Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October 2017 Scribnote

 

October 2017 Scribnote

COMMENTS FROM OUR CHAIRPERSON
Summer comes and summer goes all too quickly.  I hope everyone had some creative time to write, paint, make books, etc. Again this year, my daughter from Texas comes to Elkhart with my 7 year-old grandson for 5 weeks.  There isn’t a lot of time to make some beautiful letters, but somehow we were able to get some creative juices flowing.  My grandson and I made two books so that he could draw some Legos or Minecraft figures in them.  Pat West spent a couple of days with her granddaughter painting and making jewelry for the Fair in Michigan.  Passing on the things we like to do to family or friends is so enjoyable when we see them smiling at their accomplishments.
For our July meeting, Pat West and I demonstrated nature printing.  Everyone brought such different leaves to paint and print with.  We learned this technique up at Lake Louise last October and it has become such an enhancement to our artwork. 
Nature Printing with leaves and acrylic paint

Barb and Jo working on their prints

Marty and her leaf printing
Also at our July meeting, Sharon Esmont, Co-Chairperson and I, Chairperson, announced that we would be resigning as of the November meeting.  Many of you know that my husband and I have a home in Ft. Myers, Florida (which made it through the hurricane with flying colors) and will be spending more time there.  This year we will be leaving in November and not back to Elkhart for a few months, so it is time for someone else to take over the reins of MCG.  Sharon and Jo McPherson will be looking for new officers, so please consider being a leader for a year or two.  Sharon and I have coordinated the meetings and workshops for at least the past 15 years so I am sure that you would love to have some new blood take over.  It has been a pleasure to be with friends every month and to share what artsy thing we are all working on as well as all the demonstrations in which we learned something new every meeting.  Anna Schlemma and I will continue to coordinate the workshops with approval of the board.  After Yukimi Annand 2018 and Heather Held in 2019, it will be time to coordinate a new instructor to lead us to new and exciting art techniques.  We are also working with Barbara Mann on a date for 2018. 
One of my favorite meetings of the year is the annual picnic at my home.  Again this year, we were able to enjoy sitting in the screened porch with the gentle breezes blowing in and keeping us cool for the day.  First we had a meeting reminding everyone of what is going on for the rest of the year, and then we had a raffle for the Jacqueline Sullivan workshop in September, which Lauren Matacio won.  Diana Stamper has downsized and moved out of her home and had lots of goodies to raffle off to all of us.  Lastly, we exchanged our handmade books which were spectacular this year.  I think that everyone is stepping up their game and creating beautiful pieces of art.  Next, we were ready to eat! We missed Sharon Esmont’s fruit salad because she was home with strep throat and Jo McPherson’s pear salad because she was not able to join us, but the food choices were wonderful.  Pat West made her “famous” hot chicken salad to start us off; Marty made one of our favorite desserts, the lemon curd cake, Linda Bigger made wonderful black pepper bread, etc.  We loved it all!  Thanks everyone for again making this year’s picnic a success. 
Laura, Barb and Marty

Angie, Diana and Lauren

Ginny, Maureen and Pat






Our September meeting was all about Zentangles which Renee Tuveson guided us through some beauties.  Renee has been doing a Zentangle a day as often as she can and printed out some new ones for us to try. It was enjoyable to see our shapes come to life with some micron pen strokes.  Thanks Renee for showing us some new Zentangles that we can try and the websites so that we can continue to experiment. 
We’ve had a great year of demonstrations and hopefully that will continue throughout the future meetings.  That old saying “It Takes A Village” rings true even with calligraphy guilds.  Without everyone working together all year, we wouldn’t have the marvelous cohesiveness that we have had for many years.  Let’s continue to keep the Michiana Calligraphy Group strong by continuing to promote the beautiful art of Calligraphy.
Happy Fall Everyone,
Ginny 

Upcoming workshops:

Future Workshops - It seems that instructors are booking their workshops way, way out in the future and we have secured two really good calligraphers for our future workshops.  Please mark your calendars for May 22 and 23, 2018 (a Tuesday and Wednesday) when Yukimi Annand will be in South Bend for a workshop for the MCG and also Heather Victoria Held for the weekend of April 6, 2019.  Both of these ladies are booked solid and these were their first available dates.  Save the dates and save your pennies because these workshops will cost a bit more since we have to fly them here from Canada and California.  Luckily for us, we will piggy back onto the Chicago Guild’s dates for Yukimi Annand so we won’t have to pay the whole airline fee.  Another guild will be looking at Heather Held’s dates to see if they can piggy back onto ours and we can again share that cost.  I have said many times that we try to keep our fees as low as possible, but when an instructor comes from a distance away, they charge us more for travel and baggage and we pass that on to you.  You won’t want to miss either of these workshops!
 Jacqueline Sullivan by Ginny VanderHey
The Michiana Calligraphy Guild has had Jacqueline Sullivan guide is in workshops several times in the past and each one gets better and better. On September 30 and October 1, Jacqueline was again with the MCG for a "Luscious Layering" workshop at Whispering Pines Community Room in Mishawaka. Jacqueline is a very knowledgeable Golden Products expert and knows her products well including how there is a swath of color over black, hand painted, on the front of each container of paint, so that you know how transparent the color you have chosen will be.
The first day of the workshop was spent stenciling absorbent ground on Strathmore 140# watercolor paper. then painting it with Golden Acrylics mixed with a bit of water and Golden Matte Medium. If there was too much paint, a spray of clear water would move the paint around. We also sprinkled silver or gold powder and scraped pastels onto the wet spots as well as putting cheesecloth and clear plastic wrap on top of juicy spots to texture the paper.
Day two we cut our large sheet of Strathmore into thirds to make into a book. The hard part is deciding which page to use as a cover and which ones to use for the inside pages. We also enhanced our pages with colored pencils, collages, ribbon, high flow acrylics, etc. working toward the end product of a finished book.
The second day was close to being over and we had little time to write inside our books, but, after we are back home and in the quiet of our studio, we can find quotes we want to pit into our books to have a completed project.
The weekend went by so quickly because there was so much to learn and do. Jacqueline gave each of us a folder with lots of information about what we were doing. Each of us came home with a treasure and a masterpiece of work we spent two days creating. Now I have to get back to real life, including a three-day watercolor workshop at Fernwood in Michigan, before I take out my book and start to write in it again. Thank you Jacqueline for leading us through a wonderful weekend learning and creating. I LOVED this workshop!






ANGELA MICHIELUTTI- One of our own members, will be having an exhibit of her work at Ivy Tech State College, 220 Dean Johnson Boulevard, South Bend, Indiana, Room 135, from October 9-27, 2017. Monday thru Thursday 9AM to 9PM. It is free and open to the public. Hope many of us can see Angela's new work at Ivy Tech.


Jacqueline Sullivan – Jacqueline Sullivan, who was in South Bend in late September, 2017, has a website that she posts art tips and upcoming workshops she will be conducting.  If you are interested, send in a request to Jacqueline. Go to http://blog.jacquelinesullivan.com/workshops/  and click on mailing list.  

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 Heyden, 18292 Courtland Drive, South Bend, IN 46637 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 2017

October 7 – Sharon Esmont – Celtic Knots
November 4 – Calligraphy Fair – (Calligraphy tool sale)
December 2 – Annual Christmas party at Christ the King Church

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, silverbird323@yahoo.com  
Pat West, Secretary 574-612-9328 pwpatwest@gmail.com
Jo McPherson, Study Group Chairperson, jobakestwo@aol.com
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.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

July 2017

 

July 2017 Scribnote

COMMENTS FROM OUR CHAIRPERSON

Summer is here!  Yeah!  This is the time of the year when I can sit outside in the screened porch and read, do art work, water the plants and enjoy the birds singing.  I don’t do any calligraphy out there, but can certainly read my lettering books and think about it!!!
Our April 1 meeting was so much fun.  Barbara Walsh led us in some small bird water coloring.  She has a very light touch with her small brushes and we learned a great deal just watching her.  Thanks Barbara for lending your talent to our guild.
Barbara Walsh watercolor demo




That same afternoon, Sharon Esmont and I went to the Havilah Beardsley House in Elkhart to partner with them during an exhibit called “Can I Have Your Autograph”; Fakes and Forgeries.  There were several historic signatures including presidents, British dignitaries along with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable.  Sharon and I sat near the entrance and wrote out bookmarks for the incoming visitors.  The kids are the most fun to do a bookmark for.  They love seeing their name written differently and we were happy to talk to them and make them smile.  On Sunday, May 7, Sharon Esmont, Pat and Angie West lettered bookmarks for the Beardsley House. 
On Saturday morning, April 8, Renee Tuveson, Pat West, Laura Fuderer and I took the train into Chicago to attend the Chicago Calligraphy Collective Opening Reception.  Linda Bravata, Tina Chronkite and Susan Burton met us on the train in South Bend and we had an enjoyable ride into Millennium Station.  Once off the train, we took a taxi to the Newberry Library.  Next we found a locker to hold our traveling items, like coats we didn’t need, while we perused the exhibit area and the demonstration tables.  The calligraphy was beautiful although I feel that there is less than there has been in the past.  Demonstrations by Tim Botts and Lisa Kivland gave us inspiration of things we can do at home.  Pam Paulsrud gave us a slide presentation regarding her exhibit of Treewhispers in the Middle East which was very informative and interesting.  Pam has been collecting round handmade paper for years with most written on by many calligraphers, children and whomever wanted to participate.  Go to Treewhispers.com if you would like to see what the exhibit is about.  Pam is very passionate about Trees! Lastly, we were there for the Purchase Prize presentation and were very happy to see that our friend and instructor from Kalamazoo, Marijo Carney, was the winner this year.  Her handmade book was only open to two pages, but those two pages gave us an insight to what the rest of her book is inside.  Congratulations to Marijo!
Tim Botts demo

Marijo Carney's winning piece at the Newberry

Monica Makielski was at our May meeting and gave us a demonstration on book folding.  Since I wasn’t at this meeting, Laurie Heyden wrote:

We enjoyed learning a fun and relaxing way to make ‘sculptured’ book art using old books.
Monica Makielski, book folding artist, gave a demo today showing us how it is done.
There are two ways to do this: fold or cut and fold.  She had examples of both but showed us the simpler method, folding. 
We brought our own book; Monica gave us a pattern and showed us how to make a tulip.
Using a bit of math to figure out where we start the pattern so it is centered, we insert the pattern behind the first page and make two tick marks at each end of the line in the pattern.  We then fold the page 45˚ above and below the tick marks. We continue doing this until the pattern is finished.
Of course we didn’t have time to complete the pattern; we took our book and pattern home to finish our ‘sculpted’ book.
I am looking forward to our next meeting to see who finishes theirs and brings for show & tell.
June 3 was our next meeting where Laurie Heyden gave two demonstrations two different types on book folding.  The second one, an expandable folder, was a little more complex, but with Laurie’s help, we all came home with two new ways to make a book. 
Eleven members got together on Saturday, June 10, to make marbled papers.  Angie West led the newbies through a couple of demonstrations and then everyone was on their own choosing colors and marbling papers.  We had a fun day together and came home with beautiful papers.  Now we have to decide what to do with our papers….books, broadsides, etc. The possibilities are endless! Thanks Angie for putting this all together including ordering all the paper and supplies needed. 
Angie West 

Laurie Heyden

Lauren Mataco

Laura Fuderer

Marty Mitchell

Marbled papers done by our group

More marbled papers




Since my daughters and their families come to visit during the month of July, I don’t get much art work done, so I get my exchange book for August done early and then I don’t have to stress about it when the kids have taken over my art room to draw, paint, cross stitch and sew.  Hope you can all spend some time working on a handmade book for the August meeting and hopefully it will have some calligraphy in it.  The August meeting is always a fun time, especially the picnic part with all the wonderful food, and, there is always a raffle involved.  Mark your calendar for August 5, 2017. Meeting at 10 and lunch at noon.
PS – Don’t forget that July means “Pay your MCG dues of $15. For the 2017-18 year. 

Upcoming workshops:

We have booked Jacqueline Sullivan for our next workshop in the fall of 2017, September 30 and October 1. If you have seen the work that Renee, Anna, Pat and Ginny brought for show and tell from Lake Louise, it will give you an idea of what we will be doing in that workshop.  There will be a maximum of 20 participants.  The cost for this workshop will be $110. for members and $125. for non-members.  Marty Mitchell has secured one of our favorite venues, Whispering Pines, for this workshop which will be held from 9 until 5 on both days.  Laurie Heyden will be accepting cash or check for this workshop at the July meeting. 
Future Workshops - It seems that instructors are booking their workshops way, way out in the future and we have secured two really good calligraphers for our future workshops.  Please mark your calendars for May 22 and 23, 2018 (a Tuesday and Wednesday) when Yukimi Annand will be in South Bend for a workshop for the MCG and also Heather Victoria Held for the weekend of April 6, 2019.  Both of these ladies are booked solid and these were their first available dates.  Save the dates and save your pennies because these workshops will cost a bit more since we have to fly them here from Canada and California.  Luckily for us, we will piggy back onto the Chicago Guild’s dates for Yukimi Annand so we won’t have to pay the whole airline fee.  Another guild will be looking at Heather Held’s dates to see if they can piggy back onto ours and we can again share that cost.  I have said many times that we try to keep our fees as low as possible, but when an instructor comes from a distance away, they charge us more for travel and baggage and we pass that on to you.  You won’t want to miss either of these workshops!

Jacqueline Sullivan – Jacqueline Sullivan, who will be coming to South Bend in late September, 2017, has a website that she posts art tips and upcoming workshops she will be conducting.  If you are interested, send in a request to Jacqueline. Go to http://blog.jacquelinesullivan.com/workshops/  and click on mailing list.  
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 Heyden, 18292 Courtland Drive, South Bend, IN 46637 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 2017

July 1– Pat West and Ginny VanderHey – Nature Printing
August – Annual Picnic at Ginny VanderHey’s house.  Our exchange will be a handmade book of your choosing. 
September 2 – Renee Tuveson - Zentangles
October 7 – Sharon Esmont – Celtic Knots
November 4 – Calligraphy Fair – (Calligraphy tool sale)
December 2 – Annual Christmas party at Christ the King Church

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, silverbird323@yahoo.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.


 

Friday, March 31, 2017

April 2017 Scribnote


COMMENTS FROM OUR CHAIRPERSON
Soon after our Christmas get together, my husband and I left for Ft. Myers, Florida and just missed the extreme cold you all had to endure.  We had a great two months in the warmth of the sun where the weather was very cooperative compared to 11 inches of rain in January 2016.  Calligraphy was non-existent for me since I can’t bring all those wonderful tools I have here in Elkhart into a car that is already pretty full with things my husband thinks we have to have at our condo.  But, I do have a small sewing machine and somehow, even though I had bronchitis, fever, body aches, managed to sew four tote bags with a friend of mine who joined me for a couple of weeks.  Since returning though, I have had a small wedding addressing job and have played with different lettering styles.  I do miss my calligraphy tools, but I know that with the good weather I was experiencing, I would rather be sitting outside by the pool with a good book or going to see the sunset on Sanibel Island. 

The day after I returned from Florida, we had our February meeting.  The weather has been cooperative and we didn’t have any snow to thwart our getting together to talk about calligraphy.  Thank you to Angie West for her demonstration of her wonderful Versal letters along with sharing information on how other instructors were able to help her “get it”.  Thanks Angie for your time and patience. 
Eliza Schulte Holliday: In lieu of a March meeting, we had an instructor come for two days of nothing but calligraphy.  Pat West and I picked up Eliza at the train station in South Bend on Thursday evening, March 2 and on Friday morning, after waking up to snow covering the ground, Eliza and I drove to the church for our workshop.  Eliza took 12 of us through warming up exercises, pointed brush italic, Italic majuscules, Eliza Verticals, and some brush animals like ducks, cranes and flamingoes.  At the end of the second day, she had us making a monogram and a short quote using the different letters we learned during the two days. I took Eliza back to the train station on Sunday morning with a stop at the church at 8 am to see if the computer cord she had forgotten was still there, and thankfully it was.  We had a great workshop and will enjoy sharing our show and tell with everyone at the April meeting. Eliza was a great houseguest and on Saturday evening Pat West joined us for dinner.  Afterwards, Eliza taught Pat, my husband Don and I a card game called “Nine Hole Golf”.  Then she showed Pat and I how to make a couple of no glue or binding books.  I sincerely hope she can return to do another workshop for us in the future. 
Eliza's work

Eliza's work

warm up exercises

Examples of our work

Eliza's work

As usual, we have lined up a year of demos, workshops and fun for our guild.  See you at the meetings with all of the wonderful work you have created every month. 

Venue: We are currently trying to find a new venue to hold our two-day workshops that won’t cost us an arm and a leg so that we don’t have to increase the cost of our workshops which we try to keep at an affordable price.  If you know of somewhere we can use once or twice a year, please let one of the board members know that information. Ginny and Pat have looked at the Christiana Creek Country Club and the Havilah Beardsley House in Elkhart.  Both seem a bit small for our purposes.
Chicago Calligraphy Collective – The opening reception for the Chicago Calligraphy Exhibit will be on Saturday, April 8 from 11 till 3.  If you have never attended this exhibit, you are missing some great art and inspiration.  Several of the artists like Julie Wildman, Luce Zolna, Reggie Ezzell, Valerie Weilmunster, etc., have been here in South Bend giving workshops for the Michiana Calligraphy Guild. There is usually a short talk and time to peruse the art and have some snacks too! Some of us will be getting on the 9 am South Shore at the South Bend Airport for the trip to Chicago and the Newberry Library.  We will return on the 5 pm train (6 pm South Bend time) to return home by about 8:15.  If you are interested in going to Chicago on that day, please email Ginny, gvanderhey@hotmail.com so that we know to look for you before the train leaves the station.  Last year we ran into a band of snow and Angie almost didn’t make the train.  I had to tell the conductor that she was in the parking lot and on her way!  So, consider making this trip with us for a fun day of art and maybe even a bit of shopping at Dick Blick for those much needed art supplies!

Upcoming workshops:

We have booked Jacqueline Sullivan for our next workshop in the fall of 2017, September 30 and October 1. If you have seen the work that Renee, Anna, Pat and Ginny brought for show and tell, which will give you an idea of what we will be doing in that workshop.  There will be a maximum of 20 participants.  More information and a supply list will be forthcoming as well as cost and where we will be having the workshop.
It seems that instructors are booking their workshops way, way out in the future and we have secured two really good calligraphers for our future workshops.  Please mark your calendars for May 22 and 23, 2018 (a Tuesday and Wednesday) when Yukimi Annand will be in South Bend for a workshop for the MCG and also Heather Victoria Held for the weekend of April 6, 2019.  Both of these ladies are booked solid and these were their first available dates.  Save the dates and save your pennies because these workshops will cost a bit more since we have to fly them here from Canada and California.  Luckily for us, we will piggy back onto the Chicago Guild’s dates for Yukimi Annand so we won’t have to pay the whole airline fee.  Another guild will be looking at Heather Held’s dates to see if they can piggy back onto ours and we can again share that cost.  I have said many times that we try to keep our fees as low as possible, but when an instructor comes from a distance away, they charge us more for travel and baggage and we pass that on to you.  You won’t want to miss either of these workshops!

LETTER WORKS 2017 – The 36th International Calligraphy Conference will be held in Ogden, Utah from June 24 – July 1, 2017.  If you are interested in this wonderful learning experience, please go to www.letterworks.org for more information.  Imagine all your favorite calligraphy instructors all in one area and you get to choose which one you would like to glean from. 

Jacqueline Sullivan – Jacqueline Sullivan, who will be coming to South Bend in late September, 2017, has a website that she posts art tips and upcoming workshops she will be conducting.  If you are interested, send in a request to Jacqueline. Go to http://blog.jacquelinesullivan.com/workshops/  and click on mailing list. 

 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 Heyden, 18292 Courtland Drive, South Bend, IN 46637 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 2017

April 1 – Barbara Walsh Watercolor Demonstration
May 6 – Monica Makielski – Book Folding
June 3 – Laurie Heyden – Subject TBA
July 1–  Pat West and Ginny VanderHey – Nature Printing
August – Annual Picnic at Ginny VanderHey’s  house.  Our exchange will be a handmade book of your choosing
September  2 – Renee Tuveson - Zentangles
October 7 – Sharon Esmont – Celtic Knots
November 4 – Calligraphy Fair – (Calligraphy tool sale)
December 2 – Annual Christmas party at Christ the King Church

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, silverbird323@yahoo.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.