The SfC offers free programs to the public throughout the year as part of our mission to support and share calligraphy in Southern California. 

Upcoming events

    • February 16, 2024
    • (PST)
    • September 20, 2024
    • (PDT)

    Call for entries: register your entry(s) here!


    Participation is open to current SfC members only. All entries must be original works of art. Submissions are limited to two pieces for each member.

    Participation is open to current SfC members only. All entries must be original works of art. Submissions are limited to two pieces for each member.


    Artwork must be ready to hang, e.g. frame with picture wire and eyehooks. There is not a limitation on size of artwork. 3D pieces such as artists books are eligible and will be displayed in cases.


    There is a participation fee of $15 for one piece and $25 for two pieces to help defray costs of art installation, reception, publications for the exhibit etc.

    20% of sales of artwork will go to the Maloof.

    If writing a check, email:  Caroline Arakaki: for mailing address. Make check to SfC, include on memo line: SFC Exhibit 2024

    Please register (button on this page) OR make checks payable to Society for Calligraphy.


    Thursday, October 7-9, call for appointment

    Melanie Swezey-Cleaves, Assoc. Director

    Sam & Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts & Crafts

    5131 Carnelian Street, Alta Loma, CA 91701

    General Information: 909.980.0412; email:


    Saturday, October 26, 2024, from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


    October 24, 2024 through February 16, 2025

    Exhibit Days: Fridays - Saturdays

    Hours: Gallery Hours: 12-2:00pm


    Tuesday, February 18, 2025, between the hours of 12-4pm (appointment required)

    Contact: Melanie Swezey-Cleaves, Assoc. Director,

    General Information: 909.980.0412, email:

    Exhibit Co-Chairs:

    Barbara Close:

    Caroline Arakaki:



    We would like to create a catalog of the art pieces in the museum. We will need your information by October 1, 2024.

    Please submit a photo of your art and email to Barbara, co-exhibit chair: with the following information  (You can enter online as part of registration.):

    -Title of Work

    -Size of art --width x height


    -Sale Price or NFS

    -Contact Phone Number


    Also, please attach this information to your piece that goes to Maloof. You can use the "tear-off" on the Call for Entries form: SfC '24Exhibit Call for Entries-8indd.pdf .

    Questions regarding catalog submission? Mina Taylor.

    • June 02, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Descanso Gardens
    Join waitlist





    This is an in-person event only



    This event is for members only, no guests

    You must be a member both when you register and when the event is held.

    There is a very limited number of seats available; there will be a waitlist generated if the event is filled.

    Guest Speaker

                    Larisa GrollemondAssistant Curator of Medieval                  and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Getty Museum

    "A Unity of Script and Image:  The Getty’s Hoefnagel Manuscript"

    The Getty’s Mira Calligraphae Monumenta (the Model Book of Calligraphy) is an incredible testament to the inventiveness of scribes and the aesthetic qualities of writing. The 16th-century court secretary to Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, Georg Bocskay first created the manuscript in Vienna to demonstrate his technical mastery of the immense range of writing styles known to him. About thirty years later, Emperor Rudolph II, Ferdinand's grandson, commissioned Joris Hoefnagel to illuminate Bocskay's model book. Hoefnagel added fruit, flowers, and insects to nearly every page, one of the most unusual collaborations between scribe and painter in the history of manuscript illumination. This lecture will explore this exceptional manuscript, a true unity of script and image.

    Larisa Grollemond has been Assistant Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Getty Museum since 2017 after earning her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research areas include late medieval and Renaissance French illuminated manuscripts and paintings, early printing, and modern medievalisms. Her exhibition projects have included Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World (2019), Blurring the Line: Manuscripts in the Age of Print (2019), The Fantasy of the Middle Ages (2022), Graphic Design in the Middle Ages (2023-2024), and most recently, Blood: Medieval/Modern (2024).


    1418 Descanso Drive
    La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

                     Abundant free parking in lot adjacent to gardens,               including accessible parking

                          For questions, contact Chava Gerber at              

    • June 07, 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online

    Presenter: Risa Gettler

    Sponsored by 

    FRI, June 7, 2024,  6:30-8:30PM PST

    $0  No charge and membership not required for these Study Group Sessions.

    ABOUT THE SESSION:  This month, we'll have guest presenter, Risa Gettler:

    This zoom presentation includes samples of manuscript pages from the Dark and Middle Ages where large capital chapter titles couldn’t be squeezed in a single line without abbreviations and ligatures. You’ll also see contemporary applications where ligatures create interest for the reader and fun for us lettering artists! We don’t have to use ligatures...except they’re just too much fun NOT to employ.  Ligatures afford lots of options but which are best? I will discuss this while demonstrating so you can see – and take notes – what predicates good choices.

         Risa suggests that we watch her demo, rather than working along--we can try it ourselves when we rewatch on the recording.

    We plan to record. Kristi asks that you remind her! Recording will be available for two months. 

    San Diego SfC hosts its Roman's Study Group most months, on the first Friday, with a hiatus over the summer and in December.  You must sign up for each individual session so that we know how many are interested in this particular session. 

      We welcome non-SfC-members to these Romans Study Group sessions--your opportunity to get acquainted with us. Members feel free to invite your friends!

      Zoom invitation and handouts are sent a day or two in advance. 

       It's not guaranteed that you'll receive them beforehand, if you sign up the day of the event . . .

        • June 08, 2024
        • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
        • Online via Zoom

        SPONSOR:  San Gabriel Valley Regional

        Please RSVP, If interested in attending this fun event. Please contact Nancy at 

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