Artist Abbie Read will lead a workshop on creating bound journals Saturday, April 28 at the downtown Penobscot Marine Museum. The class will learn how to bind fine papers and boards with the Coptic method of bookbinding. Participants will be guided in using the journal as a medium for personal thoughts and musings, writing poetry, recording nature and capturing artistic impressions.

The workshop is one of the kick-off events for the museum’s 2012 theme, Summer Folk: The Tourists of Penobscot Bay. According to museum educator Susan Henkel, it was common for tourists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to keep personal journals in which they wrote and sketched the highlights of their Maine vacations.

Read of Appleton is an artist member of Ã…arhus Gallery and a board member of Waterfall Arts, both in Belfast. She has been involved with all aspects of book arts for many years and often incorporates books made from found and recycled materials into her sculptural work.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes lunch catered by The Good Kettle. All materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring any special papers they wish to work with. Pre-registration is required, at a cost of $50, $45 for museum members. To register, contact Henkel at 548-2529, ext. 202 or

In addition to the journal workshop, Penobscot Marine Museum will offer free tours on April 28. The Seabag Visible Storage Center, housing a diverse collection of local and marine art and artifacts, will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. At 2 p.m., visitors can take guided tour of the historic 1825 Merithew House, with its exhibits of marine art, ship models and regional history. For more information about the museum, visit

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