Greater Cincinnati Calligraphers' Guild

August Meeting and Other Information

Ann Woods with an awardHappy Summer fellow calligraphers.  There are a few things coming up you might be interested in knowing about.

First, Ann Alaia Woods is going to help us start our 29th year in a special way on Saturday, August 29 at our first meeting of the year at the downtown branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (8th and Vine).   We don’t normally meet in August but we wanted to make sure you each got the chance to see the four beautiful calligraphed banners hanging in the library as part of the Cincinnati Book Arts Society Bookworks 10 Exhibit.  The banners were calligraphed by Marianne Burke, Karen McMannon, Holly Monroe and Marlene Steele.  As our theme this year is “start to finish” we asked Ann if she would speak to us about the awards she has been making for the University of Kentucky for several years and she agreed.  She will talk to us about the “inspiration-perspiration” ratio which involves background research, editing and arranging the text, and figuring out the structure.  This ratio is very fluid and changes as the deadline creeps closer.  As the saying goes –  a picture is worth a thousand words, so to view pictures of several of these fantastic awards go to Ann’s blogspot.  Click on the Awards R US category and you will see some extraordinary works by Ann.  (For you cat lovers make sure you also click the link “Sumi Seeks Catnip.”)

The meeting will be 10am – Noon.  We are meeting in Room 3B in the library – third floor of the old (south building).  It is also labeled as the Keith Kuhn Room.  While there are meters around the library they DO have to be fed on Saturday and the longest they will last is 2 hours and many are shorter than that.  So, one parking option is  the Garfield Garage located at 13 West 9th Street. Entrance to the garage is off 9th Street (one way street west bound) between Vine Street (one way street northbound and Race Street (one way street south bound).   Web site for map and other details is To exit you pay in the lobby before you retrieve your car.  There are directions in the garage for those of you who may not have encountered this type of process before.  Another option is Grammercy Garage located at 710 Elm Street.  I’ve been told parking on Saturdays there is only $1.00.

We thought since this is August and we normally don’t meet in August we’d do a little something risqué like go out to lunch after the meeting.  Current plan is to adjourn to Cafe Martin (On Vine Street) right across from the library after the meeting.     When we send out a reminder later in the month I’ll ask for RSVP’s for lunch just so we can get an approximate number of people who might be attending.

Second, if you are planning to attend the Ohio State Fair be sure and stop by the Cox Fine Arts Building so you can view two paintings by Marlene Steele.  The fair runs from July 29 through August 9.  For information on the fair go to Marlene is exhibiting 2 oil paintings that are urban landscapes:  one from her studio neighborhood and one of St. George Church in Clifton. (Note from Jo:  not everyone gets accepted to show their art – let alone two pieces! so this is a “major big deal.” )

It’s that time of year again when we send out the membership renewal notices.  Click here for this year’s  form.  To check on when your membership expires note the date on the label on your copy of New Letters.

Last note is the Art Academy of Cincinnati has posted their Fall 2009 courses at  While there are lots of interesting things to take I’d like to point out the workshop on page 13 Calligraphy Foundations: Italic Style.  Registrations begin August 24.  One note of caution – if you’d like to take the course please sign up as soon as you can make the commitment.  They tend to cancel courses early that don’t have sufficient enrollment and if you wait until the last week or two (I’m not sure of their cut off timing) you may find the course has been cancelled due to lack of interest.

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