Past Meetings Archive

Below is a summary of the meetings held during the 2018–19 year.

During 2018–19, the focus is on CAPITALS.

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.

Monday, November 5, 2018, 5:30pm

Presentation by Joke Boudens

plus Potluck and Benefit Raffle

Joke Boudens taught a workshop the weekend prior (November 3–4) and gave 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 also held a benefit raffle for the Pen Fund, which supplies free pens for members when they teach calligraphy at Albuquerque public schools. Thank you to everyone who donated treasures!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 6:30pm

Drawn Capitals

Demo by Janice Gabel

We continued our study of capitals with a look at historical versals.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 6:30pm

Capital Structure – Beginning Caps

Presented by Beth House

Beth House kicked off our year of study with pencil-drawn monoline Roman capital letters. Studying the skeletal ‘backbones’ of these majestic letterforms, whether as a beginning or advanced calligrapher, is time well spent. Beth supplied handouts with the building blocks for creating these letters so that we could trace and learn their classic shapes. Beth also demonstrated spacing for these beautiful letters.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 6:30pm

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

Presentation plus Show & Tell

Presented by Elizabeth McKee

At our August meeting, Elizabeth McKee will give a talk about the process of creating two books with the text (in capitals) of Gerard Manley Hopkins' Pied Beauty. One was featured in Volume 13 #1 of Bound & Lettered and the other is included in this year's Annual Juried Issue of Letter Arts Review 32:1.

Certain to inspire us all, Elizabeth McKee will present a slide presentation about the creative process of creating her magnificent hand-illustrated, calligraphed and bound book entitled Pied Beauty. Contained within the folds of this colorful book are dancing capital letters that will surely stimulate calligraphic creative juices!

Members are also encouraged to bring projects and summer workshop ‘show and tell’ to share before Elizabeth’s presentation, during ‘break’ time and after the presentation.

  • No supplies necessary for this program.

We have a fabulous line-up of programs in the works for year around the theme of “CAPITALS”! We'll be posting the full year of program descriptions over the summer.

For new members, our next Zero Class for Absolute Beginners(!) will be held in September (date TBC). The September & October programs require only pencil and paper, so don't panic!

Our next newsletter will be released at the August meeting, along with the latest Directory. So if you haven't renewed yet, please do so ASAP! We look forward to welcoming you back!