Upcoming Events

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

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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

2017 Holiday Fair!

November 12th, 2017
11am to 4pm
The Brotherhood Synagogue

Paper & Ink Play Days!

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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!

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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

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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

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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"

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Moderator:
Christopher Calderhead, editor, Letter Arts Review

Panel:
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

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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!

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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.

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

John Neal Books "Pop-Up" Shop!

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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

NEW! Spring Fling Mini-Workshops!

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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

Gallery Talk & Artists' Reception

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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

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

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

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

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

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)