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“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.
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.
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 are 90 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 are 85 12-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.
“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
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.
In March Salisbury Independent Editor Greg Bassett interviewed Erick Sahler on PAC14’s weekly talk show “One on One.”
MAKING NEWS AND ART: ERICK SAHLER LOOKS BACK
On a show broadcast March 18, Erick Sahler was the sole guest on a half-hour episode of Greg Bassett’s “One on One” talk show on PAC14 in Salisbury, Md.
Bassett and Sahler have been friends and colleagues for more than 30 years, including more than a decade managing the newsroom of Salisbury’s daily newspaper. Their shared history made for a wide-ranging interview that covered everything from producing a newspaper on deadline to the stories and ideas behind some of Sahler’s most recent silkscreen and digital prints.
“Greg and I have pontificated on every topic imaginable over the last three decades,” Sahler said, “but I believe this is the most open and honest discussion we’ve ever had.”
The show is archived on YouTube and can be watched .
Our Tug – 120 pounds of goofy companionship.
NEW PRINT COMMEMORATES HOOPERS ISLAND BRIDGE
The surreal landscape at Ferry Point is featured in the new print “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.
ERICK SAHLER SERIGRAPHS CO. MARKS 10 YEARS
In July 2011 I walked out of a 22-year career in journalism to launch Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. At the time, the uncertainties were immeasurable. But looking back with the perspective of a decade of experiences, I can say my journey has been a dream come true.
Of course there has been pleasure in creating illustrations and figuring out how to build a business. But my greatest gratification has been in exploring this incredible peninsula and discovering so many new friends along the way.
I am so grateful for all who have nurtured my creativity, promoted my art and expanded my personal horizons beyond what I ever thought possible.
So if you are reading this, thank you, because you helped make it happen.
And if you are wondering what the next 10 years will hold, well, there is still a long list of new prints I want to create. I’m still making new friends who support and challenge me. I’m still expanding the business into wonderfully supportive new markets. New, new, new. And, yes, there are still uncertainties. But I feel confident I am on the right path and I look to the future with enthusiasm and optimism.
More than two dozen hand-pulled silkscreen prints – including many rarities and No. 1 prints – are on exhibit through July at the Dorchester Center for the Arts.
‘RETROSPECTIVE’ EXHIBIT REWINDS SAHLER CAREER
Erick Sahler illustrations spanning nearly 40 years of professional creativity are featured throughout July in the “RETROspective: Erick Sahler” exhibit at the Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge, Md.
In the main gallery and around the arts center are 25 fine art silkscreen prints the artist has designed and printed by hand since starting Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. in 2011. Almost all the prints in this exhibit have an Eastern Shore flavor, providing a view of Delmarva that is somehow both nostalgic and contemporary.
The solo retrospective also includes commercial and editorial illustrations, cartoons and textile designs to provide a complete view of Sahler’s career.
Guests at the opening reception included, from top left, author Barbara Lockhart, my college roommate Bob Abe and his wife Bambi, world sailors Frank and Francine Verwiel, photographer Dave Harp, Sundial Books owner Jonathan Richstein and his wife Jane, and the crew of the arts center — Elissa Crouch, Barb Seese, Robert Gladney and Katie Ellis.
“This exhibit includes examples of basically everything I’ve ever done as an illustrator, from T-shirt designs I did in 1983 to newspaper editorial illustrations and cartoons to commissioned pieces to the serigraphs which are the core of the illustration business I have built over the past 10 years,” Sahler said. “It’s always a pleasure to go back and revisit work that I did along the way, and connect the dots from what I created then to get to where I am now. You couldn’t see the connections as it was happening, but in retrospect it is all very clear and it all makes sense.”
A focal point of the exhibit is in the hallway: a re-creation of a commercial art department. Pencil drawings, ink line art and mechanicals used to create printing plates line the walls. Featured are a collection of Sahler’s T-shirt designs from the early 1980s, editorial cartoons and Weekend section covers from his more than two decades of newspaper work, commissioned works for regional and national organizations, and even a reproduction aluminum dredge license Sahler created for skipjacks still oystering on the Chesapeake. A Tools of the Trade display gives insight into how he creates his prints, which Sahler calls “Eastern Shore Art for the Rest of Us.” Near a “Downtown Salisbury” silkscreen print are a dozen hand-cut mechanical separations used to make the stencils for silkscreen printing.
“Generally when you go to an art show you see only the finished pieces. You don’t have a chance to peek into the mind of the artist to see how the piece developed and what it took to get it to that finished piece,” Sahler said. “This exhibit will give people a feeling for
what it’s like in the print shop where I create these prints and illustrations. I hope people leave this exhibit with a better understanding of how commercial art is created.”
The Dorchester Arts Center is located at 321 High St. in Cambridge, Md. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Second Saturdays. Go to or call 410-228-7782.
‘TOWN + COUNTRY’ CELEBRATES CAMBRIDGE CULTURE
The city of Cambridge, Md., is one of contradictions. The Hyatt draws powerful Washington elites and the downtown has grown trendy with fashion boutiques, art galleries and a brew pub. Blocks away, salty watermen grapple to unload their catches on Cambridge Creek and gritty farmers ply their goods at the Thursday market on High Street.
It’s a heady mix that gives the city authentic character.
a new Erick Sahler silkscreen print edition, features an Eastern Shoreman and his two best friends — a faded Chevy pickup and his dog — below the iconic clock tower of the old firehouse on Gay Street.
“Cambridge combines the history and society of High Street, the moneyed yachties of Long Wharf and powerful lawmakers who convene at the Hyatt with the rough-and-tumble farmers, watermen, hunters and trappers of South Dorchester County,” Sahler said. “Mix in the trendy fashion boutiques and the hip new brew pub and you’ll approximate the juxtaposition of cultures I’m trying to convey in ‘Town + Country.’ ”
There are 85 13-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.
‘BONFIRE’ SALUTES MAGIC OF ASSATEAGUE AT NIGHT
Assateague National Seashore is a special place of natural dunes and wild ponies and a seemingly endless undeveloped seashore. Assateague at night turns it up a notch into something that is utterly sublime.
As the sunset casts a twilight glow, dozens of bonfires spring up along the beach of the National Seashore. Folks gather around the fires to share food and drinks. Conversation and laughter rise and fall, and the night takes on the magical aura you only thought existed in the movies. Then, to top it off, add in a dramatic ocean moonrise and a passing herd of wild ponies. An Assateague bonfire recharges my soul and helps me rediscover myself.
a new Erick Sahler print, features a group of friends gathered around a fire as sparks drift into a starry sky. On a distant dune, a lonely pony stands watch. “Bonfire” is illustrated in shades of purples and yellows for complementary color pop.
“This print is dedicated to a group of educators who welcomed us into their Assateague circle,” Sahler said. “Summer would not be the same without them.”
Digitally printed 16x20 Legacy Reproductions are $85 unframed and $135 framed; 8x10 Legacy Reproductions are $35 unframed and $75 framed.
Tug — Now that the pandemic is releasing its grip and things seem to be returning to normal, it’s getting a little lonely here in the old art barn. Tracy is back full-time in her office, and the girls are busy with college and work. Thankfully, the Chessie pup who moved in just before the pandemic is still around to keep me company. Now 120-plus pounds, the big goof is settling into new routines as I work in the studio and print shop. I’m grateful for his companionship. Life is better with a dog.
You — Ten years of this, man. Wow. I couldn’t have done it without you.
Peace + love,
Our “Patamokia” tees continue to be a runaway sensation. Thanks to Sunnyside Shop in Cambridge, Md., for keeping them available in a wide variety of colors.
Bill Decker — The pandemic continues to wreak havoc on supply lines. For me, it’s still a challenge to get paper and frames. So imagine my surprise recently when a
van showed up with a delivery of frames a day after I learned the expected delivery wasn't coming because all their drivers were sick with Covid. Out popped Bill Decker, 76, the retired owner of the company, who drove several heavy boxes of frames from the factory in Baltimore. He visited half an hour, and took a tour of the print shop. As we chatted away he said how much he missed getting out and meeting folks. His “whatever it takes” commitment was impressive and reinforced my commitment to customer service.
New Partners — I’m so excited that a rotating selection of framed Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. prints are now available at in Lewes, Del. Thanks to furniture maker Black Star Customs for offering my artwork in its booth.
Also, thanks to in Church Creek, Md., which is now selling my “Hoopers Island” bridge print, and to in St. Michaels, Md., which is now offering my print “The Inn” in its gift shop.
Rich Smoker — He’s the best decoy carver on the Eastern Shore, and recently crowned him heir to the Ward Brothers’ legacy. But you’d never know it if you met him, because Rich Smoker of Crisfield, Md., is one of the friendliest fellas around. It had been 20 years since we’d last seen him, but as we showed up for a tour of the Wards’ workshop recently, he greeted us with enthusiasm and then spent the next 90 minutes teaching an impromptu class .
of “everything Ward.” Rich is gifted with tremendous talent, but it is his humble demeanor that resonates. I am grateful for his example
Thank you to the readers of Coastal Style magazine, who voted Erick Sahler the 2021 “Best Artist.” The full list of winners will be published in the September edition.
Included is a re-creation of a commercial art department. Drawings, ink line art and mechanicals used to create printing plates line the walls.