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This story by Robbie Tarpley Raffish appeared in the May 2016 edition of Coastal Style magazine.

Smooth as Silk

Erick Sahler’s nostalgic silkscreens add “Regional Pop” to the Shore

By Robbie Tarpley Raffish

For Coastal Style

At 16 years old, Erick Sahler took a job at Chesapeake Screen Printing, where for six years he learned the art of serigraph, or silkscreen. After graduating college, he found success in the newspaper business, serving for many years as a political cartoonist and managing editor of The Daily Times.

In 2009, Sahler began to reflect on what he’d like to do next, recalling that the happiest he’d ever been was back as a teen and 20-something, when he was creating the bright, saturated color prints at Chesapeake Screen Printing.

After spending two years developing a business plan, gathering equipment and building a studio, Sahler made the jump in 2011 and has never looked back.

He’s honed an immediately recognizable style he calls “Regional Pop” — a blend that evokes the nostalgia of the 1930s and ’40s (think the old WPA National Parks posters) with a bright, contemporary vibe that reflects the energy of the Eastern Shore.

Honors have followed.

In the fall of 2015, after a rigorous portfolio review and personal interview, he was offered membership in the prestigious Society of Illustrators in New York. About the same time, he was approached for a commission by Boat U.S. (Boat Owners Association of The United States) — his first national commemorative piece.

Yet for all the acclaim, Sahler’s heart and art are deeply rooted in Delmarva.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center just purchased eight pieces for its new café and Salisbury University another 15 pieces for the Guerrieri University Center. The new Salisbury Symphony Orchestra’s 30th Anniversary commemorative poster? His, too.

This summer, Sahler will release two new silkscreen prints depicting places in Ocean City that are close to his heart. “Trimper’s Carousel” showcases a children’s favorite — the “Rose” horse — while “Rule No. 1” offers an insider’s take on Thrasher’s fries — captioned No Ketchup.


Bayside Gazette — “Erick Sahler to unveil Berlin serigraph” (March 2015)

Beach to Bay Times — “Featured artist: Erick Sahler Serigraphs” (August 2013 and July 2014)

Berlin-West Ocean City Life — “Silkscreen artist captures iconic Eastern Shore images” (August 2013)

Coastal Point — “Silkscreen artist Erick Sahler to debut Fenwick print at Artisans Fair” (September 2015)

Coastal Style — “Smooth as Silk: Erick Sahler’s nostalgic silkscreens add “Regional Pop” to the Shore” (May 2016)

Daily Times/DelmarvaNow — “Salisbury artist draws inspiration from Eastern Shore” (February 2013)

Delmarva Almanac — “Artist Interview: Erick Sahler” with video (August 2013)

Go! Magazine — “Serigraphs as serious art on display” (May 2012)

Maryland Coast Dispatch — “Students Get First-Hand Look at Artist at Work” (September 2016)

Metropolitan Magazine — “Q&A with Local Artist: Erick Sahler” (January 2014)

Office of the Governor — “City of Salisbury presents print to Maryland governor” (April 2015)

Old Line Plate — “Interview: Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co.” (October 2015)

Salisbury Independent — “Erick Sahler: The future is bright” (October 2014)

Salisbury Independent — “Erick Sahler elected to Society of Illustrators” (November 2015)

ShoreBread Magazine — “Big and bold: Erick Sahler Serigraphs” (December 2012)

Tidewater Times — “About the Cover Artist: Erick Sahler” (June  2014 and May 2016)

USA Today — “Sahler serigraph celebrates Assateague Lighthouse” (May 2014)

Wall Street Journal — “Former editor creates limited-edition silkscreen prints” (December 2012)

WBOC-TV “DelmarvaLife” — “Delmarva Treasure: Erick Sahler Serigraphs” (February 2014)

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