Speers Gallery Artist
October Artist - Elizabeth Roper
An exhibition entitled Close to Home and Far Awaythe acrylic and watercolor works of Elizabeth Roper will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library in the Speers Gallery from October 2 to 31, 2017. The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular Library hours when the gallery is not in use for library  programs.  
 
“This exhibit contains paintings with a variety of subjects and places that fascinate me: from my immediate Maine neighborhood, to the beach, to Portland, to across the ocean where I have traveled. Throughout the year, my interests, ideas and focus change from my favorite flowers to landscapes, to buildings, to people as the seasons change from spring to late winter.”
 
Liz is a retired preschool and 2nd grade teacher. Her undergraduate studies at Drew University and West Chester University included courses in art history and studio art. As an adult Liz’s studio art education continues with workshops and ongoing study with painter Dennis Rafferty. Liz has been a member of Maine Women in the Arts (MWA) since 2013, the Exhibits Chair of MWA since 2014 and was awarded “Honorable Mention” for “Coffee Break on Congress Street” at MWA 2016 Fall Show.  
 
An artist reception will be held Wednesday Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The public is welcome. The Kennebunk Free Library is pleased and honored to be able to present the works of this talented artist.
 
Speers Gallery
About

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
Month Artist Medium
January 2017 KFL Art Auction Fundraiser
February 2017 Joanna Gould Abstract Landscapes
Encaustic Paintings
March 2017 Kennebunk Elementary  Students Student Art Work
April 1 to 13, 2017 IB Kennebunk High Students Student Art Work
April 14 to 28, 2017 Preschool Art
Celebrating the Week of
The Young Child
Student Art Work
May 2017 Aja N Dyer Allure of Nature
Photography
June 2017 Cats Eye Images
Drew & Margaret L. Sanborn
Photographing the Book
Photography
July 2017 Fran Foy (1922-2014)
 
Fun People
Watercolor
August 2017 Watercolor Class with Dennis Rafferty
L. Roper, J. Bubar, A. Bryrnes, E. Dunham,
J. Bedard, M.E. Grady, P. Minicello
Playing With/At Color
Watercolor & acrylic
September 2017 Jon Byrer Marbled Maine
Enamel Oil on Canvas
October 2017 Liz (Elizabeth) Roper Close to Home and Far Away
Watercolor & acrylic
November 2017 Kathryn SB Davis Photography
December 2017 Kate Banks Keepsakes by Kate
Acrylic
 

Applications to Exhibit in The Speers Gallery Now Accepted
We are currently accepting applications for artists to exhibit during the 2018 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 16, 2017 to be considered for exhibition in 2018. 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 2018 exhibit schedule.
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.