|FOTA workshops instructors:|
Sheryl Hirsch Kramer
ABOUT ATLANTA'S FRIENDS OF THE ALPHABET
In 1978 there existed in Atlanta no special organization of persons interested in the letter arts. In that year the calligraphy club was conceived in the minds of Roy Rice, Jr., letterpress printer, typefounder, and calligrapher, and Steve Skaggs, calligrapher. An exhibit was organized at St. Martin's-in-the-Field Episcopal Church in which the other then-known calligraphers were invited to participate. Exhibitors, friends, and visitors were subsequently contacted and encouraged to attend an initial meeting to explore the possibility of organizing a society to support and further the letter arts in Atlanta.
More than twenty people appeared at this first, unofficial meeting, and the new society was born, with Steve and Laura Skaggs as the first co-presidents. Those who joined before 1979 were designated as charter members.
From the beginning it was clear that interest in the letter arts
was not limited to calligraphers, and so the society was named The
Atlanta Friends of the Alphabet by John McKenzie. Membership has
included bookbinders, calligraphers, graphic artists, designers,
offset printers, and letterpress printers. Some members are
professional lettering artists, others happy amateurs, still others
content simply to admire; but all are equally Friends of the
Presidents of FOTA have been Steve and Laura Skaggs, Roy and
Hazle Rice, John McKenzie, Julie Cashin, Rene Hicks, Dena Bellows,
Charles and Jean Dukes, Carol Gray, Ruby McKinney, Bill Allen,
Teresa Whatley, Cindy Corliss, Michael Smith, Diana Robinson, Emily Canter, and Katy Burge.
We are interested in meeting those who share our love for letters
and elegant handwriting. IF YOU WISH TO JOIN, see our membership page, or if you wish to speak with someone about our
guild please call Emily, 678.463.7500, or Carol, 404-288-8749.