Calligraphist Featured At Arts Group Meeting

Calligraphist Featured At Arts Group Meeting

The next Warren County Arts group meeting will feature Jackie Shoup presenting a workshop on the ancient artform of calligraphy.

Shoup received her bachelor’s in education from East Stroudsburg University and began her study of calligraphy in 1981 at Reading Area Community College. Over the past 35 years she has attended more than 85 classes and 50 workshops, as well as studied at two international conferences. She was instrumental in starting the Berks Calligrapher’s Guild and was awarded “state juried status” by the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen in 1996. She taught classes in the Reading area for nearly 15 years before moving to the Lehigh Valley. Her bridal work was featured in “NJ Bride” magazine.

Her work can be seen at

Her presentation will begin with a brief history of lettering and focus on the revival of broad edge pen lettering. With an understanding of how this writing instrument works, pen angle, and proportion, attendees will get a glimpse into what is involved in the study of calligraphy and what the future holds for this ancient artform.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Thurs., May 12, in the Oxford Township Municipal building. The public is welcome and are encouraged to bring paper, a sketchpad, or materials of choice to draw/sketch with. Refreshments will be served. There will be a $2 fee for non-members. Call Warren County ARTS Event Hotline at 908-689-6296.

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