Hatch Show Print, a division of the Country
Music Hall of Fame and Museum®, will exhibit large prints in the Wedgewood Room during March and April. Master Printer Jim Sherraden has selected poster restrikes of early 20th century blocks designed and cut by the historic letterpress poster and design shop. (Similar prints  are available at Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery at 224 5th Avenue, South.)


Today, six full-time designer-printers on staff create and print over 600 different poster jobs annually. Contemporary music clients range from
Wilco to Willie Nelson. Design clients include such brands as Fossil, Taschen, Abingdon Press, Publix Food Stores, and the U.S. Postal Service. All work originates with letterpress printing, just as it did when the business was founded in 1879 by Wisconsin brothers Charles R. and Herbert H. Hatch. They opened their small shop near Nashville’s Courthouse.


“For much of the 20th century, vibrant Hatch posters served as a leading advertising medium for southern entertainment,” says Sherraden. “Thousands of posters and billboard-size advertisements were printed for traveling vaudeville and minstrel shows, circuses and carnival barnstorming across the country. We celebrate this heritage by using the same wood and metal type the shop has had for over three generations.”


Meet Sherraden and learn more about the posters at the opening reception on Monday, March 16, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.