HATCH SHOW PRINT® TO CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING AT NEW LOCATION
Nov. 2-3 Programs Offer Entertainment for All Ages
NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 21, 2013 – On November 2 and 3, Hatch Show Print®, the iconic letterpress print shop owned and operated by the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, will celebrate its Grand Opening in its new location at 224 Fifth Avenue South. Visitors will be able to take a look at the new facility and enjoy a full slate of Hatch-related programs. In addition, the shop will participate for the first time in Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl.
The new Hatch Show Print location includes four spaces:
• Hatch Show Print Production Shop, a 5,800-square-foot production area with an 80-foot glass-wall (allowing passersby to watch posters roll off the presses)
• Hatch Show Print Store, an expanded 1,400-square-foot retail store featuring Hatch original posters, custom-designed clothing, giftware and toys featuring the Hatch logo and other iconic designs reprinted from the Hatch archive
• Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery, a 1,200-square-foot art gallery, which will show and sell re-strikes of historical prints made using wood blocks from the Hatch archive. The gallery will feature the work of Hatch Show Print Master Printer Jim Sherraden, whose monoprints are contemporary interpretations and celebrations of the shop’s collection of wood blocks.
• Hatch Show Print Space for Design, a classroom and workshop area that will allow participants to learn more through demonstrations, hands-on printing and in-depth programs
The Grand Opening weekend will feature a number of free, Hatch-related programs for all ages, including artifact talks, a printing demonstration, a book signing, a hands-on program for kids, and two showings of the puppet show String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry. This production, an original creative partnership of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Nashville Public Library and Foundation that tells the story of country music in Nashville, features a Hatch-designed logo in its opening animation. String City will also be the subject of an artifact talk on Saturday. See complete schedule of programs below.
Hatch Show Print was founded by C.R. and H.H. Hatch in 1879.For much of the 20th century, the firm’s vibrant, colorful posters served as a leading advertising medium for southern entertainment–from vaudeville and minstrel shows, to magicians and opera singers, to Negro League baseball games and B-movies. Many of Hatch’s most loyal clients were Grand Ole Opry stars. Gaylord Entertainment Co. purchased Hatch in 1986 and the following year asked the museum to curate the shop. In 1992, Gaylord donated the shop to the museum. Today, Hatch Show Print Master Printer Jim Sherraden and his talented team work under the motto “preservation through production.”
In recent years, Hatch Show Print designs have been commissioned by Anthropologie, CNN, the New York Times, Nissan, Nordstrom and Taschen Books, among others.
Hatch Show Print has been a feature subject in a wide range of media including CNN, Conde Nast Traveler, Forbes, Martha Stewart Living Radio, Southern Living and Vogue. Chronicle Books published Hatch Show Print: The History of a Great American Poster Shop, in 2001.
Hatch Show Print Grand Opening Weekend Program Schedule
All programs are FREE and open to the public, except as noted.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
10:00a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry
An hour-long history of country music with an emphasis on Nashville’s transformation into Music City, this original program is made possible by a partnership between the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Nashville Public Library and Foundation. Following the 11:30 show, meet the puppeteers and get signed a commemorative String City Hatch poster, available in the Hatch Store. All donations go to the Nashville Public Library Foundation and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Space for Design
Learn about an artifact from the historic collection, used for the design and printing of the poster for String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry. The Hatch Show Print collection includes over a million pieces of wood and metal type, image blocks, posters and more.
Printing Demonstration Store
Watch and learn as a designer-printer from Hatch Show Print sets up the press to print posters for the shop. Questions are encouraged!
Space for Design
Learn about an artifact from the historic collection, used for the design and printing of the shop’s Johnny Cash posters. The Hatch Show Print collection includes over a million pieces of wood and metal type, image blocks, posters and more.
First Saturday Art Crawl
Store and Gallery
Visit the new gallery to view Master Printer Jim Sherraden’s monoprints—contemporary interpretations and celebrations of the classic blocks of Hatch Show Print. Stroll through the gallery and enjoy the historic re-strikes of original prints from the Hatch collection, also available for purchase.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Space for Design
Learn about an artifact from the shop's historic collection, which includes over a million pieces of wood and metal type, image blocks, posters and more.
Space for Design
Family Program: Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print
Learn about letterpress printing from the staff of Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the United States. Participants will use block images to create their own poster representing the Bakersfield Sound and California country. For ages 5 and up. Free. Participating children and up to two accompanying adults may tour the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at a discounted rate. Visit CountryMusicHallofFame.org for details.
Gallery Book signing w/Master Printer Jim Sherraden
Jim Sherraden, Master Printer, will sign the book Hatch Show Print: The History of a Great American Poster Shop, when purchased from the store.
Hatch Show Print Store and Gallery
Hours: Sun.-Wed.: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. and Thurs.-Sat.: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.