About Us

About Us
Welcome to the Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild website. We are a non profit society formed in 1981 to promote, inspire, encourage and share the art form of calligraphy. Our membership brings together people from all walks of life with a common passion for the art of beautiful letters.

From our home base in Calgary, Alberta, Canada we hold informative meetings, classes, exhibits and special events. If you live in the Calgary area and are interested in calligraphy, you are welcome to attend one of our meetings. If you live anywhere else in the world, you are also welcome to become a member and participate from afar. The only requirement is a love of handmade letters!

We publish The Journal three times a year. This art magazine is sent to all members and exchanged with other guilds worldwide. Members are encouraged to contribute artwork and articles of interest.

Our library contains periodicals received from other guilds, books and publications of interest to calligraphers and slides by local and international lettering artists.

Classes and workshops are offered throughout the year and are advertised in The Loop, our bi-monthly E-Bulletin and on our website.

The Guild meets monthly from September through June. General meetings include directors' reports and a Galleria, a display of members’ artwork on an assigned topic. Enrichment meetings range from slide shows to demonstrations and hands on activities.

Our biennial Calligraction evening is a fun event with games, activities and a chance to get acquainted with other members. Directors and Officers are elected at the Annual General Meeting in May.

Members are encouraged to contribute to shows and special projects sponsored by the Guild.

Monthly meetings are held at :
St. Andrew's Heights Community Hall
2504-13 Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta

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About Us

From our simple beginning in 1981, we have grown to a current membership of over 200. Members include not only Calgarians, but also lettering enthusiasts from across Canada and many other countries. An extensive resource library has been collected over the years, and our informative Journal continues to inspire our members. With varied topics for meetings and affordable workshops, we assist members in developing their calligraphic skills. Exhibitions and public contact have played a major part in our attempt to spread the joy of handmade letters.

Projects and events we have been involved in :

  • Calgary Stampede - Western Showcase and Artists' Window
  • Heritage Park Fall Fair
  • Heritage Park 12 Days of Christmas
  • Mayor’s Evening for Business and the Arts
  • Calgary Salsa Festival
  • South Calgary Wellness Conference
  • Celebrate SAIT Day
  •  HMCS Tecumseh Christmas Party
  • Alberta Cultural Days at Central Library

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