Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co.  |  News Winter 2017



Feb. 25, 26 — Better Living Show. Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, Salisbury, Md. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

March 3 — First Friday celebration featured artist. Bishop’s Stock Fine Art, Crafts & Wine, Snow Hill, Md. 5-8 p.m.

April 21 — Third Friday celebration. Downtown Plaza, Salisbury, Md. 5-8 p.m.

May 19 — Third Friday celebration. Downtown Plaza, Salisbury, Md. 5-8 p.m.

May 27 — Artisans Fair, Lord Baltimore Elementary School, 120 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View, Del. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sept. 15 — Third Friday celebration. Downtown Plaza, Salisbury, Md. 5-8 p.m.

Oct. 7 — Bethany Artisans Festival. Bethany Beach Fire Co., Bethany Beach, Del. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Oct. 20 — Third Friday celebration. Downtown Plaza, Salisbury, Md. 5-8 p.m.

Nov. 8 — Wallops Flight Facility Arts and Crafts Show, Wallops Island, Va. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (date tentative)

Nov. 25 — Small Business Saturday Print Shop Open House. Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co., Salisbury, Md. 1-4 p.m.

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Leroy Anderson’s classic wintertime hit “Sleigh Ride” was composed during a heat wave in the summer of 1946, but it’s just the opposite at Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. I’ll be designing the warm sunny scenes of my 2017 print editions during the cold gray days of January and February.

In the works for release between Easter and Memorial Day are salutes to three Eastern Shore landmarks:

“The Strand” celebrates the charming beach along the Tred Avon River in Oxford, Md. The design is inspired by the fashionable sunhats I saw in Oxford last summer and the style recalls the elegance and sophistication of mid-20th century travel posters. In the background are two Oxford regulars: a moored sailboat and the town’s iconic ferry. A steady breeze carries flags and ribbons as the setting sun creeps toward the horizon. It is the Oxford Strand at its summertime best.

“Dockside” features a view of the docks from the Chincoteague, Va., bridge. It is where hearty fishermen unload their catches of world-famous seafood each day. In the early evening, as the summer sun turns orange, it casts a magnificent glow across the harbor and skyline, illuminating buildings, homes and the town water tower. This is my 12th Chincoteague print, and it’s a scene I have been in love with for a long time.

“The Inn” has come a long way, baby. Its original structure, just north of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., was built in 1816 as a replica of Commodore Perry’s cabin on the USS Niagara. I remember it as a redneck bar in the late 1980s, where Bird Dog and the Road Kings performed regularly. But today, The Inn at Perry Cabin is luxurious and sophisticated, with a half-dozen buildings and 78 rooms. It was immortalized in the hit film “The Wedding Crashers,” and it continues to be a destination for A-lister weddings and receptions.

Made on Maryland’s Eastern Shore   |   © 2009-17 Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co.


Thanks to editor Laura D’Alessandro and the folks at American Public Power Association for the opportunity to illustrate the cover of their “Advocacy Issue.”

Public Power is a trade magazine based in the nation’s capital that represents more than 2,000 municipal and publicly owned electric utilities in the United States. It is published bi-monthly.

Laura and I were newsroom colleagues in another lifetime, and it was a real treat to be asked for a cover illustration in the “Erick Sahler style.” We collaborated on the idea for the artwork — a utility truck surrounded by Washington institutions — and luckily I had recently photographed a bucket truck in the Walmart parking lot (I thought the orange cones made it look like a vampire).

My illustration appears on the cover of the January/February 2017 edition, available in print and online at


It shouldn’t surprise me anymore, but it still does.

Our “Eat More Scrapple” T-shirts continue to sell like hotcakes, and just before Christmas we released a long-sleeve version of the same design.

A huge thank you goes out to Barefoot Willy, who, with a severely damaged ankle, hand-printed the shirts while standing on one leg.

Respect, brother.

Both short- and long-sleeved tees are available at Sunnyside Shop in Cambridge, Md. The shirts are soft, heavyweight all-cotton tees made by Gildan. They are printed in cream on black (think of a pint of Guinness).

I get comments whenever I wear mine. Fly your scrapple flag, and you will too.


Our 2017 tour schedule is set and we are looking forward to returning to a number of special shows in the year ahead.

On February 25 and 26, we’ll be back at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, Md., for the Better Living Show sponsored by the Optimist Club of Salisbury. The show features both building and remodeling contractors, as well as arts and crafters, and it’s a great place to get started fixing up your castle. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

On March 3, I will be the featured artist at Bishop’s Stock Fine Art, Crafts & Wine on Green Street in Snow Hill, Md. Owner Ann S. Coates knows how to throw a party and her monthly First Friday openings are a huge draw. There will be great art by the Bishop’s Stock regulars and plenty of incredible wines to sample. And dogs. There are always dogs. It’s going to be a blast.

We’ll return to Ocean View, Del., for the Artisans Fair on Memorial Day Weekend and to Bethany Beach, Del., for the Artisans Festival in October. We are also planning pop-up shows at the Third Friday celebrations in Salisbury, Md., in April, May, September and October.

The year closes out in November with the Arts and Crafts Show at Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., and our annual Small Business Saturday Print Shop Open House on Thanksgiving weekend.


— Thank you to the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra for hosting me as part of its annual holiday concert. Last year, the SSO commissioned silkscreen print edition to celebrate its 30th season. My design commemorates 30 SSO highlights, from performing with the Moody Blues and Neil Sedaka to its appearance at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. I am honored to have been part of the celebration, and grateful for the “shout out” from the audience before the concert.

— Thank you to Pete Roskovich and Miss Margo Roskovich at Adam’s Ribs in Fruitland, Md. For several years, Adam’s has hosted my art in its main dining room. We recently freshened the decor with nine new framed prints. Next time you’re there, ask for a table in “The Sahler Room.”

— Hats off the the patron at The Salisbury School Gala who paid $555 for my print No. 5 featuring the school. It is the most ever paid for my artwork and 100 percent of proceeds benefit the school. Each year, for the past five years, I have donated a framed print to the gala auction. I am grateful to Salisbury School and its supporters for allowing me to be a part of their fundraisers.

— Thanks to cool chicky Carris Samis for talking a chance and organizing two pop-up arts and crafts shops during the town of Princess Anne’s annual Christmas celebration. The shops were such a success that many crafters returned the following weekend. It was a fun event and I enjoyed meeting and catching up with so many Somerset County friends.

— Thank you from friends old and new who visited our Print Shop Open House on Small Business Saturday. It was a surprise and a treat to spend some time with each of you. I appreciate your support.