Kalligraphia 13

For Immediate Release Contact: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org June 14, 2012  


Triennial Calligraphy Exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco -- The public will have a rare chance to view contemporary calligraphy during Kalligraphia 13, on display in the San Francisco Public Library's Skylight Gallery from June 16 through August 26, 2012. The exhibition will feature work by members of the Friends of Calligraphy (FOC), a non-profit Bay Area group founded in 1975, with nearly 500 members worldwide. A summer-long series of programs is scheduled to accompany Kalligraphia 13. On Saturday, July 21, FOC members will lead a Gallery Walk & Talk through the exhibition in the Skylight Gallery from 2 to 4 p.m. Free demonstrations of the art and craft of calligraphy featuring noted Bay Area scribes will be held on other Saturdays in June, July, and August from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Latino-Hispanic Community Meeting Room, Lower Level. This year marks the thirteenth time since 1976 that FOC has produced the Kalligraphia exhibition -- a colorful, non-juried show highlighting a wide range of calligraphic techniques, from traditional methods dating back to the Middle Ages to contemporary pen and abstract brushwork. On view will be original works -- including broadsides, manuscripts books, and three-dimensional pieces. The 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 workshops and lectures for its members, as well as classes for beginners, which are held at Fort Mason and are open to the public. The guild also publishes an illustrated journal, Alphabet, and a quarterly newsletter for its members. For more information, visit www.friendsofcalligraphy.org. 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 collection, 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.
June 14, 2012