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Maine has a rich heritage of fiddling that encompasses Yankee, Franco-American, and, to a lesser extent, Irish-American cultures. The exhibit will explore and celebrate this heritage by bringing together a wide range of materials—photographs, printed and manuscript tunebooks, sound recordings, concert flyers, and dance cards—that document the Pine Tree State’s vibrant fiddling traditions. Maine has also been home to a surprising number of fiddle makers; researchers have identified close to 200 professional and amateur craftspeople in Maine who have made violins. Examples of the work of several of these are included in the exhibit.

Curators of the exhibit are Paul F. Wells, Director Emeritus of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, and Tom Wilsbach, Arts Librarian at the Portland Public Library. Wilsbach and Wells are both fiddlers and fiddle researchers. The exhibit will hang through June and July. Associated events, including lectures and performances will take place during the exhibit’s run.

- See more at: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/events/wicked-good-fiddling-200-years-fiddling-fiddlers-fiddle-making-maine/#sthash.SsbaGJyE.dpuf

Maine has a rich heritage of fiddling that encompasses Yankee, Franco-American, and, to a lesser extent, Irish-American cultures. The exhibit will explore and celebrate this heritage by bringing together a wide range of materials—photographs, printed and manuscript tunebooks, sound recordings, concert flyers, and dance cards—that document the Pine Tree State’s vibrant fiddling traditions. Maine has also been home to a surprising number of fiddle makers; researchers have identified close to 200 professional and amateur craftspeople in Maine who have made violins. Examples of the work of several of these are included in the exhibit.

Curators of the exhibit are Paul F. Wells, Director Emeritus of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, and Tom Wilsbach, Arts Librarian at the Portland Public Library. Wilsbach and Wells are both fiddlers and fiddle researchers. The exhibit will hang through June and July. Associated events, including lectures and performances will take place during the exhibit’s run.

- See more at: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/events/wicked-good-fiddling-200-years-fiddling-fiddlers-fiddle-making-maine/#sthash.01kwJmUH.dpu

First Folio! The Book That Gave us Shakespeare
On view in the Lewis Gallery, March 4-April 2, 2016

Portland Public Library, in partnership with USM Libraries, hosts First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. The First Folio exhibition is open to the
public from March 4th through April 2nd, 2016.

Come and experience first-hand the wonder and rarity of the First Folio… From Shakespeare aficionados to students studying the Bard’s plays for the first time, this exhibit is a rare opportunity for people in Maine to experience one of the most influential books in history.

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Bound Together III: USM Book Arts

October Walk 2013, Sissy Buck Photo credit: Jay York

October Walk 2013, Sissy Buck
Photo credit: Jay York


April 7 – 30, 2016
Opening reception Thurs. April 7, 5-7pm

 
An exhibition of artists’ books created by students in USM Book Art 341; The Visual Book 2: Historical Influences in Contemporary Artist’s Books; and members of the USM Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts Critique Group. There are approximately 50 books in the exhibition, each emphasizing the relationship between content and form.

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Art of the Hand Pulled Print: Peregrine Press at 25
May 6 – June 25, 2016
Rines Auditorium

Peregrine Press will presents a 25th anniversary exhibition of fine art prints at the Lewis Gallery of the Portland Public Library from May 6 though June 25, 2016, featuring 49 works by current and former members. There will be an Opening Reception Friday, May 6, from 5-8pm, as well as a First Friday reception on June 3, from 5-8pm.  Don’t miss a panel discussion on May 25th at 6:00pm titled Press Onward: The hand pulled print in a digital world.

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Our Places, Our Times: Portland Through the Decades, 1930-2000′s
On View through June 15, 2016
Lower Level Hallway

Our Places, Our Times : Portland Through the Decades, 1930s – 2000s is an comprised of series of photos pulled from the Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negative Collection: Portland Public Library Special Collections.  The photos shows the collective history and experiences of Portland’s people over the past eight decades – from the time of trolley cars running down Congress Street in the 1930’s, to break dancing performances in the 1980’s, to events happening in recent history.

The Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negative Collection consists of 70 years (ca.1936 – 2005) of primary photographic images, in approximately 325 linear feet. The collection is made up entirely of negatives; there are no prints. Formats include 5×7″, 4×5″, 120, and 35mm still film, all taken by Portland Press Herald photographers. The collection was accessioned by the Portland Public Library, as a gift from the Portland Press Herald, in December 2009, and is currently in the process of being arranged, described, indexed, and conserved. The depth of substance within this collection provides an extraordinary spectrum of real-time documentation of the many-faceted life of the city of Portland through the 20th century.

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Lewis Gallery Exhibit Guidelines

The Lewis Gallery at Portland Public Library is a large and open gallery that has 75 feet of wall space, a soaring entry, track lighting, and great public visibility. Voted the Portland Phoenix’s Best Non-Gallery Art Space 2013, the Lewis Gallery is a space that attracts visitors and encourages public engagement with art.
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If you are interested in exhibiting your work, please review our art exhibit guidelines and submit a proposal using the Lewis Gallery proposal form.

The Library’s Cultural Center Team reviews exhibit proposals on a quarterly basis and selects shows based on a goal of attaining a mix of mediums and content for the gallery. Submitting a proposal form does not ensure that a show will be hosted in the Lewis Gallery.