Read’s ‘Library,’ at Belfast’s

Jul 09, 2017
Photo by: Lynn Karlin A portion of Abbie Read’s “Library” has been installed at Belfast Free Library.

Belfast — The Kramer Gallery of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., displays artist Abbie Read’s wall mounted sculpture “Library” through Aug. 30. A reception with an artist talk will be held Wednesday, July 19, beginning 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Read’s “Library” began in 2010 as a project involving the construction of individual objects that resemble books, as the boxes open and close along a spine. At some point, she began to hang them together and the overall sculpture was conceived. The sculpture now consists of numerous panels amounting to 40 feet of continuous “shelf.”

According to the artist, “Library” is intended to engage viewers in thinking about the nature of books as physical objects and their role in research, narrative and the sharing of stories, our own and those of a universal nature. As the wall space is limited at the Belfast Free Library, a smaller selection of the actual piece is on display.

The Appleton artist has shown in many Maine galleries and institutions including Portland Museum of Art, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, the University of Southern Maine, Waterfall Arts and Åarhus Gallery. In 2014, she was one of eight artists to show at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Doha, Qatar.

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

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