Kelpie gives back for Sussman House

Dec 06, 2017
Susan Baines, proprietor of The Kelpie Gallery, presents a piece of Erik Lundin’s artwork and a check to benefit the Sussman House. Pictured from left are Ellie Willmann, PBMC Foundation; Baines; Heidi McCaffery, MeHealth Care at Home; and Judy Hengerer, Sussman House volunteer.

South Thomaston — The Kelpie Gallery has donated more than $3,600 to the Sussman House since September. This contribution represents 50 percent of the sale of paintings by late artist Erik Lundin.

Lundin taught English literature at Lake Superior State College in Michigan, then relocated half of the year to Madrid and to Thomaston. He spent 45 years painting geodynamic landscapes of Maine, the clay cliffs of Guadalaraja, the Seven Peaks of Cercedilla and the Ontigona Sea of Aranjuez. His collection spans almost 50 years and represent painting styles influenced by Lundin’s time in Spain, in the cubist tradition; and his time in Maine, in subject and palette.

In September, in collaboration with the Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, The Kelpie curated a retrospective of Lundin’s work and committed to contribute 50 percent of all sales of this work to benefit end-of-life care at the Sussman House.

The Sussman House in Rockport provides seven-day-a-week/24-hours-a-day compassionate, end-of-life care for people who need help managing pain and/or other distressing symptoms that require skilled nursing intervention that cannot be managed at home. The Kelpie Gallery still has a number of Lundin paintings for sale.

“This is a wonderful way for people to make a beautiful gift to a loved one, while giving back to the community at the same time. I can’t think of a more worthy cause — especially at this time of year,” said Susan Lewis Baines, proprietor of the Kelpie Gallery.

For information about Lundin’s work, contact The Kelpie Gallery at 691-0392 or; or visit For information about giving to the Sussman House, contact the Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, 921-6713. For Sussman House information, call 921-4500.

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

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