The Art Loft, 385 Main St., Suite 9, will host a free lecture on encaustics by Otty Merrill Saturday, Nov. 5, from 1 to 2 p.m. Merrill will be teaching workshops at The Art Loft in November and December.

Many people are mystified by what encaustic painting is, and this is a chance to find out what it is all about. During this free lecture and demo, attendees will see how the hot wax, palette and heat gun work together to create the unique, translucent and textured paintings unlike any other medium.

Merrill is an artist from Tenants Harbor, where she has lived for many years; she maintains a studio there and in Portland. She is a member of Center For Maine Contemporary Art; MASS WAX, a division of International Encaustic Artists; the Running With Scissors artists cooperative in Portland; and 26 SplitRock Art Community in South Thomaston. Her work has been shown in Midcoast and Portland galleries, including CMCA, Maine College of Art and Mars Hall Gallery in Martinsville.

As a member of the International Encaustic Artists, Merrill has attended workshops in Tucson, Santa Fe and Provincetown with the best encaustic artists in the country. She has been a docent at the Portland Museum of Art and currently is a frequent special events volunteer at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

“I create art that tells a story. In the process of creating a piece, usually in encaustic wax, I fall into the story and then try to step back and become the viewer rather than the maker,” said Merrill, saying her style could be defined as “contemporary abstract realism.”’

Merrill’s Beginner’s Weekend Workshop is set for Nov. 19 and 20; and there will be an interactive Intermediate/Advanced One Day Workshop on Dec. 3. For more information or to register for these workshops, visit The nonprofit Art Loft is located on the lobby level of the Thorndike Building.

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