Most of the graphics that we see today are produced using computers, so it is admirable that the art of calligraphy is still practiced and celebrated. In our area the art is kept alive and nourished by the Calligraphers’ Guild of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and samples of it are now on display through February at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock.
Calligraphy is a type of visual art related to writing. Letters are usually made with a pen and ink and executed with one stroke. There are many fonts and styles in many languages. The art of calligraphy is expressed not only with lettering, but also with accompanying illustration, design, and kinds of paper.
Regina Lanzo of Old Forge and Melanie Lewis of Uniondale have assembled and installed an exhibit of varied works of Guild members at the Dietrich Theater. Included in the exhibit are framed memorable quotations, gouache and ink with dried flowers, an illustrated name, a monogram for the bride and groom, a butterfly created with words, and many other works of art. Selected art works are for sale.
Along with the art, tools of calligraphy are also displayed: pens, ink, paper, and books of different fonts and ways to use calligraphy. Over the centuries, the basic tools of calligraphy have remained the same: pen and ink.
The Calligraphy Guild of Northeastern Pennsylvania was founded in 1980 and membership is open to all persons who share the love of beautiful writing. Workshops are offered, a lending library is available, and bus trips are offered to calligraphic displays. There are currently more than 40 members.
Workshops offered in the past are Collage with Angie Cobb, Simple Illumination with Annmarie Margotta, Using Stencils with Chalks and Pastels with Margie Zaums, Pastels and Watercolor Techniques with Virginia Sosik.
On Sunday, February 10 from 3 to 4 p.m. all are invited to attend a Meet the Artist Reception at the Dietrich Theater. Members of the Guild will be there with their works and available to answer any questions. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information call the Dietrich Theater at 570.996.1500.