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

January Meeting

Monday, January 13, 2020
6:30 for Pre-Meeting Activities
7:00 for Meeting

Letters in Stone 

Christine Colasurdo will be sharing information and her personal experience with Multnomah County Library’s downtown branch, known as “Central.” 
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Love & Joy About Ben Shahn Letters

A workshop with Carol DuBosch 

Saturday, January 11, 2020
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration: Opens December 2, 2019 (Do not post registrations before this date)

Writing the Ben Shahn Script is an adventure in lettering as well as designing.The 1-day class will cover the 26 capital letters of Ben Shahn Script and color blending..

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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PSC Calendar

November 2–January 4 — “Life:Lines”, Non-juried member exhibition at Collins Gallery, Multnomah Library
November 19 — Registration closes for 2020 Menucha Retreat
December 2 — Registration opens for Carol DuBosch’s workshop, “Ben Shahn Lettering”

December 09—PSC Member Meeting
January 11 — “Ben Shahn Lettering” workshop with Carol DuBosch
January 13 — PSC Member meeting
January 14 — Board Meeting
February 29- March 1 — Denise Lach Workshop