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You are invited to the 2017 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




On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m., cocktails, 7:30 p.m., dinner (Business attire)

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

The fifteenth 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, 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 Nion McEvoy, Dana Gioia and Ira Michael Heyman, and collector Marguerite Hoffman.


A John Newman sculpture donated by the artist will be offered in a silent auction, shown below. Newman is the artist for Arion Press’s recent edition of Elizabeth Bishop's poetry.

John Newman sculpture

"Collections and corrections with vermillion", 2011
13 ½” high x 27 ½” long x 12 ½” wide
Cast bronze, stones, wood, Japanese paper, wood putty,
papier mache, acqua resin, acrylic and enamel paints

To enter the bidding ($20,000 minimum) email your bid and best phone contact to All bidders will be contacted on May 15 with a chance to rebid. Further bids will be taken up to 7:30 p.m. on May 16. 


Ed Littlefield, Jr. is a professional musician and, with his wife Laura M. Littlefield, a philanthropist involved with traditional American music and other arts. Their home in Washington state is a log house on a horse-drawn organic farm on the Stillaguamish River at the foot of the Cascades. From a Bay Area family of music and art patrons, Ed is the founder of the recording studio Sage Arts and has long been a member of the famous folk roots band Marley’s Ghost, playing many instruments and singing when called upon, with Danny Wheetman, Jon Wilcox, and Michael Phelan, Jerry Fletcher and Bob Nichols. He is an active member of the Bohemian Club and performer at their events. Ed and Laura have been loyal and generous donors to the Grabhorn Institute, among a host of cultural organizations they support that includes the Centrum, Cornish College of the Arts, Celtic Arts Foundation, Los Cenzontles and The Freight and Salvage.

Ed Littlefield

Ed Littlefield (second from right)


John Newman is a sculptor who lives and works in New York City. He is also known for his drawings and prints.

John Newman

John Newman

For Arion Press, in 2016 Newman made 25 drawings for prints in a volume of the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop selected by the eminent critic and Harvard professor Helen Vendler, along with a hand-colored linoleum block print, entitled “North and South”, after the title of Bishop’s first book.

John Newman is represented by the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York. His works are in many private and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum, Tate Modern, and the Albertina Museum.


James Anderson and Carla Kenyon; Robert Mailer Anderson and Nicola Miner; Leslie Berriman and Nion McEvoy; Owsley Brown III, Philip and Jamie Bowles; William T. Buice; Elizabeth and Otis Chandler; Chronicle Books; Eight Inc.; Goodreads; Kathleen Gillaspie Hormel; Kevin King and Meridee Moore; Helyn MacLean and Asher Waldfogel; Wilhelm and Ran Oehl; Marianne Robison; 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


A rare and pristine copy of the Arion Press bicentennial edition of the United States Constitution from 1987 with a foreword by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, and introduction by Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstein. It is printed on Twinrocker handmade paper with special watermarks, from Deepdene type, with three hand-colored illuminated initial letters by Thomas Ingmire, and bound in full limp vellum with red vellum strips laced through the cover. The current value is $1,750. Tickets may be purchased in advance and the winner need not be present. Tickets: $100 or $500 for seven.

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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.

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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.


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.


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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