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This story, by Josh Davis, appeared in The Daily Times’ Go! Magazine in May 2012 to promote an art show and wine tasting in which my work appeared.


Serigraphs as serious art on display


By Josh Davis, Go! Magazine


PRINCESS ANNE — The small business Print & Ship will celebrate its second anniversary with a special art show and wine tasting this weekend.


The Sunday, June 3, event will take place at Oscar's Americana Grille in Princess Anne. Local printmaker Erick Sahler will be displaying several works at the show.


"I'll have all my prints from the past year, about 20 pieces in all," he said. "My artwork is exclusively silkscreen prints, which I design and print by hand in my Salisbury studio."


Sahler's subject matter often takes inspiration from the touchstones of Eastern Shore nostalgia, from the Boardwalk and Thrasher's French fries, to Salisbury University's Holloway Hall and the old Salisbury Mall sign.


"I've learned these things that are close to my heart have also touched so many other people," he explained. "I can't tell you how many stories folks have shared about the Oaks Drive-In after seeing my print."


All the prints are made in his private studio, where the artist has been working full-time since September. Some of his processes require an intense amount of work.


"It takes about three weeks to complete an edition — one week to create the artwork and about two weeks to make the prints," Sahler said. "All my work is printed by hand, one color at a time, one sheet of paper at a time. A piece like 'O.C. Boardwalk,' which has 15 colors on 115 prints, required more than 1,700 squeegee pulls.


"Erick Sahler Serigraphs is the culmination of a lifelong dream. My work celebrates the Eastern Shore, but in a fresh new style. Reaction from the public has surpassed my wildest expectations, and I hope to be doing this for a very long time."


"Serigraph" is a term used to differentiate fine art silkscreen prints from more commercial uses, like T-shirt printing.


The Serigraphic Society coined the term in 1930, combining seri, the Latin word for "silk," and graph, the Greek work for "to write." Andy Warhol is probably the best known American serigrapher, and popularized the art doing the 1960s.


Up next, Sahler is working on several new locally themed editions.


"I'm planning new prints celebrating the Delaware beaches, Wallops Island, the stock car races in Delmar and the 50th anniversary of James M. Bennett High School," he said. "It's going to be a busy summer and fall."



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)

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