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.

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

November Member Meeting
Joing us for a presentation by Maria Galati, David Douglas High School art and calligraphy teacher. Maria will share work by her award-winning high school artists and calligraphers, as well as exercises she uses with her students to create their own texts for lettering.
Monday, November 12th, 2018, 6:30 pm 
PSC LOGO Design Contest

Portland Society for Calligraphy needs a new look and we want to give our members the opportunity to get involved! We encourage you to participate in a contest for a new logo. Not only will the creator of the selected design have the pride of seeing their artwork represent our guild in the form of printed and digital media, but they will also be awarded an honorarium of $500 in the form of a check. You may enter more than one design, but each design must adhere to the submission criteria.

Deadline to submit is November 15.

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Upcoming Workshops
PSC proudly presents an exciting workshop with Heidi Stolp.
This event will be a fun experience of learning and exploring techniques and design layout of layers of art and words. You will create several pieces building layers using sumi, tech, and walnut inks, bleach, pastels, silk dyes, gesso, colored pencil, embossing, stencils, resists, and more.
November 10th, 2018

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