Arion Press Seeks Applicants in Sales and Bookbinding

Arion Press Seeks Applicants in Sales and Bookbinding

Our staff works in a serene park-like setting in San Francisco’s Presidio National Park, in a building full of books and works of art, as part of a team of twelve highly creative and dedicated people. These are ideal positions for individuals with a love of the arts and a strong work ethic.

SALES DIRECTOR: A full-time position, with health insurance through Kaiser, in a bright and airy office. Requirements include: mastery of basic office programs, excellent writing, telephone, and social media skills, a strong work ethic, and at least five years of applicable gallery, PR, retail sales, or cultural programming experience. Recent college graduates will not be considered.

SALES ASSISTANT: A full-time clerical position, with health insurance through Kaiser. Candidates should have at least two years of applicable office experience. Requirements include: mastery of basic office programs, excellent writing skills and telephone manners, and a strong work ethic.

Salaries and terms depend upon experience.

EXPERIENCED BOOKBINDER: Requirements: Applicants should have worked professionally as a bookbinder, with formal training and some experience of edition binding. Full-time, with health insurance through Kaiser.

BOOKBINDING WORKER: Requirements: May have experience limited to sewing, carpentry, or related hand crafts. Care for detail, patience, and manual dexterity required. Full-time or part-time, with health insurance through Kaiser.

Salaries and terms depend upon experience.

BOOKBINDING APPRENTICESHIP: Commitment is for a minimum of two years, with an opportunity for long-term employment. Apprentices learn fine edition bookbinding through on-the-job training. The salary is $15.00 per hour for a forty-hour week, health benefits through Kaiser, paid holidays, one week (5 days) paid vacation during the first year, two weeks (10 days) paid vacation starting the second year. There is a three-month probationary period.

Requirements:At least a high school education (college degree preferred), proficiency in grammar, spelling, and arithmetic, and mechanical aptitude. The work is physically demanding and repetitive; candidates must be able to stand for 8 hours and lift and carry 25 pounds.

Arion Press is located just inside San Francisco’s Presidio near Lake Street and Park Presidio Boulevard. It is on major SF bus lines (California Street, Geary Boulevard) and easily accessible from the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway 280.

Applicants should not phone but send their résumé along with a one-page cover letter stating their personal history, qualifications, interests, and contact information by post or email to:
Andrew Hoyem
Grabhorn Institute
1802 Hays Street, The Presidio
San Francisco, California 94129

Applicants are strongly encouraged to study the Arion Press website before submitting their materials.


Andrew Hoyem
Diana Ketcham


At the West Bath Seaside Grange
May 29th – June 1st
2 openings available


This workshop has been designed so that you may learn the basics of watercolor painting in an encouraging and supportive environment. The class is limited to ten students, and provides lots of time for individual attention. Artists who have been painting for some time also find it valuable to immerse themselves in this intensive practice in order to refresh and enhance skills. 
Please send an email to Evelyn at to register for the workshop, or call 207-449-7057.
Information on Airbnbs and other lodging provided upon request.

Date Change: Hart Crane/Shapiro at Pace Prints, March 22


Because of extreme weather, our Wednesday NYC event will be the next day, Thursday March 22, at Pace  Prints.

Celebrate the publication of the Arion Press edition of




with seven woodblock prints by Joel Shapiro

Thursday, March 22, 2018, reception 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
32 East 57TH Street, third floor, New York, NY 10022

The exhibition will continue through March 30. Etchings by Joel Shapiro, printed by Aldo Crommelynck, published by Pace Prints, will be on view March 22 through April 21, 2018.

The artist will be present at the opening. He and publisher Andrew Hoyem will make remarks. Prof. Langdon Hammer, chair of the English Department at Yale University, who wrote the introduction, will speak on Crane’s long poem, his masterpiece, followed by readings.

The book, in scroll format, over fifty feet in length, printed from handset type on Chinese handmade paper, will be on display in the gallery, along with three framed extra prints by Shapiro. Edition limited to 300 copies, $2,500, with extra prints, edition of 30, $10,000.

RSVP: or 415-668-2542 or 212-421-3237

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art presents Craig Rubadoux in “Magical, Mystical, Fantastical.” Opens March 2

Dear Friends,

Here is a reminder: I hope you can make the opening on Friday, March 2, 5:30-7:30 pm.  If not, perhaps you will be able to see the show in March.

For more information visit the gallery website and for images see  my website.

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Presents

Craig Rubadoux:

“Magical, Mystical, Fantastical”

March 2-31

Craig Rubadoux has been described as a “Sarasota master,” and his mastery of figure and form, composition and gesture are plain to see in every work.

(Sarasota, FL) Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents “Craig Rubadoux: Magical, Mystical, Fantastical,” March 2-31. Curated by Mark Ormond, this exhibit features more than two dozen paintings, drawings and mixed-media—many of them recent. The opening reception is Friday, March 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The gallery is at 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota For more information about this exhibit, call 941-366-2454 or visit

“Through Rubadoux’s coordination of hand and eye responding to his creative intuition, we experience his depth of introspection, breadth of perception, and height of achievement in expressive inventiveness.” Mark Ormond, Exhibit Curator


Check Out Our Spring Packages
You are invited to come “Up North” for a romantic Wisconsin getaway, a girls weekend, or enjoy a spring adventure with your pet.

Learn more about our 2018 Packages & Specials

Announcing Our
2018 Creative Art Workshops
f you are an artist, we have a range of  workshops in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, mixed media, and photography that will engage your creative spirit. This year we are offering workshops with experienced instructors helping students enhance their art and techniques. Dillman’s will show you how to enjoy learning while relaxing in a resort atmosphere. Most workshops are open to all levels, including beginners and seasoned artists.

If you have a home or cabin near Dillman’s, you are welcome to attend workshops as a Day Student.  


Dillman’s Art Workshop Retreat is partnering with the local art groups in Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin to bring the free and fun festivals that includes:

Hour-long demonstrations by well-known artists in their chosen mediums
Door prizes – announced at the top of each hour
Silent auction of artist’s original and reproduction artwork plus books, videos, and art supplies.

Proceeds of the auction will be awarded as scholarships at Dillman’s
Special gift from watercolorist Tom Lynch
Complimentary beverage and snack reception


January 28 from Noon-4pm at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, Marco Island, FL
February 2 from 1pm-3pm at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL
March 25 from 1pm-4:30pm at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN
May 27 from 1pm-4pm at Dillman’s, Lac du Flambeau, WI
June 2 from 3pm-5pm at the River Arts on Water Gallery, Prairie du Sac, WI

Artist David R. Becker will instruct & entertain participants through a step-by-step acrylic painting. $49 includes all supplies to create a finished work of art: canvas, paint, easel, brushes, apron, reference photo… PLUS coffee & appetizers!

Learn more about the Paint Parties

February 2 from 6:30-9pm at the Dunedin Fine Art Center in Dunedin, FL
June 2 from 6:30-9pm at the River Art Gallery in Prairie du Sac, WI
June 14 from 6:30-9pm at Dillman’s Bay Resort in Lac du Flambeau, WI
Sept 13 from 6:30-9pm at Dillman’s Bay Resort in Lac du Flambeau, WI


Dillman’s Bay Resort / Dillman’s Art Workshop Retreat, 13277 Dillman’s Way, Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538

The 33rd Chelsea International Fine Art Competition

The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition (CIFAC) is an opportunity for both amateur and professional artists to submit their artwork for a chance to exhibit in New York City and receive valuable promotional benefits as well as cash prizes.

The work of selected artists will be presented at Agora Gallery, an elegant street-level space located in the heart of the Chelsea arts district next to the High Line in New York City. Agora Gallery attracts thousands of visitors with its welcoming interiors and striking exterior. For complete details on the competition’s awards, please click here. All awards are geared toward giving the winners valuable exposure with an aim to accelerate their art careers and encourage future productivity.

Check out this press release

Enter the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition for your chance to exhibit in NYC! Submissions open until March 12th.


Best Regards,

Carolina Carilo

Competition Coordinator / Agora Gallery 




Greetings from Arion Press, the Grabhorn Institute, and M & H Type.

Arion Press

Holiday open house, tours, and sale: Sunday, December 10

A rare opportunity to visit our workshops on a weekend, the Holiday Open House starts at 9 a.m. in the M&H typefoundry and continues from noon to 5 in the Arion Press gallery. Tours are at 1 p.m and 3 p.m. Arion books, prints, and photographs on view include sale items such as Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. See the special sale list and the complete list of Arion books in print.

Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility with artist Augusta Talbot, December 10, 15, and into 2018

Our celebration of Arion’s special 200th anniversary Jane Austen edition, Sense and Sensibility, continues during our Open House, with an exhibition of Augusta Talbot’s 10 original brilliantly colored collage illustrations with the artist on hand. We repeat this program on Friday December 15, 3:30 to 5:00. The exhibit remains on view through January 2018. Our gallery is open Monday to Friday 9 to 5 and by appointment.

Right: “It was a very awkward moment; Edward seemed to have as great an inclination to walk out of the room again, as to advance farther into it.”

One free year of subscription if you join now

If you have dreamed of Arion subscription, with its standard 30 per cent discounts on new and backlist books, consider this remarkable offer. Read more or contact Chris Dunlap for details, 415-668-2542.

William Kentridge at Arion Press November 7

We were able to show artist William Kentridge our workshops when he was in San Francisco last month to perform in his concert piece Refuse the Hour. Andrew Hoyem took the opportunity to talk with the South African artist about his next Arion Press book, possibly a literary work about World War I. At a reception and dinner here at the Press, collectors such as Bill and Sako Fisher and subscriber Stuart Davidson, who own Kentridge’s Arion Press book The Lulu Plays, were not shy about asking the master of pen and ink to inscribe their copies. Read Leah Garchik’s amusing description of her conversation with Kentridge about his fountain pen.

Kentridge signs The Lulu Plays for collector Sally Fay as journalist Leah Garchik looks on. Kentridge with Arion subscriber Stuart Davidson. Photographs by Blair Prentice.

Hart Crane’s The Bridge with Joel Shapiro greeted with acclaim

Our major fall publication, the unusual scroll format edition of the American classic The Bridge by Hart Crane with woodblock prints with Joel Shapiro was greeted with astonishment and delight when we unveiled (“unrolled”) it at the New York Fine Art Print Fair at the end of October. The New York Review of Books responded by running an excerpt of our introduction by Langdon Hammer in its November 24 online edition, following a feature in the magazine Antiques by critic Elizabeth Pochoda.

At the Yale University Art Gallery, Arion’s The Bridge will be a highlight of the important exhibition “Joel Shapiro: Plaster, Paper, Wood, and Wire,” running from March 2 through June 10. It makes us happy to think of our scroll unrolled in Louis Kahn’s great 1953 building, his first masterpiece.

Arion Press at Harvard with Helen Vendler

After the New York Print Fair, we travelled up to Cambridge for an exhibit and reading at the Harvard English Department honoring Helen Vendler’s contribution to the Arion Press series of poetry books. All thirteen of the editions Professor Vendler had edited, beginning with the 1985 Wallace Stevens with its Jasper Johns frontispiece, were displayed in the Thompson Parlor, thanks to the Houghton Library. Poetry by Elizabeth Bishop, a Harvard faculty member in her last years, in the recent Arion edition was read by Vendler, Andrew Hoyem, and poets Frank Bidart and Peter Sacks. Afterwards, Arion subscriber Judith Ogden Thomson and her husband John Thomson hosted a dinner at their home nearby.

One-to-one match for year-end donations

This December’s donations to the non-profit Grabhorn Institute will be matched dollar for dollar by the Sage Foundation. Join more than 500 individuals and the National Endowment for the Arts to help preserve our one of-a-kind facility for use by future generations. Donate securely online or by check to Grabhorn Institute, 1802 Hays Street, The Presidio, San Francisco, California 94129.

Prints by Kara Walker and Julie Mehretu

Prints are available by two Arion artists who have made big news this fall: Kara Walker and Julie Mehretu. With her September show hailed as a “sensation,” Kara Walker’s work remains a gold standard for collectors. Her lithographs for Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, signed and numbered, are sold in a suite of four at $10,000, together with the bound book containing another 16 lithographs on different scenes from this classic American tale. Arion Subscribers receive a 20 per cent discount on prints.

Julie Mehretu was a looming presence in San Francisco this October when her four large murals were installed at the entrance of the Snoheta redesigned SF Museum of Modern Art, which opened in May. Mehretu’s four hand-colored prints for Arion’s Poetry of Sappho are also in a portfolio priced at $10,000, and differ from the 20 prints bound into the book. Both portfolios must be purchase with a copy of the book ($1,200). The prints are not sold individually.

Bookbinding position open

We welcome applicants for a full-time position in the bookbindery. Experience as a bookbinder or in related crafts is required and will determine the salary level. Please send a CV and cover letter by email or post. Do not phone.


Andrew Hoyem
Diana Ketcham

1802 Hays Street, The Presidio
San Francisco, California 94129-1197
Telephone: 415-668-2542
Fax: 415-668-2550

Call for Artists ~ Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA.

Spartanburg Art Museum is a regional museum promoting contemporary visual arts by inspiring and engaging people of all ages through exhibitions and education.

We’re seeking proposals for solo and group exhibitions for 2018 and 2019!

We’re interested in all types of work that address contemporary issues and concerns, use traditional materials in unusual ways, and elevate our visitors’ experiences to new levels of participation and engagement.

Any individual, collective, or group of artists located regionally, nationally, or internationally (ages 18+) may apply. All mediums and themes will be considered for exhibition.


All information can be found on our website:


  • 8-10 digital images or CD of artwork
  • artist statement
  • short biography
  • resume and/or CV
  • official application form (located in the document below)
  • $35 USD application fee


For more information contact:

Exhibitions Coordinator + Designer,

Ashleigh Shuler at 864.582.7616 x 254

or email