Through Nov. 29th, the private National Arts Club on Gramercy Park and 20th Street is open to non-members for a choice, tasty exhibit by hand lettering artists, members of the Society of Scribes of NYC, a guild celebrating its 40th anniversary.  NAC is a splendiferous Beaux Artes architectural beauty which provides a glimpse into the privileged world of NY artists and courtisans of art.  Though a private club and residence (with one of THE most exquisite bar rooms ever, if you can catch a peek past the doorkeep up the stairs to the right) the town house is open to the peons for outstanding art exhibits all during the year. The current Calligraphy show is in a downstairs gallery which is the pathway to the residential section of the grand building.  Until his death at 101 in 2012  Will Barnet was one of the NAC’s illustrious residents who would often linger, in his wheelchair, to muse over the calligraphy pieces (SoS exhibit is yearly event).

Linear Language: Annual Members’ Open Exhibition
November 3  – extended! — through November 29, 2014
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

The National Arts Club is free and open to the public Monday – Friday from 10 to 5.


Celebrating its 40th anniversary in New York this season, the SoS includes among its members many of the most distinguished practitioners of the calligraphic arts in several Western and non-Western languages and writing styles, as well as students, aficionados and devotees of this beautiful, hand-written art.

The SoS offers a wide range of classes and workshops in different styles and forms of calligraphy, as well as special programs and activities. This year’s Annual Holiday Fair, to be held on November 16, from 11am to 4pm at the Brotherhood Synagogue on Gramercy Park. The fair will feature demonstrations of writing in Chinese, Arabic and Hebrew as well as a number of Latinate alphabets, and even Braille. There is no admission charge.



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