Hopkins painting to benefit LifeFlight
Augusta — On March 26, 2013, renowned Maine artist Eric Hopkins lost his son, Evan, in a fatal crash on North Haven. In memory of Evan and in honor of North Haven Emergency Medical Services and North Haven Fire Department, Eric Hopkins has donated a painting from his personal collection to LifeFlight. The artwork, valued at $50,000, is for sale and all of the proceeds will go directly to support LifeFlight’s third helicopter campaign.
“After I lost Evan and witnessed the toll the accident took on the people of North Haven, I found myself thinking about how I could help,” said Hopkins. “With memories of Evan to encourage me, I decided to dig deeper and reach higher to find something really meaningful that I could do to help LifeFlight get that third helicopter. And hopefully it inspires others to do the same.”
In addition to the emotional scars left behind, Evan’s passing also left the island community with a clear illustration of the importance of LifeFlight’s availability. Brandy Dupper-Macy, LifeFlight Outreach and Training Assistant and an EMT who responded to Evan’s accident, shared her perspective on Maine Island Living’s website in July. Moved by this first-hand account of his son’s accident, Hopkins attended a local reception in August to benefit LifeFlight, where he announced his personal donation.
The six paintings in Hopkins’ personal collection from which one may be chosen represent a major transition from his molten glass work of the late 1970s and early ‘80s. Hopkins had just moved back to North Haven from Providence. The reality of what he called his earthy island life compared to his spacey conceptual work informed by the Apollo mission led him to take flying lessons, which revealed 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 to the North Haven EMTs and the difficult and challenging job they faced responding to his accident,” Hopkins said.
“We’re incredibly lucky to have Eric’s support in purchasing a third helicopter for all of Maine,” said Dupper-Macy. “When I see these paintings, they remind me of how remote and alone a person can feel in a crisis, on an island or on the mainland. They are incredibly fitting.”
The need for rapid transport and care for critically ill and injured patients has steadily increased over the last 15 years LifeFlight has been in service. In 2012, LifeFlight cared for more than 1,500 critically ill and injured patients, said LifeFlight of Maine Executive Director Thomas Judge. “But there were hundreds of people we couldn’t help because we were already busy caring for others. We need additional aircraft to ensure we can keep up with the growing number of calls for help.”
Interested buyers can view Hopkins’ artwork at lifeflightmaine.org. Anyone with questions on how to purchase artwork or support LifeFlight may contact Melissa Arndt, Marketing and Educational Outreach Manager, at 230-7092 or email@example.com. LifeFlight of Maine is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit air medical and critical care transport organization overseen by 21 physicians.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.