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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.dpuZanzibar Henna Artists:  Innovation on a Cultural TraditioLower Level [back hallway]
June 7- June 29 Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement
Curated by Pride@PPL

Lewis Gallery

Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement features panels from the Stonewall Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and objects from the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at USM. The exhibit showcases historical images and text highlighting the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and items featuring Maine’s LGBTQ+ history and response to the Stonewall Uprising. This exhibit is made possible by a grant from the Equity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

 


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July 5- July 27
Bravo! 25 Years of Opera Maine
Curated by Opera Maine

Lewis Gallery
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August 2- September 14
Melt Down
Curated by Bruce Brown for the Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Lewis Gallery

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October 4- December 21
FolkLand
Curated by Portland Public Library

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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.

Lewis Gallery Exhibits:
Jun29
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement
10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Main Library, Lewis Gallery Audience: Adults, Seniors The exhibit showcases historical images and text highlighting the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and items featuring Maine’s LGBTQ+ history and response to the Stonewall Uprising.
Jun28
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement
10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Main Library, Lewis Gallery Audience: Adults, Seniors The exhibit showcases historical images and text highlighting the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and items featuring Maine’s LGBTQ+ history and response to the Stonewall Uprising.
Jun27
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement
10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Main Library, Lewis Gallery Audience: Adults, Seniors The exhibit showcases historical images and text highlighting the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and items featuring Maine’s LGBTQ+ history and response to the Stonewall Uprising.
Jun26
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement
10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Main Library, Lewis Gallery Audience: Adults, Seniors The exhibit showcases historical images and text highlighting the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and items featuring Maine’s LGBTQ+ history and response to the Stonewall Uprising.
Jun25
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement
10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Main Library, Lewis Gallery Audience: Adults, Seniors The exhibit showcases historical images and text highlighting the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and items featuring Maine’s LGBTQ+ history and response to the Stonewall Uprising.
Jun24
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement
10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Main Library, Lewis Gallery Audience: Adults, Seniors The exhibit showcases historical images and text highlighting the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and items featuring Maine’s LGBTQ+ history and response to the Stonewall Uprising.
Jun23
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement
10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Main Library, Lewis Gallery Audience: Adults, Seniors The exhibit showcases historical images and text highlighting the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and items featuring Maine’s LGBTQ+ history and response to the Stonewall Uprising.
Jun22
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement
10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Main Library, Lewis Gallery Audience: Adults, Seniors The exhibit showcases historical images and text highlighting the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and items featuring Maine’s LGBTQ+ history and response to the Stonewall Uprising.
Jun21
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement
10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Main Library, Lewis Gallery Audience: Adults, Seniors The exhibit showcases historical images and text highlighting the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and items featuring Maine’s LGBTQ+ history and response to the Stonewall Uprising.
Jun20
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement
10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Main Library, Lewis Gallery Audience: Adults, Seniors The exhibit showcases historical images and text highlighting the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and items featuring Maine’s LGBTQ+ history and response to the Stonewall Uprising.
Jun19
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement
10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Main Library, Lewis Gallery Audience: Adults, Seniors The exhibit showcases historical images and text highlighting the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and items featuring Maine’s LGBTQ+ history and response to the Stonewall Uprising.