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Yvette Torres Fine Art to close its doors

Jun 25, 2020
Samuel Gelber at Yvette Torres Fine Art.

Rockland — “It’s been a wonderful 15 years but the time has come to close the doors,” said Yvette Torres, who started her fine art gallery in Damariscotta, moving to Rockland 10 years ago. The gallery, which featured modern art of the mid-20th century by artists who primarily had an affiliation with Maine, also often featured artists of the former Black Mountain College in Asheville, North Carolina where many masters of the modern art world taught or studied.

Torres said she was very excited about the upcoming season. She had planned to open in May but the pandemic currently gripping the world caused educational institutions and businesses to close and has made the prospect of gallery openings this summer dubious at best.

Many of the artists whose work she has shown, like Joseph Fiore, Charles DuBack, Josef Albers, Ruth Asawa, George Wardlaw and Robert LaHotan, are of an earlier era. But she also showed contemporary artists of the Midcoast Maine region, among them Winslow Myers, Fran Kidder, Barbara Brady, Nancy Freeman, Sam Gelber, William Manning and others. She will continue to represent them from her website, Yvette Torres Fine Art.

“It is sad to have to close my doors. The gallery space I have now on Main Street in Rockland is wonderful. It is a large open space suitable for showing large work, of which I have a lot," Torres said. "It has been ideal for openings too, where people can easily meet and talk. It had become a destination for art enthusiasts to visit in the summer."

Torres will continue a presence online and hopes to do a pop-up show now and then, but the physical gallery is closing. Visit yvettetorresfineart.com or call 207-332-4014 for more information.

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