Speers Gallery Artist
Joanna Gould February 2017 Artist of the Month
An exhibition entitled “Perceptions in Wax” the encaustic works of Joanna Gould will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library in the Speers Gallery from February 1 to 28, 2017. The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular Library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs.
Joanna Gould is a Maine artist working in the ancient wax encaustic technique. Fusing oil pigments and found objects with layers of translucent beeswax and damar resin, she creates works of art which have been described as dreamlike and mystical with a purest light. Highly influenced by place, her paintings are lyrically obtuse. Light and dark dance with seasonal hues and shapes suggesting nature in its most modest form.
Encaustic literally means: burning in, and any true encaustic painting involves heated wax and a process of fusing the layers. The pigment is suspended in the wax medium, and heat acts as the invisible solvent, much as turpentine acts as an evaporating solvent with oil paints. Once the wax is molten, the colors are mixed on a hot palette and when applied to the pictures are fused with heat to bind and set them.
Joanna started her creative career over 15 years ago studying Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Boston. Her professional design career started in corporate branding and evolved to publishing and then advertising. She later studied Landscape Architecture at The Arnold Arboretum Landscape Institute at Harvard University, and at Boston Architectural College. For the past six years she has proudly taken on the role of a full-time mother and wife. Upon building a home and family in the beautiful state of Maine, Joanna has explored different artistic mediums to feed her creative soul. Four years ago she attended a private workshop exploring encaustic painting and the myriad varieties which use this ancient medium. She has been exploring, experimenting and playing in wax ever since. Joanna is a member of Maine Women in the Arts, and Sanford/Springvale Art Association.
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 2017
Exhibit Policy, Procedures and Artist Application Form
Policies and Applications
Artists are invited to submit an application for exhibit by October 15 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.