Every spring, WOC sponsors Letters of Joy; a popular one-and-a-half-day mini conference that regularly attracts more than 250 participants and vendors. The conference and accompanying exhibit are dedicated to the memory of Kathleen Joy O’Brien, whose passion for letters helped to establish the dedicated calligraphic community that now flourishes in Edmonds and its surrounding areas.
Click on, download and print the LOJ2019 Brochure and Registration Form.
LOJ 2019 LOCATION & DATES
LOJ has a new venue for 2019 and is being held at Green River Community College in Auburn, WA. The address is 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn WA. We are excited about the benefits this campus has to offer for the use of our conference. The dates are May 3-4. Please join us as we gather to celebrate the lettering arts. Or come for the first time and participate in connecting with others in the love of beautiful writing. We look forward to seeing you there!
LOJ KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Gemma Black is our featured speaker! Gemma is an artist, teacher and calligraphic-designer from Tasmania, Australia. She received a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship to study in Europe and is an Honored Fellow and Fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, UK. Gemma runs a successful studio practice and teaches for art, calligraphy, bookbinding and craft organizations across Australia. Gemma has also joined the faculty at international lettering-art conferences in Italy, Germany, the USA, Canada, Sweden and the UK. Her work is housed in private and public collections and is also represented in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK, the European Parliament, Letterform Archive San Francisco and Parliament House Canberra. Her major works for the Commonwealth Government include the Apology to Australia’s Indigenous People, the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians, the Former Child Migrants and the National Apology for Forced Adoption. A fourth manuscript, National Apology to Victims & Survivors of Institutional Sexual Abuse, has just been completed.
LOJ2019 BROCHURE & REGISTRATION FORM
Quick Access: Click here for quick access to the LOJ2019 Brochure and Registration Form. Otherwise, scroll down for details concerning this year’s mini conference.
Slider: Scroll down to view the Slider with photos of the class projects to whet your creative senses!
To Register: Click on the LOJ2019 Brochure and Registration Form, download and print. Follow the instructions on Page 8.
(Found on Page 8 of the LOJ2019 Brochure and Registration Form)
Make checks payable to Write On Calligraphers. Mail payment, in U.S funds, with completed form to:
Letters of Joy
14253 92nd Place NE
Kirkland, WA 98034-5149
If using PayPal, you will also need to fill out and mail the completed registration form. See below for additional PayPal information.
Mail on or after March 15th. ⇒ Class assignments will be made in order of the received postmarks. Registrations post marked earlier than March 15th go to the bottom of the inkwell. ⇐
Be sure to choose your lunch selection found on the registration form.
LOJ has asked for goodies in the past. Our new venue does not allow for outside food. You may bring your own food if you have allergies or dietary restrictions for personal use. Thank You all for your past enthusiasm and generosity in past years for providing treats!
If you are unable to attend LOJ this year but would like to remain on the mailing list for future events, please check the appropriate box and send to the above address.
Our guild, Write On Calligraphers and our mini conference of Letters of Joy, are led and run by Volunteers. The list of those heading a committee need your help. Would you consider helping and letting us know where we can count on you? Please select where you would like to participate and email the information to email@example.com or call 206-817-1617 Thank You!
Silent Auction – Chairs: Lisa Tsang & Sharyn Sowell
•April 30, 2019 Basket Building for Silent Auction; Location – Lake Forest Park
•May 3, 2019 Monitoring Silent Auction Items; Location – Cascade Hall, GRC Campus
•May 4, 2019 Monitoring Silent Auction Items; Location – Cascade Hall, GRC Campus
LOJ Folder Bundling – Chair: Brigitte Hefferan
May 1, 2019 Button & Folder Party; Location – Mukilteo
Vendors – Chair: Mary McLeod
•May 3, 2019 Assist Vendors Set-Up; Location – Cascade Hall, GRC Campus
Instructors – Chairs: Nan Robkin & Kathy Barker
•May 3, 2019 Assist Classroom Set-Up; Beginning at 5:00 PM; Location – Salish Hall, GRC Campus
Exhibits – Chair: Susan Gayle Welsh
•May 3, 2019 Assist Displaying Exhibit Pieces; Location – Cascade Hall
•May 4, 2019 Assist Dismantling Exhibit Grid; Location – Cascade Hall
Registration – Chair: Sue Gruhn
•May 3, 2019 Assist in Distribution of LOJ Folders and name Buttons; Location – just outside Cascade Hall, GRC Campus
•May 4, 2019 Assist in Distribution of LOJ Folders and name Buttons; Location – just outside Cascade Hall, GRC Campus
Hospitality – Chairs: Janice Hammock & Nancy Hammock
•May 3, 2019 Cut and Serve Cake Following Lecture; Location – Cascade Hall, GRC Campus
WOC Table – Chairs: Janice Hammock & Nancy Hammock
•May 3, 2019 Be at WOC table to hand out exhibit forms, direct people, help with Silent Auction payment collection
All LOJ participants must be at least 16 years of age.
LOJ SILENT AUCTION
Co-Chairs: Introducing our Co-Chairs for the Silent Auction this year: Lisa Tsang and Sharyn Sowell!
Silent Auction: WOC would appreciate receiving shared supplies you are no longer using to include in our LOJ Silent Auction. It is a wonderful feeling to share the things each of us have loved with calligraphers of all levels. Write On Calligraphers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
We will be accepting:
gently used art & calligraphy supplies books - calligraphy, book arts, paper crafts, card making, etc magazines - Bound & Lettered, Letter Arts Review, Somerset original artwork ~~ prints ~~ paper ~~ tools ~~ frames cards ~~ stamping supplies ~~ bookmaking supplies gift certificates from your favorite art stores & gift shops gift cards from your favorite restaurants & coffee shops sporting event tickets -- Mariners, Seahawks, Sounders, etc.
Please contact the volunteer closest to your area to arrange a time to donate supplies along with the completed Donation Form by April 12, 2019. Have you longed to sort through collected calligraphic and art supplies in your home and become better organized? Consider donating loved items that would bring others, joy and in the process, help our guild to run smoothly. Either Lisa or Sharyn will send a receipt and thank you to help with tax purposes. THANK YOU for your consideration.
Volunteer Donation Drop-off Locations:
Eastside: Sue Gruhn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Poulsbo and Surrounding Area: Elaine Hovey, email@example.com
Seattle: Janice and Nancy Hammock, firstname.lastname@example.org
North End/Mukilteo: Brigitte Hefferan, email@example.com
Edmonds: Gayle Waddle-Wilkes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mt Vernon: Sharyn Sowell, email@example.com
Bellevue/South End: Lisa Tsang, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
LOJ2019 Silent Auction Donation Form – Click for a link to this form.
LOJ 2019 INSTRUCTORS
Be inspired as you look over the photographs with samples provided by the talented teachers for LOJ2019! Click on the LOJ2019 Brochure and Registration Form to read details on class descriptions and supply lists as well as to download and print the registration form.
Hover over (or touch) the image below to view the right & left arrows on either side of the image. The instructor’s name and class are to the lower left of the image as viewed from a computer. [For hand-held devices, please note that the class photos are arranged in order of the instructor’s name shown below.]
The Letters of Joy instructors and the classes they will be teaching are:
Gemma Black: Alphabeats Truncated
Kathy Barker: Playful Pointed Pen
Suzie Beringer: The Magic of Parallel Pens
Janice Berkebile: Letter Me This! Watercolor Lettering
Kristen Doty: Drawing Letterforms
Gretchen Ehrsam: Scavenged Design
Selene Fisher: Books in the Round
Brigitte Hefferan: Fraktur
Carrie Imai: What Works on Black
Kay Lewis: Chopstick Sumi
Katherine Malmsten: Off the Shelf Letters
Sally Penley: Pointed brush Calligraphy
Nan Robkin: Hedi Kyle fishbone Book
Linda Schneider: Lettering on Mirrors
Cathy Shiovitz: The Hebrew Alphabet – Then and Now
For WOC Members:
$110.00 for All-Event Package
$140.00 for All-Event Package and WOC renewal membership for 2019-2020
($145.00 for U.S. for Canadians)
$130.00 for All-Event Package
$140.00 for All-Event Package and WOC membership for 2019-2020
($145.00 U.S. for Canadians)
For Friday Evening Program Only:
Payment Method for Registration:
1. Checks – preferred method of payment
2. PayPal – remember to fill out and mail your LOJ2019 Brochure and Registration Form even if using PayPal
Write On Calligraphers now provides PayPal available to WOC members. PayPal can be used for membership payments, workshop payments and Letters of Joy. The email address for making these payments is email@example.com. We still accept checks and would prefer checks, but we are glad to now offer PayPal. Please use the above email address for all WOC Registration and Treasurer business.
The person using PayPal for Write on Calligraphers must have a personal PayPal account:
* Sign up for a free personal account at www.paypal.com
* Add a credit card or bank account to the PayPal account. (This is the account that money will be withdrawn from to pay for anything using PayPal)
* Click on “Send Money To “ and enter firstname.lastname@example.org
* Enter the amount of money you want to send to WOC
* Confirm the payment method and click “Send Payment Now”
* Next, click on, download and print the LOJ2019 Brochure and Registration Form and send
LOJ LOCATION, MAPS, LODGING
LOJ SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
5:30 – Registration. This is outside Cascade Hall which is within the Student Affairs and Success Center building (SA). Preregistered guests may pick up individual name buttons and a program. Vendors, exhibit drop-off, and silent auction are within Cascade Hall.
Unregistered guests pay $5.00 at the door!
7:00 – Welcome, Dewey Award presentation, Featured Speaker, and Refreshments**
SATURDAY: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
8:00 – Doors open for preregistered guests, registration for Saturday-only guests, hospitality, vendors, exhibits; free access to vendors and exhibits for the general public
9:00 – 11:00 – Session I classes – Salish Building (SH)
11:00 – 12:30 – Lunch; provided to those who preregister for the all-event package.
12:30 – 2:30 – Session II classes – Salish Building (SH)
2:30 – 3:00 – Break
3:00 – 5:00 – Session III – Salish Building (SH)
5:30 – Doors close
♦View the lovely hand drawn map for building locations on Page 7 of the Brochure – with special thanks to Jocelyn Curry.
* Lunch Included on Saturday; see brochure for list of options.
** Hospitality will be provided SOLEY by the college do to Health Department rules. You may bring your own snacks with your dietary preferences, for your own use.
View the brochure for a Basic Supply List, classes offered and teacher materials fee.
View information about the Scribe’s Table in the brochure.
And once again, click on the link to download and prince the LOJ2019 Brochure and Registration Form.
Three scholarships will be offered to high school and college students, age 16 and over. Seattletters is also offering one scholarship to a high school and college student. To apply, use this form, Student Scholarship Application Form, or write a letter in your everyday handwriting stating why you would like to attend. Include your name, phone number, email address, where you attend school and how you will use the information. Click on, download and print the LOJ2019 Brochure and Registration Form and send this to the address below or via email. Applications must be received by April 8th, 2019.
Eight scholarships will be awarded to qualifying teachers. The scholarship is not based on financial need but on how attendance will benefit educator’s teaching. The scholarship covers admission to the Friday night keynote lecture, attendance at up to three classes on Saturday and lunch. For more information, download the Teacher Scholarship Information Form. To apply, fill out the Teacher Scholarship Application Form. Then click on, download and print the LOJ2019 Brochure and Registration Form and send to the address below. The deadline for receiving scholarship applications is April 8th, 2019.
Details for Student and Teacher Scholarships:
In addition, WOC would appreciate if each person awarded a scholarship would write a short article for our Write on Calligraphers newsletter after the conference.
For Questions contact Sue Gruhn at 425-821-3164 or contact at email@example.com.
Send to, or email to:
Attention: LOJ Scholarships
14235 92nd Place NE
Kirkland, WA 98034-5149
Letters of Joy (LOJ:)
Participants are encouraged to share their artwork at LOJ. The grid display system will be mounted on the stage. All artwork must have a hanging wire for attachment to the grid. Books are not possible to display this year. Work can be for sale or NFS. Forms will be provided on site to identify each piece.
Exhibit Chair: Susan Gale Welch 206-523-9649
Future Exhibit Opportunities for Calligraphers:
We encourage all members to enter their work in local exhibits. Check out these opportunities:
- ♥ Arts of the Terrace, Mountlake Terrace (Sept. 21-Oct. 5; entry deadline Aug. 31) at www.cityofmlt.com, Shoreline/Lake Forest Park makes frequent calls for artists at shorelinearts.net
- ♥ Washington State Fair (formerly the Puyallup Fair) at www.thefair.com (Aug. 30-Sept. 22; contact Terri Kruger at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- ♥ Shoreline/Lake Forest Park makes frequent calls for artists at www.shorelinearts.net
Check the Events page on the WOC website throughout the year for upcoming exhibit plans to participate in. These are great opportunities to show your work and to educate the public about calligraphy as a fine art!
The Bill Henderson Scholarship Fund raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The first prize to be awarded is often a get away to be used as a family vacation, an artist’s retreat or just quiet time on own. Next is a one-year subscription to Letter Arts Review. Plus, two one-year memberships to WOC will also be awarded. Download the Raffle Form or sign up at Letters of Joy. Enjoy!
LOJ SCRIBE’S TABLE
The Scribe’s Table is a great place to sell your calligraphy, art work, paper products, and all things related to calligraphy for a paltry 10% commission. If you are a member of WOC or a teacher at LOJ, you are qualified to offer your treasured creations for sale. Where else will that ever happen? Over the years we have sold hand decorated quilted wall hangings with lettering, numerous cards, framed or matted art work, books, kits for paper projects, ink wells, bookmarks, lettered kitchen towels, and handmade journals To receive Detailed Information and an inventory sheet (which is mandatory), and your pricing code (so you get paid for the sales) contact Kay Lewis – Scribe’s Table coordinator. Extra Inventory Sheets will be available the day of LOJ for any late decision makers. Kay Lewis will respond to email with the words “Scribe’s Table” in the subject line at email@example.com.
John Neal Bookseller is the primary vendor for LOJ2019. JNB will bring a large selection of books and supplies to Green River College. Pre-Ordered materials will be available for pickup at LOJ. The pre-order deadline is April 17th. Teacher supply lists are also available at JNB. Visit the JNB Website for details.
Vendors are open during regular event hours on Friday evening and Saturday hours to participants and the general public.
If you wish to become a member of WOC, download the Membership Form.
Our volunteers are the life’s blood of this great conference! Most LOJ Chair positions are held by the relevant board members and all require volunteer assistance from the membership to be successful.