Sunday, December 27, 2009

January 2010 Scribnote

Comments from our Chairperson:
One of our favorite workshop instructor’s to bring to South Bend is Rosie Kelly.  Rosie is always so complimentary when walking around the room seeing if anyone needs any help in designing their “stash” books.  On November 7, thirteen ladies met at Christ the King Church from 9 until 5 pm to make another stash book like we did last year.  Rosie teaches us so much about design and color.  She puts together an envelope of “stash ingredients” like pieces of paste papers and papers she has lettered on.  When you open yours and see Rosie’s lettering and her beautiful paste paper colors, you almost don’t want to use it.! But, to get your book up and running, you cut the pieces apart and place them in your book in your own design.  Most times our books are proto types, but, they certainly are a treasure to keep to reference to several times a year.  Thanks to Rosie, we can always learn something new in her workshops and enjoy every minute of it.  Thanks to Sharon for getting the church open early for set up and to Anna for housing our instructor. 

Our Christmas MCG/Study Group get together at Barbara Rogan’s home in South Bend was spectacular.  As nine of us sat around the table in the dining room, we passed out our handmade artful Christmas cards to each other and as we opened up our individual cards, we ooh’ed and aah’ed everyone else’s work.  The cards were beautiful, lunch was fabulous and the friendship we shared was priceless.  Thanks to Barbara for opening her beautiful new home for our meeting.  Thanks also to Joya Helmuth of Spark Design in South Bend for donating 3 gift certificates which were won by Jo McPherson, Maureen Trubac and Anna Schlemma. 

We also decided to make two end of the year Christmas donations; one to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana and the other to Christ the King Lutheran Church.  The food bank and the church where we hold our meetings were the recipients of a $100 check from the MCG.  ‘Tis the season of giving and we are pleased to give to others. 


Victoria Pittman – Victoria Pittman will be coming to South Bend for a two-day workshop on April 25 & 26, 2010.  Victoria will be teaching a Tortured Metals workshop.  Cost for the workshop will be $110.  The supply list will be available soon.  Please contact if you are interested in this workshop.  My name is first on the list since my 3 ½ year old granddaughter was born the day before Victoria came to South Bend in 2006 and I was not able to attend.  Please note that only the first 15 people who register will be able to come to the workshop and MCG members will be given first preference. Please send your check for $60 to MCG, PO Box 11513, South Bend, Indiana 46601 ASAP.  We are anticipating having our workshop at Fernwood in Berrien Spring, MI. 

Peter Thornton  - We are also very excited about Peter coming to South Bend to do a “Pushing the Pencil” workshop September 11 & 12, 2010.   If you would like to see Peter’s work that he will be demonstrating, please email  Cost of the workshop to be announced. 

Rosie Kelly – We love having Rosie do a workshop for us as so we are having her come again in November, 2010.  Topic to be announced. 

Workshops in Kalamazoo – Pendragons

May 1 and 2, 2010 (Saturday/Sunday): Diane von Arx will teach a two-day workshop for the Pendragons. Topic still under negotiation, but they are tending towards some element of design. Cost TBA

We are keeping green by sending out our newsletter by internet.  This saves lots of time  getting our information printed and buying stamps to send them out.  If you have anything you would like to put into the newsletter, which is published 4 times a year, please send the information to or  We appreciate any information you can share with us.  Check out for the Los Angeles area guild newsletter where Carrie Imai is the President. Also check out the Memphis Calligraphy Guild

There are many classes available at Studio Arts in South Bend including Drawing, Creative Writing, Portrait Drawing, Digital Imaging, and calligraphy, of course, by Anne Binder.  If you are interested in any classes at Studio Arts, please go to  Also check out their artists market on the first Saturday of each month where local artists sell their works.  Anne’s studio has moved to Mishawaka on Grape Road so check out her new art studio near The Outback.

The Artful Retreat for next year will be held from Oct. 17-23, 2010 in Boyne Falls, Michigan.  If interested, go to for more information and registration form.  Spend six beautiful days at Boyne Falls with other artists away from kids, dogs, phone, etc.  For more information please contact Joya Helmuth on the website.

ODYSSEY – The 30th annual International Gathering of Letter Artists will be held from July 24 – July 31, 2010 at Stonehill College, Easton, Massachusetts.  Those wishing to have more information, please go to


Often times I see a website posted on cyberscribes and put them on my favorites so I thought I would share some with you:  - Capital City Scribes


January 9 -  Watercolor monoprints - Ginny
February 6 – Paste paper (We had so much fun last time that we are doing it again!)
March 6 – Cut letters – Pat West
April –  No meeting - Easter
May 1 – Show and tell – Victoria Pittman
June 5 – Victoria Pittman Playdate
July 10 – Handmade book
September – Peter Thornton – September 11/12
October 2
November 6 – Rosie Kelly
December 4 – Christmas get together
Please note that some of the meetings are not on the first Saturday of the month due to holidays or workshops.

As you can see, we have planned our year for 2010 (say twenty-ten).  We have a few openings if there is something you would like the group to do in August and October, please let us know. 

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. -- Aristotle
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist. -- Albert Einstein