Triennial Exhibition of the Friends of Calligraphy
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The public will have a special opportunity to view contemporary calligraphy during Kalligraphia XIV. The triennial exhibition is on display in the Main Library’s Skylight Gallery (Sixth floor, Main Library) June 13th through August 22. It features work by members of the Friends of Calligraphy (FOC), a non-profit Bay Area organization. This spirited, non-juried membership show highlights a wide range of calligraphic techniques from traditional methods to contemporary pen and abstract brushwork. On view are original works including broadsides, manuscript books, and three dimensional pieces.

On Saturday, June 20th, Friends of Calligraphy members Georgianna Greenwood, Thomas Ingmire, and Chris McDonald will lead a Gallery Walk & Talk through the exhibition in the Skylight Gallery from 2-4pm.

Calligraphers will share their artistry with the pen and brush during free public demonstrations as part of Kalligraphia XIV. The demonstrations offer the public a rare chance to see accomplished local and international artists showcase their craft on Saturday afternoons, from 2–4pm in the Main Library’s Latino/Hispanic Meeting room (Lower Level). 

Schedule of demonstrations: 

July 11    Ward Dunham: Blackletter

July 18    Carl Rohrs: Brush Versus Pen

July 25    Georgianna Greenwood: Roman & Celts: Early Books Scripts

August 1  International Talents from the Passionate Pen Conference 

     Gemma Black: Words are More Than Ink on a Page

     Pat Blair: Letters and Petala: Copperplate, Flourishing & Painted Petals

     Monica Dengo: Intercultural Calligraphy

     Suzanne Moore: Finesse: Detailing the Zero Edition with Pigment and Leaf

     Carol Pallesen: Lots of Boxes

     Marcy Robinson: Simple Marbling Techniques Using Pastels & Shaving Cream

August 8    Judy Detrick: The Men in Tights Who Invented Italic

August 15  Sara Loesch Frank & Evelyn Eldridge: Calligraphy Tools & Materials

August 22  Raoul Martinez: Copperplate

Friends of Calligraphy is an internationally known guild whose membership includes some of the most highly regarded lettering artists in the world. Committed to furthering the art of beautiful writing, FOC sponsors a year-round program of workshop, lectures, and classes. 

Kalligraphia XIV is sponsored by the Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center, home of the Richard Harrison Collection of Calligraphy and Lettering, the Grabhorn Collection on the History of Printing, the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor, the Fox Collection of Early Children's Books, and the Little Maga/Zine Collection, as well as collections on Robert Frost, the Panama Canal, and California Authors. The Center is located on the Sixth Floor of the Main Library, open to everyone seven days a week.

 All programs at the Library are free.

*Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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