*Cover art by Maggie Gillikin

Thoughts From the President

As I was filling out the Guild’s application to become a legally recognized non-profit organization, I thought about our name: “SA Calligraphers’ Guild”. Not “Calligraphers’ Association” or “Calligraphers’ Society.’ That got me interested in the true definition of a “guild.”

I read up on it a bit and discovered that guilds originated in medieval times, and were an important part of city and town life. Guilds came about when artisans engaged in the same occupation formed associations to protect their members and the ensure quality of their craft. Guilds were synonymous with civic responsibility. They provided funeral expenses and aid to poorer members; dowries for poor girls; covered members with a type of health insurance and provided for the care of the sick; watched over the morals of the members who engaged in gambling (!); and were very important for their contribution to Western lay education.

Aside from watching over those gamblers, I’m proud to say that the spirit of those original guilds still dwells with us. We regularly donate to those in need; we provide scholarships; we mentor and educate; we promote the highest standards in our craft; and perhaps most importantly, we band together to help fellow members when ever we’re called upon. It’s a fine heritage we have, folks.

Let’s keep up our efforts.
Suzan O’Connor
President, SACG

Recent Happenings and Other News!

November 2017, General Meeting

At the November meeting, State Representative Diego Bernal presented the Guild with a formal State of Texas Resolution. Rep. Bernal read the entire resolution, which stated the Guild was a “notable organization” whose members have demonstrated a “strong commitment to the arts and to improving the quality of life in the Alamo City.” Representative Bernal also commended our organization for being an outstanding example of civic engagement.
Our Guild was recognized for work we do in the community
It's special to be recognized!
During our General Meeting and Early Bird we explored the world of gold!

All that Glitters, presented by Leslie Winakur, had Guild Members testing out new and different ways to add gold to their artwork! Members learned traditional and nontraditional gold work, from the authentic stuff to faux; there were paints, foils, inks, pens, markers, and even a bit of real gold!

Leslie led an amazing program and gave our members a great reference tool to utilize!
Gold is fun!
Leslie Winakur did a fabulous program on using gold, both real and faux. Much preparation went into the program.

2018 Paul Freeman Award Nominations are Open!

It’s that time again! The Paul Freeman Awards, “ABCdarian” and the “New Spencerian” framed works, plus two other framed pieces, are presented each year to members voted by the membership as dedicated members who have contributed the most effort to benefit the Guild during the past year. Award winners may hang the framed works of art in their homes for one year.

Nominations for the 2018 awards are due no later than the February SAGC General Meeting. The list of nominees will be introduced at the March meeting and names will appear in the March and April Flourishes. Balloting will take place at the April SACG meeting and awards will be presented at the May SACG meeting. The nomination form is found below, and will also be available at the January and February General Meetings.

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

Calendar At-A-Glance


December 7th

-6:30 PM - 9:00 PM -- Holiday Potluck

-- Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap


-There will be no Mini Workshop or Board Meeting in November or December


January 4th

-- 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Early Bird and Program: Lovely Romans, Presented by Beth Morton

-- Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap

January 18th

-- 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Mini Workshop: Valentine Cards for the Women's Shelter

-- Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap

Upcoming Events

December 2017

Holiday Potluck

This is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends, meet new members and share a meal.
There will be a SHARE TABLE so bring works that you would like to show other members. Bring a dish to share and join us for the fun!

We would all like to see things that were begun in workshops or that you did on your own. If there is a particular piece from your Secret Pal that you think would make an interesting future workshop, bring it. The best ideas come from our members.

*SACG will also be collecting donations for the local Battered Women’s Shelter at the December General Meeting/Potluck Dinner. Here are a few items that you may consider brininging:
  • $10 Target, Wal-Mart, or other retailer gift cards for their gift exchange.
  • Non-perishable holiday food items to provide holiday food baskets for transitioning families.
  • Diapers, new underwear, socks of various sizes for adult women, boys, and girls to help meet the need that always seems to increase around the holidays.
Member Brian Zampier's creative pot luck dish
January 2017

General Meeting - Lively Romans, with Beth Morton

Intimidated by Romans?

Come and learn a simple variation on Romans taught by Beth Morton.

You'll get a chance to see some examples and play with your own variations.
Early Bird:
Inspiring Hands with Lynn Rothe -- 6:30 PM

Lively Romans with Beth Morton -- 7:00 PM

Mini Workshop - Valentine Cards for the Women's Shelter

The Guild will be making Valentine Cards for The Women's Shelter!
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.