Flourishes - Feb 2018 Cover

Thoughts From the President

Have you heard? New year, new members. Our Guild is stronger than ever!

If you were at our January meeting, you saw about a half-dozen new, fresh faces. Those are the faces of the people who heard about our Guild through our website, adult-ed classes, social media or having been invited by someone who is already a member. Several people just came to check it out, and joined that night. Membership Chair Extraordinaire, Fernando Casillas, told me that we have over 90 members today. I take great pleasure in knowing that we are a growing group. In addition, it’s great to see more diversity in our membership: members range in age from 12 to 90; we have many ethnic backgrounds; international members; experience levels; and artistic interests. What a rich tapestry to draw from!

I know we can’t be everything to everyone, but it is my pledge that we will grow and change willingly to meet the interests of as many members as possible. Our Board members and committee chairs are genuinely interested in providing a wide range of activities while keeping our focus on the art of calligraphy.

But, that can only be possible with every members’ feedback. I highly encourage you to volunteer for opportunities when asked (or seek them out yourself). Also, speak up in meetings and workshops, or engage on line through our website. Our beautiful website has places to read articles; share ideas; ask questions and post your work. It’s this type of member engagement that will keep our Guild strong and relevant to as many as possible.

Here’s to a great 2018!
Suzan Sig

Recent Happenings and Other News!

January General Meeting

Photos from our Janyary program, Lively Romans, presented by Beth Morton!
After learning about how to relax and make Romans more fun, someone said it was going to be a life changer for them, because they no longer hated writing in the Roman Hand!
One of Beth's Examples, on the inspiration table.
Pressurized and mondernized Romans by Beth Morton

Envelope Exchange

SACG members who wish to sign up for the Envelope Exchange will be able to do so at the February 1st meeting. The program will run in March, April and May and we will ask participants to display their envelopes at the June potluck. In the past, participants have created three (3) envelopes per month for a total of nine (9). It is a fun way to create something lovely that doesn’t take a huge amount of time. More information about the program will be given at the meeting. I encourage you to sign up for the program; those who have participated in it have thoroughly enjoyed it.

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


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


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 15th

-- 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mini Workshop: Art Dolls with Lenora Jordan

-- Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap

Upcoming Events

General Meeting - Movie Night: "The Illuminator"

Early Bird: Display of Books about the St. John's Bible, 6:30 PM

Program: Movie Night: "The Illuminator" with Leslie Winakur, 7:00 PM

The Illuminator is a film about the making of the beautifucl St. John's Bible. Though many of us have seen some of the pages from this incredible book, this film will enable us to have a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the St. John's Bible. We will see how Donald Jackson and his staff of calligraphers and artists used traditional techniques and modern methods to create this 20th-21st centuray manuscript Bible.
Though Donald Jackson is the Artistic Director and Illuminator, many others have contributed to this monumental project. This is an opportunity to see some of the work that went into the making of the St. John’s Bible.

Join us for MOVIE NIGHT. You will be glad you did. Leslie Winakur will facilitate the showing of this movie and as usual our members will provide appropriate “movie snacks.”

Mini Workshop - Slit and Slide Book, with Fay Lee

Slit & Slide Book. Folded pages, no sewing! Mark your calendar for this fun book workshop. Fay Lee will teach us how to make this unusual “Slit & Slide” book. This is a book anyone can make so join us. You definitely will be pleased with your results. Supplies: Pencil Metal Ruler Xacto Knife Cutting Mat Bone Folder Paper: 9 …

Major Workshop - Contemporary Pointed Pen with James Farrell

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!
In 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!
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.