Bangor native transforms park trash into art for Acadia residency — Bangor Metro — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine – Google Alerts

As a young camper at Windover Art Center in Newburgh, Bangor-native Mariah Reader valued the connection between “the great outdoors” and art. She immersed herself in nature and went on nature walks, played outdoor games and participated in glass blowing and bead making classes, among others.

The experience not only gave Reading a chance to have the Maine camp experience, but also showed her where her talents could take her. Her passion for art and the outdoors has taken her beyond Penobscot County via art residencies at National Parks in Utah and Alaska.

In October, Reading will return to her Maine roots as she begins the Artist-in-Residence program at Acadia National Park, continuing her latest project, “Recycled Landscapes.”

Courtesy of Brian Reading

Courtesy of Brian Reading

Mariah Reading in Zion National Park during her Artist Residency. September 2018.

“Recycled Landscapes” is an art series in which Reading collects pieces of trash that haven’t been disposed of properly from scenic areas and paints landscapes on them, reflecting where the items were found. The idea came to her as she prepared to embark on a cross-country trip through national parks while heading to her post-graduate job teaching in Santa Barbara, California. She began her work on the project in 2016 in Acadia National Park during the centennial, so this is a bit of a homecoming for Reading and her art.

The program at Acadia is Reading’s fourth art residency. She also participated in programs at Denali National Park and McKinley Chalet Resort in Alaska and Zion National Park in Utah in 2018. According to the National Park Service, the Artist-in-Residence program at Acadia National Park, “encourages accomplished, professional artists to create fresh and innovative new ways for visitors to experience Acadia through the arts.”

“The history of art in preserving our federal lands has been paramount,” Reading said. “Artists go out…

Read the full article at