SPENCERIAN CAPITALS and NUMBERS Workshop with Bill Kemp!

Hello Penablers. The information below came from calligrapher Mamie Velez. Her contact info is below, should you have any questions about this fabulous opportunity!


If you liked Heather Held’s workshops, you’ll also enjoy Bill Kemp’s workshops!



DATES: August 20 & 21, 2013 (Tues & Wed) 

TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Norcross, GA

COST: If we have 16 participants, the cost will not exceed 88.00 (plus a cost of approx. 20.00 for his workbook), less if we have more participants (“$” to be divided equally among the group)

Currently, I have 12 confirmed, and 8 spots opened. They’re filling up fast, and this is the first e-blast that is being sent out.

Contact info: Mamie G. Velez, mgonvelez@yahoo.com or 678.943.9970


Dear Penablers,

You are invited to participate in a calligraphy exhibit at Binders Limelight Gallery called LetterSpace. This will be a joint show with Penablers and FOTA presenting. July will mark the first anniversary of the Atlanta Penablers and we want to celebrate with this group show. Our friends at FOTA have done so much to lay the ground work for Atlanta’s calligraphic community and this is a great opportunity to show our solidarity with these amazing groups of creatives.

Your voice matters, as does the expression of that voice, especially when written with ink onto a surface. That’s what we do here, help facilitate that expression and we do it together, at ALL levels of experience. As your development grows and you acquire more sills, it’s important to take a snapshot of each moment’s growth spurt. This snapshot is what tells the world where and who you are, and it also encourages others to do the same. We are a community of growers and nurturers. We uplift each other in meaningful ways. We are community.

If there is any part of you that is hesitant about framing a piece of calligraphic art and sharing it with us in Letterspace, we hope you’ll set your reservations aside and grace us with your presence by submitting work. This is not a juried show, and it’s so beautiful that many of you are new. All creative communities need new blood to grow and remain current, while honoring the tools, wisdom and techniques of the past. We want to see your work grace the walls of the Limelight Gallery.

If you would like to participate then please contact Anne Elser at anne@anneelser.com. She can hold your work until it’s ready to hang on Sunday, May 5th. Binders is also offering a framing discount of 40% for any artist who needs to frame a piece for the show! You have until May 5th to submit your work!

She can send you the Artwork Release Form should you wish to participate. The first several pages outline policies and procedures and the final pages provide space to document your artwork. If you have questions about the paperwork feel free to contact Jacob@Bindersart.com. For all other inquiries regarding the show please contact Anne@AnneElser.com.



Group Show

May | 2013

Show Dates: Monday, May 6th – Friday, May 31st

Install: Sunday, May 5th

Take Down: Saturday, June 1st

Reception: Friday, May 10th (6 – 8pm)                    


Monday, May 6th – Friday, May 31st

BINDERS Limelight Gallery presents:

“ L e t t e r  s p a c e ”

This is a joint exhibit featuring the work of the Atlanta Friends of the Alphabet and Atlanta Penablers.

Reception: Friday, May 10th (6 – 8pm)



May 3rd meeting: A Brief Foundation of Western Calligraphy

Join us for our next Atlanta Penablers meeting Friday, May 3rd 6 – 8pm at Binders Art School in Atlanta, Georgia (Buckhead).

A Brief Foundation of Western Calligraphy

Carolingian, Uncial, Black Letter, Fraktur, Gothic, Italic, Roman, Foundational… where do they all fit, and why should we care? Through artwork that will make you drool, take a quick step back in time and learn how the bones of our writing system evolved and how this can make us better lettering artists. Discover Edward Johnston’s foundational hand and explore making a few of the letters with Penabler co-founder Victoria Lansford. Last but certainly not least, get a taste of pen manipulation that will rock your world!


Poem on Vellum, Carrie Imai

What to Bring

·         Practice paper

·         Speedball C-2 nib (or equivalent)

·         Straight pen holder

·         Large Automatic Pen (#4 or #5)

·         6.0mm Parallel Pen (or other large broad pen like a Coit or Horizon)

·         Fountain pen ink such as Pelikan, Doodlers, or Windsor Newton (pan watercolors will also work)





And don’t let our new workshops fill up without you! We have two new ones coming up – flyers attached (correction: American Cursive is 17 – 19). Also, upcoming Copperplate class/ workshop and Italic class with Anne Elser!

 And Mark Your Calendars!


Monday, May 6th – Friday, May 31st

BINDERS Limelight Gallery presents:

“ L e t t e r  s p a c e ”

This is a joint exhibit featuring the work of the Atlanta Friends of the Alphabet and Atlanta Penablers.

Reception: Friday, May 10th (6 – 8pm)



To become an Atlanta Penabler member please contact Jacob Gunter at jacob@bindersart.com or 404.237.6331 ext. 203

 ·         Click here to see photos from Heather Victoria Held’s recent workshop at Binders Art School: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.492615657453168.1073741826.369709053077163&type=1

·         Atlanta Penablers Website: http://atlantapenablers.com/

 ~Victoria, Anne, George, Mary, Jacob