Heliker-LaHotan fellows, from left, Michael Owens, Ying Li, Stephen Rodriguez, Lourdes Bernard and Michael Ross will open their studios on Great Cranberry Island to the public. PHOTO COURTESY OF PABLO OCAMPO

Heliker-LaHotan fellows hold open houses

CRANBERRY ISLES — Five August fellows-in-residence at the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation on Great Cranberry Island will open their studios to the public later this month.

Painter Ying Li of New York, N.Y., will host her open studio on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 4-6 p.m. Painters Lourdes Bernard of Brooklyn, N.Y., Michael Owens of Dorset, U.K., Michael Ross of Athens, Ga., and ceramic artist Stephen Rodriguez of New Haven, Conn., will host their open studios on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 4-6 p.m. They are part of a group of 13 artists awarded residency fellowships this year.

The foundation has a third residency session scheduled for September that will include a “Meet the Artists” event and an open studio. These events are free to the public. Maps will be available to locate the studios on the Great Cranberry Island. Afternoon ferries are available to the island from Southwest Harbor (Manset) and Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island.

Twentieth-century artists John Heliker and Robert LaHotan, who painted in New York and Maine for more than 50 years, established the organization that bears their names in New York City in 1993. In 2002, Robert LaHotan bequeathed their properties and studios on Great Cranberry Island for artists to spend month-long residencies in Maine. Since 2006, more than 130 residencies have been awarded in fulfillment of LaHotan’s vision.

Visit www.heliker-lahotan.org or call the foundation at 244-7772.

The exhibition “Robert LaHotan in Maine, The Late Paintings” can be viewed until Sept. 4 at Yvette Torres Fine Art gallery in Rockland. All sales during the exhibition support the Foundation’s Residency Program on the island. The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.



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