Bethany icon featured in new limited-edition silkscreen prints

Artist Erick Sahler to show My Hometown series Aug. 31 and Sept. 1
August 19, 2013
"Woodie," silkscreen print by Erick Sahler.

The wooden Indian that serves as the unofficial gatekeeper at Bethany’s busiest intersection is celebrated in a new limited-edition silkscreen print by Erick Sahler Serigraphs. It will debut Labor Day weekend at the yART Sale in Bethany Beach.

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“Woodie” is a 10-color, hand-pulled silkscreen print and is part of Erick Sahler Serigraph’s My Hometown series saluting the icons and institutions of the Delmarva Peninsula. Other prints in the series include “Bethany Beach,” featuring a pink cottage on Campbell Place; “Discover Assateague” and “O.C. Boardwalk.” The “Woodie” edition is limited to 120 prints, which are available exclusively in Bethany at the yART Sale.

“Sculptor Peter Wolf Toth’s giant wooden totem pole on Route 1 at Garfield Parkway has been a Bethany Beach landmark for decades,” Sahler said. “Combined with a passing 1949 Ford Country Squire - affectionately known as a ‘woodie’ and revered by surfers all over - this print juxtaposes two of the many cultures that make the Delaware beach town unique.”

The yART Sale is an annual Labor Day weekend event in Bethany. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, at 33258 Kent Ave. The work of more than 20 artists will be featured.

Sahler will also be debuting “Memorial Hall,” an 11-color hand-pulled silkscreen print celebrating the iconic landmark on the center of The Green at the University of Delaware in Newark.

Both images were designed and printed by Sahler. Each measures 16-by-20-inches and sells for $75 unframed and $115 framed.

All serigraphs by Sahler are printed by hand in his Salisbury, Md. studio using earth-friendly archival inks on acid-free paper.

Sahler, 46, is an Eastern Shore native who graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a bachelor’s degree in visual and performing arts. He has created commercial artwork for clients across the peninsula since 1983, and his illustrations and cartoons appeared for more than 20 years in The (Salisbury, Md.) Daily Times.

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