Upcoming Events

Holiday Fair 2019

Society of Scribes Annual Holiday Fair!
Sunday, November 24, 2018 from 11am to 4pm 
The Brotherhood Synagogue, 28 Gramercy Park South
(20th Street between 3rd Avenue & Irving Place)
Free Admission! Open to the public! Guests are welcome!

November 24th, 2019
11am to 4pm
Brotherhood Synagogue, 38 Gramercy Park South (between 3rd Avenue & Irving Place)

Paper & Ink Play Day (8.09.19)

Let’s get inky and creative together!

Curious about calligraphy? Come watch a demo and/or take a pen for a test drive! There will be some calligraphy and supply demos. Or bring your own project to work on, and supplies to show and share if you want.

We’ll provide refreshments and a few basic supplies… and hopefully some fun company and encouragement and inspiration!

Please RSVP here. (We may cancel if less than 3 people sign up, and we may re-schedule if bad weather is forecasted.)

August 9th, 2019
6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 702A

Paper & Ink Play Day (7.12.19)

Let’s get inky and creative together!

Curious about calligraphy? Come watch a demo and/or take a pen for a test drive! There will be some calligraphy and supply demos. Or bring your own project to work on, and supplies to show and share if you want.

We’ll provide refreshments and a few basic supplies… and hopefully some fun company and encouragement and inspiration!

Please RSVP here. (We may cancel if less than 3 people sign up, and we may re-schedule if bad weather is forecasted.)

July 12th, 2019
6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 702A

Paper & Ink Play Day: Cards for Dad! (6.07.19)

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Let’s get inky and creative together!

Curious about calligraphy? Come watch a demo and/or take a pen for a test drive! There will be some calligraphy and supply demos (this evening will feature rubber-stamped, hand-lettered cards for Father’s Day and more). Or bring your own project to work on, and supplies to show and share.

We’ll provide refreshments and a few basic supplies… and hopefully some fun company and encouragement and inspiration!

Please RSVP here. (We may cancel if less than 3 people sign up, and we may re-schedule if bad weather is forecasted.)

June 7th, 2019
6:30 to 8:30 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 702A

Paper & Ink Play Day: Rubber Stamps! (5.17.19)

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Let’s get inky and creative together!

Curious about calligraphy? Come watch a demo and/or take a pen for a test drive! There will be some calligraphy and supply demos (this evening will feature rubber-stamped flowers and hand-lettered cards). Or bring your own project to work on, and supplies to show and share.

We’ll provide refreshments and a few basic supplies… and hopefully some fun company and encouragement and inspiration!

Please RSVP here. (We may cancel if less than 3 people sign up, and we may re-schedule if bad weather is forecasted.)

 

May 17th, 2019
6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 702A

"From Traditional Cyrillic to Contemporary Cyrillic" with Dina Ruzha: Saturday, April 6

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Cyrillic art of lettering has a thousand-year-old history. Since the 18th Century, the Latin world has been inspiring the Cyrillic letterforms, but Cyrillic can inspire Latin designers for the new features and forms as well.

From this presentation, you’ll know about historical old Cyrillic handwritings such as ‘ustav,’ ‘polu-ustav’, ornamental ligature script ‘vyaz’ and cursive script ‘skoropis.’ You’ll see the extensive development of the letterforms in the 18th Century because of the reform of Peter the Great. The most exciting part is the revival of Old Cyrillic in the 20th Century and contemporary times. New experiments with old Cyrillic styles do not break away from the high and lasting tradition of the noble art of lettering.

Dina Ruzha is a lettering artist, calligrapher, and illustrator. She works with publishing houses, makes book covers, and lettering. Her calligraphy works are exhibited in the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy in Moscow (Russian Federation), and in private collections in Russia, Norway, and the USA.  She has dedicated a large part of her life to teaching calligraphy and lettering. 

April 6th, 2019
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 702A

2019 Annual General Meeting - "Years of Snow: Calligraphy by Anna Pinto"

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“Years of Snow: Calligraphy by Anna Pinto”
Friday, March 29, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm (Lecture at 6:30)
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.

Designing an annual snow-themed holiday card has been a source of delight for Anna Pinto for the last 31 years. In 2017 her cards were displayed in an exhibition at the Hoboken Historical Museum.

In a slide talk accompanied by some of those cards and their preparatory sketches, Anna will discuss inspiration, challenges and process, and why she thinks everyone should make an annual holiday card!

March 29th, 2019
5:30 to 7:30pm (Lecture at 6:30)
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

Zapf Centennial Symposium @ The Grolier Club: Wednesday, March 20

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The Grolier Club Committee on Modern Fine Printing
is pleased to announce the

Zapf Centennial Symposium
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
The Grolier Club, 47 East 60h Street, New York City

Speakers
Robert Bringhurst, OC, D.Litt., Canadian poet, typographer, and linguist
David Pankow, Curator Emeritus, Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection, RIT
Ferdinand Ulrich, typographer, writer and educator, occasional type designer, PhD student at the University of Reading
Julian Waters, lettering designer, international teacher & lecturer

Held in conjunction with Alphabet Magic: A Centennial Exhibition of the Work of Hermann & Gudrun Zapf, on view at the Grolier Club, February 20–April 2. 2019

Free and open to the public.
RSVP to Maev Brennan: mbrennan@grolierclub.org or  (212) 838-6690

Co-sponsored by American Printing History Association-New York Chapter, Center for Book Arts, Society of Scribes, Type Directors Club, Typophiles, and the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, Rochester Institute of Technology

March 20th, 2019
5:30 pm
The Grolier Club, 47 E. 60th Street

Artists' Reception & Gallery Talk

March 8th, 2019
5:30 to 7:30 pm (Talk at 6:30)
National Arts Club, 15 Gramery Park South, Trask Gallery

2019 Annual Members' Open Exhibition

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The Linear Language Annual SoS Members Exhibition will take place this year at the National Arts Club from March 4 – 29. It is open to all members, from novice to professional.

We encourage our membership to exhibit their work – it is wonderful to see the variety of work our members are producing, and also to encourage everyone (especially those starting out) to move from sketches to finished work, and put it on display.

We realize that this can be daunting for novice calligraphers, but please keep in mind that a piece of lettering does not have to be complex or highly skilled to be pleasing to the eye! And it’s a great incentive to finally finish a piece you’ve been dancing around….

To this end, we are offering two short workshops that will help you move your idea along to completion, and then help you mount and frame it in a simple, inexpensive way.

March 3rd, 2019 through March 30th, 2019
11 to 5, Monday thru Friday
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

Paper & Ink Play Day: Valentines! (2.01.19)

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Let’s get inky and creative together!

Curious about calligraphy? Come watch a demo and/or take a pen for a test drive! There will be some calligraphy and supply demos (this evening will feature handmade, hand-lettered Valentines!). Or bring your own project to work on, and supplies to show and share.

We’ll provide refreshments and a few basic supplies… and hopefully some fun company and encouragement and inspiration!

Please RSVP here. (We may cancel if less than 3 people sign up, and we may re-schedule if bad weather is forecasted.)

February 1st, 2019 through February 2nd, 2019
6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 702A

Holiday Fair 2018

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Society of Scribes Annual Holiday Fair!  
Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 11am to 4pm 
The Brotherhood Synagogue, 28 Gramercy Park South
(20th Street between 3rd Avenue & Irving Place)
Free Admission! Open to the public! Guests are welcome!

Paper & Ink Arts: Please pre-order by November 21 to pick up at the Fair!

Join us for the event of the year, celebrating calligraphy and our love of hand-lettering and hand-made treasures! This year’s Fair will feature both new and traditional attractions: * Paper & Ink Arts on-site calligraphy boutique *  Scriptorium with Karen Gorst from 12 to 3 * Handmade painted scarves and artwork by Katherine Radcliffe * Watercolor cards by Annette Fleischman * Carrie Lo Art & Design * Calligraphy demonstrations * Vintage 1890s Warren’s Pens * The SoS Café (featuring premiere espresso/coffee from Cupa Cabana from 11:30 to 3) * Raffes! Silent Auction! Plus lots more to see and do!

(Artwork by Chavelli Tsui)

December 2nd, 2018
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Brotherhood Synagogue, 28 Gramercy Park South

Paper & Ink Play Date (11.16.18)

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Let’s get inky and creative together!

Curious about calligraphy? Come watch a demo and/or take a pen for a test drive! There will be calligraphy and supply demos (this evening will feature brush lettering with markers and make-n-take note cards). Or bring your own project to work on, and supplies to show and share.

We’ll provide refreshments and a few basic supplies… and hopefully some fun company and encouragement and inspiration!

Please RSVP here. (We may cancel if fewer than 3 people sign up, and we may re-schedule if bad weather is forecasted.)

Thunderstorms predicted for Friday 11/09, so we will postpone until next Friday 11/16.

November 16th, 2018
6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 702A

Paper & Ink Play Day (10.28.18)

Let’s get inky and creative together!

Curious about calligraphy? Come watch a demo and/or take a pen for a test drive! There will be calligraphy and supply demos (this afternoon will feature gelli plate printing). Or bring your own project to work on, and supplies to show and share.

We’ll provide refreshments and a few basic supplies… and hopefully some fun company and encouragement and inspiration!

** Due to impending nor’easter, we are moving this Play Day to Sunday 10/28! **

Please RSVP here.

October 28th, 2018
2:00 to 5:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 703A

Paper & Ink Play Day (10.19.18)

Let’s get inky and creative together!

Curious about calligraphy? Come watch a demo and/or take a pen for a test drive! There will be some calligraphy and supply demos (this evening will feature brush lettering with markers). Or bring your own project to work on, and supplies to show and share.

We’ll provide refreshments and a few basic supplies… and hopefully some fun company and encouragement and inspiration!

Please RSVP here.

October 19th, 2018
6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues), Room 702A.

Paper & Ink Play Day (9.28.18)

Let’s get inky and creative together!

Curious about calligraphy? Come watch a demo and/or take a pen for a test drive! There will be calligraphy and supply demos throughout the day. Or bring your own project to work on, and supplies to show and share.

We’ll provide refreshments and a few basic supplies… and hopefully some fun company and encouragement and inspiration!

Please RSVP here.

September 28th, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 702A

Paper & Ink Play Day (8.04.18)

Let’s get inky and creative together!

Curious about calligraphy? Come watch a demo and/or take a pen for a test drive! There will be calligraphy and supply demos throughout the day. Or bring your own project to work on, and supplies to show and share.

We’ll provide refreshments and a few basic supplies… and hopefully some fun company and encouragement and inspiration!

Please RSVP here. (We reserve the right to cancel if less than 3 people.)

August 4th, 2018
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 701A

Paper & Ink Play Day (7.07.18)

Let’s get inky and creative together!

Curious about calligraphy? Come watch a demo and/or take a pen for a test drive! There will be calligraphy and supply demos throughout the day. Or bring your own project to work on, and supplies to show and share.

We’ll provide refreshments and a few basic supplies… and hopefully some fun company and encouragement and inspiration!

Please RSVP here. (We reserve the right to cancel if less than 3 people.)

July 7th, 2018
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 702A

Beyond Trajan @ the Met with Christopher Calderhead

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Beyond Trajan: Greek & Roman Inscriptions at the Metropolitan Museum
with Christopher Calderhead
Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 11:00am to 12:30pm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue @ 82nd Street
$25 plus admission; registration here.
This tour is co-presented with Type@Cooper. (Please note that besides the cost of $25 ticket to join the tour, you will also need to pay $5 entrance at the Museum. Details will be on your confirmation.)

Classical lettering is often thought of as something formal and traditional—but that’s only one aspect of the rich writing traditions of the Greek and Roman world. This tour will explore the wide stylistic range of letterforms from ancient Greece and Rome. Lettering on stone, ceramic, bronze, and papyrus show how materials shaped the forms of letters, and how members of the different social classes used lettering in their daily lives. The range of artifacts we will examine includes personal objects, commercial manufactured goods, government documents, and public monuments in stone.

June 17th, 2018
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum on Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue

Ten Years at Letter Arts Review with Christopher Calderhead

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On the Lettering Beat: Ten Years at Letter Arts Review
with Christopher Calderhead

Monday, June 11, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30pm
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square (Third Avenue @ 7th Street)
Free and open to the public, but you must register here.
This event is co-presented with Type@Cooper. 

Looking at letterforms within graphic design and beyond, Letter Arts Review is an international quarterly that focuses on all kinds of original lettering. Editor Christopher Calderhead presents highlights from his ten years at the magazine.

Articles in the magazine have included profiles and examples of work from such contemporary luminaries as Luca Barcelona and the stonecutter Nicholas Benson. Popular forms such as sign painters making ephemeral notices for supermarkets. Kabuki signs in the bold Kanteiryu script from Japan. Monolithic inscriptions from Kathmandu. And historical surveys of the lettering of Piranesi and ancient manuscripts.

Letter Arts Review presents the highest achievements of historical and contemporary practitioners, but also asks how lettering fits into the world of art, design, and everyday life. More info here.

(Artwork: Recent LAR cover featuring Amperstandish typeface by Lynne Yun.)

June 11th, 2018
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square