Sat., Oct. 18, 2003, 10-4
Fairfax High School
3500 Old Lee Hwy.
Fairfax, VA 22030
Admission $5
(children under 12 free)

Photos below by John R. Thornton


The fifth annual ArtsFest was sponsored by Brause. Calligraphers demonstrated Brause products throughout the day. Support our sponsors!

Past events: View photos and demonstration descriptions from Calligrafest 2002, Calligrafest 2001 and Calligrafest 2000, and view photos and video of Calligrafest 1999.
Media: hi-res logo

photos by John R. Thornton

  detail of art by Sheila Waters
  by Pat Blair

Top: Detail of artwork by Sheila Waters for sale at ArtsFest. Bottom: Example of personalized artwork done by Pat Blair at last year's festival.

Hand-lettered artwork from Sheila Waters and Julian Waters; Jim Roberts of Oh My Word Calligraphy (framed work by dozens of top lettering artists); Sharon Eppler of Indigo Rose (unique cards and calligraphic gift items); and work by Kate Montoya, Tamara Stoneburner and Suzanne Heany.

Unique art supplies from Brause (nibs, inks, fine papers); Paper & Ink Arts (6 tables of top-quality art supplies and books); writing accessories and quills by Paul Terban; handmade papers by Virginia Sarsfield; rubber stamps and scrapbook supplies from The Queen's Ink.

Bookmarks, totes, aprons, holiday ornaments and stockings personalized on site by Dolores Fielding, Theresa Daly, Mary Lou O’Brian, Barbara Gere, Lorraine Swerdloff, Ann Pope and other calligraphers.

Mini-workshops by Louise Megginson (The Efficient Studio) and Gwen Weaver (Weaver Writing with the pointed pen).

Demonstrations included:

- White House calligrapher Pat Blair demonstrated Spencerian script
- Hobbs & Tolley Studio calligrapher Suzanne Heany demonstrated Old English embellished with gold
- Sheila Waters demonstrated various hands
- Michael Gilbert of Dark Horse Gallery demonstrated frame gilding and restoration
- Mary Lou O’Brian demonstrated creating an original award certificate in Italic lettering with illuminated capitals
- Tamara Stoneburner demonstrated the Gocco printer


Other highlights:

  • Raffle drawings
  • Silent Auction
  • Calligraflea table
  • 2003 Graceful Envelope Contest winners on exhibit
  • Membership table

For more information contact the co-chairs: Esther S. Washington and Jordenne Ferrington

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