Tuesday, October 1, 2013


October 2013 Scribnote


Our July meeting was attended by 17 members and we were very happy to add more chairs to the table to accommodate everyone.  Our dream is that we fill that room and have to find a larger one to fit us all in. 
Pat West was our demonstrator in July and talked about Sharon Zeugin, writing on black arches cover with Clorox and then coloring the letters in randomly with colored pencils or with pastels.
Bleach technique done by Connie
This was a new technique for many, but reintroduced many of us to the workshop we had 6 years ago at Fernwood.  I think I speak for many in saying that when we volunteer to demonstrate a tool or technique, we take out all the supplies from that workshop and remind ourselves of how much we enjoyed the workshop and what we did so that we can share with our members. 

 Thanks Pat for a great demo. 

August….one of the most fun meetings of the year.  On August 3 we got together at my home for our annual picnic.  I love opening the door to my calligraphy friends walking in with their dish to pass and to smell the aromas.  The food is always incredible and we always want a new recipe from one or more of the dishes.  This year it was Renee’s Avocado Salsa Dip, even with all the garlic in it! It was delicious as well as everything else that was brought.
  We first had our meeting talking about upcoming meetings, and our Barbara Mann workshop coming in October. 
 Maureen Trubac did a marvelous demo on how to patina metals.  The sun was shining brightly and made some beautiful designs on the metals.  Next it was time for our book exchange. 

Our Beautiful Books

The books were lovely and we all appreciated the time it took to make them.  We also had a raffle of $50 toward the upcoming workshop in October which was won by Marty Mitchell. 

Then it was time to eat.  My husband was the griller of the day and made us turkey and apple sausage on the grill outside while we took out our dishes to go with it.  Everything was yummy as usual.  The weather was so pleasant that we were able to sit outside and enjoy the day.  Last year it was so hot that we had to be inside.  It’s the Midwest…wait a day and it will change. 

 Thanks to everyone who attended and I hope you all had a great time.  I know I did!


Denis Brown visited at our September meeting…..that is, Denis Brown’s DVD.  Thanks to Renee Tuveson and her husband for bringing the DVD and all the equipment to play it during our meeting on a large monitor so we could all enjoy it.  We loved watching Dennis demonstrate the letters of the alphabet in his italic style.  Denis is a master of calligraphy and design who has been in South Bend to teach some of us many years ago and we greatly appreciated that opportunity.

We also had a bevy of show and tell items.  There were several new books, purchased by members in different places, like an old John Stevens book, and books on collage, doodling and zentangles.  I guess it is time to go through my old books again to see which ones are way past their prime so that I can make room for some new ones.  Thanks to everyone who shared.
Show and Tell: Tunnel book by Angie West
Show and Tell from Pat West "Metal Patina


Hopefully everyone is working on or thinking of what they will exhibit at Moontree next year in Plymouth, Indiana.  Early next year we will have a schedule of when to drop off your pieces to Anne Binder and a committee will hang them up at the venue.  We are very excited about exhibiting as a group and hope you and your lovely artwork will be part of that showcase for May, 2014.   I challenge everyone to create a piece to hang or a book to exhibit at Moontree to showcase our talents as calligraphers and/or painters. 
Lastly, we send our condolences to member Susan Kavanaugh upon the passing of her husband Tom.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kavanaugh family.  Also to the family of Gwen Weaver, alented calligrapher and teacher.  Gwen taught a few classes to our guild several years ago.  We will miss Gwen’s amazing lettering styles that we continue to explore. 


Barbara Mann will be in South Bend to teach a two-day workshop called Paintbox Flowers on October 5 and 6, 2013.  Barbara is a member of our guild living in Michigan and gave a workshop several years ago.  We are so glad that she will be joining us again.  The workshop cost will be $90 or ($105. for non members) which will include the supplies that Barbara will be bringing.  The supply list can be sent via email to those taking the workshop.  We have also ordered journals; a brush that Barbara recommended and Arches text wove that will be available at the workshop. We still have a slot or two left if anyone still wants to join us.  Please email gvanderhey@hotmail.com asap. 
 The workshop will be limited to 18 people and will again be held at Whispering Pines Apartment Complex in Mishawaka.
Julie WildmanWe have scheduled Julie Wildman from Chicago for our 2014 spring workshop. Please put April 26 & 27 on your calendar for next year. Julie exhibits at the Newberry Library every year and that is where we talked to her about coming to South Bend for a workshop.  Check out wildmandesigns.com to see her lovely work.  More information will follow regarding this workshop in the near future. 
Pen Dragons Workshops in KalamazooLetters inspired by and based on Adolph Bernd with Peter Thornton, November 2 and 3, 2013.  Peter will also be teaching a masterclass on Friday, November 1.  Please see: http://www.pendragonscalligraphy.org/PDF%20Files/PETER%27S%20FLYER%20080813%20Lucia-w.pdf for more information. 
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. 

Festisite.com (click on
CCM: Creative Card Making (Facebook)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coEMPv5zaVQ (Pat Blair – miracle wedge demo)
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.
October 5 & 6 – Barbara Mann Workshop
November 2 – Angie West – Versals and Thomas Ingmire
December 7 – Annual Christmas Get Together at the home of Pat West.  We will have a card or ornament exchange again this year.  Make one card or one ornament only, for a raffle.
Stay tuned for announcements of the 2014 MCG year. 
Cut the schedule of dates in the newsletter out, and put it on your fridge for future reference.
Annual dues of $15 are due in July. 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 send your dues to the MCG post office box as soon as possible.
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 rtuveson@hotmail.com

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.


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