En lumière: Luc Saucier

Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Heraldic Authority, founded on June 4, 1988, by Jeanne Sauvé in the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. Luc Saucier, a member of La Société des calligraphes de Montréal, has been associated with this institution since 2005.

1) What is the Canadian Heraldic Authority?

From the twelfth century, European knights adopted the practice of decorating their shields in order to be recognized when they were clad in armor. The primitive coats of arms, often very simplistic, were useful in clearly identifying the person sporting them. Over time, monarchs assumed control of the granting and official use of coats of arms, which allowed them to pay tribute to individuals and groups. A coat of arms thus came to be perceived as a mark of honor awarded by a sovereign. Heralds of arms – officers of the court who also acted as diplomats – were charged with the task of conducting a census to collect the various coats of arms held by the sovereign’s subjects.

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Horizons Azur: call for registration

The call for registration is now closed.  View the Horizons Azur artworks:

Visit the Horizons azur gallery

The Webster Library at the University of Concordia has invited members of La Société des calligraphes de Montréal to exhibit within their walls. The theme of this exhibition is: HORIZONS AZUR.

  • Dates: from March 16 to April 26, 2019
  • Address: Bibliothèque Webster, Université Concordia
    1400 boul. de Maisonneuve ouest, Montréal, QC, H3G 1M8

The theme, Horizons Azurs (Azure Horizons), suggests calmness, tranquility, hope, the vastness of a cloudless sky and the hypnotic attraction of a quiet sea.

We will have a display case inside the library. We take this opportunity to challenge you to think 3D. Works on paper or canvas will of course be accepted, but we dare you to plunge into the 3rd dimension: books, self-supporting mobiles, shadow boxes, statues, ceramics, or any other object incorporating letters. Be inspired!

We will also showcase tools alongside the artwork: pens and inks, plus cola pens, ruling pens, pebbles and other unusual tools that will have served to create the artwork.

The display case will be accessible seven days a week, including evenings, during regular library hours. Once again, no sitting is required.

Deadlines

Registration deadline February 1st, 2019
Submission of artwork and a high-resolution photo March 1st, 2019
Delivery of artwork at the Webster Library Friday, March 15, 2019, before noon
Vernissage details will be sent to exhibitors
Demonstration April 11, 2019, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm, room LB-362 of the Webster Library.
Pickup of pieces Friday, April 29, 2019, before noon

Registration to the exhibition

The exhibition registration fee is 25,00$, non refundable.

Cash or Cheque Payment:

  1. Please fill out the registration form (Download form)
  2. Send the form with your payment (cash or cheque payable to La Société des calligraphes de Montréal) to the following address:

La Société des calligraphes de Montréal a/s Saskia Latendresse
8410, rue Saint-Hubert
Montréal (Québec) H2P 1Z5

Paypal Payment

  1. Please fill out and send the registration form by email to waterdelph@hotmail.com (Download form)
  2. Use the Paypal form below to pay the 25$ registration fee:

Participant’s name to 2019 exhibition

For more information:

Saskia Latendresse
Tél. 514-389-1976
Courriel : waterdelph@hotmail.com

Seattletters 2018 Conference by Elyse Viotto

Texte original calligraphié par Elyse Viotto

Translation: Patricia Shallow

On July 15, I left for Bellingham to participate in Seattletters, my second International Calligraphy Conference. I was charmed by the campus with its view of the bay and magnificent sunsets. I found my “calligrafriends” from last year (Letterworks 2017) and met many new people.

Le campus de l'université de Western Washington à Bellingham
Western Washington University Campus in Bellingham

As my first choice, I had chosen the class of Master Penman Pat Blair, the White House Chief Calligrapher. I had heard a great number of positive comments from students who had taken her course last year. As Copperplate is my favorite hand, I wanted to learn her technique and better understand its subtleties.  The course lasted five days. The first two were spent reviewing the lowercase and capital letters and learning how to plan for and add flourishes to ascenders and descenders. The remaining days were dedicated to the creation of two projects: a long text and a word or simple phrase against a watercolour background. Continue reading “Seattletters 2018 Conference by Elyse Viotto”

Annual General Assembly: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hello!

On May 25th, 2017 at 7:30 pm our annual meeting will take place at the Monkland Community Center,  4410 West Hill Avenue, Montréal.  (metro Villa-Maria, bus 103 to Grand Boulevard + 7 minute walk / or bus 162 to West Hill Avenue).

You’ll be able to enjoy seeing the work done by your fellow members during the past year. You are welcome to bring a personal work in progress or a completed calligraphy project.

You may even win a door prize!

N.B.  The date for membership renewal was May 1st.  Members must pay dues to be eligible to vote. If you haven’t already done so, you can pay at the door, in cash ($40) or by check payable to La Société des calligraphes de Montréal.

We are really counting on your presence on May 25; thanks in advance for your participation.