Wednesday November 30, 2011 | 09:15 PM

Sales were brisk at the brand new POP gallery, which burst onto Portland's art scene tonight with a private opening party attended by at least 200 people. But don't expect the gallery to be open a month from now.

Located at 100 Commercial St., POP is a true pop-up gallery featuring fine art, furniture and crafts from more than 20 artists. It will be open Thursday through Sunday up to Christmas eve. Then it will be gone.

The space consists of a series of rooms both large and small filled with original, diverse and intriguing work priced with the gift-giving season in mind.

Even though the storefront has the polished and professional look of an established retailer, the idea for the gallery was only hatched five weeks ago. Hilary Robbins, Winky Lewis, Susana Measelle Hubbs and Annie Anderson came up with the concept and were supported by building owner Tim Soley, who rented the space at a discounted rate.

POP officially opens this Friday for First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. After that, it will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Be sure to pick up the Dec. 4 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram, where I'll have more photos and details about the gallery.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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