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For Jon’s award, I created a one-off silkscreen print using his high school graduation photo. Or is that John Lennon?

JONATHAN RICHSTEIN: KING OF THE SALESMEN

Congratulations to Jonathan Richstein of Sundial Books in Chincoteague. He is the Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. Salesman of the Decade for 2010-2019.

But it’s only 2018, you say?

Jon has already won the Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. Salesman of the Year Award an unprecedented six years straight, making him a lock for the 10-year prize — a one-off Erick Sahler 16x20 serigraph titled “King of the Salesmen.”

I am always amazed to watch Jon in action. He is friendly, engaging and super helpful to customers, frequently remembering what they purchased on their last visit and directing them to other books, music and artwork they may enjoy. He has been instrumental in the success of Erick Sahler Serigraphs, to the extent that I may not have survived the early years if not for Jon’s dedication to promoting my artwork. He has become a dear friend, someone I look forward to visiting and sharing my journey with.

Behind every great salesman, there is a great saleswoman who is the glue that holds the enterprise together. Hats off as well to Jane Richstein, Jon’s wife, who watches over the inventory and manages the numbers. Jon and Jane are the perfect team and I am grateful for their commitment and contributions to my business.

EASTERN SHORE ARTWORK ON EXHIBIT IN ANNAPOLIS

Two of my silkscreen prints, “Hooper Strait” and “Pocomoke River,” joined works by four other Lower Eastern Shore artists for an exhibit at the House Office Building in Annapolis. The House Office Building comprises the working quarters of 141 elected officials in the Maryland House of Delegates and their staffs.

“Hooper Strait” (2015) features the former Hooper Strait Lighthouse, now on display at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. “Pocomoke River” (2017) celebrates the 50th anniversary of Pocomoke River State Park in Worcester County.

The display was coordinated by Del. Mary Beth Carroza and the Worcester County Arts Council. All the artwork features scenes of the Eastern Shore. I am grateful to be a part of it.


REHOBOTH’S TRENDY M2 OFFERS ERICK SAHLER PRINTS

M2 (pronounced “M Squared”) is one of the most popular shops in bustling downtown Rehoboth Beach. It carries an eclectic mix of cool beach-themed housewares, artwork, jewelry and gifts and is one of the town’s top-ranked shops on Google, Yelp! and FourSquare.

I am so delighted to be a part of their busy shop. M2 now carries all my Delaware-themed silkscreen prints, including “Rehoboth Boardwalk” featuring the iconic Dolle’s building and sign. It also carries our 8x10 Legacy Reproduction Minis.

Many thanks to owner Meghan Fruchtman. I have wanted to be in your store for a long time, and I am grateful for the opportunity.

M2 is located at 146 Rehoboth Ave. in Rehoboth Beach. Call 302-227-6626.

My silkscreen prints “Hooper Strait” and “Pocomoke River” are currently on exhibit at the House Office Building in Annapolis.

ERICK SAHLER TO REPRODUCE OLD-STYLE SKIPJACK SIGNS

Everyone loves a skipjack, the majestic sailboats that have for more than a century plied the Chesapeake Bay in search of oysters.

Skipjacks are recognized by several features, including a lone mast, a large triangular mainsail and small jib, a clipper-style bow, an elaborate trailboard, and a numbered metal plate with the boat’s official dredge number.

In the mid-1960s, Maryland’s Department of Chesapeake Bay Affairs issued Bay Dredge Licenses, which were metal plates fastened on the boats’ shrouds on each side. While the Department of Chesapeake Bay Affairs was folded into the Department of Natural Resources in 1969, working skipjacks today still post the old-style Chesapeake Bay Affairs Dredge Licenses in tribute to the past.

Our new Skipjack Signs are exact replicas of the Dredge Licenses issued in the 1960s. We tracked down several old plates, measuring their dimensions and copying their typography. Each sign is hand-pulled by me on 24x24-inch .063-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.

The Skipjack Signs cost $155 each and will be available in mid-2018. To pre-order, call me at 410-845-3774 or email erick@ericksahler.com.

GRACIAS, MERCI, DANKE, GRAZIE AND THANKS TO:

— Brevard Cornbrooks, who has been the go-between for St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and myself over the past six months. Even after my silkscreen edition was delivered in November, Mrs. Cornbrooks has ferried artwork to and from my shop for framing. It’s the kind of behind-the-scenes work that usually goes unnoticed. I am grateful for her time and help.

— Rehoboth Beach Fire Co. for hosting its Holiday Art Show and Sale, and to the Cape Gazette for using my artwork to promote the show. It was my first time exhibiting in Rehoboth and I had a lot of fun. The crowds were steady and the show was well-run and organized.

— Salisbury Musculoskeletal Clinic. Bending over a silkscreen press has given me a lifetime of lower back trouble. I am grateful for Dr. Peter Sebastian for a thorough diagnosis and to his physical therapy staff for working me back into shape and teaching me how to better preserve myself to keep printing in the future.

— Robert Holloway. “Mr. Bob” has been the accountant for Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. since the beginning. He took a well-deserved retirement at the end of 2017. I am grateful for his friendly help and shared knowledge, and I will miss our wide-ranging conversations about farming and life on the Eastern Shore.

— The rangers at Pocomoke River State Park, including Cineva Smith, Kayla Frank, Christina Holden and Santa Waller, for all their friendly help in creating my “Pocomoke River” silkscreen edition and allowing it to be sold in the park’s Camp Store.

— “Tubman Travels.” Jim Duffy’s insightful new book has been a tremendous help to me in understanding Harriet Tubman’s life on Delmarva. The book is a guide to 32 sites across the Peninsula critical to Tubman and the Underground Railroad. In addition, Duffy explains the roles of a number of other Eastern Shore natives, including Frederick Douglass, who fought not only for their own freedom but also the abolition of slavery.

— Ann Coates and Bishop’s Stock for again offering to host and promote Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. during Snow Hill’s First Friday celebration on March 2. Bishop’s Stock is my favorite gallery on the Lower Shore and I always have a great time hanging out there.

— You. For reading this far. It’s an incredible journey I am on, and it wouldn’t be possible without all of you who have supported me along the way. Thank you so much.


All the best,

Our new Skipjack Signs will be screen-printed on heavy gauge aluminum.

Here is a  sketch of my new print celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ward Museum. Don’t worry, I’ll get the spelling right in the final version.

Made on Maryland's Eastern Shore   |   © 2009-2018 Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co.


WELCOME TO OUR NEW AND IMPROVED WEBSITE

In January 2018, Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. launched its new website with a number of improvements, including:

— Stronger security. While all our online sales are protected through PayPal, now our entire website boasts an SSL Certificate insuring secure encrypted transfer of data from our server to your browser. While our site has always been safe, now Google confirms it is so.

— Legacy Reproduction Minis. In addition to our limited edition silkscreen prints, we have introduced a full line of 8x10-inch Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. Minis. All of my designs — more than 70 — are available. The cost is $35 unframed and $75 framed. They can be viewed in our Legacy Reproduction section.

— Silkscreen Rarities. There are several dozen No. 1 prints, Artist Proofs and Edition Varie silkscreen prints we’ve held on to over the years. Some are super collectible, like the No. 1 print of my popular “Blue Crabs” design and the only remaining Artist Proof of my first print, “Downtown Salisbury.” We will offer a rotating inventory of them for sale on our new Silkscreen Rarities page, and each Rarity print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by me.

— Gift Certificates. Can’t decide on which design to purchase for a gift? Let your recipient choose. Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. gift cards are available in all denominations. They are custom-printed on an original Erick Sahler Serigraphs test print and signed by the artist. Go to Gift Certificates.

Rarities, including these “Rule No. 1” and “Liftoff!” Edition Varies, are now available on our website.

CANDLEBERRY GALLERY TO HOST ERICK SAHLER RETROSPECTIVE

This June Candleberry Gallery in St. Michaels will host a retrospective exhibit of my work that will include almost every silkscreen design I’ve ever printed. In addition, the show will feature many rarities never before offered, including No. 1 prints, Artist Proofs and Edition Varies.

Unless requested, No. 1 prints are usually set aside. I have donated more than a dozen to charity auctions, where prices have reached more than $500.

Artist Proofs (A/P) are reserved for the use of the artist and are limited to 10 percent of the press run. We will offer a number of Artist Proofs for designs that have sold out.

Edition Varies (EV) are intentional variations created by the artist, usually by employing different colors, during the print run and limited to just of couple prints.

As the show gets closer, we will post a complete inventory of the artwork for sale.

Candleberry Gallery is a co-op that features the work of more than 50 artists from across the Eastern Shore. It is located at 210 S. Talbot St. in historic St. Michaels. Call 410-745-2420.

Candleberry Gallery, at 210 Talbot St. in St. Michaels, will host at Erick Sahler retrospective in June.

NEW YEAR, NEW SAHLER ART IN THE WORKS

The year 2018 promises to be busy for Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. We already have five new designs in the works. Here’s our tentative release schedule:

— Harriet Tubman. “Northbound” is my illustration paying tribute to Eastern Shore native Harriet Tubman. Legacy Reproduction prints debut on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 15

— Ward Museum. A print edition marking the 50th anniversary of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. Debuts April 27, during Ward World Championships at the Ward Museum in Salisbury

— Oxford Strand. My new Oxford print edition combines two of the town’s most beloved institutions: the Robert Morris Inn and the stretch of beach called The Strand. Debuts on Oxford Day, April 28, at The Treasure Chest in Oxford

— Chincoteague Lovebirds. Everyone takes selfies with the giant LOVE chairs in Chincoteague’s Robert Reed Park. This design will be the Erick Sahler take on the popular landmark. Debuts May 26 at Sundial Books in Chincoteague

— Miles River Regatta. A salute to the historic log canoes that have raced off St. Michaels for more than a century. Debuts June 1 at Candleberry Gallery

Janice Murphy photo

Brevard Cornbrooks unveils my 250th Anniversary silkscreen edition to the congregation of St. Peter's church.

ERICK SAHLER ILLUSTRATION PAYS TRIBUTE TO HARRIET TUBMAN

“Northbound,” new Erick Sahler illustration celebrating the life of Harriet Tubman, debuted on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Tubman was an Eastern Shore native who escaped slavery at age 27, then made more than a dozen missions as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. In addition to leading 70 slaves to freedom, she aided John Brown in the raid on Harpers Ferry and was a U.S. spy during the Civil War. Later in life she campaigned for women’s suffrage.

Symbolism is abundant in the illustration.

In the foreground, a gate is slightly open, inviting the viewer to come through, to risk “escape.” Beyond the fence, a field stretches across a typical Eastern Shore landscape toward cover — a line of woods along the edge of a marsh. In the setting sun, a flock of geese flies low — one bird leading many, much like Tubman on the Underground Railroad. High in the sky, the North Star shines brightly, the lure of freedom across the Mason-Dixon Line.

“Escaping slavery required epic courage and monumental faith from Harriet Tubman. That she continued to risk her life to help others makes her one of the Eastern Shore’s great heroines,” Sahler said. “The new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Dorchester County tells the stories of Tubman and other Eastern Shore abolitionists, including Frederick Douglas. It is magnificent."

“Northbound” is available in two sizes — 8x10 and 16x20 — both framed and unframed. Prices range from $35 to $135.

“Northbound,” celebrating the life of Eastern Shore native Harriet Tubman, debuted on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.