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Thoughts From the President

In February, Leslie Winakur and I attended the Southwest Calligraphy Conference in Navasota, TX . It is a 3 day annual meeting of guild presidents and major workshop chairs from this region. It is a wonderful forum to share/compare guilds’ successes, challenges and future plans. This year was no exception- many guilds were very interested in our annual planning schedule; we gained, among other things, many good ideas for workshops and mini workshops. It is a great opportunity to cement working relationships among the guilds.

Sign-up will begin for the Secret Pal Program at the March meeting. I strongly encourage you to participate in this fun program. It is a great way to get to know your fellow calligraphers as well as practice your calligraphic skill in creating items you think your Secret Pal will enjoy. Remember, the focus is on giving, not receiving.

We are now registered as a charitable (non-profit) organization on Amazon, and as such, they will forward a small percentage of our purchases to the Guild. We will be giving you more information about registering yourself under the Amazon Smile program in an e-mail notification and at the March General meeting. It is easy and quick to register.

Last, but not least, remember to bring your artwork to the share table- we all love to see what you are working on!

Karen Fridlund, President

Recent Happenings

General Meeting - February 2020

Photos from Maggie Gillikin's Program at the February 2020 General Meeting.
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Mini Workshop - February 2020

Photos from February's mini workshop with Carlos Haun, the guild members had the opportunity to learn all about doodling!
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March 19th
Mini Workshop 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Christ Episcopal Chuch - Parish Hall
"Eastern Butterfly Book" by Becky Hughes

April 4th
General Meeting 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Christ Episcopal Chuch - Parish Hall
"A Few of My Favorite Things" by BJ Grant and Becky Hughes
April 16th
Mini Workshop 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Christ Episcopal Chuch - Parish Hall
"A Calligraphic HAND" by Joan Schmitz

Upcoming Events!

March 2020 Mini Workshop

Mini Workshop - Japanese Butterfly Book
March 19th, 2020 7:00 - 9:00
Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap
Presenter - Becky Hughes

This lovely book is a project for all skill levels and can be made on your own in other sizes from the hand-out.

Supplies: Bring a scissors, Bone Folder (if you have one) Pencil, Eraser and a 12 inch ruler.
All other supplies will be provided.

Other News!

Mark your calendars for the SACG Spring Exhibit!
Exhibit Opening Reception: Sunday, May 3, 2020Artwork
Delivery Deadline: May 2, 2020 at the exhibit location
Location: Sabinal Public Library, 311 N Center St, Sabinal, TX
Invitations will be distributed at the April 2nd General Meeting
Consult the SACG bylaws for Exhibit Guidelines at: https://sanantoniocalligraphy.com/membership-2/exhibits/
Questions to Exhibit Co-Chairs: Fran Boffo and Kimberly Hartzog

Paul Freeman Nominations 2020

Brian Zampier
Brian has expertly maintained and managed our Guild Library.
Leslie Winakur
Leslie gives her time and energy to host classes, orientation, guest speakers, and board meetings in her home. She presents mini workshops and general meeting presentations. She organizes and houses our major workshop presenters in her role as Major Workshop chairperson. She is our mentor, sounding board, and voice of reason.
Beth Morton
Beth has given freely of her time and talents to the guild. She is our technology wizard and keeps our website domain up to date. She is working with Amazon to obtain the charitable funding link for our web site. In addition she is working towards dues payment via PayPal link on our website. She teaches mini workshops and does general meeting presentations “Joachim Burgert” ! She is not hesitant to share her time and experience with us and totravel long distances (from Austin) to be active in our guild.
Beth McMahon
Beth is an extremely dedicated recording secretary for our guild. Timely, exacting, able to hear through all of our disorder, are rare qualities!
Becky Hughes
Becky goes about doing so many jobs for the Guild, so quietly and efficiently and with such style. She makes sure all the details at our meeting site; seating, dates, table arrangements, for both meetings and mini-workshops are in place. She plans all of our programs, coordinating with the speakers (instructors) assuring that all their equipment and details are in place. She coordinates dates with the church and informs us of any changes. She is infinitely reliable!
Laura Herold
An active vice president, Laura fills in where needed; Envelope Exchange, Membership Chair, Filling in for other board members, transporting guild members to meetings, Briscoe Pony Express project, Women’s Shelter Valentineproject.
BJ Grant
BJ was Secret Pal Committee Chairman in 2019 and will continue in that role through September 2020. The Secret Pal program throughout the summer and the September General Meeting reveal of participants’ secret pals is always one of the Guild’s most popular programs. The 2019 program was spectacular – BJ really outdid herself in encouraging members to participate in the program; assuring that secret pal participants kept up with their giftsand putting together a wonderful “Mardi Gras” themed reveal at the September meeting. She was also a SACGboard member-at-Large whose tenure as past Guild President made her a valuable contributor to Board discussions. She has already picked out a colorful theme for next September’s reveal program.
Maggie Gillikin
Maggie has contributed her utmost this year as Mini Workshop Chairperson. She also presented at the GeneralMeeting of the Guild. I will never take “framing” for granted again! She served the Gild at the Briscoe Museumteaching calligraphy at the Pony Express Project and to our relief she volunteered to help hang yet another exhibit of Guild Calligraphic Art at the Memorial Branch of the San Antonio Public Library. She teaches Calligraphy and Watercolor and she makes me believe that I can DO art.
Karen Fridlund
Our current Guild President, Karen has been extremely hard working. Her efforts have kept the Guild up-to-dateboth in technology and in its’ mission to meet the needs of the members. She has devoted many hours to her job aspresident these two terms. As a new member, I have found Karen to be very resourceful and always willing to help. She is an excellent president and her humble and positive attitude helps everyone to feel comfortable and welcome.
Lauren Deal
Although relatively new to the Guild, Lauren has taken up the responsibility of the Hospitality Chairperson. She is very organized and detailed and free with her time. She signs us up to bring items, arrives early to set up, stays late to clean up (always has her micro fiber cloth!) AND she texts us as a reminder that we DID sign up to bring food! No question goes unanswered and always a loving, caring, friendly attitude.
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.