Speers Gallery Artist
Barbra Whitten, November Artist of the Month
Ms. Whitten’s exhibit “is a visual and conceptual exploration of the potential and limitations of the printed word. Printed shapes resembling fragmented letters are layered with other shapes and materials to create vibrant, active, abstract compositions that suggest jumbled text but are devoid of explicit meaning.”
A Kennebunk native and 1989 graduate of Kennebunk High School, Ms. Whitten holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maine at Augusta. About this exhibition, she writes, “This is my first solo exhibition, consisting of works that were created and exhibited in 2013 and 2014 during a 10-month fellowship at Circling the Square Fine Art Press in Gardiner, Maine. While I have exhibited my work in numerous venues throughout central Maine and in several other places, this is my first Maine exhibition south of Portland. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to share my work in my hometown.”
The public is invited to attend a free artist’s reception on Monday, Nov. 2nd from 5 to 7:30 p.m. 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.