Speers Gallery Artist
February Artist - Kathleen Nolan

The Kennebunk Free Library announces its February 2018 exhibition, “Meditations,” the photographs of Kathleen Nolan. The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs.

Kathleen Nolan, a Kennebunk resident since 1987, is a retired dancer, dance educator and choreographer.  Ms. Nolan has nurtured, inspired and instructed young dancers and choreographers at the high school and university level for 40 years. She taught at SUNY Binghamton (1971-1987) and at Thornton Academy (1995-2012) where she created and developed a four year curricular dance program. She has also served as Executive Director for the Maine Alliance for Arts Education and as an arts education administrator for the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education from 1991-1994. She founded and developed “Artsmart”, a multi-disciplinary residential summer arts camp at Bates College. Kathleen is truly committed to advocacy for the arts and arts in education.   
Many of Kathleen’s photographic studies are rock studies from the small coves and shoreline of Pemaquid Point, Maine. In these, she captures the natural “found” beauty of ocean rocks as arranged by the ebb and flow of the tides. 
Kathleen is also an avid traveler who is in love with nature. She has traveled and photographed all over the world:  Europe, Africa, Antarctica, the high Arctic, Asia, South America. As a traveler, her preferences are for remote places of unspoiled beauty such as Mongolia, the Antarctic, the Arctic, Nepal, and Tibet. Kathleen is passionate about the need for us to open ourselves to the amazing beauty of the world around us. 
The public is invited to attend an artist’s reception on Saturday, February 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. The Kennebunk Free Library is pleased and honored to be able to present the works of this talented artist.
Speers Gallery

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 2018
Month Artist
January 2018 KFL Art Auction
February 2018 Kathleen Nolan
March 2018 School Around Us
New School
April  2018 Preschool Art
Celebrating the Week of The Young Child
May 2018 Patricia Wooldridge
Giclee prints from Watercolor & Pencil Originals
June 2018 Holly Ross
Acrylic on Wood Panel
July 2018 Al and Ellen Pelletier
Clay and Paintings – all wall hung
August 2018 Donald LaRochelle
Paintings Oil on Canvas
September 2018 Kyle Neugebauer-Photography
Kathy Hally-Photography
October 2018 Bill Thomson
November 2018 Keiren Valentine
December 2018 Robert Lown

Applications to Exhibit in The Speers Gallery Now Accepted
We are currently accepting applications for artists to exhibit during the 2019 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, 2018 to be considered for exhibition in 2019. 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 2019 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.