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Kalligraphia 2000 at SFPL

For Immediate Release:                          Contact: Marcia Schneider
May 4, 2000                                                  415.557.4252


San Francisco--"KALLIGRAPHIA 2000," An Exhibition by Members of the Friends
of Calligraphy (FOC) will be on display at the San Francisco Public Library,
in the Skylight Gallery on the sixth floor, from July 1 through August 31,
2000. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 1st, from 2 to
4 p.m., in the Gallery.

"Kalligraphia 2000" marks the Friends of Calligraphy's 25th anniversary as
an organization. Since its founding in 1975, Friends of Calligraphy has
presented its open-membership exhibition once every three years in the San
Francisco Public Library. The exhibition will once again reflect the wide
range of current calligraphic practices, from the traditional to more experi-
mental and expressionistic methods of approach. On view will be original
works--broadsides, manuscript books, three-dimensional pieces--manifesting a
rich and varied array of letterforms. A check-list of the exhibition will be

A series of calligraphy demonstrations by noted Bay Area scribes will take
place during the exhibition's run. They will be presented on Saturday
afternoons during July and August, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., in the Latino-
Hispanic Community Meeting Room, Lower Level, Main Library, and will cover
many aspects of both the art and the craft of lettering. On August 5th a
special demonstration expands in format to include an international group
of calligraphers--from England, Germany, the Netherlands, among other
places--showing a wide variety of scribal practices.

The Friends of Calligraphy is a Bay Area non-profit organization active
since 1975 in promoting the study, practice and wider appreciation of cal-
ligraphy. FOC sponsors a year-round program of activities, including work-
shops, lectures and exhibitions; the Friends recently inaugurated a series
of beginning calligraphy classes held at Fort Mason and open to the public.
FOC publications include an illustrated journal and a quarterly newsletter.
Membership, currently over 500, is open to all and includes, in addition to
local scribes, many members from around the United States and from abroad.
For further information about the organization, contact FOC at 510.528.1709.

The public is invited to these free events sponsored by the Marjorie G. and
Carl W. Stern Book Arts and Special Collections Center of the San Francisco
Public Library. The Center houses some of the most highly esteemed collections
in a public institution, including the Robert Grabhorn Collection on the
History of Printing and the Development of the Book, the Richard Harrison
Collection of Calligraphy and Lettering, and the Schmulowitz Collection of
Wit and Humor. For viewing hours and further information about the exhibition
and demonstrations, please contact the Book Arts & Special Collections Center
at 415.557.4560.

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