Speers Gallery Artist
Kate Banks January 2016 Artist of the Month
The Kennebunk Free Library announces its January 2016 exhibition “Keepsakes by Kate” the acrylic works of Kate Banks. The public is invited to view the exhibit 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.)
“Keepsakes by Kate” remind you that art is suitable for the soul. It was launched in March of 2014 on Facebook with only nine paintings. There are now over 60. Kate was born with a deformity and dysplasia of the left hip. The artist behind this exhibit is a young inspiring individual from Maine, who because of her disability has always been an artist. Kate Banks strives to give back to the community by producing a variety of work that she hopes will remind people to smile among the chaos of the world.
Throughout her childhood, Kate was frequently in a body cast where she gained a passion for art at a very young age. At age 5 she had her first corrective surgery performed at Boston Children’s Hospital. A severe reaction to the anesthesia left her in a coma for 22 days. She awoke as if nothing had happened causing the hospital to declare her a miracle child. In 2013 Kate received a total hip replacement, strengthening her and inspiring her to do what makes her happy. Unfortunately she struggles with new medical obstacles but spreading joy with her art is what keeps Kate going. Life passes by so fast and if “Keepsakes by Kate” brings you a smile, then Kate is successful.
As a 2005 graduate, Kate pursued her art goals by attending Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota Florida, Maine College of Art, and then graduating from the University of New England earning her Bachelors in History with a Minor in Art. Kate is a member of the National History Honor Society.
The public is invited to attend a free artist’s reception on Monday, January 11, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The Kennebunk Free Library is pleased and honored to be able to present the works 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 Artists for 2016
Month Artist Medium
January 2016 Kate Banks Acrylic
February 2016 KFL Art Auction Fundraiser
March 2016 KES Students Student Art Work
April 2016 Preschool Art
Celebrating the Week of
The Young Child
Student Art Work
May 2016 Home  School  Network  Students Student Art Work
June 2016 Toni Truesdale Mixed Media
July 2016 Stella Marie Sherman Acrylic and Oils
August 2016 Ken Post Acrylic and Watercolor
September 2016 Enrico Della Pietra Photography
October 2016 Sandra Regan Acrylic, watercolor, pencil
November 2016 John Forssen Pencil
December 2016 Karenlee Gorman Photography

Applications to Exhibit in The Speers Gallery Now Accepted

We are currently accepting applications for artists to exhibit during the 2017 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, 2016 to be considered for exhibition in 2017. 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 2017 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.