April Cover Photo

Thoughts From the President

A few weeks ago, Leslie Winakur and I attended the Southwest Calligraphy Conference in Houston. It’s an annual meeting of guild presidents and major workshop chairs from this region; it provides a forum to share and compare the year’s successes, challenges and plans. Representative attend from large guilds like Houston and Fort Worth, as well as smaller ones like Tulsa and Waco.

And then there is SACG: I am happy to report that our guild ranks at the very top of the conference. Our membership numbers are strong and growing. Our Board is organized and engaged. Chairpersons are doing a high-quality job with their programs. Even our website is being used as a model for the smaller guilds! While other groups are struggling, and a few have disbanded, the fact that we have been around for over 41 years speaks for itself.

Overall, the meeting was very worthwhile. We got some good ideas to strengthen our efforts and were able to pass on some guidance to the smaller guilds who want to grow and thrive as we have. In 2019, it will be our turn to host this conference. We have booked the most central and cost-effective location near Dallas for the end of January, and we have a planning committee. I’m sure we’ll also need volunteers to help, so watch out!

Proud to be part of SACG,
Suzan Sig

Recent Happenings and Other News!

February 2018 Mini Workshop

Slit and Slide Book presented by Fay at last months Mini Workshop!

March 2018 General Program

Pointed Pen art by Presenter James Farrell
James sharing his personal story as a calligrapher
Original Works by James Ferrell 2
James Fazz Farrell and SACG Members

March 2018 Major Workshop

On March 3-4, British calligrapher James “Fazz” Farrell presented a great major workshop entitled “Contemporary Pointed Pen”. James’ pointed pen style is a development of the classical English Round Hand and Spencerian hands. Inspired by his interests in cosmology, astrophysics and the complex polyrhythms heard in heavy metal music, James builds on the traditional strokes and shapes using specialized arm techniques. After practicing traditional penmanship exercises dating back to the late 1800s, students produced some beautiful penwork with added color and expression.

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

Calendar At-A-Glance


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


May 3rd

-- 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Early Bird and Program: Retrospective of Journals and Work by Bro. Brian Zampier preceded by his display beforehand.

-- Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap

May 17th

-- 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mini Workshop: Put THAT in your Pipette! with Lynn Rothe

-- Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap

Upcoming Events

General Meeting - Hands on: Sticks that Write, with Maggie Gillikin

April 5th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm -- Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap
Early Bird:
Enjoy trying out art tools that were used for drawing and mark making BEFORE the invention of the tool that we take for granted in the modern world: the PENCIL.

During a hands-on program come and enjoy the myriad possibilities of the POWERFUL pencil! All kinds of pencils will be available for experimentation from graphite, colored pastel, woodless, water soluble, mechanical, charcoal, and more! The history of the graphite pencil begins with a thunderstorm and lightning! Don’t miss this fun and informative evening. All tools and paper will be provided.
Nancy Culmone 2
Maggie Gillikin 1

Mini Workshop - Another Hand, with Joan Schmitz

April 19th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm -- Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap
Joan Schmitz will be teaching the hand Carolingian. She will supply all items for the class including pen nib C2 speedball.

Please sign up so that we hand an accurate count for Joan’s class!

Secret Pal Summer Fun 2018

Do you want to get surprises in the mail this summer? Do you want to send someone a surprise to brighten their day? How can you stay inspired, creative and in-touch with your fellow calligraphers, even though there is no meeting to energize you?

That’s simple – just sign up to be a SECRET PAL and let the fun begin!! The sign-up time is going on right now. The deadline is the April 5th general meeting. If you have already received your bio & questionnaire, please complete it and return it to Lynn Rothe at the April meeting. If you are signing up at the April meeting, you have until the Mini Workshop on April 19th to turn it in.

Everyone will find out who their SECRET PAL is at the May 3rd general meeting.

And Shhhhhh…NO TELLING!!

SECRET PAL is the SACG’s summer program to keep us in touch with each other, keep us inspired and our creativity amped up. During June, July and August, we make and send surprises to our SECRET PAL (anonymously – hence, the name SECRET) which can brighten their days and make them feel special. YOU will be receiving things from your SECRET PAL, too, but you won’t know who is sending to you. What fun to go to the mail box and find a treasure from a SECRET someone! And, sometimes, SECRET PALS are really sneaky and have things delivered.

It’s also fun to get together during the summer, with one or more of your SACG friends, and work on your SECRET PAL projects. It’s really a challenge, and LOTS of fun, to work on a surprise for a person sitting right there with you and they don’t even realize what you’re working on is for them!!! That has really happened before, no kidding. It’s a blast to see their faces in September when they realize what you did. Or, start a project and then pass it around to a couple of others to add to it and really fake out your SECRET PAL. That has really happened before, too!

The SEPTEMBER meeting is the SECRET PAL REVEAL when the mystery will be solved and you find out who has been sending goodies to you all summer!! Take all the treasures you’ve received over the summer to the September meeting, so they can be displayed for all to enjoy (plus take a card or small gift to thank your own SECRET PAL). Part of the fun is seeing what everyone has made and finding out about hidden talents in each of us. Many of our Mini Workshops have come from something one of us has made in SECRET PALS.

Remember, the idea is to share and have fun – no stressing out allowed!

The level of your ability is not important (honest).

Minimum required is three (3) handmade items but you are welcome to make more if you are so inspired.

Keep in mind that this summer project is to share with your fellow guild members – doing something for someone that makes them happy feels really good and it’s lots of fun!!

***** Sign up to be a SECRET PAL and get ready for the fun to start *****

Any questions or to sign up, please contact:

Lynn Rothe - 210-289-0261 – LHR1139@yahoo.com
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.