The Portland Society for Calligraphy was founded by Lloyd Reynolds and a group of his students after a long alliance with the Society for Italic Handwriting in England. We were first known as the Western American Branch of the Society for Italic Handwriting, one of the oldest calligraphy guilds in the United States.

Formed in 1969 and incorporated as a non-profit in 1973, we support Lloyd Reynolds’ vision: “Through study, understanding, and critical practice, let us promote this healthy arts and crafts movement.” PSC holds the following as its Core Values: Education, Inclusivity, Creativity, Integrity of Craft, Humility, Encouragement, Curiosity & Joy.

We offer an extensive workshop program aimed at all levels of skill. Our teachers include internationally renowned calligraphers as well as local talent. We sponsor an annual weekend retreat during the month of February at the Menucha Retreat Center in the beautiful Columbia Gorge. The Guild also exhibits members’ artwork in an annual non-juried show.

Joining the society

Becoming a member of your local calligraphy guild is a great way to find friends, mentors, and professional contacts. Our guild contains some of the area’s most notable and accomplished scribes, as well as a number of newcomers looking to dip their pen for the first time. 

We encourage you and your friends to come and visit us during one of our regular monthly meetings (September-June), and see what all the fuss is about. When you arrive, make sure to tell someone it’s your first time visiting and we’ll be sure to make you feel right at home.

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Upcoming Events

Next Member Meeting in September 11th, 2017

The Portland Society for Calligraphy takes a break from monthly meetings during the summer months of July and August. Keep an eye out for the September 11th meeting announcement where we will review the slate of officers for the approaching year!

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Justice Center Show

The PSC calligraphy show at the Justice Center is a Sanctioned Rose Festival Event. The gallery is accessible from the street and lighted 24 hours a day. Bring your friends and see the amazing work PSC members have produced!


Upcoming Workshop

PSC Presents, September 9th and 10th, 2017: Renowned calligrapher Barbara Close in her captivating workshop: Think It – Paint It – Write it.

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