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, February 5, 2020 @ 6:30pm

Social time: 6pm. Q&A in the lobby outside classroom @ 5:30pm.

Folded Pens

Presented by Elizabeth McKee and friends

folded pens

February’s program is brought to you by the folded pen!

The folded pen is a relatively new tool in the calligrapher's kit. In this program Members will demonstrate how make a folded pen out of a aluminum flashing and learn basic strokes they can make using their new tool.

You will need to bring:

  • A wooden pencil that you wish to convert into a pen OR chopstick OR 6" piece of 3/8" dowel
  • Tin snips if you have them
  • Seat cushion (optional)

Registration opens for our April 2020 workshop with Mike Gold at our February 5 meeting. Remember to bring your deposit check and Registration Rorm to the meeting.


Latest Newsletter

Back issues are available for download on our Newsletter page.

Download Screen Res PDF2019–4 (December)

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This issue wishes a fond farewell to Newsletter Editor Julie Gray as she leaves NM to move closer to family. We’ll miss your superior calligraphic entries in our Exhibits and at the NM State Fair, and your generous help over all these years.

  • 2019 NewMexico State Fair Gallery
  • Workshop Review: Pointed Pen – Lee Ann Clark
  • Show at the South Broadway Library
  • Copyright Information (courtesy of The Calligraphers Recipe Book)


New Mexico State Fair 2019

The New Mexico State Fair is held at Expo New Mexico
September 5 – 15, 2019


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.

View Slideshow of the 2019 entries on our Flickr account.


2019 Weathergrams Installation

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

In conjunction with local poets, each year Escribiente members calligraph dozens of Weathergrams that are hung on trees around the Open Space Visitor Center grounds as a temporary art installation. Images from 2019 installation are included in the 2019-03 Newsletter. (View Photo Album on Facebook for the 2018 event.)

As a fundraiser during the Poets Picnic event, our members volunteer to write custom weathergrams for attendees. Also, in conjunction with LIBROS Book Arts group, our members provided original artwork that was included in a handmade poetry chapbook. Artwork for 2019 chapbook (shown below) was provided by Julie Gray, Caryl McHarney, Esther Feske, Janice Gabel and Trish Meyer.

All proceeds from the event benefit 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.