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 mconners@kennebunk.lib.me.us.  
Sincerely, 
Michelle K. Conners
Director

Speers Gallery Artists

May Artist - “The Wonder and Beauty of the Kennebunks” Claire Unsinn


The Kennebunk Free Library announces its May 1 to 31, 2019 exhibition, “The Wonder and Beauty of the Kennebunks”, the photographs of Claire Unsinn. 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.).
 
Claire became a photo enthusiast about 7 years ago when she starting experimenting with the settings on her new Powershot Canon camera. “I enjoy many creative pursuits including fiber arts, painting, quilting and gardening. In recent years, I have developed a passion for photography, that, admittedly, I know nothing about. I just like to point and shoot. I especially like to experiment with the various camera settings that offer special effects such as unusual colors, painterly interpretations, and extreme close-ups that lend to abstract impressions. I am not especially looking for realistic photos, but prefer the creative freedom of altering the images to reflect and feed my creative expression. Special camera settings and editing tools are my photographic palette, offering me a range of color, contract, brightness, and saturation to create my own vision of artistic photos.
 
Claire finds inspiration in nature and particularly enjoys photographing birds and the moon. She is fascinated by close-ups of plants. “The awe-inspiring beauty of our corner of the world is ours to enjoy if we take the time to explore, observe and record.
 
The public is invited to an artist’s reception on Wednesday, May 15 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Kennebunk Free Library is pleased to host this exhibit of local beauty.

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 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
“TBD”
 
                       
 

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