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Rendez-vous 2019 International Calligraphy Conference
June 29-July 6, 2019
Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada
Since 1981, calligraphers have gathered in a different city each year for the International Calligraphy Conference, united by their mutual love of letters. The 38th edition of this conference is in Sherbrooke, Québec (Canada) from June 29 to July 6, 2019. Rendez-vous 2019 will take place at Bishop’s University, located in the beautiful Eastern Townships less than two hours southeast of Montréal.
The conference will be a wonderful opportunity to meet and learn from world-class, renowned instructors from different parts of the world. The faculty will be announced in the fall, and for the first time in the conference’s history, several classes will be offered in French! Participants can opt to take either one week-long class or two half-week classes. An exhibition of calligraphy pieces will be held all week, lectures and social activities are scheduled each evening, and there will be onsite stores with specialty calligraphy supplies and books.
Choosing A Show of Hands
by Georgia Greeley
What led me to this particular calligraphy conference nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Am I a calligrapher? Not yet. Did I know anything about this organization? Not really. So why did I do it?
Three years ago I decided to do one thing each year which would stretch my skill and knowledge as an artist and writer. It did not always have to be something huge. But wanted to take action. I needed to step outside of my comfort zone, try new things, be willing to play, fail, and learn. A Show of Hands did all this and more for me. It was a leap of faith well worth the possible fall.
And I fell into the hands of Yukimi Annand. I learned multiple ways to make marks on paper, to abstract letter forms, to look at nature and see colors and textures differently. Yukimi demonstrated varied techniques, traditional tools, homemade tools, and how to use natural objects—stones, seeds, sticks—as writing tools. She overflowed with knowledge, enthusiasm, and generosity while sharing her skills and her process.
I also saw an overview of the vibrant and active world of calligraphy, both nationally and internationally. I sat at my meals in the dining hall next to instructors, experienced calligraphers, designers, painters, quilters, and calligraphy beginners like myself. We talked nonstop. The three hours of “Show and Share” at the end of the conference, displaying work from all the workshops taught, ran the gamut from foundational calligraphy hands and concepts to experimental work. It was similar to going to an art museum and being overwhelmed by more visual stimulation than could possibly be absorbed in one day, like an unbelievable sugar high on beauty.
Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. Yet I expect I’ll be able to create new work for months, if not years, on what I learned in one week. As my husband and I drove home from North Carolina, I saw the shadows and light and colors of the earth differently than I had on our trip down South. What a remarkable gift for one week of exploration and hard work. What a blessing.