Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co.  |  News Spring 2015

 

OXFORD, CHINCOTEAGUE PRINTS DEBUT IN MAY


This month we’re excited to release two new editions in the “My Hometown” Series.


“Town Creek,” a 16-x-20-inch silkscreen print, will debut May 15 during Fine Arts @ Oxford, the Eastern Shore’s premier juried fine arts show. The 12-color edition of 120 prints features workboats docked on Town Creek, with the historic Curtis Applegarth building in the background.


Applegarth was one of the Eastern Shore’s legendary boatbuilders. His marine yard, at the head of Town Creek, designed and constructed hundreds of workboats and pleasure craft in the second half of the 20th century. The old red building is special to me not only for its history and scenic location, but also because my grandfather owned an Applegarth cabin cruiser when I was growing up.


“Summer Sunset,” a 16-x-20-inch silkscreen print, will debut May 22 at Sundial Books in Chincoteague. The 10-color edition of 150 prints features one of the island’s famous “two-by-two” cottages under a glowing sunset sky.


Chincoteague’s “two-by-two” cottages — so called for their “two-windows up, two-windows down” facades — are so ubiquitous they could be called the island’s unofficial architecture. Many were originally homes for fishermen on Assateague, and were moved to Chincoteague in the 1920s. This artwork celebrates the iconic cottages, the warm summer sunset, and the timeless feeling of returning home after a day well spent.


Both prints will sell for $135 framed and $85 unframed.

UPCOMING SHOWS


May 15 — “Town Creek” debut at Fine Arts @ Oxford preview party, Oxford Community Center, Oxford, Md. 6-8 p.m.

May 16, 17 — 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 22 — “Summer Sunset” debut at Sundial Books, Chincoteague, Va. 10 a.m.-noon

May 23 — Artisans Fair, Lord Baltimore Elementary School, 120 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View, Del. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

June 13 — “Swing Bridge” Legacy Series debut at Sundial Books, Chincoteague, Va.

June 19 — Third Friday celebration, Salisbury, Md. 5-9 p.m.

June 26 — “Liftoff!” Legacy Series debut at Sundial Books, Chincoteague, Va. 

July 17 — Third Friday celebration, Salisbury, Md. 5-9 p.m.

Aug. 21 — Third Friday celebration, Salisbury, Md. 5-9 p.m.



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NEW LEGACY SERIES REVIVES SOLD-OUT ESS DESIGNS


Since launching Erick Sahler Serigraphs almost four years ago, we have struggled with the supply-and-demand challenges of producing numbered, limited-edition prints.


On the one hand, we want to add value to those who collect our first-edition prints. On the other hand, we feel the frustration of those unable to purchase a design that is sold out.


So this spring we introduced the Legacy Series, which features sold-out Erick Sahler Serigraphs designs in an 8-x-10-inch, open-edition format. Legacy Series designs are hand-printed and signed by me — just like the first-edition prints — they’re just smaller and unnumbered. Quite frankly, they’re darn cute and much easier to place or give as a gift.


The Legacy Series launched in April with the debut of “Downtown Salisbury,” a reprint of the first “My Hometown” Series design. In June we’ll release Legacy Series editions of the popular “Swing Bridge” and “Liftoff!” designs.


All Legacy Series prints are $85 framed and $45 unframed.

WORCESTER TOWNS CELEBRATED IN NEW PRINTS


I am grateful for the support of Bishop’s Stock in Snow Hill and Bungalow Love in Berlin. Both have carried my artwork since the very beginning, despite not having signature prints to represent their hometowns.


I promised to remedy that in early 2015 with two new “My Hometown” Series designs.


In February, Bishop’s Stock debuted “Green Street,” a 16-x-20-inch silkscreen print. The 12-color edition of 120 prints celebrates the vibrancy of one of Snow Hill’s main streets.


I tried for years to capture the essence of Snow Hill, making countless sketches of the river, the drawbridge and the courthouse, but was always lured back to Green Street. It’s the heart and soul of the community, comfortably blending arts and culture with the rural character of a small town. I finally feel like I got it right in this piece.


In March, Bungalow Love debuted “Old-Time Berlin,” a 16-x-20-inch silkscreen print. The 14-color edition of 110 prints features the town’s iconic architecture, with a touch of whimsy.


Featured in the hit films “Runaway Bride” and “Tuck Everlasting,” Berlin truly is a picture-perfect small town. Its Victorian brick buildings, period signage and old-timey awnings offer endless opportunities for the visual artist. I am most drawn to this Main Street scene, where the playful pink trim on the turret shouts to the world Berlin is a cool place to be.


Both prints sell for $135 framed and $85 unframed.

ESS PRINT PRESENTED TO MARYLAND GOV. HOGAN


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was presented an Erick Sahler Serigraphs print during an April visit to the Eastern Shore. The print was a gift from the City of Salisbury and was given to the governor by Mayor Jim Ireton as a group of city, county and state officials looked on.


The governor was in Salisbury to tour the city’s Third Friday celebration. He was accompanied by his wife, Yumi, who is an artist. Also in attendance were Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver, Salisbury City Council President Jake Day, Wicomico County Council President Bob Cannon, County Councilman Larry Dodd, State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello, State Senator Addie Eckardt and Delegate Chris Adams.


The “City Park” print is from a limited-edition hand-pulled silkscreen edition created in 2013. It depicts the city’s iconic footbridge and bandstand.


My grandparents celebrated in City Park after graduating from Wicomico High in 1939, I went there after prom in 1985, and I have taken my children there to play. Salisbury’s City Park has been a place of natural beauty and recreation for Eastern Shore residents for generations. I hope it can be a reminder to the governor of all the great things about my hometown.


“City Park” is available for $135 framed and $85 unframed.

Executive Office of the Governor photo

GRACIAS, MERCI, DANKE, GRAZI AND THANKS!


— The owners and management of The Dunes Manor in Ocean City, who commissioned two ESS pieces earlier this year to promote their landmark hotel. It was a pleasure to work with you and I can’t wait to see my designs on your postcards and billboard.


— Tony Weeg Photography for hosting my first solo exhibit, “Print is Not Dead: The Silkscreen Art of Erick Sahler,” during the month of April. Take a virtual walkthrough of the exhibit below.

— Josh Davis, for sharing my story with the readers of the Bayside Gazette. Read his thorough accounting of my journey here.


— Several new shops that offered to carry my work in 2015, including the Discovery Center gift shop in Pocomoke, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art gift shop in Salisbury,  and Classic Custom Framing & Gallery in Salisbury.


— The folks at Pemberton Pharmacy & Gift for your patience. An unexpected hernia operation set my production back six weeks. The St. Michaels print is still in the works. I promise.


— Finally, thank you to the Department of the Interior Museum in Washington for exhibiting the Holy Grail of silkscreen prints: six original 1938-39 WPA National Parks posters (plus another two dozen contemporary designs by "Ranger Doug" Leen). These prints are a huge influence on my art. The "Poster-ity" exhibit continues through May 29 and admission is free.


And, as always, thank you for your support!


All the best,

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