Calligraphy is not a lost art, but an altered one.
In an era when most readers spend the day gazing at electronic text, calligraphy has adapted. But then, according to Rick Paulus, it has adapted since the 1439 printing press of Johannes Gutenberg, and has done just fine.
Paulus, a former chief calligrapher of the White House, will be the guest speaker at the King Library Press fall event at the Margaret I. King Library Great Hall at the University of Kentucky Libraries on Friday.
Paulus will give a presentation on the role of the hand-created graphics at the White House. The free public talk, "From the White House to the Sea," is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Great Hall, Special Collections Library, at the Margaret I. King Building on UK's campus.
Paulus, now retired to Cape Cod and his privately run Cape Lettering Arts — Capeletteringarts.com — will also conduct a calligraphy workshop at King Library Press beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. The cost is $35 and reservations are required. For more information about the workshop, call (859) 257-8408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Anytime anybody produces something for you ... it's always a gift," Paulus said. "Calligraphy has the added benefit of using words, so you can get a more specific message across."
The workshop will be less about advanced calligraphy and more about "a process of realizing what their hand can do," Paulus said.
For more information, e-mail Jim Birchfield in the UK Special Collections Library at email@example.com or call (859) 257-8408.