Jan Flourishes Cover
Cover art by Bonnie Houser

Thoughts from the President

Happy New Year! We start 2019 on a very positive note- we have a strong and growing membership, we are in a very sound financial position and we have excellent participation in our workshops, mini workshops and general meetings. More people are bringing their artwork to share and I strongly encourage you to continue to do so. Everyone enjoys seeing what other calligraphers are doing!

Next month, we have two events in the community – our exhibit at the Parmen Library, which begins on the 3rdof February and the Pony Express Valentine project at the Brisco Museum, which runs from February 1-12. The Exhibit Opening Reception is on Saturday the 9thof February- please come and support our exhibitors. And if you come bearing cookies- even better! We have supported the Brisco Museum’s Valentine project for several years. Members who have addressed the envelopes have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Sign up sheets will be available at the mini workshop on Thursday the 17th of Jan. You can sign up for as many or as few hours as you like. Let’s continue to support one of San Antonio’s truly unique museums.

Karen Fridlund

Recent Happenings!

General Meeting - January 2019

Leslie led the Early Bird/Hands on: Zoom in on your Mark Making.

She brought various pens, brushes & inks for play! Some amazing art was produced through free play, as you can see!

We also had a share table where members were able to showcase new ideas and mediums!
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*Click on any of the above titles to see more photos from the event!

Calendar At-A-Glance

February 7th
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Early Bird: It's all Greek to Me! with Beth Morton
General Meeting: My Big Fat Greek Alphabet with Beth Morton
Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap
February 21
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Mini Workshop: A Beautiful Basic Book
Presented by Becky Hughes
Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap

March 7th
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Early Bird/Hands On: Display of Oriental Books and Art
and Painting Demo with Maggie Gillikin
General Meeting: Japanese Lettering and Mark Making
Hands on with Maggie Gillikin.
Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap
March 21st
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Mini Workshop: Triangle Book Presented by Beth Morton
Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap
March 30th
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday Special: Working with Alcoholin Inks
Presented by Natalie Fowler
Discovery School Butterfly Building

Upcoming Events!

General Meeting - February 2019

General Meeting: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Parish Hall

Early Bird Title: It’s all Greek to Me!

Early Bird Lead: Beth Morton

Program Title: My Big Fat Greek Alphabet

Program Presenter: Beth Morton

Business Meeting Topic:

Get 1 Nominating Committee volunteer from membership.

Sign up for Envelope Exchange for March, April, May.

Sign up to do envelopes at the Briscoe.

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Winter Exhibit

The SACG Winter Exhibit will be held at the Parman Library at Stone Oak from February 3-25, 2019. The address is 20735 Wilderness Oak SATX. The opening reception will be Saturday the 9th of February from 2-4 PM. We need volunteers to bring cookies and snacks for the reception. Exhibitors may turn in their artwork for the exhibit at the Mini Workshop on the 17thof January. Exhibit forms will be available for you at that time. Many thanks to Denise Cavanaugh (and husband Jim!) for setting this up for us. Contact Denise for more information.

Mini Workshop - February 2019

A Beautiful Basic Book
Presented by Becky Hughes

Follow a few simple instructions and you can create a beautiful book with an elegant hand-made envelope. The best part is this can be the starting point for you to use your creativity to make more intricate books of any shape or size using these same steps.

You will receive materials for a book cover, endpapers, Arches test wove for content, and a custom envelope along with bookbinding thread.

Bring a pencil, scissors, and a 12-inch ruler. If you have an awl and a bone folder, bring those too. We will have some to share.

Other News!

Paul Freeman Nominations!

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 2019 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 here to download the nomination form!


SACG Major Workshop: "Life Lines" by Pamela Paulsrud

When: May 4-5, 2019
Where: Discovery School
What Time: 9 AM - 5 PM each day

We are very excited to host Pamela Paulsrud for this major workshop. Pam is a well accomplished and prolific calligraphic artist whose experience is far too extensive to be listed here. She is also a warm, thoughtful, insightful instructor who gets the best out of every student. Following is her description of her Life Lines workshop.

Sign-up begins at the February General Meeting, February 7, 2019.

Cost: $135. Your check holds your space. We will not cash your check until after the class takes place. We understand that “life happens.” If you need to cancel, your check will be returned up to 2 weeks before class time. After that time, we will be unable to refund your payment unless someone else replaces you in the class.

The supply list will be distributed to the class after sign-up is complete.

Pam will also present the program on Thursday, May 2, and her lecture will be wonderful. So even if you are unable to take part in the workshop, be sure to mark the meeting date as special and not to be missed!
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.