Members and guests of Escribiente meet the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm. (No meetings are held in January, July and December, unless noted.)

Meeting June 2009

We feature an informative program for all levels of calligraphy at each meeting, including speakers, hands on projects, social time to meet other calligraphers, and generally a good learning atmosphere. Everyone with an interest in creating beautiful letters is welcome!


The 2020–21 Programs and Workshops will encourage enjoyment and experimentation around the theme of calligraphy as art. – Elizabeth McKee & Janice Gable

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, Escribiente will be hosting online programs and workshops until further notice. We will miss meeting in person, but our members from out-of-town can now enjoy our programming and it is easier to have guest artists too! Please note that these programs may be subject to change. Members receive email reminders one week beforehand.

Members receive email notices for all programs and workshops.

Live Zoom meetings are open to members only. The Zoom replay will be available for a limited time to members after the meeting. An edited replay will be posted to our YouTube channel provided permission is granted from the presenter.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 @ 6:30pm

Zoom meeting info will be emailed to current members. Please log in at 6:15pm. (Note: The March and April programs were swapped due to scheduling conflict.)

How To Be in the World:
An Abecedarian Commonplace for Living

Presenter: Beth Lee

Beth Lee will present the pencil portfolio, How To Be in the World: An Abecedarian Commonplace for Living which appears in Letter Arts Review, Vol. 34, No. 2. It began in 2017 and was finally completed in 2020. The portfolio mainly consists of 26 pages each containing an illuminated initial, a verb (hence “to be”), and a quotation. The project hit some dry periods, and was revived when Christopher Calderhead expressed interest in featuring it in Letter Arts Review.

Beth will talk about how the project evolved, and the different approaches she took to find new variations in illumination and lettering. It was an exploration in graphic design, illumination styles, the pencil as a medium, and the writing-lettering-drawing continuum. Beth started the entire project over twice, and finally housed the project in a clamshell box. It had such an enthusiastic reception that she printed a short run of 100 for sale as a portfolio.

Beth Lee is a calligrapher, book artist, and piano accompanist living in Bozeman, Montana. Her primary focus has been the alphabet and mark making. Beth holds a BFA degree in Graphic Design from Florida State University. She has worked as a freelance calligrapher since 1982, and has taught calligraphy and book arts since 1990. She is one of about 20 founding members of the 1995 calligraphy email list that would eventually become Cyberscribes. She is the calligraphy correspondent for the national Guild of BookWorkers Newsletter and her work may be found in university and private collections around the United States.

Purchase a copy of How To Be in the World: An Abecedarian Commonplace for Living.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 @ 6:30pm

Zoom meeting info will be emailed to current members. Please log in at 6:15pm.

Bling on Your Letters

Presenter: Michal Sommers

In this hands-on program, we will start with your initial and add stylized details to design a contemporary illuminated-style letter with a bit of bling. Pictured is a version made by students: linoleum block prints with hand-painted details.

Michal Sommers is an Escribiente member, artist, educator, designer, and life-long learner. She temporarily moved from the east coast to New Mexico for graduate school in 1990. Her website is on her ‘to do’ list.

Supply List:

  • Paper and pencil
  • Color media (colored pencils or gouache or markers or metallic paint)
  • Black fine-tip marker like a Sharpie or Micron pen
  • Optional: a reference to your favorite lettering style with a thicker weight
  • Optional: a ruler or straight edge

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 @ 6:30pm

Zoom meeting info will be emailed to current members. Please log in at 6:15pm.

Mounting Works on Paper onto Panels

Presenter: Patty Hammarstedt

Patty Hammarstedt will demonstrate a versatile and inexpensive method for hanging and displaying works of art on paper. Panel mounting provides a simple, uncomplicated means of presentation especially suitable for calligraphic art. It can easily be done in the home studio and requires minimal tools. The benefit of mounting vs framing is that the artist does not incur the expense of framing, which may or may not appeal to the buyer. However, the panel is still able to be framed allowing the buyer the option of selecting a frame to his/her personal taste.

Patty will demonstrate adhering a piece of art on paper to a small panel. She will discuss adhesives and how to avoid paper curling, how to avoid image offset when moistened by adhesive, how to avoid bubbles under the adhesive and how to firmly adhere the art to the panel as well as how to work with a large piece of art.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 @ 6:30pm

Zoom meeting info will be emailed to current members. Please log in at 6:15pm.

Show & Share Your Art!

Coordinated by Elizabeth McKee

After a year of inspiration, it’s time for you to show off the wonderful art you created this year!

At the June meeting, we also elect officers for the 2021–2022 session, so please consider volunteering for a position!


View previous programs from 2020–2021 Meetings Archive page.