Yvette Torres Fine Art will open an exhibit of the art of Leo Krikorian with a 5 to 8 p.m. reception Saturday, Aug. 20. “Leo Krikorian, Selections: Black Mountain College, San Francisco, Paris” will run through Sept. 5 at the 21 Winter St. venue.

Krikorian was born and raised in a small farming community south of Fresno, Calif., and started his artistic career in the 1940s. He studied art with Ilya Bolotowsky and Josef Albers at Black Mountain College, N.C., and photography with Ansel Adams and Miner White at the San Francisco Institute of Fine Arts. He began his cubistic tradition and developed toward the now popularly known colorfield painting. In the late ’70s, he established permanent residence in Paris, France, and began experimenting with fluctuating space enhanced with vibrant colors and the use of reverse symmetry.

Krikorian owned businesses that provided financial security. In 1953, he founded the legendary bar, gallery and intellectual center in San Francisco called The Place, the first important gathering place for artists of the Beat Generation. Jack Kerouac in “The Dharma Bums” referred to The Place as “the favorite bar of the hepcats around the Beach.” In honor of the Monday Blabbermouth Nights held at The Place, Yvette Torres Fine Art will be holding a Blabbermouth Night at the gallery during the exhibit. Date and time to be announced.

Krikorian has shown his work in galleries Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam and Germany. He has participated in group exhibitions including the Société des Artistes Francais and the Realités Nouvelles at the Grand Palais.

Yvette Torres 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.