May 27, 2017 to June 25, 2017

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Anne Ayvaliotis at Yvette Torres Fine Art in Rockland

Anne Ayvaliotis, a name familiar in art circles in Maine, passed away in March of this year at the age of 90. Her work is in collections at the Portland Museum of Art and at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland. The current exhibit at Yvette Torres Fine Art in Rockland is a memorial exhibit of her art, Celebration of an Artist’s Life.The exhibit will run through Oct. 16.
Ayvaliotis was a late-generation Abstract Expressionist, her work developing along the lines of the color field artists of the 1950s and 1960s. She studied at the famous Art Students League in the late 1940s in New York City and then under Hans Hoffman at his School of Fine Art. After independent study in Spain, France, Italy and Greece, she made the bold decision in 1961 to move from Manhattan, the center of the art world at the time, to the rural hills of Washington, ME. Many artists she knew – Jackson Pollack, Willem de Kooning – had studios outside of the city, but either they were close to New York, or those who came to Maine, like Lois Dodd and Joe Fiore, only summered here. Torres says, “It’s fascinating to contemplate how much more wide-spread her reputation might have been had she stayed in New York City.”
But the things that inspired her to paint were those forms and colors that surrounded her in her little white farmhouse – the fields, her horses, the hills and granite rocks, the lakes. In an interview she said, “When I observe nature, I get involved … I perceive it in relationship to what I’m feeling. Both life and painting are about despair and celebration. I always like to have that gigantic tension playing together.”
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Ayvaliotis is an abstract expressionist whose work is known for its strong images and emotional content. Ayvaliotis painted what she saw from her studio on her farmland in Washington, Maine. Born in New York City in 1925, she moved in 1963 to Washington. Ayvaliotis' work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout New England and is in the collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Portland Museum of Art. She has been an art instructor, including at the Farnsworth from 1978 to 1997, and was on the Farnsworth advisory board from 1980 to 1984.