Just in from Penelope Culbertson. Artful quotes.


Penelope Culbertson began her art studies at the Portland Art Museum as a child, in the art department at Cleveland High School, at Reed College with calligraphy master Lloyd Reynolds, at Willamette University in Salem, at the San Francisco Art Institute, and the Institute de Bellas Artes in San Miguel, Mexico.

Penelope was the co-founder of the Art Academy of Kona and the West Hawaii Arts Guild where she served on the Executive Board. Penelope worked in the Hawaii State Artist-in-School program and showed as the Artist-in-Residence at the Hyatt Regency. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Royal Waikoloan Hotel.

Penelope teaches weekly classes in calligraphy and watercolors for the disabled. She experiments in watercolors, oil pastels, collage, tapestry weaving and calligraphy. She is a member of the Portland Society of Calligraphy. Currently she is showing at Fairweather’s Gallery in Seaside, Oregon and Arabella Gallery in Windsor, VT.



“The Portland Calligraphy Society is having their annual show at the main branch of the Multnomah County Library in downtown Portland for the months of November and December. The theme is Imagining Shakespeare which I why I did a couple of quotes by him for Fairweather’s where the October show is Drama in Art. One is a humorous one from Falstaff and the other is in an antique Italian frame.” —Penelope Culbertson





“Away, you scullion! You rampallian! You fustilarian!” This fine line comes from Henry IV, from Shakespeare, the Elizabethan dis-master.

You scullion: this line is it a doozy. It basically means, “Get away from me, you menial servant! You scamp! You low-life stinkard!” Let that one sink in.

You rampallian: it basically means a low or contemptible person; a scoundrel; wretch; rascal!

You fustilarian: translated it means a very low thought of fellow; a scoundrel; a scamp.

Indeed from Shakespeare to Thaddeus Stevens to Mark Twain, our favorite wordsmiths knew how to tell people off in style.

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