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You are invited to the 2016 Spring Benefit Dinner of the


at Arion Press

benefiting the Institute’s programs in the history of printing, the art of the book, preservation, and education, and honoring:




on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 6:30 p.m. (Business attire)

Arion Press, 1802 Hays Street, The Presidio, San Francisco, California 94129

The fourteenth annual benefit is a sit-down dinner in the Arion Press gallery, preceded by cocktails in the pressroom and tours of the production areas by our craftsmen and apprentices. The evening supports our programs in preservation and education, including apprenticeships in typecasting, printing, and bookbinding. There is no auction or fund-raising activity during dinner, only remarks by the honorees.

This year we are pleased to honor artist Enrique Chagoya (below left) and publisher and collector Nion McEvoy (below right; photo by Najib Joe Hakim). Read more about the honorees. This popular event has sold out in past years. You may purchase tickets and tables online below, make an advance reservation, or request a printed invitation at 415-668-2542 or Checks should be made out to the Grabhorn Institute.

Enrique Chagoya Nion McEvoy

Past honorees include artists Ed Ruscha, Julie Mehretu, John Baldessari, Joel Shapiro, Julian Lethbridge, Ellen Phelan, Wayne Thiebaud, Jim Dine, Stephen Shore, Martin Puryear, Stan Washburn, and Mel Kendrick, cultural leaders Dana Gioia and Ira Michael Heyman, and collector Marguerite Hoffman.


Kevin King, chairman; William P. Barlow, Jr.; Leslie Berriman; Philip Bowles; William T. Buice, III; Diana Ketcham; Helyn MacLean; Wilhelm Oehl; Paul L. Wattis, III; Roselyne Swig, emeritus; Andrew Hoyem, ex-officio.

DINNER SUPPORTERS (preliminary);

James Anderson & Carla Kenyon; Anglim Gilbert Gallery; Richard Benefield & John Kunowski; Chronicle Books; Whitney Chadwick & Robert Bechtel; Eight Inc.; Goodreads; Susan & Pat McBaine; B. K. Moran; Ana Roth; Marjorie and Barry Traub.


To discuss sponsorship recognition in our letterpress invitations and programs, phone or write: 415-668-2542 /

Tables of up to ten at $15,000, $10,000, and $5,000. Individual tickets at $1,000 and $350*.  You may purchase tickets and tables securely online now, or make a donation if you cannot attend.

*The dinner is sold out, except for a very few Friend ($1,000) tickets. You may make a donation, purchase raffle tickets or make a bid on a Chagoya print, for which one need not be present to win.

Contact to be put on the waiting list or to arrange to attend the cocktail receptioon (6:30 to 7:30) only.

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Enrique Chagoya has donated two original prints to the Grabhorn Institute benefit. “Untitled (The Near-Distant Jungle)” (2014), depicting the effect of rising seas from global warming, etching and aquatint in colors, image 17-3/4 x 23-1/2 inches, sheet 25-3/8 x 30-1/2 inches. “Ridiculous Folly”, from the series “Los Disparates (2014-2015)”, depicting immigants on a tree limb, etching and aquatint with letterpress remarques, after Goya’s etchings of the same title, image 8-1/4 x 12-1/2 inches, sheet 16 x 19-1/4 inches. Bids on each of the two prints must be of at least the retail price ($1,200 for each). The amount of winning bids over value may be tax deductible. Enter bids by contacting the Grabhorn Institute by email or in person or by phone during cocktails at the benefit. View images and submit your bid.


The Arion Press Paradise Lost by John Milton and accompanying suite of thirteen William Blake prints will be raffled during the dinner. It is edited by John T. Shawcross and introduced by Helen Vendler. The full-scale color digital facsimiles are of Paradise Lost watercolors by William Blake in the collection of the Huntington Museum and Library. Read more here. The winner need not be present.

The price is $100 per ticket or $500 for a batch of seven. Purchase tickets online below, or call 415-668-2548.

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The nonprofit Grabhorn Institute, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2000 to preserve and perpetuate the historic San Francisco fine printing and bookmaking facility of Arion Press and M & H Type and adapt it as a living museum and educational and cultural center. Its collections of type, and typecasting, printing, and binding equipment, dating from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition and earlier, have been designated as an “irreplaceable cultural treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Its educational programs include a series of free public lectures and exhibitions, demonstrations, tours, classes, and apprenticeships in typecasting, printing, and bookbinding.


Go west on Lake Street, north on Fourteenth Avenue, turn right at the T, and proceed to the building with the tall smokestack. Do not rely on Internet map systems. Free parking is available in front of the building and behind it in two additional lots. Do not park in reserved residential spaces.

1802 Hays Street, The Presidio, San Francisco, California 94129
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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.

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