27 July 2018
"Plein Air Painters of Maine at Grimes Cove" - oil on canvas by George Van Hook
Maine Coast Heritage Trust will host the annual Aldermere Farm Art Show and Sale Saturday, August 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, August 12 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 features 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. 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.
This year's show will feature 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 paintings will benefit MCHT’s agricultural programs in Rockport. George and his wife, Sue Van Hook, 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 1980’s 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.
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.