Write On hosts 22nd Letters of Joy Festival

  • <br>Enterprise staff
  • Friday, February 29, 2008 11:37am

Edmonds-based Write On Calligraphers will present its 22nd annual Letters of Joy conference celebrating calligraphy and paper arts Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 at Edmonds Community College.

The two-day mini-conference features a wide range of classes for all levels of paper arts enthusiasts, as well as a silent auction, vendors and exhibits.

The keynote speaker will be calligrapher Sheila Waters. Waters studied for her master’s degree at the Royal College of Art, London. Following graduation in 1951, she was elected a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators and began a career devoted to commissions for royalty, museums, libraries, collectors, and publishers, as well as some teaching.

Her study of rare manuscripts has influenced her techniques. After immigrating to the US with her family in 1971, Waters inaugurated the calligraphy program at the Smithsonian Institution, founded a calligraphy guild, and developed her classes and workshops.

Write on Calligraphers was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization devoted to letters and paper arts. Members meet on a bimonthly basis in Edmonds for presentations on calligraphy and other paper related arts. The group also sponsors hands-on workshops and has an extensive library collection containing over 250 select books, tapes, slides and periodicals.

The annual conference and accompanying exhibit are dedicated to the memory of Kathleen Joy O’Brien, whose passion for letters helped to establish the calligraphic community in Edmonds and surrounding areas.

Cost for all events is $50 for WOC members and $60 for all others. This fee includes lunch for all participants registered by April 23. For registration information, contact Pat Thyden at 425-745-1347 or jethyden@aol.com.

Visit the guild’s Web site at www.writeoncalligraphers.homestead.com for complete information about the guild and the Letters of Joy conference, as well as local workshops, meetings, and exhibits.

For information on participating in Waters’ separate workshops following Letters of Joy, contact Joyce Lyster at 425-486-2106.

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