Paul Freeman Awards

In 1979, Paul Freeman came to SACG from New York to teach the first “major” Guild-sponsored workshop. He proved to be a knowledgeable, sharing teacher who is forever in the hearts of the Guild members who knew him. Paul generously donated a demonstration piece titled “ABCdarian”, which the Guild framed.  A second piece of Paul’s work, “New Spencerian”, was donated by Jim Hosford, former White House calligrapher.

Along with these two pieces, the Guild now owns a framed print by Denis Brown, and a third piece by Paul Freeman that was donated by Eleanor Russell in 2006.  These four pieces of calligraphic art now constitute the Paul Freeman Awards, which are presented annually in honor of outstanding service to the Guild during the previous year.  The winners get to display these pieces in their homes for the coming year, and then return the pieces to the Awards and Memorials Chair in April of the following year for presentation to the next winners.

The Awards and Memorials Committee requests nominations from the general membership for these awards in February, and those nominations are published in the March issue of Flourishes. The nominees are presented to the membership at the March meeting, and voting takes place by written ballot at the April meeting.  The Paul Freeman Awards are presented formally at the May meeting.

It is an honor to be nominated for this award.  SACG is fortunate to have so many dedicated members who contribute so much time and talent to benefit the Guild and its members.

Twentieth Anniversary Awards 

The framed pieces donated to the Guild at the 1996 Twentieth Anniversary celebration are temporarily awarded each year to those four members who are currently serving as officers of the Board of Directors (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) and to the Past President.  The pieces are:  “A Flower Alphabet”, by Victoria Pittman; “Nativity Angel”, by Larry Brady; “A Hugo Quote”, by Marsha Brady; “On February Fourteenth”, by David Howells; and “The Single Rose”, by Victoria Pittman. These are presented at the June Installation of Officers.