Sally Penley

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS

Sally Penley is an aptly named calligrapher living in Olympia. In addition to her love of letters and mixed-media painting, she enjoys creating Asian-inspired images with Sumi ink and simple tools such as pieces of board, handmade Sumi brushes and pointed pen nibs on a variety of textures and surfaces.

She holds a BFA in design. Before her day-job retirement, she was director of communications at Weyerhaeuser. In 2013 she created the “Out of the Silence” exhibition to address bullying of LGBTQ teens. Calligraphers from all over North America took part, and sales of the art they donated raised more than $10,000 for Pizza Klatch, an organization which supports local youth.

What: Sally Penley calligraphy



Where: Buck’s Fifth Avenue,
209 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia

When: 5-10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7 and noon – 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8

How much: free admission, artwork for sale

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