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Chincoteague's Island Theater featured in new limited-edition silkscreen prints
New release by serigraph artist Erick Sahler celebrates ‘Misty’ legacy in bold, colorful handmade pieces
“Summer of ’61,” a nine-color screen-printed image, features the iconic Island Theater on Main Street in Chincoteague as it appeared in archival photographs from the era. The marquee announces “Misty of Chincoteague — Shows Daily” as a 1955 Ford approaches.
“I aimed to capture the excitement of the young girl in the back seat, going to the theater in Chincoteague to see ‘Misty’ for the first time. Fifty years later, it’s still a wonderful thing to imagine,” Sahler said.
There are 185 prints in the edition and prices range from $35 to $65, based on matting and framing options. They are available exclusively on the island at Sundial Books on Main Street.
“It’s the best thing Erick’s done yet. His work gets better and better,” said Jon Richstein, owner of Sundial Books. “We expect the Misty print to sell out even more quickly than his other recent Chincoteague works.”
Sahler will display and discuss his works at Sundial Books on July 14 as part of Chincoteague’
All serigraphs by Sahler are printed by hand in his Salisbury studio using Earth-friendly inks on acid-free paper.
Sahler, 45, is a Salisbury 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 Eastern Shore since 1983, and his illustrations and cartoons appeared for more than 20 years in The (Salisbury, Md.) Daily Times.
Prints may also be purchased at the artist’s studio in Salisbury by calling 410-845-3774 or online at www.ErickSahler.com.