Speers Gallery Artists
March Artists - The School Around Us and The New School


The Kennebunk Free Library announces its March 2018 exhibit of the artwork of students of The New School in Kennebunk and The School Around Us in Arundel. The show features pieces of different media; all created by students ages 5 to 18.  The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular library hours when the gallery is not in use for library programs.

“The New School is a democratic high school whose mission states that it strives to empower students to reach for the best in themselves, love learning, and become responsible stewards of our world.  TNS is a state approved independent school that can accept public tuition from towns such as Arundel and Acton without high schools. In 2016, The New School was featured in a one-school art show at Full Circle Gallery in Biddeford and in 2017, at The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk.  
The School Around Us is a holistic learning community for students ages 5-4. 
Holistic education is a philosophy of education based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, the natural world, and humanitarian values such as compassion and peace. We love that we are small enough that each student can feel valued for who they are and shine brightly in this world. School Around Us has been in operation since 1970 making it one of the oldest independent schools in the country. 
The arts are an important part of the curriculum at TNS and SAU fueling imagination and personal expression, contributing to the development of a sense of self, supporting close observation of the world and the ability to fuse emotion and intellect, and building self-confidence and the ability to connect with an audience. Art at these schools is integrated into much of what is done rather than as separate subject. We find that the balance between academic pursuits and artistic expression meets our belief in holistic education.”
The public is invited to attend an artist’s reception on Monday, March 5, 2018 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. The Kennebunk Free Library is pleased and honored to be able to present the works of these talented artists.
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 Holly Ross
Acrylic on Wood Panel
July 2018 Al and Ellen Pelletier
Clay and Paintings – all wall hung
August 2018 Donald LaRochelle
Paintings Oil on Canvas
September 2018 Kyle Neugebauer-Photography
Kathy Hally-Photography
October 2018 Bill Thomson
November 2018 Keiren Valentine
December 2018 Robert Lown

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.