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 15, 2015. Check the website for all the details: www.focusonbookarts.org
April 30, 2015. (Thursday) Shopping & Demo Extravaganza with John Neal Bookseller. Michael from JNB will bring a large array of items for sale…including books, tools, inks, pads, pens and all kinds of other goodies! There will also be a gold tasting where you can write your own gold color chart…there will be 12+ different golds to try! Alesia Zorn and others will be demonstrating with various tools. There will be plenty of extra demo tools, so you can try out before you purchase. The store opens at 1:00 pm at La Quinta Inn 4319 North West Yeon, Portland OR 97210. Store will close at 8:00 PM.
Pre-orders for pick-up at the event are encouraged! Here are the rules: Anything from the JNB catalog or website can be pre-ordered. No shipping charges for any items, including large sheets of paper. You must place your preorder before April 20, 2015. Please add item 15PORT to your preorder. Start your preorder below. We have listed some of our newest, most popular items. (Unlike last year, this event is not the monthly meeting of Portland Society of Calligraphy)
The Spring 2015 PSC Member’s Exhibit will be held at the Multnomah Art Center Gallery, April 3-28, 2015. Join us for the Opening Reception on Friday, April 3, 7 to 9 pm at the Multnomah Art Center, 7688 SE Capitol Hwy, Portland 97219. Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am to 9:30 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm.