Read gives artist talk at Waterfall Arts

Feb 28, 2014
A detail of “The Library” by Abbie Read reveals some of the assemblage and book arts installation’s many treasures.

Belfast — Abbie Read of Appleton will talk about her work, including “The Library” installation currently on view at Waterfall Arts, Thursday, March 13, beginning at 7 p.m. at the arts center, 256 High St. The large assemblage installation was included in the 2013 Maine Biennial at the Portland Museum of Art.

Born in New Hampshire and raised on the campus of Phillips Academy, Andover, as the second of five children, Read grew up with access to the natural world, as well as superior facilities on campus where her father was an instructor in English and theater. In 1991, she received her MFA from the University of Michigan. Following graduate school, she attended Michigan State University, where she studied landscape design and then started ARTgarden, a landscape gardening business.

Read and her husband Bart moved to Midcoast Maine in 1998. Her studio on Appleton Ridge retains the name ARTgarden, where ideas germinate, develop and mature. While printmaking was her particular passion for many years, Read also drew and painted watercolor landscapes, learned how to make paper, studied welding, rustic furniture making, furniture design, assemblage, oil painting, figure drawing and bookmaking. “The Library” installation incorporates many of these disciplines and Read’s love of books, natural materials and found objects.

“The Library" can be visited Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Waterfall Arts, now in its 15th year, provides exhibitions, art classes, studio rentals and community art events. Admission to the talk is by donation at the door. For more information, visit or call 338-2222.

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

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