Upcoming Events

2019 Annual Members' Open Exhibition

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

2019 Annual General Meeting

Guest Speaker: Anna Pinto

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

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

Paper & Ink Play Day (5.18.18)

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.)

May 18th, 2018
6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 702A

Paper & Ink Play Day

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.)

April 8th, 2018
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street (between 2nd/3rd Avenues) Room 702A

Artists Reception & Gallery Talk: Thursday, March 22

March 22nd, 2018
5:30 to 7:30 (Talk begins around 6:30)
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Trask Gallery

“The Suitable Motions of Manufacture: The Calligraphy and Lettering of W.A. Dwiggins” Lecture by Paul Shaw

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Three men—Edward Johnston in England, Rudolf Koch in Germany, and Rudolf von Larisch in Austria—are widely credited with spurring the 20th century revival of interest in calligraphy. Their personal work and, especially, their educational efforts provided the models, impetus and inspiration for the subsequent practice of calligraphy as a craft or an art. Often ignored is the history of calligraphy as a design skill. This is especially true of the United States where the influence of these three men was limited. Instead, the early American practitioners of calligraphy, members of the nascent profession of graphic design, tended to be self-taught. Their work was often idiosyncratic, marked by a distinctive personal style rather than that of a school. The prime example of this independent American tradition is W.A. Dwiggins (1880–1956).

Dwiggins was a jack-of-all-trades: advertising designer, book designer, type designer, illustrator, ornamentalist, and letterer/calligrapher. Today he is best known for his typefaces, his stencil ornaments and the marionettes he created as a hobby. His lettering and calligraphy have gone overlooked. But, as with others of his generation, lettering was an essential design skill. It informed and underpinned much of his advertising and book work as well as his type design.

This talk will trace the development of Dwiggins as a letterer/calligrapher from his schooling in Chicago in the late 1890s through his affiliation with Mergenthaler Linotype and Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in the last three decades of his life. It will survey his lettering and calligraphy styles and try to place him in the context of his contemporaries such as Johnston, Koch, Frederic W. Goudy, Oswald Cooper, Eric Gill, and Hermann Zapf.

“… to be concerned with the shapes of letters is to work in an ancient and fundamental material. The qualities of letterforms at their best are the qualities of a classic time: order, simplicity, grace.” —W.A. Dwiggins

(Artwork by W.A. Dwiggins)

March 9th, 2018
5:30 to 7:00 pm (Talk begins 6:00 pm)
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Marquis Gallery

Linear Language: Annual Open Members' Show 2018

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February 26th, 2018 through March 23rd, 2018
Weekdays, 10 to 5
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

Paper & Ink Play Day

Bring your own project!

December 8th, 2017
6:30 to 8:30 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street

Paper & Ink Play Day

December 2nd, 2017
1 to 4 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street

On Softer Ground: Art & Poetry Talk with Sherrie Lovler

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Sherrie Lovler will talk about her process of painting and writing poetry and how the two work hand in hand in this slide show presentation. She will recite poems from her book, On Softer Ground: Painting, Poems and Calligraphy, and some new poems as well, and show the paintings that pair with each poem. Her book invites readers on a journey of beauty and transformation. Twenty-four paintings and poems illuminate the magnificent possibilities of creation. The line, movement and free-flowing strokes of calligraphy are the foundation for the paintings. The poems, informed by spirit and nature, evoke a deep appreciation of life, presence and wonder. Together, they inspire readers to see and feel the world anew. In sharing her experience, she opens a gateway into the sweetness and joy of creativity for readers to discover within themselves.

Please read our conversation with Sherrie here.

Sherrie Lovler is an award-winning, internationally known calligrapher and artist. She began lettering in high school and has continued this passion all her life. She has a BA in studio art, and has been teaching calligraphy and related skills throughout the United States for over 30 years. She recently taught at LetterWorks, the 36th international lettering arts conference, and at Ghost Ranch. Her abstract paintings have been shown in solo exhibitions and many juried and group shows. 

November 5th, 2017
4:30 to 5:30 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 702A

Paper & Ink Play Days!

A few shots from our last two Friday nights at SVA Annex...

Paper & Ink Play Days!
Friday, September 15 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Curious about calligraphy? Come ask questions, watch a demo, and/or take a pen for a test drive! We’ll have calligraphy and supply demos. (Or bring your own project to work on, show and share.)

We’ll provide refreshments and a few basic supplies… and hopefully some fun company and encouragement and inspiration! Free and open to the public, everyone is welcome! — but please RSVP here so that we can be prepared.

September 15th, 2017 through September 16th, 2017
Friday 6:30-8:00 pm, Saturday 1:00-4:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street