Saturday, October 2, 2021







Hello October! On the 8th of this month my husband and I will celebrate 56 years of marriage! Quite an accomplishment for a couple of teenagers – Who said it couldn’t be done?

Summer flew by so fast I didn’t get any of the many things I planned done! Instead of going out and enjoying the summer I spent much of my time reading. Since April I have read at least 20 books a month. Crazy, part of it was avoidance as I am still in kind of a PSTD frame of mind from Covid.

Anyway, I have started to sign up for classes again. I am taking a computer class, genealogy class, and origami class with our local Forever Learning. On the calligraphy side I am signed up for Jen Sweeney’s “Winter Wedge Wonderland” beginning Oct 4; “Adventure with Pointed Pen” with An Vanhentenrijk beginning Oct 8; Amity Parks new class “Slow and Steady” and “Chunky Minuscules” with the PenDragon Guild of Kalamazoo the last two week-ends in October. Also, a couple of art classes that are not calligraphy related so again I am off to the races!


Our July 7, 2021 Meeting via Zoom

Quote: “In art as in love, instinct is enough.” – Anatole France

We discussed the picnic to be held at Ginny’s house. Per our discussion it was decided that we would wear masks accommodating members who chose not to be vaccinated. This year we are waiving the membership fee for members in good standing and the membership fee will be $15.00 for new and lapsed members. Next year the fee will go up to $20.00.

Show  and Tell:

Monogram by Angela Michielutti

Created by Angela Michielutti

Created by Angela Michielutti

Marbling by Angie West

Book By Angie West

Book by Angie West

Book by Anna Schlemma

Book by Anna Schlemma

Book by Anna Schlemma

Book by Anna Schlemma

Painted Paper by Ginny VanderHey

Bone Script by Ginny VanderHey

Mini Paintings by Judy Theurel

Coptic Books by Renee Tuveson

Card with Celtic border by Renee Tuveson

Our August 7, 2021 Picnic/Meeting at the home of Ginny V.

Quote: “We need ART because it moves us the same way it moves others who are nothing like us, except in the way their heart splits open, which in the end is all the likeness that counts.” – Samantha Reynolds.

Even though our group was small we had a wonderful lunch and marvelous time. Membership forms were distributed and members were asked to contact Laurie to verify that their information was the same and to update any changes that have been made.

 Thank you Ginny for hosting again this year!

Show and Tell and of course our annual book exchange was Amazing!

Judy, Marty, Anna, Laura, Renee and Ginny

Book by Anna Schlemma

Book by Ginny VanderHey

Book by Judy Theurel

Book by Laura Fuderer

Book by Renee Tuveson


Our September 11, 2021 IN-PERSON MEETING Christ the King Lutheran Church.

Quote: “Some people just make you feel better when you’re around them. They are sunshine to your soul and medicine for your mind.” Julian Lennon (son of John Lennon)


Our first official in person meeting in over a year was attended by 10 new and returning members. Welcome back Connie Wendt! So good to see you again, and two possible new members Shanon O. and Peggy S. members of  Christ the King Lutheran Church who are looking for some instruction in the calligraphic arts.

Anna S brought in a “bunch” of books to sell, many beautiful bargains, the guild bought several to be used as give a ways at some of our events.

I did a demo on creating a mandala using a compass, gel pens, colored pencils, black and colored paper. My inspiration was Heather Fidler, #featherfidler on instagram, who does beautifully complicated mandalas’. Mine are just a starting point.

 Show and Tell/ Demo:

Shanon, Peggy and Tonia

Laura, Sharon and Anna

Judy and Pat



Renee's Mandala Demo

Books Anna brought to sell



October 2, 2021: MCG Meeting Via Zoom

November 6, 2021:

December 4, 2021:


March 17 thru 19, 2022: Amity Parks “A Sharp Pencil and A Keen Eye”

TBD: Pat Blair




PenDragons Workshop: Amity Parks “Slow and Steady” workshop via Zoom October 23 & 24, 2021 and “Chunky Minuscules” Oct 30, 2021. 





Michiana Calligraphy Guild Meeting Quotes



QUOTE:  “In everyone’s life at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” -- by Albert Sweitzer.



QUOTE:  “You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again.  You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.” –by Donna Tartt from the Goldfinch



QUOTE: “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” –by Twyla Thara.



QUOTE:  “Not everything you do is going to be a masterpiece, but you get art there and you try and sometimes it really happens.  The other times you’re just stretching your soul.”   --Maya Angelou 



QUOTE:  “Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower.”  --by Albert Camus



QUOTE: “Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas time.”  --By Laura Ingalls Wilder



QUOTE:  Normality is a paved road.  It’s comfortable to walk.  But no flowers grow.” –by Vincent Van Gogh.



QUOTE:  What is not started today is never finished tomorrow…. By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. 



QUOTE: “You may not be able to alter reality, but you can alter your attitude toward it.”  Margaret Atwood.


QUOTE:  "An artist is a collector. Not a hoarder, mind you, there is a difference: Hoarders collect indiscriminately, the artist collects selectively. They only collect things that they really love".  --Austin Kleon


QUOTE:  “The world always seems brighter when you just made something that wasn’t there before.” --By Neil Gaimen.



QUOTE:  “Contained in every bottle of ink is at least one good letter, so keep dipping.” -- Attributed by Peter Thornton



QUOTE:  “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”  --By Beverly Sills



QUOTE:  “Mistakes are the part of dues once paid for a full life.”  Judy added a quote that her dad used to say to her as she was growing up.” –By Sophia Loren  “Learn from other’s mistakes since you don’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” --By Judy Theuerl’s father.



QUOTE:  “True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written, in writing what deserves to be read, and in so living as to make the world happier and better for our living in it”-- By Pliny the Elder



QUOTE: “Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboat.” -- Voltaire


QUOTE: "Do more than belong; participate. Do more than care; help. Do more than believe; practice. Do more than be fair; be kind. Do more than forgive; forget. Do more than dream; work" – By William Arthur Ward


QUOTE:  Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy; to follow but not to imitate; to praise but not to flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.”  --By William Arthur Ward.


QUOTE:  From Sophia Loren, “Mistakes are the part of dues one pays for a full life.”  Judy added a quote that her dad used to say to her as she was growing up.  “Learn from other’s mistakes since you don’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”



QUOTE:  "Honor the friendship that allows you to pick up from where you last left off, regardless of how long it’s been since you connected.  The friendships that survive hiatuses, silences and space, those are the connections that never die".  –By Billy Chapata (This all gave us something to think about since the lose of our beloved guild member. 



QUOTE:  ” If you really want to do something, you will find a way.  If you do not you will find and excuse.”  By Jim Rohn.


QUOTE:  “A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” – By Salvador Dali


QUOTE: “Success is a worn-down pencil.” --By Robert Rauschberg.



QUOTE:  “In art as in love, instinct is enough.” --By Anatole France



QUOTE:  ”We need ART because it moves us the same way it moves others who are nothing like us except the way their hearts split open which in the end is all the likeness that counts.”  -- By Samantha Reynolds  



  Quotes from Laura Fuderer


“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” H.D. Thoreau


“For books are more than books— /They are the life,/ The very heart & core / of ages past.” Amy Lowell. [Michiana Callig. Guild’s fold out]


“All that has ever been written about the alphabet has been out of order.”  Raymond Dabelli; on B’day card by Renee.


“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” Victor Hugo, Les Mis.


“You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.”  Bob Marley


 “Can anything be sadder than a work left unfinished? Yes, a work never begun.” Christina Rossetti [via Guild member’s book]


“Art is not what you see but what you make others see.” Degas


“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Maya Angelou


 “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” On an ND planner.


“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” H.D. Thoreau 


“The past is history, the future a mystery, the present is a gift from God.” 9/24/04 Connemara tour driver.


“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. “ Pablo Picasso. Callig. Guild quote.


 “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart.” Eleanor Roosevelt [on Judy Theuerl’s card]

  • “Life is what happens to you when you’re making other plans.” Betty Talmadge, b. 1924, [Miniature book, Quotable Women]


 -“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.” Carl Sagan.


 -Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. Tagore


 “Earth laughs in flowers.” Emerson


 “Moonlight is sculpture, sunlight is painting.” Hawthorne.


 “I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more.” John Burroughs


 “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you I could walk through my garden forever.“ Tennyson.


 "Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty." John Ruskin


- “They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a Butterfly in the winter woods.” Edith Wharton.


-“A flower blossoms for its own joy.” Oscar Wilde [via Lauren Matacio’s book]


“The time will come when Winter will ask you what you were doing all Summer.” Henry Clay.





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 Michiana Calligraphy Guild, please send to Laurie Heyden, 18292 Courtland Dr., South Bend, Indiana 46637 or Renee Tuveson, 928 Finch Dr., South Bend, Indiana 46614.




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 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 foe 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.



If so, look up your favorite calligraphers, because they are on Facebook also. I like to look at Barbara Blose, Reggie Ezell, Julian Waters, John Stevens, Rachel Yallop, Pendragons, Capital City Scribes, Yukimi Annand, etc.. There are lots of beautiful




Just a reminder that if you order from American Frame, please mention MCG, and  they will give us a small stipend.




Annual dues of $15 are due at the July meeting. In July 2021 our dues will go up to $20.00. Our dues are put to good use for supplies for our Make It/Take It at meetings and our annual raffle in August, and in December our donation to local charities. Please remember to bring your dues to the July meeting or send to Laurie Heyden, our treasurer at 18292 Courtland Dr., South Bend, Indiana 46637.




Renee Tuveson, President and Blog,

Laurie Heyden, Treasurer,

Judy Theurel, Secretary,

Sharon Esmont, Study Group