Friday, May 4, 2018

Come See ALL at VILLAGE IN BLOOM Festival of the Arts!!

Please join us for the Sixth Annual “Village in Bloom: A Festival of the Arts” honoring Isabel and John Bloom be held in the Village of East Davenport Saturday, May 5 from 10-4.

Area school children will exhibit sculptures they created from recycled materials supporting the theme of "Life on the Farm”.

Sculptures created by High School students who participated in the high school sculpting contest will also be on display. 

You will also enjoy live performances on the big stage along with ongoing street acts, face painting, street chalking and mural making. Arts activities for children, puppets, clowns and exhibits of Isabel and John Bloom’s artwork will also be part of the festivities. The event is free to the community.

Art Legacy League Board members will be on hand with fun activities for kids of all ages!  Thank you again to Donna Young, a member of The Art Legacy League Board of Directors, for sharing inviting us to participate in this event!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fran Riley Features-story this week on The Art Legacy League

Watch the Fran Riley KWQC-TV feature on The Art Legacy League by clicking HERE.

Amy Nielsen demonstrating "Cat Writing" with the chisel edged brush for the report.

Paul Herrera demonstrating slate inscription carving for the report

Monday, March 5, 2018

Art Legacy League Launches OPEN STUDIOS Drop In Classes!!!

The Art Legacy League is announcing an Art community outreach program of OPEN STUDIOS. The first offering in this program will be  Drop-in art classes at the JB Young Opportunity Center beginning Monday, March 5. Experienced classroom proctors will be on hand to provide help for calligraphers and those interested in wanting to learn the basics of drawing and illustration. These sessions are offered at no cost but donations will be accepted. ALL classes will be held in JBYOC Room 134 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm on the first and third Mondays of the month.

A class will be provided by the instructor as a suggested activity for those attending. More advanced people may simply bring along their projects and use the time and space provided to enjoy the atmosphere of the classroom without the stress of doing what everyone else is doing. They may choose to share ideas with one another and in some cases talk about new products they have found.

Experienced people would bring their own materials for their own use. The ALL would provide some simple materials for beginners or those who don't have their own. These will be available to use in class or for purchase to take home.

Calligraphy: We will provide handouts and reed pens or marker calligraphy pens for use in class or for purchase. Multipurpose 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper is provided for use in class.

Drawing: We will provide multipurpose paper and #2 pencils for use in class for those who don't have their own materials.

The Open Studio Drop-in Class schedule is as follows:

March 5 – Calligraphy
March 19 – Drawing
April 2 – Calligraphy
April 16 – Drawing
May 7 – Calligraphy
May 21 – Drawing

We look forward to seeing you there! Contact us via email,, if you have any questions!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Art of Faith Show this weekend!

The Art Legacy League will be exhibiting at the 7th Annual Art of Faith show this weekend at St. Pius X in Rock Island. Paul Herrera will be on hand to sell reproductions of Father Catich's work, books and to chat with visitors about Father Catich and his contributions to Liturgical Arts.  This is a wonderful show to see a wide variety of art created with faith in mind! There will also be musical performances throughout both days.

Monday, January 8, 2018

The Origin of the Serif-50th Anniversary Year!

Father Catich working on broadside,
with Origin copies wrapped for shipping, 1968.
This is the 50th Anniversary Year for the publication of The Origin of the Serif by Father Edward Michael Catich.

This heavily researched work presented an idea that revolutionized the accepted conclusions on lettering that had dominated the fields of Calligraphy, Paleography, and Epigraphy for the 2000 years preceding the publication of the book.

Father Catich, trained as a sign painter in Chicago during the first quarter of the 20th century, determined that our Roman alphabet originated from letters being painted on stone prior to carving.  He stressed that the brush, preceding the stone carver's chisel, produced the serif on the letters. The serif is the short cross stroke at the beginning and end of letter parts.

His research defined the brush as the tool that influenced the structure of the Imperial letter, not the chisel.  The Origin of the Serif proposed an entirely new approach to the history, lineage, and development of the Roman alphabet. In the text Catich addresses other accepted beliefs regarding the formation of the Roman alphabet and clearly illustrates why they are incorrect.

Father hand painting the cast.

Father researched the material for the book, starting when he was a seminarian in Rome, returning years later to continue his studies on The Trajan Inscription, creating the only direct cast made in modern history of this inscription.
In the brochure "The Trajan Inscription in Chicago," by The Lakeside Press, Father discusses the method to make the cast.

"With the help of Italian workmen, we made sectional negatives of the inscription using argillar Greca, a siena-colored, tenacious, and firm molding clay. We net assembled these negative section and made a plaster positive of the complete inscription. From this positive, we made a mold for the polyester cast."

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about The JB Young Center
The Art Legacy League is marking this 50th Anniversary of the publication of The Origin of the Serif with the launching of workshops, classes, open studio events, exhibitions and lectures to be held in our new permanent headquarters in the JB Young Opportunity Center in Davenport, Iowa.

Within this facility we will have our new "Home Room" which will house original Catich works, teaching materials, and provide studio space for "Open Studio" drop in sessions scheduled for later this year.

Our new Home Room space has flat files filled with original Catich work, reproductions, and calligraphy guides.

We have real slate chalkboards for classroom instruction and are building a reference library for Home Room Use!

In addition to our new"Home Room" space, we will have classroom and large event space available for teaching weekend workshops, weekly classes and offering lectures and other public events that promote calligraphy, book arts and the Catich Method for studio art instruction and calligraphic handwriting.

Paul Herrera, Chairman of the Board of Directors, is very excited about the new permanent home for The ALL. He says, "Having a permanent home for our group, for the courses offered by The CATFISH Letter Arts School, and a gathering place for those interested in a calligraphy and book arts has been a dream of ours for many years. We are thrilled to have our "Home Room" open."

The Art Legacy League will be announcing their full schedule or classes, workshops and events to celebreate the 50th Anniversary of the publication of The Origin of the Serif in the coming weeks.

Stay Tuned!

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