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GRACIAS, MERCI, DANKE, GRAZI AND THANKS TO …
Carrie Samis — I am blessed to have a handful of guardian angels in my life, and Carrie is one of them. She looks out for me, she connects me with the right people, she spurs me forward. She also knows this Eastern Shore as well as anyone and is genuinely excited to share it with all who are interested. Because of Carrie, my life has been immeasurably improved. I am thankful for her.
The shopkeepers — My success depends on the shops that sell my work. I am so thankful they found a way to safely reopen during the pandemic. With masks, spray sanitizers, disposable gloves and plexiglas screens they made it work. I think of where we were a year ago — afraid and unsure, and quite honestly, facing losing our businesses. But Jon and Jane at Sundial, Heidi and Laurel at Sunnyside, Joan at the The Treasure Chest, Meghan at M Squared, Angie at Pemberton, and Ann and Doug at Bishop’s Stock — you all did it. Thank you so, so much.
Joan Nubie — Speaking of Joan, the owner of The Treasure Chest in Oxford offers one-stop shopping, not just for all the great Eastern Shore-themed artwork and gifts, but also for all the news and history of the community. She was a tremendous help in researching the design elements for my new print. I could not have done it without her.
Jim Duffy — I first read Jim’s writing in the fantastic “Tubman’s Travels” while researching my Harriet Tubman print. It chronicles the Eastern Shore life of the famous abolitionist with a series of driving tours through the lands where she lived and made her escapes. Now I’m hooked on Jim’s Eastern Shore Road Trips two-volume set. At more than 300 pages each, the books are an excellent companion for anyone who enjoys wandering Delmarva and wants to know more. I’ve added to my
knowledge of sites of which I was already familiar and have started a list of new places to explore for the first time. There’s lots more online (including the magnificent Eastern Shore photos of Jim’s wife, Jill Jasuta) at .
Easton Grant Design — Liz Mills’ Charlotte, N.C.-based company, which offers home staging and design services, used one of my framed samplers on social media to demonstrate how to properly clean framed artwork. Hint: spray the cloth, not the artwork. More .
Dorchester Arts Center — a month-long solo exhibit in July, will feature works from throughout my career, including 1980s T-shirt designs, illustrations and cartoons from my 22-year newspaper career, commissioned illustrations and dozens of silkscreen prints of the past decade. I am grateful to the Dorchester Arts Center for hosting. I’ll share more details as the exhibit draws nearer.
Old Jeeps — They get in your blood. My first vehicle was a 1956 CJ5, which I sold when I went away to college. Selling it remained one of my few regrets. Drawing a CJ5 for last summer reignited my obsession. Now I’m back in the saddle and it feels so right, with the top down, cruising a back road, breeze in my hair, my nose full of smells. Thanks Jeep for building a vehicle often copied but never replicated. And thanks to my wife for indulging my desires. I promise I’ll be safe.
— You. Thanks, as always, for your support. I am grateful.
Peace + love,
“American Bandstand” and “Summer White House”celebrate the first president elected from the Delmarva Peninsula, Joe Biden, who has a vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD — AND I FEEL FINE
“It’s not the end of the world, but you can see it from here” is how a number of Eastern Shore communities describe themselves.
Grounded from long-distance travel by the pandemic, wife Tracy and I recently challenged ourselves to visit the end of every road on the Delmarva Peninsula. Often the reward is a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean, the Chesapeake Bay or any of the hundreds of rivers, creeks and coves that surround this magnificent land.
But we have also found joy in exploring the broad fields, rustic old buildings and abundance of wildlife waiting to be discovered. We have visited Blackwater more since New Year’s Day than we did in our previous 30 years combined. We’ve witnessed magical sunsets, wandered into a secluded workboat harbor as Air Force One soared overhead, discovered oysters fresh from the bay and marveled at the historic ferry dock in Claiborne, where millions of visitors to the Eastern Shore arrived annually before the Bay Bridge opened.
We’ve dubbed our travels “The End of the World Tour,” because while in these strange times it may seem like the world is falling apart, traveling to the end of the road here on Delmarva has helped us find peace and solitude — and maybe rediscover a part of ourselves we had long forgotten.
PRINTS CELEBRATE FIRST PRESIDENT FROM DELMARVA
Two new Erick Sahler prints celebrate the election of Joe Biden, the first president to hail from the Delmarva Peninsula.
In President Biden takes a victory lap around the Rehoboth Beach bandstand in his beloved Corvette.
Biden’s father sold Chevrolets in Wilmington, Delaware, and presented his son a Goodwood green 1967 Corvette as a wedding gift. It’s the same model and color Corvette my dad owned when I was a kid. Biden still has the car — it was lovingly restored several years ago — but he rarely gets to take it for a spin. Here I’ve imagined him making an election victory lap around the Rehoboth bandstand, a few blocks from his family’s beach house.
After serving two terms as Vice President in the Obama administration, Biden purchased a family retreat in the North Shores neighborhood of Rehoboth Beach. It is the subject of
My dad loved U.S. history and when I was a kid we traveled all over the country each summer to see where it was made. From FDR’s mansion to LBJ’s ranch, by the time I was a teenager we had visited almost every president’s home east of the Rockies. Now the 46th president lives right here on Delmarva and the New York Post has dubbed Biden’s Rehoboth Beach getaway “the Summer White House.” That’s history worth celebrating.
Both prints are available now. Prices are $85 unframed and $135 framed for 16x20 Legacy prints and $35 unframed and $75 framed for 8x10 Legacy prints.
‘ERICK SAHLER MAKES THE EASTERN SHORE POP’
Thank you to writer Kate Livie and creative director Jill BeVier Allen for shepherding a feature story about my work into the March edition of Chesapeake Bay Magazine.
SILKSCREEN EDITION SALUTES OLD USCG STATION
On the southern tip of Virginia’s Assateague Island stands an abandoned U.S. Coast Guard station. It is the subject of a new silkscreen edition debuting this spring.
It was an absolute delight to discover the stately old Assateague Beach Station. Getting there required a 4-mile roundtrip hike across the windswept sand between the Atlantic Ocean and Tom’s Cove. I later learned it was built in 1922, and was one of eight life-saving stations between Cape Charles and Cape Henlopen. In 1967 it was decommissioned and abandoned, yet it still stands more than half a century later.
Called the print shows the station house warmed in the late afternoon sun against a dark winter sky, along with the base of the watchtower and the boathouse in the distance. Grasses and a sandy dune set the scene in the foreground. It is a more natural color palette than I typically use and I find it quite symbolic in representing the heroic mission of the Coast Guard against the endless fury of Mother Nature.
There will be approximately 75 10-color hand-pulled 16x20 silkscreen prints in the edition. Prices are $125 unframed and $175 framed. Digitally printed 8x10 Legacy Reproductions are $35 unframed and $75 framed.
LEWES ICON FEATURED IN NEW SILKSCREEN EDITION
I had been looking for an iconic image of Lewes, Delaware, to commit to silkscreen when my friend Randy Reynolds suggested the Lightship Overfalls.
I was familiar with the old lightships and their bright red hulls with large white letters spelling out their location to passing mariners. My wife, Tracy, shot archival photos of Baltimore’s Lightship Chesapeake for the Danbury Mint in the 1990s.
The Lightship Overfalls has drawn folks to the canal in downtown Lewes for nearly 50 years. Officially the LV-118, it was the last ship built for the U.S. Lighthouse Service and served four decades in the waters off Connecticut and Massachusetts. In 1973, it docked in Lewes and was repainted as the Overfalls in honor of the lightship that was stationed at the mouth of Delaware Bay.
In shooting reference photos, I purposely avoided the more traditional “side-on” view. Art aficionados of Lewes already knew “OVERFALLS” was painted on the side, I assumed, and did not require it to be reinforced. From the parking lot of Irish Eyes, I discovered the “bow-on” view that included a healthy assortment of on-board marine equipment and heavy lines securing the vessel to the shore. In the background was one of those cute cedar-shake cottages that abound in Lewes. The composition gets added energy from competing reds and greens, punctuated by the pink door of the cottage and the pink reflection trickling into the type at the bottom.
There will be approximately 75 12-color hand-pulled 16x20 silkscreen prints in the edition, which will be released this spring. Prices are $125 unframed and $175 framed. Digitally printed 8x10 Legacy Reproductions are $35 unframed and $75 framed.
“POSTERITY” EXHIBITS TWO DOZEN NEW WORKS
Thanks to Ann Coates and Bishop’s Stock Fine Art, Craft & Wine for hosting a month-long exhibit of my work in April.
When I set out in 2009 to launch a business creating silkscreen prints celebrating life on Delmarva, Bishop’s Stock was one of the first places I visited. It had the reputation of being one of the best and most respected galleries on the Lower Eastern Shore. I told myself if I could get one piece — just one piece! — exhibited in Bishop’s Stock, I would be a success.
In 2011, Bishop’s Stock became the first gallery to carry my artwork and it has been available there ever since. Over the years, Ann has become a trusted adviser, an evangelist for my artwork, and a dear, dear friend. I always look forward to trading stories and catching up when I visit the gallery. Oh, and if you enjoy wine, the selection is superb. Join the club. Literally.
This April, Bishop’s Stock will host “POSTERity: Erick Sahler,” a solo exhibit of two dozen prints I created from 2019 to 2021. It will include the debut of “Hoopers Island.”
is a surreal combination of land, sky and water connected by a curving roller coaster of a bridge that was called at its opening “a monument to man’s stupidity.” Still it is one of my most favorite places to visit on the Eastern Shore, especially in winter when ice encases the shoreline and long drifts of marsh-burn smoke stain the horizon. Digitally printed 16x20 Legacy Reproductions are $85 unframed and $135 framed; 8x10 Legacy Reproductions are $35 unframed and $75 framed.
Bishop’s Stock is located at 202 W. Green St. in Snow Hill, Md. Check for up-to-date pandemic restrictions and hours.
“In the world of Erick Sahler’s silkscreen serigraphs, Delmarva’s destinations and local cultural touchstones are elevated to the iconic with a signature style that’s 60 percent WPA travel poster, 30 percent Madison Avenue marketing pitch, and 10 percent native son nostalgia. The result is a larger-than-life celebration of the Chesapeake’s unique landscape and culture.”
— Kate Livie
Near the Ward Brothers shop, Jenkins Creek at sunset was one of the highlights of “The End of the World Tour.”
Messing around with an old Jeep has been a great diversion over the past year.
Kate’s article, “Celebrating the Delmarvelous: Erick Sahler makes the Eastern Shore pop,” tells the story of my journey from apprentice graphic artist with a growing appreciation for his Eastern Shore roots to the rise of Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. and its mission to celebrate everything Delmarva. It is accompanied by nine of my silkscreen illustrations.
depicting the commercial fleet in Chincoteague, Virginia, appears on the cover. According to Livie, it is the first time a photograph has not graced the cover since 2017, when the artwork of legendary Chesapeake Bay painter John Barber was featured.
Dr. Hook may have dreamed of getting his picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone, but for an Eastern Shore feller this is about as thrilling as it gets. Chesapeake Bay Magazine, I am grateful.
You can read the full story .
“Dockside” and nine of my other silkscreen illustrations are featured in the March edition of Chesapeake Bay Magazine.
“The End of the World Tour” visited Hoopersville on the edge of Chesapeake Bay in January.