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Thoughts From the President

What a wonderful presentation on Architecture and Calligraphic Art we were treated to at our Thursday meeting! Thank you, Suzan. It reminded me that we, too, live in a beautiful city with many beautiful old buildings which may (or may not) have cornerstones and calligraphic letters carved into stone. Calligraphic art can also be seen in many of the old tiled gates and tiled signage in the city. We have many funky neighborhoods which have funky business signs as well as graffiti which are visually delightful. Calligraphy is all around us- we just have to open our eyes to look for it.

Every year the Southwest Calligraphy Conference (SWCC) gets together to compare notes on programs/activities that are highly successful for their guild. Currently, there are seven guilds active in the SWCC, and a possible eighth being formed next year in Georgetown, TX. Our Guild is hosting the event next year in January 2019 in Grand Prairie, TX., the most central location for all the participating guilds. We have a committee of six now working on the nuts and bolts of planning the program and coordinating the administrative details. Past participants from our guild have found the exchange of ideas extremely valuable.

Last, I would encourage those of you who have been members for 2 years, to consider using the Scholarship program to assist in the cost of a workshop that you would like to attend. Bonnie Hauser has been very ably managing the program for us, so if interested, talk to Bonnie. The program is, by design, strictly confidential. Only two people, you and Bonnie, know you are a participant. This is a perk for all members, so please consider using it.
We are all very lucky to be in such a vibrant, collegial Guild. Once again, if you have any comments or suggestions, please bring it up to me or any of the board members.

Karen Fridlund-President

Recent Happenings!

Mini Workshop - September 2018

Maggie showed The Guild all the possibilities of using a pointed pen!

In the photos you can see that pointed pen can be used to make decorations, such as this Christmas tree & Lombardic capitals. In another photo you can see how Maggie uses a 100% cotton photography glove, to keep oils from her writing hand off the paper. She cuts the tips off the fingers of the glove, so she can grip the pen.
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October 2018 Meeting

Suzan O’Connor presented the program Calligraphy and Architecture

The family of Lenora Jordan attended. Lenora was commemorated with a book to the SACG library and her President’s Book became part of the library’s collection.
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*Click on any of the above titles to see more photos from the event!

Calendar At-A-Glance

November 1st
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Early Bird: Display and Discussion of Sketchbooks as Inspiration
General Meeting: Finding Inspiration in the Ordinary
Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap
November 10th and 11th
Major Workshop: Taking a Broadside from Start to Finish
with Maggie Gillikin and Leslie Winakur
No Mini Workshop or Board Meeting in November

December 6th
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Holiday Potluck!
We'll also be collecting for the Battered Women's Shelter
Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap
No Mini Workshop or Board Meeting in December

Upcoming Events!

General Meeting - November 2018

Program: Finding Inspiration in the Ordinary with Maggie Gillikin and Leslie Winakur.

Early Bird: Display and discussion of our sketchbooks and discuss how our drawings, sketches, doodles, etc., may turn into more formal artwork.

Business Meeting Topic: Donations for Battered Women's Shelter.

During the program we will talk about where we find inspiration for art in the world immediately around us, and in our sketchbooks. One need not travel far and wide to find ideas and inspiration for art. Join us for the evening, and then maybe go out and find inspiration in and around your home, too.

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Major Workshop - November 2018

Taking a Broadside from start to finish with Maggie Gillikin and Leslie Winakur.

A broadside is a work that we hang on the wall, usually framed. The term comes from older times when advertising flyers and posters were hung on the broad side of a building. We plan to start with the germ of an idea for a piece, then progress to the development of that idea into a completely finished piece of calligraphic art. We will consider composition and design as well as appropriate forms of lettering, choosing colors, and blending the foreground and background into an integrated work of art. We’ll also consider the presentation of the finished piece, framing, etc.

This class is for all levels, brand new members and veterans alike.

Class fee: $100.
The class is currently full but we know that “life happens”, so we will put names on a waiting list if anyone is interested.
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Other News!

Learning Opportunity!

Reggie Ezell has retired from teaching his year long classes, which were the beginnings of many a skilled calligrapher. Although those classes are no longer available, he is now teaching online for anyone who is interested. I have tried the platform he is using, and it works very well. So I can personally recommend this system to anyone who wants calligraphy classes but needs a very flexible schedule.
These are the ACTIVE links!:
“This is How it Works”
“How to Register for Zoom on Computer and Smartphone”
“Set Up for Calligraphy Zoom Meeting”
Course Descriptions

Battered Women's Shelter Collection

At The Guild’s annual potluck in December, we have the first of two annual collections in support of the San Antonio Battered Women’s Shelter. Our December collection supports the Reconnecting Youth Program, which makes sure the children have the clothing, supplies and support they need to return to school. In support of this program we ask for donations of $10 gift cards to GAP, Old Navy, Target, Banana Republic, WalMart, etc. These will be distributed as gifts at the annual Christmas party. These are children of battered parents who have dropped out of school due to circumstances related to their abusive home environment. Teenagers are largely underserved in most programs and our $10 gift cards go a long way. Knowing we think of them restores their hope as they reconnect to what remains of their childhood.

Any and all canned goods are appreciated for the transitioning family food bank since children will be out of school in December. The Transition Program supports the women leaving/graduating the shelter as they learn job skills and transition into the job market.

Of course, any and all household items, new undergarments of any size (adult female and children of all sizes are served-grab a variety), gently used clothing (women, children & teens), and toiletries are always needed. These women often show up with their children and nothing but the clothes they are wearing. Text or call me with any questions about items for donation.

Collection is December 6.
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.