Speers Gallery Artist
September Artist

During the months of September & October the acrylic paintings of Shannon Smullen will be on display in the Speers Gallery located in Hank’s Room at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk, ME. 

"Oh, the places I’ve been!, is a depiction of my favorite places in Maine with an added element of idealism that allows the viewer to experience the wonder and awe that I do while in these places. This series was my senior thesis at a Vermont college and functioned as a tribute to the place I had grown up, while also implying how much I desired proximity to the ocean and the tempestuous rocky coastline that I love. The childlike elements of the series are illustrated in paintings such as "Swing Life Away” and "Wells Harbor Playground”. Every scene in the series is a place that I spent a considerable amount of time in as a child and as a young adult. My endearment and affinity for the locations have not changed, but I tried to paint the scenes as if through the marvelous eyes of a child.

Shannon graduated from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. "I am 25 years old. I was born and raised in Wells, Maine. When I was 18, I set off for the Green Mountain state and enjoyed four beautiful years in Vermont as I attended college. After college, I returned to the wonderful state of Maine and have recently made my way back to Vermont in the same town I went to college. I enjoy both states equally, and though I currently live in Vermont – there’s no place like home, and I visit Maine often to see my family.”

The Kennebunk Free Library is pleased to present the work of this talented artist.


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 Schedule of Artists




January 2014

Gallery Closed

HVAC Repair

February 2014

Gallery Closed

HVAC Repair 

March 2014

KES Students

Student Art Work

April 2014

Home School Network Students

Student Art Work

May 2014

Deirdre O'Brien

Mixed Media

June 2014

KHS Students

Student Art Work

July 2014

Gayle Fitzpatrick


August 2014

Michael Fillyaw


September 2014

Shannon Smullen


October 2014

Shannon Smullen


November 2014

Karen Gosselin-Diebolt


December 2014

Sandra Regan


Applications to Exhibit in The Speers Gallery Now Accepted

We are currently accepting applications for artists to exhibit during the 2015 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 1, 2014 to be considered for exhibition in 2015. 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 2015 exhibit schedule.

Exhibit Policy, Procedures and Artist Application Form
Policies and Applications

Artists are invited to submit an application for exhibit by October 1st 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.