Thursday, June 30, 2016

July 2016 Scribnote

 

July Scribnote

COMMENTS FROM OUR CHAIRPERSON

APRIL
We didn’t have an April meeting, but instead, sixteen members participated in Julie Wildman’s workshop, “What’s Next: Taking your Art to the Next Level”. The first day was going through different exercises to prepare us for a final project.  The creativity level from everyone is so diversified and very colorful.  The second day was working on your particular project or projects.  We have had Julie in South Bend two years ago and she is always upbeat and has a lot of tricks up her sleeve to take us to that next level. 

The following week after the workshop, Angie West, Connie Wendt and I met Tina Cronkite (who had two books accepted into the Chicago Calligraphy exhibit at the Newberry Library) and Linda Bravada, also from the Pendragons Guild in Kalamazoo at the train station in South Bend.  I left my house at 8 am and halfway to the airport ran smack dab into a band of lake effect snow.  I could not see where the road was and could hardly see the car in front of me. That part being bad enough, the exit off 20 was closed and I had to find another route.  By this time I had only 20 minutes left to get to the train.  I got to the next South Bend exit and made a big turn on the cloverleaf to come back on 20 and get to the airport all while driving in the snowstorm/blizzard.  I met Connie in the parking lot and we trudged through the snow which by now was a couple of inches deep and made the train in time to find Tina and Linda already onboard. Angie West had the same problems as I did with the closed exit and barely made it onto the train.  I was standing outside with the conductor watching for her and alerted him that she was running toward us. Whew! By the time we arrived in Chicago, it was sunny and just cold, but we took a taxi, squeezing four of us in the back seat, and headed to the Newberry Library where we met up with Lauren Matacio.  The calligraphy work is always beautiful to see and I was happy to see some of our former instructors as well.  I talked to Reggie Ezell about coming to South Bend to do a workshop after he is retired from his year round classes in two years and he said yes! Also saw Valerie Weilmunster, Rosie Kelly, Mike Kecseg, Luce Zolna and our friend Jane Ewing that we see at Lake Louise.  Jane has written a book, which I have purchased and will bring for show and tell.  The purchase prize winner for 2016 was Lisa LaBlanc from the Pendragons guild with her beautiful uncial piece.  I had already spoken with Lisa about coming to South Bend this fall and that will take place on Saturday, October 8.  I am always on the hunt for new instructors! After the Newberry, our group headed to Dick Blick to peruse the art supplies.  Looking through a catalog is fun but seeing and touching all these items is so much more pleasurable.  After Blick, we walked to Garrett’s for popcorn and to Chipotle to get dinner to eat on the train which was packed on the way home.  This is such an enjoyable trip every year and so worth the time to see the work that is done in Chicago. The library is going to go through some renovations next year so the exhibit is up in the air for 2017.  
As you are starting to see, April was a busy month and continued on till the end of April culminating with workshops in Kalamazoo with instructor Kristen Doty. The first workshop on Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, was Drawing for Calligraphers. Now I am not someone who has learned to draw, but needing to work on that part of my artistic life, I jumped into that workshop wholeheartedly!
The first two days I was in the car with Anna Schlemma, Maureen Trubac and Barbara Fedder, who kept us in stitches with her jokes! We participated in a Drawing for Calligrapher’s workshop.  The second workshop was Luscious, Layered Lettering.  Every workshop brings its own ideas to the table, and sometimes there is a bit of review from another workshop, but we learn more than we can remember so it is always good to do it again.  All in all, Kristen kept us moving along learning some essentials on drawing and layering our lettering. 
MAY
Thanks to Sharon Esmont for conducting the May meeting while I was again swimming in the Gulf and pool for a couple of weeks.  When tax season is over, we head south for a vacation for my husband although I did get him to hang around a few extra days so I could attend the two workshops in Kalamazoo. The meeting was sparsely attended, but several items were discussed and show and tell is always fun. 
JUNE
The June meeting was a lively one with lots of discussion and information regarding the December calendar we are all working on and an exhibit we are participating in at the Buchanan Arts Center in September through October.  Lauren Matacio is spearheading the calendar project which will be an 18-month calendar and we already have volunteers for every month and look forward to the diverse artwork that will come with that project.  Anne Binder is our point person for the Buchanan Art Center exhibit and gave us quite a bit of information regarding who, what, when, where and how! More details will follow as far as where to drop off projects, etc.  If you would like to participate in the exhibit and were not at the meeting in June, please email anbinder@sbcglobal.net and she can send you a registration form that has a full explanation.

Please remember to send or bring your yearly MCG dues to the July meeting or send them to Laurie Heyden, treasurer, at: 18292 Courtland Drive, South Bend, IN 46637.

A big Thank You to Maureen Trubac for many years of being the MCG treasurer and keeping us on the straight and narrow handling any monies that came to her for workshops, supplies, donations, etc.  We appreciate all you have done for the guild!

From Jo McPherson
Julie Wildman presented her workshop titles "What's next: Taking your Art to a New Level" to our Guild on April 2 & 3.
We were given ideas, sometimes rules, and guidelines about having a motif or not. Also choosing lettering styles, along with very helpful visuals about letter spacing. Julie recommends doing many thumbnail sketches--she frequently does a hundred--before choosing one to start drafting roughs, which eventually becomes the final piece.
This was our second workshop with Julie. She is very generous with her time, talking to /assisting if needed, every attendee. She also offers her tools to anyone who whould like to try something new to them.
It was a great weekend.



From Maureen Trubac:
What an amazing workshop.  Julie had a knack for awakening talents in us we never knew existed.  She had us loosen up by using different tools with nothing specific in mind. Lines, circles, flourishes, thick lines, thin lines
From ruling pens, folded pens, and your favorites. Graduating to letters, we bounced them, spiked them, exaggerated sizes, alternating between capitals and lower case, with or without spacing.  
Then came the moment of truth - we had to create. Our exercises gave us a sense in which direction we wanted to proceed and choices of styles. Now
we had to develop a plan, a word, a quote or a favorite saying.
This was carried out with thumbnail sketches of what we hoped to attain. It was amazing to see that once you started with one thumbnail your mind would race and before you knew it you had perhaps 10 to 20 designs to choose from moving to marker paper, developing the idea, to tracing paper for a final tune-up. 
Julie was extremely helpful in guiding us with suggestions to improve our final piece.  She stressed the importance of using good paper because it enhanced the medium, the stroke and the final project. Each of us came out of this workshop with something unique and beautiful. 

Lisa LaBlanc – Lisa will be coming to South Bend for a one-day workshop on Saturday, October 8, 2016, 9 – 5, at Christ the King Church in South Bend where we usually have our meetings.  Uncial lettering and some of her wonderful brush stroke flowers using the Miracle Wedge Brush will be the topics of the workshop. Lisa is from the Kalamazoo area and part of the Pendragons Guild.  The cost of the one-day workshop will be $30.  Registration will be taken at the August retreat.  Lisa’s supply list will be coming soon. 

Policy for MCG
Our workshops seem to have people sign up and then decide not to attend. We have been very generous in returning monies paid for the workshop if someone decides not to attend at the last minute, but we are going to have a change in this policy.  There will be a nominal fee if you drop out of the workshop.  If there would be an emergency, for instance, a birth of a child or grandchild, illness, etc., then the board will take this under advisement to decide on a course of action regarding a refund.  Also, if the workshop is filled and there is someone to take your place, that would also quality for a refund. So please, if you want to sign up for the workshop, make sure that you put that date on your calendar as a commitment.  We have a small calligraphy group and we struggle to fill workshops at times.  We need all of you to attend as many as possible so that we can continue to have quality instructors. 
Are you on Facebook? If so, look up your favorite calligraphers because they are on Facebook also.  I like to look at Barbara Close, Reggie Ezell, Julian Waters, John Stevens, Rachel Yallop, Pendragons, Capital City Scribes, Yukimi Annand, etc.  There is a lot of beautiful calligraphy on these pages that will get your inspired.  Also look at Joanne Fink and Barbara Lever’s Facebook Page.  And then, there is always Pinterest.  Oh my, so many places to be inspired!

PO Box in South Bend – Due to a lack of much mail at our Post Office box in South Bend, we have suspended any mail sent to that address.  If you have anything to send to the MCG, please send to Laurie Henley or Ginny VanderHey 51854 Stoney Creek Drive, Elkhart, IN 46514. When monies are due for a workshop or dues, they will now go to one of these addresses. 
American Frame – Just a reminder that if you order from American Frame, please mention MCG, and they will give us a small stipend.

MCG Meetings for 2016

July 9 – Leaf Script – Laurie Heyden
August 13 – Picnic at Ginny’s house.  Our exchange will be a stab binding stitch handmade book. Calendar mock up for your month is due.
September 10 – Maureen Trubac demonstration
October 3 – Marty – Tunnel Book
November 7 – Calendar Due (Lauren Matacio is spearheading this project)
December – Christmas get together - Calendar

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
Annual dues of $15 are due at the July meeting. Our annual dues have not changed in many years and are put to good use for supplies for our make it/take it meetings, annual raffle in August, and, at the end of the year, we give to local charities. Please remember to bring your dues to the July meeting or send it to Maureen Trubac, our treasurer.
OFFICERS
Ginny VanderHey, President 574/262-1345 gvanderhey@hotmail.com
Sharon Esmont, Vice President 574/272-5481 Sesmont@aol.com
Laurie Heyden, Treasurer 574/272–0733 silverbird@aol.com
Pat West, Secretary 574-612-9328 pwpatwest@gmail.com
Jo McPherson, Study Group Chairperson, jobakestwo@centurylink.net
Renee Tuveson – Blog Coordinator




If ever you would like to add to the newsletter/blog, please contact one of the officers, and we will get that information to Renee Tuveson. Something you have done or have seen would be welcomed into our information.


http://www.theartofcalligraphy.com

http://chicagocalligraphy.org/workshops/

Thursday, March 31, 2016

April Scribnote

April 2016 Scribnote

COMMENTS FROM OUR CHAIRPERSON

I was at our winter retreat in Ft. Myers, Florida, enjoying almost 12 inches of rain in the month of January, a record, so I was not at the January MCG meeting. Sharon Esmont took over the reigns and I learned that there were a few new people who joined our meeting. When I returned for the February meeting, we counted a total of 19 people at the meeting. How exciting is that! The theme was to bring in your favorite hand and tool you like to work with and Angie West also did a demo on embossing of which she is a master.

Our February meeting theme was to bring in a mock up of the hand you are working on which was given as a challenge assignment in 2015. I chose a very simple hand that I saw in a newsletter several years ago that intrigued me. I could do it in pencil, micron pen or even a pointed nib with varying results. Sometimes having a deadline for a project makes me get to the job at hand and not procrastinate. In April, we will see the finished results of the hand challenge. Barbara Fedder also did a great job in demonstrating watercolors on Yupo paper, which is like a piece of plastic, and then spritzing it with a very fine spray of alcohol. Thanks Barbara for the demo!




I started collecting calligraphy, handmade books and watercolor books when I began my calligraphic journey in 1994. I also subscribed to Bound and Lettered and Letter Arts Revue so I have lots of books to peruse. The bookshelves I was putting them on were small and I had two layers of books some of which I couldn’t find when I needed one. So my husband went to his favorite place, Menards, and bought a four-layer shelf and I spent my weekend organizing my books so that I can find them more readily. What a difference! Now I need to start weeding out the magazines and pull out the pages I think I might need when I am 90 or so and then have some room for more!

March brought a demo, by Anna Schlemma and me, of pointed pen and what you can do with this very tiny nib. I have always enjoyed copperplate and took a couple of Spencerian online workshops with Harvest Crittenden and one with Pat Blair, the White House calligrapher, so the pointed nib is very familiar to me. It seems that the request for copperplate on wedding invitation envelopes has grown in popularity especially for the more formal weddings. Anna is the “Akim/Rosie” queen and used her pointed nibs to demo a hand she uses frequently in her many books that she creates. We also had several members show the hand that they taught themselves. Good job ladies!

We want to welcome Linda Bigger, Jeanine Stump, Donna Fesher and Jean Ketchem to the Michiana Calligraphy Guild. We all know how hard it is to join a new group, but we have all been there in that spot of not knowing anyone and thinking that everyone is more advanced. Always remember that we were once in your shoes and we all still have a lot to learn. A quote I just saw the other day,
                          “Don’t compare your beginning to someone’s middle”.
 So true every time we take a workshop and want to compare ourselves the first day to what the instructor has been doing for decades. You’ll get there with persistence and practice.

Maureen Trubac collaborated with the Francis Branch Library in South Bend for a book making demonstration in which we were to have 20 people signed up to make the little books. Saturday, March 26, was a busy weekend for everyone, but not only did 20 people come to the demo, but 5 walked in to make books. Luckily we had enough supplies to accommodate everyone, even though Maureen had to cut more paper to demo one extra book. The teo hours went by rapidly with Maureen, Ginny, Barbara Fedder, and Sharon Esmont hopping from table to table making sure everyone was on the same page. We helped everyone make a star book, and envelope book and two different accordion books. We all really enjoyed the people who came to the demo, but we also were able to interest several people in coming to our meetings and start their calligraphic and art life. Thanks Maureen for putting this together and hopefully we can do it again soon!



Looking forward to three workshops this month! Julie Wildman in Mishawaka and Kristen Doty in Kalamazoo for two workshops back to back. Anna Schlemma, Maureen Trubac and Barbara Fedder will also be in Kalamazoo for one or both workshops. Pat and Angie West will be headed to Michigan for three days with Yves Laterme of Belgium. We hope to show and tell new and exciting work we have experienced in the coming months.

Happy Spring Everyone!

Ginny

Julie Wildman

Julie Wildman from Highland, Indiana will be in South Bend for a spring workshop entitled "What's Next, Taking your Art to the Next Level". The workshop will be held on Saturday April 2 and Sunday April 3, 2016 at Whispering Pines Community Room in Mishawaka from 9-5 on both days. The cost of the workshop will be $100. With supplies included. Julie has been with is before and is a very patient and giving instructor.

A Show of Hands

The next International Calligraphy Conference will take place in North Carolina from June 25-July 2, 2016 at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa. If you have never been to a calligraphy conference, this is the place to be for a week with all your favorite calligraphers and instructors. The work you will see in phenomenal and inspiring. I link to the conference is: https://ashowofhands2016.com/


Policy for MCG

Our workshops seem to have people sign up and then decide not to attend. We have been very generous in returning monies paid for the workshop if someone decides not to attend at the last minute, but we are going to have a change in this policy. There will be a nominal fee if you drop out of the workshop. If there would be an emergency, for instance, a birth of a child or grandchild, illness, etc., then the board will take this under advisement to decide on a course of action regarding a refund. Also, if the workshop is filled and there is someone to take your place, that would also qualify for a refund. So please, if your want to sign up for the workshop, make sure that you out that date on your calendar as a commitment. We have a small calligraphy group and we struggle to fill workshops at times. We need all of you to attend as many as possible so that we can continue to have quality instructors.

Are you on Facebook?

If so, look up your favorite calligraphers because they are on facebook also. I like to look at Barbara Close, Reggie Ezell, Julian Waters,John Stevens, Rachel Yallop, Pendragons, Capital City Scribes, Yukimi Annand, etc. There is a lot of beautiful calligraphy on these pages that will get you inspired Also look at Joanne Fink and Barbara Lever's Facebook page. And then there is always Pinterest. Oh, my so many places to be inspired!

 PO Box in South Bend- Due to a lack of much mail at our Post Office box in South Bend, we have suspended any mail sent to that address. If you have anything to send to the MCG, please send to Maureen Trubac 50685 Mercury Drive, Granger, IN 46530 or Ginny VanderHey 51854 Stoney Creek Drive, Elkhart, IN 46514. When monies are due for a workshop or dues, they will now go to one of these addresses.


American Frame - Just a reminder that if you order from American Frame, please mention MCG, and they will give us a small stipend.

MCG Meetings for 2016


  • April 2 & 3 - Julie Wildman Workshop - What's Next - Taking Your Art to the Next Level
  • April 9 - Taking the South Shore to Chicago to see the Chicago Calligraphy Collective at the Newberry Library. Please let Ginny know if you are interested in going so we can all meet at the train station.
  • May 7 - Julie Wildman Workshop Show and Tell.
  • June 6 - Suminagashi demo
  • July - Leaf Script
  • August 1 - Picnic at Ginny's house. Our exchange will be a stab binding stitch handmade book
  • September 10 -Maureen Trubac demonstration 
  • October 3 - Marty Mitchell - Tunnek Book
  • November 7 - Calendar Due (Lauren Matachio will spearhead this project)
  • December - Christmas get together  - Calendar

Annual Membership

Annual dues of $15 are due at the July meeting. Our annual dues have not changed in many years and are put to good use for supplies and make it/take it meetings, annual raffle in August, and, at the end of the year, we give to local charities. Please remember to bring your dues to the July meeting.


Officers

Ginny VanderHey, President 574-262-1345 gvanderhey@hotmail.com
Sharon Esmont, Vice President 574-272-5481 Sesmont@aol.com
Maureen Trubac, Treasurer 574-272-2733 maureentrubac@hotmail.com
Pat West, Secretary 574-612-9328 pwest@gmail.com
Jo McPherson, Study Group Chairperson jobakestwo@centurylink.net
Renee Tuveson - Blog Coordinator

If ever you would like to add to the newsletter/blog, please contact one of the officers, and we will get that information to Renee Tuveson. Something you have done or have seen would be welcomed into our information.

http://alittletime.blogspot.com/
http://www.theartof calligraphy.com
http://johnstevensdesign.com/brush-alphabet-calligraphy/#prettyPhoto
http://www.theheartofcalligraphy.com
http://chicagocalligraphy.org/workshops/


Saturday, January 2, 2016

January 2016



January 2016 Scribnote

COMMENTS FROM OUR CHAIRPERSON
The holidays are over and we can stop making presents for others and make something for ourselves for a change.  I swear I start shopping and sewing months before Christmas, but so many things get in the way like addressing envelopes for a bride, Christmas cards or a workshop, that I need to start earlier so that I can be finished by December 25.  In the end, we are proud of our work that we have completed and ready to continue on our art journey. 
We invited Cindy Bowles, Certified Zentangle Instructor, for a one-day workshop October 3 and she was very giving about all the zentangles she has learned and has been teaching the past couple of years.  I have been having so much fun making cards for birthdays with Zentangle designs.  I have a long way to go, but I now have some basics to work with.  There are several Facebook sites on zentangles and one I especially like is Square One: Purely Renaissance.  Check them out.


On October 25, Pat West and I drove to Boyne Falls, Michigan, near Charlevoix, for an Art Retreat with instructors Rosie Kelly,  Pam Paulsrud and 18 other ladies, including our own Anna Schlemma, Rose Kopec, Marianne Burke, and Meg Jung  Some drove from as far as Iowa and as close as Lake Louise.  Rosie and Pam were instructors last year also and come loaded with new ideas and lots of help along with Pam bringing several of her Native American Flutes to guide us through our morning meetings.  We did quite a bit of Eco Printing with the leaves from the Lake Louise grounds and found what works and what doesn’t with steaming them in big pots.  But the results we did get were phenomenal.  It really is a magical week, away from phones, computers, cooking, cleaning, etc. Anyone with Verizon phones couldn’t get any signal anyway!  The weather wasn’t as beautiful as last year, and it was a week later, so the trees had just passed its peak season.  But, the beauty of the Lake and surrounding area was gorgeous.  A bunch of us even took a walk in the rain to the Piney Forest to see the historic area where President Roosevelt had kept the men working during the war planting trees.  Pat and I took a walk just before we headed back to Elkhart and wound up in the Piney Forest again.  There was absolutely no sound except for our footfalls and thankfully there are marks on the trees so we wouldn’t get lost!
Our November meeting was very productive and we coordinated a whole year of activities for our guild meetings. Please see the calendar below to have a glimpse of what we will be doing for 2016. We also had show and tell of our quote we did after the demo from Angie West in September; followed by the cards we designed for our “deck of cards” we created with Marty Mitchell’s leadership.  The cards will be fabulous and I hope we can share it on our blog soon. 
We also decided on which organizations we would like to donate to this year.  Christ the King Church, where we meet, the Food Bank and the Midwest Museum of Art are the recipients. 
December brought our regular meeting and luncheon which is always a great time together.  We talked about what we will be doing for the next few months, had show and tell and then ate a marvelous lunch together. 
 

 We also got to see the deck of cards we created and Marty Mitchell had printed for us.  We loved all the different designs on the cards and hope to use them in a real game!

Calligraphy classes were discussed and Angie West and I have committed to doing some teaching in 2016.  We still have to iron out the details, but we have some new members and they are eager to learn new hands. We will let you know as soon as we have all the details ironed out. 
Another suggestion for next year was to make a calendar where everyone would design a page and then we would send it out for printing.  MCG made a calendar many, many years ago so it is time to create a new one. 
We raffled off three poinsettia plants during the meeting and the winners were Maureen Trubac, Lauren Matacio and Angie West. 
Hope you got to see the book display that Maureen Trubac coordinated for us at the Frances Branch Library for the months of November and December. The library has been recently renovated and is beautiful. 
Happy New Year everyone!
Ginny

Julie Wildman will again be doing a 2-day workshop on April 2 and 3.  Please put these dates on your calendar.  Cost will be $100 including supply fee. We are hoping for Whispering Pines as the venue and Sharon is checking into that.  Julie will be leading us in “What’s Next – Taking your Art to the Next Level”. Please check out her website to see details on what we will be creating.  Supply list will be coming soon. If you wish to participate in the workshop, please bring a check to the next meeting and give it to Maureen Trubac.  http://wildmandesigns.com/Julie_Wildman_Calligraphy_Lettering_Art.html (Look at classes and you will see what she will be working on with us)


Policy for MCG
Our workshops seem to have people sign up and then decide not to attend. We have been very generous in returning monies paid for the workshop if someone decides not to attend at the last minute, but we are going to have a change in this policy.  There will be a nominal fee if you drop out of the workshop.  If there would be an emergency, for instance, a birth of a child or grandchild, illness, etc., then the board will take this under advisement to decide on a course of action regarding a refund.  Also, if the workshop is filled and there is someone to take your place, that would also quality for a refund. So please, if you want to sign up for the workshop, make sure that you put that date on your calendar as a commitment.  We have a small calligraphy group and we struggle to fill workshops at times.  We need all of you to attend as many as possible so that we can continue to have quality instructors. 
Are you on Facebook? If so, look up your favorite calligraphers because they are on Facebook also.  I like to look at Barbara Close, Reggie Ezell, Julian Waters, John Stevens, Rachel Yallop, Pendragons, Capital City Scribes, Yukimi Annand, etc.  There is a lot of beautiful calligraphy on these pages that will get your inspired.  Also look at Joanne Fink and Barbara Lever’s Facebook Page.  And then, there is always Pinterest.  Oh my, so many places to be inspired!
 
PO Box in South Bend – Due to a lack of much mail at our Post Office box in South Bend, we have suspended any mail sent to that address.  If you have anything to send to the MCG, please send to Maureen Trubac 50685 Mercury Drive, Granger, IN 46530 or Ginny VanderHey 51854 Stoney Creek Drive, Elkhart, IN 46514. When monies are due for a workshop or dues, they will now go to one of these addresses. 
 
 
/WEBSITES TO ENJOY
 
Acornarts.org – Harvest will be doing another beginning Spencerian in January 2016
 
I enjoy sharing new websites that I have come across in our blog.  If you come across something that you think would interest the whole group, please email them to Ginny or Renee, and we will get them on the blog for the next quarter. 
American Frame – Just a reminder that if you order from American Frame, please mention MCG, and they will give us a small stipend.
 
MCG Meetings for 2016
 
January 9 – Bring in a favorite hand and tool you use to do it. Angie West will do an embossing demo.
February 6 – In November Ginny gave a new challenge to everyone and that is to teach yourself a new hand. Something you’ve never done before. We will have some “consultants” helping you to achieve your goal of a new hand, and/or tool to use. Also, Barbara Fedder will be doing a demo using watercolor on Yupo paper.
March 5 – Ginny and Anna will do a Pointed Pen Demo. Bring your finished project for the challenge of teaching yourself a new hand.
April 2 & 3 – Julie Wildman…”What’s Next, How to take your calligraphy to the next level”.
May 7 – Julie Wildman Show and Tell
June 4 – Suminagashi demo by Ginny and Pat
July 11 – Laurie Henley demo on Leaf Script
August 6 – Annual Picnic at Ginny’s house
September 10 – Maureen Trubac demo on backgrounds
October – Tunnel Book Demo by Marty Mitchell
November – Calendar page due –
December – 2017-18 Calendar Exchange
 
Cut the schedule of dates in the newsletter out, and put it on your fridge for future reference.
 
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
Annual dues of $15 are due at the July meeting. Our annual dues have not changed in many years and are put to good use for supplies for our make it/take it meetings, annual raffle in August, and, at the end of the year, we give to local charities. Please remember to bring your dues to the July meeting or send it to Maureen Trubac, our treasurer.

OFFICERS
Ginny VanderHey, President 574/262-1345 gvanderhey@hotmail.com
Sharon Esmont, Vice President 574/272-5481 Sesmont@aol.com
Maureen Trubac, Treasurer 574/272–0733 maureentrubac@hotmail.com
Pat West, Secretary 574-612-9328 pwpatwest@gmail.com

Jo McPherson, Study Group Chairperson, jobakestwo@centurylink.net
Renee Tuveson – Blog Coordinator

If ever you would like to add to the newsletter/blog, please contact one of the officers, and we will get that information to Renee Tuveson. Something you have done or have seen would be welcomed into our information.



Sunday, October 4, 2015

October 2015 Scribnote  

COMMENTS FROM OUR CHAIRPERSON 

It seems that I always bring up the fact that my kids come to Elkhart in July for a couple of weeks and I don’t get to see my art room for that time.  This year my daughter from Texas decided to come to Elkhart for 5 weeks!  Yikes!! Then she had a conference in Philadelphia for 3 days and I got to spend three fun-filled days with my 5-year old grandson, Torin.  
Then it was off to Dayton, Ohio to see my 12 year-old granddaughter in her ballet recital.  Two days later, 7 of us were on the way back to Elkhart.  The following weekend we were in Chicago to go to the Shedd Aquarium and, on and on. 
 I love having my children here, but when they leave, I go to my art room to just look around and see what I want to do.  There is plenty of paper, nibs, ink and, of course, many books and magazines that I can peruse for days on end.  Do we ever tire of our many fine art supplies! Nope, not me.  I love the summer visits, but when they are gone, I can get the right side of my brain thinking of what I can create. 
 Hope you all had a great summer and made some time to create something extraordinary! 
We decided in our planning last year that we would forgo the July meeting this year since so many people are busy with gardens, trips, family, etc.  By August 1 we were ready to gather together for our annual picnic at my home.  Fifteen ladies filled my screened-in porch where we could conduct our meeting, have our raffle and exchange handmade books.  We had a challenge a few months back of doing a new style of bookbinding that you hadn’t done before and the results were exciting.  Barb Fedder has gotten skilled at making an explosion book and Pat West was the recipient.  Pat and Lauren Matacio both made flag books, one with writing and one with pictures of a recent trip to Lake Como, Italy.  There were a couple of Japanese Stab Binding books and one with a leather cover and binding.  They were all treasures to behold and I am sure everyone was proud of their creation.  It was fun to do something we hadn’t done before. Lauren Matacio was the recipient of our annual raffle which was a free Zentangle workshop in October.  
























After our meeting, raffle and exchange, we had our lunch which is always delicious.  There were quinoa salads, tabbuleh salad, angel food cake, potato salad, salmon spread, sandwiches, strawberry pretzel salad, lemon curd muffins, lemon biscotti and chocolate chip cookies, lots of fruit salad, watermelon, avocado salad, lettuce salad, chicken salad and I am sure I must have missed something, but I assure you it was all very tasty.  Guess we need to do a recipe exchange again, in calligraphy of course.   


Our September meeting brought a few new faces.  We want to welcome Janine Stump, Kathy Doyle, and Diane Collins to the guild and hope they find us warm and welcoming as well as enjoying the meetings and workshops.We had 17 ladies on September 12, 2015, which was a cool, fall like day.
  We asked the newbie’s what they would be interested in doing next year as far as demonstrations and workshops, and the results were Design and Layout, Pointed Pen, Lettering, Backgrounds and Bookmaking.  We will certainly try to accommodate all those ideas for 2016. 





Angie West gave a great demonstration on the foundational hand and even
some of the seasoned calligraphers learned something new.  Thanks Angie for the demo.  We also honed in on our playing cards we are creating to make a deck of cards for Christmas.  That should be a fun project for all who are participating.
All 52 cards will be accounted for and the designs should be great.  Those who participated will receive a deck of the cards that we will have printed.  There will be a charge if anyone wants to purchase a deck to be announced later.  Marty Mitchell is in charge of this project and she would like to have the finished cards by the November meeting.  

Four members of the MCG are taking an online class by Harvest Crittenden on Illuminated Letters which is a four week class.  Harvest is a great teacher and this is my fourth class with her.  I am joined this time by Renee Tuveson, Marty Mitchell and Barbara Fedder.  Looking forward to seeing everyone’s finished project from Harvest who teaches a class once or twice a year online.  If anyone is interested in her classes, please check acornarts.org to see what she offers.   
Maureen Trubac is coordinating a book display at the Frances Branch Library for the months of October and November so please bring a handmade book or two to the October workshop or make arrangements to get them to Maureen.   
Happy creating everyone!! 
Ginny 

Cindy Bowles
 Cindy Bowles of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has recently become a certified Zentangle instructor and has offered to come to South Bend to teach us the art of zentangling.  Some of us have dabbled in this art form, but now we are going to have some real instruction.  The Zentangle one-day workshop will be on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Christ the King Church from 9 till 4 Cost will be $40. for members and $55. for non members.  This class is now full!! 

Policy for MCG 
Our workshops seem to have people sign up and then decide not to attend. We have been very generous in returning monies paid for the workshop if someone decides not to attend at the last minute, but we are going to have a change in this policy.  There will be a nominal fee if you drop out of the workshop.  If there would be an emergency, for instance, a birth of a child or grandchild, illness, etc., then the board will take this under advisement to decide on a course of action regarding a refund.  Also, if the workshop is filled and there is someone to take your place, that would also quality for a refund. So please, if you want to sign up for the workshop, make sure that you put that date on your calendar as a commitment.  We have a small calligraphy group and we struggle to fill workshops at times.  We need all of you to attend as many as possible so that we can continue to have quality instructors.   

Are you on Facebook

If so, look up your favorite calligraphers because they are on Facebook also.  I like to look at Barbara Close, Reggie Ezell, Julian Waters, John Stevens, Rachel Yallop, Pendragons, Capital City Scribes, Yukimi Annand, etc.  There is a lot of beautiful calligraphy on these pages that will get your inspired.  Also look at Joanne Fink and Barbara Lever’s Facebook Page.  And then, there is always Pinterest.  Oh my, so many places to be inspired! 

PO Box in South BendDue to a lack of much mail at our Post Office box in South Bend, we have suspended any mail sent to that address.  If you have anything to send to the MCG, please send to Maureen Trubac 50685 Mercury Drive, Granger, IN 46530 or Ginny VanderHey 51854 Stoney Creek Drive, Elkhart, IN 46514. When monies are due for a workshop or dues, they will now go to one of these addresses.   


/WEBSITES TO ENJOY 

Lindaphancock.com 
http://www.booooooom.com/2015/09/11/an-interview-with-master-calligrapher-seb-lester/ 

I enjoy sharing new websites that I have come across in our blog.  If you come across something that you think would interest the whole group, please email them to Ginny or Renee, and we will get them on the blog for the next quarter.   
American Frame – Just a reminder that if you order from American Frame, please mention MCG, and they will give us a small stipend. 



MCG Meetings for 2015 

October 3 –     Zentangle workshop with Cindy Bowles and Bring 2 handmade books to give to Maureen for a display at the Francis Branch Library 
November 7 – Write out a Thanksgiving Quote using Foundational that we learned in September.  
December 5 –    Exchange and Christmas get together at Christ the King Church (Our exchange will be the deck of cards we designed) 


Cut the schedule of dates in the newsletter out, and put it on your fridge for future reference. 

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP Annual dues of $15 are due at the July meeting. Our annual dues have not changed in many years and are put to good use for supplies for our make it/take it meetings, annual raffle in August, and, at the end of the year, we give to local charities. Please remember to bring your dues to the July meeting or send it to Maureen Trubac, our treasurer.  
OFFICERS Ginny VanderHey, President 574/262-1345 gvanderhey@hotmail.com Sharon Esmont, Vice President 574/272-5481 Sesmont@aol.com Maureen Trubac, Treasurer 574/272–0733 maureentrubac@hotmail.com Pat West, Secretary 574-612-9328 pwpatwest@gmail.com 
Jo McPherson, Study Group Chairperson, jobakestwo@centurylink.net Renee Tuveson – Blog Coordinator  If ever you would like to add to the newsletter/blog, please contact one of the officers, and we will get that information to Renee Tuveson. Something you have done or have seen would be welcomed into our information.