Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co.  |  News Summer 2014

 

ERICK SAHLER SERIGRAPHS EXPANDS INTO TALBOT


Erick Sahler Serigraphs crossed the Choptank River into Talbot County this spring. In mid-May, I exhibited with 40 extraordinary artists at the Fine Arts @ Oxford juried show. Additionally, my work is now available at The Treasure Chest in Oxford and Pemberton Pharmacy & Gift in St. Michaels.


My “Oxford Ferry” silkscreen print, featured on the June cover of Tidewater Times, debuted at the Oxford show and sales have been brisk, with more than half of the edition of 120 prints sold.


The 13-color, 16-x-20-inch print shows Oxford’s two most celebrated landmarks — the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, which is the country’s oldest privately operated ferry still in use, and the Colonial-era Robert Morris Inn, where James Michener outlined his 1978 best-selling novel, “Chesapeake.” The inn is also significant to me — it’s where Tracy and I spent our wedding night in 1992.


The Treasure Chest, at 214 N. Morris St. in Oxford, is chock full of Eastern Shore-related gifts, artwork and T-shirts in the heart of one of the prettiest towns in Bay Country. Pemberton Pharmacy & Gift, at 204 S. Talbot St., opened its St. Michaels location in May and has been recognized as the best gift shop on Delmarva.

UPCOMING SHOWS


June 28 — “Soaring” debut. Zoobilation, Salisbury Zoo. 5-10 p.m.

July 12 — Art Stroll, Sundial Books, Chincoteague, Va. 5-9 p.m.

July 18 — Third Friday celebration, Downtown Plaza, Salisbury, Md. 5-8 p.m.

Aug. 2 — Pine’eer Arts and Crafts Show, Ocean Pines Community Center, Ocean Pines, Md. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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

Aug. 30, 31 — yART Sale, 33258 Kent Ave., Bethany Beach, Del. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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

Sept. 28 — Dorchester Arts Showcase, High Street, Cambridge, Md. Noon-5 p.m.



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THE “SOARING JOYS OF CHILDHOOD” CELEBRATED


This June is the 10th anniversary of the opening of Ben’s Red Swings, and to mark the occasion its original planners hope to raise and implement $50,000 in upgrades to the community playground in Salisbury’s City Park.


Ben’s Red Swings was imagined as a place dedicated to “the soaring joys of childhood” and is named for Ben Layton, the son of Chris and Hendrika Layton who lost his battle with leukemia in 2002. The playground was built in one week by thousands of volunteers using donated materials. I am still in awe of the achievement and how it brought our community together 10 years ago.


For “Soaring,” my seven-color silkscreen print celebrating Ben’s Red Swings, model Will Dean posed to help create “the soaring joys of childhood.” The green-and-brown background forms a landscape that is unmistakably Salisbury’s City Park. Below, the red turrets of the playground point to the sky, guiding the eye up the towering loblollies to Will’s barefoot toes.


Print No. 1 will be auctioned during the Zoobilation fundraiser on June 28 at the Salisbury Zoo, and Prints 2-21 will be awarded to the top contributors of the upgrade project. Checks can be sent to the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, 1324 Belmont Ave #401, Salisbury, Md. 21804. Be sure to write “Ben’s Red Swings” on the memo line.

GRACIAS, MERCI, DANKE, GRAZI …


— Thanks to Sunnyside in Cambridge and Sundial Books in Chincoteague for hosting debuts of my new prints this spring. I appreciate all you do to promote my work — especially when it involves wine.


— Thanks to the Chincoteague Beacon and its editor, Ted Shockley, for helping to get the word out about my new releases. I’m not going to ask how the story of my “Assateague Light” print got published on the USA Today website, but I am grateful.


— Thanks to mixed-media artist Roni Jones of Salisbury, who created a small collage called “Erick Sahler’s Paper Bag” made of, well, you guessed it. Check out all her cool work at BadJonesRising.com.


— Thanks to my sister, graphic artist Kate Lynch, and all the good folks at Peninsula Printing in Salisbury who go out of their way to make sure my postcards and notecards look great. It’s not always easy to color match my silkscreen prints. I appreciate your commitment to getting it right.


— Thank you to everyone who buys my work, reads my newsletters, “Likes” my work on FaceBook, chats with me at shows, sells my work in your shops or in any other way helps keep moving ESS forward. I am grateful for every one of you.


All the best,

“LIFTOFF!” SALUTES GROWING WALLOPS SPACEPORT


“Liftoff!” — my new eight-color, 16-x-20-inch silkscreen print saluting the rockets of Wallops Island — launched from Sundial Books in Chincoteague on Memorial Day Weekend.


The Antares program supplying the International Space Station and other missions to the moon and beyond have made Wallops one of the world’s leading spaceports. This fun design captures the excitement of a launch with Space Age-era imagery and hand-drawn typography reminiscent of the 1950s.


There are 150 prints in the run, including six Edition Varie prints. Edition Varie (pronounced “edition very-AY”), designated by “EV” next to the print number, indicates the artist has created an intentional variation in the edition. In “Liftoff!” I replaced red and dark blue inks with pink, orange and purple. The Edition Varie prints will debut at Sundial Books during Chincoteague’s Second Saturday Art Stroll on July 12.

IN THE WORKS FOR THE SUMMER AND FALL


— My “Believe in Ferries” series continues with the debut of “Lewes Ferry” at yArt Sale in Bethany Beach on Labor Day Weekend. Other prints in the series include “Whitehaven Ferry” and “Oxford Ferry.”


— As the Baltimore Orioles mark their 60th anniversary this season, ESS will celebrate the Birds’ original home, Memorial Stadium, in a new print debuting at the Dorchester Arts Showcase in Cambridge on Sept. 28.


— ESS returns to the Apple/Scrapple Festival in Bridgeville on Oct. 11 with a brand new Scrapple tee that parodies what might have been if the world’s most famous computer company had originated on the Eastern Shore.

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