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Andrew Wyeth made hundreds of paintings at the Olson House in Cushing, Maine, including his famous “Christina’s World.”
Tracy Sahler photo
2019 ERICK SAHLER SERIGRAPHS ARTWORK IN REVIEW
Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. welcomes the holiday season with seven new prints that debuted over the past year, including:
Beachbound — This illustration captures the excitement of “The Arrival” — crossing the Route 50 bridge into Ocean City and leaving the rest of the world behind. Available in 16x20 11-color hand-pulled silkscreen print edition of 105 ($105/$155) + Legacy Mini ($35/$75)
Duck Crossing — Wandering downtown like a Greek chorus, these mallards are Chincoteague’s unofficial goodwill ambassadors, leaving charmed visitors in their wake. Available in 16x20 12-color hand-pulled silkscreen print edition of 105 ($105/$155) + Legacy Mini ($35/$75)
Moonwalk — This is my salute to Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and the entire NASA support team back on Earth, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Available in 16x20 10-color hand-pulled silkscreen print edition of 115 ($125/$175) + Legacy Mini ($35/$75)
Old Main — This print edition was the centerpiece of a semester-long retrospective of my work exhibited at Franklin College in Indiana. Available in 16x20 10-color hand-pulled silkscreen print edition of 50 ($105/$155) + Legacy Mini ($35/$75)
Watch — This illustration salutes the Beach Patrol members up and down the East Coast who remain vigilant while we’re having fun. Available in 16x20 Legacy Reproduction open edition digital print ($85/$135) + Legacy Mini ($35/$75)
We Grow Community — A companion piece to the print celebrating my hometown’s thriving shipbuilding business, this artwork celebrates Salisbury’s network of communal neighborhood gardens. Available in 16x20 Legacy Reproduction open edition digital print ($85/$135) + Legacy Mini ($35/$75)
Yaasss Queen — This illustration is a tribute to my lifelong love affair with Dairy Queen. Even in my middle age, it’s still a treat to pop in for a dipped cone. Available in 16x20 Legacy Reproduction open edition digital print ($85/$135) + Legacy Mini ($35/$75)
OUR JOURNEY CONTINUES: THE WYETHS OF MAINE
Our year-long dive into all things Wyeth continued with a visit to the coast of Maine.
In Port Clyde, we located Eight Bells, the summer home of N.C. Wyeth and his clan since the 1930s. The house and studio are privately owned and not open to the public, but can be viewed from a nearby public hiking trail. You can read more about our Eight Bells journey here.
In neighboring Cushing, we visited the Olson House, where Andrew Wyeth made hundreds of paintings, including the popular “Christina’s World.” It is also where Andrew Wyeth was laid to rest in 2009.
The Farnsworth Museum in nearby Rockland features many prominent Maine artists and has an entire building dedicated to the work of the Wyeths.
With our Maine exploration of the Wyeths, and our three visits to the winter homes and studios of the Wyeths in Chadds Ford, Pa., my appreciation for America’s “First Family of Art” has grown considerably. I have come to view N.C. Wyeth as one of the best commercial illustrators, as well as a fine-art painter proficient in most any style. Andrew Wyeth may be my favorite painter ever, capable of making the most mundane subject seem magical. And Jamie Wyeth — so much of his work just makes me smile.
Eight Bells was the summer home and studio, of N.C. Wyeth and his family.
MORE PATAMOKIA TEES ARE IN THE WORKS
One of the surprise hits of the National Folk Festival was our “Patamokia” T-shirts, which sold out in two days.
Patamoke is a fictional town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in James Michener’s 1978 novel “Chesapeake.” Patamokia is our Eastern Shore parody of the popular clothing brand logo depicting the mountain peak of Patagonia’s Mount Fitz Roy. And while the colors and typography may be similar, our design features the “pretty much flat as a pancake” landscape familiar to folks on the Eastern Shore, in place of Patagonia’s craggy mountain peak.
For those who pre-ordered Patamokia tees in October, all shirts shipped in mid-November.
And if you didn’t get in on the pre-order, we will have a few short-sleeve and long-sleeve tees available first-come-first-served in sizes large and extra-large. Email me at email@example.com if you’re interested.
Our Patamokia tees are also available at Sunnyside Shop, 500 Poplar St., in Cambridge, Md.
A new silkscreen print edition based on this photo I shot last summer in Rehoboth Beach is in the works for 2020.
WHAT’S NEW? AN ERICK SAHLER 2020 PREVIEW
People frequently ask what new art I’m working on.
Each fall I return to the studio to create the illustrations for the next year’s print editions. I keep a running list of possible subjects, which I try to coordinate with the needs of the shops that carry my work as well as upcoming shows and festivals.
I’ve been shooting reference photos since mid-summer, and I’m really excited with how the new images are coming together. Look for my 2020 editions to feature new downtown scenes in Cambridge, Chincoteague and Easton; the imposing watchtowers of Cape Henlopen State Park; and fresh takes on Oxford’s marvelous Town Park and the iconic Dolle’s sign in Rehoboth Beach — all with an Erick Sahler twist. I promise my “Eastern Shore art for the rest of us” will continue to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Hello, Indiana! A crowd gathers for my talk, “Everything I Wish I Knew at Your Age,” at Franklin College.
GRACIAS, MERCI, DANKE, GRAZE AND THANKS TO:
Franklin College. Much gratitude to Bonnie Pribush and Svetlana Rakic, who conspired to make the exhibit “Erick Sahler, Printer” at Franklin College a reality. And thanks to everyone who packed the house to hear my talk, “Everything I Wish I Knew at Your Age.” Speaking to a crowd has never been my strength. Franklin College forced me to grow and for that I am grateful.
Art League of Ocean City. It was a thrill and an honor to be featured in “Regional Pop,” a month-long exhibit with my inspiration and mentor, Joseph Craig English. The Art League is a first-class operation and I’m grateful for the opportunity and new friendships. I look forward to coming back again and again.
National Folk Festival. The 79th National Folk Festival was held in Salisbury, Md., and whoo-wee, what a party it was. More than 155,000 descended on downtown for a diverse three-day celebration of American and international cultures. Hats off to everyone from city officials who conceived it to the army of volunteers who made it happen. It was a great success and something for which the entire Eastern Shore should be proud.
Bo Bartlett. Bo was an artist and filmmaker who was befriended by Andrew and Betsy Wyeth in the early 1990s. His painting blossomed under Wyeth’s guidance and he developed a national following for his own modernist works. In addition, he created the Bo Bartlett Center in Columbus, Ga., and produces a weekly radio show called “ArtHaus Radio,” featuring stories and music. It has become my regular companion as I work in the print shop. You can listen to more than 30 episodes here.
Washington silkscreen artist Joseph Craig English and I shared the show “Regional Pop” in Ocean City.
Art League of Ocean City photo
We bid farewell this fall to Squeegee One, our trusty 20-year-old Tacoma that transported art all over the Eastern Shore.
Squeegee One. It’s been a gut-wrenching couple of days at Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. as Squeegee One, our official art hauler, was retired and traded in for a new truck. Squeegee One provided nearly 20 years of service over more than 150,000 miles. It was familiar as an old glove and never once let us down. Thank you Toyota for building such quality vehicles. We hope to say the same of our new Tacoma in 2039.
You. As always. I’m grateful for your continued support.
Peace + love,