Artist LetterDear 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle K. Conners
Speers Gallery Artists
February Artist - Marguerite Genest
The Kennebunk Free Library announces its February 1 to 28, 2019 exhibition, “Maine Impressions”, the oil paintings of Marguerite Genest. 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.).
Marguerite began painting in childhood inspired by her talented sister and her mother’s flair for design and fashion. At Elms College in Western MA, she concentrated on oil painting learning to paint detailed, realistic still lifes, portraits and landscapes earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. As her painting evolved Marguerite exhibited seascapes, landscapes and portraits. At that time, she became interested in the way children learn, culminating in a Doctorate in Educational Psychology allowing a career in helping parents understand how their children learn best, training teachers and using art to create visual learning aids.
Since relocating to Southern Maine, Marguerite has discovered a love for our beaches and the people and pets that gather there. “I am inspired by the many moods and colors of the sea. I especially love the dramatic colors of sunsets over the oceans, which are never the same, but always amazing. When painting pet portraits, I am inspired by the soulfulness in the eyes of the animals, which lend an endearing quality to the paintings. The message behind my art is that of awe and the gratitude I feel for being able to live in a place surrounded by the ever changing beauty of the coast of Maine. Being present to all this area has to offer is important to me as I paint both the sea and the lovely pets that enjoy and savor this beautiful place as much as I do!”
Kennebunk Free Library is pleased to host “Maine Impressions”.
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
|January 2019||KFL Art Auction|
|February 2019||Marguerite Genest - Oil on Canvas
|March 2019||School Around Us
|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
|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.