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.

Weds, November 6, 2019 @ 6:30pm

(Q&A in lobby 5:30pm; social time 6pm)

Calligraphy with the #2 Pencil

with Patty Hammarstedt

November’s program is brought to you by the #2 pencil!

The ubiquitous # 2 pencil is an ideal pointed tool with which to practice and perfect flourishes as it can move freely across paper without ‘drag’. And, for a growing number of calligraphers this is the preferred writing implement for their fine artwork.

In this program Patty Hammarstedt will demonstrate how to use flourishes to add emphasis and sophistication to calligraphic letter forms.  Members will learn the components of successful flourishes and simple practice techniques to help achieve successful flourishing. The holidays are fast approaching so why not add a bit of elegance to your holiday cards and letters! More details and supply list...


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.


Latest Newsletter

Back issues are available for download on our Newsletter page.

Download Screen Res PDF2019–3 (August)

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  • Helvetica Gets a Face-Lift
  • Beth House's Classes & Graceful Envelope
  • Member Gallery, new Board of Directors
  • The Art of Haiku show at Open Space Visitor Center
  • Weathergrams at Open Space Visitor Center
  • Workshop Review: Pointed Pen with Bill Kemp (Ghost Ranch)
  • Workshop Review: Have Sketchbook, Will Travel with Janet Takahashi (Ghost Ranch)
  • Workshop Review: Monoline with Barbara Close (Ghost Ranch)
  • A Scramble to Transcribe Historic Documents before we forget Cursive
  • Strange Facts about Symbols you see everywhere
  • Techniques for Lettering, This and That, and more!


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.