Society for Calligraphy, Southern California

My Beach Calligraphy Journey


Saturday, October 19

9:00 am - 10:30 am


South African calligrapher, Andrew van der Merwe, has pioneered a new and very different form of calligraphy. In this slide show, he will show and tell how it all began, how it affected his usual calligraphy practice, and how it affected him spiritually. The beach calligraphy is a wonderful enigma. As calligraphers we go to great lengths to make our work archival. We use pH neutral paper, expensive vellum, good pigments and even real gold but here is a form of calligraphy which, at first glance, looks like it has been carved in stone while in fact it is as fleeting as a shadow. Why do calligraphy which you know will be gone with the next wave? Why spend years exploring and developing it as an art form? "Beachscriber" on Facebook and Instagram

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Lecture ends at 10am. Please stay for coffee and socializing until 10:30am


Andrew van der Merwe


SfC sponsored


Kristi Darwick


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Cal State University, Long Beach Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Corner Anaheim Rd and Palo Verde. Park in Lot E6 at the south end of Palo Verde

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