Abbie Read – Biography

MIXED MEDIA ARTIST

Abbie Read
64 Appleton Ridge Road
Appleton, ME 04862
207-542-9607
artgardn@tidewater.net
www.abbiereadartgarden.blogspot.com
website: www.abbiereadartist.com

One and Two Person Shows
2015
“Library,” Sohns Gallery, Bangor, ME (September-October)
“Reading Material,” West Gallery, Damariscotta, ME (August)
“Epilogues,” with Jessica Straus, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast, ME (April-May)
Collages, Gibbs Library, Washington, ME
2014
Library,” Clifford Gallery, Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME
2013
“Library,” Leonard R. Craig Gallery, Unity, ME
2012
“Library,” Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME
2009
“The Messengers,” The Belfast Framer, Belfast, ME

Selected Group Exhibitions
2015
“Fermentation,” Clifford Gallery, Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME (September-October)
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Belfast, ME (Summer)
2014
Eight Artists From Maine, Art In Embassies, U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Doha, Qatar
“Making a New Whole: The Art of Collage,” University of New England, Portland, ME
“Summer Color,” Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME
“Bound Together: USM Book Arts,” Portland Public Library, Portland, ME
“Collage X 10,” Portland Public Library, curated by Bruce Brown and Suzette McAvoy, Portland, ME
“Paper,” Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME
2013
Portland Museum of Art Biennial: Piece Work, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Third Annual Virtual Juried Exhibit, featured artist, Maine Art Scene, Belfast, ME
“Pollination: Evolving Miracles,” Atrium Gallery, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston, ME
“Still Life and Beyond,” River Arts, Damariscotta, ME
“Heart,” Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME
2012
“Corrugation Nation,” Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME
“A Murder of Crows,” Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME
“Blue,” Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME
2011
“Cast and Found Redux,” Clifford Gallery, Waterfall Center for Art and Design, Belfast, ME
“The Jar Project,” Whitney Artworks, Portland, ME
“White,” Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME
“Trigger, Reconfigure,” Jewett Art Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
2010
“Anniversary Show,” Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME
“Paper and Poetry: Collaborative Works of Art from Maine Artists and Authors,” Glickman Family Library,     University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
“Patterns of Nature,” Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME
“Grid Works,” Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME
2009
“Abbie Read and Jonathan Skinner Collaborate,” Belfast Poetry Festival, Belfast Free Library, Belfast, ME
“Spineless Wonders,” Atrium Gallery, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston, ME
“Island Artists,” Courthouse Gallery, Ellsworth, ME
“Birds, Bugs and Beasts,” River Arts Gallery, Damariscotta, ME
“Creatures,” Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME
“Dross, Dregs, Leftovers and Junk,” Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME
“Insecta Poetica,” Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA
“Turning Pages,” Center for Book Arts at University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
“Red,” Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME
2008
“Small Works,” Perimeter Gallery, Belfast, ME
“Renewables: Altered Books,” Belfast Free Library, Belfast, ME
“Artist Books,” Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME
“First Traces,” Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
“The Next View,” with Suzanne Phillips, Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME
“Taking Panes,” Ames Mill, Richmond, ME
“Downtown In Town,” Perimeter Gallery, Belfast, ME
2007
“Abbie Read and Megan Cafferata,” Unity College, Unity, ME
“Out of Bounds: Altered Books,” Rockport Opera House, Rockport, ME
“Up Close,” Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
“Turn The Page: Six Book Artists,” Maine College of Art, Joanne Waxman Library, Portland, ME
“Bird Sightings,” Atrium Gallery, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston, ME
“Great Spruce Head Island Art Week Alumni,” Handworks Gallery, Blue Hill, ME
“Seven Maine Artists,” Davistown Museum, Liberty, ME
2006
“Beyond Words,” with Susan Weinz and Judy Ham, The Belfast Framer, Belfast, ME
“Artist Books,” (curator) Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME
“Under Pressure,” with the Maine Print Project, Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME
“Unexplored Space,” Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME
“A Pair of Wings,” with Carol Sloane, Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME
“Figured and Reconfigured,” Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME
2005
“10 Years Downtown,” Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME
“The Celebration Continues,” Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME
“About Time,” Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME
2004
“Artist Books,” Invitational, Nan Mulford Gallery, Rockland, ME
2003
“Plant Matter,” (co-curator), Newton Art Center, Newton, MA

Public Presentations, Reviews and Publications
Presentation on Artist Exchange to Doha, Qatar, Gibbs Library, Washington, ME (2015)
Presentation on Artist Exchange to Doha, Qatar, Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME (2014)
Presentation of my work, Katara Cultural Village, Doha, Qatar (2014)
Pecha Kucha, presenter, February 11, 2011, Thomaston, ME (2011)
Artists Display Affinity for Discarded Objects, Nancy Shohet West, Boston Globe (January 27, 2011)
“Artists Smuggle Gems Across Perimeter,” Ethan Andrews, Village Soup Citizen (February 2008)
“Read and Cass Work Beyond Language,” John Carlos Cantu, Ann Arbor News, Ann Arbor, MI (June 9, 1994)
“Artists Sculpt Metaphors,” Carol Azizian, The Flint Journal, Flint, MI (September 26, 1993)
“Creating Art: Your Rx for Health,” Robin Longman, American Artist (1991)

Recent Workshops and Classes
2015
Collage, Carver Hill Gallery, Rockland, ME
2014
Collage, ARTgarden Studio, Appleton, ME
Gelatin Printing , Girls Creativity Center, Doha, Qatar
Paste Paper Painting, Girls Creativity Center, Doha, Qatar
Making a Small Book By Hand, Katara Cultural Village, Doha, Qatar
Gelatin Printing, Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME
2012
Paste Paper Painting, Bookbinding, Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME
Art Journaling, Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME
Handmade Journals, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, ME
2011
Altered Books, Northeast Harbor Library, Northeast Harbor, ME
Bookbinding, Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME
2009
Art Journaling, Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME
2008
Altered Books, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
Art Journaling, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME

Education
M.F.A. 1991 Mixed Media, University of Michigan School of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
B.A. 1978 Studio Art and Art History, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

Relevant Professional Experience
2010-2011: Partner, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME
2009-2012: Board of Directors and Program Committee Chair, Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME
2008: Instructor, Studio Art, Watershed School, Rockland, ME
1991-2012: Owner/Designer, ARTgarden, Landscape Design and Installation, Appleton, ME
1992: Visiting Assistant Professor, 2-D Design, University of Michigan School of Art, Ann Arbor
Visiting Assistant Professor, 3-D Design, University of Michigan School of Art, Ann Arbor
1991: Instructor, Drawing 101, University of Michigan School of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
1989-91: Teaching Assistantship/Instructor, 2-D and 3-D Design, University of Michigan School of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
1988-89: Department Head, Visual Arts Department, Concord Academy, Concord, MA
1982-89: Instructor, Painting, Drawing and Printmaking, Concord Academy, Concord, MA