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. Portland Society for Calligraphy is the oldest calligraphy guild in the United States. We were first known as the Western American Branch of the Society for Italic Handwriting. 

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.

Learn more about our membership options and the benefits of joining the Portland Society for Calligraphy. >>


Upcoming Events

Tune Up Your Gothicized Italic

One Day Workshop with Sue Greenseth
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus 
Registration opens July 1, 2019

In this one-day class, we will review both lower and upper-case letters, the numerals, a variety of flourishes, ligatures, and the technique of “cornering”.

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Big Magic: Taking Calligraphy Out of the Box 

Weekend workshop with Sherrie Lovler
Saturday and Sunday, September 14 & 15, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration opens August 1, 2019

Explore the different traits and general structures of pointed brush lettering and develop abstract paintings based on calligraphic form.


Call For 50th Anniversary Exhibition Entries


Non-Juried Member Exhibition
Multnomah Library, Collins Gallery, Portland, OR
Saturday, November 2, 2019 – Saturday, January 4, 2020