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

March Meeting with Marilyn Zornado
Monday, March 9, 2020
6:30 for Pre-Meeting Activities
7:00 for Meeting

An Evening of Animated Lettering

A display of animated hand lettering by Marilyn Zornado and other artists will be shown and enjoyed at this meeting.

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Play on Writing/Writing Textures

A workshop with Denise Lach

Saturday and Sunday, February 29 – March 1, 2020
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration opens: December 13, 2019

Learn to integrate texture and writing forms in an interesting and innovative way. 

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Paste Paper

Two – One-Day Workshops!

A workshop with Madeleine Durham 

Two Dates:
Saturday, April 4, 2020
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 5, 2020
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration: Opens February 15
Come experience the magic of this unique art form that will add a fresh new look to your calligraphy creations. 

PSC Calendar

February 15 Registration opens for Madeleine Durham’s “Paste Papers” workshops
February 29 – March 1 – “Play on Writing/Writing Textures” workshop with Denise Lach
March 2 – March 3 – “Dialogues: Writing Textures” workshop with Denise Lach

March 9 – PSC Member meeting and pre-meeting activities
March 17 – PSC Board meeting, open to PSC members
April 1  Registration opens for Holly Monroe’s “Fantastic Flourishes” workshop
April 4 – 5 “Paste Papers” workshops with Madeleine Durham