“30 Years of Snow: Calligraphy by Anna Pinto” @ Hoboken Museum through December 31

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30 Years of Snow: Calligraphy by Anna Pinto
Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson Street, Upper Gallery, Hoboken NJ
Free & open to the public: Tue to Thu, 2–7pm, Fri 1–5pm, Sat/Sun 12–5pm
Artist Talk and Q&A on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 4pm

A hand-crafted card is a gift in itself, in an age when computer-generated “hand-writing” typefaces attempt to mimic the personal touch without quite pulling off the illusion. Hoboken-based lettering artist Anna Pinto has produced snow-themed calligraphic holiday cards for more than 30 years.

“My holiday cards are an opportunity to create something completely for my own pleasure, that I can also share with family, friends and clients,” she adds. Her cards often combine hand-lettering with photographs or drawings, and occasionally hand-coloring or stencils and individual tiny collages.

“After a series of cards based on lines from Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” I decided if I just used winter and/or snow as a theme, I wouldn’t have to worry if I was late with my cards as long as they got out before the first day of spring!” The theme continued to resurface as a theme in her cards, as she keeps an eye out for references to snow in her reading throughout the year.

An exhibit of her work, “Thirty Years of Snow: Calligraphy by Anna Pinto,” will be on display at the Hoboken Museum through December 31, featuring her printed cards, along with original pieces using some of the same quotations used in the cards. The exhibit also will include examples of preliminary work and writing for a few of the cards, to give visitors an idea of how they were done. In some cases, the size of the lettering has been reduced dramatically for the final card — so having the original writing will demystify the cards a bit. Her card formats vary quite a bit, often with unusual folds that allow her to include a greeting without printing on both sides.

The exhibit at the Hoboken Museum will include both originals and printed cards available for purchase. Join the artist for a talk and Q&A about her work on Saturday, December 9, at 4 pm at the Museum. For a glimpse of her work, visit www.annapintocalligraphy.com.

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