Resident artists manifest fun

Nov 09, 2018
The Art Loft’s resident artists for November are Lisa Cohn, Left, and Melissa Kelly.

Rockland — The Art Loft has two resident artists for the month of November, Melissa Kelly and Lisa Cohn. For their gallery opening Friday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 8 p.m., they have created work inspired by two words, randomly chosen, that came together to form Celebrate Community and Manifest Fun.

The artists found it fascinating to bring their work together for this show, to see how two people could have vastly different responses to the same prompt. Kelly and Cohn are art therapists, as well as artists. They both love to share their passion for creative expression and believe wholeheartedly in the therapeutic value of the arts to promote self-discovery, improve self-esteem and promote positive life changes.

Art supplies and words will be available during the opening for those who would like to give their process a try. The Art Loft is a nonprofit community art center located on the lobby level of the Thorndike Building, 385 Main St., Suite 9.

All month, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, the resident artists offer Variations of Collage classes: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; and 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays. From altered books to SoulCollage to image transfers, collage relieves the pressure for those who do not feel confident in their artistic abilities. The collage process also is a wonderful way to spark new ideas and stimulate thought. Attendees are free to bring their own images and objects or use what will be available. The drop-in Variations of Collage classes are free to Art Loft members, $20 for others.

Upcoming at the Art Loft is a Paint Afternoon, a fun time of painting and socializing, Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. Randy Fein will guide attendees step-by-step through painting a holiday mug, perfect for gift giving or keeping for one’s self. Cost is $37, which includes one mug; paint a second for an additional $10 materials fee. For more information, email 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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