Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co.  |  News Winter 2016

 

SAHLER ART GOES NATIONAL IN BOAT U.S. PROMOTION


Thank you to Boat U.S. for the opportunity to illustrate its 50th anniversary poster.


Based in Alexandria, Va., Boat U.S. is the nation’s largest recreational boating association with more than a half million members.


This was a fun project working with some great people. I really enjoyed researching the boats, especially the old “barrel back” Chris-Crafts. I am so grateful for the opportunity.


My illustration will be used to market Boat U.S. throughout its golden anniversary year, including being printed on 10,000 posters to be distributed across the country. 


A couple neat things about the illustration:


— A red buoy has been the Boat U.S. logo since 1966

— The three boats represent the association’s three types of members — sportfishermen, powerboaters and sailboaters

— The sailboat is a Cape Dory 28 and a personal tribute to my in-laws, Lin and Maureen Cordell, who sailed halfway around the world in a Cape Dory

— The power boat is my salute to Chris-Craft, which made beautiful boats in my hometown of Salisbury, Md., for many years

— The boy in the red shirt is a younger me!

UPCOMING SHOWS AND EXHIBITS


Feb. 27, 28 — Salisbury Optimist Better Living Expo, Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, 500 Glen Ave., Salisbury, Md. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

April 15 — Third Friday celebration. Downtown Plaza, Salisbury, Md. 5-9 p.m. (weather permitting)

May 20 — Fine Arts @ Oxford preview party, Oxford Community Center, Oxford, Md. 6-8 p.m.

May 21, 22 — Fine Arts @ Oxford juried show and sale, Oxford Community Center, Oxford, Md. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

May 28 — Artisans Fair, Lord Baltimore Elementary School, 120 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View, Del. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

June 17 — “Son of Print is Not Dead: The Silkscreen Art of Erick Sahler” gallery exhibit. Tony Weeg Photography, 115 W. Main St., Salisbury, Md. 5-9 p.m.




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SAHLER ART DECORATES DELMARVA INSTITUTIONS


The two largest institutions in my hometown are using prints from Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. to decorate their public spaces.


Peninsula Regional Medical Center in December opened its newly renovated employee cafeteria. Working with interior designer Nancie Booth and photographer David Mark Hall, eight of my designs were reproduced on large-scale canvases and hung around the dining area.


“Everone here loves your prints. I have heard so many staff people talking about how much they enjoy seeing them and what a difference they make. A lot of hospital folks need an uplifting moment in the course of a workday, so your art will have far-reaching effects,” said Gwenn Garland, a spokeswoman for the hospital.


Across town, Salisbury University has plans to install 15 Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. prints as part of a renovation in the Guerrieri University Center. Classic Custom Framing is preparing the artwork and it will be hung later this month.


I am grateful to all involved in making these projects possible, and to PRMC and Salisbury University for supporting me.

TOWN PARK FEATURED IN NEW OXFORD PRINT


The charming and serene Town Park is the subject of my new silkscreen print, debuting at the prestigious Fine Arts @ Oxford exhibit and sale in May.


Oxford is a town of grand old trees and gorgeous waterfront views, punctuated by stately homes and the town’s signature onion-dome picket fences. At Town Park, residents and visitors share the beauty under towering shade trees as children play and boats come and go on the Tred Avon. It’s the prettiest park on the Eastern Shore, and I always try to find a bench and unwind whenever I’m in town.


“Town Park” is my third Oxford silkscreen print. “Oxford Ferry” (2014) features the town’s historic icons, the ferry and Robert Morris Inn, and is now sold out. “Town Creek” (2015) depicts the view from the causeway of the workboat harbor and the old Applegarth’s marine railway.


Fine Arts @ Oxford is the preeminent juried art show on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and benefits the Oxford Community Center. It runs the weekend of May 21 and 22, with a gala opening reception the evening of May 20.


Following the show, “Town Park” will be available at the Treasure Chest in Oxford. Prices are $85 unframed and $135 framed.

AMONG GIANTS AT THE SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS


During a family Christmas trip to New York, we had the absolute pleasure of visiting the Society of Illustrators, which elected me to illustrator membership last fall.


We delighted in the gallery exhibits and then climbed the narrow stairs, which serve as the society’s Hall of Fame. After members are inducted, an illustrator creates their portraits to hang in the prestigious gallery. On the up, we passed such luminaries as Norman Rockwell, Rube Goldberg, Al Hirschfeld and Maurice Sendak.


At the top, we retreated to the fabulous members dining room and lunched within sight of Rockwell’s “Dover Coach” painting, gifted to the society by the artist himself. I celebrated with a Gibson, the classic cocktail attributed to Charles Dana Gibson, the artist made famous by his alluring “Gibson girl” illustrations.


The Society of Illustrators is at 128 E. 63rd St., on the upper east side of New York City, and its galleries are open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

ORCHESTRA COMMISSIONS ANNIVERSARY PRINT


To mark its 30th anniversary, the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra at Salisbury University commissioned Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. to design and print a limited edition of silkscreen prints.


The artwork is inspired by Gerhardt Richter’s stained glass window at Cologne Cathedral in Germany. On a visit in 2014, I was deeply moved by Richter’s work, and it stirred in me the notion that the beauty of the whole comprises many individual parts — much like a symphony performance.


From a distance, my five-by-six grid of two-tone colored squares is intended to be a symphony of color and harmony.


Up close, 30 unique and distinct illustrations commemorate the SSO’s 30-year history, including performances with the Moody Blues and Neil Sedaka, as well as a sold-out concert at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Along with other highlights, the design also pays tribute to the symphony’s two conductors and its six long-time members. A key to all the illustrations is included in the packaging of the print.


There are 100 16 x 20 prints in the edition. Prices are $250 for signed prints and $100 for unsigned prints, and all proceeds support the SSO. Prints will be available at symphony performances throughout the spring.

LEGACY SERIES BRINGS BACK SOLD-OUT DESIGNS


Remember that Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. print that sold out before you got one? Was it the Thrasher’s french fries? Or the Chincoteague Swing Bridge? Or Downtown Salisbury?


Now our new Legacy Reproductions series makes all our sold-out designs available again.


Legacy Reproductions are color-matched to the silkscreen originals, and digitally printed and proofed by me here in the studio using 100 percent cotton, acid-free velvet fine art paper and archival pigment-based inks. 


Reaction to the new series has been enthusiastic, and already more than two dozen Legacy Reproduction prints have been hung in Eastern Shore institutions, including Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury University Guerrieri Center and First Shore Federal Savings & Loan Bank.


Legacy Reproductions are 16 x 20 inches and are available framed for $135 and unframed for $85.

GRACIAS, MERCI, DANKE, GRAZI AND THANKS TO ...


It’s been a crazy good start to 2016, and I’m so grateful to all who have made the past couple months such a blast, including:


— Jonathan and Jane Richstein at Sundial Books, who helped research, market and strategize the launch of our new Legacy Reproductions series


— Scott Croft at Boat U.S., who deftly negotiated 11th-hour changes on my illustration as it was going to press without ever causing me to break a sweat


— Joan Nubie-Miscall at the Treasure Chest, who is such a great guide and coach in teaching and connecting me to the wonderful community in Oxford


— Stacey Weisner and the staff at the Discovery Center, for introducing my artwork to new customers in Pocomoke, including, most recently, the grandson of the man who was the last Hooper Strait lighthouse tender. Your Pocomoke print is coming!


— Mike DeFiore and the Optimist Club of Salisbury for the changes to this weekend’s Better Living Expo at the civic center in Salisbury. The new hours and floorplan will make for a better show for everyone


— Ian Fleming, owner of the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, for choosing several of my prints to use in a renovation of the historic landmark


— Interior designer Nancie Booth, who selected my work for the PRMC cafeteria, and David Michael Hall, who made creating and installing the canvas reproductions of my work such a breeze


— Tammy Kilgore for helping to research and shepherd my design, and the executive board of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra for allowing me to be a part of your 30th anniversary celebration


— Jody Yingling at Classic Custom Framing in Salisbury, for leading Salisbury University to my artwork in its renovation of the Guerrieri Center


— Angie Robinson and the staff at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, who sold a record number of our Eastern Shore Christmas Cards this past holiday season. Your Ward Museum print is coming!


— All of you — because your support led me to all the successes above. So thank you. And there’s lots more great stuff ahead.


All the best,

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