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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: https://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: https://www.portlandlibrary.com/events/wicked-good-fiddling-200-years-fiddling-fiddlers-fiddle-making-maine/#sthash.01kwJmUH.dpuZanzibar Henna Artists:  Innovation on a Cultural TraditioLower Level [back hallway]January 3 – February 22PPhotos of the Year
March 6 – 27
Pickwick 2020
Curated by Pickwick Independent Press

Lewis Gallery
Opening reception, March 6th 5pm-7pm 
(with Instrument Petting Zoo guest Ina Zdorovetchi, PSO Principal Harp in the Atrium, 4pm-6pm–try your hand at the harp!)

Pickwick Independent Press is a Community Print Shop located in the heart of the arts district in Portland, Maine.

In our 10th year of operation, Pickwick has been the home print studio to over 200 printmakers and artists, as well as offering workshops, residencies, fellowships, commission work, events, and more.
This exhibition will feature the print work of current members and alumni utilizing traditional and contemporary printmaking processes.

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April 3 – 25
Boundless Possibilities 2: USM Book Arts
Curated by Sissy Buck and Rebecca Goodale
Lewis Gallery

In the exhibit, Boundless Possibilities 2: USM Book Arts, The University of Southern Maine presents an array of artist’s books from current students in Rebecca Goodale’s spring 2020 class, Art 399 The Printed Book, along with an eclectic display of topics and book formats from artists in the Critique Group at the USM KCC’83CBA. Of particular note is their collaborative book, Remarkable Maine Women, inspired by the 2020 Bicentennial of Maine’s Statehood and the Centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment”

Opening reception: Friday April 3, 5-7pm

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May 1 – 27
Hole History: Origins of the American-Style Donut
Curated by Alexis Iammarino

Lewis Gallery

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June 5 – July 25
Whence These Stories: a Maine Bicentennial Celebration of Portland 
Curated by Portland Public Library

Lewis Gallery

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August 7 – September 19 
Critters
Curated by Nancy Davidson and Ilana Welch

Lewis Gallery

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October 2 – December 19
ILLUSTRATED MONSTERS BY MONSTER ILLUSTRATORS
Curated by The Illustration Institute

Lewis Gallery

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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.