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Jefferson’s Walks at Hermès
The lofty French retailer Hermès, proud of their origins as saddle makers, have taken up Thomas Jefferson as their kind of sportsman. Jefferson was indeed a superb rider, known for making the trip from Monticello to the University of Virginia on horseback when well into his eighties. But it is Jefferson the walker whom Hermès will honor with a display inspired by the Arion Press publication in June and July. Watch for the Thomas Jefferson's Paris Walks theme window at Hermès at the corner of Madison Avenue and 62nd Street in New York City. The book and a selection of Michael Kenna photographs will also be on display inside the store. When Hermès Visual Merchandising Director Mark Coats toured the Arion Press typefoundry earlier this fall, he said he was in the company of kindred spirits. The family owned company, based in Paris, is proud of its role in preserving traditional crafts of printing, dyeing, and leather work.
In early June, Hermès will celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s Paris Walks with a private reception for photographer Michael Kenna, and Diana Ketcham and Andrew Hoyem as author and publisher of the book, along with the London-based designer of the Jefferson window, Fotis Evans. Let us know if you would like to be sent a printed invitation.
Exhibit of Arcadia by Tom Stoppard with Art by William Matthews
The Arion Press gallery holds an exhibit coinciding with the new Carey Perloff production of Tom Stoppard’s great play Arcadia at the ACT in San Francisco opening May 16.
On view are the text of the play in the Arion Press edition, along with a series of four color prints and the original large scale water colors made for the book by William Matthews. The artist has created four views of Sidley Park, the imaginary English country house that is the setting for Stoppard’s delightful comedy. They show the transformation of the house and gardens with the changes in architectural fashions from the Renaissance to present times. Matthews is widely admired for his watercolor landscapes of the American West, and few know his history as a student of the English garden. Travelling around England in the 1970s, the artist supported himself by painting “portraits” of its country estates. In imitation of late 18th century garden designers’ ingenious presentation volumes, Matthews’ four visions of Sidley Park fold out from the book. The Arion Arcadia, Matthews’ four watercolors, and the suite of his prints are all available. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 10 to 5.
Arion Seamus Heaney/Wendy Artin Reception and Exhibition in Rome in May
Andrew Hoyem and Diana Ketcham host a special viewing of the exhibition based on our publication Stone from Delphi, poetry by Seamus Heaney on classical themes, on Friday, May 17, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Art Gallery at the American Academy in Rome. Please contact us if you plan to attend this invitation-only event.
It will be a chance to see the work in the company of poet Seamus Heaney and artist Wendy Artin. The exhibition features the Arion Press edition of the Heaney poems illustrated with sixteen images by Artin of figures from classical literature mentioned in his texts. On display are Artin’s original watercolors for the book, as well as larger watercolors that were not reproduced in the bound volume, for a total of thirty-four paintings. “Stone from Delphi: Watercolors and Poems” is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the American Academy in Rome, Via Angelo Masina, 5.
Arion Press Spring Open House and Sale on Saturday, June 15
The Press is open for a sale and tours on June 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. We only do this twice a year. Please tell your friends about this unusual opportunity to visit the Press on a weekend day. Join us for a gallery display of Arion books, prints, broadsides and poster, including special sale items. Tours of the typefoundry, press room, and bindery are at noon and 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Biotherm Exhibit and Reading by Poet Bill Berkson, June 26
Poet Bill Berkson will read from Frank O’Hara’s great long poem, Biotherm, in connection with an exhibit of the Arion Press edition and the series of large photogravures made by Jim Dine, who knew both poets in New York in the 1950s. O’Hara’s poem is dedicated to Berkson, who wrote a guide to the references in the poem that is included in the Arion Press edition.
The reading is 6 p.m., with a cocktail reception beginning at 5 p.m., in the Arion Press gallery. The exhibition of eight photogravures by Jim Dine runs through June.
Special Sale of Rare Arion Press Titles
A limited number of desirable and hard-to-find Arion Press books have become available, including Invisible Cities with Wayne Thiebaud, The Voices of Marrakesh with William T. Wiley, and The Big Sleep, as well as others. Sales are on a first come basis and no discounts are offered.
M & H Open House and Type Sale, Saturday, June 1st, 10am-4pm
M & H Type is hosting an open house and huge type sale. It is time to clean out some inventory and invite Bay Area printers to visit and tour the type foundry. See hot metal casting in action! Leading, spacing and type will be for sale. Save on shipping by purchasing that day.
- Live type casting and tours of the foundry.
- Hundreds of packages of select fonts at 25% off.
- Starter sets and select Handy Fonts 25% off.
- All accent fonts on sale at $10.
- All other type on hand will be 10% off, Saturday, June 1st, only.
- All orders placed, in person, that day for not in-stock type, paid in-full, up-front, will receive 10% off. $250 minimum order.
- We will be selling leading and spacing material to take home as well.
- Refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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With Best Wishes,
Andrew Hoyem and Diana Ketcham
Phone (415) 668-2542
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