ROCKPORT — Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) will host the annual Aldermere Farm Art Show and Sale, Saturday, August 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, August 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the historic Aldermere farmhouse at 20 Russell Ave in Rockport.
The show is a tribute to the coastal lands and islands that MCHT has worked to preserve since 1970. It highlights local artists who capture the beauty of Maine’s coast and Aldermere’s saltwater farm with its Belted Galloway cattle through original paintings and prints.
This year’s poster features “Endearment,” an oil and cold wax painting by Leecia Price, of Camden.
There will be original oil paintings by George Van Hook, an artist from Philadelphia known for his impressionistic, en plein art works.
All proceeds from the sales of these paintings will benefit MCHT’s agricultural programs in Rockport.
Van Hook and his wife, Sue, have a 30-year history with Aldermere Farm. The original owners of Aldermere, Albert Chatfield Jr. and Marion Chatfield, became acquainted with the Van Hooks in the early 1980s when Sue – who at that time was MCHT’s director of land conservation and stewardship – helped them establish easements on their property. Ever since the Chatfields invited George to stay at Aldermere for plein air painting, he has periodically returned for artistic inspiration.
Aldermere beef and Belted Galloway-themed items will be for sale. Funds raised will support the agricultural programs and operations at Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields Preserve.
To learn more about the art show and the programs at Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields Preserve, visit aldermere.org or call 207-236-2739.