Yvette Torres Fine Art, 464 Main St., will open “Robert LaHotan in Maine, The Late Paintings” with a 5 to 8 p.m. reception Friday, Aug. 5. The show will continue through Sept. 4.

Born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Robert L. LaHotan grew up in Western Massachusetts before going to New York City to study painting. He received both his BA and MFA degrees from Columbia University, where he studied with Stephen Greene, John Heliker and Meyer Schapiro. A two-time winner of the Emily Lowe Award, in 1952 and 1957, he received a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Frieburg, Germany from 1953-1955. His works are in many public and private collections throughout America.

LaHotan and his life partner, American painter John Heliker, purchased the old Stanley home and boatyard on Great Cranberry Island’s tidal pool in 1957. He eventually restored a boathouse on the shore’s edge of The Pool as his studio. Teaching in New York City during the winter, the two painters spent more than 40 summers painting on Cranberry Island, part of a vital community of 20th-century painters who returned to Cranberry each year. He became a year-round Cranberry Island resident in 2001; and spent his last years envisioning The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation’s artist residency program in their home and studios.

Known for his abstracted landscapes and still lifes of lyrical color and subtle force, LaHotan brought to his late work an abiding sense of mystery. His late paintings are among his best and have not been exhibited since the late 1990s. Sales will support The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation Artist Residency Program on Great Cranberry Island. A 28-page color catalog is available for sale.

Yvette Torres gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by chance or appointment. For more information, call 332-4014, email ytfa@midcoast.com or visit yvettetorresfineart.com.

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