Next Program Meeting:

Saturday, October 12 — 7-9:30 pm Program Meeting

Artist Series: Michael Gilbert

Michael will be presenting insights into his nearly 40-year career involving a variety of gilding and frame restoration/creation methods, including his experience in calligraphy and painting with regard to using oil and encaustic mediums, as well as discussing his current foray into creating his own paints. He possesses fascinating and extraordinarily deep knowledge with a down-to-earth, problem-solving, and yet creative, approach. You will come away learning something unique and with a fresh perspective on these traditional skills that are being passed forward into the contemporary arts.

Michael Gilbert is a gilder, carver, and frame maker. The inspiration for most of his work is the American frame designs of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries . He has been a teacher since the late 70’s, with sixteen years at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and has been integral within the Society of Gilders since 2001. He has also taught focus workshops at the Smithsonian since 2006, and has extensive education from Maryland Institute College of Art, Loyola College, and Essex Community College.

Concord-St. Andrew's Church Social Hall
5910 Goldsboro Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20817
(Directions below)


Saturday, Nov 16 — 7-9:30pm
Artist Series: Ann W. Hawkins - Washington, DC-based stone carver

December-January No General Programs - Winter Hiatus - Happy and Safe Holidays!

February 22 — 7-9:30pm General Program (TBD)
March 28 — 7-9:30pm General Program (TBD)

April 25 — 7-9:30pm
Sheila Waters and Julian Waters:
Sheila Waters’ 70-year Career Retrospective

May 16 — 7-9:30pm
Elections and Annual Finance Report


Saturday. September 28 — 1-3pm First Board Meeting - Parlor of CSA-UMC

Christine Tischer

rogram meetings are generally held at Concord-St. Andrews Church, 5910 Goldsboro Road
at the intersection of River and Goldsboro Roads in Bethesda, Maryland.

Meetings offer the fellowship of calligraphic colleagues. Each meeting features a program, such as a lecture, field trip or demonstrations on a variety of topics. Meetings are held regularly from September to May (except January) and are free and open to everyone. Information about meetings and other Guild activities is published in the Bulletin.

Directions: From the Beltway (Rt. 495) take the River Road exit (39) south towards Washington. Turn left onto Goldsboro Rd. The entrance to the church parking lot is about 40 yards on the right. The Chapel (door #6) is at the rear on the left side (as you're facing the front of the church). Social Hall entrance is the first door on the left side of the church (door #7).
Map of meeting location.

Highlights of past meetings


WCG Board meetings: Open to all members. At Guild Board meetings, the annually elected Board of Directors develops and carries out Guild policies as well as leads the committees of volunteers that prepare Guild activities. Many board members are relatively new to calligraphy, but devoted in their interest. Come to a Board meeting to find out how you can help the Guild grow!


Julian Waters

Julian Waters


Right: Julian Waters' demo for Blackletter workshop; larger view


Left: Fractur by Julian Waters



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Anne Lane

Logo at left by Anne Lane