45th Anniversary Juried Exhibition


A Juried and Invitational Exhibit
produced by the Washington Calligraphers Guild
in recognition of our 45th Anniversary

2011 Graceful Envelope Contest winner by Julie Gray shows calligraphic lettering using both a broad (chisel-edged) nib and a pointed pen.

Ongoing: View winners of the Graceful Envelope Contest since 2001!


Past Exhibitions:

Joan Machinchik


40th Anniversary Exhibit 2018,

A Juried and Invitational Exhibit
produced by the Washington Calligraphers Guild
in recognition of our 40th Anniversary

took place June 16-July 29, 2018
The Mansion at Strathmore, N Bethesda, MD

Art: Joan Machinchik

Gerry KerdokWords for the Journey

February 10 - March 27, 2016
Washington National Cathedral,
7th floor Gallery

Words for the Journey is an exhibit to inspire contemplation and introspection during the season of Lent, and is a partnership between Washington National Cathedral, the Washington Calligraphers Guild and Episcopal Relief and Development.

Each year, Episcopal Relief and Development publishes a book of meditations inviting readers to reflect, discern and connect to the spiritual journey of Lent. This year, the Lenten meditations offer an opportunity to walk the spiritual path with many of the organization’s program staff, volunteers and friends around the world.

The Cathedral invited the gifted artists of the Washington Calligraphers Guild to create works of art based on these meditations. In this juried and invitational exhibit, each artist chose words or a phrase from the book as text for their work. (Artwork: Gerry Kerdok)

Carl Kurtz

A Fine Line: Calligraphy, Language & Symbol
The Mansion at Strathmore
September 21-November 10, 2013

Investigate calligraphy by 24 artists in English, Asian, Arabic and Hebrew alphabets, including pieces by these Washington Calligraphers Guild members:

Maureen Squires



Lisa Kivland
Carl Kurtz (art above)
Marta Legeckis
Joan Machinchick
Elizabeth McKee
Judy Melvin
Jennifer Nicholson
Maureen Squires (art at left)
Lorraine Swerdloff (collage at right)
Christine Tischer
Julian Waters
Sheila Waters
Mohamed Zakariya


Chris TischerAnn PopeWashington Calligraphers Guild
2011 Members Exhibit: 
"A Way With Words"
Nov. 1 to Dec. 2, 2011
at the Friendship Heights Village Center Art Gallery
4433 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase, MD

Left: Ann Pope; right: Chris Tischer

Scripsit 35th Anni Exhibit


All 65 calligraphic artworks displayed in the Guild's 35th Anniversary Exhibit are reproduced in full color in this issue of WCG's journal Scripsit.

Calligrafest logo
CalligraFest, our fall calligraphy fair,
was held on Saturdays for eight years in Northern Virginia.

View the Calligrafest photo album

Sheila WatersSheila Waters: A Retrospective
60 Years in the Calligraphic Arts

July 18 – August 22, 2009 at Strathmore Mansion in Rockville, MD
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This exhibition was showcased in Scripsit, Fall 2009/Winter 2010
Art at left by Sheila Waters

The Washington Calligraphers Guild's
30th Anniversary Exhibition

October 20 - November 4, 2006 at Strathmore Mansion in Rockville, MD


Invitational exhibition of WCG members' calligraphic art:
Nov. 14, 2002 to Jan. 8, 2003
Woman's National Democratic Club, Washington, DC
(Photos taken at the exhibit)

2002 Baby Elephant Walk

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities selected the Washington Calligraphers Guild's entry to be among the 200 hand-painted donkey and elephant statues on display in every part of the city until October 2002.

The WCG entry, titled Baby Elephant Walk, takes viewers on a "walk" through many of Washington's favorite neighborhoods and sites, whose names were lettered in a variety of styles and colors by WCG members Linda Levine, Marta Legeckis and Pat Blair. The Guild received a $1,000 grant to produce its elephant, which the calligraphers dubbed Elizabeth. View photos of her creation!

25th Anniversary Exhibition:
July 19 to August 25, 2001
at Strathmore Hall
10701 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD

View some of the 124 pieces in the 25th Anniversary Exhibition

The Washington Calligraphers Guild's 25th anniversary exhibition featured an invitational gallery of artwork by renowned calligraphers, as well as exhibits of members' artwork and winners of the Graceful Envelope Contest for 2001, which was administered by the Guild. [Logo: Sheila Waters]

The exhibition was showcased in the Fall 2001 and February 2002 issues of Scripsit.


Marta Legeckisddressing the opening reception on July 20, 2001 were (from left) President Pat Blair, charter member Ann Pope and founder Sheila Waters (at podium).

2000 EXHIBIT: The Washington Calligraphers Guild exhibited the works of its members in conjunction with the Sumi-e Society of America in the summer of 2000. View some of the pieces exhibited in 2000.
View photos from WCG's 4/6/06 Library of Congress Rare Book Showing

Jennifer Kolls

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