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

Crazy Illuminations

A Five Day Session With Loredana Zega 

Crazy Illuminations

Join us as Loredana shares her passion for gold illumination with her students, exploring its use in other than a traditional context. Loredana enjoys experimenting with all types of gold: from various gold colors in tubes, in pans and, of course, the special ones – gold leaves. In this course, Loredana will demonstrate the use of real gold leaf, the so-called “fake” versions and variegated gold leaves as well. 

REGISTRATION: Opens 9:00 am May 10th, 2021

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Textura With Dry Brush
A Five Day Session With Loredana Zega 

Textura With Dry Brush

Join us as Loredana demonstrates how to use a flat brush as a tool. Lettering with a rather dry brush creates marvelous traces of colors and textures which is why this brush technique goes so well with Gothic hands and their patterns. The subtle lines and soft touches of the brush will change the student’s appreciation for how calligraphy exercises should be: light and soft. 

REGISTRATION: Opens 9:00am May 10th, 2021

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Member Meeting

May Member Meeting

May 10th Music and Calligraphy  

Has your calligraphic work been influenced by or incorporated any aspect of music? Many of us at least listen to music as we work. Lloyd Reynolds wrote ”Working to music and concentrating on listening will teach you much about possibilities of rhythm in pen touch and movement.” Join us as Inga and Jonathan Dubay delve into the topic. 

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PSC Calendar
May 10th – Registration Opens for Loredana Zega’s Crazy Illuminations
May 10th – Registration Opens for Loredana Zega’s Textura With Dry Brush
May 10th – PSC Member Meeting, “Music and Calligraphy”
May 17th – PSC Board Meeting