News Release - May 21, 2009

For Immediate Release: May 21, 2009

Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282

Exhibition Showcases Calligraphers’ Best Work at the San Francisco Public Library

Kalligraphia 12, an exhibition of contemporary calligraphy, will be on display in the San Francisco Public Library’s Skylight Gallery, June 10 - Aug. 23. The exhibition will feature work by members of the Friends of Calligraphy (FOC), a non-profit Bay Area group founded in 1975. Free demonstrations by noted scribes will be held on Saturdays in June, July, and August from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, Lower Level.

This year marks the 12th time FOC has produced its Kalligraphia exhibition - a colorful, non-juried show highlighting a wide range of calligraphic techniques, from traditional methods dating back to the Middle Ages to expressionistic pen and abstract brushwork. On view will be original works - including broadsides, manuscript books, and three-dimensional pieces.

Friends of Calligraphy is an internationally known guild whose 500-person 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 workshops and lectures as well as classes, which are held at Fort Mason and open to the public. An illustrated journal and quarterly newsletter are published as well. For more information, visits

The exhibition is co-sponsored by the Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts and Special Collections Center of the San Francisco Public Library. The Center houses highly esteemed collections, including the Robert Grabhorn Collection on the History of Printing and the Development of the Book, the Richard Harrison Collection of Calligraphy and Lettering, and the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor. For viewing hours and more information about the exhibition and demonstrations, please contact the Book Arts & Special Collections Center at (415) 557.4560.

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