Upcoming Events

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

LinearLanguage

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

2017 Holiday Fair!

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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

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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

"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

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!

SummerSweep

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