January Cover Art

Thoughts From the President

In one of our "Calligraphic Expressions" Classes, Jim Dobbs posed an interesting question: "What is the difference between calligraphy and art?" We had a lively discussion, and I have been thinking about it for a while. Leslie Winakur explained the continuum of classical calligraphy and modern art, with the calligraphic art being somewhere in the middle.
Calligraphy Ven Diagram
I think there is much to be admired in “classical calligraphy.” The precision and gracefulness of beautifully-penned letters is a stand-alone art. Calligrapher Margaret Shepherd wrote:

Letters on the page can be anything. They don’t need the help of drawings or ornaments; they’re powerful all by themselves in the hands of calligraphers who add depth to them.

On the other end of the spectrum, “mark-making” is just not same as calligraphy to me. That is too low a bar and should be left to abstract art if it contains no variation of letters or words; legible or not.
Somewhere in the center of the continuum is the art form that, for me, has the most power: it conveys both an artistic image and the connotation of word(s).

I’d love to hear what other artistic voices have to say about this topic. Let me know.

Happy holidays,
Suzan Sig

Recent Happenings and Other News!

Holiday Potluck 2017

Images from the 2017 Holiday Potluck! We had amazing food, amazing people, and even some amazing weather!!

2018 Paul Freeman Award Nominations are Still 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


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

-- 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mini Workshop: Valentine Cards for the Women's Shelter

-- Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap


February 1st

-- 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Early Bird and Program: "The Illuminator" with Leslie Winakur

-- Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap

February 8th

-- 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mini Workshop: Slip and Slide Book with Faye Lee

-- Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap

Upcoming Events

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.