Artascope Teacher News- Libby Barrett

Libby Barrett, one of Artascope Studio’s talented teachers, has some exciting news to share! Her painted floorcloths and table runners as well as her giclĂ©e prints have been accepted into the Maine Crafts Association’s Center for Maine Craft retail gallery. The Center will be located in the new West Gardiner Turnpike Authority Rest Stop and will open in November. The Center is based on a similar, wildly successful facility in Tamarack, West Virginia. We are so excited for Libby and know they will be a hit!

Libby Barrett has lived in Maine since 1971. Barrett received her BFA in graphic design from Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art) in 1988 and worked in that field for eighteen years. Looking for a more tactile involvement in her art-making, Barrett began painting and exhibiting floorcloths in 2002. In 2005 she took a six-month educational leave from her job to pursue an independent study making artist’s books. Barrett continues to work in both mediums and exhibits her work internationally.

Libby says, “While making artist’s books offers the opportunity to experiment with structure, materials, and processes, painting floorcloths fulfills my desire to play with design and color. I enjoy the different ways of thinking–a visual approach when painting floorcloths and a more conceptual approach when making books.

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