to Mar 28

Exhibit in the Gallery at Centennial Art Center


As the Guild celebrates its 38th year, we are pleased to showcase the varied works of our talented members at Centennial Art Center. Words by themselves are powerful; adding color, lettering style and artistic flair to words allows these calligraphers create artwork that is both dramatic and beautiful.

Also featuring work from painter Aaron Grayum and ceramic sculpture artist Nancy Jacobsohn.

Centennial Art Center’s Gallery is free and open to the public. The exhibit is open February 8 – March 28, 2019. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

301 25th Ave. North in Nashville’s Centennial Park.

For additional information: 615-862-8442

You are invited to join us for the opening reception. Friday, February 8 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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to Nov 30

Celebrating the Written Word

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The Nashville Calligraphers Guild is pleased to announce an exhibit of member’s work will be on display at The Green Hills Public Library from November 1 to November 30, 2017. The show is entitled “Celebrating the Written Word”.

Located at 3701 Benham Avenue, the library is open Sundays from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Please note, the library will be closed Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, in observance of Veteran’s Day.

For more information, please call the Green Hills Public Library at 615-862-5863.

Photos courtesy of Ann Cobb.

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to Mar 27

Exhibition at Centennial Art Center

You are cordially invited to the opening reception of the Nashville Calligraphers Guild Exhibition at Centennial Art Center. Also featuring ceramic artists Sylvia Byrn and Tamara Gentuso.

Friday, February 3, 2017
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

“This exhibition is a great opportunity to enjoy the creations of our talented guild members and local ceramic artists,” said Valerie Cypress, exhibition coordinator for NCG. “We are delighted for the opportunity to share these works with our community.”

Admission is free.

Nashville Calligraphers Guild now in its 35th year, is the premier organization for the study and appreciation of calligraphy in Middle Tennessee. 

Centennial Art Center’s Gallery is free and open to the public. The exhibit is open February 3 – March 23, 2017. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lettering kindly provided by Vicki Brandt, Valerie Cypress and Louise Thompson. Layout by Miranda Fuller.

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2:00 PM14:00

You’re invited


2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Please make plans to join us this year for the Nashville Calligraphers Guild Christmas Open House! Lynn Noga has graciously offered her home for the festivities this year. As in years past, please feel free to bring a tasty snack to share as well as a wrapped gift for the gift exchange. If you bring a gift, you can get a gift!

RSVP to Lynn Noga at linesbylynn@gmail.com

Lettering kindly provided by Lisa Webb

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to Oct 8

An Inspiring Weekend with The Saint John’s Bible

Registration is now open for an Inspiring Weekend with the Saint John’s Bible at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. The link below takes you directly to the information and registration page on Carson-Newman’s web site. It is recommended that you use a desktop or laptop rather than your phone to register.


The registration site consists of three pages. Be sure that you complete all three and that you submit your information.

Carson-Newman has allocated 60 slots for calligraphers, with the remaining slots made available to their staff, students, and other interested parties.

If you wish to attend, I urge you to register sooner rather than later as we all expect all 100 seats to fill.

The weekend will begin with a celebratory worship service and opening of The Lynn and Lyndsey Denton Gallery for The Saint John’s Bible (Heritage Edition) on Thursday evening. Friday will offer opportunities for leisurely viewing of The Saint John’s Bible, shopping at the Paper and Ink Arts shop, and other Saint John’s Bible-related sessions. You may choose to attend any or all of the activities; however you must be pre-registered to attend the Saturday event.

Saturday will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the entire day with Sir Donald Jackson, Calligrapher and Illuminator to Queen Elizabeth II and the British Government. The day-long series of experiences will include demonstrations by Mr. Jackson, discussion about the creation of the Saint John’s Bible, group interactions, answers to your questions (that you may submit via the registration pages), a segment on analyzing an alphabet, and hands-on experiences with broad-edge markers on paper, and gouache with quills on vellum.

Your registration fee includes the day-long activities, a goody bag of donated items, special mementos of this historic day, morning and afternoon snacks during breaks, a buffet luncheon, and the following supplies:

  • Handouts
  • Vellum
  • Quills
  • Gouache
  • Broad-edge calligraphy markers

A very short supplies list of items that you need to supply will be emailed to you closer to date of the event.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Cobb.

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to Jul 16

67th Annual IAMPETH Convention

The 67th annual IAMPETH Convention will take place in Portland, Oregon, from July 11 to July 16, 2016. Registration packets will be mailed to current members in January with registration opening to current members only on March 12, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Alesia Zorn has planned an exciting week for us in her home town of Portland with many returning teachers along with some new faces on the faculty. Along with the fabulous classes, participants have opportunity to view the treasures held in the IAMPETH Archives and to see the sights of Portland. The vendor for this year's convention will be John Neal Bookseller. Both our vendors always bring supplies for classes as well as many new calligraphic tools and toys to tempt us.

By Ann Cobb
IAMPETH Past President

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to Feb 28

Scribehaven: Nashville Calligraphers Guild Annual Retreat

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“Scribehaven” by Vicki Brandt Walnut ink and watercolor on Arches text wove paper 5.5" x 5.5"

“Scribehaven” by Vicki Brandt
Walnut ink and watercolor on Arches text wove paper
5.5" x 5.5"

Nashville Calligraphers Guild’s eighth annual retreat, SCRIBEHAVEN, is fast approaching. What is Scribehaven? It is retreat for calligraphers at Lake Barkley State Resort in Kentucky. It is your weekend to experiment, work on unfinished projects or develop new ones. You can work at your own pace, or you may decide to simply relax and enjoy the fellowship of other kindred spirits who love the art of lettering as much as you do. Remember, this is YOUR weekend! Scribehaven is a retreat for calligraphers regardless of skill level.

Tiny Watercolors 1, 2 and 5 by Kay McWhorter Watercolor on 140# cold press paper Each piece of paper is 2.5" x 3.5"

Tiny Watercolors 1, 2 and 5 by Kay McWhorter
Watercolor on 140# cold press paper
Each piece of paper is 2.5" x 3.5"

The deadline to register is February 5, 2016. We have two, great programs this year. Those who attended last year will remember the samples that Laura Kraft and Kay McWhorter brought of their work, and they graciously agreed to do demos for us this year. Laura will be showing us a new, fun twist on card making called “A Little Layout Lagniappe.” Lagniappe is a Louisiana French word meaning a bonus or “a little something extra.” Kay McWhorter will be showing us how to create her lovely, miniature watercolors with her program “Tiny Watercolors.” I am excited and grateful that both of these talented ladies will share their gifts with us.

This wonderful, restful and inspirational weekend will be from February 25–28 (Thursday to Sunday). The park has great walking trails and a nice fitness center with a great indoor pool. Please consider joining us. Many of us arrive on Thursday to settle in, work on our own projects and simply fellowship. I hope to see you there.

Send your $25 non-refundable registration fee to Ann Cobb by February 5, 2016. You must be a Guild member to attend. Please make sure you have paid your dues for this year as space may be limited. Also, please make your own room reservations as soon as possible. A block of lodge rooms is being held for NCG members through the end of January. Call 270-924-1131 to make your room reservation and tell them you are with the Guild for the calligraphy retreat. Lodge rooms have two beds & balconies that overlook the lake, and they are all covered walking to the lodge (as well as meeting rooms & dining room). Cabins are available for an additional charge, but they are approximately one mile from the lodge so you would have to drive.

Lodge rooms are now $74.95. Discounts (government, AAA, AARP) do apply. Please don’t forget to ask for your discount. You can also share a room with someone — great way to save money and get to know someone. If you haven’t made your reservation, please do so. We have a block of rooms reserved for a limited time only. I understand there is a marriage retreat booked during that weekend as well as the Duck group.

Calligraphic hugs,

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