Gabrielle LaFargue

While a resident of Oyster Bay, New York, Gabrielle took her first calligraphy class from Will Farrington through an adult education program in 1978. She continued studying with Pat Buttice and Joanne Insinga and participated in workshops offered by the Society of Scribes in Manhattan as well as Island Scribes on Long Isaland.

As an active contributor with the Island Scribes she became Vice President, newsletter editor, and librarian.  To acquaint the public with the beauty of calligraphy, and encourage member involvement, she was responsible for organizing and producing thematic, rotating public library exhibits in the county.

With the Calligraphy Society of Arizona, she hones her skills via their professional programs. In Sierra Vista she teaches calligraphy classes at the Fort Huachuca Art Center, and has introduced the art of calligraphy to children at the Huachuca Art Association.  Writing developed from the most basic forms of art dating back as early as 3500 BCE.  Through the centuries lettering evolved into different “hands” or styles of handwriting, i.e. italic, foundation, uncial, etc. developed in the various culture centers throughout the work.  Today we study those hands to enhance the spoken word through artistic representation.