
This presentation by Brad Neary will focus on the story of the original handwritten and illuminated folios of The Saint John’s Bible as well as on the production of the Heritage Edition.
Brad Neary serves as director of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program for the western third of the country. He also serves as a Senior Development Officer on the Saint John’s University Collegeville, MN, Institutional Advancement staff.