Gifford for September at Art Loft

Sep 01, 2018
Katharina Gifford’s “Self-Portrait in Shapka” is an example of alla prima — the Italian term means “at the first” or “at first attempt.” It is done in one sitting, directly from life, in just a few hours.

Rockland — During the First Friday Art Walk, Sept. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m., The Art Loft, 385 Main St., Suite 9 in the Thorndike Building, will show select works by Katharina Gifford, the artist in residence for the month of September. This show will include both figurative and still life works.

Having always been influenced by the old masters, contemporary artists and the Maine environment, Gifford continues to craft her technique in the realist tradition. The Midcoast native has studied at the Maine College of Art and University of Southern Maine;, trained classically at the Florence Academy of Art and locally with Maine artist Ronald Frontin.

Also on view during the Art Walk will be select pieces from Justin Kinney, exploring emotion.  The self-taught artist, originally from Weehawken, N.J., lives in Thomaston. And Midcoast artists Linda Leach and Sandy Clement will show jewelry, sculpture and painting. Leach won the coveted 2017 Niche Award in the Polymer Jewelry category. Clement is the creator of the copyrighted Mussel Men, which are carefully sculpted polymer faces on various sized shells found along Maine beaches.

Resident artist classes, demos

As part of her residency, Gifford will instruct Fundamentals of Still Life Drawing and Painting each Saturday in September from 10 a.m. to noon, drop-in classes that are free to Art Loft members and $20 for others. She will start with simple objects to study value, form, volume and perspective, then move on to more complex still life objects and setups (flowers, drapery, etc.) Gifford will do a brief lecture and demo at the start of each class, and the rest of the time will be for students to practice using their observation skills to draw/paint a still life study.

Gifford also will offer a stand-alone painting demonstration sessions Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. ($20). Working from either a live model or from a still life set-up, she will paint or draw as a demonstration of her technique and process for an alla prima piece. Students are welcome to come and observe and/or use the session to work for themselves. There will be breaks in-between to allow the artist and students to interact and talk about the current piece and process.

Students may attend one or all four sessions of either or both residency offerings. No experience is necessary, and all levels are welcome. For more information and to register, visit or call 200-7915.

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

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