On Wednesday, Sept. 15, Friends of the Thomaston Public Library’s Artists and Authors Among Us lecture series will continue with artist Eric Hopkins. His one-hour presentation will begin 7 p.m. in the library gym, located in the Thomaston Academy building, Main Street/Route 1.

Hopkins, a native of North Haven, traveled and studied widely through out the United States before returning to the island where he grew up. While he works primarily in watercolor, a love of flying has led to his interest in, and work with, aerial views of island landscapes.

Hopkins began his career as a glass artist, working as an assistant to Dale Chihuly at the Pilchuck Glass School. After a one-man show at New York’s Heller Gallery in 1981, he returned to North Haven to reconsider his direction as an artist. Once home, he reconnected with the natural world of Penobscot Bay, using any and all media that presented itself including glass, paint and found natural materials.

His work is evocative of his surroundings, which he explores by boat and small plane to get unique perspectives. His paintings are often characterized by bold outlines and bright colors with a loose soaring movement that echoes not only the rhythm of earth, sky and ocean but also his own joyful sense of wonder and connection with the world around him. Hopkins has forged a signature style that has become an icon of the Maine coast.

The program includes time for questions, and a small reception will be held. The series is free to the public, but donations to the library are greatly appreciated. For more information, contact the library at 354-2453.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.