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). More details on our Meetings page.

Saturday, December 2, 6pm: Member Holiday Potluck

Details and location will be emailed to members. Spouses and partners welcome.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 6:30pm

Board Meeting

Board meetings are held in July and January at the usual meeting location at Manzano Mesa. All members are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6:30pm
(Q&A in lobby 5pm; social time 6pm)

Big & Tiny & Tall & Short

Presented by Patty Hammarstedt

At this month’s program, members will continue exploration of Bookhand/Foundational by breaking some of the rules. Words such as ‘wispy’, ‘bolder’, ‘broad’, ‘squat’ generate varying visual images and can be individually interpreted accordingly by changing letter height, width or slope. Members will be guided through a series of exercises in altering the ‘feel’ of their letterforms using a variety of nib sizes. More details and supply list ...

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  • NM State Fair photo gallery
  • A Week in Pecos, NM – Randy Hassan workshop review by Margie Disque
  • A Week in Ogden, Utah – Cora Pearl workshop review by Margie Disque
  • A Celebration of Cranes – The Art of Caryl McHarney
  • Haiku Weathergrams event – Haiku North America Conferent, Santa Fe, September 2017
  • Tips for Dips
  • The History of Ink – by Margie Disque
  • White House Calligraphy article reprint

Mark Your Calendar!

Foundational Variations

workshop with Randall M. Hasson

TWO DAYS: April 21–22, 2018

Mark your calendar for our Spring 2018 workshop. More details to come.

New Mexico State Fair 2017

Escribiente members exhibit each year at the New Mexico State Fair in the Creative Arts Building at the NM Expo during the month of September. The Juror for 2017 was Randall M. Hassan.

View Slideshow of this year's entries on our Flickr account.

NM State Fair album montage

Weathergrams Installation

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

In conjunction with local poets, Escribiente members calligraphed hundreds of Weathergrams that were hung on trees around the Open Space Visitor Center grounds as a temporary art installation starting in  mid-May 2017.

As a fundraiser during the Poets Picnic event on May 20th, our members also created custom Weathergrams for poets. Trish Meyer created 200 copies of a limited edition poetry chapbook featuring artwork from Julie Gray, Beth McKee, Caryl McHarney, and Janice Gabel (all eight images are shown below). Along with other event sales, over $1500 was raised for 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.

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: