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Thoughts From the President

I couldn’t sleep after our last board meeting. No panic or concern; just the opposite. As I played back the discussions in my head, I was—once again--so favorably impressed and grateful for all the work that the SACG Board and the Committee Chairs are doing.

Our membership is up, thanks in no small way to our charming and conscientious chairperson. We have a new and exciting venue to exhibit the talent of our members; it came about because of dogged marketing. Our minis and monthly programs are running like clockwork due to good planning and follow through. Our treasury is penny-tight, and our meeting documentation is second to none. We have a beautiful website designed and maintained by one of our own. International calligraphers jump at the chance to teach in San Antonio because of our reputation for scholarship and hospitality (Question: how many times can one person show the Alamo and then go enthusiastically for BBQ a-gain?).
It takes a lot of work to keep our Guild running. I can say with pride that everyone who volunteered for a position has embraced his or her job with skill and creativity. Yes, this is a downright clever bunch, and it is a pleasure to work with them.

Your grateful president,
Suzan Sig

Recent Happenings and Other News!

January 2018, Mini Workshop

This January, Guild members participated in creating some amazing Valentines Day Cards to donate to the Women's Shelter. Here are some images of members having fun with their creations!

February 2018, General Meeting

For January's Meeting, there was a Volume of the Saint John’s Bible on display. Monica Brooks explained the guild’s participation in the Pony Express program at the Briscoe Western Museum. President, Suzan O’Connor lead the business meeting, before the viewing of “The Illuminator”, a fascinating movie about the making of the Saint John’s Bible. Here are images from the day and of some books that were on display before the movie.
Do you want to learn more about the St. John's Bible?
The San Antonio Sacred Heart Alumnae Association will be meeting on Monday 26 March at the National Archives of the Marianist Province of the United States (NAMPUS) located at 3141 Culebra on the St. Mary's University.

A lecture will be given by Robert O'Connor from the university's Department of Theology on the Saint John's Bible. Bob will bring two volumes of the Heritage Edition (all 7 volumes are owned by the university) for the audience to peruse.

The lecture and meeting are scheduled for 2 pm. There is a large parking lot managed by NAMPUS with 28 slots. For further information, please contact Mary E. Kenney, MArianist Province Archivist, at 210-436-3329.

The SACG Volunteers at the Briscoe Western Museum!

Below are a few photos of Volunteer Guild members as they address envelopes for museum patrons’ Pony Express Love Letters.

*Click on any of the above titles to see more photos from the event!

Calendar At-A-Glance


March 1st

-- 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Early Bird and Program: Pointed Pen Art with James Ferrell, Preceded by his Display and Sale for the Early Bird!

-- Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap

March 3rd-4th

-- Major Workshop: Contemporary Pointed Pen Art, with James Ferrell

-- Discovery School

March 15th

-- 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mini Workshop: Art Dolls with Lenora Jordan

-- Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap


April 5th

-- 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Early Bird and Program: Hands On: Sticks that Write, with Maggie Gillikin

-- Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap

April 19th

-- 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mini Workshop: Another Hand, with Joan Schmitz

-- Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap

Upcoming Events

General Meeting - Pointed Pen Art, with James Farrell

James Ferrell 2
March 1st - Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hal, 510 Belknap

Early Bird: Display and Sale of Work by James Farrell, 6:30 PM

Program: Pointed Pen Art, with James Farrell, 7:00 PM

Major Workshop - Contemporary Pointed Pen with James Farrell

March 3rd - 4th at Discovery School
In his own words:

I’m James Farrell. My nickname Fazz comes from school, where Fazz was short for Farrell, and it was whilst at school at around age 8 or 9 that I discovered and began to teach myself calligraphy. I studied Mechanical Engineering and passed with distinction in 2002. After working in various fields, I found the pointed pen around 7 years ago and began putting all of my learned skill in Engineering, love of music and physics and science in general into coming up with new and contemporary forms of pointed pen, after first learning the Standard Models of Spencerian, Duntonian, and all forms of Round Hand.

Around 4 years ago, I was invited to teach for the first time in Turin, Italy, by a member of the Turin Calligraphy Association, Paola, who later became my wife. After this initial class, I began to promote my work more and make it available for all interested in calligraphy. I contacted many groups who then invited me to teach. And to this day that is a large part of my life and probably the most important aspect on the subject of calligraphy for my wife and indeed myself. My intention is to learn more myself, and to help others learn, and I think that this is a rather wonderful and noble thing to do! Enjoyable also!

my spare time, I produce works of art around the subjects that interest me the most, largely being science, the natural world, music, and so on. All of my works are for sale in their original form. I do accept commissions, but I prefer, for fun really, just to play music, write whatever comes to mind, and play with colors. We are on this earth to have fun - remember that!

Mini Workshop - Art Dolls, with Lenora Jordan

March 15th - Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hal, 510 Belknap

Art Dolls, with Lenora Jordan
There is a basic list of supplies for most SACG workshops. Check the Calendar for additional supplies required for specific workshops. If you need help understanding something on the list, ask an established member. They'll be happy to help!

Join Us!

The San Antonio Calligraphers’ Guild meets on the first Thursday of the month, September through June, at 7:00PM in the Parish Hall of Christ Episcopal Church, 510 Belknap Place. An “Early Bird” Program begins at 6:30PM followed by a business meeting and program. Membership in the Guild is open to all who are interested. The dues are $24.00 annually to cover the period from July 1st through June 30th of each year. Secondary memberships are $12.00 for each family members. Visitors are welcome and may attend two meetings before paying membership dues.