Buzz on Business: Scribe Inks New Chapter

by | Aug 4, 2023

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Art Song, by Jane Rollins.

Jane Rollins was working as a special needs teacher in 1980 when she decided she wanted to take a class in something fun to relax. When a friend gave her a calligraphy pen, that made picking a class easy. And the class led to a complete change of career.

“I became addicted to calligraphy,” she said in an interview this week. “I have always been fascinated with ancient history as well as literature and poetry.” The art of calligraphy combined all of those things. 

Rollins opened Scribe Calligraphy at 58 Main Street in 1989 and Scribe has provided calligraphy services in East Greenwich ever since – specializing in wedding invitations, citations and awards, baby announcements and Rollins’s own renderings of poems, sayings and phrases.  

Ten years ago, she moved into one half of 514 Main Street, sharing space with B&H Framing. Rollins said she and Alex Potts, owner of B&H, got along well. When Potts closed down her framing business last fall, Rollins’s husband, Bruce Rollins, suggested she take over the whole space. 

Scribe now has room not only for Jane (and Bruce, who often accompanies her, along with their dog, Maxwell), but there is gallery space now too. Rollins is eager to invite other artists to display their work along with some of her own. 

“My goal is to bring more people into the gallery,” she said. 

Rollins now has more spaces for her classes, which run in six-week intervals for two hours once a week. Some people take a session or two; others have been taking her classes for years.

Calligraphy remains a passion for Rollins. With each project,“it’s interesting to figure out how to do it.” 

Scribe Calligraphy Studio and Gallery is open 10 to 2 Wednesday through Saturday. Find out more HERE.

Peace of Wild Things, by Jane Rollins.

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Dan Lake
August 5, 2023 9:53 am

Jane is a true treasure who brings art to the community in many ways. We wish her continuing and growing success.

Dan Lake and other members of the East Greenwich Art Club

August 5, 2023 11:44 am

Congratulations Jane! Your art is an inspiration on Main Street.
Best wishes as you fill your expanded space with art.

Jane Rollins
Jane Rollins
August 5, 2023 12:20 pm
Reply to  Cara

Thanks, Cara!

Jane Rollins
Jane Rollins
August 5, 2023 12:19 pm

Thanks, Dan – hope to create some collaborative opportunities with the club!

Alicia C Farrell
Alicia C Farrell
August 5, 2023 7:40 pm

Jane rocks!
-The Wild Harvest Fam

Paulette Miller
Paulette Miller
August 9, 2023 9:12 am

Jane and her gallery are Main Street treasures. Her love of both art and literature are exquistely and sensitively rendered and shared in framed fine art, as well as functional menus, programs, invitations (and more). When there are words to be shared, Jane delivers with skill, talent, and a beautiful flourish. Best wishes on Scribe Calligraphy Studio & Gallery’s “new chapter” – written with hardwork and devotion.

Congratulations, Jane!

Danielle Salisbury
Danielle Salisbury
August 26, 2023 4:08 pm

Wonderful article and I agree with all the other comments!


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