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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

August 7 – Ssardine canneryeptember 28, 2015Staying the Course: Working Women of Portland’s Waterfront
Lewis Gallery

From war-time welders, fishermen’s wives, and net makers to fishpackers, pilots and boardinghouse keepers, Staying the Course explores the diverse roles and stories of the women involved in the maritime commerce of Portland from both historical and contemporary perspectives, and is a premier collaboration of Maine Maritime Museum and Osher Map Library.

More here.

 

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 our placespulled 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.