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.
Thank you for your interest in being a member of the Portland Society for Calligraphy. Due to currently transitioning to a new website, we are postponing any additional membership registrations. If you would like to be notified of when the new system is ready, please email Leslie at membership@
When: Monday, May 9, 2022
6:45pm for Pre-Meeting Zoom
7:00pm for Meeting
Where: Zoom Online
The Art of Etegami
Presenter: Sally Penley
Come learn about the fun Japanese art of Etegami—creating postcards with simple painted images and a few heartfelt words or a haiku intended to be mailed to a friend or loved one. Etegami literally means “picture letters.” You don’t have to be a fine artist or a seasoned calligrapher to enjoy this simple art form (and you’ll support the USPS in the process!)