For MADE. Calligraphy artist Penelope Culbertson. Through November 24.

Original calligraphy by Penelope Culbertston.

Q: Who is Greta, you ask?

A: Greta Thunberg is a Swedish teenage environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition. Thunberg first became known for her activism in August 2018 when, at age 15, she began spending her school days outside the Swedish parliament to call for stronger action on global warming.  After Thunberg addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, student strikes took place every week somewhere in the world. In 2019, there were at least two coordinated multi-city protests involving over one million students each.

Penelope Culbertson ponders an idea to create “What Greta Says” cards.

Thunberg is known for her blunt, straightforward speaking manner, both in public and to political leaders and assemblies, in which she urges immediate action to address what she describes as the climate crisis. Thunberg has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, was just named Time’s Person of the Year. Despite years of hate mail, disinformation campaigns and ridicule, the mainstream science community has made a strong position even stronger, thanks to more data from the atmosphere, the ground, the oceans and ice cores, as well as better computer models. And now they’re observing the unfolding of long-predicted global changes in real time. Al Gore had been right all along to scare people in his 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth.

Theodore Roosevelt quote by Penelope Culbertson.

Gandhi quote by Penelope Culbertson.

Lloyd Reynolds tribute quote by Penelope Culbertson.

Lloyd J. Reynolds was an American calligrapher and professor at Reed College (1929-1969) who taught classes on creative writing, art, and calligraphy. He received a BA in Botany and Forestry from Oregon State University, then an English degree at the University of Oregon. He went on to receive an MA in English literature from the University of Oregon. Reynolds started at Reed in the English Department, teaching creative writing, then began teaching classes on art history and graphic arts.  Reynolds was named Calligrapher Laureate of Oregon by Governor Tom McCall in 1972.  His students included Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Peter Norton, Charles Bigelow, David Eddings, Willard McCarty, Kris Holmes, Sumner Stone, Penelope Culbertson and (informally) Steve Jobs.

Q: What is the connection between Lloyd Reynolds and Steve Jobs, you ask?

A: Once when Steve Jobs, the genius behind the Apple computer company, gave an inspirational speech, he said, one of the most formative experiences was the time he spent with Lloyd Reynolds. Jobs never actually graduated from Reed, lasting only six months, yet, he stayed at the college, sleeping on friends’ floors and dropping into classes. One captured his imagination was a course in calligraphy. “If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class,” he said. “And personal computers might not have the wonderful font choices that they do.” SJ

November 2-24

Made Art Show and Sale

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway


“Made” an exhibition for the one-of-a-kind and the unexpected works made by Northwest hands. Alluring, distinctive and exquisite products, never-before-seen, with just the right dose of imperfection to suggest a human element in the creative process.

“This is the time of year, before the gift-giving season, the gallery digs a bit deeper into the subject of the handmade, with a reverence for artisans who are producing exclusive objects, artisans who have made craft cool and luxurious.”

Featuring harp maker Duane Bolster,  calligrapher Penelope Culbertson, glass maker Christine Downs, paper crane maker Peggy Evans, quilt maker Cherry Jones Harris, and mixed media maker JoAnn Pari-Mueller.

Wall display featuring the calligraphy of Penelope Culbertson.

Welcoming pine needle artisan Martha Denham and wood turner Tom Willing.

Introducing metalsmith Nikki Hall and potter Marcia Hudson.

A mosaic of past Penelope Culbertson’s Fairweather appearances.

For more about the artist, please go to  /artists tab Penelope Culbertson

Penelope Culbertston’s art won the top calligraphy award at the Oregon State Fair in 2019 with her quote by Rumi “There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”   Judge’s comment:  “Lettering well placed with very pleasing flourishes.” 


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