Workshops, classes and more are in the Art Loft calendar this month. The downtown nonprofit community arts center is located at 385 Main St., Suite 9 (inside the lobby of the Thorndike Building).

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13, instructor Otty Merrill will lead an Introduction to Encaustic Painting, the first of two workshops the Tenants Harbor artist will teach in coming weeks. Barbara Davis offers Meditation and the Creative Self, Mondays at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Chuck Paine instructs in different oil painting techniques.

A Giggles and Doodles Kids Art Class led by Kim Nicoll meets Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Spontaneous creative play is a necessary part of any child's development … and parents are welcome to join the fun. For more information and to register for workshops and classes, visit

The next Paint Night will be Friday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sean Boyd will lead participants in painting Rustic Pumpkins. The fun night of painting and socializing requires no painting experience.

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