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Cover photos by Beth Morton, to learn more about
these books; be sure to attend the upcoming mini!

Thoughts from the President

What a great February General Meeting! We had a wonderful turnout- so many new faces and long term members. Thanks to Beth Morton for presenting a fun and interesting introduction to Greek Letters.

Jill Adams has graciously given a bequest of many of her calligraphy tools, books and other supplies to the Guild along with four works of art. The first bin of supplies was available for a donation at the February meeting. We will have a second bin of supplies available (for a donation) at the March meeting, as well as a silent auction to sell the four works of art. There are photos of them in this newsletter. Proceeds from these sales will be donated to the SACG treasurer’s balance on Jill’s behalf. For those of you who knew Jill, a lovely item of hers is a great remembrance.
The SACG Exhibit can be viewed at the Parman Library on Wilderness Oak; it will be up until the 26thof February. There are many awesome works of calligraphic art submitted by our members. Don’t miss it!

Karen Fridlund
President, SACG

Recent Happenings!

January Mini Workshop

The Guild made Valentine's Day Cards for the Battered Women's Shelter
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General Meeting - February 2019

Many people came to participate in a hands-on class, It’s All Greek to me! Beth Morton shared how to incorporate Greek words & “Greek style” into our lettering.
The hands-on class was led by Beth Morton. She also had an early-bird, where we practiced copying Greek words.
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*Click on any of the above titles to see more photos from the event!

Calendar At-A-Glance

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 Alcohol Inks
Presented by Natalie Fowler
Discovery School Butterfly Building

April 4th
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
General Meeting: Movie night!
Join us for a showing of "Gold Beaters"!
Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap
April 18th
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Mini Workshop: Rotunda, a Calligraphic Hand
with Joan Schmitz
Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap

Upcoming Events!

General Meeting - March 2019

Early Bird Title: Display of Oriental books and Art and Painting Demo with Maggie Gillikin

Business Meeting Topic: Paul Freeman Nominees Introduction and Voting

Program: Japanese Lettering and Mark Making - Hands On with Maggie Gillikin

Come and enjoy an evening’s journey to the Island of Japan and its neighbors through culture, art, language, and writing. We’ll travel through the typical tools in 2 hands-on experiences of the alphabet and also painting. Come and delight in the richness of another part of our planet Earth.

An Oriental brush, if you have one - any size, pointed….
All other supplies will be provided - there are some brushes to share as well…

Silent Auction of Jill Adams’ art for the March General Meeting
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Mini Workshop - March 2019

Mini Workshop: 7-9 PM
Workshop Title: Triangle Book
Workshop Presenter: Beth Morton

Come and learn how to make this folded triangle book that’s really three books in one! You’ll learn how to find the starting angle for the paper and fold the text block, plan the content, cover the boards, and assemble the book!

Supply list:
Pencil and eraser
Cutting mat
Metal ruler, 12” or 18”
Exacto or scalpel with sharp blades
Decorative cover paper, 2 pieces, 7 inches square. Should be heavy enough to take glue without seeping through, but light enough to fold around the edge of a board.
Newsprint (not newspaper) for use as glue sheets
Water Container
Paper towels
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Saturday Special - March 2019

Saturday Special: March 30th 10:00am - 4:00pm at Discovery School - Butterfly Room

Workshop: Working with Alcohol Inks with Natalie Fowler

Cost: $25 + Supply Fee - to sign up, email Maggie!

In this workshop we will learn a new medium that has been growing in popularity the past couple years; Alcohol Inks!

Natalie will walk us through some different ways to use and apply alcohol inks to various surfaces and will be teaching us how to create this amazing accordion/tunnel book!
Supply List:
  • 3-4 Colors of Alcohol Inks
  • Cutting Mat with Scissors or Scalpel
  • Paper towels
  • Gloves
  • Face mask (if sensitive to fumes)
  • Additional cash to purchase take home supplies if wanted
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Other News!

Paul Freeman Awards!

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.


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!
Pamela Paulsrud 2019 flyer
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.