Friday, April 29, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
Free and open to the public. Guests are welcome. Refreshments served.

Pat Blair’s workshop sold out in just under two hours, but everyone is welcome to attend her free Friday night lecture.

Calligraphy can be an important element in designing any social correspondence, and Washington DC is front and center for events and protocol. Choosing the lettering and color palette are part of the many decisions to be made when creating the overall design when planning an event, as well as preparing for successful printing. We will take a look at how calligraphy shapes the look of events, and becomes a footnote to history.


Paste Paper Party!
Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 702A
Details and registration here.

Letters Mingle Souls… but first let there be paper! As early as the 16th century, a mix of paint and paste was used to decorate paper for covers and endpapers for books. Artists today adapt this technique using acrylic paints mixed with paste. Lettering and paper artists further adapt this method for creating invitations, journals, books, cards… the possibilities are indeed up to the imagination. Although it is often referred to as “finger-painting” for adults, it is so much more. Imagine your favorite quote, passage or poem, layered atop a visually textured paper providing a focal point or emphasizing text. Paste papers invoke mood and set tone, further engaging the reader’s response. They can be artsy and flourished with circular or angled brush strokes and bold color or quiet and subdued with minimal texture. You have absolute power over design, color, and texture. The beautifully formed line patterns can serve as guidelines for your calligraphy, further enhancing your text or it can have very little lines and have shapes instead. You decide. Either way, the tactile properties created by the paste provide up close and personal interaction between the artist and the paper, the paper and the text and finally the artist, the finished piece and viewer. What a way to mingle souls!

Some time ago B.C. (before calligraphy and the Society of Scribes), I took a paste paper class and enjoyed it. I stored the papers away however, not knowing what to do with them. Recently, in Anna’s Layout class, I understood the impact these papers can have! Anna’s painted papers—to quote Pablo Neruda: “ignited my soul!” Anna’s beautiful paste papers fanned the flames of which Neruda speaks. I understood how paste paper can be the first layer in the design process. They can be further enhanced by colored pencil, inks, gouache, gel pens, crayon resists, stencils and chalk pastels—or not. Anna’s Paste Paper Party is one step in the design process. It is not just finger-painting for adults, it is a playground for exploring painted paste as a layer, design, and embellishment for text. Color and texture adds tone, sets mood, provides focal point, creates rhythm and embraces text. Indeed, paste paper is a venerable tradition worth learning. You can do anything you want with this painted paper that you can do with any other kind of paper.

This is one party you don’t want to miss. We will leave this party with paper ready prepared for lettering, or for anything else you wish. Consider the colors and lines invoked by your favorite quote, poem or phrase. Have these ideas in mind as you explore paint and texture. I will be there and will bring plenty of mark making tools to share! Sign up for this party—it’ll be a lot of fun!

—Text by Ana Rodriguez; artwork by Anna Pinto


Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
Free and open to the public. Guests are welcome. Refreshments served.

Nancy will show a recently completed unique book entitled Ojitos Flora. She will discuss and answer questions about process, text, calligraphy, illustrations, binding and clamshell box. She will also bring along some pages from a book that she’s currently working on now.

There’s still one spot left in Nancy’s workshop, The Versatile Versal this weekend!


Friday, March 11, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
Free and open to the public. Guests are welcome. Refreshments served.

Still two spots left in Carol’s popular workshop: Bone Alphabet on March 12/13.

Join us for the fun on Friday night as Carol DuBosch presents the many possibilities for using your art to make unique envelopes for your everyday mail! We all love to see our name “in lights,” and creatively addressing envelopes to friends and family is a great way to let them shine and know they are special. Carol will discuss simple techniques to make your mail a piece of art. In addition, she will show a library of resources for “Envelope Art” ideas. Carol regularly enters and wins awards in the annual Graceful Envelope Contest. She will show her layouts, sketches and copies of her many winning entries.

Top Ten Reasons for Lettering Envelopes
1. You never  have to decide what to write (name & addresses are a given).
2. Nobody will be offended by your choice of words.
3. Choosing the right paper isn’t a problem — commercial envelopes are just fine.
4. Only knowing one letter style is not a problem.
5. You have a practical place to try out new hands.
6. You can quickly get your efforts out of view — pop them in the mail.

… for 7, 8, 9, 10 and MORE join us for Carol DuBosch’s presentation of Envelope Art!


Fancy & Fearless: Flourished Script Caps with Kathy Milici
Sunday, March 6, 2016
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$80 members/$100 non-members

This workshop is not for the faint of heart! Ramp up your existing pointed pen style by learning the detailed principles and structure of successfully super-flourished script capital letters, indepth techniques and alternate stroke combinations.

First we will observe and study historic examples from English, French and Dutch writing masters, like Bickham, Van den Velde, Milns, Girault, and Ames. With exercises to loosen your hand and challenge your brain, we’ll then move to basic strokes that gradually increase in intricacy and difficulty. We’ll play with capital stem extensions, loops, ovals, intricate spirals, graceful direction changes, unusual shapes, tricky intersections and turned exits. Close attention will be paid to managing visual space. The result is super flourished, classic caps with character!

Kathy believes that anything worth flourishing is worth over-flourishing. Come build your repertoire and have FUN!

Please Note: This is a design class. Knowledge of pointed pen script lettering (Copperplate, Engrosser’s Script or Spencerian) is necessary to fully benefit from this workshop.

More details and registration here.

(artwork by Kathy Milici)


Wednesday, February 17, 2016 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.
Please RSVP here so we’ll know how many to expect.

Calligraphy in the Cold: My Work and Experiences as a Calligrapher
Christopher Haanes will show slides and talk about his work as a calligrapher, having worked professionally in Norway for 26 years. His work ranges from logos, book covers, type design, to diplomas, invitations and calligraphy as unique art pieces.

Still a few spots left in Christopher’s workshop on February 20-21, 2016!

Christopher Haanes is a Norwegian calligrapher, teacher and author living in Oslo. He received a diploma with merit from Roehampton Institute. A fellow of the SSI since 1989, he has taught graphic designers for more than twenty years, as well as teaching workshops worldwide.

Afterwards, we’ll hold a short general meeting and election of the new board. Here are our candidates for the 2016 Board of Governors:

V. A. Barrow (*) has loved calligraphy since attending the H.S. of Fashion Industries where she majored in Fashion Design. Her introduction to her first calligraphy hand came about when she drew a Halloween costume and mused aloud about some writing to go along with it and a classmate complied with a Gothic hand. Since then V has taken classes at Stuyvesant H.S. adult education, Botanical Gardens, SVA, private classes and of course classes through SoS. She continues to take classes as often as she can.

Ethan Cohen (*) attended his first calligraphy workshop, Italic with Elinor Holland, at SoS in August 2014. Letterforms quickly consumed his life. He is also a conservatory trained guitarist and banjo player and by day he is Director of Business & Legal Affairs at an independent record label and music publishing company.

Cynthia Dantzic (*) studied calligraphy at Yale and has been teaching at Long Island University since 1964, where she was promoted to Senior Professor. Her courses include drawing, color, painting, 2D design and calligraphy (Western and Non-Western). She has served on the board for several years as programs coordinator. Her ninth art-related book, 100 New York Calligraphers, which includes the work of a number of SoS members, is featured in Schiffer’s Spring 2015 catalog.

Brooke England (*)

Judy Kastin (*) is a freelance calligrapher who previously served on the SoS Board for eighteen years. She rejoined in 2011 as workshop chair. Judy is the co-author of the last two editions of The Speedball Textbook and Lettering Arts, and author of 100 Keys to Great Calligraphy.

Eva Kokoris (*) is a freelance calligrapher and designer with an avid interest in the lettering arts. She volunteered for special events before being elected to the board in 2007 and subsequently served as president for three years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the Mannes College of Music and currently serves on the Board.

Adrian Morehouse (*) was introduced to East Asian brush calligraphy in college, and he continued to practice while teaching English in a rural Japanese town. He later studied graphic and typeface design at SVA. Adrian currently works in the information technology field. His first formal introduction to Western calligraphy was at an SoS workshop a few years ago, and he has been an avid participant in classes and events ever since. Adrian believes strongly in the value of writing by hand and the lettering arts. He hopes to contribute to the work of the SoS to preserve and extend these traditions.

Barry Morentz (*) is a freelance calligrapher, bookbinder, boxmaker, and instructor residing in Manhattan where he operates a studio quite appropriately in the shadow of the New York Public Library. He has been totally involved in calligraphy for more than 37 years, and served on the Board of Governors from 1979-1991, including 8 years as Workshops Chairman, and Faculty Chairman for Innovations ’86, the SoS sponsored Conference in Hoboken. He has taught workshops throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and is directing much of his attention now to the future of calligraphy and its great legacy in Western culture.

Chi Nguyen (*) freelances and teaches calligraphy/rubber stamping for the UFT Retiree Program and privately. She’s been an avid SoS workshop-taker and has served on the board since 1998 doing membership and various other things.

Anna Pinto (*) is a freelance calligrapher and calligraphy instructor living in Hoboken, NJ. She first served on the Board in the 80s and 90s. She also edited the Newsletter then, and came back for another 5-year stint, mainly so she could revive the April Fool’s insert. She is grateful for the many friends and calligraphic opportunities that have come her way over the years thanks to the Society of Scribes.

Nancy Redgate Favorito (*) has been serving the board of the SoS as recording secretary since 2009. She has taken many classes and workshops over the past several years. While primarily focused on pointed pen, she is slowly expanding her skill set and is thankful for the Society of Scribes for providing opportunities to do so.

Ana Rodriguez (*) first discovered Italic via a Ken Brown calligraphy kit many years ago. Until recently, she had not received formal instruction and is grateful for having found SoS and their skilled and talented pool of instructors, affordable classes and calligraphic opportunities. Drawn to the lettering arts and aspiring to develop a strong lettering form and expand her skill-set, she will continue taking classes and work with the SoS to promote the study, teaching and practice of calligraphy.

Susan Steele’s (*) search for instruction in the art of “beautiful writing” led her to the SoS. She has been working as a calligrapher for many years and had a previous 15-year career in graphic design. SoS has provided her with a constant source of inspiration and local contacts within the calligraphy field.

Chavelli Tsui (*)

(*) Denotes returning board members.

We look forward to serving in the next year, and want to remind everyone that help is always needed! If you’d like to join us, or attend one of our bi-monthly board meetings, please contact us at info@societyofscribes.org

(photo by James Moore)


Deborah Nadel, Calligraphic Illustration
February 6 – 26, 2016
Syosset Public Library Art Gallery
225 South Oyster Bay Road, Syosset, New York 11791

About Deborah… beautiful lettering and calligraphy, luxurious paper and printing…

Longtime SoS member Deborah Nadel is a graduate of Pratt Institute in New York and a former art director for various design groups. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a designer and lettering artist. Her company Deborah Nadel Design is a full service design studio specializing in custom invitations in New York and Long Island, calligraphy for weddings and special events, and fine hand lettering.

Her work has been recognized by Brides, Brides Receptions, Modern Bride and Martha Stewart Weddings. Her past clients have included Tiffany & Co. and Crabtree & Evelyn.

In 2009, Deborah was chosen by Tiffany & Co. to create lettering for the Tiffany Notes jewelry collection. The words “I love you” and “Tiffany & Co.” in Deborah’s elegant script adorn rings, charms and lockets.

Free and open to the public.
For directions, hours, and contact: www.syossetlibrary.org

(If you’re interested in taking the train to Syosset on 2/6 or 2/13, please email us @ info@societyofscribes.org. If there’s enough interest, we can try to arrange a field trip!)


A la Mémoire des Enfants Déportés
January 27 – May 15, 2016
The Holocaust Memorial Center
28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334

SoS instructor Eleanor Winters’ delicate yet powerful calligraphic artworks evoke the memory of the 11,400 French Jewish children who were deported—and the vast majority murdered—between 1942 and 1944 through the complicity of the Vichy Government. Inspired by the plaques erected throughout Paris, the poetic phrasing of the exhibit reflects an almost tangible sorrow and shame through which the artist’s message shines: Ne les oublions jamais (We must never forget them).

Gallery and more about the artwork here. Download exhibition evite here.

Watch Detroit Fox 2 television segment about Eleanor’s show here.


Our Spring 2016 Classes & Workshops have just been posted. Details, descriptions and registration here.

But that’s not all! In addition to those already-posted, please save the dates for the following soon-to-be-posted workshops:

Late Spring/Early Summer Workshops!
Fancy & Fearless: Super Flourished Script Caps with Kathy Milici

Sunday, March 6, 2015 (registration will open on/around February 15th)
Pointed Pen Sketchbook with Pat Blair
Saturday/Sunday: April 30 & May 1, 2016
Paste Paper Party! with Anna Pinto
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Contemporary Rustics with Carl Rohrs
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Psychedelic Letters with Carl Rohrs
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Arabic with Elinor Holland
Saturday/Sunday: June 4/5, 2016

More Copperplate Classes!
Copperplate-Intensive (April) with Marcy Robinson
2 Saturdays: April 2 & 9, 2016
Copperplate-Intensive (May) with Marcy Robinson
2 Sundays: May 15 & 22, 2016
Copperplate II with Marcy Robinson
2 Sundays: June 12 & 19, 2016

Dates/classes are still subject to change until they are officially posted. Registration for new classes will open in mid-February/early March.

Plus! Coming this Fall: Cherryl Moote, James Farrell!
And in 2017: Vivian MungallHeather Held!

(Artwork above: Christopher Haanes, Vitalize Your Hands on February 20/21, 2016)


Calligraphers everywhere are invited to participate in the 22nd annual Graceful Envelope Contest, conducted by the Washington (DC) Calligraphers Guild and the National Association of Letter Carriers. The contest is open to all ages, with separate categories for children. There is no entry fee.

This year’s theme: Communication

Ever since Benjamin Franklin became America’s first Postmaster General, many of our most important messages arrived inside an envelope. Now your challenge is to design the outside of an envelope to highlight this—or any other—mode of communication. Your Graceful Envelope could honor the mail or the internet; the telegraph, telephone or television; person-to-person conversation or whatever kind of communication inspires your imagination. Address it artistically to:

The Graceful Envelope
100 Indiana Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

POSTMARK DEADLINE: Monday, March 28, 2016

Winners will be chosen based on artistic hand lettering, creative interpretation of the theme and effective use of color and design, including incorporation of postage stamp(s).

Download Call for Entries here. More information and complete rules can be found here, where you can also view glorious winning envelopes from past contests. Here is Hannah Holder’s 2015 Best-in-Show envelope:

Hannah Holder

We hope you will be inspired by the many ways each year’s theme has been interpreted, by each artist’s use of calligraphy and decoration, and by how so much creativity has been channeled onto the small canvas of an envelope.


Here’s a quick preview of our Spring Schedule…  Please be aware that all dates/classes are subject to change until they are officially posted on our Classes/Workshops page. Members’ Pre-Registration links have been emailed to our current members. Registration links will be posted online for everyone on January 19 @ 9pm EST. (Some late spring/early summer workshops will be added later.)

Introductory Classes
5 Saturdays starting February 13 – Eleanor Winters, Italic-I
Feb 13/14 – Marcy Robinson, Copperplate Intensive
March 5/19 – Anna Pinto, Fine Tune Your Italic
5 Sundays starting March 6 – Elinor Holland, Copperplate-I
March 12/13 – Laura Di Piazza, Intro to Copperplate
3 Saturdays starting April 9 – Eleanor Winters, Italic-II
May 7/14 – Eleanor Winters, Foundational
May 15/22 – Marcy Robinson, Copperplate Intensive
June 12/19 – Marcy Robinson, Copperplate-II

February 20/21 – Christopher Haanes, Vitalize Your Hands
February 27/28 – Paul Shaw, Textura
March 6 – Kathy Milici, Fancy & Fearless: Flourished Copperplate Caps
March 12/13 – Carol DuBosch, Bone Alphabet
April 10 – Kathy Milici, Modern Storybook Script
April 16/17 – Nancy Culmone, The Versatile Versal (artwork pictured above)
April 30/May 1 – Pat Blair, Pointed Pen Sketchbook
May 14 – Anna Pinto, Paste Paper Party!
May 15 – Debra Dick, Intro to Uncial
May 21/22 – Kristen Doty, Drawing for Calligraphers
June 4 – Carl Rohrs, Contemporary Rustics
June 5 – Carl Rohrs, Psychedelic Letters

Coming Fall 2016: Cherryl Moote, James Farrell!

All dates/classes are still subject to change! Our Spring Schedule will be posted and registration will begin around mid-January. As always, current members will get a 24-hour advance registration period.


From A to Z: “Against the Odds” to “The Zorn Suite”
Friday, December 11, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
School of Visual Arts Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
Free and open to the public. Guests welcome. Refreshments served.

Anglo-Welsh poet, David Annwn will show images from and talk about some of the most recent collaborations involving the work of celebrated calligrapher, Thomas Ingmire and David’s own poetry. These will take us from St John’s Fragment/ Against the Odds, involving the oldest fragment of the New Testament, to the artists’ work with the music of famous New York musician, John Zorn. The talk will also include discussion of the processes of calligraphers and poets working with each others’ ideas and images. Questions are very welcome and these can also be sent to David in advance: please send them to info@societyofscribes.org and they will be forwarded.

(Image from Pulse, a recent collaboration between Thomas Ingmire and David Annwn)


Monday, November 23, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Trask Gallery
Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.

Join us for a reception and gallery talk to celebrate our 2015 annual open members’ exhibition.

The show features over 40 works by the following members: Alice, Linda Abrams, Maureen Chen, Ethan Cohen, Cynthia Dantzic, Debra Dick, Anat Even Or, Richard Gottfried, Noa Guy, Margaret Harber, Ted Kadin, Judy Kastin, Carmela La Gamba Bode, Belén La Rivera, Brooke McDonald, Adrian Morehouse, Barry Morentz, Anna Pinto, Emily Brown Shields, Susan Steele, Chavelli Tsui, Kathy Wallace, Tanya Yeremeyeva, Lynne Yun, Jiaxuan Zhang. To download an index of the show’s artists and artwork, please click here.


Monday, November 16, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Rose Auditorium, Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square
Free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.

A look at the thematic visual elements and relationships of letterforming from a craft & image-making perspective. Although great skill is required for the best calligraphy, one can get lost in the minutiae. Thinking in terms of visual language (not forgetting content) frees us to say what we really want to say or express.

Co-sponsored by the Society of Scribes and Type@Cooper.


Monday, November 9, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
The Grolier Club, 47 E. 60th Street
Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Please RSVP here.

It was said of the great British architect, Sir Christopher Wren (1632–1723), “if you seek his monument – look around you.” Well, that may be true if you were standing in certain parts of London, but in the case of Hermann Zapf, if you want to see his monument, you can look around you almost anywhere in the world. Today, virtually every personal computer has some Hermann Zapf typefaces in use, from Book Antiqua (Microsoft’s name for their version of Palatino, originally designed in 1948 and adapted for various technologies since); to Zapfino, released in 1998 and since a component of the Mac OS.

Please join us from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Monday, November 9 (the day after what would have been Zapf’s 97th birthday) at The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, for a celebration of the life of the greatest type designer, calligrapher, and typographer of our time: Hermann Zapf, 8 November 1918 – 4 June 2015.

Zapf’s calligraphy has been inspirational for several generations of calligraphers. He set a new standard, and one might even say a new direction for the art; a direction which has become so much of a standard over the past fifty years or more that it is hard to notice from such a close vantage point that a seismic shift has occurred.

It is through calligraphy’s sister art, type design, that Zapf is best known. His Palatino design of 1949 would prove to be one of his most popular and admired typeface designs, still used widely today, almost seventy years after it was drawn. Like his hand lettering Palatino represented a sea-change in the art of type design, and was hugely influential to succeeding generations of type designers. As with Zapf’s calligraphy, his influence on type design became pervasive. Perhaps Zapf’s most revolutionary typeface design is the Optima font issued in 1958. Not so well known, but also exemplarily, is Zapf’s work as a book designer and typographer.

It is difficult to sum up such an enormous figure in the history of the letter arts in a few words. The type designer Adam Twardoch has written: “The word legend should be used sparsely, but Hermann Zapf definitely deserves it.”


Friday, November 6, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:00pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
Free and open to the public. Guests are welcome. Refreshments served.

We’re so happy Georgia Angelopoulos is joining us this weekend! Looking forward to her workshop, Things Greek & Gilded, which has resulted in so many beautifully colorful pieces at past conferences and garnered so many raves from attendees (including our own Barry Morentz).

Tonight, Georgia will be speaking to the origins of the Greek letters and how and why they shaped the look of the Roman letters, but also those of emerging cultures/civilizations. Don’t miss it!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 8:00pm
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South
Free and open to the public. Guests are welcome. Refreshments served.

Come and meet some of New York’s most distinguished scribes, who will display recent works in several languages and writing styles and demonstrate their special techniques. Now that cursive handwriting is no longer taught in schools, (it’s true, alas), this is a fine opportunity to experience the beauty and appreciate the value of writing by hand. Steve Jobs studied calligraphy at Reed College in Oregon for eighteen months after he officially dropped out. It is said that much of his inspiration came from this singular art, which he deemed “beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture.” According to one practitioner, “to do it properly requires a total understanding of the art and culture that gave rise to particular modes of writing. When you write in an Italic hand, you are making the same kinds of motions that Queen Elizabeth I made when she practiced Chancery Cursive as a teenager; the same motions as Michelangelo.”

The recently released book, 100 New York Calligraphers, by Cynthia Maris Dantzic, featuring works in 21 languages. Attending scribes, including SoS members Jerise Fogel, Elinor Holland, Ted Kadin, Barry Morentz, and Jim Zhang will be pleased to sign their pages. All proceeds from the evening’s book sales will go directly to The National Arts Club.

As a special souvenir, those attending this event will receive a complimentary booklet, Lines from William Shakespeare, featuring thirteen works by the bard seen in 100 New York Calligraphers. This is our October salute to the Shakespeare Guild which hosts a monthly program at the NAC.


Friday, October 23, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:00pm
SVA Annex, 214 E. 21st Street, Room 703A
Free and open to the public. Guests are welcome. Refreshments served.

[NEWS FLASH! There is space available in Lee Ann’s workshop this weekend! It’s been sold out for weeks, but we’ve just had a couple late cancellations. Join us if you can! — You won’t regret it!]

We are beyond excited to welcome the talented Lee Ann Clark to New York City! While her wildly popular weekend workshop is completely sold out, everyone is welcome to attend Lee Ann’s slide lecture on Friday night. You can read more about Lee Ann and see some of her breathtaking work here.

writing with punctuation
working at the intersection of flourishes and distractions (comma) a perspective on making a living in calligraphy (period) and then some (ellipsis)


Linear Language: Annual Members’ Open Exhibition
November 3 through November 27, 2015
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Trask Gallery
The National Arts Club is free and open to the public Monday–Friday from 10 to 5.

Reception & Gallery Talk on Monday, November 23, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Featuring artwork by our members: Alice, Linda Abrams, Maureen Chen, Ethan Cohen, Cynthia Dantzic, Debra Dick, Anat Even Or, Richard Gottfried, Noa Guy, Margaret Harber, Ted Kadin, Judy Kastin, Carmela La Gamba Bode, Belén La Rivera, Brooke McDonald, Adrian Morehouse, Barry Morentz, Anna Pinto, Emily Brown Shields, Susan Steele, Chavelli Tsui, Kathy Wallace, Tanya Yeremeyeva, Lynne Yun, Jiaxuan Zhang. To download an index of the show’s artists and artwork, please click here.

Submissions: All current members are invited to submit pieces for hanging by Monday, November 2nd. All artwork must contain some form of hand-lettering, and all pieces must be framed behind glass or plexiglass, wired and ready-to-hang.

Special thanks to Noa Guy, Maureen Chen, Alice and Margaret Harber for their help and hard work with this year’s installation.


Society of Scribes Annual Holiday Fair!
Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 11am to 4pm 
The Brotherhood Synagogue, 28 Gramercy Park South (between 3rd Ave/Irving Pl)
Free Admission! Open to the public, guests are welcome!

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 * NEW! Decorative rubber stamps, scrapbooking and paper crafts from The Ink Pad * Marbled artwork by Katherine Radcliffe * NEW! Letterpress & Book Arts from Intima Press & Furious Day Press * Calligraphy demonstrations * The SoS Scriptorium with Karen Gorst * Sakura pens! * Vintage 1890s Warren’s Pens * The SoS Kibitz Café (featuring NEW! premiere espresso/coffee from Cupa Cabana and assorted pastries from 11 to 3) * plus lots more to see and do! (We will continue to update this post as more vendors and demonstrators are confirmed, so please check back for the latest info!)

You can see pictures from last year’s Holiday Fair here.
(Photographs by Grayson Dantzic)

SoS Scriptorium w/ Karen Gorst – 2nd Floor! from 12 to 3
Featuring Modern Copperplate and Pointed Pen/Broad Pen flowers, leaves, and dingbats. Make a small Japanese accordion fold book!

Calligraphy & Art Demonstrations!
All Day
Alice – Pilot Parallel Pens
Christopher Calderhead & Anna Pinto – Collaborative Piece
Cynthia Dantzic – 100 New York Calligraphers
Barry Morentz – Gothic Capitals & Horizon Pens

Leslie Watkins – Watercolor
Marcy Robinson – Copperplate & Light Box
Ana Rodriguez & Chi Nguyen – Gelli Plate Prints
Carol Zack – Inks
Jeri Fogel – Papercutting
Elizabeth Hunter — SliderWriter
Ted Kadin – Hebrew
Jim Zhang – Chinese
(Please note that all times and demos are subject to change.)

Silent Auction! Featuring one-of-a-kind artwork by Christopher Calderhead, Anna Pinto, books and prints from Luca Barcellona, Yves Leterme and more.

White Elephant Table! We are asking members to bring gently used, unwanted calligraphy and art supplies: We’ll find them a good home.

Volunteers Needed! Please volunteer, we still need your help to make the Holiday Fair happen. Email us: info@societyofscribes.org

(Holiday Fair by Paul Shaw)