A gallery talk on the painter Robert LaHotan will be presented by the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation and friends of Bob LaHotan Thursday, Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. at Yvette Torres Fine Art, 21 Winter St.

Isabelle Storey of Sedgwick and Boston, who first met Robert L. LaHotan in 1962 on her first visit to Cranberry Island with the photographer Walker Evans; and Patricia Bailey, president of the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation. will speak. Their talk is in conjunction with the exhibit “Robert LaHotan, The Early Years — Cranberry Island Maine — New York City,” which runs through Aug. 14.

Born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, LaHotan (1927-2002) grew up in Western Massachusetts. He received both his bachelor of arts and master of fine arts degrees from Columbia University, where he studied with Stephen Greene, John Heliker and Meyer Schapiro. He was a two-time winner of the Emily Lowe Award, in 1952 and 1957; and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Frieburg, Germany from 1953 to 1955.

The selection of works in this exhibition, drawn from his early years, reflect the vitality and love of color that would mark his long career in New York, as well as the early impact of the landscape of Maine on this young abstract artist. He spent more than half a century producing works on canvas known for their lyrical color and structural compositions. His paintings are held in many private and public collections across the United States.

In addition to his long and productive painting career, LaHotan was an influential supporter of aspiring artists, teaching painting and art history at the Dalton School, an independent school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for 39 years. He was honored as a Dalton Fellow and as a member of the National Academy of Design.

In the 1950s, artists John Heliker and LaHotan purchased a 19th-century ship captain’s house on Great Cranberry Island, off Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. The 19th-century boat sheds and outbuildings were converted over the years to studios, and both artists spent many of the most productive years of their lives regularly painting in Cranberry in the summers and painting in New York during the winters. LaHotan spent the last two years of his life realizing his vision of turning the property into a residency program for artists on Cranberry. In 2003, the buildings passed to the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation (heliker-lahotan.org), which continues to provide residency fellowships for contemporary artists of established ability. Sales from this exhibition support that goal.

Yvette Torres Fine Art 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.

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