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Big Sky Scribes is a non-profit, Montana statewide organization of amateur and professional calligraphers and artists. Members encourage each other in the study and critical practice of the calligraphic arts. See a showcase of our work here.

Regional Groups are organized in several communities throughout Montana. Each local group plans meetings, programs, workshops and social events for its members. At present, local guilds are:

  • Bridger Mountain Scribes, Bozeman
  • Great Falls Scribes, Great Falls
  • Missoula Calligraphers Guild, Missoula
  • Queen City Scribes, Helena
  • Yellowstone Calligraphers’ Guild, Billings

History — The guild was formed in 1984 at their first Montana calligraphy workshop, taught by Mark Van Stone. The workshop included calligraphers from all across ‘Big Sky Country.’ According to one of the founding members, Mary Jo Vickoren, there was much discussion about the name – Big Sky Scribes, or Writers of the Purple Sage — thus the logo incorporating both. On an interesting note, well-known calligraphy teacher and author, Annie Cicale, was also one of the founding members of BSS as well as the first editor of the guild newsletter.

Administration of the guild is provided by a board of directors composed of members representing the various regions of Montana. Big Sky Scribes is funded by membership dues, various fundraising activites and contributions. Annual membership dues of $25 are collected in April of each year. The BSS Annual Meeting is usually conducted in conjunction with their Spring Workshop.