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    Craft trend: Calligraphy
    It seems as of late anything handwritten or done in calligraphy has been all over Pinterest. This particular craft trend may look intimidating, but is actually really attainable. Keep in mind that bad penmanship doesn't mean you will be bad at...
  • "Shin to San" (2014) by Ai Yamaguchi
    Intriguing portrayals of Japanese femininity at Chelsea gallery
    A collection of alluring works depicting young Japanese girls are currently on display at a Chelsea gallery in a show titled Shinchishirin by Ai Yamaguchi. For her second solo show in New York in 12 years, Yamaguchi focuses on feminine beauty with...
  • Calligraphy Class this Saturday  April 12th
    Calligraphy Class this Saturday April 12th
    Bright Blessings.Ever wanted to learn an art that would really illuminate the way you write your Book of Shadows, your correspondence, or other important documents that just screams awesome? Then this Saturday, plan to attend the Spring Brunch at...
  • Shu uemura
    The shu uemura Calligraph:ink Collection
    Calligraphy is the art of of decorative writing with artistic details and beautiful symbols. Shu uemura brings that elegance to their eye makeup with their all new calligraphy inspired collection. Because eye makeup is meant to be entrancing and...
  • Calligraphy in the art of Shodo (The Art of Japanese Brush Painting)
    Student artwork celebrates ‘Year of the Horse’ at Kentucky Horse Park
    It is 2014 and we are celebrating the Year of the Horse along with the Far East and the international community of horse lovers. At the Kentucky Horse Park, the Year of the Horse is being observed, beginning on Jan. 22 and continuing through April...
  • John Stevens Sensei: "Sacred Calligraphy of the East" - re-issued!
    John Stevens Sensei: “Sacred Calligraphy of the East” - reissued
    During the calligraphy workshop I attended this weekend with John Stevens Sensei, two copies of his re-issued gem, “Sacred Calligraphy of the East” were offered for sale. I immediately snapped up one!The book, originally released in...
  •  'The Illuminated Library' at San Francisco State University
    'The Illuminated Library' at San Francisco State University
    Jorge Luis Borges once wrote “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”If he could visit "The Illuminated Library" at San Francisco State University's Fine Arts gallery, he would believe himself in...
  • The Luttrell Psalter goes on line
    The Luttrell Psalter goes on line
    The Luttrell Psalter, one of the most beautiful and precious medieval manuscripts still in existence has been digitized by the British Library. Dating from the 14th century, it is too fragile to be exposed to light or to be handled by the public....
  • 'Out of Character; Decoding Chinese Calligraphy,' now open at the Asian Art Museum
    Understanding the art of Chinese Calligraphy at the Asian Art Museum
    "Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy," is the first major exhibition of Chinese calligraphy in the U.S. since 1999.After its presentation at the Asian Art Museum, the exhibition is scheduled to tour to the Metropolitan Museum...
  • Calligraphy
    Book review: 'Out of Character' uncovers mystery of Chinese calligraphy
    Most Westerners think Chinese calligraphy is ornamental or functional, writes Thomas Christensen of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.. In reality calligraphy is the chief of Chinese arts and the foundation of Chinese aesthetics. Writing is an...
  • Jerry Yang with Xu Bing in front of one of the calligraphies in the exhibition.
    'Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy' at the Asian Art Museum
    This weekend particularly, what with Eventaggedon- Hardly Strictly Bluegrass! America’s Cup! Fleet Week! Giants and 49er games! Street festivals and parades! – you might like to go somewhere cool and quiet and see something beautiful....
  • Zen
    Enlightenment at Google
    What do a Buddhist Zen master and an engineer at Google have in common? Both have written books on how to meditate to find inner peace."Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives" (HarperOne, $14.99) is the latest in Zen master...
  • National Handwriting Day
    Happy National Handwriting Day – Write On!
    As technology continues to change the way we connect, learn and go about our everyday lives, the art of beautiful penmanship may one day be a thing of the past. But today is all about putting pen to paper. It’s National Handwriting Day. This...
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    National Card and Letter Writing Month
    April is National Card and Letter Writing Month. This month was initiated by the US Postal Service in an effort to enocurage people to embrace the dwindling art of letter writing. According to the Postmaster General, John E. Potter: "National...
  • CVZ
    Carol Van Zandt: A brush with destiny
    Meeting Carol Van Zandt in her home studio near Bernal Heights, you are first struck by how much color and pattern surrounds her. Carol lives in full color, much more than most of us do. Even by San Francisco standards, this is the full 64-Crayola...