Welcome to Escribiente

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, and we welcome guests and members of the public who have an interest in learning more abut the fine art of beautiful writing. Please see our Meetings page for full details and directions and download our Newsletters for reviews and photos from our workshops and programs.


Meet and mingle with local Escribiente calligraphers at our free monthly meetings. Guests welcome, so just drop by! We meet the first Wednesday of most months at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center in Albuquerque (southwest corner of Elizabeth and Southern).

February 1, 2017, 6:30pm

Get in Shape for the New Year!

Presented by Patty Hammarstedt and Trish Meyer.

Learn how to write calligraphy in a myriad of shapes and be inspired to make handmade cards and art using the results. Templates will be provided.

More details coming soon on what you need to bring!

Valentine Cards for Meals on Wheels: Kathy Chilton is coordinating a wonderful program to donate 250 cards for clients of Albuquerque’s Meals on Wheels. If you would like to use the February meeting to calligraph inside heart shapes (templates will be provided), you can donate your designs to Kathy at the meeting (or drop off your cards to her no later than Monday, February 6). Call Kathy at (505) 345-3130 if you would like to join the card-making session on January 14th.


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  • Cover: Bill Kemp's certificate for Jan Florence.
  • Susanne Moores Landscape, Language & Letters, Ghost Ranch workshop photo gallery
  • Bill Kemp teaching at IAMPETH photo gallery
  • Weathergrams Event at Open Space, Albuquerque
  • Workshop review: Nancy Culmone's Contemporary and Decorated Letters
  • Eat Your Words - by Kathy Chilton
  • Field trip to the New Mexico State Archives
  • Show of Hands 2016 Conference workshop review: Yves Leterme's Brush Fiesta
  • New Mexico State Fair 2016 - Calligraphy Exhibit photo gallery
  • How to Cut a Quill - by Ralph Douglass (1951)
  • Tips for Lettering Artists

New Mexico State Fair 2016

The New Mexico State Fair was held at Expo New Mexico
September 8 – 18, 2016

Escribiente members displayed their fine art of beautiful lettering at the State Fair each year in the Creative Arts Building at NM Expo, Albuquerque. The Juror for this year's exhibit was Meredith McPherson, assisted by Escribiente VP Trish Meyer. Below is our show from September 2016:

NM State Fair album montage

View Flickr slideshow of the Calligraphy exhibit at the 2016 New Mexico State Fair.

Escribiente Coloring book

Members of Escribiente (Albuquerque’s Calligraphy Society) designed a coloring book featuring each letter of the alphabet. Members graphically illustrated letters for the 8.5 X 11 inch pages which were then spiral bound into a book format. The range of techniques in the book includes calligraphy, lettering, floral design, drawing, and abstract designs.

Caryl McHarney, a multimedia artist, designed and colored the front cover. She used Bookhand and Neuland calligraphy styles for the lettering. 

A few copies remain for sale from the limited edition of 175 copies which were released in May 2016. The books are for sale for $10.00 each which includes shipping.

To purchase a copies, please contact

Caryl McHarney at 505-255-7883

Email Caryl at:

Escribiente Mentor Program

Escribiente has a mentor program for new members. Our objective is to assist new members with calligraphy and the many things associated with it. This is not designed to teach a hand, but to assist with various techniques and questions such as:

  • How do you do that?
  • I want to do this – but where do I start?
  • What should I use ( i.e. ink, tool, paper)?
  • Guidelines?
  • I can’t make that letter, what am I doing wrong?
  • Squash??? Well that is what it sounded like. (Gouache)
  • Can you do calligraphy on this?
  • And the many more questions that we all had when we were first starting out.

It will not all be on your shoulders, if you don’t know the answer you can find out or refer them to another member that you think would know the answer. But the best thing that will happen is the possible friendship that may develop for you and Escribiente. This will make the new member gain confidence in their ability as a calligrapher and feel like one of us (experienced calligraphers anyway) much faster. I remember the excitement of looking at all the strange tools, the mystery of how do they make those pens make letters like that and many other questions.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor or having a Mentor, contact Jan Florence: H 505-281-5771 (call first) - C 505-269-8867; email: