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

Where:Trinity Episcopal Cathedral | 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

 Letters in Stone 

As a native Portlander, Christine Colasurdo spent many happy hours as a child at the Multnomah County Library’s downtown branch, known as “Central.” As an adult, she continues to be fascinated by the letters on the building and its surrounding benches. In this talk, Christine will provide some history about the library as well as the man who made those letters. Come learn about Portland’s iconic treasure, and the special story of letters in stone. 

Christine Colasurdo first learned calligraphy at age 12, and started getting paid for calligraphy jobs in high school. Among others, she has studied with Jaki Svaren, Elizabeth Anderson, and Carl Rohrs, and has been teaching for more than twenty years. Her calligraphic art is in the San Francisco Public Library’s “Harrison Collection”, and has been featured in Letter Arts Review, Bound & Lettered, Alphabet, and the Calligrapher’s Engagement Calendar. Christine is a longtime member/volunteer of the Friends of Calligraphy as well as the Portland Society for Calligraphy. She has written on calligraphic topics for Letter Arts Review and Alphabet, and most recently she edited PSC’s Fifty Years anniversary publication. Christine is a published poet and author of two nonfiction books, including, Return to Spirit Lake: Life and Landscape at Mount St. Helens. Her poem, The Book of Kells, received a Merit distinction in the 2019 International Kells Creative Competition. She teaches calligraphy as well as creative writing at the Multnomah Arts Center in Portland.