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 please drop by! We meet the first Wednesday of most months at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center in Albuquerque (southwest corner of Elizabeth and Southern). More details on our Meetings page.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 6:30pm

(Q&A in lobby 5pm; social time 6pm)

FOLDED FUN: 3D Capitals

Presented by Julie Gray

Julie Gray will guide members through the process of creating one 5-inch high, three-dimensional Roman Capital letter of their choice. These magnificent letters will be cut and scored into a three-dimensional shape, painted and enhanced with a bit of gold.  Don’t miss this opportunity to be truly creative with capitals!

For the supply list, and more info on 2019 programs, please see our Meetings page.


Exhibition at the New Mexico Cancer Center – Gallery with a Cause

The Art of Healing

December 7, 2018 – February 15, 2019

Reception: First Friday ARTScrawl, December 7, 2018, 6pm – 8:30pm

Photos are posted to our Facebook page of the show and opening reception.

*** Walk and Talk: Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 6 – 7:30 pm

Events are free and open to the public. Free parking

Location: Gallery with a Cause: Located inside the New Mexico Cancer Center,
4901 Lang Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 [map]

Gallery hours: By appointment only, please contact Alexandria Tavarez, 505-857-8460.

Download The Art of Healing PDF Flyer

The Art of Healing, curated by Regina Held, showcases meditative and uplifting works mainly by artists whose lives have been impacted by cancer. As part of the show, Escribiente will display a special collection of calligraphic art in the main lobby area. Members will also create custom bookmarks and ornaments to raise funds for the NMCC Foundation during the opening Reception on December 7th.

Members participating in the Escribiente display include: Vicki Bolen, Esther Feske, Janice Gabel, Julie Gray, Patty Hammarstedt, Beth House, Bill Kemp, Caryl McHarney, Elizabeth McKee, Trish Meyer, Jane Robertson, and Eliza Schmid.

Sale benefit the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation. The New Mexico Center Foundation raises funds to alleviate non-medical needs for cancer patients. 40 % of each art sale goes to the Foundation and is tax-deductible. More info at: GalleryWithACause.org

Latest Newsletter

Back issues are available for download on our Newsletter page.

Download Screen Res PDF2019–1 (January)

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  • Workshop Review: In the Footsteps of David Jones with Joke Boudens
  • 2018 Christmas Party photo gallery
  • 2018 Christmas Cards
  • A Lettering Journey by Heather Martinez
  • New Mexicot Governor’s Inaugural Invitation by Theresa Varela
  • Exhibit & Fundraiser for the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation
  • Calligraphy Classes by Escribiente members
  • Designing with Lettering


New Mexico State Fair 2018

The New Mexico State Fair is held annually at Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
September 6 – 16, 2018

NM State Fair album montage

Escribiente members exhibit each year at the New Mexico State Fair in the Creative Arts Building during the show. Our Jurors this year were Fred Yost and his wife Jaci Fischer.

(PDF) List of Ribbons Awarded for 2018 exhibit

View Slideshow of the 2018 entries on our Flickr account, or click the image above.

Weathergrams Installation

Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque NM

In conjunction with local poets, Escribiente members calligraphed dozens ofWeathergrams that were hung on trees around the Open Space Visitor Center grounds as a temporary art installation starting in mid-May 2018. View Photo Album on Facebook.

As a fundraiser during the Poets Picnic event on May 26th, our members volunteers to write custom weathergrams for the attendees. Also, in conjunction with LIBROS Book Arts group, our members provided original artwork that was included in a handmade poetry chapbook. Artwork (show below) was provided by Julie Gray, Beth House, Elizabeth McKee, Esther Feske, Caryl McHarney, and Janice Gabel.

All proceeds from the event benefitted Open Space Alliance, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote public awareness and conservation of Open Space lands.

If you haven’t been to the Open Space Visitor Center on Coors Blvd NW, check out their website.

In August 2016, Escribiente members created Weathergrams and donated their time to demonatrate calligraphy to the public at a similar event. View Weathergrams 2016 Photo Album on Flickr.