I was at an outdoor beach café in the summer of 2003 when I was captured by Spain. This was no summer romance. My love and desire to truly know, learn, and understand these letterforms lead me to Spain, Morocco, Princeton University’s Medieval Spanish Department and the Morgan Library. Nothing compared to countless hours in solitary manuscript study. I have been mining 7th – 11thcentury Spanish manuscripts for 18 years. I am throughly versed in Visigothic Versals and experienced in carefully leading seasoned calligraphers from the Exemplar to break through boundaries and visual fun for both writer and reader. Abandon yourself to color and then top your work with an outrageous Zoomorphic or stunning capital. Come and share the love!RISA GETTLER, Calligrapher, designer, illustrator, author and instructor, combines her advertising career with her lifelong study of letter arts. She has studied calligraphy in America, University of Calligraphy/Italy, Princeton University’s Department of Spanish Medieval Art, the Morgan Library, Getty Center and UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Barcelona, Spain. Risa has been a guest on radio and television discussing the joys of Calligraphy. Her artwork was featured on LA Women-TV, City of Los Angeles City Marathon, the National Council on Aging and the nternational Council on Alzheimer’s Disease, Alchemy, a CD of medieval Spanish music funded by The National Endowment of the Arts, Oceanside Museum of Art, The Muzeo, Chapman University, The Smithsonian, Washington National Cathedral, international art publications, calligraphy books, art exhibits and galleries throughout the USA. Most notable client, His Holiness Pope Paul, II.
Teaching venues include international lettering conferences, Letters California Style, UCR-Oscher, Oceanside Museum of Art, Mt. San Jacinto College, Fallbrook School of the Arts, Escondido Art Gallery, Menuch, and various calligraphy guilds throughout America. In addition to commissioned hand lettered and illustrated books, Risa’s art is featured in many books including the centennial edition of the Speedball Textbook, 24th edition. Risa has had several solo exhibits including U. S. Bank. Juried shows include the Bower’s Museum, Museo Museum, Oceanside Museum of Art, Chapman University, Balboa Park’s Japanese Tea Garden.
At this time and to the best of my knowledge no one else in the USA teaches Visigothic Versals.
Carol Measures Scott
Elmo van Slingerland
Mark Van Stone