April 15, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Members of the Mount community attend a calligraphy workshop taught by Laura Nicholls, a frequent instructor in the Mount’s community education program.
The Mount Saint Mary College community learned the basics of calligraphy from certified lettering artist Laura Nicholls, a frequent instructor in the Mount’s community education program, on Thursday, April 11.
The calligraphy workshop, titled “Creating an Illuminated Letter,” was inspired by the majestic Saint John's Bible.
Using medieval inks, materials, and methods, an international team of artists and calligraphers worked for 15 years to create the seven volumes that comprise the Saint John’s Bible, the only handwritten and illuminated Bible produced in more than 500 years.
Mount Saint Mary College recently acquired the full seven-volume Heritage Edition set of the Saint John’s Bible, a fine art reproduction that captures the original down to the smallest details.
In addition to teaching at the Mount’s Desmond Campus, Nicholls is former art educator at St. Thomas Aquinas College and in the Nanuet Public Schools. In 2016, she supervised the creation of the Mount’s Jubilee Quilt, celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order.
The Dominican Sisters founded Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. in 1959, using as a guideline the four pillars of Dominican life: study, prayer, service, and community.
The college is currently gearing up to celebrate its 60th anniversary, with plans for community events on campus and new service projects in the works.