‘Quiet Soul’ at Kelpie benefits Sussman House

Sep 02, 2017
A retrospective of Erik Lundin’s decades of painting Maine and Spain will open Saturday, Sept. 9, at The Kelpi Gallery in South Thomaston.

South Thomaston — The Kelpie Gallery, 81 Elm St./Route 73, will open of an exhibition of the complete works of Erik Lundin, artist and long-time resident of Thomaston/Rockland and Madrid, Spain, with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Saturday, Sept. 9.

“Erik Lundin Retrospective: The Art of a Quiet Soul” will run to Saturday, Sept. 16. Fifty percent of all sales of Lunden’s work will benefit end-of-life care at the Sussman House.

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. In 2000, Antonio Dominguez Rey reproduced a waxing by the artist in his magazine of poetry and poetics, Serta, Volume 5.

Lundin surrounded himself with creative and academic friends while living in Spain, yet kept very much to himself while in Maine. He also was an accomplished pianist. A true academic and artist, his work is both cerebral and esthetically pleasing. Many of his paintings successfully show the struggle of being two persons in one, the socialite and the recluse.

The paintings on display at The Kelpie will span 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 collaboration with the Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, The Kelpie has curated this first retrospective of Lundin’s work. The exhibit will benefit the Sussman House, a seven-bed hospice house located in Rockport. The Sussman House 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 exhibits works of art by established and emerging artists, many of whom have a connection to Maine or call it home. Gallery hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment; call 691-0392. The Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation provides support for the Sussman House, Pen Bay Medical Center, Waldo County General Hospital, the Knox Center and Quarry Hill.

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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