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PENWORKS 2000

Exhibition Date: Jan. 31 - Feb. 25, 2000
Works By Members Of The Society For Calligraphy Of Los Angeles
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 3, 7-9pm
Member's Reception: Sunday, February 6, 2-4pm
Lecture: Thursday, February 3, 12:30pm in Art Room 103

Photo: Handlettering & Computer College by Lisa Engelbrecht and C.C. Sadler
Black Ink on white Paper and Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop

PENWORKS 2000 at El Camino College Art Gallery showcases the art of the members of the Society for Calligraphy of Los Angeles. On display are works of penmanship and lettering arts ranging from works written with quills on vellum and embellished with genuine gold leaf to works using the latest digital technology. The exhibit includes calligraphic certificates, broadsides, drawings, and painting as well as three dimensional objects, books, sculptures, banners, and calligraphic eggs, all for a most exciting view of the calligraphy and lettering arts of our millennium.

The Society for Calligraphy is in its 26th year, making it one of the first, if not the first calligraphy society in the United States. It includes eleven regional groups from San Diego to Santa Barbara to the Inland Empire. The Society membership is made up of nationally and internationally acclaimed calligraphers, and professional artists as well as amateurs, beginners and students, all committed to producing outstanding quality works.

Penworks 2000 is traditional and modern. The calligraphic works shown here are rooted in the knowledge of the tradition of writing, in the traditional tools and techniques of scribes, such as, quills, pens, reeds, inks, fine pigments, metallic leafs, cloth and paper and influenced by the eclectic, even iconoclastic, experimental and expressive attitudes of modern artists and the materials and electronic technologies of today. This crosscurrent of old and new is what gives Penworks 2000 a vigorous and dynamic yet subtle range of works. What the viewer can draw from the show is the marriage of the currents, the new ways and the old ways bound by a love of form as expressed in letters.

-SUSANNA MEIERS
Curator El Camino College Art Gallery

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