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An Artful Mid-Summer's Day

Calligraphy Workshop and “Weathergram” Demos by Escribiente and Nature-themed Poetry featuring Dale Harris


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Aug 13, 2016
12:00 PM - 04:30 PM


Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120


Who:  The General Public

What:  Enjoy a day of Nature-Inspired Art and Poetry. Presented by Escribiente, Albuquerque’s Calligraphy Society and the Open Space Visitor Center, and featuring local poet Dale Harris

Where: 6500 Coors Blvd. NW, 87120, between Montaño Rd. and Paseo del Norte at the end of Bosque Meadows Rd.

When:  August 13th, 2016, from Noon–4:30pm

Cost:  FREE! 

Join the Open Space Visitor Center for this unique program as we host Escribiente, Albuquerque’s Calligraphy Society and local poets to celebrate mid-summer!

Please Note: Registration is required to participate in the calligraphy workshop and the poetry reading. Space is limited. See below for details.

*Program of events:

  • Noon–3pm: Weathergram demonstrations by Escribiente (in the Lobby)
  • 12:30–1:00pm: The Origin of “Open Stories.” Artist Chris Meyer, featured in the Open Space Visitor Center Gallery, will talk about the many narratives and stories intrinsic in his imaginative and original art exhibit Open Stories: Finding Art in All the Right Places. (Kiva Room). Open Stories will be on display at the Visitor Center through August 28th, 2016.
  • 1:30–2:30pm: Calligraphy workshop by Beth House of Escribiente (Kiva Room)
    • The workshop is appropriate for adults and children 10 years and older
    • The workshop is limited to 20 people
    • RSVP required. Call 897-8831 to register
  • 3:00–4:30pm: Open Mike Poetry Reading (in the Kiva Room)
    • The reading will feature poet Dale Harris and other talented local poets.
    • Participate! Read your own nature-themed or Open Space themed poems! Please call 897-8831 in order to register to be a participant in the reading. Limit 10 poets.

*Schedule subject to change

Calligraphers from Escribiente ( will demonstrate how to make “weathergrams,” a unique form of nature poetry intended to be displayed outdoors. Just before the event, over 100 weathergrams created by calligraphers from Escribiente will be hung on trees around the Visitor Center grounds as a temporary art installation. The weathergrams will be on display through the summer months.

Calligrapher Lloyd Reynolds first started making weathergrams or “weather writings” in the 1960s at Reed College. Based loosely on the ideas of Japanese haiku, he defined the weathergram poem as “a sudden insight—10 words or less  ... the subject matter should be seasonal, and the resulting vertical flag, preferably made of brown paper, should be hung on a tree branch in ‘the garden, at a campsite, or along a mountain trail’ and left outdoors between solstice and equinox, or equinox and solstice.” (from

A free digital download of a 20 page book about weathergrams by Lloyd Reynolds is available at

To top off the day’s celebration, after exploring the magic of weathergrams, join us for a special presentation of poetry from 3:00–4:30pm with local poet Dale Harris. You may also read your own nature-themed poetry the day of the event.

The Visitor Center is celebrating its tenth anniversary! This program is part of a series of unique programs celebrating the Open Space Visitor Center’s (OSVC) Tenth Anniversary year.  In 2006, the Open Space Visitor Center (OSVC) was officially opened to the public. Managed by the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Division, the OSVC has served the public for ten years in its mission to convey and deepen the relationship between Albuquerque’s Open Space program and the community by providing an exceptional environment to enjoy, experience, and learn about land, wildlife, and cultural heritage. See for information.

About the Open Space Visitor Center:

The Open Space Visitor Center is an interpretive hub for the Open Space program, lands, and resources.   Visitors enjoy educational exhibits, art displays, wildlife fields, a Traditions garden, Bosque trails, and a variety of talks, workshops, demonstrations and entertainment. The Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Blvd. NW between Montaño Rd. and Paseo del Norte at the end of Bosque Meadows Rd. 


The Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and closed Mondays. 


Call 897-8831 for more information or visit


An Artful Mid-Summer's Day



Kent Swanson