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 2020.  In November 2019, 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, 2019 to be considered for exhibit in 2020. 
A copy of the exhibit policy and application form is available below.  I hope that you will consider submitting an Application to Exhibit for 2020.  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

July Artist - “Open Studio Painters”

The Kennebunk Free Library announces its July 2019 exhibition, , the works of Mary Barrett, Ruthie Clark, Cheryl Dahn, Susan Gilbey, Norma Johnsen, Sara Ostrov and Ellen Pelletier. 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 and Friday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.).
Starting in 2015 this talented group of artists has met on Friday mornings at the First Parish Unitarian Church, Main St. Kennebunk. Since artists spend so much time working alone, the group values the opportunity to exchange ideas, offer support, and socialize. “The Kitchen Table Band” practices at the same time and perhaps that live music invigorates the paintings.
“Open Studio Painters” use varied media, but mostly work in pastels and watercolor. Mary Barrett uses pastels to depict people at work or play. Ruthie Clark is hooked on pastels and whenever her eye finds a “keeper moment” she seeks to catch the idea. Cheryl Dahn prefers pastel paintings of the sea and landscapes depicting color, light and texture. Susan Gilbey captures the world around her in watercolor. Norma Johnsen enjoys experimentation with line, form and color. Sara Ostrov uses pastels to represent the beauty of natural landscapes seen while hiking. Ellen Pelletier uses pastels and oils to capture the beauty of light and space in nature.
The public is invited to an artist’s reception on Tuesday July 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Kennebunk Free Library is pleased to exhibit the work of “Open Studio Painters”.

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