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Grabhorn Institute 2011 Spring Benefit Dinner

Honoring Special Guests:



Collector and Arion Press Subscriber




Special Offering of Eight Original Signed Photographs by Michael Kenna

Michael Kenna has generously donated eight photographs from his Japan series to be sold for the benefit of the Grabhorn Institute. The sepia-toned silver gelatin prints measure approximately 7-3/4 x 7-3/4 inches. They are dry-mounted on museum board measuring 20 x 16 inches, with window mats. The prints are editioned, signed, and numbered by the artist. Editions are limited to 45 and 4 artist proofs. Prices include framing. Click on the thumbnail images below to see the photos.

1. Bamboo Harbor Guides, 2002, $4,750.
2. Butterfly and Peonies, 2006, $2,250.
3. Tree and Mountain, 2002, $3,750.
4. Rock Formations, 2004, $2,750.
5. Hashikui Rocks, 2002, $3,750.
6. Taushubetsu Bridge, 2008, $2,750
7. Early Snow, 2004, $2,250.
8. Snow Drift, 2004, $2,250.

1. Bamboo Harbor Guides, 2002 2. Butterfly and Peonies, 2006, $2,250 3. Tree and Mountain, 2002 4. Rock Formations, 2004 5. Hashikui Rocks, 2002 6. Taushubetsu Bridge, 2008 7. Early Snow, 2004 8. Snow Drift, 2004

We anticipate multiple requests for some images and strongly encourage orders be submitted directly to us, by telephone, email, or with the form below. Other art work benefiting the Grabhorn Institute will also be on display and for sale at the dinner and on our website. For information, contact us at 415-668-2548 or at Please consider optional images in case a particular print has already been sold, and indicate the total number of prints you are interested in ordering, using the following form:

Photograph Reservation Form

About the Benefit Dinner

The annual Grabhorn Institute Spring Benefit Dinner at Arion Press was held on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. We are delighted that photographer Michael Kenna and collector and Arion subscriber Marguerite Hoffman are guests of honor this year.

Michael Kenna photoThe Benefit is a sit-down dinner for 140 held here in the Arion Press gallery, preceded by cocktails in the pressroom and tours of the production areas, as well as an exhibition of Kenna photographs. The event is known for the excellence of the food and wine, the wit of the artist's remarks, and the brevity of other speeches. The program will include remarks by Michael Kenna, Marguerite Hoffman, and Andrew Hoyem. We do not interrupt dinner conversation with an auction or other fundraising gimmicks, and we rely on our loyal supporters to make the dinner a success.

This will be the ninth year that we have held the Benefit Dinner. In a tradition of recognizing outstanding individuals in the arts, past years’ special guests have been Julie Mehretu, Stephen Shore, John Baldessari, William T. Wiley, Mel Kendrick and Ira Michael Heyman, Martin Puryear, Wayne Thiebaud, and Jim Dine.

The generosity of our benefit guests supports Grabhorn Institute programs in preservation and education, including apprenticeships in typecasting, printing, and bookbinding, as well as our tours, lecture series, and gallery exhibitions. The Grabhorn Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions to it are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The non-tax-deductible portion of each dinner is $40.


John Berggruen Gallery, Brick Row Book Shop, Chronicle Books, Eight, Inc., Incase, Stephen Wirtz Gallery.

Dinner Committee

Nancy and Doug Abbey, Gregory Andreas, William P. Barlow, Jr., Leslie Berriman and Nion McEvoy, Jamie and Philip Bowles, Gabriella and Glen Isaacson, Diana Ketcham, Helyn MacLean and Asher Waldfogel, Susie and Pat McBaine, B. K. Moran and Charlie Haas, Barry and Marjorie Traub, Nancy and Joachim Bechtle.

Michael Kenna

Today’s preeminent photographer of landscapes, Michael Kenna is known for his mesmerizing black and white studies of settings in the United States, Britain, and Europe, and in recent years in Japan, China, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Arion Press publications with Kenna’s photographs are Le Desert de Retz: An Eighteenth Century French Folly-Garden, A. Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Silverado Squatters. Born in Lancashire, England, Kenna moved to San Francisco in 1978. A retrospective of his work was held at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris in 2008. He currently lives in Seattle. Michael Kenna has been represented by the Stephen Wirtz Gallery since 1980.

Marguerite Hoffman

An art historian, collector of contemporary art, and Arion Press subscriber, Marguerite Hoffman has been recognized for her role in the arts and civic life in Dallas. Born in Okalahoma, she received an M. A. in art history from the University of Virginia. She was chair of the board of the Dallas Museum of Art. With her late husband Robert K. Hoffman, she was awarded the TACA Silver Cup for outstanding leadership in the arts and was cited by Business Week as among the top philanthropists in the nation. Marguerite Hoffman is chairman of her family business, Custom Food Group.


If you cannot attend the Benefit Dinner, please consider making a contribution to the non-profit Grabhorn Institute in lieu of purchasing a ticket. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. You may contribute securely online, or by printing and mailing the contribution form.

Contribution form

Or donate securely online now with PayPal:

Your gift will be acknowledged with a letter of thanks for tax purposes.


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For a full listing of Grabhorn Institute lectures and other events, please see our Events page. Also see photos of recent events.


For questions, suggestions, or to discuss making a contribution to the Grabhorn Institute, please contact Andrew Hoyem or Diana Ketcham at:

Grabhorn Institute
1802 Hays Street, The Presidio
San Francisco, CA 94129
Telephone: 415-668-2548
Fax: 415-668-2550
Web site:

Media Coverage

Read the San Francisco Chronicle media coverage and see photos from the 2011 benefit dinner.

Recognition for
the Grabhorn Institute

An irreplaceable legacy
The Grabhorn Institute is designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as part of "the nation's irreplaceable historical and cultural legacy" under its Save America's Treasures program, in recognition of the Institute's work to preserve the typecasting and letterpress printing operation of Arion Press and M & H Type.

“There is now no other business like it anywhere in the world. You are, so far as I know, truly unique in the literal and only sense of the word.” –Richard Lawrence, Oxford, England

Journeyman Kenny Howard working with apprentice Brian Ferrett

Journeyman Kenny Howard and apprentice Brian Ferrett in the composing room

Praise for The Age of Innocence

"Bibliophiles will now have to make space for Arion's latest creation – a limited edition of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Age of Innocence. The book's 34 digital images from photographer Stephen Shore take readers back to turn-of-the-century New York, as the backdrop for polite conversations masking cruel words. But it is the book as a whole, with its period Ronaldson Old Style type-from Arion's world-renowned collection, Potlatch Vintage paper for Shore's work, full-cloth binding over boards and slipcase wrapped with a photograph of Central Park that truly make it a thing of beauty. The Arion Press will print just 400 copies of this edition. Cruel words indeed."
– Stephanie Cooperman, Forbes, April 7, 2005

Seamus Heaney reading from his poetry in the gallery

Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney reading in the gallery, May 2006

“Arion Press books are the gold standard for fine presses today.” –Peter Kraus, Ursus Books, New York.

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