Hopkins, Sea Bags partner for MCHT

Aug 29, 2018
Maine Coast Heritage Trust will receive 20 percent of sales of a new, limited edition Eric Hopkins Watercolor Tote from Sea Bags.

Sea Bags, which has retail outlets in Rockland and Camden, has launched a limited-edition recycled sail cloth tote displaying an exclusive piece of art by North Haven’s Eric Hopkins. These limited edition Sea Bags will support Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Capital Campaign; 20 percent of each sale will go towards funding conservation and stewardship of Maine’s treasured coastal lands.

Sea Bags and Maine Coast Heritage Trust will host a First Friday meet-and-greet with Hopkins Friday, Sept. 7, starting at 5 p.m. at Sea Bags’ Rockland location, 371 Main St.

“The opportunity to work with an artist of Eric Hopkins’ stature and to support the protection and conservation of our beautiful coastline, is perfectly aligned with our passions,” said Sea Bags CEO Don Oakes.

Hopkins’ art, known for aerial landscape of Penobscot Bay with a bit of abstraction, has been expressed using various media including watercolors, oils, blown glass and photography. His work is inspired by flights over the islands as a recreational pilot. Hopkins said the idea to collaborate with Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Sea Bags was a good one.

“I love good ideas! And this is a special place, all of this — mother nature, the old favorite island, Mother Earth — and more specifically the Maine coast,” he said.

Hopkins’ art has been shown internationally and is in private and museum collections. The artwork featured on the Sea Bags tote was designed this specifically for this collaboration.

The Eric Hopkins Watercolor Tote retails for $200 at seabags.com and at its 17 retail locations. A limited quantity of numbered and signed totes is available online for $300; and also will be available at the First Friday event for $500.

Founded in 1999, Sea Bags started by making fun, functional and stylish totes from reclaimed sail cloth in the historic Old Port district of Portland. Today, the company makes a diverse line of totes, bags and home goods, all featuring material from sails that were once actively used.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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