‘Shore Traditions’ exhibit at DCA in April
CAMBRIDGE — “Shore Traditions” is the April exhibit in the galleries at Dorchester Center for the Arts.
This exhibit features an eclectic mix of four artists: Ed Thieler, Erick Sahler, Graham Slaughter, and Lee Goodwin, each with a different slant on some of the rich and treasured traditional themes of Dorchester and beyond.
Carver and model boat maker Ed Thieler is a retired orthopedic surgeon and Eastern Shore resident. Thieler is a Chesapeake vessel expert noted for the precision and beauty of his boats. For over 20 years, Thieler has given formal talks before the South Dorchester Folk Museum,
The Richardson Maritime Museum, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. He demonstrates his models and discusses their relevance and cultural importance at maritime festivals across the region. He has also repaired and restored model boats in museum collections. Thieler will be showing a variety of carvings in the gallery, including several models made to plans by Howard I. Chappelle, a Dorchester resident in the 1940s-1970s.
Erick Sahler is an Illustrator Member of New York’s distinguished Society of Illustrators and an American Screen Printing Association certified graphic artist and screen printer. He has created and published thousands of illustrations, graphics, and cartoons in the Mid-Atlantic region since 1983.
Sahler’s artwork hangs in the collections of Gov. Larry Hogan, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Scott Higham, and NPR “Morning Edition” host Liane Hansen, as well as the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, Lowe House Office Building, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury University and more. Sahler will be exhibiting hand-pulled serigraphs created in his Salisbury studio, featuring bold images of regional themes, including Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.
Graham Slaughter, neurosurgeon turned award-winning photographer resides in Dorchester, and will exhibit photography depicting rural landscapes and waterfowl of the region, including spectacular vistas of Blackwater. Slaughter’s interest in photography began in his early teenage years, using his bike to find photogenic material, and then teaching himself the magic of the wet darkroom. After decades in the medical field, he entered the certificate program at the Maryland Institute College of Art — graduating three or so years later. Slaughter is a former President of the DCA Board of Directors and the founder of DCA’s annual community photography show.
Lee Goodwin lives and works in the Washington D.C. area. He makes his living as a renewable energy lawyer but has been an active photographer since childhood. For nearly twenty years, Goodwin has concentrated on landscape photography, primarily in Washington and nearby areas, including the Chesapeake Bay. His most recent project has been to photograph the countryside around the Bay, with an emphasis on the places where land and water meet. Photographs from this project have been featured in several group and solo exhibits, as well as on permanent display in the Maryland House of Delegates Office Building in Annapolis.
The show will run through Saturday, April 28. A Second Saturday Artists’ Reception will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, with artist talks, live music and light refreshments. The reception will also include a farewell toast for retiring Visual Arts Coordinator Janette Jones.
For more information, visit DCA at 321 High Street or online at www.dorchesterarts.org.
Serigraph by Erick Sahler.
Photograph by Lee Goodwin.
Model of “Magnolia T.” (ex-Magnolia N., exMagnolia C.) Hoopers Island Draketail Workboat by Ed Thieler. The original boat was built in Cambridge in 1929 by Jabez Tyler for Ogle Cannon, several years before “Martha”, the draketail docked as part of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum collection.
Photograph by Graham Slaughter.