While approximately 300 international registrants and faculty will be participating in half-week and weeklong workshops at the Summit at Colorado Springs (2013calligraphyconference.com), one of the intriguing aspects to this conference is the myriad opportunities for the public to get involved. In addition to free exhibitions and vendor fairs between July 21 and 28, conference director Cecelia Harris says four evening presentations will have "broad-based appeal" — in other words, the speakers are "not going to be standing up there telling how to make, you know, certain strokes."
Her enthusiasm peaks, in particular, when discussing Randall Hasson, a San Diego/Santa Fe calligraphic illustrator who's presenting a workshop on the invention of one's own personal letterform. Thursday evening he'll share the story of Ibrahim Barry (who will also be attending the conference) and Barry's brother Abdoulaye, members of a traditionally nomadic West African tribe, who helped invent the ADLaM script, a 28-letter original alphabet, in an attempt to bring literacy to the people of this 99-percent illiterate group.
Each of the four evening lectures is free and open to the public (donations to benefit the conference accepted), and will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.).
• Sunday, July 21: Larry Brady, "Experiments and Explorations in Letterforms (and Other Stuff)"
• Monday, July 22 : Laurie Doctor, "Chance Images: What Leonardo da Vinci, Lewis Carroll and a Buddhist Monk Say About Being a Maker of Art"
• Wednesday, July 24: Yves Leterme, "Between Sadness and Euphoria," a journey from Latin teacher to professional freelance lettering artist
• Thursday, July 25: Randall Hasson, "The Personality of the Letterform — How Alphabet Changes Culture"
Three exhibitions will be open for viewing throughout the week. The first is a Faculty Exhibit, which will be held in Coburn Art Gallery at CC's Worner Campus Center (902 N. Cascade Ave.). Also in Coburn will be a retrospective of more than 35 pieces by Salida residents Larry and Marsha Brady.
Coburn will be open at various times during the week. For daily hours, please visit 2013calligraphyconference.com/be-our-guest.
Also at Worner, a Participants' Gallery will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
On Wednesday, July 24, a group of one-day vendors will be set up from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Benjamin's, inside Worner. Those vendors include papermakers, penmakers, and a variety of local artisans.
Also, weeklong vendors John Neal Booksellers and Paper & Ink Arts will offer, as the website says, "3,000 square feet of shopping joy," from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily in Worner's Gaylord Hall.