Welcome to Escribiente

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, and we welcome guests and members of the public who have an interest in learning more abut the fine art of beautiful writing. Please see our Meetings page for full details and directions and download our Newsletters for reviews and photos from our workshops and programs.

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Weathergrams Installation @ Open Space Visitor Center

Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120

Over 150 weathergrams created by calligraphers from Escribiente can be viewed on trees around the Visitor Center grounds as a temporary art installation. The weathergrams will be on display throughout the month of August. Thank you to all the Escribiente members who created Weathergrams and donated their time to demonatrate calligraphy to the public at the August 13th open house.

View Weathergrams Photo Album on Flickr


Meet and mingle with local Escribiente calligraphers at our free monthly meetings. Guests welcome, so just drop by! We meet the first Wednesday of most months at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center in Albuquerque (southwest corner of Elizabeth and Southern).

September 7, 2016, 6:30pm

Birds and the Alphabet

Come fly with Kathy Chilton as she presents a fascinating journey of birds appearing in alphabets that she has collected on her travels. This will be a presentation with hands-on participation.

New Mexico State Fair 2016

The New Mexico State Fair is held at Expo New Mexico
Wednesday, September 8 – Sunday, September 18, 2016

For entry requirements, download the Calligraphy PDF from the Creative Arts page.

Entry Dates

Friday, August 26, 9am – 5pm
Saturday, August 27, 9am–5pm

The Juror for this year's exhibit will be Meredith McPherson, assisted by Escribiente VP Trish Meyer.

Meredith McPherson expresses the ancient ideals of Zen through the medium of Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy. Influenced by archaic Chinese Oracle Bone Inscriptions, Meredith distills the structure and etymology of ancient symbols into their essence; creating dynamic images that are both subtle in their Yin-Yang balance of black ink on white paper, yet powerful in their masterful display of brushwork. More information on her website.

Upcoming Workshop:

Contemporary Decorated Letter

Workshop with Nancy Culmone

September 24–25, 2016

Our class is about exploration and the only requirement is an adventurous spirit. Beginning with a series of structured yet experimental exercises, you will create unique, contemporary alphabetic forms grounded in the venerable tradition of decorated letters. Your letters will run the gamut from elegant to edgy, whimsical to bold to fragile. Read more...


The Victorian Pen

Workshop with Heather Victoria Held

View Flickr Photo Album from this workshop

Heather led students through simple drawing exercises which were then transformed into innovative decorative designs. The pointed pen was combined with coloured pencil, watercolour and gilding in this workshop. We focused on traits and colours that were popular in Victorian decorative designs. Starting with simple corner flourishes we gradually expanded into more intricate and detailed designs.

Visit Heather’s website.


Also check our page of Local Calligraphy Classes offered by Escribiente members.


New Mexico State Fair 2015

The New Mexico State Fair is held at Expo New Mexico

Escribiente members display their fine art of beautiful lettering at the State Fair each year in the Creative Arts Building at NM Expo, Albuquerque. Below is our show from September 2015:

NM State Fair album montage

View Flickr slideshow of the Calligraphy exhibit at the 2015 New Mexico State Fair.


Escribiente Mentor Program

Escribiente has a mentor program for new members. Our objective is to assist new members with calligraphy and the many things associated with it. This is not designed to teach a hand, but to assist with various techniques and questions such as:

  • How do you do that?
  • I want to do this – but where do I start?
  • What should I use ( i.e. ink, tool, paper)?
  • Guidelines?
  • I can’t make that letter, what am I doing wrong?
  • Squash??? Well that is what it sounded like. (Gouache)
  • Can you do calligraphy on this?
  • And the many more questions that we all had when we were first starting out.

It will not all be on your shoulders, if you don’t know the answer you can find out or refer them to another member that you think would know the answer. But the best thing that will happen is the possible friendship that may develop for you and Escribiente. This will make the new member gain confidence in their ability as a calligrapher and feel like one of us (experienced calligraphers anyway) much faster. I remember the excitement of looking at all the strange tools, the mystery of how do they make those pens make letters like that and many other questions.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor or having a Mentor, contact Jan Florence: H 505-281-5771 (call first) - C 505-269-8867; email: