Friday, October 7, 2022


October 2022
 A Message from the Guild President
 A little late this month with getting the blog up. October came out of no where, wasn't it just July? As usual I have been taking too many classes and just not able to keep up with everything. Also, my never ending endeavor of trying to get organized (I think it's a lost cause). Covid, though not so much in the news is still out there and has affected several of my family and friends, fortunately all were vaccinated and came through fine. We are scheduled for our 3rd booster next week. Happenings in the Guild

 July 2, 2022
 Quote: "Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others". - Jonathan Swift 
 July is membership renewal month for our guild members. Membership dues have been increased to $20. 1st increase in the history of MCG. A free workshop with Suzie Beringer is planned for October 1, 2022 in place of our regular meeting. It will be on Suzie's "Dirds". Supply lists will be sent to everyone. You can be present for the zoom meeting or watch the recording. Our Annual Picnic is planned for August 6th and will be at Ginny's house and this will be our last visit to Ginny's as she is moving to Florida. We will do a book exchange as usual. Bring a wrapped handmade book for the exchange. 
Show and Tell: 
View Padlet as well.

Renee's Birthday Cards

Tina's Fodder

Tina's Book

More of Tina's Fodder

 August 6, 2022
 Quote: "Learning never exhausts the mind". Leonardo da Vinci 
 There were 7 of us that met at Ginny's house and 3 via Zoom. Much fun and merriment at seeing each other in person. This was the last time Ginny will host us as she is moving to Florida, so this day was bittersweet for all of us. Angela and Anna both won $25 gift certificates for John Neal, and Judy won John Stevens bool "Script". Those who participated in the book exchange brought wrapped handmade books which were placed on the table. We picked numbers out of a bowl to determine the order we were able to choose a book. Then whoever was first picked a package and then the next person could pick from the pile or pick from someone who had already picked. 

Show and Tell:
 Check Padlet as well.

Books From Our Exchange

Books From Our Exchange

Books From Our Exchange

 September 10, 2022
 Quote: Letters act as practical and useful signs, but also as pure form and inner melody". Wassily Kandinsky
 We discussed the Christmas exchange which will be a book or an ornament (your choice). Since we are not having a regular meeting in October (Suzie Beringer workshop) we were asked to decide if we wanted to participate and let either Lucia or Renee know by September 30. Angie and Ginny gave a wonderful demo on embossing. This included making stencils and double embossing. This is a very popular technique as it really dresses up a piece. 
At our November meeting we will Show and Tell our Dirds and anything else you would like to share.
December 3rd will be our Christmas exchange of either an ornament or a book, please get those in the mail by mid November so they will reach the intended in time for the meeting. 
Show and Tell: 
See Padet as well

A Letter from Ginny VanderHey

I was just looking at the weekly Reggie Ezell email which has been spotlighting the works of Rosie Kelly, master calligrapher, paste paper artist and friend. Rosie passed away a couple of years ago and her presence is still felt with all that have taken classes with her either in South Bend or at the annual art retreat at Lake Louise. If you have not taken any of Rosie’s classes, you have missed being taught by someone who was a true artist, displayed her work at the annual Chicago Calligraphy Collective and sold many of her handmade books. Rosie was humble and gracious with her teaching and we were so fortunate for her to come to South Bend to be our instructor several times. For several years, many of us rode the train from South Bend to downtown Chicago and either took the bus or an Uber (with Tina Cronkite, jammed into the car so we could all go together) to see all the wonderful work displayed on their walls, met several of the artists as well as ooohed and aaaahed at the beautiful calligraphy and artistry. I rode the train with Laura and Lauren, Barbara Rogan, Pat, and my dear friend Maureen Trubac. I remember the year that I was asking the conductor to wait for Angie to run from the parking lot to the train because she was a few minutes late due to the snowstorm that popped up that day in South Bend.

As I prepare my home to be sold in Elkhart after 48 years and move to Florida, I will miss the people in my three online Zoom groups, but I am thankful to have been a part of this loving and caring group that I have been involved in since the early nineties. As a newbie, I came to meetings with Diana Stamper with the look of wonder in my eyes as Anne Binder, Sharon Esmont, etc. demoed for us all the wonderful work they did. I asked Anne once if we were supposed to settle on one hand and only do that one. I am so glad that she told me no! I have learned many hands since then including about three or four a day when in the Reggie class in 2000, two weeks after my mom passed away. I was grateful to be sitting next to Linda Kanamueller who brought me a sympathy card the next month and I was so thankful for her compassion. This group has brought me many new friends and fellow artists that we can glean from. I asked Anna Schlemma many years ago if I could come over to her home for her to help me with some calligraphy process and that started our friendship and many “Art Playdays”.

Maureen joined us next and then Pat and Renee. I am also blessed by being in the company of these ladies as we sharer our work a couple of times a year.

I am not grateful for COVID, UGH!, but I am glad that someone thought of a way that we could still stay connected through Zoom. Thank you Renee for getting us started on Zoom and hope we can continue that process with classes since many of our members are now far and wide. We are now (almost) really good at it! I now belong to the “Bone Study Group”, “MCG” and “Pendragons”. I met several of the Kalamazoo area

calligraphers through the Reggie class and by driving to Kalamazoo for workshops. Lucia Leonardelli and Linda Kanamueller run workshops like a well-tuned piano.

Everything is run smoothly and they are the friendliest group, next to MCG of course. I am so happy to be on Zoom with them once or twice a month to learn something new or just to hear what others have been doing.

Over the years, I have housed many instructors including Valerie Weilmunster and Julie Wildman, who has become a dear friend and mentor. Angela Michielutti and I have been to Julie’s studio to work and share, and she has come to my home in Elkhart when she was teaching a workshop here in the South Bend area. I met Julie in Chicago at one of the CCC’s opening receptions and we invited her to come to teach us. Traci Van Prooyen, MCG member, has also stayed with my husband and I when we hardly knew each other, even though her husband warned her that I could be an ax murderer! HA!

Traci moved to Pekin, Illinois several years ago, but we have stayed in touch and she is now a member of the MCG again. She’s been instrumental in starting us on Padlet to post our work and upcoming workshops. Another friend I met through calligraphy was Cindy Bowles who had emailed me asking where she could stay for the duration of the workshop and I invited her to stay with me. She was a sweet lady and I am glad that I invited her to stay. I can’t tell you how many strangers I have invited to stay with me and so thankful for those times together.

So, as I move on to another state, I want to say thank you to all who have touched my life in calligraphy and beyond. Thank you for inviting me to Lake Louise to walk among the lake and fall leaves and for the time spent with Pat West as my roommate. It was always a magical week. See you on Zoom with new classes until you can meet again in person.

Well, I am off to help my husband with cleaning out the garage and think I will sign up for another Zoom workshop or two with Barbara Close and Pat Blair. Wait….all my supplies are packed up! Hello…John Neal???

Love you all,

Ginny VanderHey

PS On 10/5/22, since we had a very minimum of lookers, and the interest rates have risen, we may have to return in the spring to relist our home and hope a loving family will decide to buy it. So, I am not gone yet!


CALENDAR for 2022 
October 1: Zoom-Free To Members, "Dirds" with Suzie Beringer November 5:Dirds Show and Tell

 December 3:  Zoom Christmas Exchange



 P.O. 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 Michiana Calligraphy Guild, please send to Angie West 1212 Elder Ct., Niles, Michigan 49120 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.
 ARE YOU ON FACEBOOK? 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 AMERICAN FRAME Just a reminder that if you order from American Frame, please mention MCG, and they will give us a small stipend.

 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP Annual dues of $20 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 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 mail them to Angie West, our treasurer at 1212 Elder Ct., Niles, Michigan 49120. 

Renee Tuveson, President and Blog, 
Angie Wes, Treasurer,
 Judy Theurel, Secretary, 
Sharon Esmont, Study Group

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