Artist Letter

Dear Artist, 
The Kennebunk Free Library’s Speers Gallery provides a space devoted to exhibiting artwork of local artists. Located on the lower level, the Speers Gallery provides an opportunity for the general public to appreciate the arts in a manner that reflects the Library's Mission of serving the diverse cultural, informational, educational, and recreational needs of the community. 
We are currently inviting artists to submit an Application to Exhibit for 2021.  In November 2020, we will convene an Art Committee, consisting of members from the Library and Art communities, to review the completed applications and set an exhibit schedule for 2020.  Please keep in mind that applications must be received by October 15, 2020 to be considered for exhibit in 2021. 
A copy of the exhibit policy and application form is available below.  I hope that you will consider submitting an Application to Exhibit for 2021.  Please note that there is a $25.00 fee to exhibit and an additional fee of $10.00 to hold a reception.  Payment is not due until the month of your exhibit.  If you have any questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact me via phone 985-2173 x103 or email at  
Michelle K. Conners

Speers Gallery Artists

November Artist - Sherry Dec "Haunted, A translation into paint!"

The Kennebunk Free Library announces its November 2019 exhibition, “Haunted, A translation into paint!”, the oil paintings of Sherry Holden Dresser Dec, formerly from Kennebunk. The public is invited to view the exhibit at 112 Main St., Kennebunk, Maine during regular library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs (library hours are: Monday and Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday 12:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Artist Statement: “After thirty-seven years of teaching, I retired and found a new passion as I began to paint.  I've found two particular elements catch me. I am forever chasing the use of light on a surface.  The power and scope of its mystery challenges me again and again with each new project.  I feel like I am learning to see for the first time.
I also explore the energy underneath objects, people, and landscapes.  I find that the right composition, color and value unlock a deeper level of truth about my chosen subject.  Only when I can get those qualities right, do I begin to authentically paint it.
I have had a wonderful teacher for seven years, Ron Frontin, who has inspired me to work hard. He is a masterful painter and I am acquiring skills to begin the level of painting I want to express because of him. The adventure has begun and I've been waiting all my life to do this work.
My Y.A. book Haunted inspired this show. Set in Kennebunk-Kennebunkport in the 19th century, characters and landscapes from its pages fueled my imagination. I sign my book with the statement, ‛Everything you do counts!’ I believe that each of us have the responsibility to live deliberately with compassion and humanity. The book implies reincarnation and that a score is kept from lifetime to lifetime of everyone’s intentions as they live their lives. When Julie goes back in time and becomes Victoria a hundred years in the past, she must solve a mystery and complete something she chose to ignore then.”
The public is invited to an artist’s reception on Saturday, November 2nd from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Kennebunk Free Library is pleased to display 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 2019

Month Artist
January 2019 KFL Art Auction
February 2019 Marguerite Genest -  Oil on Canvas
“Maine Impressions”
March 2019 School Around Us
New School
April  2019 Preschool Art
Celebrating the Week of The Young Child
May 2019 Claire Unsinn – Photography
“The Wonder and Beauty of the Kennebunks”
June 2019 Mike Barron –lenticular print collage
“3D Woodblock-lenticular Print Collage”
July 2019 Open Studio Painters (Norma Johnson spokesperson)
“Open Studio Group Show”
August 2019 Barbara Berry – Acrylic on canvas and wood
“Views from a Bicycle & Other Meanderings”
September 2019 Patricia Wooldridge – Pencil & mixed media drawings
“Horses and Barns” (temp. title)
October 2019 Dennis Rafferty Art Students – watercolor & acrylic
“Cellar Dwellers”
November 2019 Sherry Holden Dresser – Oil painting
“Landscapes & Characters from the book Haunted
December 2019 Linda and Gerry Stone – watercolor/pastel/oil/pencil

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.

Exhibit Policy & Procedures

Artist Application