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

March Artist - The New School and The School Around Us

The Kennebunk Free Library announces its March 1 to 30, 2019 exhibit of the artwork of students of The New School in Kennebunk and The School Around Us in Arundel. The show features pieces of different media; all created by students ages 5 to 18.  
The New School is an independent democratic high school where students are encouraged and supported to find their voice, pursue their passions, and become lifelong learners.  Students actively participate in creating curriculum, connecting to their community, and engaging in real-world learning opportunities.  Students at The New School are creative and informed thinkers who are stewards of our world.  In 2016, The New School was featured in a one-school art show at Full Circle Gallery in Biddeford and in 2017, at The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk.  
The School Around Us is a holistic learning community for students ages 5-14. 
Holistic education is a philosophy of education based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, the natural world, and humanitarian values such as compassion and peace. We love that we are small enough that each student can feel valued for who they are and shine brightly in this world. School Around Us has been in operation since 1970 making it one of the oldest independent schools of this type in the country. 
The arts are an important part of the curriculum at TNS and SAU fueling imagination and personal expression, contributing to the development of a sense of self, supporting close observation of the world and the ability to fuse emotion and intellect, and building self-confidence and the ability to connect with an audience. Art at these schools is integrated into much of what is done rather than as separate subject. We find that the balance between academic pursuits and artistic expression meets our belief in holistic education.”
The public is invited to a reception Tuesday March 5, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. KFL is pleased to host this exhibit.

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