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10 NEW PRINTS CELEBRATING LIFE ON DELMARVA


It’s been a highly productive stretch with 10 new illustrations coming off the Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. drawing board. The Delaware seashore is the focus of six prints, with one each for Cambridge, Ocean City, Oxford and Vienna. All are Legacy Reproduction digital prints and are available now.  

“Crockett Bros.”

Most of my illustrations are composites of multiple subjects — a sky, a building, a car — photographed at different times and places. This image — the dreadlocked Kevin Waddy working atop a Chesapeake Bay deadrise in front of the oldest building in Oxford — is exactly as it appeared at the Crockett Bros. Boatyard in October 2019. It was a visual gift from the gods that I am grateful to have witnessed, captured and shared.

Legacy Reproduction 16x20 and 8x10. Available now. $35-$165

“Dutch Treats”

The Dutch landed at the mouth of Delaware Bay nearly 400 years ago and their influence is still felt in Lewes. They named the place Zwaanendael — “Swan Valley” — and in 1931 the Zwaanendael Museum, a copy of the Town Hall in Hoorn, Holland, opened its doors. Each spring, Lewes celebrates its Dutch heritage with tulip displays all over downtown. It’s that reverence for all things Dutch I aimed to capture with this print.

Legacy Reproduction 16x20 and 8x10. Available now. $35-$165

“Gus+Gus”

It’s the best of summer in America: the beach, the boardwalk, bikinis and burgers. And they don’t come together any better than on the corner of Wilmington Avenue and the Rehoboth Boardwalk. Since 1956, Gus & Gus Place has been luring beachgoers to its walk-up window with a deep menu of sandwiches, submarines, fried chicken and the tastiest french fries on the Delaware shore. MSN called it “the best hole-in-the-wall burger joint” in Delaware. We call it an American institution.


Legacy Reproduction 16x20 and 8x10. Available now. $35-$165

“Indian River Inlet”

Mother Nature and modern man put on an incredible show at the Indian River Inlet. Changing tides create furious standing waves and attract pods of porpoises to the narrow channel where the Indian River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Soaring overhead, the four 250-foot-tall pylon towers of the Indian River Bridge stand guard as sunbathers, surfers and fishermen go about their business. It’s a fascinating place to wander and observe and I look forward to visiting it weekly during the summer.

Legacy Reproduction 16x20 and 8x10. Available now. $35-$165

“Pilottown”  

Since 1896, law has required commercial ships entering Delaware Bay — including all vessels bound for Philadelphia — to be operated by members of the Delaware Pilots Association. Shark-mouthed “pilot boats” regularly ferry these pilots from Lewes past the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse at Cape Henlopen and out to waiting ships. The pilots are so engrained into Lewes culture that the area where the pilots once lived is still known as Pilottown.

Legacy Reproduction 16x20 and 8x10. Available now. $35-$165

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WE MADE OUR WEBSITE EASIER TO USE

In an effort to streamline the Erick Sahler Serigraphs website, both digital and silkscreen prints are now available on the same pages.

Since most customers are seeking a specific image and may not know how it was printed, we have eliminated the guesswork.

More than 100 illustrations can be found alphabetically by title. For titles starting with A-M, go here and for titles starting with N-Z, go here. Or, if you don’t know the title both pages now offer a “Search” feature so users can type in a key word or location and all the prints with that word will appear.

Finally, the Postcards page has been updated for completists. All postcards from the past 10 years are shown, and those that are “out-of-print” (but still available) or “sold out” are labeled. We hope this makes it simpler for all the collectors out there.

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GRACIAS, MERCI, DANKE, GRAZI AND THANKS TO …

Cross Street Partners. If I’d been a wee bit better at math, maybe I’d have pursued my desire to become an architect. Instead, after struggling with the same high school math teacher for three years, I turned to graphic design and illustration. So I was delighted when Baltimore’s Cross Street Partners licensed my Packing House illustration to reproduce as gifts for all the folks who had a role in its latest project. Cross Street rose from the ashes of Jim Rouse’s company that developed Columbia, Maryland, and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. In recent years, it led the redevelopment of Brewers Hill and the A. Hoen & Co. Lithograph Campus, with many exciting new projects in the works including a total revamp of Baltimore Penn Station.

Vintage Books. Downtown Easton is a diverse mix with gun shops and liquor stores standing shoulder to shoulder with five-star restaurants and fancy European-style boutiques. Where’s a silkscreen artist to fit in? Vintage Books is the answer. Billed as “the coolest joint in Easton,” Vintage offers an eclectic collection of Eastern Shoriana, a smartly curated selection of antique and hard-to-find books, and some really cool old maps and advertisements. I felt right at home and I’m grateful to owner Tim Boyle for carrying a selection of my mid-Shore work.

“Packing House”

Brandywine River Museum of Art. Our love of all things Wyeth continues to grow, and when I was poking around the Brandywine’s website to learn more about its current exhibit of Wayne Thiebaud’s iconic dessert paintings, I stumbled across an online talk by Andrew Wyeth’s sole grandchild, Victoria Browning Wyeth. We’d heard stories about the 40-something photographer while visiting Maine in 2019. She’s an absolute hoot and her talk on photographing her grandparents was informative and fun. She’s back with a new talk each month. You can learn more here.

New acquisitions: “Anya”

by Frances Berry

Frances Berry. I read everything I can about artists and their works, from The New York Times to the profiles that appear in the free magazines at the supermarket. A lot of times I roll my eyes. What passes for groundbreaking at the Whitney frequently flies over my head. So in a Times interview in which actress Lucy Hale lauded artist Frances Berry, who paints “gorgeous female bodies with wacky colors and stripes and different textures” — get this — while on roller skates(!), I took notice. You can find Berry online and on Instagram at where_is_frances (be sure to check on the skating reels — she’s a total badass). Meanwhile, her new painting “Anya” has come to live at the Sahler home. I am grateful for her vision and courage. It is an inspiration.

New Yorker covers by Kadir Nelson and Malika Favre

The New Yorker. Since the magazine launched almost a century ago, the New Yorker cover has been a weekly showcase for illustrators from around the globe. Their work has been a running narrative of life and culture in the city. Unencumbered by text nor linked to a story inside, artists have had free range to share their ideas with the world. I’d pay the pricey annual subscription fee just for the cover alone. So it was icing on the cake when cover editor Françoise Mouly recently hosted two of my favorite illustrators — Kadir Nelson (who spent his teen summers in my hometown of Salisbury, Maryland, training with his uncle, Michael “Mijomor” Morris) and Malika Favre — for an hour-long online discussion. They are both just so damn good. It was enthralling.

You. It’s just an absolute blessing to do what I do, and I totally get I couldn’t do it without your support. So thank you again. I am grateful.


Peace + love,

“Ocean City Station”

Originally on Caroline Street, the U.S. Life-Saving Station has been a fixture at the south end of the Ocean City Boardwalk since it relocated and opened as a museum in 1978. Its “1882 Style” design — including a small watchtower and cross-shaped braces on all gables — has been copied extensively throughout contemporary beach architecture. This print is part of my ongoing series celebrating Delmarva’s Life-Saving Stations, including ones at Indian River, Delaware, and Assateague Beach, Virginia.

Legacy Reproduction 16x20 and 8x10. Available now. $35-$165

“Noggin”

Launched in the early 1920s, Lewes Dairy has grown into an institution. It was the first dairy in Lower Delaware to offer refrigeration and milk in gallon glass jugs. In the 1950s, it dotted the Delmarva landscape with Lewes Dairy Markets to sell its products. This print celebrates Lewes Dairy’s seasonal eggnog, a concoction with a taste and mouthfeel so perfectly sublime that many top chefs in the mid-Atlantic refuse to use anything else. It is a sister print to my 2020 “Legend Dairy” illustration featuring Lewes Dairy milk in bottles.

Legacy Reproduction 16x20 and 8x10. Available now. $35-$165

“Indian River Station”

The forerunner of the Coast Guard, more than 400 Life-Saving Stations once dotted the U.S. coastline. The Indian River Inlet station was built in 1876 and restored to its 1905 appearance by Delaware State Parks, which now operates a museum on the site. This print is part of my ongoing series celebrating Delmarva’s Life-Saving Stations, including ones at Ocean City, Maryland, and Assateague Beach, Virginia.

Legacy Reproduction 16x20 and 8x10. Available now. $35-$165

“High Flyers”

Cambridge has amassed an impressive collection of public murals spread across its downtown, including Michael Rosato’s world-famous depiction of Harriet Tubman. This graphic image by Red Swan of herons taking flight on the Chesapeake College building is juxtaposed with the vintage neon sign of Craig’s Drugs hanging just across Race Street. The scene captures the blend of traditional and contemporary styles that prevails across downtown Cambridge, and is an extension of the ideas portrayed in my 2021 “Town + Country” silkscreen edition.

Legacy Reproduction 16x20 and 8x10. Available now. $35-$165

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“Mandala”

It’s almost too good to be true. A pair of Army veterans selling homemade pies in Flat Hurst’s old gas station under the Vienna power plant towers on an abandoned stretch of US 50. Yet these pies are so good — especially the Key Lime! — they are one travel guide mention away from being The Next Big Thing. In addition, Mandala Pies is bringing the community together with a host of events including a 5K run. Get ’em while they’re still an insider secret and soak up the all-American atmosphere while you’re there.

Legacy Reproduction 16x20 and 8x10. Available now. $35-$165

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POSTER SHARES HOMETOWN PRIDE FOR JAY COPELAND

It came as no surprise to folks on the Eastern Shore when Salisbury native Jay Copeland began wowing judges during the 2022 season of “American Idol.”

After Jay sang “Lilac Wine,” Lionel Ritchie said it was “one of the greatest performances” he had seen “IN HIS LIFE!”

Jay’s incredible voice, magnetic stage presence and humble demeanor have been winning over Delmarva fans since he was a child. YouTube videos document his rise, from crooning as a reindeer during a Salisbury Middle School holiday concert to his showing-stopping numbers during the annual “Rock & Roll Revival” at James M. Bennett High School.

I was feeling my Clipper pride at a JMB baseball game when this idea came to me. I made a quick sketch in my notebook and developed the illustration the next day from a photo my wife Tracy shot of Jay performing during his senior year. Jay’s iconic gold jacket will be enshrined in the lobby of the Bennett Auditorium, where the “Rock & Roll Revival” has been held for more than 20 years, along with my framed print.

The illustration is my gift to Jay’s fans. It may be shared freely online and there is a free downloadable PDF here. Also the Salisbury Independent published it as a full-page poster in its April 28 edition.

Each month, Victoria Wyeth offers a window into the world of the Wyeths.

“Jay!”

ICONIC LIGHT REVISITED IN NEW SILKSCREEN EDITION


The Assateague Lighthouse, one of the most iconic landmarks on the Delmarva Peninsula, is featured in “Stars+Stripes,” a new silkscreen print edition by Erick Sahler.


“Every lighthouse is unique in its shape and size, and colorings and markings. But no other lighthouse has the graphic pop of the red-and-white striped Assateague Light near Chincoteague,” Sahler said. “Photographing it on a clear blue sky, the similarities with the United States flag seemed obvious.”


“Stars+Stripes” is an update of Sahler’s sold-out 2014 “Assateague Light” silkscreen print edition.


There are 105 10-color hand-pulled 16x20 silkscreen prints in the edition. Prices are $125 unframed and $195 framed. Digitally printed 8x10 Legacy Reproductions are $35 unframed and $75 framed.


The prints debuted on Memorial Day weekend and are available at Sundial Books in Chincoteague and here on our website.

“Stars+Stripes”

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American Idol star Jay Copeland visited James M. Bennett High, where my framed illustration of him will hang in the school’s auditorium.

SAHLER COMMISSIONED TO CREATE ILLUSTRATION CELEBRATING NATIONAL PARK’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

 

NEW YORK — To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gateway National Recreation Area, Erick Sahler has created an illustration featuring three of the park’s iconic landmarks. The artwork was commissioned by Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Conservancy and donated to the National Park Service.

 

Gateway National Recreation Area was created by Congress in 1972 and comprises three units, including sites at Sandy Hook, N.J.; Staten Island, N.Y.; and areas surrounding Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn and Queens, N.Y. 

 

Sahler’s illustration features the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the oldest continuously operating light in the country; Battery Weed at Fort Wadsworth, built in the 1840s-1860s to defend New York harbor; and the Jacob Riis Bathhouse, a mammoth Art Deco pavilion on the Rockaway Peninsula. Mixed in with the landmarks are natural elements including trees, dune grass, wetlands and a trio of laughing gulls. The Manhattan skyline looms on the horizon under a golden sky, suggesting the park’s 50th anniversary.

 

The illustration was designed in the style of the Works Progress Administration artists of the late 1930s, employing a limited palette and broad fields of flat color. The typography was created from current signage at Gateway’s Great Kills Park on Staten Island. It is featured on dozens of banners hung along the Jacob Riis Park promenade in Rockaway.

 

“For more than a decade my work has been inspired by the classic National Park Service art created by the WPA,” Sahler said. “To be commissioned to create an illustration for something as monumental as the 50th anniversary of Gateway is a dream come true.”

 

The illustration is Sahler’s third commission from the JBRPC. Previous designs highlighted the natural environs of Jamaica Bay and the beach community of Rockaway, N.Y.

 

“As an official philanthropic partner of Gateway National Recreation Area, we are thrilled to donate to the park this handsome artwork by Erick Sahler,” said Scott Middleton, Partnership Planner at JBRPC. “In celebration of the park’s golden anniversary, Erick’s illustration captures the natural features and iconic landmarks that make Gateway such a special place for visitors.”

 

In addition to being featured on banners, the illustration will be used on posters, postcards and more.

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