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In December 2011, Erick Sahler Serigraphs was featured in a story in ShoreBread Magazine by staff writer Ami Reist.

Bold and bright: Erick Sahler Serigraphs

By Ami Reist, ShoreBread Magazine

The simple, bold designs and bright colors of Erick Sahler’s prints that are currently hanging in the Berlin Chamber of Commerce are eye catching, to say the least. The images with bright red, burnt orange, intense yellow and deep indigo feature clean, bold text and demand the attention of any passerby.  Just by looking at the flawless, hand-squeegeed prints you can tell that an artist put a lot of time into the framed pieces.

The artist that invested so much hard work into these prints is Erick Sahler, a Salisbury, Md., local. Sahler has mastered the printing process over the past 25 years.

“It’s just a journey I’ve been on,” said Sahler about his recent pieces and his lifestyle revolving around serigraphs.

A serigraph, the proper term for what Sahler creates, is the result of plopping some ink on a thin screen made of a nylon-composite material, dragging that ink across the screen with a large squeegee, making sure the ink transferred to the thick piece of paper below, letting it dry, ‘burning’ a new screen, and repeating, and repeating, and repeating. The timely process results in unique, one-of-a-kind, images that are then inspected, titled, numbered, signed, matted, and framed by the artist.

“My work is all printed by hand. You can’t just press ‘Apple-P’ on a keyboard or make a trip to the printer’s to get results like this. I do it all by myself by hand,” said Sahler, “I manually add two colors a day, let them dry, pull my squeegee over the print again, then let that dry.”

Sahler created roughly 80 prints that included eight separate colors last Monday. Imagine how long that process took. The print, called Berlin GullFriends, is the latest addition to the artist’s GullFriends series.  The series shows itty-bitty seagulls perched at Eastern Shore landmarks like the Salisbury Mall, Thrasher’s French Fries, English’s Diner, The Globe Theater, and others. The GullFriends series was trademarked by Sahler in September 2011 and will continue to feature the little feathered beach birds monthly throughout 2012.

When asked which print was his absolute favorite, Sahler paused then answered, “Geez. They’re like children. I love them all the same, just for different reasons.” It’s obvious to understand his reasoning while gazing at a grouping of prints.

Sahler is definitely excited about his most recent career change; He went from working in the printed news field for 22 years to this current serigraph artistic work opportunity. The artist learned the silk screening process when he was still in high school. He enjoys the act of printing and the results produced. He loves the process enough to have never stopped producing printed work since the day he learned the trade.

“It’s time to do what I’ve always wanted to do. This is what I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always wanted to screen print. I’m a screen printer,” said Sahler.

Sahler has put his soul into printing and isn’t afraid to put some extra effort into his ideas. He’s created custom serigraphs for Salisbury University, Assateague Island, Allen Lions Club, and the winning Bennet Baseball team.  The pieces are markers of local landmarks, history, and memories. Sahler has a multitude of new projects on the cusp, too. Be on the lookout for new serigraphs to be released monthly.

Many of Sahler’s locally famous prints are available for sale in his online store or on Etsy. You can view or purchase an array of the local’s work at art and craft shows in the area, too. Sahler’s prints would make a great holiday gift for someone who loves life on the Eastern Shore. The iconic places and events captured in print will bring a smile to the face of anyone who has a connection to the shores of the central east coast. Sahler's love for his coastal home and work shines through his multicolored serigraphs.



MORE ERICK SAHLER SERIGRAPHS CO. IN THE NEWS


Bayside Gazette — “Erick Sahler to unveil Berlin serigraph” (March 2015)


Beach to Bay Times — “Featured artist: Erick Sahler Serigraphs” (August 2013 and July 2014)


Berlin-West Ocean City Life — “Silkscreen artist captures iconic Eastern Shore images” (August 2013)


Coastal Point — “Silkscreen artist Erick Sahler to debut Fenwick print at Artisans Fair” (September 2015)


Coastal Style — “Smooth as Silk: Erick Sahler’s nostalgic silkscreens add “Regional Pop” to the Shore” (May 2016)


Daily Times/DelmarvaNow — “Salisbury artist draws inspiration from Eastern Shore” (February 2013)


Delmarva Almanac — “Artist Interview: Erick Sahler” with video (August 2013)


Go! Magazine — “Serigraphs as serious art on display” (May 2012)


Maryland Coast Dispatch — “Students Get First-Hand Look at Artist at Work” (September 2016)


Metropolitan Magazine — “Q&A with Local Artist: Erick Sahler” (January 2014)


Office of the Governor — “City of Salisbury presents print to Maryland governor” (April 2015)


Old Line Plate — “Interview: Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co.” (October 2015)


Salisbury Independent — “Erick Sahler: The future is bright” (October 2014)


Salisbury Independent — “Erick Sahler elected to Society of Illustrators” (November 2015)


ShoreBread Magazine — “Big and bold: Erick Sahler Serigraphs” (December 2012)


Tidewater Times — “About the Cover Artist: Erick Sahler” (June  2014 and May 2016)


USA Today — “Sahler serigraph celebrates Assateague Lighthouse” (May 2014)


Wall Street Journal — “Former editor creates limited-edition silkscreen prints” (December 2012)


WBOC-TV “DelmarvaLife” — “Delmarva Treasure: Erick Sahler Serigraphs” (February 2014)

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