WCG logo by Sheila Waters

40th Anniversary Exhibit


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

June 16-July 29, 2018
The Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Opening reception: Thursday June 21, 7-9 pm


This call is open to all members of the Washington Calligraphers Guild. All entries must be non-production work. Work must be framed or book form. Work may be available for sale or must be identified as NFS. A sales commission of 40% is taken. Sales will go through the Mansion Gift Shop. Strathmore Mansion reserves the right to photograph art work for the purpose of documentation or publicity.

Surrealism seeks to express the workings of the mind and imagination free from conscious control of reason and convention. We recommend WCG members search the work of Surrealist poets for inspiration.


Send good quality color prints/photos (5x7 or 8x10) for JURYING by April 20 to Maureen Squires, 314 Whitestone Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901.

For more information on how to enter your work, please download the Call for Entries form here.

Julie Gray

Ongoing: Winners of the Graceful Envelope Contest


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



Past Exhibitions:

Maureen Squires Maureen Squires

December 1 - 30, 2017

Words as Muse
Maureen M. Squires

Inspiration from Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Members Gallery

The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

Until February 20, 2017 at the Freer-Sackler on the Mall

WCG member Lubna Zahid walked people through the exhibit and then led them in illuminating bookmarks inspired by patterns found in the exhibit on November 6 and December 17, 2016 and January 7 and 8, 2017.


Gerry KerdokWords for the Journey

February 10 - March 27, 2016
Washington National Cathedral,
7th floor Gallery
free pass for members

Opening reception:
Sunday, February 14, 3-5 pm

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)


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:

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

Lorraine Swerdloff collageMaureen Squires

Diane Von Arx

Card by Diane Von Arx promoting an exhibit in Seattle, WA

Ann Pope

Washington 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


Art above by Ann Pope; at right by Chris Tischer

Scripsit - 35th Anniversary 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.


Graceful Envelope Contest Winners exhibited online

CalligraFest, our fall calligraphy fair, was held on Saturday, November 13, 2010, at West Springfield High School in Virginia.

Sheila 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

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 below taken at the exhibit)

One wall

logo by Sheila Waters

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.

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

25th anni photo


by 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

by Jennifer Kolls

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