Upcoming Events

Linear Language: Annual Open Members' Show 2018


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

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

Old Quaker Health

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

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

2017 Holiday Fair!


More information here.

November 12th, 2017
11am to 4pm
The Brotherhood Synagogue, 28 Gramercy Park South

On Softer Ground: Art & Poetry Talk with Sherrie Lovler


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

"American Penmanship: The Handwriting Journey of Our Nation" with Michael Sull


Relatively speaking, our American republic is a relatively young country compared to many of the European nations. And yet, we chose not to simply adopt and preserve the English handwriting models we were born with. Our nation’s journey into developing an identifiable form of written language has been a long and exciting adventure, filled with the principles of education, business communication, social correspondence, and our human desire to share our feelings in a visible manner. Among nations, our American handwriting has been unique in many ways, and as such, it is truthfully our “American Hand.” Join us as Michael Sull shares the benchmarks of our writing styles, and the penmanship notables who have defined our 241 years of putting pen to paper.

October 20th, 2017
6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 701A

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

Summer Sweep!


Sunday, July 30, 2017 from noon to 4pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 702A
Free and open to the public. Please RSVP here to reserve a table.

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

July 30th, 2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 702A

The Calligraphy Revival: Curator's Tour & Luncheon

Curator Jerry Kelly leads a special tour for SoS members, followed by lunch at a nearby cafe. (Tour from noon to 1pm; lunch around 1:20pm) Space is limited. Please RSVP here.

July 26th, 2017
Tour from 12 to 1; Luncheon at 1:20
The Grolier Club, 47 E. 60th Street

Paper & Ink Play Day

Curious about calligraphy? Come watch a demo and/or take a pen for a test drive! There will be calligraphy demos throughout the day. Or bring your own project to work on, and some books/supplies to show and share. Please RSVP here so we’ll know how many to expect.

June 25th, 2017
12:00 to 5:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A

“Stroke Sequence: My Ramblings through the Alphabet” with Amity Parks


A slide-show presentation by Amity Parks of her calligraphic journey, showing why and how calligraphy has inspired and played a part in her life.

May 19th, 2017
6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A

Symposium: "Calligraphy as a Fine Art"


Christopher Calderhead, editor, Letter Arts Review

Femke Speelberg, Associate Curator of Prints & Drawings, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Rob Saunders, founder and curator, Letterform Archive; Michael Sull, Certified Master Penman

Free, but reservations required.
Email Maev Brennan, mbrennan@grolierclub.org.

The Society will organize a dinner afterwards at nearby Tony’s di Napoli. More details and RSVP will follow…

May 18th, 2017
6:00 to 7:30 pm
The Grolier Club, 47 E. 60th Street

Spring Card-Making (for Mom's & More!)

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.

May 5th, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A

"The Art of the Flourish" with Heather Held


Heather Held will talk about her journey from florist to calligrapher and her discoveries of the pointed pen world along the way.

April 30th, 2017
4:45 to 6:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A

Spring Card-Making Party!


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.

April 14th, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A

Scriptorium/Play Day!

Curious about calligraphy? Come watch a demo and take a pen for a test drive! There will be calligraphy and supply demos throughout the day…

April 9th, 2017
12pm to 5pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street

NEW! Spring Fling Mini-Workshops!


Join us for a fun day of four mini-workshops (each about an hour long): two in the morning, two in the afternoon. Before, after and in-between, there will be shopping at John Neal’s Pop-Up Shop in an adjacent room. Lunch will be an SoS-sponsored Pizza Party! $40 members/$50 non-members; details and registration here.

Clockwise, from upper left, the workshops will be led by:
ELEANOR WINTERS, teaching pop-up greeting cards with calligraphy.
MARCY ROBINSON, teaching simple paper-marbling techniques using shaving cream! These papers make fabulous greeting cards, end-papers for books, or backgrounds for lettering.
CHAVELLI TSUI, teaching how to make an ingenious portable, attractive, handy pen nib holder. Once you make one, you will want to make many, many more!
LYNNE YUN, teaching how to write in rainbow colors using unusual tools such as balsa wood, cardboard, popsicle sticks, etc.

April 8th, 2017
11:00 am to 4:30 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Rooms 701A/702A

John Neal Books "Pop-Up" Shop!


We’re so excited to welcome John Neal Books 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 here.

Pre-order by Monday, April 3 to pick up in person with no shipping charges! Please add item 17NYC to your pre-order; you can start your pre-order here.

April 8th, 2017 through April 9th, 2017
10am to 6pm Saturday, 12pm to 5pm Sunday
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A

Gallery Talk & Artists' Reception


Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm (Gallery Talk at 7:00 pm)
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Trask Gallery
Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.

Join us for an Artists Reception and Gallery Talk to celebrate our 2017 annual open members’ exhibition. Artists will be invited to speak and answer questions about their work on display.

The show features over 40 works by the following members: Alice, Carmela La Gamba Bode, Maureen Chen, Ethan Cohen, Cynthia Dantzic, Michelle Deng, Debra Dick, Rebecca Farber, Doris Fullgrabe, Noa Guy, Elinor Holland, Ernest Krysty, Judy Kastin, Quentin McQuiston, Barry Morentz, Anna Pinto, Ann Shoshkes, Denise Simon, Maureen Squires, Susan Steele, Julio Vega, Kathy Wallace, Eleanor Winters, Holly Woodward, Lynne Yun. To download an index of the show’s artists and artwork, please click here.

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