‘Shore Tra­di­tions’ ex­hibit at DCA in April

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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.

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