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You are invited to the 2018 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, including apprenticeships, and honoring


PBS TV NewsHour


On Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6:30 p.m., cocktails, 7:30 p.m., dinner (Business attire)

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

The sixteenth 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.

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.

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


Jeffrey Brown is an award-winning senior correspondent and chief arts correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, public television’s national nightly newscast. In his more than quarter century with the program, he has reported on a wide range of national and international issues. Brown has profiled many of the world's leading writers, musicians, actors and other artists. He serves as host of “Art Beat”, the NewsHour's arts and culture blog, and of the new book club, “Now Read This,” a partnership with the New York Times. A poet, Brown is author of the collection, “The News.”  He grew up in Boston, studied classics at UC Berkeley, law at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, and journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism.


Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including The Monk of Mokha, The Circle, and A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house in San Francisco that has won numerous awards for book design. Eggers is also the founder of ScholarMatch, a college-access organization for Bay Area youth. He is an artist whose prints have been published by Electric Works.


Robert Mailer Anderson and Nicola Miner, James Anderson and Carla Kenyon, Leslie Berriman and Nion McEvoy, Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic, Owsley Brown, III, Philip and Jamie Bowles, the Elizabeth and Otis Chandler Foundation, Chronicle Books, Robert Cohn and Zoe Luhtala, Eight Inc., Goodreads, Charlie Hass and B. K.  Moran, Heath Ceramics, Kathleen Gillaspie Hormel, Kevin King and Meridee Moore, Mac and Carol MacCorkle (in memory of Roy Folger), Wilhelm and Ran Oehl, Roselyne Swig, Barry and Marjorie Traub, and Paul and Anne Wattis.


Dinner guests may purchase Arion Press books and prints at the discount reserved for subscribers, usually 30 per cent. Review books in print and contact us with advance orders at 415-668-2542 or


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

Tables of up to ten at $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000. Individual tickets at $1,000 and $350.  You may purchase tickets and tables securely online or by check now, or make a donation if you cannot attend.

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A pristine copy of the Arion Press edition of I Love My Love, a ballad by Helen Adam, with 16 prints of her own hair by Kiki Smith, published in a concertina format in an edition of 75 copies. View the work on our website and at Arion Press. The value is $5,000.


Dave Eggers Print
22 inches x 30 inches.  Published in 2015 by Electric Works in an edition of 100
and signed on the recto. Donated by Noah Lange and Electric Works.

A new doorprize has been added for the Benefit Dinner at Arion Press on May 3. Benefit honoree Dave Eggers, an artist as well as a writer and publisher, is represented by one of his silk screen on paper prints, Yes But Isn’t Our Very Existence Equally Preposterous?  From Eggers’ animal series, the color print shows a poodle dog and comes framed. Upon request, Dave Eggers will inscribe the print to the winner.

The first winner has first choice between the Kiki Smith book and the Dave Eggers print.Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the dinner. The winner need not be present. Tickets are $100 or $500 for a batch of seven.

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John Newman sculpture

The John Newman sculpture “Collections and corrections with vermillion”, 2011; 13-1/2 inches high, 27-1/2 inches long, 12-1/2 inches wide; cast bronze, stones, wood, Japanese paper, wood putty, papier mache, acqua resin, acrylic and enamel paints. The minimum bid is $25,000 and includes Newman’s original drawing for the piece, graphite on paper, 30 by 22 inches, a copy of The Little of Our Earthly Trust, poetry by Elizabeth Bishop, published by Arion Press, with 24 prints by Newman, and “North and South”, a linoleum-block print with hand coloring by Newman. The value of the book and print is $2,700. View above or in the Arion Press gallery. The amount of the winning bid over the minimum may be tax-deductible. Enter bids by contacting the Grabhorn Institute or in person during cocktails at the benefit.


Bank of the West, John Berggruen Gallery, Chronicle Books, Goodreads, Eight Inc., Heath Ceramics, Modernism, Anchor Steam Brewing Company, Ridge Vineyards, Anderson Coffee. 


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.


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


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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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.

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