Birthday Cards – Sister Noëlla’s 101st Birthday

On December 5th 2020, Sister Noëlla Doyon celebrated her 101st anniversary. With the pandemic, celebrations were toned down from last year’s big  100th hurrah with her extended family.

To remedy this absence of festivities, a calligraphic challenge was proposed by Claire Bourassa and took the form of birthday greeting cards. You will find some examples of cards sent by our members below.

Sister Noëlla, may your 101st year be filled with joy, love and the blessings of friendship. Happiest of birthdays to you on behalf of the Société!

Mathieu Doucette

Claire Bourassa, Envelope and card
Chantal Fontaine Hébert, Envelope and card, embossing and illumination, 23 ct gold and variegated metals, Zebra nib.
Diane St-Antoine, Carte
Gilles Champagne, Envelope and card
Saskia Latendresse, Carte

Virtual Calligraphy

By: Louise R

Translation: Mathieu Doucette

A virtual activity initiated during the pandemic for members of the Society who are looking for opportunities to share and explore calligraphy.

This new activity, free, and open to all members was offered to promote sharing through the internet. The participants receive a guideline which they must follow in order to create one or more pieces of calligraphy. We suggested a period of 3 weeks to send the pieces back.

The activity centered around the theme of the Society’s Member’s Exhibit scheduled for November, Amoureux des lettres. A letter of the alphabet is part of the guidelines offered every three weeks. Participants can choose to make a drop cap, words, sentences containing this letter, etc. We started with C for Calligraphy, or COVID, depending on the mood, then the P for landscape (paysage) or papa, then an M. Taking the alphabet out of order keeps us on our toes!

Every three weeks, the pieces submitted are put together as a composition and shared with the participants.

The response from the members so far has been enthusiastic, with each member creating a personal, inspired, varied piece and yet everyone is subjected to the same theme and letter. This virtual sharing is inspirational, with everyone’s personal touch. The publication of this work is voluntary, the sharing can be limited to the small group, and everyone can send their trials that will only be broadcast on social media if the participant wishes.

Yolande Lessard

Calligraphy: Yolande Lessard
Text: Yolande Lessard
April 22nd, 2020

This poem was written on April 22nd, 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic which swept through the world with Montréal being severely affected. The entire city and its population was suddenly confined. I was grieving the loss of my husband, Félix Doudou Boicel, who passed away on March 10th, 2020 from a pulmonary fibrosis. Gatherings and funerals were illegal.

Calligraphy in confinement

With all the turbulence that spring 2020 has brought, it was also a period of creation for some of our members. Here is a gallery of calligraphy created during this confinement period, as well as pieces that can serve as inspiration during these difficult times. Thank you to everyone for their contribution. If you would like to submit a piece for publication, please contact Mathieu Doucette

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.


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 (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
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