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We Have a Scholarship Winner!
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2016/2017 Calligraphy & Art Related Classes
Offered by Colleagues Members

Kris MacDonald: “Pointed Pen Calligraphy”, Tuesdays, February 28 – April 11, 6:30-8:30pm; Minnetonka Center for the Arts,, 952-473-7361 x.16

Kris MacDonald: "Continuing Calligraphy”, Tuesdays, April 25 – May 16, 6:30-8:30pm; Minnetonka Center for the Arts,, 952-473-7361

Kris MacDonald: “Italic Calligraphy”, Thursdays, March 2 – April 6, 6:30-8:30pm; Hopkins Community Ed.,, 952-988-4070

Kris MacDonald: "Pointed Pen – Part 2”, Sundays, April 2 and 9, 1-4pm; Minnesota Center for Book Arts,, 612-215-2520

Lori Tews: "Intro to Italic Calligraphy”, Wednesdays, April 5 – 26, 5-7:30pm; Wet Paint Artists Materials and Framing,, 651-698-6431 index.php/event/intro-italic- calligraphy-lori-tews/


Pat Barrett: "Italic Miniscule”, Saturdays, March 25, April 1, 8, 10:00am-12:30pm; White Bear Center for the Arts, 651-407-0597


Judith Michalski: "Beginning Calligraphy", Tuesdays, April 25 - May 30, 6:30-8:30pm; 1780 West 7th Street, St. Paul,, 651-774-3073


Judith Michalski: "Beginning Calligraphy", Thursdays, April 20 - May 25, 6:45-8:45pm;South High School, Minneapolis,, 612-668-4326


Additional classes will be listed as they become available.



LetterWorks Arts Conference: June 24 - July 1, 2017

The 36th International Lettering Arts Conference will be held at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Eager-to-learn commercial and fine artists of all skill levels bring their passion for hand lettering to learn from highly-regarded scribes from around the world.

 LetterWorks is offering a 10% discount on their basic conference fee to full-time students ages 16-25 years.



The 2018 International Calligraphy Conference


Writing 2017 International Calligraphy Symposium in Kyoto, Japan


The Internation Research Centre for Calligraphy (IRCC) in collaboration with NPO Japan Letter Arts Forum (J-LAF) is pleased to announce their joint international calligraphy symposium will be held November 2-8, 2017. Registration is now open.


To download a PDF of the brochure and registration form:






April 19-23, 2017, Minneapolis, MN
Find more information on this mixed media art gathering at



Asemic Writing: Offline & in the Gallery


Visit the exhibition at Minnesota Center for Book Arts March 10 - 28, 2017

Asemic writing is a wordless semantic form that often has the appearance of abstract calligraphy. Curious? Go see the works from 50+ international artists who together create an eclectic assemblage of inventing, designing, and dreaming.


Colleagues of Calligraphy Library

The Colleagues has an extensive library inventory. Members have access to a multimedia library of books, videos, slides, magazines and a variety of newsletters. Items can be checked out from September through May.

New books for 2017
After an informal voting at the February meeting, some new books were ordered for the library. Look for TAKE YOUR PLEASURE SERIOUSLY by Luca Barcellona, LINES TO LIVE BY by Mike Gold, and PENS AND PROTOCOL II by the Washington DC guild.

Ordered and coming sometime in the future, CALLIGRAPHY: A COMPLETE COURSE by Barbara Calzolari, and MASTERING BROAD BRUSH CAPITALS  by John Stevens.

The library also has a copy of WATERS RISING by Sheila Waters.

The Colleagues also own a 6" glass muller, used for grinding gesso. It
can be checked out from the library, but you will need to request it
to be brought to a meeting - it is heavy.

If you are one of the lucky ones who get to read these books first,
please consider posting comments or a review on our blog.

Contact our Librarian at for additional information. Please write "CoC Library" in the subject line of your email.

Colleagues Library List

Colleagues Library Use Policy


The Jo White Scholarship Award (JWSA)
has been established by the Colleagues of Calligraphy.

It is a pleasure to announce that Brenna Jordan is the winner of the 2017 Jo WhiteScholarship Award!
Brenna joined the Colleagues of Calligraphy in 2014 and regards her membership as an invaluable part of her calligraphy development. She has attended many CoC workshops as well as the Midwest Art and Lettering Retreat, and has frequently volunteered to write reviews of these events.
Brenna has been lettering for over 25 years and has her own business (https://calligraphybybrenna. com) in Duluth, where she lives with her husband and three children. 
Brenna requested funding for in-depth calligraphic instruction from the renowned Tim Botts of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She plans to have both face to face instruction with Tim as well as correspondence and online learning sessions.
In her application, Brenna stated that she would like to learn how to design pieces that incorporate not only attractive design, technique and use of color, but also how to use the art of calligraphy to convey meaning and depth of language. She added that Botts’ extensive training in brush calligraphy, different tools, and papers (while he was living in Japan) will provide additional learning opportunities. 
Upon her completion of study, she will give a presentation on the experience and show the work she created. 
The Colleagues of Calligraphy Board of Directors thanks the scholarship committee for its careful consideration in selecting our 2017 recipient.
We heartily congratulate Brenna and wish her well in the coming year of calligraphic study!

We encourage members in good standing to consider applying for the scholarship. Applications now being accepted and are due January 31 of each calendar year. Call for Applications, Facilitator Guideline, Juror Guidelines, and Application.


The Colleagues Portfolio Group invites members to apply for juried participation. Its purpose is to provide to members higher goals and challenges.

Invitation, Application, Jurying Procedures,
and Trajan Worksheet.

Juried Show Selection Process


Local Art Supplies Online Supplies and Information Sites of Interest
Art Materials Daniel Smith Edina Art Center
Wet Paint John Neal Saint John’s Bible
Blick Paper & Ink Arts Minnesota Center for Book Arts
    Paradise Pen
    Cheerio Calligraphy Retreats

Tool and Feather

Cropped B

Ink and pens