Friday, March 6, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm (Lecture at 6:00 pm)
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.
Barbara’s lecture will be approximately 6:oo to 6:45 pm.
Please RSVP here so we’ll know how many to expect.
A Midas Touch: Or How I Fell in Love with Manuscript Gilding
Barbara Wolff’s illuminations at the Morgan Library tell a tale of serendipity, experimentation, adaptation and learning on the job. She will share some experiences and discoveries on Friday evening.
New York artist Barbara Wolff has exhibited at the Illustrators Club, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the Yeshiva University Museum, the Museum of Biblical Art, the Morgan Library and Museum. She has produced films on the techniques of manuscript illumination for the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Israel Museum, and the Morgan Library. A botanical and natural science illustrator, her work has been featured in the Time and Life Nature Library, Golden Nature Guides, for publishers Harper Collins, Doubleday, Scribners, and for institutional and corporate clients such as the New York Botanical Garden, Xerox, Ciba-Geigy.
“Hebrew Illumination for Our Time: The Art of Barbara Wolff” will be on exhibition at the Morgan Library through May 3, 2015. After Barbara’s talk, the Morgan will be open (and free) from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. More information here.
Here are our candidates for the 2015 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.
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.
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/rubber stamping for the UFT Retiree Program and privately. She has served on the board since 1998 as membership chair.
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 that ended last year, 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.
Nancy Redgate Favorito (*) has been serving the board of the SoS as recording secretary since 2009. She has taken many classes and workshops over the past several years. While primarily focused on pointed pen, she is slowly expanding her skill set and is thankful for the Society of Scribes for providing opportunities to do so.
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.
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.
(*) 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