Standard Meeting Dates/Time:

Dates: Meetings are on the second Saturday of the month (unless otherwise noted) from September through May.

Time: 10 am to 1 pm.

Programs: We will always have someone teaching us and sometimes we will also have Show & Tell.

See meeting dates for program description and list of supplies you’ll need to bring. Coffee and tea are not provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

Some of the afternoon workshops require advance registration. See individual program descriptions on this page and in the blog section.


Note: Due to Covid-19, as of March 2020, all meetings and workshops are meeting online through zoom meetings, rather than in-person. TCG newsletters will include the zoom links for the upcoming programs.

Meeting Location:
Resurrection Lutheran Church
100 Lochmere Drive West
Cary, N.C. 27518

Google maps:

On Kildaire Farm Road, traveling south (away from downtown Cary), pass Walmart on the right. If you come in on Tryon Road, Cary Parkway, or Maynard Road, you’ll turn south onto Kildaire Farm Road. Continue past Crescent Commons and Crescent Green and turn right onto Lochmere Dr.


Program Line-Up For 2021/ 2022

09/11/2021 –“Innovative Envelopes” show-and-tell and Envelope Exchange 
10/9/2021 – “Textured Letters”  with Barbara Close
11/13 & 11/14 – “Fundamental Flourishing” with Pat Blair
12/2021 – Holiday Party

Details of 2021/ 2022 Program Year

Saturday, October 9, 2021
 “Textured Letters”  with Barbara Close

(This meeting will be online via Zoom)

In this fun class we will be designing letters which suit our own style (with guidance from the instructor).  Starting with a monoline/outlined alphabet, students will become familiar with shapes and proportions for strong letters.  Then we will move in other directions and decorate, texturize, colorize, accessorize to our hearts content by using techniques such as layering, masking, collaging and many more painting applications.

**This is a Zoom meeting for members only.  Dues ($30.00) can be paid by check, made payable to TCG OR paid on-line using PayPal.   Go to  and scroll down to How to Join.   
On Friday, October 8th, members will receive the Zoom link from TCG allowing you into Barbara‘s “Textured Letter” class.

Tools and Materials to bring:
-pencil, ruler, eraser
-practice paper: Canson Pro Layout Marker or xerox paper (only a few sheets)
-Pigma Microns #02 and #08 (any that you have for a contrast)
-pointed brush with good tip i.e. #2 or #4
-watercolors: Sets or Tubes with palette & mixing brush
-water container
-a few paper towels
-glue stick and/or double stick tape
-Arches Text Wove OR 90# watercolor paper – cut to 4 “ x 6” pieces
-Your enthusiasm, open minds & a sense of exploration
     **Note: Please download the handouts and copy them prior to class.

Other suggestions (optional):
-gold powder [Schimincke]-xacto knife & small cutting mat
-color’d pencils/ markers
-things for accents & embellishments: white gel pen   

Zoom with us in person!
**This is a Zoom meeting where we can all meet from the convenience of our homes. This month we are also offering another form of Zoom since we have the church facility available all day. Those who are interested may join us at the church classroom at our regularly scheduled meeting time (10:00-1:00) to watch Barbara teach on Zoom on the big screen! Then you are welcome to stay after and join us for some social time, lettering, practice and fellowship! Look forward to seeing you all, whether it’s in person or online!!! 

About Barbara Close:

Barbara Close (website) is an internationally known calligrapher/artist and teaches in southern California, across the USA and Canada, and will be teaching in Lake Havasu, Arizona.
She thoroughly loves teaching and sharing with students. Her work includes a wide variety of lettering styles and mixed media applications, and has been in exhibitions across the
country, as well as many private collections.

She has taught at several International Lettering and IAMPETH conferences. Barbara designed the logo for Somerset Studio Magazine and “The Calligraphy Collection” font cartridge for Cricut. She has also designed several greeting cards for Marcel Schurman, now Papyrus.
“Follow Your Heart” is a philosophy that shows in her work and continues with growth, heart, and inspiration.


Saturday, September 11, 2021
 “Innovative Envelopes”  by TCG members

(This meeting will be in-person as well as online via Zoom)

Members that signed up for an Envelope Exchange this summer will be sharing their envelopes with us. A special thanks to Hattie Bazemore for organizing and arranging this activity! We will learn about some tips and techniques for creating these beautiful envelopes and you will have an opportunity to create one of your own for friends or family.


Previous Years’ Meetings

See previous meetings page for information on programs and instructors in previous years.