Upcoming Events

2017 Annual Members' Open Show

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We wish to present a wide range of calligraphic work — from amateurs, students, and professionals alike — demonstrating the vitality of this art and craft, and its range from traditional to experimental. This is your opportunity to help create a rich, varied, and exciting public display.

All members are invited and encouraged to submit original handmade works of calligraphy and illumination. Each piece must be labeled, framed, and wired for hanging. Guidelines for delivery and more information on our download-able Entry Form here.

March 6th, 2017 through April 1st, 2017
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

2017 Annual General Meeting

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A la Memoire des Enfants Déportés:
Calligraphic Paintings “in Memory of the Children”
Tuesday, March 7, 2016 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.

March 7th, 2017
5:00 to 7:00 pm (Lecture at 6:00 pm)
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

Gallery Talk & Artists' Reception

Please join us for an open Gallery Talk & Artists’ Reception. Artists will be invited to speak about their work on display at our annual open members’ show.

March 23rd, 2017
6:00 to 8:00 pm
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

Spring Card-Making Party!

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We’ll provide light refreshments and some basic card-making supplies. Feel free to bring your own projects and please RSVP here so we’ll know how many to expect.

March 31st, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A

John Neal Bookseller "Pop-Up" Shop!

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We’re so excited to welcome John Neal Bookseller to New York City for a one-weekend-only “Pop-Up” Shop! They’ll be bringing a truckload of calligraphic books and other hard-to-find supplies! More details to follow…

April 8th, 2017 through April 9th, 2017
10am to 5pm (TBC!)
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street

Valentine Card-Making Party!

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We’ll provide light refreshments and some basic card-making supplies. Feel free to bring your own projects and please RSVP here so we’ll know how many to expect.

February 3rd, 2017
6:30 to 8:30 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A

Paul Herrera Lecture: The Life & Times of Edward M. Catich

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The struggles and successes of Father Catich are told through photographs, video and examples of his own artwork. Follow young Catich through his training in the orphanage, experiences as a sign painter in Al Capone’s Chicago, adventures at the North American University in Rome and his studies of the Imperial Roman lettering on Trajan’s column in Rome with Paul Herrera, his last apprentice. Herrera brings the spirit of Father Catich to life with voice imitations and anecdotal stories of what it was like to work with a true letter arts master craftsman.

December 9th, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A

Holiday Cardmaking Party!

Join us for a fun night of card-making for the Holidays! We’ll provide light refreshments and basic card-making/calligraphy supplies (maybe even a Make-n-Take or two!). Feel free to bring your own projects to work on. Please RSVP here so we’ll know how many to expect.

November 18th, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A

Holiday Fair 2016!

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It’s the Event of the Year: Paper & Ink Arts! Brause! The Ink Pad! and much more! For updated information about demonstrations and vendors, please click here.

(Artwork by Laura Di Piazza)

November 13th, 2016
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Brotherhood Synagogue, 28 Gramercy Park South

Jane Sullivan Book Signing @ The Ink Pad!

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We’re so excited to welcome fantasy artist, calligrapher and illuminator Jane Sullivan from France on Wednesday, November 9 at The Ink Pad, 37 Seventh Avenue! Jane will be doing a book-signing and demo: We especially love her Illuminated Letters Sketchbook! and her newly published Calligraphy, both from Peter Pauper Press!

She will be teaching a short workshop called “Fantasy Letters” from 7:15 to 9:30 pm. Space is limited, so don’t delay! Hope you can join us!

November 9th, 2016
5:00 to 7:00 pm
The Ink Pad, 37 Seventh Avenue (@ 13th Street)

Waters Rising: An Evening with Sheila Waters & Julian Waters

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Waters Rising: An Evening with Sheila Waters & Julian Waters
Friday, October 7, 2016 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm
The Grolier Club, 47 E. 60th Street
Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Books available for purchase.
Please RSVP here.

5:30 pm – Refreshments
6:00 pm – FILM The Restoration of Books: Florence 1968
The 40 minute film by Roger Hill, script by Peter Waters.
6:45 pm – LECTURE Sheila Waters & Julian Waters
How events unfolded following the flood, with many photos.
7:30 pm – BOOK SIGNING
Books will be available for purchase (or pre-order with RSVP).

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Florence Flood, Sheila and Julian Waters will describe the events detailed in Sheila’s new book, Waters Rising: Letters from Florence, chronicling her late husband Peter Waters’ leadership in saving 100,000+ severely damaged rare books at the Bibliotec Nazionale Centrale di Firenze following the flood, work which still continues today.

More info here.

October 7th, 2016
6:00 to 8:00 pm (refreshments at 5:30)
The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street

Calligraphy Conference Night

This event may be postponed and re-scheduled due to very low enrollment. If you are interested, please RSVP by emailing registration@societyofscribes.org

Show & Tell Night! If you attended A Show of Hands in Asheville or IAMPETH in Portland over the summer, please come and show us your pictures and projects! If you’ve never attended a calligraphy conference — but are curious and have questions, please come and see what you’ve been missing!

September 30th, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (to be confirmed!)
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A

James Farrell Lecture: Fundamentals of Contemporary Pointed Pen

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James has developed a new modern style inspired by nature and the cosmos, based on historical Spencerian and Round Hand scripts into an exciting new pointed pen “look” — a continuation of the Golden Age of American Ornamental Penmanship for use in our modern age.

September 23rd, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A

Paper & Ink Play Day

Play with Letters: Watch a calligraphy demonstration, ask questions about classes, or take a pen for a test drive!

Play with Paint: Bring your own paper, stencils & acrylic paints (we’ll have a few to share) to experiment with making books and backgrounds…

Please RSVP here so we’ll know how many to expect!

September 10th, 2016
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm (to be confirmed!)
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 702A

Paste Paper Play Day!

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We had so much fun in Anna Pinto’s Paste Paper workshop last month — we’re setting up a “Play Day” to make even more papers! Hope you can join us for a fun and colorful afternoon! Newbies are very welcome, but space is limited.

More details and registration here. There’s a small fee ($5–10) to cover the cost of paste; everyone will bring their own papers, paint colors, and supplies.

June 18th, 2016
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 702A

Summer Sweep!

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Clean out your stash and bring gently-used calligraphy and art supplies/books to sell, trade, or give away… Or come and take home some new treasures!

The event is free, but please RSVP here so that we can be prepared.

June 11th, 2016
12:00pm to 4:00pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Aves), Room 703A

Summer Card-Making

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We’ll provide refreshments and basic card-making supplies. Feel free to bring your favorite supplies and current projects.

Please RSVP here so we’ll know how many to expect.

(Handmade card by Mary Alvarado)

June 10th, 2016
6:30 to 8:30 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A

Carl Rohrs Slide Lecture: Georgia—Each Letter Is A Person

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Georgia Deaver, of course, was a stunningly original, influential and fluid calligrapher who specialized in commercial lettering and illustration as her profession, for which she was known world-wide, and brought the same impossibly delicate touch and sensitive sense of line to her own artwork. This career-long retrospective was compiled by a one-time teaching partner of hers, who had access to Georgia’s own files in preparation for their classes together, and shots from the enormously generous donation of her work to the SFPL’s Harrison Collection — more than 800 pieces of roughs, sketches, and artwork —from Georgia’s family, plus shots of unique day-to-day work and play from her former roommate. The slideshow will feature work from these sources and more, and, frankly, it’ll knock you out. If you didn’t know that she was (and, in our mind, always will be) one of the world’s leading lettering artists, this will persuade you of that.

(Artwork by Georgia Deaver)

June 3rd, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A

The Typophiles Luncheon to Honor Lili Wronker

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The Society is pleased to join The Typophiles in honoring one of its most active and beloved members, for many decades, Lili Wronker. We will examine her long career in lettering and illustration, as well as the delightful output of books and ephemera produced in collaboration with her late husband Erich at their Ron Press. The Wronkers were founding members of APHA. Lili is also a founding member of the Society of Scribes.

More information and tickets here.

May 25th, 2016
12:15 pm
The Grolier Club, 47 E. 60th Street

Brooklyn Historical Society: Free Fridays

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Join us at the Brooklyn Historical Society’s Free Fridays event on May 6th. This month’s theme is “Keep in Touch,” and we’ll be demonstrating hand-calligraphy from 5 to 8pm. More details and info here.

May 6th, 2016
5:00 to 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn