"Be Brave," by Mary Gow. Calligraphy on color reproduction of painting on canvas.

“Be Brave,” by Mary Gow. Calligraphy on color reproduction of painting by Mary Gow.

On an impromptu trip to the main San Francisco Public Library three years ago I stumbled upon a beautiful array of calligraphic artistry that was Kalligraphia XIII. It’s the once every three year exhibition of the members of the Friends of Calligraphy.

I blogged about that experience — loving seeing Monica Dengo’s demo I videotaped it and you can see it in this entry: “Sense the Space: Improvise!.” And I had met Mr. Thomas Ingmire briefly in 1996 so it was a thrill to see him and his work there: “Inspiration from the Work of Master Scribe Thomas Ingmire.”

Three years have passed and it’s time for another Friends of Calligraphy members show at the San Francisco Public Library. The Opening Reception for Kalligraphia XIV is 2-4 p.m., Sunday, June 14, sixth floor, Skylight Gallery, 100 Larkin St.

I decided follow my passion for lively lines and became a member of the Friends of Calligraphy. The “Be Brave” image in this blog post isn’t the piece I have in the current show. Drop by if you can and take a look!

The viewing hours are:

Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.
Monday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday Noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

After the opening reception tomorrow from 2-4 p.m., there’s a full schedule of events at the library this summer that are free and open to the public.

June 20: 2-4 p.m. Gallery Walk & Talk
Meet at Exhibition Entrance, Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor. Friends of Calligraphy members Georgianna Greenwood, Thomas Ingmire and Chris McDonald will walk through the exhibition and give an overview of the pieces on display.

Calligraphy Demonstrations

Seven Saturdays this summer noted calligraphers will offer demonstrations of calligraphy, materials and methods.
Where: Latino-Hispanic Community Room (lower level), 2-4 p.m.
These demos are free and open to the public.

July 11: Ward Dunham


July 18: Carl Rohrs

Brush versus Pen

July 25: Georgianna Greenwood

Roman & Celts: Early Book Scripts

August 1: International Talents from Passionate Pen

Gemma Black
Words are more than ink on a page

Pat Blair
Letters and Petals: Copperplate, Flourishing & Painted Petals

Monica Dengo

Intercultural Calligraphy

Suzanne Moore

Finesse: Detailing the Zero Edition with Pigment and Leaf

Carol Pallesen

Lots of Boxes

Marcy Robinson
Simple Marbling Techniques Using Pastels & Shaving Cream

August 8: Judy Detrick
The Men in Tights Who Invented Italic

August 15: Sara Loesch Frank & Evelyn Eldridge
Calligraphy Tools & Materials

August 22: Raoul Martinez


See the San Francisco Public Library’s webpage about Kalligraphia XIV here.

Hope you don’t miss this opportunity to see some exquisite work!