July 19, 2018
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Kelpie Gallery gives back to benefit Sussman House

Community Author: Ellie Willmann
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THOMASTON — The Kelpie Gallery in South Thomaston has donated more than $3,600 to the Sussman House since September 2017. This contribution represents 50 percent of the sale of paintings by artist Erik Lundin.

Erik Lundin received an English Literature M.A. From Ohio University and taught English Literature for 10 years at Lake Superior State college in Michigan. Lundin relocated half of the year to Madrid, Spain and Thomaston, Maine, where 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 span almost 50 years and represents painting styles influenced by his 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 Gallery curated a retrospective of Erik Lundin’s work and committed to contribute fifty percent of all sales of Erik Lundin’s work to benefit end-of-life care at the Sussman House. 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 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 Erik Lundin’s work, contact The Kelpie Gallery, 207-691-0392 or visit gallery@TheKelpieGallery.com. For information about giving to the Sussman House, contact the Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, 207-921-6713. For Sussman House information, call 207-921-4500.

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Susan Baines, proprietor of the Kelpie Gallery presents a piece of Erik Lundin’s artwork and a check to benefit the Sussman House. Pictured are (left to right) Ellie Willmann, PBMC Foundation, Susan Baines, Kelpie Gallery, Heidi McCaffery, MeHealth Care at Home, and Judy Hengerer, Sussman House Volunteer.