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This story and video interview by Dana Kester-McCabe appeared in the Delmarva Almanac in August 2013.


Artist Interview: Erick Sahler


By Dana Kester-McCabe


Erick Sahler is a serigrapher. That is he creates prints using silkscreen. Erick’s original limited edition prints are clean stylish icons of uniquely Eastern Shore places, events, and culture. Lessons from an Eastern Shore art legend helped him get started.

  

Erick is a Salisbury native whose family goes back to the 1600s in the very neighborhood he now lives in. During high school he worked at a local T-shirt business. Erick began cartooning as child and was surprised when he found himself doing it for a living.


For each image Erick comes up with a concept, takes preliminary photographs, does drawings, and then uses the computer to refine the design and separate the colors. Then his stencils are created using a photographic process. There are eight to ten colors printed per project. Erick makes no apologies for placing a priority on commercial appeal. But that does not mean that his creative process lacks magic.


Business is an acquired skill that every artist needs to develop. Erick takes part in a regional circuit of shows which have helped him develop a following and connect him to other artists. He makes use of social media and a monthly email newsletter to keep in touch with his collectors and admirers.


Erick’s current print is an homage to Bethany Beach. A previous Bethany inspired print met a lukewarm reception at a show in the resort town.


In order to preserve the value of the original run once it has sold out, the images are never printed full size again. Erick does make some of the more popular designs available as smaller prints, postcards, or mugs. Erick makes use of bright colors and sometimes humorous word play using his own vision to make ordinary scenes into collectible art.


Erick’s simple elegant style actually goes back to his experiences as a t-shirt designer and cartoonist. These jobs require the artist to communicate ideas in their most primary elements and colors. His aim is to convey the essence of this place.


Erick Sahler’s work can be seen in local galleries and at Salisbury’s Third Fridays’ on the Downtown Plaza. You can purchase his work and see a schedule of upcoming shows on his website at http://ericksahler.com.



MORE ERICK SAHLER SERIGRAPHS CO. IN THE NEWS


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)

Source: Delmarva Almanac

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