Lundin paintings in Sanctuary

Sep 17, 2017
The Sanctuary Gallery’s “Erik Lundin: Art of a Quiet Soul” includes this oil painting of the rocks at Pemaquid.

Rockland — The Sanctuary Gallery of Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St., is honored to continue the retrospective of art work created during the lifetime of Erik Lundin. The opening of his show will take place Sunday, Sept. 24, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and will hang until Oct. 15.

Lundin was born in Rockland before moving to Thomaston. He graduated from Bowdoin College, received his MA in English Literature at Ohio State University and spent 10 years teaching at Lake Superior State College in Michigan … but art was his true passion. He soon moved to Madrid, Spain, for half the year, returning to Thomaston for the other half, which became a life-long pattern. He surrounded himself with creative and artistic friends in Spain, but remained reclusive and little known while in Maine.

A true academic and artist, Lundin created work both cerebral and esthetically pleasing. For 45 years, he painted what he called “geodynamic” landscapes of Maine, the clay cliffs of Guadalaraja, the Seven Peaks of Cercidilla and the Ontigona Sea of Aranjuez. More and more, his paintings reflected the struggle of being two persons in one.

Half of the proceeds from sales of his paintings will be donated to Sussman House in memory of Nancy Lewis, former head of nursing at Pen Bay Hospital, Parish Nurse and member of Rockland Congregational Church. For weekly gallery hours, call 594-8656.

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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