Yvette Torres Fine Art will present “Robert LaHotan, The Early Years Cranberry Island Maine — New York City” Friday, July 8 through Aug. 14 at her gallery on 21 Winter St. The opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 9.

The paintings shown in this exhibit encompass all the artist’s work available from 1956 through 1971. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Robert L. LaHotan grew up in Western Massachusetts before coming to New York City to study painting. He received both his bachelor and master’s of art degrees from Columbia University and was a student of Meyer Schapiro. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1945 and 1946.

LaHotan was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Freiburg, Germany from 1953 through 1955. Through their friendship with Charles Wadsworth, LaHotan and his companion John Heliker were attracted by the beauty of Great Cranberry Island and in the late 1950s purchased the old Stanley home and boatyard. LaHotan’s studio was a refurbished boathouse on the shore’s edge of The Pool.

As an artist, LaHotan was deeply influenced by Matisse, Bonnard, Vuillard and his companion Heliker. His delicate still lifes and interior scenes are evocative of an earlier and perhaps more tranquil time while his landscapes of the island, and especially the area surrounding his house, are in bold, forceful colors with broad impressionistic strokes.

After the death of Heliker in 2000 and until his own death in 2002, LaHotan devoted his time and energy to establishing The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation, Inc., a joint project conceived with Heliker in 1993. The foundation is dedicated to the artistic vision of the two painters who were its founders. Its projects include a residency program on Great Cranberry Island for painters and sculptors of established ability.

LaHotan’s works are in many major museums and private collections, especially in New York City. He was the recipient of many awards, the latest being the Benjamin Altman Landscape Prize from the National Academy of Design.

Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by chance or appointment. For more information, call 888-777-1077 or visit yvettetorresfineart.com.