Contact Information

Abigail (Abbie) Read
64 Appleton Ridge Road
Appleton Maine 04862
(207) 785-6134

Abbie Read on Artgarden



Abbie Read received a B.A. in Studio Art and Art History from Oberlin College in 1978, followed later by a M.F.A. in Mixed Media from the School of Art at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. MI. In between she taught painting, printmaking and drawing at Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts. Following the pursuit of yet another degree, this time in Landscape Design, she and her husband Bart relocated to mid-coast Maine where her 10-year-old landscape gardening business, ARTgarden, is thriving.

During the winter months she returns to the studio and is currently engaged in making box constructions with found scraps of wood and other objects collected from the Maine shoreline, and which contain hidden worlds.

Galleries and Exhibitions


Past exhibitions

Abby Read's Art Studio Tour

June 22, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The glorious peonies at the entrance to the beautiful two-story studio on Appleton Ridge Road will welcome guests to Abbie Read’s creative refuge. It houses a multitude of intriguing objects and materials she uses in her three-dimensional wall pieces, constructions, and collages. Abbie will discuss the various processes she uses in constructing her larger pieces as well as small collages, many of which will be on view here. As a former landscape and garden designer, Abbie finds that the natural world has always in some way informed her art. And while not calling herself an expert in making books, she incorporates these skills, as well as her passion for collecting old books and odd objects, into her constructions.

Abbie’s work is widely exhibited. In 2013 an 18-foot-long wall piece, just a portion of a larger work, was included in the Portland Museum of Art Biennial, with a large section of it laterinstalled in the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Doha, Qatar.

Refreshments will be served after the tour and talk. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Please arrive promptly at 2:00. Talk begins at 2:15.


Downtown Gallery

Work in the Davistown Museum's Permanent Collection

Take Nine, Take All
Mixed Media

Children's Book
Mixed Media

Bug Book
Hand made papers, paper ephemera, and found objects, ink & paint - Inside

Field Notes II - Artist's Book

Hand made papers, paper ephemera, and found objects, ink & paint - Inside

Wild Things Make a Comeback in the Garden
Interior Detail

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