Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co.  |  News Summer 2017

 

PARK COMMISSIONS 50TH ANNIVERSARY ARTWORK


Pocomoke River State Park commissioned me to create an illustration marking its golden anniversary in August. The park comprises Shad Landing and Milburn Landing, with campsites, hiking trails and boat docking facilities on both banks of the Pocomoke River in Worcester County, Md.


I spent a day with rangers on the river and in the woods, capturing photographs of various aspects of the park. In the design are cypress trees and knees, a marsh lily, blooming tuckahoes, a couple in a canoe, and a bald eagle.


“Pocomoke River” is a 14-color silkscreen edition. Prints are 16x20 inches, with an image area of 12x16 inches, and are signed and numbered. They will be available in July. Prices are $135 framed or $85 unframed.


This was a super fun project. The rangers were so friendly and knowledgable about the plants and animals in the park. We used to camp there when I was a child, and it was so wonderful to see it all again with the rangers as my guides.

UPCOMING SHOWS AND EXHIBITS


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


Sept. 22 — Featured artist. Fourth Friday celebration. Main Street, Pocomoke City, Md. 5-8 p.m.*


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


Nov. 4 — YES Gym Arts and Crafts Show. 123 Main St., Fruitland, Md. 10 a.m.-4 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.


* weather permitting



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OTTERS STAR IN DISCOVERY CENTER PRINT EDITION


The Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum, next to the drawbridge in Pocomoke City, Md., is a real gem. Its exhibits celebrate the ecology and history of life on the Eastern Shore, and its gift shop is filled with Chesapeake-themed artwork, books and mementos. But its true stars are Mac and Tuck, a pair of Louisiana-born river otters, who delight and entertain visitors from their 6,000-gallon aquarium.


“Discovery Center,” a new 10-color silkscreen edition, features “the otter couple” as they play above and below the water in the aquarium. Prints are 16x20 inches, with an image area of 12x16 inches, and are signed and numbered. They will be available in August. Prices are $135 framed or $85 unframed.


The Discovery Center is a real asset to our community, and everyone loves to watch the antics of the otters. It’s a treat to be there for the noon feeding. Mac and Tuck always put on a great show.

LOOKING AT ASSATEAGUE FROM THE REAR VIEW


“Magnificent Assateague,” a new silkscreen edition featuring the Assateague Lighthouse, is now available.


The artwork continues the theme from “The Strand,” an Oxford, Md., silkscreen edition that debuted in April, with a similar style, subject matter and color palette. “Magnificent Assateague” features a classic beauty clad in a 1950s Barbie zebra swimsuit and sunhat, gazing across the Assateague Channel toward the iconic lighthouse.


The double entendre of the title is intentional.


Assateague, to the American Indians, meant “swiftly moving water.” But today, it conjures a more sensual interpretation. Admit it. You were thinking it too.


“Magnificent Assateague” is an 11-color silkscreen edition of 110. Prints are 16x20 inches, with an image area of 12x16 inches, and are signed and numbered. Prices are $135 framed or $85 unframed.

SAHLER DESIGNS NOW AVAILABLE ON VINYL MAGNETS


Erick Sahler illustrations are now available as magnets.


The brightly colored designs are color matched to the original silkscreen prints and reproduced on 3x4 vinyl magnets suitable for refrigerators and other indoor surfaces. The price is $3.


Designs include Assateague Light, Blue Crabs, Cambridge Light, Dockside, Downtown Salisbury, Eat More Scrapple, Hooper Strait, Liftoff!, Offseason Chincoteague, Oxford Ferry, Pocomoke Bridge, The Inn, We Build Ships and Woodie.


A selection of magnets is available at the following shops: Delmarva Discovery Center in Pocomoke City, Md.; NASA Wallops Visitor Center in Wattsville, Va.; Pemberton Pharmacy & Gift in Salisbury and St. Michaels, Md.; Refuge Inn in Chincoteague, Va.; Sundial Books in Chincoteague, Va.; Sunnyside in Cambridge, Md.; Treasure Chest in Oxford, Md.; and the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, Md.


Magnets may also be ordered online by e-mailing erick@ericksahler.com.

NEW ILLUSTRATION SALUTES SHIPBUILDING TRADITION


My hometown, Salisbury, Md., is known for Perdue chickens, microwave filters and national lacrosse champions. But it is its shipbuilding operation that may be the most noticeable and impressive. For three decades, Salisburians have designed and built a fleet of tugboats, ferries and cruise ships. Once a vessel is complete, folks line the shore to witness its maiden voyage down the Wicomico River. It’s very cool and unique, and something of which Salisburians are justly proud.


My new illustration “We Build Ships” honors that legacy with a stylistic design that borrows from the great travel posters of the 1930s. Inspired by the recently completed American Constellation, a giant cruise ships sail from the Salisbury marina. In the background are a bevy of local landmarks: Brew River Restaurant, the drawbridge tender’s “house,” Chesapeake East, the standpipe, the courthouse, One Plaza East and a trio of chickens. The colors are unquestionably “Maryland” — the red, white, gold and black all come from our popular state flag.


This illustration came together so easily. Just days after watching the American Constellation sail out the Wicomico River, I sat down at the drawing board. In two hours, the design was complete. The shipbuilding operation is so fascinating to me, and it’s something I’ve wanted to pay tribute to for a long time.


“We Build Ships” is available in 16x20 and 14x18 Legacy Reproduction prints. Prices are $135 and $95 framed, and $85 and $55 unframed. All are signed by the artist.

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


— Richard Culver, media relations director at Salisbury University, who used a selection of my postcards and magnets to welcome guests to the University System of Maryland Communications Council retreat in June. Attendees received beach pails stuffed with my artwork, as well as other fun stuff from Rehoboth Beach Spice & Tea Exchange, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. “You helped the University shine in the eyes of some important colleagues,” Culver said. I am grateful for the opportunity.


— Neil Armstrong, who stopped by the print shop recently to browse and buy an Oxford “Town Park” serigraph print. While it wasn’t the Neil Armstrong who was the first man to walk on the moon — he passed away in 2012 — I did make sure he left his mark on our print shop signature wall — right next to the framed photo signed by the other Neil Armstrong that I received from NASA as a child. If there are other Neil Armstrongs out there, know you are welcome anytime.


— Dave Plazone, editor of the Tidewater Times, for featuring my new silkscreen print “The Strand” on the cover of the July edition. Since 1952, the Times has featured the region’s top writers covering the culture of the middle Eastern Shore. This is my third time on the cover, and I understand that after five appearances I will be awarded a special jacket. No wait, that’s “Saturday Night Live.”


— Brevard Cornbrooks and the fine folks of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in downtown Salisbury, Md., who commissioned me to create a silkscreen print edition in celebration of the church’s 250th anniversary in 2018. Rebuilt in brick after fires twice leveled downtown Salisbury in the late 1800s, the church is a gorgeous structure inside and out, with its iconic bell tower and ornate stained-glass rose window. A limited edition of 50 silkscreen prints will be available through the church beginning in November.


— The Refuge Inn in Chincoteague, Va., and the J. Millard Tawes Museum in Crisfield, Md., both of which recently began carrying a selection of my postcards and magnets. The Refuge Inn is a family-owned motel shaded under towering loblollies on the edge of the Assateague Island National Seashore (and the site of my recent “Magnificent Assateague” print edition). The Tawes Museum is a little jewel saluting Eastern Shore life and is named for the Crisfield Democrat who rose to become governor of Maryland. Welcome to the ESS Co. family.

 

— Our good-humored followers on social media who got the joke of our recent string of parody logos. No, we are not abandoning our classic squeegee handle logo. We just thought it would be fun to “reimagine” (that’s a buzzword, kids) our brand in the style of some classic logos of the past, like ESSO, DeKalb, Harley-Davidson and Hershey. More are in the works — or until the “cease and desist” letters start pouring in. See them all on Instagram.


— 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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