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Dragonfly Inchie
"Dragonfly Inchie"
Made by Lynn Rothe for B. J. Grant for a Secret Pal gift, 2010.
Join us at the June Mini Workshop and learn how to make your own Inchie artwork.

Thoughts From the President

What a busy General Meeting we had this month! The Paul Freeman Awards, election of our officers for the upcoming year, learning who your Secret Pal is- all capped off with a marvelous presentation by Pamela Paulsrud . Congratulations to the nominees and winners of the Paul Freeman Awards . Nominees Denise Cavanaugh, Natalie Fowler, Maggie Gillikin, Laura Herold, Beth McMahon, Suzan O’Conner, Lynn Rothe, Mary Turner, and Leslie Winikur all received handcrafted scrolls (beautifully done by Maggie and Leslie). Mary Turner, Laura Herold, Maggie Gillikin and Denise Cavanaugh all will enjoy one of the four pieces of artwork in their homes for the following year.
We are happy to welcome two new members to our board next year- Beth McMahon, Secretary and Kathy Sipes- Treasurer. Thanks to you both for volunteering to do those very important jobs. Many thanks to Carolyn Patton, who has been Treasurer for the past two years and did a wonderful job! Our finances are in great shape. I would also like to say a big “thank you” to Rosie Gonzales, who will be leaving her position as Hospitality Chair after the June potluck.
I hope to see you all at the Potluck next month. Don’t forget your items for the Battered Women’s Shelter, your artwork for the “Share Table”. Participants in the envelope exchange will also be bringing their finished decorated envelopes. Always fun! Have a wonderful summer.

Karen Fridlund

Recent Happenings

General Meeting - May 2019

At this month's meeting, our speaker, Pamela Paulsrud, did a fabulous presentation. The title of her presentation was Trees Speak in Whispers. She was also the instructor for the weekend’s major workshop.

During our meeting, we also had our announcements of the Paul Freeman Award winners. Each nominee received a lovely calligrapher scroll.
Our members enjoy the share table. The framed piece is a sample of the May Mini class. It will be making “inches”; small 1” square pieces of tiny art, put together, to make a larger piece. This framed Inchie piece was done by Lynn Rothe.

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Major Workshop - May 2019

Life Lines Workshop with Pamela Paulsrud
Pamela Paulsrud arrived in San Antonio in time for our General Meeting on May 2. She presented a program centered on her two trips to the Middle East to share her Tree Whispers Installation in an amazing calligraphy event there. We were treated to images of an incredible variety of calligraphic art in many languages, as well as excerpts from several interviews with calligraphic artists from all over the world. We all came away ready to make art!
And then on Saturday and Sunday, those who were in the Life Lines workshop had an equally inspiring experience. We began with a full sheet of Arches text wove paper, roughly drew lines to divide it tic-tac-toe style into 9 spaces, and then filled the spaces with various exercises. Some were freehand writing exercises done with both dominant and non dominant hand, some were geometric images, made with a compass and then also a straight edge. Eventually, we tore the papers down in accordance with the golden rectangle proportions, and then continued to work on them, adding more circles, lines, and color, with a variety of tools and media. The end results will give us lots to work on for many creative days ahead.
Pamela was a wonderful teacher. She teaches a process, not a specific lettering type or project. Using the inspiration of the geometry of the universe, we were encouraged to see the world through new eyes, and to create art using what we had learned to see. We will continue to learn from this class for years to come.
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Calendar At-A-Glance

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 - June 2019


6:30-9:00pm Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall

Mark your calendar! We will have our semi-annual POTLUCK DINNER at our June 6 meeting.

This is always a fun time to catch up with old friends and meet some of our newest members.

This is also a chance to bring pieces for the SHARE TABLE that you have been working on during the year. We all love to see works in progress and pieces the you started in workshops and have since finished.

Bring a dish to share and any items you might have for the BATTERED WOMEN’S SHELTER.
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Mini Workshop - June 2019

“Inchies” Presented by Lynn Rothe & Bonnie Houser

June 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM– 9:00PM In the Parish Hall

Come join us and learn how to create art – ONE INCH AT A TIME!!

The best part about this is – it’s a lot of fun!!

Instructor provided supplies: heavyweight paper with grid, gesso, PVA glue, glue sheets, glue brushes, hand wipes, acrylic paints, water containers, extra 1-inch squares.

Student Supply List:
    • 40-50 1-inch squares of assorted paper scraps, ephemera, imagery, letters or words. (Using a 1-inch square punch for this makes it very fast and easy).
    • Bone folder
    • Old credit card or plastic scraper
    • Awl
    • 1 - Cheap paint brush, flat, ½” (Home Depot or Lowe’s) – for acrylics and gesso
    • Paper towels
    • Gel pens - black, white, gold, silver or colors of your choice
    • Opaque Marker, permanent, metallic blue with broad point (optional)
    • Sharpie pen, ultra-fine, black
    • Charcoal stick or charcoal pencil
Artists of the above "Inchie" Pieces in order: Patrice Sullivan, Kimberly Hartzog, Lenora Jordan, & Maggie Gillikin

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Spring Exhibit

The San Antonio Calligrapher’s Guild is pleased to present our Spring Exhibit at the Carver Community Cultural Center at 226 North Hackberry. The exhibit will run from May 1stto May 23rdin the front foyer of the beautiful Jo Long Theatre. The hours for viewing are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday – Friday. There is one “after hours” opportunity to see the exhibit. On Saturday, May 18th from 6 to 9 PM. This is due to a concert at 8 PM by an outstanding pianist, Joe McBride. Check the website, thecarver.org, for more info and tickets to the concert. I hope you can make some time to go and see the way our works are beautifully showcased in this art deco masterpiece. Thanks to the “Hanging Team”! (Karen Fridlund, Maggie Gillikin, Becky Hughes, and Rosemary Rodriguez) Parking is free across the street in the Carver Administration area.
I challenge you to read the calligraphy over the two art deco doors on the north side of the building. This calligraphy helped to place the Carver Center building on the National Registry of Historic Buildings.
The “Take Down” will be at 11AM Friday, May 24th. Please show up and get your art at that time if you are able. If you cannot make it, I will wrap up your art and bring it to the June Pot Luck Dinner.
Laura Herold VP SACG
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.