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 2019.  In November 2018, 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 2019.  Please keep in mind that applications must be received by October 15, 2018 to be considered for exhibit in 2019. 
A copy of the exhibit policy and application form is available below.  I hope that you will consider submitting an Application to Exhibit for 2019.  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
October Artist - Bill Thomson

The Kennebunk Free Library announces its October 1 to 31, 2018 exhibition, “Captured Creations – Photo Artistry in 8x12” the digital artistic photography of Bill Thomson. 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.
“Since I developed my first roll of film in my grandfather’s chemical darkroom, I’ve been fascinated by both the magic and the complexity of the art and science of photography. Three years ago, I discovered the online photo artistry classes by Sebastian Michaels and my passion for creating and developing images was reignited, using a computer as my darkroom and artistic medium.
When I travel I like to spend a lot of time outdoors, so I tend to create scenic images. I use my cameras to capture moments, or parts of a scene, as a painter might use a sketchbook. Then I assemble and combine the different pieces to create my finished art.
Painters interpret moments of time with images that they create from memory, sketches or life drawings. Photographers capture time with images that didn’t exist before their shutter snapped, and that will be forever different after. Through my photo artistry, I am attempting to combine the immediacy of photography with the deliberation of painting.
I am a member of the Awake: Living the Photo Artistic Life Group, and continue my training with a select group of artists in the Kaizen project. I am inspired by the works of Edward Hopper, Edward Betts, Rockwell Kent and the Wyeth family.”
Bill is also the proprietor of a seasonal gift shop, Whispering Sands Gifts in York Beach where he sells his art.
Kennebunk Free Library is pleased to be the first to exhibit Bill’s work.
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 2018
Month Artist
January 2018 KFL Art Auction
February 2018 Kathleen Nolan
March 2018 School Around Us
New School
April  2018 Preschool Art
Celebrating the Week of The Young Child
May 2018 Patricia Wooldridge
Giclee prints from Watercolor & Pencil Originals
June 2018
Kyle Neugebauer-Photography
July 2018 Kathy Hally-Photography
August 2018 Donald LaRochelle
Paintings Oil on Canvas
September 2018 Robert Lown
October 2018 Bill Thomson
November 2018 Keiren Valentine
December 2018 Holly Ross
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Applications to Exhibit in The Speers Gallery Now Accepted
We are currently accepting applications for artists to exhibit during the 2019 calendar year. Since its inception in 2001 Hank’s Room Gallery, rechristened the Speers Gallery in 2010, has offered exhibit opportunities to both amateur and professional artists. The gallery has been host to a variety of mediums including photography, textile arts and mixed media assemblages in addition to renditions in oil, pastel, pen and ink, and watercolor.
The application process is open to either individual or group shows. Applications must be received by October 15, 2018 to be considered for exhibition in 2019. The submitted applications will compete in a juried review conducted by an Art Committee consisting of members from the Library and Art communities. Upon completion of the review, applicants will be contacted regarding the committee’s decisions. Application forms are available below.
The offering of monthly artist exhibits allows the us to serve the diverse cultural, informational, educational, and recreational needs of the community. The Library is very proud to have showcased the many talented artists who have previously exhibited and is looking forward to continuing this tradition with the 2019 exhibit schedule.
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.