“Highways & Byways,” an exhibition of images by 19 contemporary photographers, opens with a reception on Friday in the Lewis Gallery of the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.

The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Maine Photo Project, a year-long celebration of photography with exhibitions across the state. It features the work of Jeremy Barnard, Thomas Birtwistle, Brendan Bullock, Sam Cady, Paul Caponigro, Susan Davens, Jon Edwards, Carol Fonde, Tonee Harbert, Cig Harvey, Michael Kolster, Rose Marasco, Mark Marchesi, Heath Paley, Liv Kristin Robinson, Jeffrey Stevensen, Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest, Todd Watts and Katarina Weslien.

“Networks of highways and byways are very likely the most useful means for all of us, with cameras in hand, to explore and record both immediate, familiar environs and exotic destinations around the world,” said curator Bruce Brown in a press release. “Roadways lead us nearly everywhere we wish to go to capture our aesthetic responses about what fascinates us most along life’s journey, preserved as visual diaries.”

The reception runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and is free and open to the public. The exhibition, on view through May 30, is sponsored by the Center for Maine Contemporary art and curated by Brown, CMCA curator emeritus.

For more information, visit cmcanow.org.