Speers Gallery Artist
July Artist - Fran Foy
Fran Foy, 1922 – 2014, was an accomplished New York artist who exhibited her work widely throughout the United States.  She studied art at the National Academy of Art in New York City and at Silvermine College of Fine Art in Connecticut.  She received numerous awards for her work. Her love of watercolors led to an award winning career.
          Fran grew up in Detroit where she took art classes at the Detroit Art Institute every Saturday.  She dreamed about the uniqueness of the shapes of houses and drew up house plans.  With pencils and ruler, she tried to copy the elaborate floor plans that she saw in magazines.
          Upon graduation from high school, she worked at an art studio in Detroit where she was introduced to the advertising business.  From there it was on to McCann Erickson in New York City to refine her advertising career.
          In 1942 Fran embarked on a new adventure, sharing an apartment in New York City’s Greenwich Village with other girls attending the well known Pratt Institute for art studies.
          At the end of World War II she returned to Detroit and worked in the publicity department at WXYZ.  It was there that she married, Fred Foy, famed announcer/narrator of The Lone Ranger.  Three children followed and the family moved to New York City where they lived for 25 years.
      While there Fran took courses at the National Academy of Art and the Art Students League.  She sold her art through exhibitions and at galleries.
          In her later years Fran developed an interesting form of collage that utilized her watercolor painting technique.  Her vibrant contemporary patterns are special in their composition and
expression of color.
 
 “I use my former stored away paintings to juxtaposition shapes, colors or figurative pieces cut out from these former works.  I try to inject a little humor into my collages either by creating a story or graphic images to look like something else than originally intended; and with the final stroke or brush or pen, I try to satirize the titles.”

           Fran’s daughter Wendy, now living in Kennebunk is honored to exhibit her work “Fun People” at KFL’s Speers Gallery July 1 to 30, 2017. “Mom tended to prefer a more opaque technique rather than transparent.  Her watercolors are like illustrations bathed in a warm light.  Vivid and well chosen cheerful colors were the stimulus of an uncommon verve in her brushstrokes that fit in with the spirit of her color palette.”
          An opening reception will be held Tuesday July 18 from 1 to 3 PM. The public is welcome to attend. The Kennebunk Free Library is pleased and honored to be able to present the work of this talented artist.
 
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 2017
Month Artist Medium
January 2017 KFL Art Auction Fundraiser
February 2017 Joanna Gould Abstract Landscapes
Encaustic Paintings
March 2017 Kennebunk Elementary  Students Student Art Work
April 1 to 13, 2017 IB Kennebunk High Students Student Art Work
April 14 to 28, 2017 Preschool Art
Celebrating the Week of
The Young Child
Student Art Work
May 2017 Aja N Dyer Allure of Nature
Photography
June 2017 Cats Eye Images
Drew & Margaret L. Sanborn
Photographing the Book
Photography
July 2017 Fran Foy (1922-2014)
 
Fun People
Watercolor
August 2017 Watercolor Class with Dennis Rafferty
L. Roper, J. Bubar, A. Bryrnes, E. Dunham,
J. Bedard, M.E. Grady, P. Minicello
Playing With/At Color
Watercolor & acrylic
September 2017 Jon Byrer Marbled Maine
Enamel Oil on Canvas
October 2017 Liz (Elizabeth) Roper Close to Home and Far Away
Watercolor & acrylic
November 2017 Kathryn SB Davis Photography
December 2017 Kate Banks Keepsakes by Kate
Acrylic
 

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.