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Hatch Show Print artist displays own work

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Since shortly after the Civil War, anyone who wanted to get the word out about an upcoming show in Nashville called Hatch Show Print.

Now, the artist who has spent the last 30 years creating the iconic posters is branching out with his own classic style.

Jim Sherraden is the guy who makes Hatch Show Print go. For three decades, he has turned old wood and numbers into letterpress posters.

“I’m much more comfortable calling myself an artist these days,” Sherraden said.

His own exhibit, called Personal Woodcuts, is now on display. It features a combination of color, Southern culture, textile design and quilting.

 “It seemed obvious to start carving up my own carved woodblock prints, creating what I call the quilted pieces,” Sherraden said.

His creations are sometimes derived from a carpenter’s surplus wood, much like a quilter with leftover fabric. Considering what has surrounded Sherraden all these years at Hatch Show Print, it’s no surprise that wood is his way.

“Evidently there’s something about wood that attracts me,” Sherraden told Channel 4 in 1991. “I don’t sleep with a log under my head. I probably could.”

Twenty-four years later, Sherraden is still happy at Hatch Show Print.

“I’ll be back tomorrow,” he said. “I may not be back in two, three years, but I will be back tomorrow.”

Hatch Show Print and its gallery are now inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at 224 Fifth Avenue South.

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