On Friday, July 16 from 5 to 8 p.m., Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, 97 Main St., will open “After the Rain,” its summer show featuring works in watercolor/gouache by Rockport artist Anne Kilham, widely known throughout New England for her note cards, prints and calendars.

In line with Maine Farmland Trust’s mission to celebrate art in agriculture, this series of Kilham’s recent works truly celebrates the color and vibrancy of Maine farms with scenes depicting an apple orchard in Hope, a dairy farm in Union, Johnny’s Selected Seeds’ trial gardens in Albion, pumpkins for sale in Rockport and chickens in Unity, to name a few.

“When Maine Farmland Trust suggested that I do some paintings for their summer show, I enthusiastically accepted,” said Kilham, who hopes that viewers will enjoy her images and will join her in the effort to preserve Maine’s beautiful and productive rural spaces.

A percentage of each sale will benefit Maine Farmland Trust in its effort to keep Maine’s farmland in farming and support Maine farmers.

Kilham, a supporter during the trusts’ Erickson Farm campaign (done in collaboration with Aldemere Farm in 2008), grew up on a farm in Eastern Massachusetts, where her family raised Hampshire sheep and Rhode Island Red chickens and occasionally some other animals such as riding horses.

“My job was looking after the chickens,” she said.

Since 1970, Kilham has been living and working in Rockport. Born in Santa Fe, N.M., in 1937, she spent her formative years in eastern Massachusetts. Her extended family includes artists who embraced many disciplines including architects, designers and painters, all of whom had some influence on her direction “and provided plenty of criticism,” she said. Teachers in public school, Putney School, Colorado College and Rhode Island School of Design contributed to her understanding of composition and color. Her images are sought after as original watercolors and gouaches and as signed prints; for more information, visit annekilhamdesigns.com.

“After the Rain” will be on display through Aug. 31. Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday evenings in July and August from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information about the exhibit or the gallery, contact gallery coordinator Anna Abaldo at anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org. For more information about Maine Farmland Trust, membership, farmland preservation, Farmlink and farm viability programs, call 338-6575; send e-mail to info@mainefarmlandtrust.org; or visit mainefarmlandtrust.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.