Hatch Show Print hosts grand opening celebration this weekend

Historic printing press moves to 6th location in 134 years

By
Nashville Local Expert

The historic Hatch Show Print just moved to its sixth location in 134 years, and they are celebrating this weekend in artistic style.

The new facility located at 224 5th Ave. S., is a departure from the cramped quarters it occupied for more than 20 years on Broadway. Hatch's new digs are now in the new 200,000 square-foot expansion connection the Country Music Hall of Fame and recently-opened Omni Nashville Hotel. Here, visitors will be able to watch posters roll off the press, as well as purchase posters from a more than 100-piece collection created by the print shop.

The iconic Hatch Show Print recently moved and is hosting a grand opening celebration this weekend.
Photo courtesy of Country Music Hall of Fame

The new Haley Gallery features Master Printer Jim Sherraden's monoprints, which are contemporary interpretations and celebrations of the historic blocks of the Hatch Show Print collection. Also new is the Space for Design, a classroom and workshop space that will offer visitors and clients opportunities to learn more through demonstrations, hands-on printing and more in-depth programs.

Of course, moving more than a 100 years’ worth of wood blocks and photo plates was an easy feat, but the staff did it, as well as archived each poster and design job the company has done.

Free Opening Weekend Programs

Saturday, November 2

Printing Demonstration, Noon-3 p.m.

Hatch Show Print Store

Watch and learn as a designer-printer from Hatch sets up the press to letterpress print posters for the shop.

Artifact Talk, Noon

Hatch Show Print Space for Design

Learn about an artifact from the historic collection, used for the design and printing of the String City: Nashville's Tradition of Music and Puppetry poster. The Hatch Show Print collection includes millions of pieces of wood and metal type, image blocks, posters and more.

Artifact Talk, 2 p.m.

Hatch Show Print Space for Design

Learn about an artifact from the historic collection, used for the design and printing of the shop's Johnny Cash posters.

First Saturday Art Crawl, 6-9 p.m.

Visit the new Hatch Show Print Gallery to view Master Printer Jim Sherraden's monoprints, which are his contemporary interpretations and celebrations of the classic blocks of Hatch Show Print. Enjoy the historic restrikes of original wood blocks from the Hatch collection, also available for purchase.

Sunday, November 3

Artifact Talk, Noon

Hatch Show Print Space for Design

Learn about an artifact from the historic collection.

Family Program: Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print, 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Hatch Show Print Space for Design

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.

Book Signing - Jim Sherraden, 2 p.m.

Hatch Show Print Gallery

Jim Sherraden, Master Printer of Hatch Show Print, will sign the book, Hatch Show Print: The History of a Great American Poster Shop, when purchased from Hatch Show Print.


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