Eric Hopkins Art Sale to Benefit LifeFlight

Online | Rockland, ME

Renowned Maine artist Eric Hopkins has extended his offer to sell one painting from his private collection. This is a rare opportunity to own a piece from one of Maine's most well-known artists, and at the same time support our state's only helicopter emergency medical service. The lucky buyer will choose one painting from a series of six paintings of North Haven, Maine (each 48”x36”) held in the artist’s private collection. 

Eric Hopkins chose to donate this painting in memory of his son, Evan, and in honor of North Haven Emergency Medical Services and Fire Department. After his son's fatal accident, Eric had a heightened respect for the services LifeFlight provides and was personally motivated to dig a bit deeper, stretch a bit further and show up in a bigger way than ever before (hear Eric talk about his gift). He feels that by donating this generous gift to LifeFlight, he is inspiring others to also reach a bit further to support the campaign.

All proceeds from the sale will go directly to support the organization’s campaign to purchase a third helicopter, a much needed asset to meet the growing need of critically ill and injured patients in Maine. LifeFlight is Maine’s only critical care helicopter transport service and has cared for more than 16,000 patients since it began in 1998.

“These paintings from my personal collection represent a major transition from my molten glass work of the late 70s and early 80s. I’d just moved back to North Haven from Providence. The reality of my earthy island life compared to my spacey conceptual work informed by the Apollo mission led me to take flying lessons. I was instantly and deeply moved by the powerful forces of nature and the geologic and geographic relationships of land, water and sky. The discovery of Martin Frobisher’s 1578 map of the world inspired me to do a series of expressive map paintings of Penobscot Bay with North Haven as the center of the universe.  When my 20-year-old son, Evan, died in a truck accident on North Haven in March, I wanted to do a tribute the North Haven EMTs and the difficult and challenging job they faced responding to his accident.”

Eric is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Pilchuck Glass School. He has exhibited at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Waterfall Arts Center, University of Maine Museum of Art and a number of galleries nationally. To learn more about the artist, visit www.erichopkins.com.