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ST. PETER’S PRINT EDITION MARKS 250TH ANNIVERSARY


Thank you to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is Salisbury for commissioning a silkscreen print edition marking its 250th anniversary.


St. Peter’s opened in 1768, and was rebuilt twice after two fires in the late 1800s. The current building, featured on the print, was completed in 1887. Designed in the Romanesque style, its tall, narrow, all-brick sanctuary is naturally lit by a large west-facing rose window, and an iconic four-story bell tower anchors its northwest corner. St. Peter’s is one of the prettiest churches on the Eastern Shore, and I am grateful to be a part of its anniversary celebration.


“St. Peter’s” is a 12-color hand-pulled silkscreen edition of 50 signed-and-numbered prints. They are available exclusively at the church, at 115 St. Peter’s St. in Downtown Salisbury.

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INTRODUCING “FUN-SIZED” LEGACY REPRODUCTIONS


Two years ago, our Legacy Reproduction series launched as a way to satisfy customer demand for sold-out designs. Legacy Reproductions are color-matched to the silkscreen originals, and digitally printed and proofed by me here in the studio.


Originally, Legacy prints were only available in the same size as the original silkscreen prints — usually 16 x 20. But due to customer demand, we will begin offering all Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. designs in the smaller, more affordable 8x10 size.


The 8x10 Legacy series is available now at Sunnyside Shop in Cambridge. Rollout will continue this Saturday at Sundial Books in Chincoteague, and later in November at Candleberry Gallery in St. Michaels, The Treasure Chest in Oxford and the Discovery Center in Pocomoke City. The 8x10 Legacy series will be available online when my new website launches in December.


The 8x10 Legacy series prints are $35 each. They are printed on 100 percent cotton, acid-free velvet fine art paper using archival pigment-based inks.

EVERYONE STILL LOVES SALISBURY’S POLAR BAR


One of my favorite childhood memories was getting doughnuts at the Polar Bar in Salisbury. Inside, the air was heavy with sweetness. My favorite doughnut was cinnamon sugar, still warm with just the hint of a crust around the outside.


As a 20-something working at the local newspaper, I felt I had truly arrived while eating lunch at the Polar Bar, surrounded by the city’s movers and shakers.


The Polar Bar is long gone. In its place, DeVage’s Subs & Donuts does a fine job recreating the old atmosphere. But for most Salisburians, the Polar Bar will always hold a special place in our hearts.


“Polar Bar” is my tribute. The illustration is based on the wooden bear sign that stood atop the restaurant in the 1960s and ’70s (in an earlier version, the bear held a mug and an ice cream cone). The address and phone number were taken from the 1978 Salisbury City Directory.


The artwork is available as a Legacy Reproduction print, framed or unframed, in both 8x10 and 16x20 sizes. It can be ordered here.

TWO NEW SILKSCREEN EDITIONS DEBUT THIS FALL


Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. debuted two new silkscreen editions this fall.


“Pocomoke River” was commissioned by Pocomoke River State Park in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The state park comprises Shad Landing near Snow Hill and Milburn Landing near Pocomoke City. The illustration features several iconic features of the park: cypress trees, a bald eagle, tuckahoes, a marsh lily and visitors in a canoe.


“Pocomoke River” is a 14-color hand-pulled silkscreen edition of 105 signed-and-numbered prints. Prices are $135 framed and $85 unframed.


“Discovery Center” was created for the magnificent Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum in Pocomoke City. The Discovery Center celebrates the ecology and history of life on the Eastern Shore, and its first-class 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. This design is based on my photos of the otters shot through the aquarium glass, allowing a view above and below the water line.


“Discovery Center” is a 10-color hand-pulled silkscreen edition of 105 signed-and-numbered prints. Prices are $135 framed and $85 unframed.

THINK CAMBRIDGE. THINK SEAFOOD


It’s almost impossible to visit Cambridge and not get a hankering for seafood. The port city, perched on the Choptank River, is at the heart of Chesapeake country, and is chockfull of skipjacks, workboats and seafood processing houses. As a child I remembering going to Kool Ice & Seafood in Cambridge, because my family insisted it had the biggest, sweetest blue crabs anywhere (sorry Crisfield).


Two new illustrations honor that Cambridge tradition. And while the Cambridge Seafood Co. is fictitious, the heart and sentimentality are real.


“Fresh Daily” is an illustration that salutes not only the wide variety of seafood — crabs, oysters, clams and fish — that land on the Cambridge docks each day, but also the fleet of refrigerated trucks that regularly drive it to market. It is based on an old “crab truck” I saw on Route 50 in Cambridge several years ago.


“Cambridge Seafood” adopts the escaping crab silhouette from “Fresh Daily,” and adds typography to create a 1930s-era business logo. It’s printed in orange and black, and several have said it reminds them of old Baltimore Orioles designs. Unintentional on my part, but I’ll take it.


Both illustrations are available as Legacy Reproduction prints, framed or unframed, in 8x10 and 16x20 sizes. 

JUST FOR LAUGHS: MORE ESS SPOOFS


Just as musicians warm up playing scales, I like to keep my Illustrator and Photoshop skills sharp by doing short projects. Over the past couple months, I’ve been adapting iconic corporate logos and repackaging them with Erick Sahler Serigraphs typography. Don’t be alarmed, they won’t replace my squeegee logo and I’m not going to get sued. They are protected as parody under the First Amendment (I Googled it). So here are a couple more. Just for fun.

ESS 2017 TOUR ENDS IN REHOBOTH BEACH


Bad weather and busy schedules forced me off the circuit for most of this year. My last remaining show will be at the Rehoboth Beach Fire Company on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s my first time exhibiting in Rehoboth and I’m looking forward to sharing my work with a new crowd of art lovers.


Also, rather than host the annual Print Shop Open House this holiday season, I am offering an open invitation to anyone who wants to visit. Please call me at 410-845-3774 or email me at erick@ericksahler.com and I will gladly open my doors to you. All my prints are available at the print shop, including some rare No. 1s, Artist Proofs, Edition Varies and monoprints. In addition, we have more than 75 postcard designs (more than any of our shops can stock), as well as a couple T-shirts and mugs. Don’t be a stranger.

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OXFORD’S TREASURE CHEST IS ON THE MOVE


The best little shop in Oxford is now a lot bigger. Congratulations to owner Joan Nubie on moving into new digs in the former Americana Antiques building across from Oxford’s bucolic Town Park. The Treasure Chest is the source for all things Oxford, from artwork and antiques to T-shirts and postcards. It’s open Wednesdays through Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Christmas at 111 S. Morris St.

COMING SOON: NEW ILLUSTRATIONS


I’ve got a long list of subjects for new artwork in 2018, which I’ll share after the New Year. But here are a couple more illustrations I’ll be working on between now and Christmas, including:


— Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad. Opened earlier this year, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center is drawing rave reviews. Located near Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County, it tells the moving history of the former slave who led dozens to freedom before the Civil War. I have visited twice and read Jim Duffy’s excellent new book “Tubman Travels” to better understand her. I hope to put it all together in a new illustration later this month.


— Chincoteague Lovebirds. I’m just going to leave it at that. Sometimes you go out looking to support one idea when another one hits you out of nowhere. That’s what happened here. When it’s good, you jump on it.


Both illustrations will be posted on my website and social media when complete, and will be available in December as postcards and Legacy Reproduction prints.

GRACIAS, MERCI, DANKE, GRAZIE AND THANKS TO:


— Meghan Dillon Stewart of St. Louis, who used a quartet of our Oxford prints in the redesign of her pool house. Decorator Rebecca Stisser created a space filled with natural light and a blue-stained concrete floor to give the feeling of moving water. Stewart is an Oxford native and the pool house brings a taste of the Eastern Shore to her midwest home.


— Jen Shatwell and Belmond Ltd. for licensing my artwork to promote the Inn at Perry Cabin. Belmond, based in London, owns dozens of luxury hotels all over the world, including the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels. It will be using my artwork on luggage tags and other items.


— Dana Kester-McCabe, for including me in her new book “Delmarva School of Art.” Published this November, the book features 47 artists working on the Delmarva Peninsula. Learn more at the Delmarva School of Art Facebook page.


— Priscilla Timken and Tami Brown of Chesapeake Tours in Salisbury for using my postcards as gifts and souvenirs for its guides and customers. And for turning me on to the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. Priscilla says she has lots of ideas for my artwork in 2018. Stay tuned.

— C. Keith Whitelock, my old mentor and friend (and another featured artist in “Delmarva School of Art”), who allowed me to tag along on a couple recent excursions. Keith “showed me the ropes” — literally — crewing on the Ida May as she returned from Salisbury to Deal Island for the Labor Day Skipjack Races. Three weeks later, we spent a morning on the Miles River photographing the log canoe races and ate our lunch under the Hooper Strait lighthouse with the racing crews. It was two days of Eastern Shore life at its best.


— Greg Bassett of the Salisbury Independent for featuring my new “St. Peter’s” silkscreen print and Josh Davis of the Bayside Gazette for promoting my appearance at Pocomoke City’s Fourth Friday street festival.


As always, thanks for YOUR support. Every one of you. I couldn’t do it without you.


All the best,