Amy Wilton, artist in residence at The Art Loft during the month of December, will host a gallery show of her body of work titled “The Red Thread” Friday, Dec. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the downtown nonprofit community art center.

Wilton has been a photographer in the area since she moved here in 1997 to get her master of fine arts degree from Maine Media College, and she is well known for her portrait, wedding and editorial photography. “The Red Thread” represents a new direction in Wilton’s creative life. After creating a large-scale mixed media installation for her master’s thesis at MMC in 2001, she became a full-time photographer and put the mixed media work on hold. She recently rekindled that passion and has created a diverse body of work ranging from sculpture to oil painting.

Red thread is the common denominator between all of Wilton’s pieces. This thread represents the gift of creativity given by the Divine. She believes that every person arrives with a gift that makes them unique; and that how they choose to embrace or disregard the gift will affect the course of their lives.

As part of her residency, Wilton offers a final set of mixed media classes the week after her show. Mixed Media – The Canvas Expanded will combine traditional painting with found objects glued or sewn onto the canvas. The class is offered Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon; and Thursday, Dec. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. Fee is $20 drop-in, free for members.

The Art Loft strives to make art accessible to everyone, no matter the ability, age or income. It is located at 385 Main Street, Suite 9 (inside the lobby of the Thorndike Building). For more information, call 200-7915; email; or visit

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