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.

Next Meeting

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

May 7, 2014, 6:30pm

Endless Love

Presentation by Artist Maria Moya

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Upcoming Escribiente Workshops

Good Hues

A workshop in color and design with Louise Grunewald

Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27, 2014
Saturday: 8:30 – 4:30   Sunday: 8:45 – 4:30

This class is for students who want to learn how to achieve stunning color mixes with predictability and learn a formula that will take the guesswork out of mixing them again! Louise will share the specific color wheel that she has used in her work for over twenty years and you will incorporate it into a series of small format exercises relating color to design, composition, letters and text.

We will progress through five color schemes, going from the simplest to more complex and have FUN learning them as we play with paint, collage and mark-making techniques, letters, and different tools. No calligraphy experience necessary!

This is a process oriented class. The product of your efforts will be a small portfolio into which all your designs will neatly fit, as easy reference for future finished pieces. Paint will be supplied.

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Amy Jones montageLettering as Texture

Workshop with Amy Jones

January & February 2014

In this very enjoyable workshop, we utilized a variety of exercise for exploring lettering as texture. The principles and elements of design were integral to our playful exploration, where we created textured layers on which to letter legible words, or where we created abstract works of art in which lettering was perhaps unreadable. View Photos from this workshop on our Flickr page.

Our next workshop will be Good Hues by Louise Grunewald, April 26 & 27, 2014.

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New Mexico State Fair 2013

The New Mexico State Fair is held at Expo New Mexico
September 11–22, 2013 (closed Monday & Tuesday).

2013 NM State Fair slideshow

Our calligraphy exhibit was held at the Arts & Crafts building, and included many amazing pieces of high quality works that are worthy of exhibition in any venue.

2013 IAMPETH Conference

July 8–13, 2013

St. Mark’s Exhibit

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IAMPETH is a non-profit organization with over 500 members throughout the world. IAMPETH stands for International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting. Bill Kemp, a member of Escribiente, was the 2012–2013 president and hosted the annual conference in Albuquerque in July 2013.

There were over 220 attendees and approximately 22 of them were Escribiente members. Among the sixteen volunteer instructors were Pat Blair, the chief calligrapher at the White House and Louis LeMoine who works for Walt Disney Imagineering. The conference gave everyone insight into the work of superb quality penmen. Visit the IAMPETH website for more info.