Louisville, KY, January 18, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Artist and Calligrapher Jan Hurst was very busy last year, attending a book-making workshop in Memphis in the Spring, traveling to France for three weeks in August and attending the bi-annual calligraphy retreat called "Cheerio" in North Carolina in September, where she studied for a week with renowned calligrapher John Stevens and fewer than two dozen other calligraphers from around the world.
From France, Hurst brought home with her at least 2000 photographs of the southern countryside and new knowledge of wedding practices in Toulouse, where wedding parties lined up in the courthouse square each Saturday of her visit. She has been sharing many of her photos from France and Cheerio on her blogs, www.letterladysletters.blogspot.com, www.weddingletterlady.blogspot.com and www.janhurst.blogspot.com.
Next month she will travel to The Land Between the Lakes in western Kentucky for Scribehaven, a calligraphy retreat where she and a group of calligraphers from Nashville, TN will share tips and tricks and general calligraphic knowledge. In April she plans to attend a brush calligraphy workshop in Nashville instructed by Carl Rohrs, a California calligrapher, and in May she hopes to participate in a workshop in Memphis instructed by one of her favorite artists, calligrapher Yves Leterme from Belgium. An invitation-only workshop with "the queen of calligraphy," a former calligrapher to England's Royal Family, Sheila Waters, at her home near Washington DC for a select group of scribes, including some who will be coming from Australia is tempting her too. "It is always so much fun to mingle with great calligraphers, many of whom have become good friends," Hurst says. "At Cheerio, I met calligraphers in person for the first time whom I had known for years on Cyberscribes, an online calligraphy group, and on Facebook."
Traveling won't end with all those calligraphy workshops. In October her son's destination wedding will be her "best travel destination" of the year. Naturally, she will be providing calligraphy for the big event.