A Hundred Passionate Words Collide

"Flourish & Flame," by Carla Tenret

“Flourish & Flame,” by Carla Tenret, acrylics, markers, pens; canvas, other fabrics

"Launched," by Sherrie Lovler

“Launched,” by Sherrie Lovler


Thomas Ingmire (right) leads a talk about the Friends of Calligraphy's Kalligraphia 13 Exhibition at the Skylight Gallery of the San Francisco Public Library

Thomas Ingmire (right) leads a talk about the Friends of Calligraphy’s “Kalligraphia 13” Exhibition at the Skylight Gallery of the San Francisco Public Library

Something clicked when I heard that the Friends of Calligraphy were having a show at the San Francisco Public Library. I dropped in to find myself reveling in a well-presented adventure of the hand drawn line.

In Kalligraphia 13 you’ll see elegant letter forms applied in unexpected ways:

-bear puns all over a teddy bear (by Jenny Hunter Groat);
-a handmade miniature book growing out of an antique camera (by Terry Spodick);
-hand cut lettering featuring the poetry of a homeless man (by Doug Jones); and
-twisted into silver earrings (by Melissa Titone).

And there’s Chris McDonald’s piece that “takes a stab at the f-word,” with lyrics from an Amy Winehouse song.

Kalligraphia¬†comes around once every three years the it’s on its thirteenth time. The exhibition is on the sixth floor Skylight Gallery of the San Francisco Public Library showcases the work of the Friends of Calligraphy.

The show runs through August 26th, 2012. Exhibition viewing times are: Sunday noon to 5pm, Monday 10am to 6pm, Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday, 9am to 6pm, Friday noon to 6pm, and Saturday 10am to 6pm.

For the remaining Saturdays till the show closes there will be a calligraphy demonstration from 2pm to 4pm in the Lower Level Latino-Hispanic Community Room. Last week I saw Melissa Titone‘s demonstration of the pointed pen. (I thought this video would give you a sense of how the pen is held).

-August 4, Carl Rohrs will demonstrate Brush Writing
-August 11, Monica Dengo will demonstrate Improvised Composition
-August 18, Judy Detrick will demonstrate Unical and Rustic Scripts

If you’re in San Francisco on or before August 26th treat yourself to some visual magic!

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