Reggie Ezell’s 26 Seeds: A Year to Grow New Orleans Style

You are cordially invited to attend the opening reception for an extrordinary calligraphy exhibition:

Reggie Ezell’s 26 Seeds: A Year to Grow

New Orleans Style 2018 

sponsored by the New Orleans Lettering Arts Association
& the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
5 – 8pm

New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts · 5256 Magazine Street · New Orleans

This show displays the artwork from a year-long calligraphy course with renowned master teacher and artist Reggie Ezell of Chicago, Illinois. The fifteen participants explored a multitude of lettering and design techniques with Reggie and celebrate with him his remarkable thirty-year teaching career.

The calligraphers who participated in 26 Seeds, New Orleans 2018, were Patti Adams, Michele Boyce, Troy Brooks, Carmel Cucinotta-Harmon, Lisa Devlin, Georgia Dufresne, Debra Fleming, Natalie Gaidry, Maria Helena Hoksch, Anne Kathryn Hunter, Fe Laughlin, Theresa Lutostanski, LaVerne Parfait, Petrea Tomko, and Eugenia Uhl.


The show will remain on display from March 3 through April 28, 2018. The Academy Gallery is open Monday through Friday 9am – 4pm and Saturdays 10am – 4pm.

The New Orleans Lettering Arts Association is deeply indebted to the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts for their gracious hosting of this calligraphy exhibition and to Reggie Ezell for his artistry and extraordinary teaching during all the many hours we spent together over this past year, celebrating the joys and challenges of calligraphic design.

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Peter Thornton Workshop

The Versal Letter with Peter Thornton

Class dates: Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11
Class Times: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (we will brown bag it for lunch)
Class Fees: NOLAA member $150; non-member $175 ($50 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your spot)
Location: Carlo Ditta Meeting Room, 1445 Mac Arthur Avenue, Harvey, Louisiana
Register by mail: Workshop Registration Form | NOLAA Membership Registration Form
Register by PayPal:

Peter Thornton, Professional Calligrapher for over 50 years and teacher for over 40 years. “Yep, I’ve been around the calligraphic block!”

This is a 2 day workshop. It will be a gentle introduction to the (12th/13th century) decorative Versal capital letter and modern variants.

Day 1
We shall be working with the ‘normal’ and conventional Versal letter. First in pencil before moving on to pen and ink or gouache. There will be many short and helpful exercises and projects throughout to show why this major capital and colorful letter lasted for over 500 years. It was first used as a functional and beautiful ‘signpost to the reader’ before being used in important words and opening sentences and paragraphs.

Day 2
We shall now focus on producing a more contemporary Versal letter that better suits our current needs and desire for inventiveness. Making small and quiet changes to the basic strokes (and serifs!) we shall immediately alter the ‘flavor’ and charm from the conventional decorative capital to one that both delights the eye and mind by simply breaking the pattern of our expectation. A feature of the workshop will be to show many exercises in class (and at home) that clarifies and simplifies, how to practice more effectively. Throughout will be many short talks and demonstrations and much sensitive personal tuition.

Materials List:
• Pencils, HB and, if possible, 4B or 8B Derwent Wash
• Sharpening sand paper block
• Borden and Riley Layout pad #37 (highly recommended) or similar            (11″ X 8.5″ or 11″ X 14″ or 11″ X 17″)
• Any better quality paper, e.g. Arches Text Wove, Arches MBM,                     Fabriano Ingres, Rives BFK or similar.
• Small nibs, Rexel size 4, Brause or Tape 1.5mm, 1mm and/or smaller.
• Gouache AND watercolours of your choice.
• Mixing palette and water pots
• Fine pointed brushes, size 2 and/or size 4
• Old brushes to load your nibs
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Sorry to Have Been Out of Touch

We have unfortunately had no success in securing venues for the upcoming meetings this year.  So it is with great regret that we find it necessary to suspend our meetings in April and May.  We continue to explore new meeting sites and if anyone has any suggestions for the future please pass them on.

Do to the infrequency of our meetings this year, we have decided to extend the current membership period through 2018. Therefore, if you joined NOLAA for the 2016-2017 year your membership will be in effect until May 2018.

On a happier note, congratulations to Amy Morvant who is this year’s recipient of IAMPETH’s Tate Grant. Amy will use her scholarship to attend the Spencerian Saga and we can’t think of a more talented or deserving candidate.

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January 2017 Meeting

We have hit a snag in scheduling our January meeting.  Our usual venue, the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library, is updating its meeting rooms.  This is good news and bad.  It means that our future meetings there will have updated more user friendly equipment, however, the facility will be closed to us for January.  

Regretfully, we have been forced to cancel our January meeting.

      The bright spot on our horizon is the year long course with Reggie Ezell which begins in February.  There is still room in the class and those of us who have signed up to take it can’t wait to begin.  If you haven’t already given it full consideration, please do so.  It is a once in a life time opportunity to study with a most generous and talented calligrapher and teacher.


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October 2016 Meeting


Saturday, October 8, 2016

10:00 am to 1:00 pm

East Bank Regional Library

4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie

In September we began our study of Copperplate with the basic strokes and the lowercase letters.  We will continue our exploration of this elegant hand by focusing on the capital letters.  Copperplate capitals can be ornate and filled with flourishes or they can express the simple beauty of the oval and the compound curve.  Since you need a firm foundation on which to build, we will concentrate on the unadorned letters.  You have to walk before you can run.

Materials List

Oblique Pen Holder

Your favorite pointed nib (such as Hunt 101 or Nikko G)

Smooth practice paper  (such as Canson Pro Layout Marker or Borden & Riley Marker Paper)

Moon Palace Sumi Ink

Dinky Dips or Dappen Dish




Scratch Paper

Small Water Container

Paper Towels

To register for the October Meeting email

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