Speers Gallery Artist
John Ripton December Artist of the Month
The Kennebunk Free Library announces its December exhibition colliding in space >< (ur) ban street art, a series of 24 photographs of street art from cities around the world that will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library in the Speers Gallery from December 1 to 31, 2015. 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.)
Photographer John Ripton recorded these urban images in several countries during the last two decades.  He refers to the images as art detritus, “urban street art…that emerges from the interplay of largely anonymous artists, vandals, public officials, entrepreneurs, local weather, and neglect.”
Colliding in space >< (ur) ban street art offers viewers an opportunity to explore the beauty, irony, tension, conflict and promise in these striking images of city walls from Portland, Maine to Israel and Japan through the Caribbean.  While works of major street artists are represented in the collection of images in the show, it is the collision of ideas, lines, colors and weather that is more important to Mr. Ripton. “These images are literally the handwriting on the wall of the 21st century,” asserts the photographer, “the detritus resulting from chaos and collapse that gives rise to new vision, to a new world.”
John Ripton has mounted a dozen solo exhibitions in Mid-Atlantic and New England galleries.  In 2010 his solo show at the Hunterdon Art Museum in New Jersey included several of the photographs in the upcoming exhibition in December.  Mr. Ripton resides in Kennebunkport and teaches world history at the Maine College of Art in Portland.
The public is invited to attend a free artist’s reception on Saturday, December 5th, 2-4:30 p.m. 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 2015
Applications to Exhibit in The Speers Gallery Now Accepted

We are currently accepting applications for artists to exhibit during the 2016 calendar year. Since its inception in 2001 Hankís 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, 2015 to be considered for exhibition in 2016. 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 committeeís 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 2016 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.