Bridger Mountain Scribes

The Bridger Mountain Scribes of Montana comprises calligraphers in southwest Montana, including Bozeman and Gallatin Gateway. We meet once a month to discuss calligraphy, artists books, and other book arts, usually on the 1st Monday of the month at the Bozeman Public Library.


We are a member guild of the statewide Montana guild, Big Sky Scribes. If you’d like to find out more about calligraphy in southwest Montana, attend our meetings, or join the guild, email

Meeting on Wednesday, September 12

We have a special treat and a new meeting time for our September meeting: Wednesday, September 12 from 12:30-2:30 pm. The meeting will be held in the large meeting room at the Bozeman Public Library.

Annie Cicale, a calligrapher, teacher, author and book artist who grew up in Montana, will present a slideshow of her work in the large meeting room beginning at 1:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for those interested in the calligraphy/painting tradition. Feel free to let others know about this program.

We’ll have a short meeting at 12:30 pm, before the presentation, to address any final planning issues regarding the BSS fall workshop which will be held on September 21-23.

Meeting on Monday, August 13

Make sure you’ve marked your calendar for our next meeting on Monday, August 13, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bozeman. The address is  
325 N 25th Ave, Bozeman, MT 59718. If you’re coming from downtown, turn right onto West Babcock at the Albertsons shopping center, then right on North 25th.
We had a lively time at the last meeting on July 2, making Hedi Kyle’s diagonal pocket book. the folded-and-sewn book. Once we had made at least one book each, we discussed the elements of design and  the principles of design. The handouts are attached here as PDFs. Our homework assignment was to choose one short quote and make thumbnails of at least 5 different layouts, employing a variety of those elements and principles of design. As an example, I’ve attached a JPG showing a page of thumbnails of the quotation, “A clean desk is a sign of a messy drawer.”
At the August 13 meeting, please be prepared to share your thumbnail sketches and identify which elements/principles of designs you employed. Then we’ll render a selection of those thumbnails in the books we made last month, so so be sure to bring those books. Other materials to bring: pencil and eraser for sure; any other media you’d like to use for rendering: colored pencils, pen and ink, pen and gouache, etc.
If you missed the last meeting and want to participate this time, let me know and I’ll get you up to speed. (I’ve got some extra books already made, for your use.)
Fall workshop with Laurie Doctor: Rose reports that one week after the postmark date we have 17 people registered for all three days! Yay! If you are a member of Big Sky Scribes and haven’t registered, there is still time to grab one of the 3 remaining spots. Registration opens to the public on August 6. Laurie’s description of the workshop she’ll teach in Bozeman is here:
At the next meeting we need to discuss final arrangements for the workshop: