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Jonathan Blocher - Manuscriptures

Inspired by Scripture verses hanging in the Blocher home, Jonathan began practicing calligraphy in 1965, at the age of twelve. He learned the art of illumination (the decorative embellishment of a text) by studying reproduction of medieval manuscripts, and began creating Manuscriptures while still in his early teens. He added screen printing to his repertoire of skills during his high school years.

He continued his education at Wheaton College, majoring in Fine Arts and Biblical Studies. Soon there after, with the encouragement and help of his family, Jonathan launched into Manuscriptures full time, which has grown steadily ever since.

With a thirst for knowledge and a drive to excel, he continues to examine original manuscripts at ever opportunity in both America and Europe, and to study with the leading authorities. What he learns appears in the new Manuscriptures he creates.

Jonathan has received commissions from many Christian organizations, including the Billy Graham Center, Christianity Today, MAP International, The Chapel of the Air, The International Bible Society, Youth for Christ USA, Jews for Jesus, Moody Bible Institute, and the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy.

At the request of Mrs. Billy Graham, several of Jonathan's works were used in the decor of the offices at the Billy Graham Center. The original artwork for our Psalm 16:11 Manuscripture now hangs in Dr. Graham's study at The Cove.

Jonathan and his wife, Retha, who is an elementary school librarian, share their home in Salem, Wisconsin, with three cats, Abraham, Sarah, and Ruth.

While Jonathan's original works sell for $1200 or more, we are please to be able to offer his signed and numbered serigraphs, handsomely framed, at modest prices so that every Christian home may have a constant witness of the inspiration, comfort, and encouragement that is found in God's Holy Word.

Valerie Weilmuenster - Miniscriptures

Valerie was trained as an engrosser at a Chicago studio and was a former co-owner of Pen Graphics Studio, Inc. which specialized in the design and lettering of formal documents such as certificates, resolutions, and testimonials many of which are elaborately illuminated. Because of her passion for illumination she has developed classes to teach this unique art to others.

Valerie has been teaching weekend workshops and week-long retreats throughout the country for over 10 years. She has attended 20 international calligraphy conferences as both student and faculty. Her work has been exhibited in many juried shows, Calligraphy Engagement Calendars, The Speedball Textbook, Color for Calligraphers, Somerset Studio Magazine and several Letter Arts Review Annuals.

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