In an age of keyboards, touchscreens, handheld devices and the virtual disappearance of postal correspondence, handwriting is less and less a necessity of daily life. Actually watching this refined lettering as it was done is a completely new experience to many onlookers, and the impression is often one of fascination and wonder.
Set in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity United Methodist Church, the performance provides the opportunity to see fine penmanship and artistic letterform as it is constructed. Lighting will be dimmed and the workspaces illuminated by spot-lighting in an atmosphere of silence, allowing the artists and observers to enjoy more focused concentration. In this quiet environment, the guild hopes to distill what is most seductive and mesmerizing about the practice of putting pen to paper - the patina on a burled wood penstaff, the smell of newly ground sumi ink, the glistening sheen of wet goache, and the sound of a goose quill as it scratches and twists its way across a finely polished calfskin vellum.
Among the diverse styles, or "hands" demonstrated will be elegant Copperplate and Spencerian scripts, flourished Italic, Carolingian, Lombardic, and the non-Roman letterforms of Persian, Indian, Greek, Hebrew, Indian, Russian, and Chinese calligraphy. In addition to pure lettering, some demonstrating artists will be working with color, illustration, and gold leaf - long the treasured embellishments of ornamental manuscripts.
Held in the beautiful surroundings of one of Atlanta's historic churches, this secular event is free to the public and Friends of the Alphabet welcomes all who are intrigued by the mastery of the written word.
To get more information on this event, please call 678-463-7500 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.