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A Nashville Day:  Hatch Show Print

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A Nashville Day: Hatch Show Print

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Hands down my favorite stop while in Nashville was Hatch Show Print.  Operating out of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Hatch Show gives you a glimpse into 134 years of printmaking history while you stand in one of the oldest running letter press studios in the US.    Take some time to walk through the Haley Gallery where you can see unique re-strikes from the Hatch Show Collection.  You'll see  turn of the century Circus Posters, advertisements for Airstream Trailers, and promotional concert posters from the likes of BB King, Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson.   

While cruising the gallery should you decide not to invest in a special edition, contemporary reprint, by master printer Jim Sheraden, don't worry, you can still stock up on smaller reproductions at the gift store.  Also, get there in time to tour the studio, you'll get a live demo on how letterpress works, and if you hang around long enough you might even get treated to private steel guitar concert.  

The Studio. 

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Prints are Ready to Go

Est. 1879

Surrounded by Centuries of Prints

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I think it’s accurate to say that when I started at Hatch I needed that place as much as that place needed someone like me.

I had a college degree but was waiting tables, and that shop had degrees of success but was waiting for tomorrow.  I never imagined we would be seen as a "destination" for graphic designers or that letter press would enjoy such a revival as it is today.  All I wanted to do down  there was print posters, put some meat on the bones of the shop's history, and maybe even write a book.  

 

-Jim Sheraden

Manager, Curator, and Chief Designer of Hatch Show Print

Wrapping up the day on the steel guitar. 

Jim's motto is "Preservation through Production"  which is evident in the video below.  Watch and learn more about Hatch Show,  then go online and order some prints.....or just fly to Nashville yourself and see it in person at their new location inside the Country Music Hall of Fame.