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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 Traditio

Photos of the Year: The Photographs of Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram
January 5 through February 17, 2018
in the Lewis Ga
llery

This collection features powerful moments from major news events, insightful portraits from in-depth features, the emotional highs and lows of high school sports, and the daily beauty of life all over Maine.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – AUGUST 21: Members of two vacationing families observe the partial solar eclipse at through some hand-improved solar glasses at Old Orchard Beach. From left: Paul Scango, Katie Vanlandingham (cq), Samantha Scango, Avery Vanlandingham and Quinn Vanlandingham. (Staff photo by Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer)

There is so much to love in these images made in 2017 by the photographers of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. There is the stunning composition, the split-second timing, the sheer beauty of light and color at play in the frame. But most of all, there is an invitation to see the world with playfulness, wonder and humanity.  We invite you to take a long look, and to linger with both the bold and quiet moments of our lives this year, from the drama of the possibility of freedom coming to a man imprisoned for 20-plus years to the silence of snow falling on a lobster boat or a girl with pink hair.

Join us on the First Friday Art Walk to experience Portland Press Herald photojournalists’ best work of the year and meet the people behind the lens.

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.