Former White House chief calligrapher Rick Paulus will be at the Gualala Arts Center on Friday, July 1, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m. for a reception and meet-and-greet, with a presentation on his work taking place at 6 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.
In his colorful forty-five minute presentation, Paulus will lead attendees on a unique journey from the White House to the high seas. Using calligraphy as his storytelling medium, and the backdrop for his narration, Paulus shares vignettes gleamed from his years spent at the highest levels of government, expounding on such diverse topics as calligraphy’s role in diplomacy, how to throw a State Dinner, and how best to survive an incoming squall on an angry ocean.
After a virtual tour of the White House, Paulus will bring his followers to sea with him as he returns to his childhood home on Cape Cod, and thence onward to the Sonoma Coast, where his penmanship takes on new textures inspired by the natural surroundings of Northern California. It is a journey not only through time and place, but through the evolutionary process of a calligrapher wielding an ancient art in a digital age.