Wednesday, April 2, 2014


April 2014 Scribnote

You don’t have to be the best team in the world, you just have to be the best in the stadium.  Lou Holtz
We had some pretty nasty weather here in the Midwest early in January, but by the time our first guild meeting arrived, it was 39 degrees and the snow was melting.  We always worry about the January meeting since the weather is very iffy.  We had a great group and a great meeting starting off the year bringing our favorite tool or tools we don’t know what to do with, that we bought previously.  We have a diverse group and therefore, we had diverse tools that we like to play with. 
Can you believe that we had over 80 inches of snow this year, and I am writing this in January!  Lots of businesses were closed as well as schools, libraries, etc.  So, what did you do with your day…days….when you were snowed in?  I took an online Illuminations class with Harvest Crittenden, and also spent time lettering in the afternoons.  Harvest is a great teacher and I am learning a great deal about the art of illumination.  Another piece to add to my artistry collection. I also was able to get together with Pat West, Maureen Trubac, Anna Schlemma, Connie Wendt and JoAnn Hansell a few times to do some lettering.  Pat lives 7 minutes away from me, so even though the roads weren’t the best, I made it through and we lettered for about 3 hours, and, of course, chatted.  I also was able to get together with Anna, Maureen and Pat one day when the snow was not flying and we all made, or tried to make, a Coptic stitch book.  We need more practice, but we are getting the hang of it.  Hope you made good use of your inside winter time. 
Our February meeting had to be postponed due to yet another snowstorm and we were able to get together on February 15 for four hours of lettering.  I brought in three exemplars that the late, great Gwen Weaver had taught us many years ago and we lettered about an hour for each of them.  Hopefully everyone is having fun trying out a new hand or two using that wonderful, forgiving tool, the pencil. 

Gwen Weaver
Gwen Weaver

 During the lunch hour, we held our meeting and did show and tell.  The quarterly Letter Arts Review magazine supplied by John Neal was raffled off and Lauren Matacio was the recipient.  We really appreciate John Neal offering a free subscription of this beautiful magazine and enjoy raffling it to someone in the guild who does not currently subscribe.  
Our March meeting was also pushed back one week and we met on March 8.  Of course, it was snowing that day so getting to Christ the King Church took a little extra time, but well worth the trip.  Anna Schlemma demonstrated Gothicized italic at our meeting. Anna has a beautiful hand and we are so glad that we were finally able to convince her to show us her lettering.  Thanks Anna!
Anna's beautiful writing
We will not be having an April meeting at the church due to our group having an exhibit at MoonTree in Donaldson, Indiana.  We will also be doing demonstrations from 1 – 4 pm, so come on down to see our work and the beautiful facilities at Ancilla College.  Hopefully, we won’t have to drive in the snow to get there!
Yoke Pen Company Give-a-Way
Congratulations to Connie Wendt who was the recipient of the Yoke Pen Company Christmas give-a-way.  Connie brought her prizes to the January meeting and we were able to see what she received including a stack of colored card stock, nibs, nib holders and an ink container.  Have fun with all the new tools Connie!
MoonTree Exhibit
The MoonTree exhibit in Donaldson, Indiana will be hung in just a few and then we can all get together for demos and ogling at the beautiful work from our members.
Set up – pieces should be to Sharon or Ginny by March 29.
April 5, 2014-        1 – 4 pm Reception, make it, take it and demonstrations
May 12, 2014 -     Takedown
Chicago Calligraphy Collective – The train to Chicago on April 12 will be leaving the South Bend Station at 9 am to head to downtown and the Newberry Library to see the annual calligraphy exhibit.  If you haven’t been to the library in Chicago yet to see this exhibit, you are missing out on a wonderful day meeting and greeting calligraphers that live in the Chicago area and enjoying the demonstrations and talk every year.  Some of the places we like to go to on our walk back to the train station are Dick Blick, Paper Source and Utrecht.  All the supplies that you see in catalogs are there to see and touch!
If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together. 
Sometimes what you’re most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free.


Julie Wildman

Julie Wildman from Chicago will be our instructor for our 2014 spring workshop called Lively Letters.  Please put April 26 & 27, 2014 on your calendar. The workshop cost will be $110. or $125. if you are not yet a member of MCG,  plus supplies $15. Supply list has been distributed. At this point we have two spots available.  If you wish to be a participant, please email Ginny VanderHey,   Julie exhibits at the Newberry Library every year so hopefully we will get to see more of her lovely work before she comes to South Bend.  The workshop will be held at Whispering Pines in South Bend from 9 – 5 on both day


All Day Paste Paper Workshop

The MCG had originally chosen the Moon Tree reception date to make paste paper, but we have had to change the date to May 17 to spend another marvelous day together to make paste papers.  The workshop will be from 9 – 5 pm with a short business meeting during our lunch break.  Supply list will be forthcoming before the all day get together.  There is no fee for this workshop.  More information in the near future. We are unable to have our first Saturday meeting at the church due to their annual spring clean up day.
New 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. 

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 2014
April 5 – Reception and demonstrations at Moon Tree 1 – 4 pm
April 12 – Chicago – Newberry Library for Exhibit
May 17 – Paste Paper Workshop all day/Julie Wildman Show and Tell
June 7 – Pat West will demonstrate Sherri Kiesel letters
July 12 – Different papers to write on & Barbara Fedder will demo pastels
August 2 – Picnic at Ginny VanderHey’s – Exchange to be announced
September 6 – Maureen will demonstrate something she is working on
October – Calligraflea – Bring tools, paper, etc., no longer used
November – Holiday/Christmas Card Playtime
December – Christmas get together
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
Sharon Esmont, Vice President 574/272-5481
Maureen Trubac, Treasurer 574/272–0733
Pat West, Secretary 574-612-9328
Jo McPherson, Study Group Chairperson,
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.