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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]January 3 – February 22PPhotos of the Year

January 3-February 22

PHOTOS OF THE YEAR
Curated by Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Lewis Gallery

Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer

Six months before she died on November 27, 2019, Millie Lane was photographed with her twin sister, Mary, at their 100th birthday party by Press Herald photographer Brianna Soukup. The photograph is unsentimental. The sisters gaze directly into our eyes and tell us something about what it is like to have lived for a century and to be alive in 2019. One hundred years from now, Millie and Mary – and Maine – will live on in this photo.

Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

The 2019 Photos of the Year go deep. They show us Maine through its people, sometimes with humor, sometimes with gravity. We have three short stories (because one photo was just not enough) and one long photo essay, from a year spent following the two students and their teacher at Cliff Island’s tiny school. There are also photos of great natural beauty: the thrill of sanderlings in flight, the zigzag path of watery moonlight, the glory of an autumn hillside. We are lucky to call Maine home.


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March 6 – 27
Pickwick/Printers without Borders
Curated by Pickwick Independent Press

Lewis Gallery

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

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May 8 – 30
Hole History: Origins of the American-Style Donut
Curated by Alexis Iammarino

Lewis Gallery

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June 7 – July 20
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.

Lewis Gallery Exhibits:
Feb07
Meet and Greet the Press Herald Photographers
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Main Library, Lewis Gallery Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors Meet and Greet the Press Herald Photographers and discuss their contributions to the Photos of the Year exhibit in the Lewis Gallery.