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This is an image of Pamela Paulsrud’s Treewhispers installation.
It will be the subject of her lecture at the upcoming meeting.

Thoughts From the President

There are many pluses to living in San Antonio- the mild weather, the small town feel with big city amenities, and the wide variety of cultural events offered here. Brian Zampler recently mentioned that the PBS Antiques Roadshow will be filming at the McNay Museum in San Antonio this summer. It prompted me to Google San Antonio’s museums and I was blown away by just how many and how varied are the museums the city offers. One of my favorites is the McNay. The building itself is a work of art and their exhibits are eclectic and frequently, unusual. Its current exhibit, “American Dreams” - running through May 19- features 10 classic cars and Postwar paintings. Another delightful way to spend an afternoon is at the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA). Their current exhibit is “Capturing the Moment” showing five decades of photography. It runs through May 12th. SAMA also features a restaurant “Tre Trattoria”, plus a delightful gift shop. You may also wish to check out the Witte Museum. Beginning the 4thof May, they will be exhibiting “The Art of Texas- 250 years”. Don’t wait until friends come to visit to scope out San Antonio’s museums. Treat yourself to the inspiration to be found in these San Antonio treasures.

Karen Fridlund

Recent Happenings

Mini Workshop - March 2019

Beth was our excellent instructor. Here, she shows one of the three ways the book can be opened and displayed. Student covered the equilateral triangle book covers with their decorative paper. We found out that 3-cornered covers are harder than 4-cornered book covers! Everyone did a great job covering their triangle books. Students had to fold a long strip of paper very carefully, for it to fit in the triangle covers. With proper folding technique, the book can be opened 3 different ways, which Beth was able to demonstrate for everyone!

Below are some pictures from the mini and some examples of the students' work!
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Saturday Special - March 2019

March's Saturday Special was an accordion style tunnel book using Alcohol Inks!

Natalie taught us different techniques to create art with Alcohol inks on Yupo and Dural-Lar. Each student got a chance to practice before creating their book. Each book was made up of 4 framed ink pieces done on Dura-Lar assembled as an accordion. The books can be enjoyed opened or closed. The entire class seemed to really enjoy creating their new books and learning the new art medium.
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General Meeting - April 2019

This month's meeting was movie night, the Guild was treated to a showing of "Gold Beaters" where we learned the process of creating gold for use in art. Our Early Bird was led by Maggie Gillikin who talked about 23 carat gold gilding and gave examples of gilding with various member's artwork. During our Meeting, before the movie, Laura herold reported on our spring exhibit at Carver Center with reception on May 1, the deadline for getting work to Laura is April 28. We also had the share table open for member art work.
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*Click on any of the above titles to see more photos from the event!

Calendar At-A-Glance

May 2nd
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Early Bird and General Meeting:
The Adventures of Treewhispers in U.A.E.
with Pamela Paulsrud
Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap
May 4-5, 2019
9 AM - 5 PM each day
Major Workshop: "Life Lines" by Pamela Paulsrud
Discovery School
May 16th
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Mini Workshop: "Rotunda, a Calligraphic Hand" with Joan Schmitz
Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap

June 6th
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Potluck Dinner & Art Display
Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap
June 20th
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Mini Wokshop: "Inchies" with Lynn Rothe
Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap

Upcoming Events!

General Meeting - May 2019

General Meeting: May 2nd, 2019 6:30-9:00pm, Parish Hall

Early Bird and Program: The Adventures of Treewhispers in U.A.E. with Pamela Paulsrud
Pamela will be sharing stories and images of the Treewhispers project (www.treewhispers.com) which was invited to travel to the United Arab Emirates twice 3 years ago. The installation of handmade paper with stories, art, and poetry relating to trees was exhibited in the 2016 Sharjah* 7th Calligraphy Biennial. Through predominantly Arabic Calligraphy from contemporary artists across the Islamic world, there were over 206 calligraphy artists taking part, including other calligraphy masters of different cultures and traditions, totaling 683 works.
A return visit was made only months later to teach paper making primarily to children at the Sharjah International Book Fair—an 11-day literary carnival with over 1500 publishing houses participating from 64 countries and attracting over 1.4 million visitors from all over the world.

Pamela will share her amazing images of the installation and discuss the wonderful reception her artwork received.

For our Early Bird presentation, Pamela will be bring some of her work for show and sale.
*Sharjah is the neighboring state of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Business Meeting Topics: Elect Officers and At-Large Members, Present Paul Freeman Award winners, Women’s Shelter Donations will be collected in June at the pot luck, bring envelopes and Art to display.

Reminder: Membership renewal deadline is June 30th

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Major Workshop - May 2019

"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!
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Mini Workshop - May 2019

Mini Workshop: May 16th, 2019, 7:00-9:00pm, Parish Hall

The Mini Workshop on May 16, 2019, will be presented by Joan Schmitz. She will teach Rotunda, a hand from 15th century Europe.
There is no supply list, since Joan is graciously supplying all necessary materials!

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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.