Maine Coast Heritage Trust will host the 15th annual Aldermere Farm Art Show and Sale Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the historic Aldermere farmhouse at 20 Russell Ave.

The show will feature works by local artists who capture the beauty of Maine’s coastal lands through original paintings and prints of coastal and pastoral vistas, Aldermere Farm and its Belted Galloway cattle. Beltie beef and Beltie-themed items also will be sold. Funds raised from sales help support the many agricultural programs at Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields Preserve.

A special feature in this year's show are three original oil paintings by George Van Hook, an artist from Philadelphia nationally known for his impressionistic, en plein art works. All proceeds from the sales of these three paintings will benefit MCHT’s agricultural programs in Rockport.

George and his wife, Sue Van Hook, have a history with Aldermere Farm going back over 30 years. In the early 1980s, while Sue was MCHT’s director of land conservation and stewardship, she helped Aldermere owners Albert Chatfield Jr. and Marion Chatfield establish easements to protect their property. The Chatfields invited George to use a small artist's studio on the farm’s property; since then, George has periodically returned to the farm for artistic inspiration.

The theme of the art show honors the landscapes Maine Coast Heritage Trust has worked to preserve since 1970. MCHT conserves and stewards Maine’s coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, ecological value, outdoor recreational opportunities and contributions to community wellbeing. The Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields properties are preserved working farms that make available fresh local food for the community; offer many agriculturally related programs and events; and help visitors gain a better appreciation for land conservation and sustainable agriculture.

For more information about the art show, Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields Preserve, visit aldermere.org or call 236-2739.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.