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Thoughts From the President

Well, this will be my final newsletter editor as the SACG president. It has been an honor to try and give back even a little of what the guild has given me. When I participated in the 40th Anniversary planning committee a few years back, I got to know some of the more senior members of the guild, and to see how far this remarkable organization has come since its inception. My term was just a blip in this remarkable, unfolding story.

I need to offer one last thank you to our outstanding Board and Committee Chairs for their dedication, talent and creativity. Each of them has put a unique stamp on our story, and I am truly privileged to have worked with them.

A new Board and Executive Committee will be inducted at the June pot luck dinner. Please join us to welcome them in their new and continuing roles. We’ve only just begun.

All the best,
Suzan Sig

Recent Happenings!

General Meeting - May 2018 - A Retrospective of Bro. Brian Zampier

So many things happened at our General Meeting in May!

Brian Zampier did a great, and humorous retrospective of his artwork and to top it all off, he juggled for us too!

Can you say prolific? Below are just a few pieces of his art, and journals, shown by Brian Zampier, during his retrospective. Works also included Brian’s needle-felted alphabet and some of his sculptures made using a plasma cutter.

Paul Freeman Awards were presented as well as a Lifetime Membership Award to Leslie Winakur and Maggie Gillikin. The handmade boxes presented to them contained handmade art from the members!

Side note: Don't forget to turn in our membership forms and dues! Fernando, our Membership Chair made it a point to “demonstrate” how he will “squeeze” the members who have not turned in their documents!

Mini Workshop - April 2018 Carolingian Hand

Joan Schmitz did a fabulous lesson, teaching the Carolingian hand! Joan also taught the history of the Carolingian hand and how and why it was developed. Carolingian hand consists of only minuscule letters. It has no capital letters, so the people used what they already had, Romans or Uncials, as capital letters.

Thanks to Joan for providing all the supplies for everyone. Everyone went home with a wooden pen holder, metal nib, container of sumi ink, in addition to a folder with great handouts!

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

Calendar At-A-Glance

June 4th - 8th
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Major Workshop - Negative Space and Floral with Marina Soria
Discovery School, 222 Salem
June 7th
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Summer Potluck and Display of Member's Work
Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap
June 21st
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Mini Workshop: Lombardic Versals with Leslie Winakur
Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap

No Meeting or Mini in July

August 2nd
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Calligraphy Exchange
Christ Episcopal Church, Parsih Hall, 510 Belknap

Other News!

An Open Letter to the Members of SACG

There will never be words adequate to describe how incredibly surprised and honored we are to have been granted life time achievement awards by our beloved guild. You all went far beyond a thank you, which would certainly have been more than enough in itself. But a lifetime of free dues is wonderful, topped off by an amazing donation to the Harry Ransom Center in our honor, and culminating in all of the fabulously beautiful works of art you gave us.. .we’re still in shock!

Maggie says "merci mille fois" (thank you a thousand times over) doesn’t begin to cover it. Leslie says she’s finally stopped shaking. And we did cry - later, and in private.

You are all wonderful friends, and we are so grateful to have you in our lives. Thank you!

With love and appreciation,

Maggie and Leslie
The State of Texas recently presented a resolution honoring the San Antonio Calligraphy Guild. It was presented to the Guild by Texas Representative Diego Bernal. Our Guild began in 1976 and seeks to stimulate public interest and appreciation for the art of calligraphy. It provides free educational and vocational information for its members. The Guild has presented lectures, programs, and workshops featuring world renowned calligraphers. The Guild has played a vital role hosting such notable events as the International Lettering Arts Conference in Dallas. Several times the Guild hosted the Southwest Calligraphy Conference in San Antonio.

The Guild further benefits the San Antonio area by providing free demonstrations and exhibitions. It advocates for public education, and supports programs at local schools, universities, libraries, and museums.

Guild members have participated in children’s career day activities, art therapy for disabled veterans, and classes for senior citizens. They regularly organize fund-raising campaigns for a local shelter for abused women and children.

The Guild has demonstrated a strong commitment to the arts and to improving the quality of life in the Alamo City. Their willingness to give of their time and talents sets an outstanding example of civic engagement.

Many thanks to our Guild President Suzan O' Connor for heading up this outstanding group.

Upcoming Events!

June Major Workshop - Negative Space and Floral with Marina Soria

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We are very pleased to host a week long class with Marina Soria this summer. Marina is an accomplished and acclaimed fine artist and calligraphic artist, as well as a skilled and inspirational teacher of art, especially calligraphic art. We so enjoyed our weekend with her two years ago that we had to have more. So here we are, looking forward to an entire week with one of calligraphy’s most devoted teachers.

Marina has taught fine art, typography, graphic art, and calligraphy, all at the university level in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her goal is always to inspire her students to move forward in their artistic journey, no matter what the class subject. She accomplishes this by providing students with extensive historic background, graphic samples, in-class demonstrations, and a complete bibliography.

Summer Potluck

Enjoy an evening with your fellow calligraphers, meet our newest members and have a delicious Pot Luck meal!

Be sure to bring your envelopes from the exchange and any other work you would like to share. We have had some great workshops this year and we all would like to see your finished pieces or works in progress. We all learn from each other.

This is a perfect opportunity to catch up, so bring a dish to share and join the fun. We are pleased that Marina Soria, who is teaching the 5-day workshop, will join us.

See you there!

Mini Workshop - June 2018 - Lombardic Versals with Leslie Winakur

Decorated letters are the spice of the scribe's life. No matter how lovely the letter in a manuscritp may be, the visual interest almost always comes from the decorative versals, the larger letters that begin a verse or paragraph. These letters were the scribe's opportunity to be artistic, to doodle, to show off, and, in general, to have some fun. Please join us for an evening of creative lettering. There will be lots of samples to use for inspiration, and we will all go home with at least one lovely letter.

Supply List:
  • Pencil, eraser
  • Pigma or ZIG or other waterproof markers, black and red and any other colors you like - varied sizes, especially 03, 05, 08
  • gouache in black, ultramarine blue, and cadmium red medium, and permanent white and a small 6 well palette
  • mixing brush
  • small watercolor brushes - size 0, 1, 2, 4 - I especially like the Winsor Newton Scepter Gold II, which are usually on sale at either Herweck's or Asel Art
  • Water container
  • paper towls
  • Nikko G nib and holder
I will bring:
  • Extras of all of the above, I'm happy to share
  • paper
  • gold gouache
  • handouts
*A special thank you to Risa Gettler for helping to provide so many images of Versals!
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.