During the construction phase of Waterman’s Community Center on North Haven, local artist Eric Hopkins pledged to donate 20 of his paintings from the past 20 years to North Haven Arts & Enrichment, to be auctioned off over two years. These silent auctions would raise money for programs for the island children and youth that are sponsored by NHA&E.

In 2004, NHA&E held the first silent auction. Bids came in for the paintings in a flurry, resulting in more than $35,000 for programs at Waterman’s Community Center and the North Haven Community School.

Ten more paintings are on the walls at Waterman’s for this year’s silent auction. Until 5 p.m. on Sept. 16 they’ll be up for bidding.

Pictures range in size from 9 by 12 inches to 22 by 30 inches and fill the center with marvelous color and graceful curves. They depict island scenes, from a powerful sunset of intense yellows to the blues and grays of choppy waves viewed from a ferry ride to the island. This year’s set includes an original study of the design printed on bags of Coast of Maine Compost and a design that was printed on sweaters sold by island resident Kathy Macy.

To bid on a painting, visit Christie Hallowell or Keely Felton in the North Haven Arts & Enrichment office on the second floor of Waterman’s Community Center. You can also place a bid or request more information over the phone by calling (207) 867-2100 or by e-mail at office@watermans.org.

All of the paintings are on Waterman’s website at www.watermans.org, as well as descriptive information and the highest current bid. Winning bidders may pick up their paintings, or the pictures can be packed and shipped for an additional fee.

Don’t miss this opportunity to snag a unique Eric Hopkins painting and benefit a good cause at the same time!