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.
MONDAY, November 5, 2018, 5:30pm
Presentation by Joke Boudens
plus Potluck and Benefit Raffle
*** The November program has moved to the first MONDAY and will be held in a larger room at Manzano Mesa (through the main entrance lobby, back right).
We will start at 5:30pm with a member potluck!
Joke Boudens will be teaching the weekend prior (November 3–4) and will be giving a presentation on the Monday evening following the workshop.
Joke is a Flemish lettering artist and teacher, living and working in the beautiful medieval town of Bruges, Belgium. Her work has frequently been shown in Letter Arts Review and has been exhibited in the US, Japan and Europe. In the last decade she has taught calligraphy in Europe, the US and Canada.
With a calligrapher father and a visual arts graduate mother, Joke grew up surrounded by art and letters. “My inspirations include 'outsider' and folk art', shaker style.” says Joke. “I love music, children's book illustrations, typography, languages, everything to do with nature. I enjoy gardening, walking in the warm evening sun, reading books and take a guilty pleasure in quizzes and puzzles. My work is in many private collections in Belgium and abroad, including that of the Belgian royal court.”
Benefit Raffle: We will also hold a benefit raffle for the Pen Fund, which supplies free pens for members when they teach calligraphy at Albuquerque public schools. Please donate a little treasure for the raffle! We encourage original calligraphic art, as well as tools, ink or paper you feel members would love!
If you are attending the workshop, please bring your work for the Show & Share table.
Saturday, December 1, 6pm
Member Holiday Party
Details and location are emailed to members. Spouses and partners are very welcome! Members bring an appetizer or desert, and Escribiente supplies the entree.
Optional: If you’d like to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a small calligraphic art-related item or original art.
New Mexico State Fair 2018
The New Mexico State Fair is held at Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Thursday, September 6 – Sunday, September 16, 2018
View Slideshow of the 2018 entries on our Flickr account, or click the image above.
Back issues are available for download on our Newsletter page.
- Member gallery
- Unpredicted Motion by Elizabeth McKee
- 2018 Poets’ Picnic/Weathergrams event at Open Space Visitor Center
- We used to have Six More Letters in the English Alphabet by Hannah Pointexter
- News: Calligraphy Club on the West Side!
- Ghost Ranch Literally Letters 2018 –Workshop Reviews by Beth House
- Workshop Review: Journaling Workshop with Caitlin Dundon at Ghost Ranch, by Janice Gabel
- Poisoned Books from AtlasObscura.com
- Oh My Gouche! Tips for using gouache for calligraphy.
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.
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)?
- 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: