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Arts Vu: Hatch Show Prints with Jim Sherradan

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Since the late 19th century, Hatch Show Print has been an American institution, providing their bold, colourful and unique graphics to entertainers of all sorts. While their first clients consisted of vaudeville, circus, and minstrel shows, they helped to define the look of country music, designing posters for such country music Hall of Famers as Bill Munroe, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams. But their influence stretch far beyond the borders of any one genre, as they also developed posters for Elvis Presley, Duke Ellington, and BB King. According to manager Jim Sherraden, Hatch’s formula has always been to combine colour, individuality and a bold, tactile design: an approach Sherraden calls the distinctive Hatch kick. Today, they continue to apply this handmade approach to posters for artists throughout North America. Many musical acts that roll through Calgary every year use posters by Hatch Show Print; the commemorative posters for Willie Nelson’s current tour are a prime example.  Hatch Show Prints is currently exhibiting at StoneMetal Press in San Antonio, Texas.  Join us as we talk with Jim Sherraden and with Jim Kane from StoneMetal Press.

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