Monday, January 11, 2016

Print, Cursive or Calligraphy?

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In our fast-paced world of text messages, hasty emails, and scribbled notes to communicate, the controversy over whether or not to teach cursive in school seems a bit quaint and yet...

There seems to be a growing interest in creating art works using the ancient tools of calligraphy.  On blogs, Instagram and Pinterest  people are showing photos of their handwritten quotes on blackboards, in frames and sitting on tables, painted on pillows, and on rustic signs.  Is this a nostalgia for another time and place, or are we recognizing that the slowing down into the meditative, intentional writing of words quells the frenzy of modern life?

In Albuquerque, a group of calligraphers meet together and practice this art.  
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Several times a year, Escribiente (Spanish for scribe or writer) Calligraphy Society show their works at different art venues.  In January and February you can see their works at St. Mark's Sacred Arts Gallery at 431 Richmond NE.  Hours: 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sundays.  All photos that follow are by Evelyn Costello.  Here is a sneak peak...

If you are live in the Albuquerque area, don't miss this show.  Apologies to the artists for not including their names.  Will update next time I am at St. Mark's and can verify the names.