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).

April 5, 2017, 6:30pm

You 2 Can Haiku!

Presented by Dale Harris, local poet and book artist

Haiku is a form of poetry, first made popular in Japan, that use sensory language to capture a feeling or image. They are often inspired by an element of nature, a moment of beauty, or another poignant experience and often refer to the seasons of the year. Haiku poets are challenged to convey a vivid message in only 17 syllables, where syllables are arranged in three lines of 5-7-5. In this program, Dale will walk us through how haikus are formed, offer some examples from both Japanese and local poets, and encourage us to write our own!

Poets’ Picnic Event: In conjunction with local poets, Escribiente will be participating in another Weathergrams event at Open Space Visitors Center on May 20, 2017 (more details below). This time around we are hoping you will write your own haiku appropriate for the environment around Rio Grande/Open Space. If you don't have time to write your own, Dale will share haikus from local poets (PDF was emailed to everyone on 3/26).

Please check your email for more info and please sign up at the April meeting. Paper bags will be available at the April meeting, along with poetry from local poets.

Weathergrams will be collected at the May 3rd meeting (mailing deadline May 12). Hanging is scheduled for Tuesday May 16, weather permitting. Contact Trish Meyer at (505) 286-0897 to sign up for this event.

If there is enough interest, we will arrange a field trip/picnic to the Visitor Center after the April meeting to write haiku in situ.


May 20, 2017, 12 noon – 3:30 pm

Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque NM 87047

In conjunction with local poets, hundreds of weathergrams created by calligraphers from Escribiente will be hanging on trees around the Open Space Visitor Center grounds as a temporary art installation. The weathergrams will be on display for a period of time after the event.

During the event, calligraphers from Escribiente will be creating weathergrams and these will be available for you to take home in exchange for a small cash donation to benefit Open Space.

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

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


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  • Field Trip to The Sign Store with Al Padilla
  • Ornaments for the Xmas Memorial Tree
  • 2016 Xmas Party photo gallery
  • Neuland (exemplar & text) by Carl Rohrs
  • Workshop review: John Stevens “Capital Intensive” at Camp Cheerio, by Megan Goodenough
  • Christmas Cards photo gallery
  • Photographing Calligraphy Part 1, by David Gasser
  • Valentine Cards for Meals On Wheels clients (update: 650 card goal was achieved!)
  • Call for Entries for Graceful Envelope contest
  • Tips for Lettering Artists

Blackletter & Fraktur Workshop * SOLD OUT

with Yukimi Annand

April 22–23, 2017

Yukimi will be teaching her gorgeous Blackletter hand at our April workshop.
Contact Jan Florence to be added to the wait list (workshop is currently sold out).

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: