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

Menucha Retreat
February 20-23, 2020
Registration open!
Registration Deadline: November 19, 2019

Spend a weekend inspired by creative energy and kindred spirits. There is no agenda or workshop pressure, just some designated meditative quiet periods to work and lots of time to create and renew.

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50th Anniversary Non-Juried Member Exhibition

Non-Juried Member Exhibition
Multnomah Library, Collins Gallery, Portland, OR
Saturday, November 2, 2019 – Saturday, January 4, 2020 

Opening Reception Sunday, November 3, 2019, 1-3PM
Silent Scriptorium Sunday, November 10, 2-4PM  
November Member Meeting with Randall Hasson

The Speedball Story: Teaching America How to Letter

Monday, November 11th, 2019

6:30 for Pre-Meeting Activities
7:00 for Meeting

An interesting lecture on the history of American commercial lettering, the birth of the Speedball pen, and the emergence of the Speedball textbook. 

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PSC Calendar

October 26 — “Intro to Brush Lettering” workshop with Cora Pearl
November 1  Registration opens for Amy Bennett’s workshop, “Papercut Letters”
November 2–January 4 — “Life:Lines”, Non-juried member exhibition at Collins Gallery, Multnomah Library
November 9–10 — “Bent Nib: Early 20th Century Writing” workshop with Randall Hasson

November 10 — “Life:Lines” Silent Scriptorium at Collins Gallery
November 11 — November Member Meeting
November 13 — Portland Art Museum visit
November 19 — Registration closes for 2020 Menucha Retreat
December 2 — Registration opens for Carol DuBosch’s workshop, “Ben Shahn Lettering”
December 7 — “Papercut Letters” workshop with Amy Bennett
January 11 — “Ben Shahn Lettering” workshop with Carol DuBosch