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 
Menucha Retreat 2019

Menucha is a magical place where you spend a weekend inspired by creative energy and kindred spirits. Work uninterrupted for a whole weekend on a book, a class project, or an alphabet you never mastered, or try out new ideas shared by fellow calligraphers. All levels of calligraphy experience are welcome. 

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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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