Wednesday, June 27, 2018

JULY 2018 SCRIBNOTE


Comments from the Chairperson
It has been such a busy couple of months, I may have to retire from my retirement ! How did I ever work fulltime?


Can't say it is all work. I enjoy doing things and keeping busy.


At the end of April I went to a workshop sponsored by the Pen Dragons of Kalamazoo  featuring Amity Parks. Actually this was 2 workshops rolled into 1. The first 2 days we worked with graphite at the Parchment Library and the second 2 days we worked on collage and the beautiful home of Marijo Carney. It was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend that if anyone has a chance to go to a workshop with Amity Parks, GO! She is a wonderful teacher.






At the end of May our own guild sponsored Yukimi Annand, this too was a great experience and we worked with the folded pen. I received an email from Jean Ketcham as follows:
"As a novice calligrapher I was honored to be included in last week's Folded Pen Workshop by acclaimed calligrapher Yukimi Annand. Yukimi's thoughtfully organized workshop walked us through the use of the folded pen with attention to detail with each individual project. She patiently guided us to create a project using her beautifully imaginative aesthetic style with the wide and thin lines that the folded pen can produce, and added color. She showed us how to make a book with our worksheets simply and beautifully bound with black paper.
I share the hope of the other workshop participants that we will have another opportunity to work with and be inspired by Yukimi Annand."
This email really struck me, as so many new calligraphers shy away from taking a workshop; maybe they are intimidated by the experience or knowledge of their fellow workshop members. Please don't be as this letter attests!


Also I would like to thank Alicia Marquez for the wonderful photos she took. She was a visitor from the Chicago Guild and a welcome addition to our group.
Here is a link


https://photos.app.goo.gl/pYBjjgJDp7gW7N8U9


Alicia you are welcome to join us anytime!


Currently I am taking an online class in Gothicized Italic with Barry Morentz through Harvest Crittenden's Acorn Arts. I have taken several online classes through and with Harvest and they are always great. Keeping up with the assignments has been a challenge. There are the things you want to do and the things you should do and then the things that you do! It seems something always comes up to change any plans.


Ginny VanderHey has written two articles for the blog this quarter and I want to thank her, she is a true asset to this guild, we could not survive without her! Love you Ginny!



A Day with Julie Wildman

Angela Michielutti and I were invited to go to Julie Wildman's home in Highland, Indiana in early April and as the day got closer, we got more excited about it. I just knew that if the phone rang the morning of, someone was cancelling our day together.

I first met Julie when I went to a Chicago Calligraphy Collective Exhibit Reception at the Newberry Library that some members of our guild attend every year (except this one because they were renovating). Julie had a piece she had entered and the lettering was very free and only had about 3 words on it, which they were in Italian, so my eye immediately honed in on that piece. It said "Nienta Sensa Gioia" or Nothing Without Joy. I love Italian words, and these are the exact same words that I did several years ago when we did a quote exchange. Mine is hanging in Anna Schlemma's home and makes me very proud when I see that she would elect to have it on her walls. So, after meeting Julie in Chicago, I asked if she taught classes and she said yes she did. She had only taught in the Chicago area at that time and we were the first group to ask to do a workshop outside of her area and outside of her state. So we talked about dates, did lots of emailing and decided when she would come to teach us. Since then she has done 2 workshops for us at the MCG which was well attended. She is a very giving person and wants you to learn all that she has to share. Also, she stayed at my home twice and now we have become great friends so I consider myself blessed.

So on Wednesday morning, April 11, I drove to Angela's home in South Bend and we left from there to go to Julie's home in Illinois. It was almost 2 hours from Elkhart, but it was really a beautiful day and we only had one detour before finding her lovely home. The trip was made shorter by the good company Angela was and her being a good co-pilot. The first thing you notice when walking in the door is all the artwork that she has in her home and one wall were mostly originals from different instructors. Angela and I has to pick up our jaw that had fallen to the floor at that point.

Next we went downstairs to Julie's studio which is a huge part of her basement with two huge tables. Julie showed us some of the things she had learned on her trip to France last year so we played with marks on different kinds of paper. Walnut ink on watercolor paper or gold on black paper was so lovely also. We also made some flowers with our automatic pens and got to try out a few new pens that we hadn't seen before like Brody Neuenschwander pen and the Dreambug pen. We liked the Brody but didn't have much success with the Dreambug, but it was certainly fun to try new writing implements.


We really didn't have enough time together because of the time difference and the long ride back home, but we are hoping to have another get together in the near future and either we will go to Julie's again, or she will make the drive here. I couldn't wait to come home and make cards out of some of the marks I made. We really did have a wonderful few precious hours together just having an "art play day" with three friends.

Ginny VanderHey


FOLDED PEN WORKSHOP WITH YUKIMI ANNAND

My initial contact with Yukimi Annand began almost two years ago when I saw her work on Pinterest and loved it! I emailed Yukimi for a proposal for a workshop in South Bend and she emailed me with future dates that were available and all the particulars that go along with it. The MCG Board decided on May 22 and 23, 2018 and I had to be patient knowing that time would pass quickly enough and she would be here to teach Folded Pen Letters. Also, she taught Text and Texture in Chicago on May 19 and 20 so we were able to share the cost of bringing her to South Bend with the Chicago Calligraphy Collective whose workshop sold out in 9 minutes! Our workshop was sold out in two days and we had a waiting list. Finally on Monday, May 21, Pat West and I drove to the SB Airport where Yukimi was coming in on the train, or so we thought. Turns out the train only went to Carroll Street that week, so they put her on a bus for the rest of the way to South Bend. Thank Goodness for cell phones so that she could text us and let us know that she was let off at the train station end of the airport and not at the bus station. So Pat and I traipsed over to the other end and found her outside. Also Thank Goodness for Facebook so that I knew what she looked like. We took her back to Pat's house where she stayed for three nights and made a wonderful dinner of quiche, salad, fruit and muffins together in Pat's dining room. Yukimi spent some time outside in Pat's beautiful yard taking pictures of the beautiful foliage and fauna.

After coming back home, two of my dear calligraphy friends, Tina Cronkite and Linda Bravada, arrived in Elkhart to stay with my husband and I for two nights. They are both delightful company and we shared lots of talk about books and calligraphy. On Tuesday morning we left the house at 8 am and headed to Battlell Center in Mishawaka where they had a great room for us to have a workshop. Eighteen of us gathered, two to a table, to start our Yukimi Folded Pen journey. Yukimi had some folded pens listed on her supply list, but I wanted to try them before I purchased one. Yukimi had some Horizon folded nibs for sale and I have been using that one during class and here at home to practice.

We worked on Strathmore 300 series Charcoal Paper which was very smooth and also used pencils and then sumi ink to start making marks and then letters. We were given many pages of handouts to work with and many styles of "A's" so that we could come up with a lettering style all our own. The MCG provided a piece of Arches and two pieces of Ingres that were lovely to work on also. Yukimi was very patient and spent time with each and every one of us at our seats to help "see" how the letters need to weave in together. We all had a quote to work on that we brought with us and I am so glad that mine was not a long one! The second day we worked on doing a final piece or working towards a final piece. We then mixed some FW Acrylic colors to make a trio of hues to write and loved the look of the letters with color. Yukimi also did many demonstrations to help us achieve success in working with our letters and pens.

Pat, Angie and I have now ordered a "Tim's Pen" from Tim Leigh in Portland, Oregon. John Neal was out of the ones we wanted (I think Anna bought the last one!) so we went to the source. He is in the process of making 200 pens for the calligraphy conference in Seattle this year, so ours may take a few weeks to get here. In the meantime, we will practice with what we have which is the Horizon Folded Nib which has been working pretty well also.

I loved Yukimi and her work. She is a very soft-spoken person so everyone has to be very quiet to hear her. My ears don't work as well as they used to, so it was hard to hear her all she had to tell us. But, all went well and we did as she directed. I am hoping that in the future, we can learn under Yukimi's tutieledge  possibly in Kalamazoo. Our participants consisted of 8 MCG members, also one from Wisconsin, one from Chicago,  one from Valpo, one from Fishers, one from Lansing, one from Grand Rapids, 2 from Kalamazoo, one for Alto, Michigan and one from Richland, Michigan. So, as you can see, many have been waiting for Yukimi Annand to come to this area.

Thanks to everyone who pitched in to set up, clean up, order supplies, bring snacks to share, make coffee and to Alicia Marquez who took many wonderful pictures that Yukimi has shared on her Facebook and Instagram page. https://photos.app.goo.gl/pYBjjgJDp7gW7N8U9

Next up....Barbara Mann in September for a one-day workshop.

Ginny VanderHey

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Barbara Mann - September 22




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 a workshop. If there would be an emergency, for instance, the birth of a child or grandchild, illness, etc., then the boards 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 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 Year
 
July 7 - Make and Take Accordian Books, Ginny VanderHey and Renee Tuveson
August – Annual Picnic
September 1 - Laurie Heyden
October 6 -
November 3 - Anna Schlemma
December 1 - 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.

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.


 




Saturday, March 31, 2018


 

April /2018  Scribnote

COMMENTS FROM OUR CHAIRPERSON
It’s been a long winter, and does not show any sign of giving up soon! For many of us we use those long dark days creatively. I think this helps us maintain our sanity, at least this works for me. I spent the last 2 months working on book kits for my March demo of a “Shrigley-like” book. I say “Shrigley-like” because my cover is different, a bit easier I think. It can be very frustrating trying to come up with understandable instructions. With the  offer of assistance from Ginny VanderHey I worked out a fair set and still found that I had left out the sewing method for putting the book together which was a pamphlet stitch!

We did not have a meeting in January as the weather is usually against us.

At our February meeting Sharon Esmont gave a very interesting talk on the St. Johns Bible using her own extensive collection of reproduction books. Angie West, Marty Mitchell, Barbara Walsh all had wonderful show and tell.
Angie West's card using her marbled paper

Marty Mitchell origami book

Sharon Esmont and St.Johns Bible

 
At our March Meeting we welcomed a new member Hannah Yoder from the Bremen area. Welcome Hannah, looking forward having you in our group!
With the assistance of Ginny VanderHey I gave my demo of the Shrigley-like binding, we had 10 members stay for the demo and I hope everyone enjoyed the process. I thought it went very well.




We had show and tell with Pat West and Ginny VanderHey showing their poured acrylic paint technique with beautiful results. Anna Schlemma had several gorgeous books that she had worked on this past winter. Marty Mitchell told us about Danielle Donaldson who has online watercolor classes at
We all like to learn new ways to embellish our calligraphy!
Anna Schlemma's beautiful book

Anna Schlemma

Anna Schlemma

Anna Schlemma

Anna Schlemma

Anna Schlemma


Ginny and her "poured acrylic" painting


My winter was spent on multiple projects; I have a membership to “Skillshare” where there are many classes available in a variety of areas. Recently I took a class with Tiffany Lovering on making Mandalas. Great fun, next step is to color them. I also took a class in January through Acorn Arts (Harvest Crittenden’s site), with Michael Ward call “Signature Design”. This class taught the enhancement of Spenserian script to be used on signatures. Wonderful class.
Michael Ward Signature Design

Michael Ward Signature Design


I think we are all looking forward to our upcoming workshop with Yukimi Annand on Tuesday May 22 and Wednesday May 23 at the Battell Center in Mishawaka. It is an honor to have her join us. This workshop sold out very quickly, clear evidence of the caliber of this artist. I have already begun to gather my supplies.

Also looking forward to Heather Held next year she is also a wonderful artist and that workshop will probably fill quickly.

A Message from Ginny VanderHey


Finally made it to our winter home in Florida after a delay due to flu and “almost” bronchitis. Fever and body aches were the worst part as well as coughing for another month.The weather hasn’t been the warmest we’ve ever encountered, but the sun shines most days and we can still do to sit on the beach and watch the dolphins swim by, the pelicans diving for fish and putting our feet in the sand.

Today (January) I went to quilt club on Sanibel Island where we attend church. There is a lovely group of ladies who make quilts not only for themselves, but make prayer quilts for anyone who has been hospitalized or ill or for new babies. I find myself comparing this group to my dear friends in MCG. They are very giving of themselves and go out of their way to help you and are very welcoming. I immediately felt comfortable being in their midst. They have a Christmas party and exchange every year and they love to eat! I have been blessed to be able to be a part of two wonderful groups of ladies who are passionate about what they do for themselves and for their community. Everyone is making a tote bag for the visiting missionaries. I really don’t have the time to quilt a tote bag, so I wrote on mine with acrylics and like the way it turned out. Used my Eliza Holliday letters on it with a flat brush using two different blues. When I brought it to the quilt club last week, it was well received and many wanted to know if I had stenciled it or how I did it. So I am giving interest in calligraphy far and wide.

I also went to a big quilt show in Ft. Myers, Florida and spent half the day at the show, then lunch and then two more quilt stores. I sat in on a demo for zentangles on fabric which reminded me of Renee and her many zentangles. What a great day I had with the quilting ladies, but happy to be back in Elkhart seeing what I have been missing in the Calligraphy world.


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 Year

April 7 – Ginny VanderHey - accordian fold book
May 5 – Marty Mitchell - Button Hole Stitch Book
June 2-Angie West Spotlight Thomas Ingmire book
July  7- Linda Bigger (to be determined)
August – Annual Picnic
September  -Laurie Hayden (to be detemined)
October 6-
November 4 –Anna Schlemma (to be determined
December 1 – Annual Christmas potluck and exchange

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
Renee Tuveson
, President 574/291-3621 rtuveson@hotmail.com
Marty Mitchell, Vice President 818-424-5988  martyjmm@gmail.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.






Sunday, December 31, 2017

January 2018

Scribnote

COMMENTS FROM OUR CHAIRPERSON


It is November and if you live in the Midwest, you will find that we go from summer and shorts one day to wearing winter coats and gloves the next. There is no transition period! My hands and lips are dry the heat being on and going out into the cold. I just cut down all my tomatoes to be mulched behind the house and luckily there are still a few to eat now and some that are green and will ripen in a few days. I am not a winter person at all!


Thanks to Sharon Esmont for demonstrating Celtic knots in October. I was not able to be there, but instead spent three days at Fernwood with Jacqueline Gnott and learning watercolor techniques along with Pat West and Maureen Trubac. It was a beautiful three days and hopefully I can keep working on my watercolors as well as calligraphy, sewing, making books, etc. What did I do when I worked every day till 4 pm!


November 4 was the last MCG meeting that Sharon Esmont and I presided over. Renee Tuveson will begin her journey as President and Marty Mitchell will be Vice President for the coming year or two, or whatever they wish to do. Sharon and I have held our positions for at least 15 years or more and it was time to hand over the reins. I will be in Florida from November till February so I won't be here to conduct meetings. This does not mean that I won't be a part of the guild, but just that I won't be here for a few months every year. Anna Schlemma and I will be workshop chairpersons for now since we have Yukimi Annand, Barbara Mann and Heather Held in the wings for future workshops. I know that Renee and Marty will continue to keep the guild growing.


The MCG Board held a meeting in November and Marty suggested a Year of the Handmade Book. At our November meeting we had several people volunteer to demonstrate handmade books at our monthly meetings. Renee will be doing a Spotlight (a la Kalamazoo) with her book she did for the august 2017 exchange. We will have our regular meeting and then pack a lunch and make a book in the afternoon. Angie West has volunteered to do another Spotlight in June. More information about this will be forthcoming in other emails.


Also at our November meeting, we held a Calligraflea so members could either sell their treasures that are no longer used or could give away free anything they just didn't have use for anymore. Maureen Trubac brought a suitcase full of books and lots of them were scooped up.


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.


Thanks again everyone for your love and support and I look forward to seeing everyone again in March.


Ginny VanderHey
Ex - MCG President


Deep breath and on to 2018!


My deep thanks to Ginny VanderHey and Sharon Esmont for their years of hard work as President and Vice President of MCG.


I cannot begin to imagine what it is like to guide our guild into becoming a strong and more well known entity in our community. As Ginny said earlier in this post, "It Takes A Village". We all need to pitch in and give a hand. Work toward encouraging our fellow artisans in all of their endeavors . There are so many things going on out there and nothing is more discouraging then finding out something wonderful happened last week that we would have loved to be a part of. I am asking all of you, if you hear of a show, class,event, etc. send a message to me or any of our board members and we will make sure the news gets out.


In my calligraphic life I have been taking classes through Acornarts. Harvest Crittenden has added some artists to her studio and I have taken 2 classes with F. Phyllis Macaluso using the wedge brush that most of us have worked with before. Also a class with Bailey Amon Rivera who taught "Script Design from Traditional to Modern". Starting January 3 I will be taking a class with Michael Ward in Spencerian Design. All have been 4 week classes with a lot of handouts and great instruction. I have enjoyed them very much and encourage everyone to look into the classed available at Acornarts.


Requesting that everyone think about submitting an article for the blog. It can be about a certain artist that you enjoy, a technique, a teacher,  a fellow member or even yourself! I expect to be flooded with articles!


 Renee Tuveson

September Meeting

Our September meeting was all about Zentangle 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.
Examples of zentangles done at our September Meeting


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 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 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!


http://www.yukimiannand.com/yukimia/galleries.html
http://heathervivtoriaheld.com/
http://gallery.jacquelinesullivan.com/main.php


http://www.letterist.com/WorkshopPDFs/Calligraphy-PDFs/Duet.pdf.




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.


HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR MEETINGS FOR OCTOBER

Piece owned by Sharon Esmont done by Gwen Weaver

Beautifully done by Anna Schlemma

Anna Schlemma

Anna Schlemma

Anna Schlemma

Anna Schlemma

HIGHLIGHTS OF NOVEMBER MEETING

November "Calligraflea"

November "Calligraflea"

Poured paint by Anna Schlemma



Anna Schlemma


HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR DECEMBER MEETING

Christmas Luncheon

Christmas Luncheon

Christmas Luncheon

Watercolor Cards by Barbara Walsh

Christmas Exchange

Christmas Exchange

Christmas Exchange

Christmas Exchange

Christmas Exchange

NON CALLIGRAPHY ADD ON

I know that many of our members are bird lovers. My son's hobby is nature photography and he has taken many beautiful bird pictures and here I will share a few of my favorites. He is on instagram if you are interested as 2vguitar.






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 you want to sign up for a 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 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 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 Renee Tuveson, 928 Finch Drive, South Bend, IN 46614. When monies are due for a workshop dues, they will now go to one of these addresses.


MCG MEETINGS FOR 2018

January - NO MEETING
February 3 - St. Johns's Bible Samples & Explanations by Sharon Esmont
March 3 - Renee Tuveson Spotlight - Handmade Book
April 7 - Ginny VanderHey (?)
May 5 - Marty Mitchell - Button Hole Stitch Book
May 22 - 23 - Yukimi Annand Workshop more details to be announced
June 2 - Angie West Spotlight - Thomas Ingmire Book
July 7 - Linda Bigger
August 4 - Annual Summer Picnic
September 1 - Laurie Heyden
September 22 - Barbara Mann Workshop
October 6 - Lauren Matacio
November 3 - Anna Schlemma
December 1 - Christmas Potluck and Exchange


ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
Annual dues of $15 are due at the July meeting. Our annual dues have not changes 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 sues to the July meeting or sent it to Laurie Heyden.

OFFICERS
Renee Tuveson, President 574-291-3621 rtuveson@hotmail.com
Marty Mitchell, Vice President martimm@gmail.com
Laurie Heden, Treasurer, silverbird323@yahoo.com
Pat West, Secretary 574-612-9328 pwpatwest@gmail.com
Jo McPherson, Study Group Chairperson, jobakestwo@aol.com
Renee Tuveson and Laurie Heyden - Blog Coordinators

If ever you would like to add to the newsletter/blog contact one of the officers, Something you have done or have seen would be welcomed into our information.









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.