Letters of Joy

Letters of JoyIn 1980, Kathleen Joy O’Brien, the calligrapher and teacher who had inspired many calligraphers in the Puget Sound Area, died of cancer. Kathleen had been secretary to the president of Edmonds Community College. Through this close association, ECC became a hub for calligraphy classes, workshops and, in 1981, the site for Letters of Joy, still held there annually.

The newly formed Write On Calligraphers wanted to honor Kathleen’s memory, by passing on her love of calligraphy and related art forms, with a mini-conference. The first Letters of Joy, was held in February of 1981.

The first conference was a one-day event, consisting of a workshop and an evening lecture with local calligrapher and graphic designer Tim Girvin. It included an exhibit of Kathleen’s work. Seventy-five people attended.

Typically the first weekend in May, Letters of Joy includes a Friday evening lecture with the featured speaker followed on Saturday with approximately 20 instructors who teach a wide variety of classes focusing on calligraphy and complementary art for calligraphers. Included in the teaching is the keynote speaker who also teaches three sessions of his or her class, so that almost all attendees will be able sample the teaching style and learn a new technique or two. Participants enjoy choosing three of the offered 2-hour classes.

National and local vendors offer everything from the latest calligraphy tools and toys to decorative papers and crafted items; two silent auctions round out the days’ activities.

Letters of Joy was not be held in the year 2018 freeing up Board Members to concentrate on Seattletters!

Letters of Joy is returning the first weekend of May, the 3rd through 4th in 2019. LOJ will be held at Green River College; 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn, WA. This is a new venue that we are looking forward to using. Please join us for this anticipated event once again!

Gemma Black will be our keynote speaker in May of 2019.


Letters of Joy at Green River College on May 3-4, 2019

We will be in two close-together buildings, Cascade and Salish.

Friday we will be in Cascade for our key-note speaker, vendors, silent auction, scribes table, calligraphy exhibit, and refreshments.

Saturday, we will have our classes in Salish, a short, fairly-level distance from Cascade. Lunch and snacks, vendors, etc. will be in Cascade.

At this time, we would like to ask for volunteers to step up to help in the following areas:

silent auction monitors
vendor assistance
set up on Friday
lunch distribution
staffing help
clean up on Saturday

All LOJ participants must be at least 16 years of age.

Please contact the LOJ Co-chairs, Janice and Nancy Hammock at jdhammock4@gmail.com or 206-817-1617 to get your assignments.


Introducing our able Co-Chairs for the Silent Auction this year, are Lisa Tsang and Sharyn Sowell!

WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS FOR THE SILENT AUCTION! To help raise funds in support of Write On Calligraphers 501(c)3 nonprofit, a silent auction is traditionally held on May 3-4, 2019. We will be accepting gently used art/calligraphy supplies, books/magazines (Bound & Lettered, LAR), original artwork, prints, paper, tools, frames, cards, stamping supplies, bookmaking supplies, and gift certificates from your favorite art stores, gift shops, restaurants, and sporting event tickets (Mariners, Seahawks, Sounders, etc), or gift cards from your favorite coffee shops are also appreciated. Please contact the volunteer closest to your area to arrange your donation drop-off by April 12, 2019. You can print off the Donation Form to use when you drop off your donation. All Donation forms can be given to either Lisa or Sharyn and a thank you card and receipt will be mailed to the donor.

The bundling party is scheduled for April 30th at Carol Rutte’s house.

The folder/button party will be held at Brigitte’s house on May 1, 2019.

Volunteer Donation Dropoff Locations as follows and THANKS SO MUCH for your generous donations:

Eastside: Sue Gruhn, sps1200@frontier.com
Poulsbo and Surrounding Area: Elaine Hovey, elainehovey@gmail.com
Seattle: Janice and Nancy Hammock, jdhammock4@gmail.com
North End/Mukilteo: Brigitte Hefferan, brigittehefferan@msn.com
Edmonds: Gayle Waddle-Wilkes, nibnut@hotmail.com
Mt Vernon: Sharyn Sowell, russellandsharyn@gmail.com
Bellevue/South End: Lisa Tsang, lisa.tsang@outlook.com

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