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.

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Upcoming Events

A Two day workshop with Julie Wildman 

Julie Wildman Presents

Alphabet Book

Join us as Julie will teach an online workshop entitled “Alphabet Book”. This workshop will also be limited to 25 students, permitting Julie to work closely with students throughout the weekend as they create an alphabet, with the workshop culminating in the assembly of a simple but elegant accordion-fold book to display the student’s alphabet.  During the first part of the class, students will be led through a series of exercise using both traditional and non-traditional tools, with the goal of creating their own unique alphabets. For their book, students will then have the option of either utilizing the cohesive alphabet that they designed or to complete their book using a different lettering style for each letter.


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April Member Meeting

April 12th Pebble Mandalas 

Writing on rocks. What calligrapher can resist? Christi will be sharing her method of painting mandalas on pebbles, especially conducive to stones polished by rivers and the ocean.

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PSC Calendar
March 11th – Registration Opens for Julie Wildman’s Workshop, Alphabet Book
March 15th – PSC Board Meeting 
March 27th, 28th – Julie Wildman Workshop, Lively Letters
April 12th- PSC Member Meeting
April 17th, 18th – Julie Wildman Workshop, Alphabet Book 
April 19th- PSC Board Meeting