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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

Forms, Figures & Fantastical
On view in the Lewis Gallery, July 11-September 7, 2016Pyne-Dancing Horse (2)
Forms, Figures & Fantastical is a beautiful and varied show from The New England Sculptors Association {NESA}.  NESA, organized in 1948, is one of the oldest sculptors associations in the United States and represents a diverse membership of nationally and regionally recognized sculptors.  NESA members work and show throughout the world, and are represented in numerous private and museum collections.

Sea Change: Portland on the Edge of the New North
July 15, 2016 – January 2, 2017

This exhibit explores Portland’s evolving significance in international shipping. The public is invited to attend a special opening during First Friday Artwalk, August 5 from 4 to 6 pm.

Portland’s unique geographic location has been repeatedly discovered, exploited, and abandoned in several economic cycles, at times seachange_title_v2_final_mediumin valuable proximity to world events, in other times a forgotten backwater as its maritime history rolls on. As long-sought northern sea routes from the Atlantic to the Pacific open up due to receding ice in the Arctic, Portland finds itself situated in useful proximity to potentially monumental changes in world shipping, again.

Drawing on Maine Maritime Museum’s large archival collections of maps and photography, Sea Change: Portland on the Edge of the New North will illustrate the port’s long history as the doorstep between Canadian/U.S. commerce to Europe, and how climate change and maritime innovation are writing the next chapters.

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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.