Annual International Calligraphy Conference will be held at Warren Wilson College, June 25-July 2


35th Annual International Calligraphy Conference Sponsored By Black Mountain Center For The Arts

Some class openings still available.

A Show Of Hands 2016, the 35th annual international calligraphy conference, will be held June 25th–July 2nd at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC. This is the first time that this con- ference will be staged in a southeastern U.S. city. Several local calligraphers (known informally as scribes) lobbied very hard to get this prestigious event here, and have been active in planning it.

These conferences bring together a large international collection of fine instructors and suppli- ers to the trade. They are open to people from every skill level, from beginner to master, who have a passion for and/or curiosity about the lettering arts. If you are a beginner you can take classes from some of the best teachers available, who will give you a wonderful foundation for learning this craft. If you have more experience, there are many classes that will teach you new hands, new media, and a new focus on creating good design. Attending is a great way to renew old friendships and start new ones.

If you’d like to try your hand at the art of hand lettering, or hone skills you already have, this is your chance to take advantage of a great opportunity because attendance fees are substantially lower for local residents who do not need dormitory housing. Some on-campus housing is still available, however, for people who may want the full conference experience.

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Even if you don’t have time to attend this conference, you can learn first hand that calligraphy is not a lost art. The Grovewood Gallery ( has invited a number of world-renowned calligraphic artists to participate in a special showing of their works from June 25th–July 24th. These beautiful creations, including some from well-regarded Asheville area cal- ligraphers, will be on display and for sale during this special show. An opening reception will be held on June 25th, beginning at 2:00pm. Some of the featured artists will be on-hand to answer questions and talk about their work.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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