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SKIPJACK DREDGE LICENSE REPLICA PLATES AVAILABLE NOW
Erick Sahler Serigraphs is excited to offer a line of reproduction Chesapeake Bay skipjack dredge license plates.
Since I was a child I have been in love with the workboats of the Chesapeake, none
Our replica skipjack dredge license plates are hand-pulled on the same manual press where we make our serigraph prints.
NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL BRINGS MAGIC TO DOWNTOWN SALISBURY
“Miles Regatta,” a 2018 silkscreen print by Erick Sahler, was featured at Detroit’s Red Bull House of Art in an exhibit of work by ICON10 attendees.
VISUAL CREATIVES RECHARGE AT ICON10 IN DETROIT
As a child, I thoroughly examined every Saturday Evening Post cover reproduced in my mother’s book, “Norman Rockwell: Illustrator.”
It wasn’t until much later in life that I began identifying myself as an “illustrator,” rather
than an “artist.” Art, to me, is something in fancy museums — often incredible and grand (my favorites are Bouguereau and Cezanne), but also frequently incomprehensible (pick any exhibit ever at the Whitney). Illustration, on the other hand, is accessible all around us, on posters and in magazines and newspapers, in product design and children’s books, in video games and in the emojis we text our friends.
So what an absolute pleasure it was to join more than 700 others like myself for ICON10, the biennial international conference for illustrators. Held in July in a reemerging Detroit that is as alive with creativity as anywhere in the United States, ICON hosted four days of inspiring tutorials, seminars, workshops, exhibits, tours and more. Highlights were talks by Melinda Beck, whose illustrations frequently appear in the New Yorker and The New York Times; Emil Ferris, winner of multiple awards for her 2017 mind-blowing graphic novel “My Favorite Thing is Monsters”; and Tyree Guyton, the originator of Detroit’s world-famous Heidleberg Project.
While ICON days are long and intense, frequent breaks offer the opportunity to mingle and network with interesting people from around the globe, including Caldecott Medal winners, university art department chairs, top brass from Adobe Systems and plenty of visual creatives (this is just a list of the folks I met), all dedicated to careers doing what they love.
Plans for ICON11, to be held in 2020, will be announced in January 2019 on The Illustration Conference website. If you are an illustrator, graphic designer, art director or any sort of visual creative looking for inspiration, I strongly recommend checking it out.
ERICK SAHLER SERIGRAPHS RETURN TO BERLIN, MARYLAND
Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. prints are now available in “America’s Coolest Small Town” — Berlin, Md.
Original hand-pulled silkscreen prints and 16x20-inch Legacy Reproductions are on permanent exhibit (and sale) on the main stage of The Globe Theater. The Globe has
been an Eastern Shore institution for more than two decades, hosting top names in Americana music, including Cheryl Wheeler, Bill Kirchen, Deanna Bogart and The Nighthawks. Located at 12 Broad St., the Globe is open Tuesday through Sunday serving lunch, dinner and drinks.
I am grateful to Jennifer Dawicki of the Globe to be offering my work again in Berlin.
I plan to debut a new Ocean City silkscreen edition there in 2019 and I look forward to reconnecting with all my Berlin customers.
FIVE NEW ERICK SAHLER ILLUSTRATIONS CELEBRATE DELMARVA ICONS
We’ve debuted five new illustrations in our Legacy Reproductions line. They are:
— “Canoe Snow Hill.” Pocomoke River Canoe Co. has been a Snow Hill, Md., landmark since Barry Laws opened it more than 30 years ago. The iconic barn-red building, on the river next to the drawbridge, has been the launching point for thousands of canoe trips over the years. This colorful new illustration is a tribute to the canoe company and all the fun adventures it has inspired over the years.
— “Funland.” Few things are as satisfying as a good game of Skee-Ball: the clack of the wooden balls, the thrill of a perfect roll and the ever-growing strip of tickets as the points add up. It’s one of the Sahler family’s few Boardwalk indulgences. Since 1962, the family-owned Funland has offered old-fashioned games and rides to Rehoboth Beach visitors. It’s no wonder so many proclaim it their favorite place to return each summer.
— “Hot Tub.” Quite simply, English’s made the best fried chicken I’ve ever tasted. And their sweet potato rolls were right fit too. Based in Salisbury, English’s had restuarants and diners all over the Eastern Shore when I was a kid. But it was their “Delmarvalous” fried chicken in the big red tub that made them famous. The last English’s closed a couple years back, and gosh I miss them.
— “Oxford at Christmas.” The Oxford Market is a beehive of activity year-round. But at Christmastime, with evergreen trees and wreathes for sale on its porch, the market takes on the timeless quality of a Currier & Ives print. A string of lights beckons against the dull winter sky, leaves stripped from the trees in the distance. You almost expect a horse-drawn sleigh to come trotting past. That’s Oxford at Christmas.
— “Silver Lake.” Bustling Route 1A leading into Rehoboth Beach, Del., from Dewey Beach feels like one of those “circus is coming to town” scenes from an old movie, especially on summer mornings as hundreds of walkers, joggers and cyclists jam the road’s shoulders. The route along the lake is so pretty, who can blame them? My illustration features several of the fanciful gazebos that dot the Silver Lake shoreline.
All five prints are available framed or unframed in two sizes: 8x10 and 16x20. Prices range from $35 to $135.
GRACIAS, MERCI, DANKE, GRAZIE AND THANKS TO:
— Candleberry Gallery in St. Michaels, Md., for hosting an Erick Sahler Retrospective with more than 60 framed prints, including many rarities never before exhibited, for a month-long show in June. Candleberry has been a huge supporter of Eastern Shore artists and we will miss its owners, Stan and Marianne Stallsmith, when they retire later this year.
— Salisbury University Art Galleries for hosting my work, along with that of 10 other artists, in its inaugural show at its gorgeous new gallery in downtown Salisbury. “Cross Currents: Contemporary Art on the Eastern Shore” closed Aug. 17. The gallery is located at 212 W. Main St. in downtown Salisbury, Md.
— Eastern Shore First, the monthly tabloid covering the Virginia shore, for featuring Erick Sahler Serigraphs as its May cover story. Ted Shockley wrote wonderfully about our surprising success selling thousands of silkscreen prints at Sundial Books in Chincoteague. You can read the full story here.
— Frank Roache and “The Postcardist” podcast. Frank conducted an incredible interview that covered all aspects of Erick Sahler Serigraphs. It goes exceedingly well until the 25th minute, when he asks me about “Magnificent Assateague.” Then things got silly. You can listen to the full interview here.
— Avery W. Hall, the insurance giant in downtown Salisbury, Md., which decorated its brand new corporate conference room with 10 framed Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. prints.
— The pilgrims of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury, who visited a number of religious sites across England, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, where my 250th anniversary print was presented to Sarah Mullally, the first female Bishop of London.
— PAC14, Salisbury’s cable-access station, for visiting our print shop to interview and gather footage to promote the National Folk Festival. You can view the coverage here.
Three Erick Sahler prints were featured in the inaugural exhibit at Salisbury University’s new downtown gallery.
I subscribe to just two magazines: The New Yorker and Mad. Both have pushed my art forward.
— MAD Magazine, which is featured in a seven-decade retrospective at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. I was fortunate to catch the exhibit, which features a large amount of original artwork. It brought back lots of memories and reminded me what an impact the magazine had on the young illustrator inside me — so much so, I came home and ordered a two-year subscription. Long live MAD!
— You. For all the support on this crazy incredible journey. Thank you so much.
All the best,
more so than the majestic skipjacks with their giant mainsails, clipper-style bows, elaborate trailboards and numbered metal dredge plates.
As the skipjack fleet has dwindled to just a handful of boats, authentic relics including tailboards and dredge licenses have become collectible. Wanting a vintage-style dredge license plate myself, but not knowing where to turn, I decided to make my own. About a year ago I began researching skipjack dredge licenses, from the original cloth numbers sewn onto the mainsail to the current hand-painted plywood signs hung in tribute to the past.
Our replica dredge plates are proudly mounted on the skipjacks Minnie V, above, and Kathryn, inset, for the upcoming race and dredge seasons.
Carrie Samis photo
The most recognizable design originated with the plates issued in the late 1960s by the now-defunct Maryland Department of Chesapeake Bay Affairs. I tracked down several old plates, measuring their dimensions and copying their typography.
Each of our plates is silkscreen printed on 24x24-inch heavy-gauge aluminum, and then coated with a matte finish for protection. Our website features the nine numbers currently in use by Eastern Shore skipjacks, but we accept custom orders for all numbers.
We have donated replica dredge license plates to three skipjacks — the Ida May, the Kathryn and the Minnie V — for the upcoming race and dredge seasons.
“I love ma new signs,” shouted Capt. Harold “Stoney” Whitelock, as the Minnie V recently passed Upper Ferry en route to the National Folk Festival in Salisbury.
City of Salisbury photos
Tracy Sahler photo
Carrie Samis photo
To everyone who dreamed
Everyone who believed
Everyone who rolled up their sleeves
and gave of their time
And to everyone who came out in support
I love you Salisbury
The National Folk Festival will return to Salisbury, Md., Sept. 6-8, 2019.
Erick Sahler Serigraphs are back in Berlin, Md. Silkscreen and 16x20 Legacy Reproductions are available at The Globe Theater.
“Canoe Snow Hill,” “Silver Lake,” “Oxford at Christmas,” “Hot Tub” and “Funland” are new Erick Sahler Legacy Reproduction prints.