Speers Gallery Artist
Phyllis A. Russell- July Artist of the Month
An exhibition titled "The World I Know”works of watercolor, pen and ink, and pencil by Phyllis A. Russell will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library in the Speers Gallery from July 1 to 31, 2015. The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular Library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs.
Ms. Russell began painting with acrylics in the 1960’s and then watercolor in the 1990’s. Her formal art training was at Keystone College, LaPlume, PA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. She has participated in various workshops with Patricia Patrone, Cory Patterson, and Carol Santora, all in Kennebunk, ME. She is motivated by the works of Winslow Homer.
"Much of my work is reminiscent of my New England upbringing. I am constantly inspired by the world around me, especially as it relates to nature. Maine is a wonderful place to find the motivation I seek. I am awed by the stillness of mountains, the movement of the ocean, and stirred by rain, snow and sunny days. My hope is to stir up memories for viewers of my art, reminding them of sights, sounds, smells of pleasant experiences. I believe art should uplift and remind us of who we really are and what is truly important to our lives.”"The World I Know” will be featured in the second ArtWalk Kennebunk of the Season to be held on the 3rd Friday, July 17, 2015 from 5 – 8 PM. The Kennebunk Free Library is pleased and honored to be able to present the works of this talented artist.
In keeping with the Library's mission of serving the diverse cultural, informational, educational and recreational needs of the community, the Library provides space for art exhibits. Exhibit materials may be organized and presented by the Library, members of the community, and not-for-profit groups within the guidelines set forth in the Exhibit Policy below.
On April 2, 2011, the gallery was re-named the Speers Gallery in honor of Mike Speers, former Library Trustee and Friend of the Library, who was the inspiration of the Gallery.
Speers Gallery Artists for 2015
Applications to Exhibit in The Speers Gallery Now Accepted
We are currently accepting applications for artists to exhibit during the 2016 calendar year. Since its inception in 2001 Hank’s Room Gallery, rechristened the Speers Gallery in 2010, has offered exhibit opportunities to both amateur and professional artists. The gallery has been host to a variety of mediums including photography, textile arts and mixed media assemblages in addition to renditions in oil, pastel, pen and ink, and watercolor.
The application process is open to either individual or group shows. Applications must be received by October 15, 2015 to be considered for exhibition in 2016. The submitted applications will compete in a juried review conducted by an Art Committee consisting of members from the Library and Art communities. Upon completion of the review, applicants will be contacted regarding the committee’s decisions. Application forms are available below.
The offering of monthly artist exhibits allows the us to serve the diverse cultural, informational, educational, and recreational needs of the community. The Library is very proud to have showcased the many talented artists who have previously exhibited and is looking forward to continuing this tradition with the 2016 exhibit schedule.
Exhibit Policy, Procedures and Artist Application Form
Policies and Applications
Artists are invited to submit an application for exhibit by October 1st to be considered for the following calendar year. Please read the following policy and procedures before you apply. If you have additional questions, please call the Library Director at 985-2173.