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William Stafford Calligraphy Project

April 2 through April 29, 2014
Opening reception: April 3, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

In honor of the 100th birthday of William Stafford, an Oregon poet-laureate, the Portland Society for Calligraphy has organized the William Stafford Calligraphy Project, an exhibit of calligraphic renderings of some of Mr. Stafford's poems and other writings.

The works have been developed by members of the society and include both framed broadsides and artists books. This show will travel to various venues throughout the state in 2014.

We are happy to announce that the first showing of the exhibit will be held in the Streff Gallery at Marylhurst University. The public is invited to attend an opening reception in the Streff Gallery on Thursday, April 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.   Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate, will attend the reception and present a reading of a few of Stafford's poems featured in the exhibit.

William Stafford's rich body of work will provide the unifying theme of this show. Visitors will not only have the chance to enjoy his writings, they will also have the chance to see how calligraphers use design, color, and choice of script to express their reactions to his work.

Please join us in celebrating 100th birthday of this talented poet and generous-spirited man.

Stafford calligraphy
Oregon is insanely green: Marianne Nelson

The Portland Society for Calligraphy was founded in 1969 by Reed professor Lloyd Reynolds and a group of his students in order to promote the study, practice and understanding of calligraphy. Today we have over 200 members ranging from internationally known calligraphy artists and teachers to beginners. Please visit our website at to learn more about our organizations.

Questions about the William Stafford Calligraphy Project can be addressed to Larry Whitson at or Cynthia Schubert at

Exhibition Hours
Streff Gallery is open whenever Shoen Library is open.

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