Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St., will have guest artist Abbie Read of Appleton kick off the summer season with a mixed media exhibit for the month of July. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, July 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. The show runs through July 29.

Read has taught painting, drawing, printmaking, two- and three-dimensional design and currently teaches workshops on artist books, bookbinding, altered books and art journaling. Her installation, “Library,” takes two years worth of individually crafted pieces, many in book form, and puts them to use as components in a large relief collage. While the approach to crafting the individual parts is formal, presenting mostly mundane found objects as treasures, the overall impact of the diverse collection as a composition imparts a more personal meaning.

The artist asked friends and family to participate in this piece by relating to her stories of a time or an incident when they felt particularly lucky. This idea grew out of her personal cathartic search to identify and explain the unexplainable. On Saturday, July 28 at 11:30 a.m., as part of the Belfast Bound Book Festival, Read will give a brief talk about “Library.” Later in the day, at 2 p.m., she will offer a workshop in Hand Crafting Your Own Book. Both events take place in the gallery; workshop space is limited, call 338-0001 to register.

Also on view in July will be the work of Aarhusians Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick. the gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (to 8 p.m. Fridays) and Mondays by chance. For more information and a slideshow of the current exhibit, visit aarhusgallery.com.

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