Artists and conservationists will collaborate to present “Art for Land’s Sake,” an exhibition and sale of work to benefit the Vinalhaven Land Trust, Friday through Sunday, July 30 through Aug. 1 at 5 Windy Way, behind the downtown New Era Gallery.

A members-and-artists preview party is scheduled for Friday, immediately following the Volt’s annual meeting. The show will be open to the general public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by a live auction of work.

Nearly 40 artists have chosen to participate, several of whom have created work specifically for this event. “Art for Land’s Sake” is an opportunity for artists to recognize and support the work of the Vinalhaven Land Trust, which works to promote the conservation of the island’s significant plant and wildlife habitat, water resources and scenic or historic spaces in order to preserve the traditional character of the community for generations to come.

Environmental artist and island resident Aviva Rahmani said her print “A Beautiful View” is about “celebrating beauty on this beautiful, peaceful island, focusing on what is so precious and fragile to appreciate, protect and share.”  Painter Sarah Faragher, who spent childhood summers on the island, said much of what she loved about coastal Maine when she was growing up here is still present today, thanks in part to the thoughtful decisions of individual land owners and conservation organizations.

The Vinalhaven Land Trust will post images of the work in the exhibition on its Web site, vinalhavenlandtrust.org, where one also may learn of past and current projects of the organization. Membership signup is available online and will be available throughout the three-day event.

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