(204) Chez Panisse 33rd Birthday:

Edition of 1809 of which 125 copies are signed 1-125, 26 copies are signed A-Z as artist's proofs, three sets are signed as progressives and 6 are signed as dedication copies.

August 28, 2004

8 colors 15" x 24" Paper: Mohawk Superfine 80# Cover

Influence: Felix Valloton (1865 - 1925)

Client:Chez Panisse Café & Restaurant, 1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA 94709 Telephone 548-5525.
Chez Panisse Foundation, 1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA 94709, Telephone: (510) 843-3811

Model: Athos Tarek Argue-Hassanein at 2-1/2 (b. 2001)

1-125: Saint Hieronymus Press, Inc.
A-Z: Artist's own use
Dedication copies: Athos Tarek Argue-Hassanein John Argue, Nancy Hansen, Tarek Hassanein, Kristin Argue, Tati Argue
Progressives: One set to Athos Tarek Argue-Hassanein, one set to Tarek Hassanein, one set to Saint Hieronymus Press

The cherubic Athos was two-and-one-half years old when he watered my vegetable garden, modeling for this poster. His reward for his labors was that he got to keep the watering can.

Athos will probably not remember much, if anything, of early visits to my printshop, or playing at Totland or our trip to the zoo. He loves watching movies, and may have fairly good recollections of Toy Story, Pinocchio or Bug's Life, which he has watched about a million times each and can quote at length. As language develops and consciousness visits it mixed blessings, memory too will lock in, and he will begin to form permanent recollections of times we spent together, of the joys and tribulations of childhood, of birthdays and Christmas and Easter egg hunts. But the image of watering the garden on a summer afternoon will not remain.

Here, grown-up Athos, is a picture of you watering my garden in the summer of 2004. I have remembered it for you.