The Colleagues of Calligraphy based in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A. is pleased to have you visit our digital home. We hope you enjoy what you find here and see why we think the world is a more interesting place wherever calligraphy is found.

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Attend the first program of our new calligraphy season!

Our new program year opens in grand style on Friday evening, September 15, 2017! We are excited to invite new and present members to gather at Plymouth Congregational Church – 1900 Nicollet Ave. S. in Minneapolis.

As always, plan to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for coffee and treats. Peruse our library and visit the Demo Corner to see Alex Glowka demonstrate glass guilding. Take a peek at the Show and Share table to see the work of fellow members. 

Our program will begin at 7 p.m. Artist, teacher, calligrapher Gemma Black, presents "Looking Back to Looking Forward: Calligraphy - Its History, Its Mystery, Its Wonder." She will take us on a dynamic visual trip through centuries of letterforms, writing and calligraphy. Eventually we will take a look at the present “state of calligraphy” with room for discussion and ponderings about the future of the written word.

Gemma is with us in the midst of her latest USA teaching tour. She has taught calligraphy for over 25 years in Australia, Germany, Italy, USA, Canada and the UK.  She is a frequent faculty member of calligraphy conferences in the US and Canada.  Gemma is an Honored Fellow, and Fellow of the prestigious CLAS – Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society in the UK. Her work is housed in private and public collections around the world. She lives and works in Tasmania, Australia.

“Show and Share” your calligraphy!

Spotlight your work at our Colleagues programs by bringing a few pieces to display on the Show and Share table. 

There is no need to reserve a space in advance. Simply bring your work at the start of our social time: 12:30 p.m. for Saturday programs, and 6:30 p.m. for Friday programs.

The work you bring does not have to be associated with a recent learning opportunity. Let us see your practice pages, roughs, thumbnails, work in progress, and finished work. So many of us use our visual antennae for learning and inspiration. Take credit for your creations by writing out a small card or label with your name on it. Remember to take your treasures with you at the close of the program.

The Show and Share table will be ready and waiting at each of our programs for the next several years. It will be easy to spot with its tent sign created by new member (and volunteer) Sally Wightkin. Thanks, Sally!

An interview with Roz Stendahl

Programs Director Jean Formo conducted a delightful and informative interview with our November program guest presenter, Roz Stendahl. Read it at the end of the November program description here.

Workshop review by Gail Stenghelle

Gail Stenghelle describes her experience taking Amity Parks’ pencil class before last year’s MIDWEST Art & Lettering Retreat. Read it here.


All the best to you all, and see you on the 15th!

Jean Formo, Programs Director

Maura Lynch, President






President’s Message


I am fond of saying that when you discover calligraphy, and others who share your love of the art of beautiful handwriting, you have found your tribe.

From the look and feel of lush papers to out-of-the-ordinary surfaces lettered with rich inks, pigments or paints, hand-made lettering simply takes our breath away.

Maybe you are new to appreciating or learning about calligraphy. Perhaps you are a long-time student or master of this art.

Whatever your background, I invite you to explore how we express our passion for calligraphy. Our members are a generous, welcoming group of people, eager to learn from you and share what they know.

This website, newly re-designed as of July 2017, enables us to be more interactive. We expect and are excited for how it will change and develop over time.

I invite you to share your thoughts and ideas about what you find here – or would like to find – by contacting me at president@colleaguesofcalligraphy.com.

Maura Lynch


Mission Statement

Our mission is to PROMOTE the critical practice of calligraphy as a craft and as an art form, and to ENCOURAGE individual excellence, and to FOSTER a wider appreciation and a deeper understanding of calligraphy, its history and applications through the free interchange of ideas and techniques.

Art credits this page:  Diane von Arx – Colleagues of Calligraphy logo

Copyright for all art resides with the Colleagues of Calligraphy or the originators of the works. No reproduction is allowed without the express written permission of the Colleagues of Calligraphy or the individual artists.