October begins with a bang at the Art Loft, located at 385 Main St., Suite 9 (inside the lobby of the Thorndike Building). There are options of children and adults, students and instructors, Thursday, Oct. 6.

The Focused Creativity after-school art classes continue Thursday afternoons from 3:30 to 5 p.m., led by instructor Sean Boyd. All age groups are welcome.

From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Art Loft will hold an instructors meet and greet and informational meeting. Anyone who has taught at the Art Loft in the past, is teaching now or would like to teach in the future is encouraged to attend. Organizers will discuss future plans, protocol and what the Art Loft is looking for in instructors. They would like feedback and suggestions, as well.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m., Karen Olson will lead a free Marketing for Artists class, focusing on the various ways to hone one’s image as a creative entrepreneur on the web. Olson will help artists choose the most beneficial platforms for their businesses and help them navigate between smartphone and laptop comfortably and efficiently to promote oneself as an artist.

This free lecture will run for one hour, with an additional half hour for questions and individual help. The class with cover: Instagram, a free virtual gallery; cohesive image and gaining followers; interacting on social media; key elements of a website; website platforms; and maintaining one’s image.

Olson is a writer, still life stylist and lifestyle photographer who works with small businesses to create brand imagery. Her successful blog, “Renuko Style,” has been featured in the Stampington publications’ national magazine Artful Blogging. In her book, “Photo Therapy: Exploring Emotion with Photography,” Olson tells her personal story of how she used photography to uncover hidden emotion.

Olson has been active in the Midcoast Maine community art scene for more than 20 years. From 2014-2015, she wrote a blog with an arts focus titled “Coastal Collage” for Bangor Daily News. She teaches private and group WordPress classes, product photography and still life photography classes.

The Art Loft is a nonprofit community center that offers low-cost drop-in art classes, in-depth workshops, restorative art therapy and other special events. For more information and to register, visit artloftrockland.org; email info@artloftrockland.org; or call 200-9795.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.