A la Memoire des Enfants Déportés:
Calligraphic Paintings “in Memory of the Children”
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm (Lecture at 6:00)
The National Arts Club, Marquis Gallery
15 Gramercy Park South (between Park Avenue and Irving Place)
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Initiated in 2010, Eleanor’s calligraphic painting project, entitled A la Memoire des Enfants Déportés (In Memory of the Deported Children) comprises more than 200 works commemorating 6000 Jewish children who were deported from Paris between 1941 and 1944, and died in the death camps at Auschwitz. Based on the texts from commemorative plaques installed by the French government on the facades of Parisian school buildings, Eleanor has “taken the words off the walls” and created artworks with the purpose of honoring the memory of these young victims of the Holocaust through the use of calligraphy, color, texture and design, in order that contemporary viewers never forget this tragic chapter in our shared history.
Many of these works have been exhibited in New York at the Anne Frank Center in 2014 and at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Detroit in 2016. Eleanor will talk about the inspiration for the paintings as well as the artistic evolution of the project from simple symmetrical pen-and-ink calligraphy to multi-layered, sometimes semi-legible works using a variety of media, letterforms and techniques.
We will also introduce our inaugural class of Society of Scribes Scholarship recipients.
Afterwards, there will be a short general meeting and election of the new board. Here are our candidates for the 2017 Board of Governors:
V. A. Barrow (*) has loved calligraphy since attending the H.S. of Fashion Industries where she majored in Fashion Design. Her introduction to her first calligraphy hand came about when she drew a Halloween costume and mused aloud about some writing to go along with it and a classmate complied with a Gothic hand. Since then V has taken classes at Stuyvesant H.S. adult education, Botanical Gardens, SVA, private classes and of course classes through SoS. She continues to take classes as often as she can.
Ethan Cohen (*) is a Brooklyn-based calligrapher who is currently studying Typeface Design at The Cooper Union’s Type@Cooper Extended Program. His experience attending the 2015 international calligraphy conference as a recipient of the Dancing Letters Scholarship inspired him to help launch the 2017 Society of Scribes Scholarship program. Ethan is also a conservatory-trained guitarist and banjo player and works as Director of Business & Legal Affairs at an independent record label and music publishing company.
Cynthia Dantzic (*) studied calligraphy at Yale and has been teaching at Long Island University since 1964, where she was promoted to Senior Professor. Her courses include drawing, color, painting, 2D design and calligraphy (Western and Non-Western). She has served on the board for several years as programs coordinator. Her ninth art-related book, 100 New York Calligraphers, which includes the work of a number of SoS members, is featured in Schiffer’s Spring 2015 catalog.
Nancy Favorito (*) has served on the board since 2009, first as recording secretary and currently as treasurer. She has a background in engineering and spent years working in the financial industry before becoming the mother of twin girls. Calligraphy is her welcome diversion and she is committed to supporting the Society of Scribes.
Judy Kastin (*) is a freelance calligrapher who previously served on the SoS Board for eighteen years. She rejoined in 2011 as workshop chair. Judy is the co-author of the last two editions of The Speedball Textbook and Lettering Arts, and author of 100 Keys to Great Calligraphy.
Eva Kokoris (*) is a freelance calligrapher and designer with an avid interest in the lettering arts. She volunteered for special events before being elected to the board in 2007 and subsequently served as president for three years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the Mannes College of Music and currently serves on the Board.
Adrian Morehouse (*) was introduced to East Asian brush calligraphy in college, and he continued to practice while teaching English in a rural Japanese town. He later studied graphic and typeface design at SVA. Adrian currently works in the information technology field. His first formal introduction to Western calligraphy was at an SoS workshop a few years ago, and he has been an avid participant in classes and events ever since. Adrian believes strongly in the value of writing by hand and the lettering arts. He hopes to contribute to the work of the SoS to preserve and extend these traditions.
Barry Morentz (*) is a freelance calligrapher, bookbinder, boxmaker, and instructor residing in Manhattan where he operates a studio quite appropriately in the shadow of the New York Public Library. He has been totally involved in calligraphy for more than 37 years, and served on the Board of Governors from 1979-1991, including 8 years as Workshops Chairman, and Faculty Chairman for Innovations ’86, the SoS sponsored Conference in Hoboken. He has taught workshops throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and is directing much of his attention now to the future of calligraphy and its great legacy in Western culture.
Chi Nguyen (*) freelances and teaches calligraphy/papercrafts for the UFT Retiree Program and privately. She’s been an avid SoS workshop-taker and has served on the board since 1998 doing membership and various other things.
Phan Nguyen (*) is on the editorial board of the newly revived Notes from New York, the newsletter of the Society of Scribes. He served on the Board of Governors in 2016 and hopes to continue in this position to promote calligraphic literacy to an unsuspecting public.
Anna Pinto (*) is a freelance calligrapher and calligraphy instructor living in Hoboken, NJ. She first served on the Board in the 80s and 90s. She also edited the Newsletter then, and came back for another 5-year stint, mainly so she could revive the April Fool’s insert. She is grateful for the many friends and calligraphic opportunities that have come her way over the years thanks to the Society of Scribes.
Ana Rodriguez (*) first discovered Italic via a Ken Brown calligraphy kit many years ago. Until recently, she had not received formal instruction and is grateful for having found SoS and their skilled and talented pool of instructors, affordable classes and calligraphic opportunities. Drawn to the lettering arts and aspiring to develop a strong lettering form and expand her skill-set, she will continue taking classes and work with the SoS to promote the study, teaching and practice of calligraphy.
Ann Shoshkes is a New Jersey based enthusiast of all things lettering. Ann holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and has always had a passion for the decorative arts. She fell in love with penmanship while addressing her own wedding envelopes in 2008. Realizing that she would benefit from professional instruction, she was overjoyed to discover the Society of Scribes several years later. Numerous classes and workshops have followed, and she has been so grateful to meet and get to know this wonderful group of committed calligraphers. Ann attended IAMPETH this past summer, exposing her to a broad range of instructors and the larger calligraphic community. Additionally, Ann has studied botanical illustration at the New York Botanical Gardens, and is furthering her skills with various art classes at Fairleigh Dickinson University and also studying Chinese Brush Stroke painting. Ann truly values the Society of Scribes and believes strongly in giving back to this committed group of calligraphers.
Susan Steele’s (*) search for instruction in the art of “beautiful writing” led her to the SoS. She has been working as a calligrapher for many years and had a previous 15-year career in graphic design. SoS has provided her with a constant source of inspiration and local contacts within the calligraphy field.
Chavelli Tsui (*) is a graphic designer who started seriously studying calligraphy with Myrna Rosen during her undergrad years at Carnegie Mellon. Many years later she rediscovered her love for calligraphy while in the Type@Cooper typeface design program and since then she has had the pleasure of studying with many amazing lettering artists. She runs her own eponymous design studio and is grateful to be able to infuse her design work with her growing calligraphy skills. A lifelong lover of letters, she loves being part of SoS through which she aims to further promote the practice and enjoyment of calligraphy and its related arts.
Lynne Yun (*) is a Brooklyn-based graphic designer specializing in lettering, calligraphy and typeface design. She holds a BFA from School of Visual Arts and a Postgraduate Certificate in Typeface Design from Type@Cooper. Lynne and her work have been recognized nationally and internationally, including by the Type Directors Club, Art Directors Club, and AIGA. She is passionate about the future of calligraphy and committed to strengthening the calligraphy community.
(*) Denotes returning board members.
We look forward to serving in the next year, and want to remind everyone that help is always needed! If you’d like to join us, or attend one of our bi-monthly board meetings, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Artwork by Eleanor Winters)