Monthly Meetings

Sorry to Have Been Out of Touch

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in monthly, news, upcoming | 0 comments

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,...

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January 2017 Meeting

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in monthly | 0 comments

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...

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October 2016 Meeting

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in monthly | 0 comments

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...

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September Meeting

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in monthly, upcoming, workshop | 0 comments

Saturday, September 10, 2016 10:00 am to 1:00 pm East Bank Regional Library 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie Welcome back to another year with the New Orleans Lettering Arts Association.  We have some wonderful events planned for a year that includes a not to be missed opportunity to study with Reggie Ezell.  If you have not already registered for this extraordinary year long course, there is still time.  You can even take advantage of the installment plan by using PayPal. Copperplate calligraphy has become wildly popular.  So this year we...

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May Meeting

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in monthly | 1 comment

  Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:00 am – 11:30 am East Bank Regional Library 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by!  Throughout the year we have been talking about the upcoming course with Reggie Ezell and even using his CD’s as instructive media during our meetings. Reggie is an extraordinary teacher and he will be retiring at the end of 2017.  Beginning next year we are privileged to host his final course of 26 Seeds: A Year to Grow.  Join us for this unique adventure....

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Denis Brown Workshop

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in monthly, workshop | 0 comments

Time is running out! But it’s not too late to register for an opportunity to study with a master calligrapher.  Denis Brown has been studying & practicing calligraphy since he was fifteen years old.  He holds a degree in calligraphy from London’s Roehampton Institute & at age 20 became the youngest Fellow in the UK Society of Scribes & Illuminators.  Please visit his web site at to see some examples of his extraordinary work. Mr. Brown will be traveling from his native Ireland to be in New Orleans from...

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March Meeting

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in monthly | 0 comments

Tricks of the Trade Saturday, March 12, 2016 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM East Bank Regional Library 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie Have you ever become frustrated because your ink will not flow from your pen or your letters don’t appear crisp or your paper feathers?  Don’t throw up your hands in dismay, instead come and learn some tricks of the trade from master calligrapher, Maria Helena Hoksch.  Here is a class that will benefit beginners and experienced calligraphers alike. Concentrating on the broad edge nib, Maria Helena will share...

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February Meeting

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in monthly | 0 comments

Ribbon Book Saturday, February 13, 2016 9:30 am to 1:00 pm East Bank Regional Library 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie Book making has always been a much requested topic.  So once again we have called upon Eugenia Uhl to lead us in a hands on demonstration of the construction of a Ribbon Book.  For the covers of these delightful books, you will need two pieces of thick decorative paper. Eugenia has printed  photographs onto Arches paper using her home printer. Please be sure to have you paper & ribbons cut to the specified sizes as this...

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January 2016 Meeting

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in monthly, Uncategorized | 0 comments

   Seastones–Adding Ovals to Your Copperplate with Maria Helena Hoksch Saturday, January 9, 2016 9:30 AM to 5 PM Carlo Ditta Meeting Room 1445 MacArthur Ave., Harvey Many great artists borrow inspiration from nature.  Platt Spencer, the father of American penmanship, was no exception.  While visiting Lake Erie, he pocketed numerous small stones which became for him a guide to good form. Over many years of intense study local calligrapher, Maria Helena Hoksch, has developed her own way of using ovals to enhance her copperplate...

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NOLAA meeting – November 14, 2015

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in monthly, workshop | 0 comments

Blackletter Workshop *Please Note:   New Location We will meet at the North Kenner branch of the library at 630 West Esplanade at 9:30am November’s meeting will be a hands-on study of blackletter led by Vince Mitchell and Yvette Rutledge of Mystic Blue Signs. We will begin by making the basic forms of this constructed alphabet, then we will follow the video of Reggie Ezell’s version of the same alphabet, step by step. We will use black ink as well as mixing colored gouache and watercolor for use in pens. Materials:   For...

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