June 5 through June 26, 2009
Reception Friday, June 5 from 5-7 pm
The Belfast Framer & Gallery is exhibiting work by Abbie Read of Appleton from June 5 through June 26. The work, block printed scrolls on mulberry paper, is entitled “The Messengers” and features designs based on insects.
Messengers bring messages and so the name of the show. The Messengers is a reference to the idea that various species (in this case, I single out insect species) are telling us that we humans are having an enormous impact on the environment. This is happening and we need to pay attention to the message, she says.
Read finds them visually intriguing as well, and was creatively inspired by their wings, their patterns, and their tiny size. She says that insects are crucial to life on earth and she has great respect for them.
Read received a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Oberlin College and a MFA from the School of Art at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has taught art at the Concord Academy in Massachussetts. In addition to her art degrees, she has a degree in Landscape Design and operates a successful landscape business in the midcoast area.