Kinney shows, teaches at The Art Loft

Jun 30, 2018
Justin Kinney

Rockland — The Art Loft, 385 Main St., Suite 9, will show works by resident artist Justin Kinney Friday, July 6, starting with a reception at 5 p.m. The nonprofit community art center is on the lobby level of the Thorndike Building.

Kinney, a 26-year-old painter based in Thomaston, is originally from Weehawken, N.J. He is self-taught and therefore, “I have no restrictions, limitations or boundaries in my creativity.” He believes the suppression of emotion plays a major role in the progression of depression and anxiety in today’s society.

“In my work, I hope to accent the emotions often suppressed and highlight the beauty in emotions deemed ‘ugly,’” he said.

Along with the art exhibit, two spoken word artists will perform. Amy Yudaken and Valerie Wells’ performances will begin at 6:45 p.m. The event coincides with the city’s First Friday Art Walk.

Maine Moonlight Dinners will cater the event, which runs through 8 p.m.; purchasing selected prints automatically enters the buyer into a raffle to win a free reservation for two at an upcoming Maine Moonlight Dinner. Sangria and mojitos will be available.

During July, Kinney will offer an Intro to Figure Drawing class; drop-in fee is $20, free for Art Loft members. This class will guide participants through the steps necessary to accurately paint and draw the human form. The two-hour classes are scheduled for Mondays (5 p.m.) and Wednesdays (10 a.m.), beginning July 9. This series is appropriate for all levels. For more information, 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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